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Published: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:00:12 EST

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Apple Releases iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:00:03 EST

Another week, another set of Apple operating system updates. Apart from HomePod support in iOS and Siri getting in touch with its inner anchorperson, most of the changes in these updates fix security vulnerabilities. You’ll want to install them sooner rather than later.

 

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HomePod Arrives February 9th, Multi-Room Audio to Follow Later in 2018

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:26:47 EST

Apple has announced a shipping date for the HomePod smart speaker, and you’ll be able to preorder it soon. But should you? Josh Centers expresses some doubts.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22 January 2018

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:21:08 EST

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.4, Microsoft Office 2016 16.9, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.17, Mailplane 3.7.2, Fantastical 2.4.5, Ulysses 12.3, SoundSource 3.0.3, Piezo 1.5.6, 1Password 6.8.6, and Typinator 7.4.

 

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ExtraBITS for 22 January 2018

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:21:04 EST

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has been hit by a double dose of bad: a new form of DNS hijacking malware that targets the Mac and another crashing link bug for Messages in both macOS and iOS.

 

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External Link: Mysterious DNS Hijacking Malware Targets Mac Users

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:16:54 EST

A new piece of Mac malware is making the rounds. OSX/MaMi hijacks macOS’s DNS settings to intercept traffic by routing it through malicious servers. Additional capabilities, which didn’t seem to be active in the version that researcher Patrick Wardle analyzed, including taking screenshots, generating simulated mouse events, persisting as a launch item, downloading and uploading files, and executing commands. The motive, author, and how OSX/MaMi is spread are currently unknown, and when the Hacker News article was published, antivirus apps weren’t able to detect it. To see if you’re infected, check your DNS settings in System Preferences > Network, and look for the DNS servers 82.163.143.135 and 82.163.142.137. But unless you did something to bypass macOS’s Gatekeeper security, you likely have nothing to worry about since the malware’s executable isn’t signed by Apple.

 

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CARROT Weather Predicts Cloudy with a Chance of Snark

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:20:50 EST

CARROT Weather’s AI would kill you if it could, but since it can’t, it instead provides accurate and attractive weather forecasts. Josh Centers explains why CARROT Weather has become his favorite weather app.

 

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GraphicConverter 10.5.4

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:12:43 EST

Adds HEIC export capabilities via an external helper tool on macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($39.95 new, free update, 181 MB)

 

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Microsoft Office 2016 16.9

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:13:06 EST

Adds real-time collaborative editing and AutoSave features. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update)

 

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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.17

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:13:20 EST

Adds support for searching PDF annotations and text entered into PDF forms and improves link insertion. (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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Mailplane 3.7.2

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:43:10 EST

Adds support for the new Google Calendar in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($24.95 new, free update, 64.8 MB)

 

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Fantastical 2.4.5

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:42:56 EST

Adds events and reminders to Spotlight search results in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($49.99 new, free update, 15.3 MB)

 

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Ulysses 12.3

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:41:49 EST

Returns the Services submenu to the Editor contextual and fixes an issue with CJK characters. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 21 MB))

 

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HomeKit Hardware to Expect in 2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:21:28 EST

Apple’s HomeKit home-automation ecosystem has been growing slowly but steadily, and numerous companies took advantage of CES 2018 to announce new HomeKit-compatible devices. Explore the most compelling new products with HomeKit expert Josh Centers.

 

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SoundSource 3.0.3

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:09:03 EST

Provides full compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($10 new, free update, 3.5 MB)

 

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Piezo 1.5.6

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:09:26 EST

Updates the Instant On component to fix compatibility issues with Skype 8. ($19 new, free update, 8.3 MB)

 

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1Password 6.8.6

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:08:24 EST

Brings back iCloud sync using Apple’s native iCloud framework. ($64.99 new, free update, 48.6 MB)

 

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Typinator 7.4

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:09:41 EST

Improves the Quick Search feature to display all matches in a scrollable list. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.7 MB)

 

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CES 2018: Eureka Park Wraps Up CES

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:57:50 EST

In wrapping up his CES coverage, Jeff Porten explores the show within a show that CES sets aside for startups, Eureka Park. Follow along as he finds a portable scanner, kid-focused smartwatch, global hotspot, solar-powered car, and monitoring shoes for seniors.

 

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CES 2018: The Main Show, LVCC, and Sands

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:42:16 EST

Jeff Porten misses the riding luggage, wears a camera on his face, sees some ridiculously fast SSD drives, and roams the CES main floor.

 

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External Link: Messages App Plagued by Another Crashing Link Bug

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:31:39 EST

Twitter user Abraham Masri has discovered a Web link that, when opened in the Messages app on iOS or macOS, causes freezing, crashing, battery issues, and other nasty behavior. This isn’t the first time that a rogue link or piece of text has broken one of Apple’s apps. Apple will likely release a fix soon.

 

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Dictation Eases Data Entry

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:09:21 EST

If you need to enter numbers, dates, or times into your Mac by hand, there’s an easier way than typing them with your keyboard. Instead, try dictating them into your iPhone or iPad!

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 January 2018

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:03:17 EST

Notable software releases this week include Quicken 4.6.8, EagleFiler 1.8.2, and LaunchBar 6.9.4.

 

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ExtraBITS for 15 January 2018

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:03:13 EST

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is expanding iOS parental controls in response to investor pressure, and the first onscreen appearance of Mickey Mouse could soon be in the public domain.

 

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What to Do If Your iPad Gets Disabled By Too Many Passcode Entries

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:56:15 EST

A built-in security feature can turn your iOS device into a paperweight if someone enters an incorrect passcode too many times. Here’s how to recover from that situation.

 

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Quicken 4.6.8

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:38:24 EST

Adds a new message warning when a sync hasn’t completed when trying to quit Quicken. ($74.99 new, free update from Quicken 2017)

 

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EagleFiler 1.8.2

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:38:09 EST

Allows tag names to contain spaces for improved interoperability with Finder tags. ($40 new, free update, 20.0 MB)

 

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LaunchBar 6.9.4

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:37:48 EST

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

 

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CES 2018: ShowStoppers Prepares for the Collapse of Civilization

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:10:22 EST

Jeff Porten, who never leaves civilization, finds several products designed to help you survive the wilderness, alongside things useful in cities.

 

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CES 2018: PEPCOM Digital Experience

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:13:45 EST

Jeff Porten continues the trek through the CES pre-shows and finds more gadgetry (a 1 TB USB stick, an inexpensive USB-C hub) and technological innovations (a smartwatch that charges from body heat, a dual-screen smartphone).

 

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External Link: Apple Planning More iOS Parental Controls

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:00:55 EST

Responding to concerns from two large shareholders (who hold approximately $2 billion in Apple stock) over the effect mobile devices have on the mental health of children, Apple has announced that it’s planning better parental control features in future versions of iOS. Apple already offers better parental controls than most platforms, and the company said in a statement, “Apple has always looked out for kids, and we work hard to create powerful products that inspire, entertain, and educate children while also helping parents protect them online.” That may not be sufficient for the investors, who also want Apple to create an expert advisory committee, partner with outside researchers, help educate parents about Apple’s tools, and assign a high-level executive to monitor the issue and publish annual progress reports.

 

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