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Published: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:56:43 EDT

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Vote for Your Favorite Mac Markdown Editor

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:15:05 EDT

Our last survey to determine the favorite word processor of TidBITS readers revealed that lots of people have moved to Markdown-capable text editors for many writing tasks. So that’s where we’re looking next — if you have a favorite Markdown editor and experience with other apps in the category, register your opinions today!

 

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Join Adam Engst for Support Essentials at MacTech Pro New York

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:26:05 EDT

For Apple professionals in the New York metro area, the MacTech Pro seminar in your area is coming up next week. Adam Engst will be attending, and TidBITS readers who want to take in the sessions can save $200 on an event pass.

 

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Apple Releases macOS 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:35:41 EDT

Apple has released minor updates for all of its operating systems with bug and security fixes.

 

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External Link: Google Glass Returns… In Factories and Warehouses

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:36:25 EDT

Google Glass, the tech giant’s augmented reality eyewear that flopped in consumer usage due to buggy behavior and privacy concerns, may have found its niche. Companies like agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO and shipment company DHL have discovered that an upgraded version of Glass radically improves productivity for workers who need product assembly instructions or are picking items in a warehouse. The Wired article’s money quote: “In the enterprise world, Glass is not an outgrowth of the intrusive and distracting smart phone, but a tool for getting work done and nothing else.” We may see more movement toward eyewear from Apple if the company’s new augmented reality ARKit technology takes off because it’s a lot easier to see digital data overlaid on the real world through glasses than on an iPhone.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17 July 2017

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:19:39 EDT

Notable software releases this week include Aeon Timeline 2.2.5, KeyCue 8.5, PopChar X 8.1, and Fantastical 2.4.

 

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ExtraBITS for 17 July 2017

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:19:34 EDT

In ExtraBITS this week, Andy Ihnatko ponders a world overly reliant on technology, the Apple Store introduces interactive HomeKit demos, and a report claims that Siri usage is declining.

 

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External Link: Connected Condiments: When Will It Have Gone Too Far?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:01:36 EDT

Andy Ihnatko is letting off steam as only he can, with an extended analogy about how he was just trying to make a ham-and-cheese sandwich but got distracted by an Internet-related error with the mustard. It’s silly, of course, but his larger point is that we’ve created a world built on so many dependencies that it’s amazing that anything works at all. We’ve all been there; the question is how we get back.

 

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Your Favorite Mac Word Processors

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:14:06 EDT

With votes from over 800 TidBITS readers in the past week, we have recommendations for the top word processors on the Mac, including some strong alternatives to Microsoft Word.

 

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The Problem With Abandoned Apps

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:04:39 EDT

A growing scrap heap of abandoned iOS apps is creating a troubling environment for developers. Marc Zeedar, publisher of xDev Magazine, explores the situation.

 

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AgileBits Isn’t Forcing 1Password Data to Live in the Cloud

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:18:22 EDT

A news report referring to AgileBits’s aggressive shift to subscription-based licensing for 1Password overstates a requirement to store passwords at its 1Password.com site.

 

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Aeon Timeline 2.2.5

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:38:08 EDT

Addresses a crash that occurred with Move Items to Trash when syncing with Ulysses. ($50 new, free update, 49.8 MB)

 

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KeyCue 8.5

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:37:58 EDT

Speeds up background activities and reduces memory allocation, while also addressing a couple of bugs. (€19.99 new, free update, 5.3 MB)

 

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PopChar X 8.1

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:37:33 EDT

Adds more search keywords for emoji characters and support for the new Unicode 10.0 standard. (€29.99 new, free update from version 8.0, 5.0 MB)

 

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Fantastical 2.4

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:37:21 EDT

Adds some frequently requested features, including attachment viewing and editing on iCloud and Exchange accounts and travel time notifications. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.3 MB)

 

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External Link: [Updated] Verizon Users: Change Your PIN Immediately

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:34:05 EDT

In the latest piece of high-profile security news, PINs associated with 6 million Verizon accounts were exposed on an unsecured server, along with subscriber names. The information came from call logs from landline customers who had contacted Verizon customer service in the last 6 months. Verizon asks for a PIN when you call in to make account changes, so an attacker with that information could not only make unwanted changes to your account, but also hijack your account in such a way as to intercept text messages used for two-factor authentication. (Better 2FA options include a system like Apple’s, which relies on an Apple-managed communications channel to devices you own, or an authenticator app like Google Authenticator, Authy, or 1Password.) If you use Verizon and particularly if you know you have contacted the company recently, log in to your Verizon account or call Verizon to change your PIN as soon as possible.

