Bookends 14.0

Major upgrade to the full-featured bibliography, reference, and information management system for students and professionals. ($59.99 new, free update, 98.8 MB, macOS 10.13+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 day ago

iPhone 13 Brings Evolutionary Improvements: A15 Bionic Chip, Improved Cameras, and Better Displays 

There’s no question that Apple’s new iPhone 13 models are the best iPhones the company has ever made, but their evolutionary changes may be compelling mostly to those with older iPhones. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 2 days ago

Apple Watch Series 7 Brings Modest Tweaks

Rumors suggested the Apple Watch was due for a major physical design, but the Series 7 turned out to look much like its predecessor—albeit with a few physical and software changes. Also, watchOS 8 gets some fitness improvements aimed largely at cyclists. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 2 days ago

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 Slated for 20 September 2021

Apple made no mention of operating system release dates during its big iPhone event, but the company press releases reveal that the new operating systems will drop on 20 September 2021, with macOS 12 Monterey expected later in the year. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 2 days ago

Apple Redesigns iPad mini; Upgrades the iPad

In an unexpected announcement, Apple unveiled new versions of the iPad and iPad mini. The ninth-generation iPad borrows a couple more features from the iPad Pro while maintaining its low price, while the company completely redesigned the sixth-generation iPad mini. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 2 days ago

Judge Rules for Apple over Epic Games, Strikes Down App Store Anti-Steering Policies

In Epic Games v. Apple, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has come down strongly in favor of Apple, rejecting nearly all of Epic’s claims and fining the company millions of dollars. But Apple suffered a blow too, with the judge determining that Apple’s in-app purchasing po … | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 3 days ago

Parallels Desktop 17.0.1

Maintenance release improves compatibility with Windows 11. ($79.99 annual subscription for standard edition or $99.99 perpetual license, 311 MB, macOS 10.13.6+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 3 days ago

macOS 11.6 Big Sur, iOS 14.8, iPadOS 14.8, watchOS 7.6.2, and Security Update 2021-005 Catalina Fix Security Flaws

Apple has updated macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS to fix two active vulnerabilities, one of which let attackers work around Apple’s BlastDoor protections. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 3 days ago

Typinator 8.9

Adds support for macOS 12 Monterey and fixes bugs. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.9 MB, macOS 10.10+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 6 days ago

Merlin Project 8.0

Major upgrade to the powerful project management app. ($149 annual subscription, free update for subscribers, 39.3 MB, macOS 10.14+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 6 days ago

Live Home 3D 4.1

Maintenance release for the interior and exterior home design software adds 50 new house templates. ($29.99 new, free update, 448.1 MB, macOS 10.14+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 6 days ago

SpamSieve 2.9.45

Improves support for Mail in the forthcoming macOS 12 Monterey. ($30 new, free update, 19.2 MB, macOS 10.9+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 6 days ago

Remember, Communication Services Cannot Guarantee Privacy

No matter how private a communication service may claim to be, it’s only as private as its weakest link, as two recent stories illustrate. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 6 days ago

Improve Your Mac’s Audio by Combining Speakers

After his 15-year-old Altec Lansing FX6201 speakers died, Adam Engst figured out how to bond the speakers in his 27-inch iMac and Thunderbolt Display to tide him over until he can decide on the best external replacement speakers. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 7 days ago

Apple Announces “California Streaming” Event for 14 September 2021

Apple’s next product announcement event will be held 14 September 2021. Rumors suggest new iPhones with smaller notches and a redesigned Apple Watch. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 9 days ago

MarsEdit 4.5.1

Brings several WordPress-specific improvements and bug fixes. ($49.95 new, free update, 20.6 MB, macOS 10.12+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 10 days ago

Fission 2.7.1

Introduces initial compatibility with macOS 12 Monterey and is no longer available in the Mac App Store. ($29 new, free update, 16 MB, macOS 10.13+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 10 days ago

Apple Delays CSAM Detection Launch

In a brief statement to media organizations, Apple announced that it is delaying the launch of its CSAM detection technology to collect input and make improvements. Why are we not surprised? | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 13 days ago

Several Bricks Removed from Apple’s Garden Wall

Apple has dug in its heels against the clamor for changes to its App Store rules, but a couple of recent settlements show that the company is susceptible to pressure. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 13 days ago

Apple Announces Details of Storing State IDs in Wallet

Apple announced storing driver’s licenses and state IDs at this year’s WWDC keynote. It has now released details about the first participating states, and Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has some key takeaways. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 14 days ago

How I Learned To Love Quicken Deluxe and Give Up on the Past

Glenn Fleishman’s 14-year relationship with Quicken 2007 finally ended this year. But it took a dead motherboard, an old Mac mini, and a conveniently timed tip for him to break with his accounting software past. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 15 days ago

BBEdit 14.0.1

First maintenance release following the long-standing text editor's recent major upgrade. ($49.99 new, free update, 21.7 MB, macOS 10.14.2+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 15 days ago

Acorn 7.1

Tweaks how the image editing app's color sampler works when picking images out from the screen. ($39.99 new, free update, 19.6 MB, macOS 10.14+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 15 days ago

