Consider Switching from Creative Cloud to Affinity V2
Serif launched the next generation of its Affinity layout, design, and photo apps in conjunction with a 40%-off sale through 14 December 2022 that drops the one-time price of all three to just $99.99, less than the cost of two months of an Adobe C...
Help TidBITS Evolve in 2023 by Becoming a Member
It’s time for TidBITS to learn new tricks in the wake of managing editor Josh Centers leaving, while continuing to bring you the Apple advice and technical details you’ve come to rely on over the past 32 years. Will you help us start a fun new...
Carbon Copy Cloner 6.1.4
Preserves space savings of pure "cloned" files when copying from an APFS volume to another APFS volume. ($39.99 new, free update, 22.7 MB, macOS 10.15+)
Calendar app updated with a few handy new features and improvements. ($49.99 new, free update, 56.6 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Eufy Home Security Cameras Caught Uploading Footage to the Cloud
For Anker's Eufy brand, secure design apparently takes a back seat to empty privacy promises. The Verge confirmed the finding by security consultants that Eufy cameras can stream encryption-free video through the cloud, all in violation of the com...
Get Rid of the Apple Pay Setup Badge on Settings
If you’re among those who dislike having notification badges permanently affixed to iOS apps, you may be frustrated by the badge on the Settings app that nags you to set up Apple Pay. Here’s how to get rid of it without enabling Apple Pay.
Brings new features, improvements and bug fixes to the date-focused note-taking app. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, free update, 69.6 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Adds support for joining Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Skype events with a single click from the calendar. (Free, 11.8 MB, macOS 11+)
Oceanic+ App Turns the Apple Watch Ultra into a Dive Computer
Scuba aficionados, take note! The Oceanic+ app has shipped for the Apple Watch Ultra, turning Apple's beefy adventure watch into a full-fledged dive computer that's good down to 40 meters.Read original article
How to Eliminate the Google Hangouts Migration Dialog
Annoyed by an “It’s time for Google Chat” dialog displayed by Brave on every launch, Adam Engst spent more time than he should have figuring out how to prevent the dialog from appearing.
Airfoil 5.11.3, Piezo 1.7.11, and Audio Hijack 4.0.6
The three Rogue Amoeba audio apps add full compatibility with macOS 13 Ventura. ($35/25/64 new, free updates, various sizes, macOS 10.15+)
Default Folder X 5.7.2
Ensures the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility works correctly with Stage Manager in macOS 13 Ventura. ($34.95 new, free update, 13.7 MB, macOS 10.13+)
1Password Previews Prospective Passkey Plans
Passkey promises from password-manager 1Password, brought to you by the letter P.Read original article
VMware Fusion 13
Adds support for Windows 11 virtual machines on both Intel-based Macs and Apple M-series Macs. (Free/$149.99/$199.99 new, upgrades available, 672 MB, macOS 10.12+)
Resolves a few annoying bugs in the task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 67.4 MB, macOS 11+)
Adds detailed information about all recent hardware and operating system releases, including the iPhone 14 and tenth-generation iPad. (Free, 182 MB, macOS 10.12+)
Adds a new Background Sound special source and updates the Audio Capture Engine to improve performance. ($39 new, free update, 29.4 MB, macOS 10.15+)
No TidBITS Issue on 28 November 2022
We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate Thanksgiving, although we’ll continue to publish articles on our website. You can look forward to the next email issue on 5 December 2022.
Testing Emergency SOS and Find My via Satellite
In which Adam Engst drives to a nearby deep valley where there’s no cellular connectivity to test Find My via satellite and run through the Emergency SOS via satellite demo in a real-world situation. It seemingly worked but revealed a gap in App...
Bring Yourself Recurring Joy with Apples New Lock Screen Photo Shuffle
Technology has a hard time delivering happiness. Apple has cracked the code with how it uses machine learning to populate the Lock Screen Photo Shuffle feature and Featured Photos widget with images you’ll like.
Apple Announces MLS Season Pass Launch for February 2023
Starting in February 2023, the MLS Season pass will give soccer fans access to every Major League Soccer match, the entire playoffs, and the Leagues Cup.Read original article
AirPods Pro Compete Fairly Well Against Full-Fledged Hearing Aids
Are you starting to have a little trouble with hearing loss? Don't put off seeing a healthcare professional, but it's worth seeing if the Live Listen feature of the AirPods Pro can help you hear better. One study suggests it might.Read original ar...
Ensure Sufficient Free Space before Upgrading to Ventura
After hearing about Ventura upgrade problems from a reader, Adam Engst did some research to determine that you should try to have at least 37 GB free before upgrading to Ventura. And how you determine that 37 GB might matter.
