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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:01:30 EDT

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Airfoil 5.1.2

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:58:34 EDT

Fixes a a couple of critical bugs, one when running tvOS 10 and the other in macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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External Link: Why Siri and the AirPods Excite Bill Atkinson

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:34:06 EDT

Bill Atkinson, the legendary developer behind the original Mac’s QuickDraw graphics system and classic Mac apps like MacPaint and HyperCard, has been waiting for Apple’s forthcoming AirPods for years. Back in 2011, he gave a Macworld Expo presentation in which he explained why Siri belongs in your ear, which the AirPods will provide. Atkinson cites the Jane artificial intelligence in Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” series as a model for Apple to follow. As for the future of Siri on the AirPods, Atkinson says, “Within a few years it’s going to be able to do lots of things: It will hear everything you hear, it’s going to be able to whisper in your ear.” For the moment, though, he’s realistic about Siri’s capabilities. “Siri is a bit of a joke now; it doesn’t really understand the meaning of conversations,” Atkinson admits. “That’s going to improve.”

 

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External Link: Apple Logs iMessage Contact Phone Numbers

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:34:01 EDT

Apple touts the end-to-end encryption and overall privacy of its iMessage service, but Sam Biddle of The Intercept reveals a loophole: when you enter a phone number to start a conversation in Messages, the app contacts Apple’s servers to find out whether to send the message via iMessage or SMS. The problem is that Apple’s servers currently log the contact number, the date and time, and your IP address (which could disclose your general location). Apple has verified that it keeps these logs for 30 days and will give them to law enforcement if compelled by a court order. We hope these revelations will encourage Apple to reassess the privacy implications of this system.

 

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External Link: Aetna to Promote Apple Watches to Employees and Customers

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:24:19 EDT

In an initiative to improve the health of its employees and customers, health insurance company Aetna is buying Apple Watches for its nearly 50,000 employees and will be offering subsidized Apple Watches to select large employers and individual customers in the upcoming enrollment period, with the remaining cost to be paid via a monthly payroll deduction. Aetna will be providing iOS apps to simplify and improve the healthcare process through care management and wellness, medication adherence, and health plan information and decision support. In addition, Aetna app users will be able to use Apple’s Wallet app to check their deductibles and pay bills. If implemented well, Aetna’s program could improve healthcare, reduce costs, and enhance the company’s ratings with its millions of members.

 

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Instagram Has Apple (Including Mac) Appeal

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:08:48 EDT

The photo-sharing service Instagram isn’t just for millennials and selfie-snapping celebs. Anyone who is serious about iPhone photography should take a look. Instagram also can be used to a large extent on the Mac, giving it surprisingly broad Apple appeal.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 September 2016

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:58:06 EDT

Notable software releases this week include Postbox 5.0.2, Sandvox 2.10.8, Tweetbot 2.4.3, TextWrangler 5.5.2, HoudahGeo 5.1, Parallels Desktop 12.0.2, Mailplane 3.6.7, CleanMyMac 3.5.1, Gemini 2.2.2, Safari 10.0, 1Password 6.3.3, Firefox 49.0, OmniFocus 2.7, Capto 1.1, Lightroom CC 2015.7 and Lightroom 6.7, Pages 6.0, Numbers 4.0, and Keynote 7.0 for Mac, SpamSieve 2.9.25, macOS Server 5.2, KeyCue 8.2, iBooks Author 2.5, and BBEdit 11.6.2.

 

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ExtraBITS for 26 September 2016

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:57:25 EDT

In ExtraBITS this week, we offer a few Apple-specific ways to watch tonight’s presidential debate, or maybe a nice peaceful football game. Apple is working on a fix for a security flaw in iOS 10, while Yahoo is dealing with the theft of data associated with 500 million accounts — ouch! Finally, we note Dejal’s 25th year of Mac development.

 

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External Link: How to Watch the Presidential Debate on Your Apple Devices

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:03:04 EDT

The first U.S. presidential debate will air tonight, 26 September 2016 at 9 PM EDT. Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac has compiled a partial list of the many apps and Web sites that will let you watch live, for free. In addition, as we reported previously, Sling TV is offering a free preview today, which will carry the debate.

 

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Postbox 5.0.2

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:25:47 EDT

Major new release of the email client adds dynamic data fields to Responses and Templates and refines its user interface. ($40 new, upgrade pricing available, 23.8 MB)

 

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Sandvox 2.10.8

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:50:08 EDT

Fixes a crash that occurred when publishing to FTP or SFTP sites in macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($79.99 new, free update, 43.3 MB)

 

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Tweetbot 2.4.3

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:50:19 EDT

Adds compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra and support for extended tweets. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.7 MB)

 

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TextWrangler 5.5.2

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:50:29 EDT

Brings compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra to the free text editor and fixes numerous bugs. (Free, 9.7 MB)

 

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HoudahGeo 5.1

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:50:39 EDT

Adds support for Maps and for adding locations to photos in Photos in macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($39 new, free update, 21.7 MB)

 

