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Published: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:28:58 EDT

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External Link: Apple Acknowledges Weird “Discontinued” Email Messages

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:35:31 EDT

If you subscribe to iCloud storage or Apple Music, you may have received an odd email message from Apple saying that your subscription was discontinued last week. There was speculation at the time that the messages were sent by mistake due to a server hiccup, and that now seems likely. A few days later, Apple apologized to affected users, acknowledged that it had sent the messages in error, and confirmed that no changes to iCloud storage or Apple Music subscriptions were made. Mistakes happen — what matters is that Apple took responsibility for it.

 

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External Link: Tim Cook Dressed Down Uber for Spying on iPhone Users

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:01:45 EDT

Ride-sharing company Uber has had a rough 2017 so far, getting caught in one sleazy business practice after another. But Mike Isaac’s report in the New York Times may be the last straw for many Apple users. It turns out that Uber was using its popular app to secretly identify and track iPhones, even after the app had been deleted and the phone erased. Uber went so far as to hide that code for anyone inside a geofence surrounding Apple’s headquarters. In early 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook summoned Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to his office to order him to stop. Uber did, but as you’ll read in this lengthy biography of Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, there have been plenty of other shenanigans since.

 

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MacTech Pro 2017 Dates and Locations

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:29:29 EDT

If you’re an Apple consultant or IT professional, check out the MacTech Pro series of events, which take place throughout the United States during the rest of this year.

 

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Apple Releases 10th Annual Environmental Responsibility Report

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:12:51 EDT

In its 10th annual Environmental Responsibility Report, Apple shares how well it has executed on its environmental policies and sets bold goals for the future.

 

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EagleFiler 1.7.6

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:08:54 EDT

Adds support for searching EagleFiler libraries from third-party applications like Alfred and LaunchBar. ($40 new, free update, 18.0 MB)

 

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iLife and iWork Apps Now Free for Everyone

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:34:13 EDT

Apple has made its iLife and iWork apps free for all iOS and macOS users running supported versions of Apple’s operating systems. That’s great, but why now?

 

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Internet Archive Hosts Functional Classic Mac Apps

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:37:54 EDT

Hankering to play Crystal Quest or Lode Runner again, in their original 9-inch black-and-white glory? Thanks to the Internet Archive, you can run dozens of apps for the original Macintosh in your Web browser.

 

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Parallels Desktop 12.2.0

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:06:18 EDT

Addresses some bugs related to the recently released Windows 10 Creators Update. ($99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 256 MB)

 

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Lightroom CC 2015.10 and Lightroom 6.10

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:05:34 EDT

Fixes bugs and adds support for new cameras and lenses. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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DealBITS Discount: Save 30% on Letter Opener for macOS Mail

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:17:59 EDT

See who won copies of Letter Opener for macOS Mail in last week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re not among them, read on to save 30 percent on the essential add-on for macOS Mail that displays the contents of winmail.dat files automatically.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17 April 2017

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:01:34 EDT

Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.11, OmniFocus 2.9, Final Cut Pro X 10.3.3, Compressor 4.3.2, and Motion 5.3.2, and iMovie 10.1.5.

 

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ExtraBITS for 17 April 2017

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:01:19 EDT

In ExtraBITS this week, Kindle ebook readers finally gain ragged right text alignment and an NYU grad student shares his story of working undercover in an iPhone factory.

 

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TidBITS Turns 27: Pondering the Future

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:58:44 EDT

While marking the 27th anniversary of the founding of TidBITS, publisher Adam Engst looks forward to upcoming life changes that might free up enough time to rebuild the increasingly creaky technical infrastructure around TidBITS’s strong content heart.

 

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External Link: Kindle Readers Get Ragged Right Text Alignment

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:48:18 EDT

Amazon has released a software update for its line of Kindle electronic book readers to support ragged right text alignment. Previously, the Kindle readers displayed only fully justified text, which spans the width of the page but often suffers from odd gaps between words. You can find the new alignment option on the Page tab of the Font panel. The software update is available for all sixth- through eighth-generation Kindle readers, and it also promises faster highlighting and better support for Japanese manga comics.

