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“Take Control of Your iPhone, Second Edition” Offers Key Advice

It’s been a while since we’ve announced a new ebook, but we’ve been hard at work and are pleased to let you know that Ted Landau’s Take Control of Your iPhone, Second Edition is now available, and it is up-to-date for the latest iPhone 2.2.1 software release. Ted’s a writing machine, and he has pumped out a 183-page compendium (plus additional online resources) of the most useful information about the iPhone, with a particular focus on helping you work more effectively, avoid trouble, and fix any existing problems. The book normally costs $15, but as a limited time introductory discount, you can get it for $10 with the link above (follow the link, click the Buy Ebook button, and your discount should appear in the first screen of the shopping cart).

Taking the Murphy’s Law approach that if something can go wrong, it probably will, Ted explains how your iPhone figures out where in the world it is, how it connects to the Internet and cellular data networks, and how it communicates with your Mac. You’ll learn key details of syncing with iTunes and via MobileMe, how to manage your apps, and ways you can share files with your Mac. The ebook helps you get the most life from your iPhone battery and connect a Bluetooth headset, and it provides tricks for typing more quickly and accurately. You’ll find a cornucopia of advice for making the most of the main built-in iPhone apps, including iPod, Phone, Mail, Maps, and Safari. But that’s not all - extensive problem-solving sections help you solve network problems, resolve sync conflicts, avoid crashes, and, if necessary, restore an ailing iPhone from backup.

The ebook covers the iPhone from a Macintosh point of view, though most of the information is useful even if you connect your iPhone to a Windows PC. The ebook also covers the iPod touch; we just couldn’t figure out a clever way to work “iPod touch” into the title.

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p>For those who have the preview version of the second edition “Take Control of Your iPhone,” click the Check for Updates button on the cover to access your free update. And if you own the first edition of the ebook, also use Check for Updates to look for a 50%-off discount on the upgrade. We’ve also sent email to these groups with details.

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New Macworld Superguides Cover Mac Security and Mobile Computing

Keeping up with our own Take Control authors is hard enough, but with our friends at Macworld putting together Superguides too, well, we fell behind in the end-of-year crunch in 2008. We now have Macworld’s two most recent Superguides in our catalog. The Macworld Mac Security Superguide is particularly interesting, thanks to its real-world advice to help you maintain your privacy online, protect your sensitive data, and keep your Mac safe from both malicious software and intruders. The ebook also helps you lock down your home wireless network, set up a firewall, and secure your data when computing in public. $9.99

And for those who are ditching the desk chair for a coffeehouse-based office for the first time, taking that first laptop to college, or switching to a job that requires tons of travel, the Macworld Mobile Mac Superguide helps you pick the best laptop for your needs, find Internet connectivity wherever you go, share files with your Macs at home, keep your data backed up while on the road, and work through common problems when you can’t easily call anyone for help. $9.99

The author lists for these ebooks again include numerous TidBITS and Take Control contributors - yes, it’s a small industry, and we work with the best.

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Google Sync Beta for iPhone

Google announced the availability today of Google Sync for iPhone. This service allows you to sync your Google Calendars and Contacts with your iPhone wirelessly, using push technology. The service requires you that you set up an Exchange account on your iPhone and that your iPhone is running iPhone software version 2.2 or later. You can see the instructions here, and you can see a list of known issues and limitations with the beta here.

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Google Sync Beta for iPhone

Google announced the availability today of Google Sync for iPhone. This service allows you to sync your Google Calendars and Contacts with your iPhone wirelessly, using push technology. The service requires you that you set up an Exchange account on your iPhone and that your iPhone is running the version 2.2 firmware or later.

You can see the instructions here, and you can see a list of known issues and limitations with the beta here.

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Take Control Site Now Running on ExpressionEngine

We’ve just finished a several-month effort to rewrite the extensive Take Control Web site in the ExpressionEngine content management system. Previously, we’d been using largely static files with a small number of dynamic elements, but as the site grew, it became unmanageable. With the talented help of Adam Khan of EngagingNet, we abstracted everything that we were doing into templates and database tables and rebuilt it in ExpressionEngine, which runs on top of MySQL and Apache.

Some things - notably URL formats - have changed, but for the most part, the site should look and work the same, and despite the new URLs, all old URLs should still work. If you notice any problems, please let me know at ace@tidbits.com and I’ll check into it.

