Things 3.8.2

Maintenance release of the task manager with a bevy of bug fixes and improvements. ($49.99 new, free update, 16.8 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 day ago

CleanMyMac X 4.3

Adds the new Space Lens feature for building a storage map and revealing the biggest space wasters. ($89.98/$39.95 new, free update, 72.4 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 day ago

Firefox 66.0

Adds a new Block Autoplay feature that prevents Web sites from automatically playing audio and video. (Free, 64.9 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 day ago

TechTool Pro 11.0.1

Maintenance release for the recently upgraded hard drive and system repair-and-maintenance tool. ($129.99 new, free update, 180.4 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 day ago

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.6, Compressor 4.4.4, and Motion 5.4.3

All three apps Improve reliability when sharing video to YouTube and convert media files that may be incompatible with future versions of macOS. ($299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 day ago

BBEdit 12.6.2

Maintenance release no longer prompts for sandbox access at startup for non-App Store builds. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.8 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 1 day ago

European Commission Fines Google €1.49 Billion

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for what it’s calling abusive advertising practices, but even that stunning amount isn’t close to the largest fine the EC has levied against the search giant. And it pales in comparison to Google’s revenues. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 2 days ago

Mail Archiver X 5.0

Long-standing email archiver updates mail parser and adds support for Dark mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($44.95 new, free update, 151 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 3 days ago

MarsEdit 4.3

Blog editor improves handling of uploaded GIF images. ($49.95 new, free update, 15.6 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 3 days ago

PopChar X 8.6

Maintenance update for the character discovery utility. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.9 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 3 days ago

Second-Generation AirPods Gain “Hey Siri” and Optional Wireless Charging

Apple has released second-generation AirPods that respond to “Hey Siri,” offer up to 50% more talk time, connect twice as quickly, and can be fitted with an optional wireless charging case. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 3 days ago

For Better or Worse, GarageBand Has Changed Music

Since its introduction in 2004, Apple’s GarageBand has become a staple in music production, perhaps even more than you may have realized. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 3 days ago

Apple and Stanford Announce Results of Heart Study

Can wearables like the Apple Watch help advance medical research? The results of the massive Apple Heart Study would suggest so. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 4 days ago

Apple Boosts iMac Performance with Faster Multi-Core CPUs

After nearly two years, Apple has beefed up the 21.5-inch and 27-inch Retina iMacs with faster processors, graphics chips, and memory. The company also added some high-end options to the iMac Pro. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 4 days ago

The Tragic Death of “Do Not Track”

Over at Fast Company, Glenn Fleishman documents the rise and fall of the Do Not Track browser setting, a well-intentioned but ultimately doomed effort to make privacy easy for users. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 4 days ago

Apple Quietly Releases New iPad mini and iPad Air

Apple has at long last updated the much-loved iPad mini with modern-day specs. Joining it is a new iPad Air that’s essentially an updated 10.5-inch iPad Pro with a worse camera and two fewer speakers. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 5 days ago

The Top Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2019

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 fo … | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 6 days ago

CorelDRAW Comes Back to the Mac

After an 18-year absence, the CorelDRAW vector graphics editor returns to macOS in a graphics suite that also includes a photo editor and font manager, as well as a cloud-based app for on-the-go design work. Further showing its renewed interest in the Mac, Corel has also acquired … | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 8 days ago

WWDC 2019 Scheduled for June 3rd through 7th

Apple’s 30th Worldwide Developer Conference is coming up in a few months, and Apple developers can now apply for tickets. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 8 days ago

Apple Responds to Spotify

Apple has published a response to Spotify’s Time to Play Fair site and complaint to the European Commission, but the response has drawn criticism from Apple developers and commentators. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 8 days ago

Dropbox Limits Free Accounts to Three Devices

Dropbox has introduced a three-device limit for its free Basic accounts as of this month. However, if you have four or more devices currently linked to your Dropbox account, they’ll remain connected for now. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 9 days ago

Flickr Vows to Not Delete Creative Commons Images or Those of Deceased Members

In an effort to make the company’s business model sustainable, Flickr is deleting excess images, but it’s taking new measures to soften the blow. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 9 days ago

Considering a Smart Doorbell? SkyBell HD Reviewed

A number of video doorbells are on the market, but at the moment, none work with Apple’s HomeKit. A couple of companies announced future support for HomeKit and more products were announced at CES. But is HomeKit really critical for a doorbell? | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 9 days ago

It’s Frustrating That Preview in Mojave Isn’t Better

After taking a close look at Preview in Mojave while updating “Take Control of Preview,” Adam Engst comes away disappointed. The new features aren’t impressive, one notable change is actively bad, and there are new bugs. But he’d still like to see Apple enhance the still-powerful … | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 10 days ago