 

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Evernote 6.11

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:11:46 EDT

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro and fixes numerous bugs. (Free update, 55.5 MB)

 

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OmniFocus 2.9

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:11:56 EDT

Introduces a new attachment storage and sync system that improves performance and storage efficiency. ($39.99 new, free update, 29 MB)

 

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Final Cut Pro X 10.3.3, Compressor 4.3.2, and Motion 5.3.2

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:12:15 EDT

Deals with DVD-related issues in Final Cut Pro X and Compressor. ($$299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates)

 

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iMovie 10.1.5

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:12:07 EDT

Fixes a couple of bugs in the video editing app. (Free with all new Macs or $14.99 new, free update, 2.15 GB)

 

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Getting Your Devices and Data Over the U.S. Border

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:13:12 EDT

Planning ahead (and knowing your rights) can make all the difference if you want to cross into the United States without opening your entire digital life to U.S. authorities.

 

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External Link: Undercover in a Chinese iPhone Factory

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:31:23 EDT

How’s this for a summer project? NYU grad student Dejian Zeng spent six weeks last summer working in an iPhone factory near Shanghai. Zeng agreed to an interview with Business Insider’s Kif Leswing to describe his experience. There have been horror stories about conditions inside Chinese iPhone contract manufacturing factories, but outside of dorm life and the temporary nature of the work, Zeng’s experience will sound pretty familiar to anyone acquainted with American factory work.

 

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PDFpen 9 Improves Markup, Tables of Contents, and More

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:09:26 EDT

Smile has released version 9 of its PDF utilities, PDFpen and PDFpenPro, featuring enhanced annotation handling, a new search-and-highlight capability, linked files, and more.

 

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ACEs Conference Helps Consultants Grow Their Businesses

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:27:51 EDT

If you’re looking to grow an IT consulting business, consider attending the ACEs Conference in Phoenix on May 31st and June 1st.

 

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BusyCal 2/Google Calendar Users Should Upgrade

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:16:34 EDT

A change in Google Calendar will make it incompatible with BusyCal 2 as of 20 April 2017. The solution is to upgrade to BusyCal 3, if possible.

 

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Comparing Five iOS Travel Management Apps

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:11:09 EDT

Travel veteran Mike Matthews has been booking flights since the days of typewriters and travel agents. He reviews five travel management apps and offers his impressions of each.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10 April 2017

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:19:11 EDT

The only notable software release this week was OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.0.1.

 

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ExtraBITS for 10 April 2017

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:19:04 EDT

In ExtraBITS this week, AT&T is using HBO as a carrot to lure more TV and cellular subscribers, YouTube is rolling out its own TV service, Comcast is entering the cellular market, and developer Panic voices concerns about the market for professional-grade iOS software.

 

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Verizon to Drop Email Service

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:25:23 EDT

Verizon’s ISP business is dropping email service for its customers. You have the option of retaining your verizon.net email address, but there’s a catch. Josh Centers helps you explore your options.

 

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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Letter Opener for macOS Mail

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:37:03 EDT

If you regularly receive email from Windows users that comes with essential portions of the message in a winmail.dat attachment, you need Letter Opener for macOS Mail. Enter to win a copy in this week’s DealBITS drawing!

 

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External Link: AT&T Adds HBO as Unlimited Data Plan Bonus

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:05:20 EDT

The unlimited data plan wars continue to heat up. AT&T has announced that customers of its Unlimited Plus wireless plan who also subscribe to AT&T-owned TV services like DirecTV, DirecTV Now, and U-Verse will also get HBO for free. In addition, streaming HBO will not count against the 22 GB soft bandwidth cap. Unlimited Plus customers will also receive a $25 per month credit toward the aforementioned TV services. If you live in an AT&T service area, that’s a sweet deal if you want unlimited mobile Internet, TV service, and HBO (which usually costs about $15 per month on its own).

 

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External Link: YouTube TV Rolling Out in Select Cities

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:10:12 EDT

Google’s promised YouTube TV streaming service has arrived, at least in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area. For $35 per month, you get local channels for the major broadcast networks, as well as popular cable networks. As with traditional cable, shows are not generally ad-free. The first month is free, and Google will give you a free Chromecast after your first payment. YouTube TV includes six separate accounts, so everyone in the family can have their own cloud DVR library. Interestingly, YouTube TV is primarily mobile-focused, though you can use a Chromecast to watch on your TV. In our informal Twitter poll about TV streaming services, respondents were more interested in YouTube TV than DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.

 

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