This week’s issue is once again packed with Mac and iPhone goodness, anchored by an article revealing even more hidden refinements in Snow Leopard. But Jeff Carlson also walks you through how to use the just-enabled MMS service from an iPhone, Glenn Fleishman reviews the new myPantone color exploration app for the iPhone, and guest contributor Pete Resnick explains how he restored proper keyboard scrolling behavior to Microsoft Word 2008. In the news, a TidBITS reader reports contact from Apple regarding the widespread SuperDrive problems, Google adds Gmail push support to Google Sync, and we publish the fourth edition of our best-selling ebook, Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Mac OS X Backups.” Notable software releases this week include iTunes 9.0.1, NetNewsWire 3.2, Nicecast 1.9.9, Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.4, Airfoil 3.3.4, Phone Amego 1.0.5, Logic Pro 9.0.1, Logic Express 9.0.1, Main Stage 2.0.1, HP Printer Drivers for Mac OS X 10.6, TweetDeck v0.30.5, and Quicken 2007 Certificate Updater.
In a followup to our coverage of widespread - but elusive - SuperDrive issues, we are pleased to report that Apple has informed at least one TidBITS reader that they are investigating the problems.
A few short weeks after the release of iTunes 9, Apple gives us iTunes 9.0.1 with a variety of important-sounding bug fixes.
NewsGator has released NetNewsWire 3.2 for Mac OS X and NetNewsWire 2.0 for iPhone after some delays and a bit of confusion. The latest versions for Mac and iPhone now rely on Google Reader for their synchronization services.
AT&T started offering MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) in the United States after a long delay. Learn how to activate and use it.
For over a year the iPhone has supported "push" mail delivery, instant delivery of new email messages, but not for the popular Gmail service. Google Sync for iPhone and iPod touch now offers push email, contacts, and calendars, via Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol. The catch? You can only do this with one mail account at a time.
Even if you're not a professional graphic designer, the myPantone app for iPhone might pique your interest in capturing and exploring color.
Whether you want to establish a sensible backup strategy or modernize your existing backup strategy, Joe Kissell's just-updated "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups, Fourth Edition" has the real-world advice you need to choose backup hardware and software, and set up a rock-solid backup strategy.
If you're as irritated as we are at Microsoft Word's habit of moving the insertion point when you use the Page Up and Page Down keys (something most Mac applications don't do), read on for a solution that requires no additional software.
We keep finding the equivalent of chocolate-filled Easter eggs in Snow Leopard: tiny, undocumented improvements that make Mac OS X even better.
Notable software releases this week include Nicecast 1.9.9, Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.4, Airfoil 3.3.4, Phone Amego 1.0.5, Logic Pro 9.0.1, Logic Express 9.0.1, Main Stage 2.0.1, HP Printer Drivers for Mac OS X 10.6, TweetDeck v0.30.5, and Quicken 2007 Certificate Updater.
Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.
Readers are busy in this week's TidBITS Talk discussions, covering recent articles such as the availability of HP printer drivers, Gmail push service to iPhones, and widespread SuperDrive problems. They're also looking for help and solutions on topics ranging from making scrollbars reappear in Word, dealing with spotty behavior in Eudora, encrypting information on disk, recovering a deleted login keychain, troubleshooting RSS problems in Mail, extending an AirPort network, speeding up a sluggish Mac, scheduling software updates, and separating Web browser sessions.