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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:48:48 EST

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Ideas from CES 2017: 5G in Your Future

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:48:35 EST

Fresh from a panel discussion on 5G networks at CES 2017, Jeff Porten discusses the goals of this next-generation networking technology and speculates on how it will actually be implemented.

 

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External Link: “Fruitfly” Mac Malware Uses Old Code

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:26:28 EST

A new piece of malware, dubbed “Fruitfly” by Apple, is floating around the Mac universe. Fortunately, Apple has released a silent update to protect against it. But the analysis by Malwarebytes Labs is fascinating — Fruitfly consists of a hodgepodge of old code, some possibly dating back decades, including chunks written in the Perl and Java programming languages. Malwarebytes discovered that Fruitfly also runs on the Linux operating system, meaning that it’s possible that it was originally Linux malware that was adapted for the Mac.

 

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Logic Pro X 10.3

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:34:17 EST

Major new release for the professional audio app with a refreshed user interface and support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.32 GB)

 

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Security Update 2016-007 (Yosemite) and 2016-003 Supplemental (El Capitan)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:11:32 EST

Addresses security vulnerability for both operating systems, plus a kernel issue for 10.11 El Capitan. (Free, various sizes)

 

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Run Ookla Speedtest from Your Menu Bar

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:52:46 EST

For a quick test of your Internet connection’s performance, try Ookla’s Speedtest app for the Mac, which lets you perform ad-free speed tests with just a couple of clicks.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16 January 2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:58:44 EST

Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.3.3, HoudahGeo 5.1.5, and Typinator 7.1.

 

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ExtraBITS for 16 January 2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:58:39 EST

In ExtraBITS this week, Jason Snell and a panel of Apple experts judge the company’s performance in 2016, developer Greg Raiz offers a better take on the iOS Activity sheet, former Apple automation guru Sal Soghoian explains why app extensions can’t replace existing Mac automation tools, collaboration tool Trello gets a new owner, and Apple veteran Chuq Von Rospach reviews Apple’s 2016.

 

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External Link: Apple in 2016: The Six Colors Report Card

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:23:17 EST

Jason Snell of Six Colors has issued his report card on Apple’s 2016 efforts, relying once again on a panel of 37 industry watchers, including many TidBITS and Take Control staffers and authors (Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Josh Centers, Jeff Carlson, Kirk McElhearn, and Rich Mogull). The consensus was that Apple had a rough year compared to 2015, with lower scores for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and hardware reliability categories. On the positive side, the panel felt that Apple improved in a few areas, including the Apple Watch, cloud services, home automation, and developer relations. See if you agree with the panel’s ratings!

 

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Controlling Accessories

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:03:03 EST

In this installment of A Prairie HomeKit Companion, Josh Centers moves past setup and explains how to manipulate your HomeKit Accessories. He also tells you how to set up Scenes to save time.

 

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Setting Up Accessories and Rooms

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:56:54 EST

In this second installment of our HomeKit home automation series, Josh Centers walks you through setting up HomeKit Accessories and how to divide your Home into Rooms.

 

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Fantastical 2.3.3

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:38:14 EST

Enables copying Day or Week as text and makes links in an event’s location clickable. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.9 MB)

 

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HoudahGeo 5.1.5

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:37:57 EST

Fixes several bugs in the photo geotagging app. ($39 new, free update, 21.7 MB)

 

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Typinator 7.1

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:15:09 EST

Improves the interactive input forms introduced in version 7.0. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.0 MB)

 

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International Verify Your Backups Day

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:00:34 EST

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

 

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Why We Should Care about the Consumer Reports MacBook Pro Rating

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:05:30 EST

Reviewers have a responsibility to understand how their testing differs from consumer use when problems arise because introducing confusion into the world reduces trust in technology journalism as a whole.

 

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External Link: How to Fix the iOS Activity Sheet

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:52:14 EST

In a post on Medium, Greg Raiz, CEO of app development agency Raizlabs, explains how Apple could improve the Activity sheet in iOS (it’s commonly called the Share sheet, but that’s misleading because it frequently contains actions unrelated to sharing). He points out that the seldom-used AirDrop takes up far too much space, the app with which you want to share is often buried, and there are too many customization options. Raiz presents a cleaner and simpler Actions sheet that distinguishes between actions within the current app and sharing data with other apps. It also prioritizes app actions and orders share apps by frequency of use. We hope Apple redesigns the Activity sheet along these lines for iOS 11.

