TextExpander 4.2 improves Google Docs support, more

TextExpander 4.2 improves Google Docs support, more

Smile Software has updated their popular Mac utility TextExpander to version 4.2. The new version is a free update for TextExpander 4 users and is available for immediate download from the Smile web site.

TextExpander’s name is pretty self-explanatory. It lets you type in snippets that it automatically populates. You can use it to add standard greetings, texts and signatures without having to write them out individually; you can add HTML, CSS, accented words, symbols and more; it will calculate date and time for you (adding or subtracting as needed), and will automatically position the cursor wherever you want in your expanded snippet. There’s much more, too.

The new 4.2 update improves expansion in Google Docs; works better with Fast User Switching; improves handing of accented letters better in search and the “Suggest Matching Abbreviation” feature; works around a “smart quotes” issue in Mavericks, and more. Detailed release notes are available from the web site.


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Watch how scary fast an epidemic would spread disease across the world

If you want to put on a surgical mask, rubber gloves, goggles, ear muffs and trap yourself in a plastic bubble after watching this terrifying video of how fast an epidemic would spread across the world, well, I’d totally understand. Because it’s crazy fast. Using the world’s air transportation network, theoretical physicists have created a model showing how a disease originating from one city can taint the entire world.

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Apple seeds new OS X 10.9.1 beta: Developers, come and get it!

Apple seeds new OS X 10.9.1 beta: Developers, come and get it!

Apple has posted a new beta version of OS X 10.9.1, marked as build 13B40. The new release is current available for pre-release testing by registered Mac developers.

Apple covers notes related to the release under its non-disclosure agreement with developers, so we won’t report them here. But if you’re a registered Mac developer, get yourself over to the Apple Developer Center for more information.


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Marion Cotillard: Gorgeous at the “A Thousand Times Good Night” Premiere During the Marrakesh Film Festival

Scoping out another new movie, Marion Cotillard attended the premiere of “A Thousand Times Good Night” during the Marrakech International Film Festival in Morocco on Saturday (November 30).

The “La Vie en Rose” star and jury member for the fest looked adorable in a Dior sleeveless, multicolored striped dress with strappy heels as she posed for photos outside.

At the 13th annual event, a retrospective to Scandinavian cinema will be showcased, along with several master classes and a student filmmaking competition.

In addition to her service on the jury, Marion’s new film, “The Immigrant,” co-starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, will screen at the festival.

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Why ‘The Stand’ Should Kick-Start A Stephen King Movie Universe

Director/writer Scott Cooper is off the project; we suggest a bold new take.

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America’s Largest Carbon Fiber Ship Is a Seafaring Speed Demon

America's Largest Carbon Fiber Ship Is a Seafaring Speed Demon

The answer to designing ships that are both fast and stable has traditionally been to make the vessels as narrow as possible (to reduce drag) and sit them lower in the water (to reduce the buffeting effects of plowing through waves). But US Navy’s M80 Stiletto is not your typical ship.

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Katy Perry Reveals Prismatic Tour Dates While Vacationing Down South

Kicking off her morning with a delicious view, Katy Perry hung out on the balcony of her hotel in Miami, Florida on Monday (November 18).

The “I Kissed a Girl” songstress sipped a cup of coffee as she looked off in the distance, sporting a blue bikini top and sunglasses.

Earlier today, Katy announced that she’ll head to the UK for a string of tour dates in support of her newly-released Prism album.

She tweeted, “#THEPRISMATICWORLDTOUR is coming May 2014! First stop: UK! Tix on sale FRIDAY, 11/22at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk. I’m bringing my friends @iconapop to Belfast, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield and LONDON! DON’T WORRY – more GLOBAL tour dates coming soon! I can’t wait to get closer to ALL of you than ever before! #THEPRISMATICWORLDTOUR.”

Perry’s UK dates are:

May 7 – Belfast Odyssey Arena
May 10 – Newcastle Metro Arena
May 11 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
May 13 – Birmingham LG Arena
May 17 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
May 20 – Manchester Phones 4U Arena
May 21 – Liverpool Echo Arena
May 23 – Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
May 27, 28, 30 – London O2 Arena

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Nest’s mobile app gets a full makeover, Protect smoke detector support

Nest 40 app brings full redesign, Protect support

Since Nest’s hardware and app go together like birds of a feather, new mobile software was inevitable after it launched the Nest Protect smoke detector. However, the startup darling has also taken the opportunity to completely revamp its app, mostly to make it easier to see all the important goings-on in your house. At a glance, you’ll now get the temperature you’ve set on your Nest Thermostat, whether it’s heating or cooling, the outside temperature and weather, and a big button to switch between home and away mode — in lieu of the former, slightly lame method of tilting your phone to landscape.

