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TidBITS#987/20-Jul-09

Our summer reading continues this week with three feature articles. Jeff Carlson leads off with a look at some of the Apollo 11 resources available online, Rich Mogull explains how the iPhone 3GS now offers security features previously available only to enterprise-class customers, and Glenn Fleishman delves into the debacle of Amazon deleting copies of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and “Animal Farm” from its customers’ Kindles. This week also brings the release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 2, complete with a new collaboration application. Other notable software releases include Firefox 3.5.1, TextExpander 2.6.3, iMovie ’09 8.0.4, iTunes 8.2.1, QuicKeys 4, Quadro Mac OS X Driver Release 18.5.2, Hazel 2.3, and CheckUp 2.5.

Jeff Carlson 5 comments

Pondering the Mac and the Moon

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20th, 2009, Jeff Carlson can't help but notice a spirit of innovation shared by the engineers that took us to space and today's Apple.

Glenn Fleishman 12 comments

Double Plus Ungoods: Amazon Unpublishes Orwell

When told that a publisher was distributing electronic versions of books by George Orwell without the rights, should Amazon have deleted them from Kindles without the permission of the Kindle owners? Probably not, but it's not as Orwellian as it seems at first. The company says it won't do it again.

Jeff Carlson No comments

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 20-Jul-09

This week's TidBITS Talk discussions revolve heavily around the iPhone, including questionable unlocking services, securing one's data, the lack apps taking advantage of push notifications, and keeping track of accessories. Also covered this week are Google's Chrome OS, TidBITS issues being marked as spam, the return of the Oxford English Dictionary to the Mac, troubleshooting an ailing hard disk, iMac screen problems, and converting old Palm Desktop data.