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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.3

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:06:20 EST

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 70.4/71 MB)

 

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Lightroom CC 2015.8 and Lightroom 6.8

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:06:30 EST

Improves image editing responsiveness when background tasks are running ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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DirecTV Now Joins the Scrum of Cord-Cutting TV Services

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:06:25 EST

AT&T, via its DirecTV arm, joins the likes of PlayStation Vue and Sling TV with a TV streaming service that has cable-like offerings but is delivered entirely online. DirecTV Now works with the Apple TV, iOS devices, and the Mac, too.

 

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PlayStation Vue Wins Cord-Cutter Option for News and Sports

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:02:22 EST

iOS and tvOS now host three services for live content without a traditional cable or satellite package: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue. Josh Centers explains why PlayStation Vue is the superior choice for news and sports fans.

 

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Mangobeat Amplifies iPhone Volume Naturally and Sustainably

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:55:32 EST

Looking for a simple solution for amplifying your iPhone’s speaker? The Mangobeat is an all-natural amplifier made by an independent craftsman.

 

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External Link: Smartwatch Pioneer Pebble Sinks to the Bottom

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:43:12 EST

Pebble, a pioneer in the smartwatch space, has been purchased by fitness-tracking company Fitbit, and will no longer function as an independent entity. As a result, Pebble is “no longer promoting, manufacturing, or selling any devices.” The company says that Pebble devices will continue to work normally, but functionality may be reduced in the future. Pebble is no longer accepting orders and warranty support has ended. If you have products on order from Pebble, you will receive an automatic refund. We’re sad to see Pebble go, but it seems likely that Pebble’s fate was sealed once Apple and Google entered the smartwatch market.

 

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External Link: Apple Investigating a Fix for iPhone 6s Shutdowns

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:10:10 EST

We previously reported how Apple had established a repair program for iPhone 6s units that spontaneously shut down. 9to5Mac is now reporting that the company has discovered that the problem is more widespread than initially thought. Apple plans to include a diagnostic tool in the next iOS update that will help its engineers figure out how to better address the problem.

 

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External Link: The Wirecutter’s Guide to USB-C Adapters

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:05:29 EST

If you’ve purchased a new USB-C-only MacBook or Thunderbolt 3/USB-C-only MacBook Pro,, you probably need some adapters to connect your legacy USB, HDMI, and DisplayPort peripherals. The Wirecutter has vetted a few adapters, cables, and hubs that will get you started.

 

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External Link: Amazon Announces Grocery Stores without Cashiers

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:15:54 EST

Amazon has announced Amazon Go, an 1800-foot concept store that sells groceries and pre-made eats. What’s innovative about Amazon Go is that there are no cashiers — register your phone when you walk in, and Amazon will bill your account for what you walk out with, thanks to an artificial intelligence technology Amazon has dubbed “Just Walk Out.” There is one store featuring this technology now — in Seattle, of course — but it’s currently open only to select Amazon employees. Amazon plans to open the pilot store up to the public in early 2017. This technology has the potential to revolutionize retail (and employment), but it will be interesting to see how Amazon deals with accidental purchases, customer service, inventory shrink, and returns.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 December 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:00:01 EST

Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.8, Live Home 3D 3.1, Mailplane 3.6.8, 1Password 6.5.2, Fantastical 2.3.1, and Typinator 7.0.

 

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Some 2016 MacBook Pros Suffering USB Drive Problems

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:19:24 EST

Some early adopters of Apple’s just-released MacBook Pros are seeing their machines shut down repeatedly and unexpectedly. The problem appears to stem from moving lots of data over multiple hard drives connected via Thunderbolt 3’s USB-C ports, which is, of course, the only way to connect them.

 

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Amazon’s Package X-Ray Lets You Peek Inside Boxes

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:39:53 EST

Amazon’s iOS app now enables you to look inside packages from the company to help you figure out what you’ve received without having to open each box.

 

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:02:51 EST

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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.8

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:12:51 EST

Improves handling of graphics card switching and addresses more PDF issues related to changes in macOS 10.12 Sierra. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

 

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Live Home 3D 3.1

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:13:06 EST

Adds the capability to export 360-degree video for viewing on VR devices. ($29.99 new, free update, 278 MB)

 

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Mailplane 3.6.8

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:40:14 EST

Adds the option to use the active tab as the Default Sender. ($24.95 new, free update, 21.3 MB)

 

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1Password 6.5.2

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:40:02 EST

Bug fix release for the password management utility. ($64.99 new, free update, 44.3 MB)

 

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Carpool-Kids Takes the Hassle out of Carpools

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:46:03 EST

School’s in session, which means kids need rides. Mike Matthews shares details about an app that can help parents team up to spread the driving duties.

 

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Fantastical 2.3.1

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:39:53 EST

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. ($49.99 new, free update, 12.8 MB)

 

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Typinator 7.0

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:39:25 EST

Major new release of the text-expansion tool enables the creation of interactive forms and introduces subscriptions for sharing abbreviation sets. (€24.99 new, €12.49 upgrade, 8.5 MB)

 

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Netflix Introduces Offline Viewing for iOS

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:47:17 EST

Netflix now allows iOS users to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing. Josh Centers explains how.

 

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iBooks StoryTime Brings Read-Aloud Books to Apple TV

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:27:53 EST

Want your kids to turn off the TV and open a book? Apple’s release of iBooks StoryTime for Apple TV just gave your kids a counter-argument. But screen time concerns remain.

 

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How to Stop iCloud Calendar Spam

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:23:34 EST

A “helpful” feature of iCloud lets spammers insert ads in your calendar as event invitations. Andy Affleck explains how spammers are exploiting iCloud and what you can do to stop it.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 November 2016

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:24:30 EST

Notable software releases this week include Alfred 3.2, Microsoft Office 2016 15.28 and Office 2011 14.7, Hazel 4.0.8, Slack for Mac 2.3.2, Postbox 5.0.7, ChronoSync 4.7.1, 1Password 6.5.1, and Pixelmator 3.6.

 

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No TidBITS Issue on 28 November 2016

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:21:00 EST

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to post articles and ExtraBITS links on our Web site. The next email issue will be published on 5 December 2016.

 

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What Apple’s MacBook Lineup Should Look Like

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:36:57 EST

Dismayed by Apple’s direction with the new MacBook Pro models? You’re far from alone. Either way, Adam Engst feels that Apple needs to rethink its laptop lineup to provide models that optimize for each of price, size, and performance.

 

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Understanding Apple’s Marginalization of the Mac

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:33:23 EST

Adam Engst argues that Apple’s recent Mac-related announcements are understandable because, despite its size and capabilities, the company can focus on only one platform at a time. And it’s not the Mac.

 

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Apple Announces iPhone 6s Repair Program for Unexpected Shutdowns

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:19:52 EST

Apple has launched a repair program to address spontaneous shutdown issues that affect a small number of iPhone 6s phones.

 

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Alfred 3.2

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:51:23 EST

Brings improved workflow building, Script Filter enhancements, and integration with 1Password. (£17 new, free update, 2.7 MB)

 

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Microsoft Office 2016 15.28 and Office 2011 14.7

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:37:42 EST

Improves accessibility features and error reporting. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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