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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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Apple Allows Apps to Be Transferred between Developers

In a welcome move, Apple has at long last made it possible for apps to be transferred between developers without loss of reviews, rankings, or customers. This preserves much of the value of an app for acquisition.Show full article

Researchers Demo Ubiquitous Gestural Control via Wi-Fi Sensing

Ever wanted to lower the volume from your stereo or change the channel on the TV merely by waving at it? With WiSee, a proof-of-concept technology from researchers at the University of Washington, whole-home gestural recognition without cameras or special sensors has become a reality. It’s not a product yet, but its capability to sense gestures by analyzing disruptions in Wi-Fi signals is tremendously intriguing.Show full article

New Dutch and Japanese Translators Wanted!

If you can read English and write in either Dutch or Japanese, we need your help in translating TidBITS!Show full article

Apple and the Coming War Over Patent Trolling

Lawyers patent-trolling their own clients is the latest evidence that the U.S. patent system has gotten out of control. But perhaps help is on the way.Show full article

Why Do So Many People Fail to Back Up?

Prompted by Joe Kissell’s new “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac, Second Edition,” Adam Engst ponders what has changed such that backups don’t seem to have the same urgency as in the past. Could it be Time Machine’s ubiquity? The rise of cloud services? Or just different problems to worry about?Show full article

How to Relocate a Dropbox Subfolder to Another Disk

Jeff Carlson wanted to use Dropbox’s Camera Upload feature for automatically copying photos from iOS devices, cameras, and memory cards, but doing so would fill up his 256 GB SSD with image files. Instead, he created a symbolic link (symlink) in Mac OS X to relocate the Camera Uploads folder to a separate volume.Show full article

Putting Analog Camera in Your iPhone

Does the iPhone need yet another photo filter app? Realmac Software’s Analog Camera makes a persuasive argument for why it should take over from similar apps.Show full article

802.11ac Promises Better Coverage, but Won’t Hit Advertised Speeds

By all the hype, you’d think that the still-in-progress 802.11ac standard will boost Wi-Fi to well over 1 Gbps. It’s rather unlikely in practice. Rather, it will make dead zones come alive and improve performance over current networks.Show full article

FunBITS: Duolingo Makes Learning Languages Enjoyable

Preparing for a trip to Spain, Chris Armstrong has equipped himself with the Duolingo Web and iPhone apps to brush up on his Spanish. But is it effective?Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17 June 2013

Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 5.5.1, Keyboard Maestro 6.0.1, Mellel 3.2, and AirPort Utility 6.3 for Mac.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 17 June 2013

It’s time for ExtraBITS: WWDC Edition! With all of Apple’s announcements, many new features didn’t get much play. Macworld’s Serenity Caldwell lists 27 you might have missed. You probably did see iOS 7’s awesome-looking Weather app, but Apple might not have been first to the idea. One of the subtle new features in iOS 7 is a male voice for Siri in the United States, but why now? Apple also handed out the latest round of Apple Design Awards, which include some incredible apps you’ll love. However, some folks don’t think iOS 7 is worthy of a design award, citing disjointed icons as one of the reasons, but it turns out that there’s an explanation. In all the hype about iOS 7, you might have missed a feature in iOS 6 that can protect your device from prying eyes — Rene Ritchie of iMore explains how to make the most of it. And finally, Microsoft has quietly released Office for the iPhone, but should you care?Show full article

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