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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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ExtraBITS for 24 September 2012

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Two quick ExtraBITS for you this week — an explanation of why the CDMA iPhone 5 has an unlocked GSM SIM slot and Glenn Fleishman’s Boing Boing report from the unusual XOXO conference.

Verizon’s Unlocked iPhone 5 Due to FCC Requirement? -- As the iPhone 5 got into people’s hands last Friday, several Verizon Wireless subscribers noted that their iPhones were unlocked both for international use and for other U.S. carriers. James Duncan Davidson explains that Verizon isn’t doing this out of the kindness of its corporate heart, but rather due to an agreement with the FCC for licensing the 700 MHz C block of spectrum for its LTE network.

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A Conference About Tech That Is Full of Love -- If you regularly attend technology or engineering conferences, you might enjoy editor Glenn Fleishman’s account at Boing Boing of the recent XOXO Festival in Portland, Oregon. XOXO brought people who make things together with those who have new methods of reaching customers, an audience, fans, or colleagues directly, such as Kickstarter and Etsy. Beyond the content, the conference captured a magic that’s rarely found in such events.

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