Josh Centers: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
After nine years, TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers is moving on. He reflects on what he’s done and where he’s going.
Brings a variety of additions and bug fixes to the video conferencing app. (Free, 82.7 MB, macOS 10.10+)
Maintenance release with improvements for the display brightness control utility. ($23 new, free update, 19 MB, macOS 11+)
Apple Says More about Emergency SOS via Satellite Technology
How did Apple enable the iPhone 14 lineup to communicate with satellites in low-earth orbit? Through extremely complex engineering and the investment of large quantities of money in satellite company Globalstar.
Visiting an Apple Store: The Value of In-Person Impressions
Adam Engst made his first visit to an Apple Store since before the start of the pandemic and came away with some changed opinions after getting a chance to lay his hands on some recent (and not-so-recent) products. Online ordering is great, but ca...
Adds support for macOS 13 Ventura plus a new built-in Dark Mode Off/On action. ($29 new, free update, 16.3 MB, macOS 10.14.6+)
Parallels Desktop 18.1
Brings a few fixes for macOS 13 Ventura to the virtualization software. ($99.99 standard edition, free update, 321.2 MB, macOS 10.14.6+)
iOS 16.1.1, iPadOS 16.1.1, and macOS 13.0.1 Ventura Plug Two Security Holes
iOS 16.0.1, iPadOS 16.0.1, and macOS 13.0.1 Ventura close a couple of concerning security vulnerabilities related to libxml2. Update soon to protect yourself.
Ventura Bug Disables Real-Time Security Software
A macOS 13.0 Ventura bug revolving around Full Disk Access permissions is preventing real-time protection features in security software from operating. Thomas Reed of Malwarebytes shares a workaround until Apple fixes the bug in macOS 13.1.Read or...
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Photo geotagging app brings added support for macOS 13 Ventura and Adobe Lightroom Classic 12. ($39 new, free update, 27.3 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Adds support for Beacon and Gong conferences and for syncing custom colors with Fastmail. ($36.96 new, free update, 62.4 MB, macOS 11+)
Regain Control of Your Inbox with SaneBox
Drowning in unimportant email, despite your best efforts at filtering? The SaneBox service is a power tool that can help clean up even the messiest of inboxes.
Maintenance update with improvements and bug fixes for the password manager. ($35.88 annual subscription, free update, 2.9 MB, macOS 10.15+)
Adds support for macOS 13 Ventura, including support for adding images from Photos. ($5.99/$49.99 monthly/yearly subscription, free update, 29 MB, macOS 11+)
Brings a couple macOS 13 Ventura tweaks for the keyboard-driven launcher. (£34 new, free update, 6.4 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Maintenance update with improvements and bug fixes for the file automation and cleanup utility. ($42 new, free update, 20.6 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Adds support for SSH certificate client authentication. ($45 new, free update, 35.4 MB, macOS 11+)
Logic Pro 10.7.5
Lengthy list of added features, improvements, and bug fixes for the professional audio app. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.1 GB, macOS 12.3+)
Brings accessibility and performance improvements to the music creation and audio editing app. (Free, 795.1 MB, macOS 12.3+)
Matter Is Here, but Does It Matter Right Now?
Matter may be the biggest thing to happen to the world of home automation, but does it actually make a difference at the moment?
OneWorld 65 Combines International Adapter with 65W USB-C Charger
Thanks to gallium nitride technology, OneAdaptr was able to create a svelte 65W USB-C charger that can plug into any international power outlet and lets you charge up to six devices at once.
Photos Search 4.0
Photo text recognition app improves recognition capabilities for rotation and handwriting. ($12.99 new, free update, 480.6 KB, macOS 10.15+)
Pixelmator Pro 3.1
Adds full compatibility with macOS 13 Ventura and initial support for AVIF image files. ($39.99 new, free update, 506.7 MB, macOS 11+)
Explaining and Resolving the Adobe/Pantone Color Quarrel
Confused and upset by the loss of Pantone Color Books from Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps? Dan Vincent of Userlandia explains the entire situation, and Stuart Semple of Culture Hustle offers the free FREETONE color palette plug-in as an alternative.
Apple Launches Consolidated Security Site
Apple has created a new Apple Security Reserach website to centralize all of the company’s security resources.Read original article
Final Cut Pro 10.6.5, Compressor 4.6.3, and Motion 5.6.3
Maintenance updates for Apple's three professional video apps. ($299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates, various sizes, macOS 11.5.1+)
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