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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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No Email Issue on 3 September 2012 for Labor Day

We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Labor Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 10 September 2012.Show full article

Watch TidBITS Presents “Protecting Your Digital Life”

If you found the recent hack of technology writer Mat Honan as unsettling as we did, tune in to TidBITS Presents “Protecting Your Digital Life,” recorded live on 22 August 2012. Security experts Rich Mogull and Joe Kissell share their recommendations for the best things you can do to ensure that your digital life can’t be laid bare for virtual vultures to peck through.Show full article

VidBITS:, Photo Sharing, and Excessive Reminders

Curious about Tune into as Glenn Fleishman explains it in this TidBITS staff meeting, held live on Google Hangouts On Air.Show full article

OS X 10.8.1 Targets Bugs, Improved Battery Life

Mountain Lion gets its first maintenance update, which provides a small number of targeted fixes as well as a fix for a battery drainage issue experienced by many MacBook Pro and MacBook Air owners.Show full article

MacTech Conference 2012 Slated for October 17–19

It’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be doing this fall, and if you’re a consultant, IT professional, or developer looking for a conference, consider MacTech Conference 2012, scheduled for October 17th through 19th in Los Angeles.Show full article

Boingo Wi-Finder App for iOS Tracks Wireless Data Usage

Boingo Wireless makes its money selling access to an aggregated footprint of half a million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. Its updated iOS app, however, provides a neat (and free) answer to the question: how much cellular data have I consumed so far this month?Show full article

Comparing Music Streaming Services: Pandora, Spotify, and

Steve McCabe takes the three best known online music streaming services out for a test drive. Which one might meet your needs depends on how you want to interact with music.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 August 2012

Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.2, CloudPull 2.1.3, and VMware Fusion 5 and Fusion 5 Professional.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 27 August 2012

The main industry news that broke late last week was Apple’s win in the patent lawsuit against Samsung — it’s interesting gossip, but won’t materially affect the lives of Apple users. Our other two ExtraBITS for you this week are pointers to Tonya Engst and Matt Neuburg appearing separately on Chuck Joiner’s MacVoices podcast.Show full article

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