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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.

 
 
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Make Sure Your iOS Device is Really Encrypted

Encrypting your iOS device is an excellent way to protect your data, but if you upgraded from iOS 3 to 4, encryption might not be enabled... even if you think it is. Here’s how to make sure you’re protected.Show full article

The Impact of AT&T Buying T-Mobile

If the AT&T deal to buy T-Mobile is approved by regulators, what can we expect to see as cell phone consumers? Higher average prices, but likely better service, too.Show full article

Time Warner Sprinkles Cable TV on the iPad

Time Warner’s new free iPad app puts a few dozen live cable channels on subscribers’ iPads... but not much else.Show full article

Joe Kissell Shreds an Ebook into Twitter

Joe Kissell is tweeting the entire contents of his ebook “Take Control of Your Paperless Office” over a period of 17 days beginning 21 March 2011.Show full article

Zen and the Art of Gmail, Part 1: Why I Switched

After spending more than 16 years using Eudora for email, Adam has switched, perhaps unexpectedly, to Google’s Gmail. In this first of a multi-part series, he explains why he chose Gmail and what some of the pros and cons are. Future installments will explore the ins and outs of Google’s free mail service.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 March 2011

Notable software releases this week include Mac OS X 10.6.7, Security Update 2011-001 (Leopard), Bento 4.0.2, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.0.9, and Yojimbo 3.0.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 21 March 2011

Lots of stuff was going on last week, with many Apple developers donating some profits to relief efforts in Japan, along with stellar behavior on the part of Apple Store employees there. We have links to more reading on those topics, as well as an article about Sprint integrating Google Voice, a Will It Blend? video about the iPad 2 (ouch!), a warning about a Flash vulnerability transmitted via Excel files, and an option to secure Twitter connections.Show full article

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