The Mystery of Why Web Hyperlinks Are Blue

Why are hyperlinks dark blue and underlined? On Mozilla’s blog, Elise Blanchard explores the history and possible reasons for this seemingly arbitrary design choice. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 15 days ago

Apple Buys Classical Music Service Primephonic

Apple has bought Primephonic, a classical music service. Apple will be shutting Primephonic down soon but promises to create a new app just for classical music fans. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 16 days ago

New South Korean Law Mandates Alternative App Store Payment Options

A new law in South Korea will force Apple and Google to let developers offer alternative payment methods in their apps. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 16 days ago

Zoom 5.7.6

Improves transitioning of meetings from mobile to desktop and back to mobile. (Free, 25.8 MB, macOS 10.9+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 17 days ago

Apple Opens Repair Program for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Call Sound Failures

Suffering from an iPhone that emits no sound from the receiver when making or receiving calls? Apple has created a repair program to fix affected iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models for free. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 17 days ago

Resetting Recent iCloud Bouncing Subscribers

It took us a few weeks to figure out that iCloud Mail servers had decided they didn’t like something about TidBITS. That’s now resolved, and we think we’ve reset all iCloud subscribers who bounced as a result. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 17 days ago

How to Set Up Custom Email Domains with iCloud Mail

Want to rely on iCloud Mail as your email provider but use a custom domain for your email address rather than icloud.com, me.com, or mac.com? Apple has now opened up that feature for testing. Here’s what you need to know. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 20 days ago

Little Snitch 5.3

Network traffic management utility now enables you to view individual background processes. ($45 new, free update, 32.6 MB, macOS 10.11+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 20 days ago

Jamf’s Quick Guide to Which iOS Permissions Apps Really Need

Many iOS apps ask your permission to access things like the camera and microphone. But which of those permissions do they really need? | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 21 days ago

New Three-Digit 988 Crisis Line Number Requires Expanded Ten-Digit Local Call Dialing

As of 24 October 2021, seven-digit dialing for local calls won’t work in parts of the US due to the need to use 988 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Here’s how to find and update your stored seven-digit numbers. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 22 days ago

Chipolo Ahoy! The ONE Spot Find My Network Tracker Arrives

Chipolo previously offered trackers that operated only via its own network. The company’s new Chipolo ONE Spot instead relies entirely on Apple’s Find My network—with all its advantages and limitations. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 23 days ago

Chrome Extensions Disappearing? Click Repair

After his LastPass Chrome extension disappeared in Brave, Adam Engst discovered that it had been corrupted and was easily repaired. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 23 days ago

T-Mobile Offers Subscribers a Free Year of Apple TV+

If you’re a T-Mobile customer, you are likely eligible for a free year of Apple TV+. The deal may not be related to the company’s recent security breach, but it feels like a decent apology if it is. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 24 days ago

Work with Text in Images with TextSniper and Photos Search

With these utilities from different developers, you can extract text from any image on the Mac or search for text in your photos on either the Mac or iPhone. Text in images is no longer just pixels. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 24 days ago

Parallels Desktop 17

Major upgrade for the popular virtualization software brings speed enhancements and support for macOS 12 Monterey and M1-based Macs. ($79.99 annual subscription for standard edition or $99.99 perpetual license, 311 MB, macOS 10.13.6+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 25 days ago

Comparing MagSafe Battery Packs: Not A Simple Choice

Which MagSafe-compatible portable battery pack should you buy? Julio Ojeda-Zapata put Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack and three of its competitors through their paces and found pluses and minuses across the board. Though Apple’s product is the only MagSafe-certified option, you shou … | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 27 days ago

Pixelmator Pro 2.1.3

Introduces a new PSD engine for improved support of Photoshop PSD files. ($39.99 new, free update, 352 MB, macOS 10.14.4+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 27 days ago

Improve Your Home Wi-Fi with Mesh, Powerline, MoCA, or More Routers

We have many choices now for boosting coverage and throughput on our home Wi-Fi networks. The main determinants on the path you might pick? Cost, complexity, and installation hassle. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 28 days ago

T-Mobile Hacked, Information on 100 Million Users Stolen

Another big tech company has been hacked. Again. This time it was T-Mobile, with personal information on 100 million customers stolen. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 29 days ago

Firefox 91

Adds comprehensive logic for clearing cookies and makes it easier to see which Web sites are storing local information. (Free, 127 MB, macOS 10.12+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 month ago

Timing 2021.5.1

Renames "tasks" to "time entries" to reduce the potential for confusion. ($42 annual subscription, free update, 34.6 MB, macOS 10.13+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 month ago

1Password 7.8.7

Adds support for the new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID on M1-based Macs. ($64.99 new, free update, 75.8 MB, macOS 10.13+) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 month ago

New CSAM Detection Details Emerge Following Craig Federighi Interview

In an interview with Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal, Apple software chief Craig Federighi said the company would be applying “multiple levels of auditability” to its controversial child sexual abuse material (CSAM) detection system. What are they? Another new Apple docum … | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 month ago

International Verify Your Backups Day

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


@tidbits.com | 1 month ago

Speedify Bonds Multiple Internet Connections for Speed and Reliability

If you’re putting up with slow or unreliable Internet connectivity and are willing to pay for better service, the Speedify VPN promises to combine multiple Internet sources into a single connection that’s faster and more reliable. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 month ago