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HomePod Arrives February 9th, Multi-Room Audio to Follow Later in 2018

Apple has announced a shipping date for the HomePod smart speaker, and you can preorder it now. But should you? Josh Centers expresses some doubts.Show full article

Apple Releases iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5

Another week, another set of Apple operating system updates. Apart from HomePod support in iOS and Siri getting in touch with its inner anchorperson, most of the changes in these updates address security vulnerabilities. You’ll want to install them sooner rather than later.Show full article

Apple to Deprecate Many macOS Server Services

In a move that has surprised few, Apple has announced via a support note that it will be deprecating nearly all the remaining services in macOS Server. In the future, macOS Server will “focus on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network.” Time to start looking for alternatives for everything else macOS Server does for you.Show full article

Apple Previews iOS 11.3 Changes, Due Later This Year

What do ARKit, animoji, health records, battery information, and a European emergency location service have in common? Apple is promoting all of them as features in the upcoming iOS 11.3, promised “this spring.”Show full article

CES 2018: The Main Show, LVCC, and Sands

Jeff Porten misses the riding luggage, wears a camera on his face, sees some ridiculously fast SSD drives, and roams the CES main floor.Show full article

CES 2018: Eureka Park Wraps Up CES

In wrapping up his CES coverage, Jeff Porten explores the show within a show that CES sets aside for startups, Eureka Park. Follow along as he finds a portable scanner, kid-focused smartwatch, global hotspot, solar-powered car, and monitoring shoes for seniors.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29 January 2018

Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 3.2.8, Bookends 13.0.5, Logic Pro X 10.4, macOS Server 5.5, iTunes 12.7.3, Safari 11.0.3, and Security Update 2018-001 (Sierra and El Capitan).Show full article

ExtraBITS for 29 January 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, iMore’s Serenity Caldwell offers a preview of the HomePod’s sound quality, and Jason Snell of Six Colors shares his Apple report card based on grades from a panel of industry boffins.Show full article

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