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LaunchBar 6.11.1

Maintenance release with bug fixes and improvements for the keyboard-based launcher. ($29 new, free update, 15.7 MB)

Adam Engst 39 comments

Well-Known Apple Developers Support Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking

A collection of well-known Apple developers, podcasters, and professors have signed on to the Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking, a call to action among software developers and users alike to encourage capabilities that allow linking between information resources, both local and on the Web.

Josh Centers

#1530: COVID-19 exposure notifications; Take Control books for Big Sur, iOS 14, and Zoom; post-migration tasks on a new Mac

Happy Labor Day to our American readers! Apple last week released iOS 13.7, building in support for the joint Apple-Google COVID-19 exposure notification technology—but remember, you can enable it only if your state or country…

Adam Engst 13 comments

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Josh Centers 10 comments

Feeling Paranoid? Micro Snitch Tells You If Your Mac Is Spying on You

If you’re afraid that your webcam may be spying on you, Micro Snitch from Objective Development monitors your Mac’s webcam and microphone, alerting you when an app activates them and maintaining a log of all activity.

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LaunchBar 6.1.0

Adds compatibility with macOS 10.14 Mojave and its Dark mode. ($29 new, free update, 14.5 MB)

Josh Centers

#1484: Apple releases iOS 13.1, 13.1.1, 13.1.2, and 12.4.2, plus watchOS 6.0.1 and 5.3.2; AirPods vs. PowerBeats Pro; what’s unique about iPadOS

Apple’s clown-car release approach continues, with iOS and iPadOS 13.1 delivering some promised iOS 13 features like personal automations and driving ETAs, and more bug and security fixes coming from the subsequent iOS and iPadOS…

Adam Engst 187 comments

Arc Will Change the Way You Work on the Web

The Web browser Arc has made a larger difference in jaded tech reviewer Adam Engst’s digital work life than any app in decades. Read his deep dive on what sets Arc apart from other browsers.

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LaunchBar 6.9.5

Requires 1Password 7 to be unlocked in order to open a Login via LaunchBar. ($29 new, free update, 14.6 MB)

Adam Engst 9 comments

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Adam Engst 99 comments

Is It Safe to Upgrade to macOS 11 Big Sur?

Should you upgrade to macOS 11 Big Sur from a previous version of macOS? Only you can answer that question for sure, but Adam Engst has upgraded his primary Mac with no significant problems. Our recommendation is that it should now be safe to upgrade, though you might want to wait for macOS 11.3, due soon.

Josh Centers

#1463: Apple recalls plug adapters, how to cancel Apple News+, 3M WorkTunes headphones, find digital movie rental deals

If you’re in the UK, Hong Kong, or Singapore, note that Apple has recalled some three-prong wall plug adapters due to the risk of electrical shock. Apple News+ celebrated its one-month birthday last week, and…

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Default Folder X 5.3.5

Ensures correct operation of the Save dialog of macOS 10.14 Mojave's enhanced screenshot utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.9 MB)

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LaunchBar 6.9.4

Fixes scripts that deal with phone numbers not working on macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra. ($29 new, free update, 14.6 MB)