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Published: Mon, 22 May 2017 20:42:09 EDT

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22 May 2017

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:35:42 EDT

Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.0.4, TextExpander 6.2.1, Things 3.0.2, Microsoft Office 2016 15.34 and Office 2011 14.7.4, Mellel 3.5.3, KeyCue 8.4, Airfoil 5.6, iTunes 12.6.1, Safari 10.1.1, and Security Update 2017-002 (Yosemite and El Capitan).

 

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ExtraBITS for 22 May 2017

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:35:38 EDT

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has spent $200 million to buy a company whose engineering skills could improve Siri, Panic’s source code was stolen as a result of the HandBrake-carried malware, HomeKit support may be coming to Belkin’s Wemo line of home automation products, and the WannaCry ransomware pandemic has justified Apple’s fight with the FBI over user privacy.

 

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Google Aims to Attract Apple Users with Google I/O Announcements

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:56:14 EDT

At its Google I/O conference last week, the Mountain View tech giant again unleashed a torrent of product and service announcements. These, as usual, had more than a little relevance for Apple users.

 

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Never Be Late or Forget a Task Again with “Take Control of Calendar and Reminders”

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:26:23 EDT

You know that Apple’s built-in Calendar and Reminders apps can help you manage your schedule and to-do list. But there’s often a gap between theory and reality, so we’ll share a few key troubleshooting tips in this excerpt from Scholle McFarland’s new “Take Control of Calendar and Reminders.”

 

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External Link: Apple Spends $200 Million on Lattice Data to Improve Siri

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:50:50 EDT

Apple’s Siri was the first voice-driven assistant of its kind on the market, but in some ways, it is being overshadowed by Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana. To boost Siri's capabilities, Apple has acquired artificial intelligence company Lattice Data for $200 million, largely for the expertise of its 20 engineers. Lattice Data converts so-called “dark data” like free-form text and images into structured data that computers can understand and use in Siri's responses.

 

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OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.0.4

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:58:52 EDT

Refines the recently upgraded outlining and information organization apps. ($9.99/59.99 new, free update, 26.9 MB)

 

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TextExpander 6.2.1

Sun, 21 May 2017 22:39:35 EDT

Maintenance release provides a smattering of bug fixes. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 6.4 MB)

 

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Things 3.0.2

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:38:47 EDT

Major new release for the task manager with a redesigned user interface and new features including project headings, checklists, and time-based reminders. ($49.99 new, free update, 12.1 MB)

 

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Microsoft Office 2016 15.34 and Office 2011 14.7.4

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:37:05 EDT

Adds the Dubai font family to Office apps and introduces a new user interface design to the OneNote note-keeping app. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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Mellel 3.5.3

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:30:18 EDT

Maintenance release fixes bugs in the word processor. ($39 new, free update, 128 MB)

 

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KeyCue 8.4

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:31:03 EDT

Improves compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra. (€19.99 new, free update, 5.2 MB)

 

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External Link: HandBrake Exploit Leads to Stolen Panic Source Code

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:00:00 EDT

Panic co-founder Steven Frank has posted an embarrassing confession: after he inadvertently downloaded and installed a compromised version of HandBrake, hackers were able to steal source code to Panic’s apps. There’s no evidence that customer information, sync data, or Panic’s Web site were compromised. However, you should avoid downloading any Panic app that doesn’t come directly from Panic’s Web site or the Mac App Store, and Steven is asking users to report any unofficial versions that people see in the wild. Kudos to Panic for being so open about this and handling it quickly, and take this as a real-world lesson in why it’s important to stay alert when it comes to online security.