You’ll also see an icon for the new Nest Protect smoke alarm, which displays a green ring if everything’s a-okay, and yellow or red one for a heads-up or emergency, respectively. Selecting that icon will bring up the full app, showing all the detectors by room name, a green, yellow or red status for both smoke and carbon monoxide and the status of each alarm’s batteries and sensor. In addition, it’ll show the last WiFi update and time of your last manual test. Finally, the new app will bring a firmware update for the Nest Thermostat itself, with new features like “Quiet Time,” to prevent potentially noisy humidifier equipment from waking up kids, for instance, along with tweaks that make the system more efficient. Hang tight if you’re anxious to get them, because Nest said the new app and thermostat update will happen in a few days and install automatically.

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More Lies About Health Care

President Barack Obama is a “flagrant liar,” said Joe Scarborough, host of the “Morning Joe” program on MSNBC.

That’s unquestionably true, as Mr. Obama is demonstrating yet again by lying about the big lie he told to get Obamacare passed. But it’s startling to hear an MSNBC talk show host say it.

The president has been able to lie with impunity, confident that most of the “mainstream” media would never call him on his ever more frequent, ever more blatant departures from the truth. But the botched rollout of Obamacare is changing things.

“It might not seem possible that President Obama could do more harm to his credibility and the public’s faith in government than misleading Americans about health insurance reform,” wrote Ron Fournier of the National Journal. “But he can. The president is now misleading the public about his deception.”

Mr. Fournier is referring to what Mr. Obama said in a speech to supporters Monday night: “Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”

If it were possible to scream in print, Mr. Fournier did. “No, no, no, no, no — that’s not what the Obama administration said,” he wrote.

“What they said was: ‘That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.’”

There is video of the president himself making this promise on at least 29 separate occasions. His aides and Democrats on Capitol Hill made it dozens of times more.

It was a lie from the get-go. The Department of Health and Human Services estimated in June of 2010 that as a consequence of Obamacare, 66 percent of those covered by small-employer plans and 45 percent of those covered by large employer plans would have to get new policies. So would “40 to 67 percent” of those who had individual health insurance coverage. That could add up to 93 million Americans.

The latest assault on the truth is Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ ruling that neither the federal insurance exchange established by the law nor the subsidies for low-income people paid to insurance companies will be classified as “federal health care programs.”

Ms. Sebelius did not give a rationale for her decision. The effect of it is to exempt Obamacare from laws which forbid kickbacks and related types of fraud in other federal health care programs such as Medicare.

Just about everything we’ve been told about Obamacare — beginning with its formal name, the “Affordable Care Act” — has been untrue. Premiums will rise an average of 41 percent, excluding federal subsidies, according to a Manhattan Institute study released last week.

To avoid acknowledging this, many in the news media twist themselves into knots. The president “clearly misspoke” when he said “if you like your health plan, you can keep it,” said the editors of The New York Times.

The dictionary defines “misspeaking” as a “slip of the tongue.” Odd the president’s tongue would slip every time he made a promise about Obamacare. Odder still that each of these “slips of the tongue” should produce not a slurred or mispronounced word, but full sentences containing the opposite of the truth.

The president’s “misspeaking” is no big deal, said The Times. The policies being cancelled were “not worth keeping.”

I doubt many of the 3.5 million Americans who have received cancellation notices so far share that view. One who doesn’t is cancer survivor Edie Sundby, who wrote in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday she fears the loss of her health plan and perhaps some of her doctors amounts to a sentence of death.

Ms. Sunby’s plight illustrates another thing about which the president “misspoke.” The “Obamacare War Room” fears the “next shoe to drop” will be when millions of Americans discover they won’t be able to keep their doctors, CNN reported Monday.

Mr. Obama will continue to lie brazenly, and many journalists will keep trying to cover for him. But too many Americans are suffering too much harm for most in the “mainstream” media to ignore.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program Tuesday, historian Jon Meacham said the president needs to “understand that we’re really not as slow as he thinks we are.”

Jack Kelly is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio.

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Taylor Swift Receives Pinnacle Award During 2013 CMA Awards

Literally taking country music to a worldwide audience, Taylor Swift brought home the Pinnacle Award from the 2013 CMA Awards on Wednesday (November 6).

The 23-year-old was supported on stage by the biggest names in the business, including Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. All of them reportedly offered Taylor the chance to open for them on the road when she was a teenager.

The “Red” singer recounted her beginnings when Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta called her when she was 16: “He said, ‘Can you be on the road in two days to open for Rascal Flatts, and I immediately started screaming and said, ‘This must be a miracle,’” she said. “He said, ‘No, it’s not a miracle. Eric Church got fired for playing too long.”

“You’ve made me fell so special right now, thank you,” she concluded. Taylor was nominated for six awards coming into the CMAs including the night’s top honor, as well as entertainer of the year.

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