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Mighty Mouse as Application Switcher

Looking for an easier way to switch between multiple applications? Within Keyboard and Mouse Preferences under System Preferences, you can configure the scroll wheel to act as an Application Switcher. Press the scroll button to bring up Application Switcher, scroll to toggle to the application you want, and hit the scroll button again to switch. You can also double-click the scroll button to quickly switch to the previously active application.

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DealBITS Drawing: Sunatori.com Pen

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And now for something completely different! Long-time TidBITS reader Simon Sunatori recently contacted us about doing a DealBITS drawing for a new pen he'd invented and patented, and while it wasn't Mac-related (other than coming in colors reminiscent of the original iPod mini), I was sufficiently intrigued to check it out. I have to admit, it's neat, in a geeky sort of way. The pen hangs from a pendant you wear around your neck, and the unusual part is that the pen and pendant contain relatively strong magnets. When attached, the magnets retract the pen tip; when detached, the pen tip drops down instantly and is ready for writing. The silver pendant contains a simple digital clock and is sufficiently polished on the other side to act as a mirror, helpful if you should ever need to focus the sun's rays to burn yourself out of captivity. Tristan and I do our family's weekly grocery shopping at the local GreenStar Cooperative Market, where we have to write down a variety of bulk product and produce codes to read to the cashier, and Simon's pen is by far the most convenient writing implement I've found for that task. No caps to lose, no buttons to click, no strings to tangle - it just works.

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In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of two Sunatori.com Pens, worth $20, in your choice of colors. Entrants who aren't our lucky winner will receive a significant discount, so if you're always losing your pens or having them leak in your pockets, be sure to enter at the DealBITS page linked below. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize to reward you for spreading the word.

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>