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TidBITS#968/09-Mar-09

Apple took control of the news cycle last week with a massive set of releases, including notable updates to the Mac Pro, Mac mini, and iMac, plus a minor speed bump for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. We have details on all of these updates. Apple also pushed out new AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule models, and our Wi-Fi expert Glenn Fleishman explains what their new features will mean to you. Joe Kissell wasn’t as pleased with the update to AirPort Utility 5.4.1, and you can follow along as he troubleshoots a serious problem and reports the results to Apple. In other news, Amazon released free Kindle software for the iPhone and iPod touch, and Adam and Doug McLean team up for a look at how the App Store encourages iPhone users to remain iPhone users forever. Notable software releases this week include Time Capsule and AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.4.1, AirPort Utility 5.4.1, iLife Support 9.0.1, iPhoto 8.0.1, Firefox 3.0.7, PDFpen 4.1 and PDFpenPro 4.1, AirPort Client Update 2009-001, Apple’s Battery Update 1.4, Apple’s Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.5, Adobe Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3, and Checkup 2.1.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 09-Mar-09

Notable software releases this week include Time Capsule and AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.4.1, AirPort Utility 5.4.1, iLife Support 9.0.1, iPhoto 8.0.1, Firefox 3.0.7, PDFpen 4.1 and PDFpenPro 4.1, AirPort Client Update 2009-001, Apple's Battery Update 1.4, Apple's Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.5, Adobe Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3, and Checkup 2.1.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 09-Mar-09

TidBITS Talk readers are focused this week on the Kindle 2 - especially its text-to-speech feature - and managing backups with Time Machine and other software. Also this week, readers discuss the advantages of netbooks, the price hike between Apple's new Time Capsule models, running AppleScript scripts in Mail, rooting out RSS feed corruption, encoding H.264 video on the latest Macs, and possible problems with the recent AirPort Utility update.