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Fantastical, Chatology get deep price cuts through the new year

There are sure to be tons of apps on sale as we approach black friday, but Flexibits is doing one better and slashing the prices of its apps through the new year. Starting today, you can pick up Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac for much cheaper than its normal going rate. Also in tow is a deep price cut for Flexibits' message searching app, Chatology.

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Review: Vellum 1.2 brings ebook creation into the 21st century

I've been building and editing ebooks for just over four years now. I started back in 2010 with Macworld when we were still hand-compiling HTML files; and though our process changed and simplified greatly over the years, we still needed multiple programs and long working hours to put everything together for multi-platform ebook releases.

Enter Vellum. I got my first glimpse of the Mac app two years ago back in its early beta stages: At the time, the WYSIWYG ebook-builder only supported text and limited styling, but its live-preview engine and instant-compile for iBooks, Kindle, and Nook gave me true hope for a great cross-platform ebook tool. Vellum 1.0 launched this January with those limited tools, and image support promised down the road. 11 months later, the company has delivered on that promise.

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How to use AirDrop with older Macs

We love AirDrop, which allows people to wirelessly share files between their Macs and iOS devices. But, as with Continuity's other features, pre-2012 Macs are feeling a bit left out. Sadly, there's no way to convince an older Mac to share a file with your iPhone or iPad, but you can transfer files between newer Macs and older Macs.

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How Apple keeps your Handoff data private and secure

Handoff is part of Continuity, which is designed to make iPhones, iPads, and Macs work together more quickly, easily, and seamlessly than ever before. Rather than putting the same interface across all their devices, or making the web the center of the universe, Handoff is keeping things personal. Devices have to be logged into your Apple ID. You have to be within Bluetooth Low Energy (BT LE) proximity. And instead of automatically pushing your data out, Handoff waits for you to elect to use it. That all makes it private, but what makes it secure?

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.1 with Wi-Fi reliability fixes and more

Apple has released the latest update for OS X Yosemite, version 10.10.1. It contains a number of fixes and improvements to Yosemite You can find OS X 10.10.1 in the Updates section of the Mac App Store.

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The Getty Images Stream photo app is now available for OS X Yosemite

After a release earlier this year for the iPhone and iPad, Getty Images now has a version of its Getty Images Stream app available for OS X Yosemite owners to download for free.

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EFF ranks iMessage, Facetime more secure than mass market competitors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued security rankings for several popular communication platforms, including Apple's iMessage Google's Hangouts and Skype from Microsoft. Both iMessage and Apple's FaceTime were named as the best mass market options for secure messaging according to the EFF's criteria. These categories include message encryption in transit, independent code review, and proper documentation of security.

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OS X Yosemite in 6 minutes: Everything you need to know

OS X 10.10, better known as Yosemite, is Apple's latest, greatest operating system for the Mac. It includes a new, flatter, more vibrant design, continuity to create a seamless experience with iPhone and iPad, extensibility to let developers hook their apps into the system, and a host of other features. If all you have is 6 minutes, here are all the highlights. If you want to know much, much more, check out our in-depth OS X Yosemite review.

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iMovie for Mac gets dressed up for OS X Yosemite

Now that OS X Yosemite is rolling out to everyone we're seeing app updates galore start to roll in. Apple's own iMovie is among the first batch and with version 10.0.6, which is rolling out as we speak, things have been given a full makeover in line with the visuals of Yosemite. So it looks pretty sharp.

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On Yosemite GM 3 or Public Beta 6 and wondering how to update to final release?

If you're already running OS X Yosemite gold master release candidate 3 (GM 3) or public beta 6 (PB 6), you won't need to update to the final release version in the Mac App Store (MAS). While there are minor differences in build numbers between the versions, Apple is considering both GM 3 and PB 6 as "final" and not offering the MAS version to anyone with either of them already installed.

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