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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We’re pleased to bring you our first look at cool new products from last week’s Macworld/iWorld trade show, along with Adam Engst’s thoughts about the real problems that Apple faces, which aren’t the same as those the mainstream media seems to focus on. Adam also examines what’s behind Apple’s emphasis on the professional user with the new 128 GB iPad. Lastly, Joe Kissell looks at the ioSafe Solo G3 hard drive, which is waterproof, fireproof, and theft-resistant, and even comes with free data recovery in case of damage — the question is if it’s worthwhile. Notable software releases this week include Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12; SMC Firmware Updates for MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air; and Microsoft Office 2011 14.30.
A new 128 GB model of the fourth-generation iPad joins Apple’s product lineup, but what’s most interesting is how Apple is aiming the new model at professional users.Show full article
As always, one of the best parts of Macworld/iWorld is running across new products that set the mind racing: iPad-based telepresence robots, tiny elliptical machines for standing desks, sensors that watch your posture, and more. Read on for the first installment of products that caught our attention at the show.Show full article
In several interviews at Macworld/iWorld, Adam Engst was asked for his opinion about the waning of Apple’s fortunes, thanks to the distressingly low $54.5 billion in quarterly revenues and $13.1 billion in profit. While debunking the financials as a worry, Adam points out that there are real concerns in how Apple is running the business.Show full article
ioSafe hard drives may be the safest destination for local backups, but Joe Kissell thinks you can get equally good security for a much lower price.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12; SMC Firmware Updates for MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air; and Microsoft Office 2011 14.30.Show full article
A quarter of a million Twitter users were affected by a data breach at the company, leading to password resets and no doubt a few headaches. In a better headspace, Adam and Tonya Engst appeared on Glenn Fleishman’s podcast The New Disruptors, which talks about ways creative people reach audiences. And if you’re feeling vindictive toward an app, we have a string of eight characters that will likely cause it to crash.Show full article