 

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Airfoil 5.6

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:30:53 EDT

Restores full compatibility with all versions of Apple TV. ($29 new, free update, 14.3 MB)

 

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iTunes 12.6.1

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:59:52 EDT

Brings minor app and performance improvements. (Free, 270 MB)

 

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Safari 10.1.1

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:50:28 EDT

Patches security vulnerabilities when running in Yosemite and El Capitan. (Free)

 

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Security Update 2017-002 (Yosemite and El Capitan)

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:30:43 EDT

Resolves security vulnerabilities in Apple’s older operating systems. (Free, various sizes)

 

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External Link: Belkin Adding HomeKit Support to Wemo

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:52:41 EDT

Last year, Belkin, which makes the popular Wemo line of home automation accessories, rejected adding HomeKit support because it would require new hardware. Now Belkin has reversed course, telling 9to5Mac, “Wemo is committed to bringing HomeKit support to our line of smart home solutions and will be providing more details soon.” Belkin didn’t say what caused the change of heart, but it’s possible that Apple will announce loosened HomeKit restrictions at WWDC.

 

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How to Ensure High-speed Internet Access When Buying a New Home

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:34:50 EDT

Want to move to a new house, but can’t risk losing your high-speed broadband connection? Josh Centers is living through this worry now and has some experiences and advice to share.

 

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No Email Issue on 29 May 2017 for Memorial Day

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:54:02 EDT

We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 5 June 2017.

 

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TidBITS News Shows How an Old 32-bit iOS App Becomes 64-bit

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:53:40 EDT

Wondering why developers of old 32-bit iOS apps aren’t just recompiling their code to be 64-bit happy? Matt Neuburg explains what’s going on, using the free TidBITS News app that he has just updated as an example.

 

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New CMD-D Conference Targets Automation

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:47:00 EDT

Sal Soghoian has developed a new conference called CMD-D that focuses on his specialty, automation, and features top speakers like Andy Ihnatko, John Welch, Jon Pugh, and Jason Snell. It’s August 9th in Santa Clara, CA.

 

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External Link: WannaCry Ransomware Vindicates Apple’s Battle with the FBI

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:45:26 EDT

Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook came under fire from the FBI for not providing a custom, vulnerable version of iOS so the agency could hack into the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters. Cook refused, on the grounds that it would be impossible to keep any such back door out of the hands of criminals and other intelligence agencies. His stance has now been vindicated, as stolen NSA exploits released by the Shadow Brokers hacking group were used to spread the WannaCry ransomware throughout the world. WannaCry dominated headlines briefly by infecting more than 230,000 Windows-based computers in 150 countries in 24 hours, affecting major companies and even Britain's National Health Service.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 May 2017

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:27:19 EDT

Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.3.7, PopChar X 7.7.1, and Default Folder X 5.1.5.

 

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ExtraBITS for 15 May 2017

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:27:13 EDT

In ExtraBITS this week, it seems like Amazon Prime Video is heading to the Apple TV, the Apple Watch could potentially prevent a stroke, and MacPaw has taken possession of Tekserve’s legendary Apple hardware collection.

 

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Apple to Deprecate 32-bit iOS Apps

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:57:33 EDT

The writing is on the wall for 32-bit iOS apps that haven’t seen updates in years — they will stop working in a future version of iOS. Although we previously said we wouldn’t be updating the TidBITS News app, we’ve changed our minds and will be releasing a 64-bit version shortly.

 

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DealBITS Discount: Save 20% on the iBooks Author Conference 2017

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:52:53 EDT

See who won passes to the iBooks Author Conference 2017 in last week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re not among them, read on to save 20 percent on a conference pass.

 

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Apple Releases macOS 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:46:28 EDT

Apple has updated all of its operating systems with bug fixes and various improvements.

 

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Fantastical 2.3.7

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:57:25 EDT

Adds support for setting categories on Exchange tasks and fixes several bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)

 

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32 Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2017

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:17:08 EDT

If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2017. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others.

 

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Lightening the Vacation Tech Load

Sun, 14 May 2017 17:50:57 EDT

On a recent vacation, Julio Ojeda-Zapata pared down and simplified his travel tech. Notably, and for the first time ever, he didn’t take a Mac. Other adjustments made for a less complicated and more relaxing trip – but his downsizing remains a process. If you also overpack for your trips, read on for ideas on how to travel more lightly.

 

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