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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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SabPub Malware Infects Unpatched Word and Java Installations

Mac security firm Intego says unpatched installations of Java and older versions of Microsoft Word leave Macs vulnerable not just to the Flashback malware, but also to the SabPub malware. Update your software to make sure you’re not at risk.Show full article

Adobe Announces Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud

Adobe has announced its new suite of creative applications, but this time there’s something new that affects them all: Creative Cloud, a subscription service that makes it possible to use the Creative Suite for as little as $50 per month.Show full article

Report Text Message Spam to AT&T

Text message spam is on the increase, according both to researchers and anecdotal reports. You can alert AT&T to spam, which can help block that sender in the future.Show full article

Back Up Your Instagram Photo Portfolio

While there was much to celebrate with its recent $1 billion acquisition by Facebook and a successful Android software launch, the Instagram photo sharing service found itself caught in a backlash by some users worried about Facebook’s privacy policies and the possibility that Facebook would ruin the service. If you’re thinking of deleting your account (or even if you’re staying in the Instagram fold but want to maintain local copies of your images), Agen Schmitz looks at three options for backing up your photos.Show full article

DropKey Makes Exchanging Encrypted Files a Snap

The just-released DropKey 1.0 makes it simple to exchange files using strong encryption without having to manage keys or worry much about security. It’s a drag-and-drop pleasure.Show full article

How to Download EPUB, PDF, and Mobipocket to the Kindle Fire

It feels as though Amazon wants to make reading ebooks in formats other than Mobipocket difficult, and even with Mobipocket, downloading a file from the Web requires non-intuitive steps. Adam explains exactly how Kindle Fire owners can access ebooks — in EPUB, PDF, and Mobipocket formats — in all the possible ways.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23 April 2012

Notable software releases this week include Quicksilver ß67, LaunchBar 5.2, and Suitcase Fusion 4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 23 April 2012

Two quick bits this week: Michael Cohen’s Tech Night Owl Live podcast appearance to discuss the antitrust lawsuit against Apple and major publishers, and an Apple promotion that gives copies of Snow Leopard away to Leopard-using MobileMe holdouts.Show full article

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