 

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External Link: Is Apple Planning to Replace Automation with App Extensions?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST

Sal Soghoian, the automation guru recently released by Apple, has penned a compelling editorial for MacStories explaining why app extensions are not a replacement for automation tools like AppleScript and Automator. He does an excellent job of explaining what app extensions are and how they compare to existing automation tools. The real story here is the concern that Apple could even be considering such a move. Soghoian hints that Apple might see it as a way to further merge iOS and macOS app development, but the reality is that dropping user automation tools in favor of app extensions would likely be the last straw for many professional Mac users. That in turn could lead to a “reverse halo effect” as former Mac users switch away from iOS and take their influencer networks with them.

 

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CES 2017: Gadget Finds on the CES Show Floor, Days 3 and 4

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:08:39 EST

Jeff Porten bids adieu to CES 2017 with a show floor wrap-up.

 

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External Link: Atlassian Buys Trello for $425 Million

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:48:47 EST

We’re tremendously fond of collaboration tool Trello, which just announced that it’s being purchased by enterprise software company Atlassian for $425 million. Trello claims that it will be able to take advantage of Atlassian’s research and development to improve its service, but some users are concerned that Trello will become as complex as other Atlassian products. Regardless, since Atlassian paid so much, we suspect that the company has big plans for Trello, so we’re not too worried about one of our favorite tools going downhill.

 

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External Link: Chuq Von Rospach’s Review of Apple in 2016

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:38:07 EST

Apple veteran Chuq Von Rospach has reviewed Apple’s performance in 2016, and he has some tough words for the company, saying that it “simply isn’t firing on all cylinders” and is “out of sync with itself.” He points out how Apple has missed its ship dates and left products to languish. More specifically, Von Rospach accuses Apple of being out of touch with its customers, relying too heavily on data, and getting sloppy in its execution, with numerous bugs and quirks in its offerings. However, he takes pains to note that his criticisms are not revealing fundamental problems; Apple just needs to recalibrate a few things to get back on track.

 

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CES 2017: Gadget Finds on the CES Show Floor, Days 1 and 2

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:02:29 EST

Having finished up with the media-only events, Jeff Porten hits the show floors of CES, and has many miles to go and products to write up for you before he sleeps.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9 January 2017

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:46:52 EST

Notable software releases this week include OmniFocus 2.8 and Default Folder X 5.1.2.

 

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CES 2017: From Laundry to Play-Doh at Showstoppers

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:59:47 EST

Jeff Porten continues his explorations of what’s new and cool at Showstoppers, the third and final media-only show floor at CES.

 

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OmniFocus 2.8

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 19:09:09 EST

Adds a Global Search feature and improves support for tabbed windows in Sierra. ($39.99 new, free update, 28.9 MB)

 

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Tell Us Your Mac Automation Stories

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 17:43:02 EST

Apple’s elimination of the position of Product Manager of Automation Technologies a few months ago cast a pall over the future of automation at Apple. Adam explains what happened, his worry about Apple’s commitment to automation, and what you can do to express your concerns.

 

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Default Folder X 5.1.2

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:57:42 EST

Maintenance release with several bug fixes for the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 6.3 MB)

 

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CES 2017: Gizmos from the PEPCOM Digital Experience

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:15:08 EST

Jeff Porten continues his CES death march across Las Vegas with highlights from the PEPCOM Digital Experience.

 

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CES 2017: Cool Products from CES Unveiled

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:52:20 EST

Jeff Porten continues his CES 2017 adventure by showcasing some gizmos from the CES Unveiled event.

 

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CES 2017: Tech Trends to Watch

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:23:40 EST

Jeff Porten begins his 2017 CES adventure by taking stock of the overall trends looming over the show: voice recognition, artificial intelligence, and smart homes.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2 January 2017

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:29:25 EST

Notable software releases this week include SEE Finance 1.1.2, ChronoSync 4.7.2, HandBrake 1.0.1, GraphicConverter 10.3, Quicken 2017 for Mac 4.4.1, LaunchBar 6.8, MoneyWiz 2.5.3, Default Folder X 5.1, Boom 2 v1.5.1, Capto 1.2.3, BBEdit 11.6.3, and iTunes 12.5.4.

 

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