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Apple Releases Meltdown and Spectre Info and Updates

All Macs and iOS devices may be vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but Apple is continuing to release updates that mitigate the problems. The moral of the story? Keep your devices up to date!Show full article

Let There Be (Inexpensive, Configurable, Diffuse, Portable) Light

If you do photography or video work, the Polaroid Flexi LED Light Panel provides 4500 lumens of light from a flexible grid of LEDs. It’s inexpensive and effective, and well worth adding to your toolkit to improve on-camera lighting.Show full article

Solving a Washed-Out Display Problem

Faced with a display that was getting whiter and brighter, Adam Engst finally realized that he had been inadvertently increasing the Display Contrast slider in the Accessibility preference pane via a keyboard shortcut.Show full article

Apple Apologizes for iPhone Battery Issue, Drops Replacement Prices to $29

Apple has published a letter to customers to apologize for silently reducing performance in older iPhones in an attempt to eliminate unexpected shutdowns. In it, the company explains the situation and announces a drop in the price of battery replacements. Show full article

CES 2018: Tech Trends from the Consumer Technology Association

Jeff Porten kicks off another CES show with the Consumer Technology Association’s trends and predictions for 2018.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8 January 2018

Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.8, VMware Fusion 10.1, Default Folder X 5.2, Ulysses 12.2, ScreenFlow 7.2, VLC Media Player 2.2.8, SEE Finance 2.0.2, MoneyWiz 2.7.1, 1Password 6.8.5, and Bookends 13.0.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 8 January 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, Chase Freedom is offering cash back to Apple Pay users, and Apple loosens an App Store rule that was hurting small businesses.Show full article

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