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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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AT&T Changes Tethering to Mobile Hotspot

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AT&T will begin offering a mobile hotspot feature on some of its smartphones starting 13 February 2011. The iPhone wasn’t mentioned in this announcement. The feature lets you turn your phone into a cellular router, sharing access among multiple devices to the mobile broadband network using a phone’s built-in Wi-Fi adapter, similar to a MiFi router. The service will start with a so-called 4G phone, the HTC Inspire 4G, which can use a faster network flavor that AT&T is currently rolling out across the United States. AT&T will bundle 2 GB of additional data usage with a revised tethering and mobile hotspot plan.

The iPhone will almost certainly gain this feature too, since Verizon Wireless offers the portable hotspot as an option for the iPhone 4. Verizon and AT&T both charge a separate fee for this feature, although Verizon waives it for a few Palm Pre models.

AT&T will certainly use the same feature that Verizon relies upon, which is called Personal Hotspot in the Settings app. Macworld’s Jason Snell walked through this feature in his Verizon iPhone review. Personal Hotspot includes Wi-Fi sharing, as well as Bluetooth or USB connections between an iPhone and a computer with appropriate driver support.

AT&T requires that you have the higher-volume DataPro plan ($25 per month for 2 GB) to use tethering currently or with the new hotspot feature when it becomes available on a smartphone model. Regardless of the name, it’s still $20 per month extra. You can switch between DataPlus ($15 for 200 MB per month) and DataPro without paying a change fee, and turn the phone-as-modem features on and off as well.

The new plan adds 2 GB of monthly data usage to the existing 2 GB included with DataPro. That goes some distance towards rationalizing the otherwise profit-only tethering and mobile hotspot fee, since all data usage is already metered. Additional gigabytes (charged by the partial or full gigabyte) cost $10 per month on both DataPro (after 2 GB) and the tethering/hotspot add-on (after 4 GB).

The Verizon Wireless iPhone service plans offer only a $30-per-month unlimited data plan, and charges $20 per month for the hotspot feature. Verizon includes 2 GB of usage just for the hotspot and tethering offering, and surcharges $20 per GB after that initial 2 GB has been exhausted.

 

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Neil Ticktin  2011-02-02 14:35
Shame on ATT for once again bagging on their early adopters with the unlimited data plan, and iPhone users. There's nothing like action to show proof of how a company feels about its customers.