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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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Lock Screen Vulnerability Found in iOS 7

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In iOS 7.0, a vulnerability has been discovered that allows anyone to bypass the Lock screen passcode. Swipe up from the bottom to access Control Center, then open the Clock app. Then hold the Sleep/Wake button until the option to power off the phone comes up. Tap Cancel, then quickly double-press the Home button, which brings up the multitasking screen, providing access to most open apps. Oops! To eliminate the problem for now, just disable Control Center on the Lock screen in Settings > Control Center. An Apple spokesperson said the company is working on a fix.favicon follow link


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Bret Carroll  2013-09-20 10:20
This only seems to work when the passcode is disabled, which is to say it's a really complex way to avoid simply using the normal "slide to unlock".

I'm using an iPhone 5 GSM with the iOS 7 GM, so maybe it functions differently with the released version or different hardware?
Josh Centers  2013-09-20 11:12
CNET confirmed the bug on the 4S, 5, 5c, and 5s, and I was able to replicate it last night. Like most of these Lock screen vulnerabilities, the timing has to be just so to get it to work.
Alan Smith  2013-09-23 15:50
I was able to bring up the 'open apps' access, however I wasn't able to actually launch any of the apps themselves, and certainly not browse any photos on an iPhone 4S!

Just double checked again and the only app I could actually launch was the camera app. Which you can access straight from the control centre anyway, however I could browse my photos via the 'hack', whereas you can't via the control centre directly!!