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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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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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