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Parallels Desktop 12.0.2

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:50:57 EDT

Fixes bugs with shared Mac printers and viewing in Full Screen mode on an external monitor. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 261 MB)

 

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External Link: Sling TV Offers Free Preview for Presidential Debate

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:08:22 EDT

Streaming cable alternative Sling TV is offering a free preview of its Sling Orange service from 8 AM EDT on 26 September 2016 until 2 AM EDT on 27 September 2016. The ostensible reason for the preview is to enable cord-cutters to watch the first U.S. presidential debate and the Atlanta-New Orleans game of Monday Night Football, but you can enjoy full access to the 25+ channels included in the Sling Orange service during that time. Signing up for the free preview requires only a username and password, not payment information. You’ll undoubtedly hear from Sling TV afterward, but you should be able to unsubscribe from promotional mailings at that point. Sling TV offers apps for macOS, iOS, and tvOS.

 

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Behind the iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait Mode

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:33:40 EDT

If you didn’t know the term “bokeh” before the announcement of the iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll learn it soon enough. A developer release of iOS 10 adds Apple’s new depth-based image mode to the iPhone 7 Plus.

 

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External Link: Apple to Fix iOS 10 Security Flaw with iTunes Backups

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:51:03 EDT

Russian security company Elcomsoft has discovered a major security flaw in iOS 10: encrypted iTunes backups made with iOS 10 allow password-cracking tools to make 6 million attempts per second, more than 40 times faster than with backups created with iOS 9. Apple has confirmed that the issue is real and plans to fix it in an upcoming security update. In the meantime, because the vulnerability could be exploited only by someone with access to your iTunes backups, Apple recommends a strong login password and using FileVault encryption. (The problem also affects backups made in iTunes for Windows.) iCloud backups are immune to the problem, so if you’re concerned about the security of your iTunes backups, you might consider switching them to iCloud.

 

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External Link: 500 Million Yahoo Accounts Stolen

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:05:50 EDT

Yahoo has announced that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts has been stolen by what the company believes is a state-sponsored actor. If you have a Yahoo account, you should change your password immediately and enable two-step verification. In addition, if you use Yahoo as your primary email provider, you should change the passwords for any online account tied to your Yahoo email address, since the thieves could have used password resets to gain access to those accounts as well. More so than any other recent example, this breach shows the importance of using a password manager like 1Password or LastPass to create and enter a separate strong random password for every site.

 

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Mailplane 3.6.7

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:49:04 EDT

Enables you to set a default sender email account and ensures compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($24.95 new, free update, 23.3 MB)

 

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iOS 10.0.1 and 10.0.2 Fix Important Bugs

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:07:15 EDT

Apple has released a small iOS 10.0.2 update to address problems with headphones, iCloud Photo Library, and app extensions. The previous iOS 10.0.1 was a necessary download only for iPhone 7 owners, but it too incorporates key bug fixes.

 

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CleanMyMac 3.5.1

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:48:52 EDT

Adds support for macOS 10.12 Sierra and fixes an issue that affected Live Photos. ($39.95 new, free update, 33.7 MB)

 

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Gemini 2.2.2

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:48:42 EDT

Adds full support for macOS 10.12 Sierra, including proper iCloud files processing ($19.95 new, free update, 35.6 MB)

 

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Safari 10.0

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:48:31 EDT

Defaults to displaying HTML 5 video when available and fixes security vulnerabilities for OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite and 10.11.6 El Capitan. (Free)

 

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1Password 6.3.3

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:48:15 EDT

Fixes a number of issues found on macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($64.99 new, free update, 43.8 MB)

 

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Firefox 49.0

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:03:06 EDT

Improves performance on Macs without hardware acceleration and ends support for Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion. (Free, 81.3 MB)

 

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External Link: Dejal Marks 25 Years of Mac Development

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:59:53 EDT

Congrats to David Sinclair of Dejal, who is celebrating his Mac development company’s 25th anniversary (check out the photo of his original Mac Plus!). Dejal is perhaps best known for its Simon monitoring tool, but the company also makes the free Time Out break reminder app, along with the Caboodle snippet keeper, and the BlogAssist utility for simplifying the process of making HTML markup. Through the end of the month, Dejal is offering a 50 percent discount on all its products.

 

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OmniFocus 2.7

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:02:43 EDT

Adds the capability to set an encryption passphrase separate from your sync password. ($39.99 new, free update, 29.5 MB)

 

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Four Affordable Wireless Audio Solutions

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:03:05 EDT

The iPhone 7 may not have a traditional headphone jack, but don’t worry: Josh Centers has four affordable wireless solutions for you to consider, one of which lets you keep using your favorite pair of wired headphones.

 

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Capto 1.1

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:02:54 EDT

Adds a new dual-recording video option that enables simultaneous recording from a camera and the screen. ($29.99 new, free update, 25.3 MB)

 

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Lightroom CC 2015.7 and Lightroom 6.7

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:02:20 EDT

Addresses compatibility fixes for macOS 10.12 Sierra and adds support for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cameras. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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