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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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Let’s Stop with the Siri Baiting

Siri can perform some useful tasks and respond with a little personality. But that doesn’t mean it’s reasonable to read anything — and certainly not Apple corporate policy surrounding abortion — into her responses.Show full article

Two New Take Control Ebooks Cover iOS 5

Whether you’re looking for the latest advice on making the most of the iPad under iOS 5 or dealing with the many Mail-related changes, we have a pair of ebooks that will help: “Take Control of Your iPad” and “Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Third Edition.”Show full article

The iPad’s Helpful Ears

You’re accustomed to watching video and listening to music on an iPad or other iOS device, but did you know that it can listen too? Some apps take advantage of the microphone in clever ways.Show full article

iTether Approved, then Pulled

First Apple approves iTether, a $14.99 app that enables USB-based tethering of an iPhone to a Mac or Windows PC. And then, hours after approving it, Apple does an about-face and pulls the Internet sharing app, citing the utterly weak reason that it would burden the carrier network.Show full article

BusyCal Brings iCloud Calendars to Snow Leopard

If you’ve been putting off switching from MobileMe to iCloud because you thought you’d lose calendar sharing with Macs that you don’t want to upgrade to Lion, think again, since BusyCal makes that problem disappear.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 December 2011

Notable software releases this week include Cyberduck 4.2, MarsEdit 3.4.1, Camino 2.1, and Safari 5.1.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 5 December 2011

We have three additional bits for you to read this week, including a critical examination of browsing versus searching in iOS lists, a look back at QuickTime on its 20th anniversary, and a reality check on just how massive tech company data centers affect employment where they’re located.Show full article

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