Spotify Asks the European Commission to Make Apple Play Fair

Spotify is tired of Apple’s App Store policies and is now calling on the European Commission to regulate the company. The timing is notable given Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up a number of tech giants, including Apple. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 10 days ago

Default Folder X 5.3.5

Ensures correct operation of the Save dialog of macOS 10.14 Mojave's enhanced screenshot utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.9 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 10 days ago

Skype 8.41

Adds the capability to merge an incoming call with the current call. (Free, 93.4 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 10 days ago

Big Tech Attracts Antitrust Attention from Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren made headlines recently by suggesting that the tech giants have too much power and need to be broken up. While her premise isn’t entirely wrong, Ben Thompson of Stratechery explains why the proposed solutions are misguided. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 11 days ago

Four Ways Apple Could Improve Apple Music

Apple Music hasn’t changed much at all since Apple introduced it back in 2015, but Adam Engst has a few suggestions—some extremely easy—that could make listening to music through the service more enjoyable. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 12 days ago

Ulysses 15

Introduces a split-view editor, plus a new keyword manager and search capability. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 23.4 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 12 days ago

The Quiet Spread of Data Brokers Selling Your Personal Information

A new Vermont law that requires data brokers to register with the state has enabled a Fast Company article revealing just how many of these companies there are, and how much they know about us. You can sometimes opt out. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 12 days ago

BBEdit 12.6.1

Maintenance release focused on bug fixes for the long-standing text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.9 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 13 days ago

14 Siri Tricks You Can Use Right Now

Siri takes a lot of flak, but it’s a lot more powerful than many people realize. If you haven’t been using Siri for much, these tips from “Take Control of Siri” author Scholle McFarland will expand your conversations with Apple’s digital assistant—and hopefully get Siri to do mor … | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 16 days ago

Facebook Promises Encrypted Messaging (and Privacy-Abusing Business as Usual)

In a lengthy blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised to support end-to-end encryption and ephemeral content in the company’s messaging apps. That sounds good, but it doesn’t mean Facebook will stop exploiting all the rest of your data. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 16 days ago

CloudBerry Backup for macOS: Feature-Rich but Unreliable

CloudBerry Backup is a powerful and elegant desktop backup product for the Mac, but it suffers from troubling performance and reliability issues that will make you want to look elsewhere to protect your data. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 16 days ago

ChronoSync 4.9.2

Maintenance release for the synchronization and backup app. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, free updates; 66.8 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 17 days ago

Rumpus 8.2

Adds the Rumpus Tether client application for quick access to content on the Rumpus file transfer server. ($295 new, free update, 24.3 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 17 days ago

TextExpander 6.5

Improved snippet editor replaces text-based macro notation with simple visual blocks. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 18.7 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 17 days ago

Little Snitch 4.3

Network traffic management utility improves detection of program modification and overall performance. ($45 new, free update, 41.7 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 17 days ago

The Top Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2019

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 fo … | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 17 days ago

USB 3.2’s Naming Convention Is a Hot Mess; USB4 Announced

The new USB 3.2 standard promises faster devices but also a great deal of confusion thanks to an insane naming convention that retroactively mixes up different USB generations. Meanwhile, a draft of USB4 was just announced. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 19 days ago

The Secret Lives of Facebook Moderators in America

In an impressive piece of investigative journalism, Casey Newton of The Verge has published an article describing what it’s like to work as a Facebook content moderator. Short answer: it sounds horrible. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 19 days ago

Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.8

Maintenance release for the drive-cloning and backup utility with bug fixes and improvements. ($39.99 new, free update, 15.7 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 19 days ago

Palm’s Tiny Phone Sucks, but How About an iPhone nano?

Most Apple users won’t be interested in the new Palm, a super tiny Android phone that’s also deeply flawed. But what might an iPhone with similar proportions look like? How would it work? And would anyone want it? Let’s take a flight of fancy! | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 19 days ago

Thunderclap Researchers Reveal Vulnerabilities Exploitable through Thunderbolt

A group of researchers has revealed a group of security vulnerabilities exploitable by merely plugging in a malicious Thunderbolt cable or peripheral. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 22 days ago

Apple Announces “Shot on iPhone Challenge” Winners

Apple has named ten winners in its “Shot on iPhone Challenge,” whose photos will be featured in billboards around the world, in Apple retail stores, and online. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 23 days ago

1Password 7.2.5

Improves unlock speed on some slower computers and when Touch ID is configured. ($64.99 new, free update, 52.6 MB) | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 26 days ago

What Would Life Be Like without the Tech Giants?

Ever wondered if you could go back to a simpler time without Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft controlling our technological lives? Kashmir Hill of Gizmodo tried cutting each one out in turn and then blocked all five. Here’s how it went. | Continue reading


@tidbits.com | 29 days ago