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If you don't have any Finder windows open and want to switch to the Finder and open a window in one fell swoop, bring up the app switcher with Command-Tab and tab over to the Finder icon. While still holding down Command, press the Option key, and then release the Command key. You're switched to the Finder, with a new default window open for you.

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Apple Gets Around to a New Mac Pro

Looking like the love child of Darth Vader and R2-D2 (but in a good way), Apple’s new Mac Pro can literally roll out later this year — it’s a sleek and shiny cylinder with no drive bays but ports galore.Show full article

Apple Releases Longer-lasting MacBook Air, Faster AirPort

Apple used its WWDC podium to introduce a new set of AirPort base stations with a new, taller design and the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, plus a refreshed MacBook Air with faster processors and significantly longer battery life for both the 11- and 13-inch models.Show full article

iWork for iCloud Beta Recalls iWork.com

Among the high-profile announcements of OS X 10.9 Mavericks and iOS 7, Apple also announced iWork for iCloud, which enables iCloud users to run Pages, Numbers, and Keynote in a Web browser on a Mac or PC. Why? We’re not sure.Show full article

Apple Unveils Completely Redesigned iOS 7

With iOS 7, Apple’s mobile OS is being rebuilt from the ground up. Josh Centers takes you on a tour of the new visual design and features, but don’t get too excited, since you won’t be able to get your hands on it until the fall.Show full article

Apple Previews OS X 10.9 Mavericks

At WWDC, Apple unveiled OS X 10.9 Mavericks, which appears to be a well-considered update to OS X that combines Mac-specific features, parity with the forthcoming iOS 7, and performance-enhancing technologies under the hood. Apple hasn’t said how much it will cost or what Macs will be able to run it, but you can look forward to seeing it “this fall.”Show full article

OS X 10.8.4 Mountain Lion Finally Fixes Messages

Apple has released OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4, with a long-awaited fix for jumbled Messages and a new version of Safari with numerous security fixes.Show full article

Canvas Slated to Return to the Mac in 2014

After a many-year hiatus, the venerable graphics program is coming back to the Mac. But not for a year.Show full article

Nonprofit App Camp for Girls Launches Fundraiser

Concerned by a lack of female developers, several women in the Apple world have joined forces to start a national nonprofit camp program.Show full article

Instacast for Mac Fills the Desktop Podcatcher Gap

The venerable iOS podcast client comes to the Mac, offering Instacast fans syncing among Apple devices and Mac-specific features.Show full article

FunBITS: Nimble Quest for iOS and Mac

Nimble Quest takes the classic Snake game and gives it an RPG twist.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10 June 2013

Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 5.5, Aperture 3.4.5, iTunes 11.0.4, BBEdit 10.5.4, TextWrangler 4.5.2, and Security Update 2013-002 for Snow Leopard and Lion.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 10 June 2013

We have a handful of potent ExtraBITS this week, including the stunning claim that the U.S. National Security Agency has been partnering with the world’s biggest tech companies, including Apple, to spy on the world through an initiative called PRISM. That’s not Apple’s only problem, as it’s also on trial, accused of colluding with publishers to raise ebook prices. If your iPhone battery life is suffering, then another alleged PRISM collaborator, Facebook, may be to blame. Hopefully the NSA will update PRISM to be more power-efficient. In happier news, the Apple Store now repairs iPhone 5 screens for $149.Show full article

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