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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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Solving iCloud-Related Slowdowns in Lion

In which Adam tracks down some annoying performance issues in Lion that not only reduced responsiveness, but also impacted battery life.Show full article

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Stalks iOS

Apple has now released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion as a developer preview, and TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull provides a first look at how Mountain Lion will bring key iOS features and apps to the Mac, make iCloud essential, and significantly change the security playing field with Gatekeeper.Show full article

Gatekeeper Slams the Door on Mac Malware Epidemics

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion introduces a new security feature to help users install downloaded software only when it comes from trusted sources. This is the first major advance in consumer security to protect users from being tricked into downloading malicious applications.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 February 2012

Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 4.4.9, VLC 2.0, Bookle 1.0.4, and Airfoil 4.6.5.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 20 February 2012

Interesting bits this week include a look at the new iTunes U, another Tech Night Owl podcast for Adam, Apple’s latest insane app rejection, video of a “Parenting in the Mobile Internet Age” panel from Macworld | iWorld, a humorous look at the downsides of ebooks, and Glenn’s explanation of why the recent security flap about insecure keys isn’t that concerning for readers.Show full article

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