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TidBITS#989/03-Aug-09

We have a great issue for you this week, starting in the security world, where Apple fixed a serious SMS vulnerability in the iPhone and we published the second edition of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS X.” We also look at Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s resignation from Apple’s board of directors and what that signals for competition between the two firms, as highlighted by Apple’s rejection of Google Voice-related apps from the App Store. Speaking of the App Store, Adam notes that Apple is now requiring meaningless 17+ ratings for all Web-enabled iPhone apps. On the lighter side, Kevin van Haaren has started a Twitter meme collecting fake rumors about the Apple tablet Mac, itself merely a rumor. Finally, in product news, Adam reviews Boxcar, which provides iPhone push notifications of Twitter messages, Glenn Fleishman looks at the new 2 TB Time Capsule and the Eye-Fi Geo wireless photo card, and Joe examines Apple’s new MobileMe iDisk app for the iPhone. Other notable product releases include Flash Player 10.0.32.18, Adobe Acrobat and Reader 9.1.3, Path Finder 5.1.4, SpamSieve 2.7.5, and Fetch 5.5.1.

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Fake Apple Tablet Rumors

Everyone's talking about Apple's tablet Mac, so why should any solid information stop us from participating in the wild speculation? Kevin van Haaren reports what he's heard from his elaborate network of spies.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 03-Aug-09

TidBITS Talk readers this week are looking for (and finding) answers for several issues: how to deal with a font cache bug in Leopard; replacing an LCD display; repairing corrupted Microsoft Entourage databases; and streaming surround-sound audio. We also talk about a report that says Apple commands a huge portion of the market for computers costing more than $1,000, and a reader points out a nasty bug in Preview that deletes pages you didn't intend to remove.