Thanks, and I certainly hope there’s no inconvenience for users at all.

cheers… -Adam C. Engst, Take Control publisher and chief Web monkey

PS: Be sure to check out the new cover graphics for our currently active books, courtesy of Jon.Hersh, a long-time friend and graphic designer!

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iWeb in iLife ‘09: Small Changes, Big Impact

At first glance, iLife ‘09 doesn’t appear to offer much in the way of improvements to the iWeb user. But after delving deeper into Apple’s announcement, it’s apparent to me that the new version of iWeb has significant changes that should help in the design and publishing of iWeb sites:

  • It appears that there are some new themes. In particular, Fine Line has the appearance of a WordPress blog, while BeBop has a happy, retro 50’s look.
  • The Media Browser has a new added button—Widgets. This button makes it simple to add a number of widgets, including a new countdown timer, RSS feeds, and YouTube videos. There are even widgets that can embed iSight photos or videos into an iWeb site.
  • The biggest change appears to be in the area of publishing. Publishing your iWeb site to any server other than MobileMe used to involve publishing the site to a folder, then uploading the entire folder to the server via FTP. Now you just enter your FTP server information into iWeb, and you can publish your site and any changes directly to the FTP server.
  • Apple has also linked the new iWeb with Facebook. Any time you change your iWeb site, your Facebook friends are notified so they can see what’s new.

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Font Wrangling and Problem-Solving Made Easy

Managing fonts in Mac OS X is all too often like herding cats, but you can now corral your fonts with our latest ebook, Take Control of Fonts in Leopard, and its sidekick, Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard. Written by Sharon Zardetto, these up-to-date ebooks cover not only the various versions of Leopard up through 10.5.5, but also special font situations in applications such as Adobe CS3 and CS4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, iLife ‘08, iWork ‘08, and Safari. Here’s the scoop on each ebook, along with notes on a special money-saving bundle:

Take Control of Fonts in Leopard: In this 227-page 1.1 update, Sharon extends all her useful advice about installing, managing, using, and removing fonts with specific coverage of what has changed with font handling in Leopard since 10.5.0, along with details of how fonts work in Leopard with Adobe CS3 and CS4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and iLife ‘08 and iWork ‘08. If you work with fonts professionally or just want to get more out of your fonts, this $15 guide has all the information you need.

Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard: In this new edition, Sharon provides 151 pages of tips for avoiding font problems, troubleshooting advice, and specific steps for solving problems. Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard focuses on font-related issues that might arise generally while using Leopard or while working with fonts in Font Book, Character Palette, and Keyboard Viewer. It also examines font-related oddities and problems you might experience in Adobe CS3 and CS 4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and Safari.

We designed these ebooks with the idea that many people will want to read both, and the problem-solving ebook assumes that readers have achieved some degree of competence with font management. In fact, were we producing traditional printed books, we’d combine all this information in a single title. However, the total length would have approached 400 pages, which is just too long for a PDF aimed at on-screen reading. To encourage you to get both titles, we’re selling them together in a bundle for $5 off. To get the bundle, visit one of the linked pages and then look for a “Buy Both” option in the left margin.

If you own one of our previous Take Control ebooks about fonts, look in your email for upgrade information or open your existing PDF and click Check for Updates on the first page.

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Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.3 Update

According to Microsoft’s Web site the Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.3 Update, “contains several improvements to enhance stability, compatibility, and performance. In addition, this update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.” Additionally, this small update fixes crashing bugs in Excel 2004 and Word 2004 when you open or close documents, and updates time zone information in Entourage 2004. It’s a 15.1 MB download from Microsoft’s Web Site, and should soon be available via the Office 2004 version of Microsoft AutoUpdate.

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Fix Your Clicks With Klicko

In the switch to Mac OS X, what’s the worst change, overall, that Apple made to the interface? It’s clickthrough. At long last, there’s a utility that blocks it. Matt Neuburg, author of Take Control of Customizing Leopard, takes a look at Klicko in his TidBITS article Fix Your Clicks With Klicko.

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Screensavers for the 21st Century

Unsatisfied with Leopard’s standard screensaver selection? Fear not! There’s a whole world of interesting screensavers out there, ready to customize and enliven your idle screen. I went searching for the best screensavers I could find, and reported back on my favorite ones in the TidBITS article Top 10 Screensavers for the 21st Century. Enjoy!

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