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This month marks the 19th anniversary of TidBITS, and Adam takes a look at how far the industry has come, and where it will likely go in the future. If that’s not enough opinion for you, Adam also argues that the optimal move for Apple would be to make Mac OS X Snow Leopard free (or as close to free as is reasonable), given its lack of marquee features for users. In other news, Apple reported a $1.21 billion profit for Q2 2009 and, after user protests, pulled the Baby Shaker app from the App Store. We also look at how Microsoft’s Windows 7 will take a page from Apple’s Classic mode, warn readers about the latest in GPS thievery, and announce a pair of Take Control ebooks about GarageBand ’09. Notable software releases this week include Mactracker 5.0.7, MercuryMover 2.0.5, Firefox 3.0.9, and PopChar X 4.2.

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Beware the GPS Thieves

As Adam and Tonya discovered first-hand on a recent trip to New York City, the latest trend in car-related theft revolves around the increasingly popular GPS devices from the likes of Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom. Don't let it happen to you.

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Why Snow Leopard Should Be (Almost) Free

Apple's update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard is approaching, but will the company charge the usual $129 for it, even though it isn't slated to offer any new user-focused features? Adam argues that making Snow Leopard nearly free would benefit everyone, including Apple.

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A Few Thoughts After 19 Years of TidBITS

On the 19th anniversary of TidBITS, Adam takes a moment to look back at how the technology world has changed and to look forward at the trends we'll see continuing into the future. Bold prediction: we'll keep publishing TidBITS for the foreseeable future!

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 27-Apr-09

Should Snow Leopard be free when it ships? Will AT&T unlock an iPhone once a customer's original contract is up? These are just two of the issues explored in this week's TidBITS Talk discussions. Also covered are the Spotlight interface, opening documents created by Microsoft Word under Windows, scanning slides, troubleshooting MacBook Pro problems, and comparing the latest Twitter applications on the Mac.