[Update: Verizon has now issued a statement clarifying that the information was exposed, but not accessed by anyone other than the security researcher who reported the problem. Verizon took pains to note that the data was unrelated to Verizon Wireless, and that the information came from landline customers, contained only a limited number of cell phone numbers for contact purposes, and could not be used on its on to make account changes, rendering the two-factor authentication worry moot.]

 

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External Link: Apple Stores Introduce Interactive HomeKit Demos

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:59:59 EDT

It’s difficult to convey the benefits of home automation to someone who has never experienced it. To address this challenge, Apple has begun rolling out an interactive HomeKit experience in 46 of its retail stores around the world. You’ll be able to use an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch to control virtual HomeKit accessories displayed on a screen. While not as impressive as the real thing, it should at least give you an idea of how HomeKit works and how you might integrate it into your house. Other Apple stores will feature a non-interactive HomeKit demo.

 

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Apple Launches Repair Program for First-Generation Apple Watches

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:25:38 EDT

If the back cover of your first-generation Apple Watch has come loose, Apple will repair it for free.

 

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External Link: Siri Usage and Engagement Declining

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:02:37 EDT

A somewhat odd Verto Analytics report on virtual assistant use on mobile devices claims that while Siri remains the most popular virtual assistant in the United States, both usage and engagement are dropping. Siri’s user base reportedly declined by 15 percent to 41.4 million over the past year, and engagement (a metric that compares daily users to monthly users) has dropped by half during that period. Suggested reasons include Google rolling out voice support across all its apps and people starting to use mobile apps associated with home-based voice assistant devices, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Apple undoubtedly hopes that its HomePod smart speaker with Siri support will reverse this trend.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10 July 2017

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:10:43 EDT

Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 3.1.9 and BusyContacts 1.1.9, Parallels Desktop 12.2.1, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.13, and Bookends 12.8.2.

 

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Vote for Your Favorite Mac Word Processor

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:24:11 EDT

What Mac app do you rely on for word processing? Vote for your favorite app in our poll this week, and we’ll report on the results next week.

 

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Desktop, Screensaver, and Browser Tab Eye Candy for Your Mac

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:33:19 EDT

Apple provides some fantastic images for use as Desktop backgrounds and screensavers, but if you like seeing pretty pictures regularly, you’ll get bored with Apple’s tiny collection. Happily, Mac developers have tapped massive Internet photo sites to give you an inexhaustible set of beautiful photos to dress up your Desktop, screensaver, and browser windows.

 

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BusyCal 3.1.9 and BusyContacts 1.1.9

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:06:29 EDT

Both apps fix a crash related to Exchange Delegate Access, and BusyCal improves syncing of iCloud events with attachments. ($49.99 new for each, free update, 11.3/5.4 MB)

 

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Parallels Desktop 12.2.1

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 06:06:58 EDT

Maintenance update for the virtualization software fixes a few bugs. ($99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 256 MB)

 

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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.13

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:06:45 EDT

Updates the decluttering service for clipping articles from the Web for all editions of DEVONthink. (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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Bookends 12.8.2

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 23:07:08 EDT

Brings a new Cited toggle option to the reference management tool’s Inspector window. ($59.99 new, free update, 37.3 MB)

 

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: What’s Coming in iOS 11

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:18:51 EDT

Big changes are coming to the HomeKit ecosystem in iOS 11, along with some welcome tweaks for users. Josh Centers looks at why we’ll have more HomeKit hardware, how Apple redesigned Control Center in iOS 11, improvements in setting up Accessories and Automations, and more.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 3 July 2017

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 17:32:23 EDT

Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.4.13, Moneydance 2017.3, and MoneyWiz 2.6.

 

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ExtraBITS for 3 July 2017

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 17:32:19 EDT

In ExtraBITS this week, we continue our celebration of the iPhone’s 10th birthday: Joanna Stern lives with the original iPhone for a day and some of the iPhone’s creators worry about its impact on society.

 

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Jamf Now Sponsoring TidBITS

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:57:44 EDT

Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Jamf Now, the cloud-based mobile device management solution for Apple devices in small- to medium-sized organizations.

 

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External Link: Trying to Live with the Original iPhone in 2017

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:36:51 EDT

The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern vowed to live with an original iPhone for a week, but she lasted only 12 hours, as summarized in this amusing video. The original iPhone lacks a front-facing camera, video capture, and Siri, and both performance and battery life were underwhelming. Worst of all, most apps and Web sites don’t work with it anymore. There was a headphone jack, but even then you needed a dongle to use non-Apple headphones. It’s easy to say that technology has advanced considerably since 2007, but it’s also clear that many problems stemmed from a lack of emphasis on backward compatibility. Be sure to watch until the end to see Stern’s helmet cam setup! The article is limited to subscribers, but the video is free for everyone.

 

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