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TidBITS#983/22-Jun-09

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone nearly monopolizes this issue with our news coverage of the release of the iPhone OS 3.0 and the iPhone 3GS, AT&T’s improvements and clarifications of upgrade pricing, the iPhone 3GS’s initial sales figures, Glenn Fleishman’s in-depth look at how the new Find My iPhone feature works, and Adam’s gleeful reporting of the iPhone 3GS’s name change. On the Mac side of the fence, Jeff Carlson reviews the ViBook monitor adapter for adding a display via USB, we announce the release of Sharon Zardetto’s “Take Control of Safari 4” book, and we open a DealBITS drawing for free copies of SmileOnMyMac’s DiscLabel. And just for a little variety, Glenn reports on the letter sent by a Who’s Who of security experts to Google about improving the security of Google services. In the TidBITS Watchlist, we look at Apple’s Bluetooth Firmware Update 2.0, Sync’Em 1.30, DiscLabel 6.0.1, and Safari 4.0.1.

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My Three Screens, via ViBook

Jeff Carlson adds almost 2 million pixels to his MacBook Pro's desktop by connecting a third display - via USB, using Village Tronic's ViBook. Although it has a few significant limitations, the ViBook can be a useful solution for spreading out with your information.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 22-Jun-09

This week's discussions focus on the new iPhone 3GS, the iPod touch, and related issues such as AT&T service plans and Nike+ support. Also in the hopper are topics on upgrading RAM in an old Power Mac G5, problems with the latest Java update, connecting printers to an AirPort Express, quickly entering URLs in Web browsers, and Safari plug-ins.