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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Why Apple Added a Male Voice to Siri

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One of the less-discussed features in iOS 7 is the new male voice for Siri, but why is Apple adding it now? According to Stanford professor Clifford Nass, one cringeworthy reason could be because female voices are sometimes seen as less intelligent than male voices. These cultural perceptions are the reason why Siri originally received male voices in some countries, like the United Kingdom, but not in others. For example, BMW had to recall a car in Germany, because male drivers didn’t trust the female voice chosen for the GPS. A better reason? Apple wants to let users customize the iOS experience more fully, though it seems unlikely that Apple would go as far as including the celebrity voices used by GPS makers TomTom and Garmin.favicon follow link

 

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Lou Oser  2013-06-13 11:31
Although I don't know why we need a reason for the added male voice choice, to those familiar with hearing loss, the obvious reason is for accessibility. Hearing loss usually begins in the high ranges making a female voice harder to understand than a male voice.
Ted Stoffers  2013-06-17 21:58
I have some hearing loss. I have noticed that I trouble understanding some women's voices, air conditioning, wind noise, or other conversations can mask the sound.
Konrad  2013-06-19 22:46
It's well know SAC in the 50's/60's used female voices in high stress situations to give male pilots warnings. This example is for the B-58 but there were others. No idea about current practices.

http://palamar.com/projects/b-58/B-58_Voice_Warning_Messages.htm