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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 June 2017

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:47:03 EDT

Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 6.9, Aeon Timeline 2.2.3, and Airfoil 5.6.1.

 

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ExtraBITS for 26 June 2017

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:46:59 EDT

We have two ExtraBITS commemorating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone: veteran technology journalists gathered to discuss how the iPhone has changed the world, and former Apple executive Scott Forstall appeared onstage at the Computer History Museum to discuss the iPhone’s origins and more.

 

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External Link: The iPhone at 10

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:31:14 EDT

Believe it or not, the iPhone has been on the market for 10 years! To mark the occasion, tech journalist David Pogue reunited with the three other journalists who were given pre-release review iPhones by Apple: Steven Levy, Ed Baig, and Walt Mossberg. Although the iPhone would end up changing the world, that wasn’t apparent at first. “After three days, I was ready to throw this thing out of the window for trying to type on glass,” Mossberg quipped. But has Apple run out of steam since the debut of the iPhone? Baig rose to Apple’s defense. “How often can you come out with something that changes the world? I mean, we’re all unfair, perhaps, in the media sometimes. Oh, they haven’t had a hit lately. Well, who else had a hit lately? It’s not an easy thing to do.”

 

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External Link: Scott Forstall Interviewed at the Computer Museum

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:12:03 EDT

To commemorate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, Scott Forstall, Apple’s former Senior Vice President of iOS Software, sat down for an interview with journalist John Markoff at the Computer History Museum. Forstall told stories about the origins of the iPhone and how Steve Jobs saved his life.

 

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LaunchBar 6.9

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:31:51 EDT

Improves the app’s appearance and adds support for Things 3. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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A Weird but Effective iPhone Car Mount

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Want a better car mount for your iPhone? Josh Centers has one to recommend, assuming you have an accessible CD slot in your car and keep your iPhone in a case.

 

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Virgin Mobile Partners with Apple to Go iPhone-only with $1 Service

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:50:33 EDT

Virgin Mobile is becoming the first iPhone-exclusive cellular carrier, and it’s offering a year of service for only $1. But is the deal too good to be true? And what does Apple’s involvement mean?

 

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Aeon Timeline 2.2.3

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:07:35 EDT

Fixes a bug that prevented Mac App Store and Setapp versions from syncing with Ulysses. ($50 new, free update, 50.0 MB)

 

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Airfoil 5.6.1

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:07:20 EDT

Updates the Instant On component to improve audio transmission from select apps and now requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite. ($29 new, free update, 14.4 MB)

 

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Save 25% on Take Control Books and 15 Mac Apps in SummerFest Sale

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:49:57 EDT

Looking for tools or help with your summer writing or research projects? The multi-developer SummerFest sale will give you 25 percent off 15 Mac apps and all Take Control books.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19 June 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:29:06 EDT

Notable software releases this week include Tinderbox 7.1, Microsoft Office 2016 15.35 and Office 2011 14.7.5, OmniFocus 2.10, BBEdit 11.6.7, PopChar X 8.0, and Pages 6.2, Numbers 4.2, and Keynote 7.2 for Mac.

 

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ExtraBITS for 19 June 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:29:01 EDT

Apple Music is now offering a cheaper annual subscription, Ars Technica takes a look at macOS 10.13 High Sierra’s underpinnings, and Jeff Bezos just spent more at Whole Foods than you ever will.

 

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External Link: Apple Music Adds $99 Annual Subscription Option

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:59:24 EDT

An individual Apple Music subscription costs $9.99 per month ($119.88 per year), but you can now save about 20 percent with Apple’s new $99 annual subscription. For some people, not having to account for monthly credit card charges will be an added bonus. Apple has made the new option a bit hard to find, but 9to5Mac explains how to get it. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t yet offer an annual subscription for family or student plans.

 

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Tinderbox 7.1

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:24:24 EDT

Fetches styled text from DEVONthink and improves performance. ($249 new, free update, 31 MB)

 

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External Link: Under High Sierra’s Hood

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:01:20 EDT

As a refinement update, macOS 10.13 High Sierra doesn’t seem to offer much over 10.12 Sierra, but there’s a lot going on beneath the surface. Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham takes a deep dive into the foundational improvements coming to High Sierra, including the APFS filesystem, the HEVC video and HEIF image formats, and the Metal 2 graphics API. Although most users won’t likely even realize these technologies are in play, they should make your Mac faster and more efficient.

