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Joe and Chuck Joiner Openly Discuss Privacy

On MacVoices, Joe visits with Chuck Joiner to discuss the current state of online privacy. Drink the Kool-Aid with Joe (literally), as he lets you know what you can (and can’t) do about the proliferating risks that populate today’s privacy landscape. Bears, border agents, and bad actors in the VPN game highlight this important, and sometimes alarming, discussion.

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PDFpen 9 and PDFpenPro 9 Now Available

Smile has released version 9 of PDFpen and PDFpenPro. The upgrade details can be found in my TidBITS article on the matter, PDFpen 9 Improves Markup, Tables of Contents, and More, 13 April 2017.

In addition, as the Update Plans just above say, I’m working on a revision of my Take Control book for version 9. We plan to release it in June or July. Meanwhile, the version 8 book is now free, and the version 9 book, when published, will also be free to all PDFpen 9 customers.

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Picture Jeff on MacVoices Again

To commemorate the latest update to his book, Jeff shares the frame with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices in an interview in which he contrasts Apple’s privacy approach to image analysis with Google’s, helps Chuck develop useful search strategies for his own collection, and exposes some of the little-known AI capabilities of Photos (when Jeff says, “The machines have taken control,” he doesn’t mean it in a bad way…we hope).

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Find My AirPod Added to Find My iPhone

Because Apple’s new wireless AirPod earbuds lack cabling, they are easy to misplace. Although the best method for keeping track of them may be to place them in their charging case whenever you remove them from your ears, it’s safe to say that many people aren’t going to do that, or even if they do, they’ll lose the case.

To solve this problem, with the release of iOS 10.3, Apple has added AirPods to the list of devices that you can track using Find My iPhone. You can see them on a map and make a sound play on both your AirPods or just one — just one is helpful if you’ve lost only one. If your AirPods are out of range of their paired iOS device, you’ll get information about where and when they were last within range. You can search from the Find My iPhone iOS app or from Find My iPhone on the iCloud Web site.

Note that you must set up Find My iPhone before your AirPods go missing. Read the TidBITS article, Setting Up and Using Find My iPhone, for help.

For more information, see Apple’s support article, If your AirPods are missing.

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Multi-device Movie Rentals Made Easier

In iTunes 12.6, Apple has added a long-awaited “rent once, watch anywhere” function. You can now start watching an iTunes Store rental movie on your Apple TV at home and then finish it on your next morning’s bus commute by streaming it on your iPhone. Previously, you could transfer rentals made on your Mac to an iOS device by performing an iTunes sync, and you couldn’t access rentals made on an Apple TV on any other devices.

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Opening a Playlist Window in iTunes 12.6

iTunes 12.6 adds a feature that has been absent for a few years, the ability to open a playlist in its own window. To make this happen, Control-click the playlist name in the sidebar and choose Open in New Window from the contextual menu.

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Are Apple’s Airport Base Stations Dead? How Do We Go Forward?

A customer wrote in recently, asking for Glenn’s take on the state of Apple base station line, and wondering how to go forward with improving his home network. Here’s what Glenn had to say:

We don’t have a great set of answers yet, partly because Apple hasn’t officially canceled its products. A lot of people like some of the new mesh networking systems, but they can be a steep investment ($300 to $500 to equip a home), and I expect prices will drop significantly this year due to competition among established companies and startups.

As long as your Wi-Fi hardware keeps working, don’t upgrade! And you can swap in third-party routers that are similar, but about 50% as expensive as Apple’s, if one of them fails. I like the TP-Link Archer C7 (not C8) and bought one for about $90 to replace a dead AirPort Extreme 802.11ac model. It’s worked perfectly and has required almost no administration after setup.

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Joe Paperlessly Documents His Revised Book on MacVoices

Joe, sporting a refreshed version of his purple “Joehawk,” returns to MacVoices to fill Chuck Joiner in on what is new in his latest revision to the paperless office book, including information on new scanners (book scanners seem to be hot these days), revised scripts, a fresh look at online services that help with your paperless office quest, and more that we could tell you about if we hadn’t forgotten to scan our handwritten notes before we shredded them…

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Dropbox Hosting of Web Sites Soon to Disappear

When we published the 1.1 version of Take Control of iWeb in 2011, we were excited about adding a “Publish to Dropbox” topic that explained how to use Dropbox as a Web host. The features were limited, but it was free (or low cost) and easy to set up.

Dropbox has been slowly removing this option, first by eliminating the Public folder from new accounts, and then, in 2016, by discontinuing HTML Rendering as a feature for all Dropbox Basic accounts.

And, Dropbox has now announced that as of September 1, 2017, the Public folder and HTML Rendering will be discontinued from all Dropbox accounts.

For more information, see the Dropbox support article, The Public folder.

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