 

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: The Elgato Eve Room

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:06:49 EDT

The Elgato Eve Room is a HomeKit-compatible device that monitors air quality, relative humidity, and temperature in a room. Josh Centers shows you how you can use its data to control your appliances.

 

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External Link: Amazon to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:01:11 EDT

Amazon has stunned the financial and tech worlds by announcing that it will acquire upscale grocer Whole Foods for an eye-popping $13.7 billion. We already knew that Amazon was testing automated convenience stores without cashiers, but the company has even larger ambitions. It seems likely that Amazon bought Whole Foods as a way of gaining access to 431 prime retail distribution centers. Internet wags have suggested that Jeff Bezos accidentally purchased Whole Foods through a muddled conversation with his Amazon Echo and just decided to roll with it.

 

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Apple Focusing on Autonomous Driving Systems

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:00:25 EDT

Tim Cook unexpectedly revealed that Apple is working on autonomous systems for self-driving cars. Rumors surrounding Apple’s Project Titan car team have been swirling since 2014, but Cook’s statement in a Bloomberg Technology interview was the first public statement that Apple has made about its plans in this space. Adam Engst summarizes what Apple has done so far and ponders what Apple’s announcement might mean.

 

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Microsoft Office 2016 15.35 and Office 2011 14.7.5

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:20:56 EDT

Makes improvements to Outlook in Office 2016 and resolves remote code execution vulnerabilities in both editions. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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OmniFocus 2.10

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:05:13 EDT

Adds a preference to show the Inbox in the Projects sidebar. ($39.99 new, free update, 30.6 MB)

 

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BBEdit 11.6.7

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:01:04 EDT

Fixes bugs and crashes, and no longer attempts to load the built-in Consolas for BBEdit font. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)

 

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PopChar X 8.0

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:59:25 EDT

Major new release of the character discovery utility lets you create custom layouts. (€29.99 new, free update, 5.0 MB)

 

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What’s Coming in tvOS 11

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:59:21 EDT

Despite no mention during the WWDC keynote, tvOS 11 is on the way. Just don’t get your hopes up.

 

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Pages 6.2, Numbers 4.2, and Keynote 7.2 for Mac

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:07:20 EDT

All three iWork apps gain the capability to reply to comments and a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes. (Free, various sizes)

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12 June 2017

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:53:42 EDT

Notable software releases this week include Boom 3D 1.0, GarageBand 10.2, and Swift Publisher 5.0.

 

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ExtraBITS for 12 June 2017

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:53:37 EDT

In ExtraBITS this week, scam apps seem to be making big money in the App Store, iOS review prompts are becoming less annoying, Apple is positioning the iPad for a comeback, and the company has announced the 2017 Apple Design Award winners.

 

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FileMaker 16’s Invisible Brilliance

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:15:33 EDT

With FileMaker 16, FileMaker Inc. has released a significant update to one of the world’s most popular database platforms. William Porter looks at some highlights of FileMaker 16 and explains why they matter to users and developers — and potentially to the rest of the Internet.

 

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2017 iMac Configuration Quirks: Don’t Get Burned!

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:14:48 EDT

An alert TidBITS reader tipped us off to some quirks in Apple’s online store when configuring the just-updated iMacs. Depending on which model you start with, you might end up with a worse configuration for the same price, or you might pay more for the same configuration.

 

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External Link: Scam Apps Are Making Big Money in the App Store

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:57:03 EDT

How does an app from a no-name developer earn $80,000 per month on the App Store? Johnny Lin decided to find out. The app “Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN” claims to scan your iPhone for viruses and malware, charging a whopping $99.99 for a 7-day subscription (it seems to have disappeared now). Of course, thanks to iOS sandboxing and other security features, malware isn’t a significant issue in Apple’s mobile operating system. Lin details how unethical developers are taking advantage of App Store tools and policies to bilk unsuspecting iOS users, and he offers suggestions for how Apple can solve the problem. It’s baffling that Apple approved apps like this in the first place — perhaps it’s a side effect of faster app review times. Until Apple removes these scam apps and improves its app review policies, spread the word to make sure family and friends don’t get ripped off!

 

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Boom 3D 1.0

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:38:12 EDT

Major update to the volume booster and equalizer app adds 3D virtual surround audio. ($16.99 new, $6.80 upgrade, 22.2 MB)

 

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