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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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Apple Replacing Faulty MacBook Air Storage Drives

The flash storage drive in certain mid-2012 models of the MacBook Air could fail at any time, but if a firmware update doesn’t resolve the problem, Apple will replace it for free. Josh Centers explains how to find out if your drive is affected.Show full article

The iPhone’s Positioning Sensors Were Never Good

Much fuss has been made over the inaccuracy of the iPhone 5s positioning sensors, but it turns out that the problem is neither new nor unusual.Show full article

How to Prevent Google from Monetizing Your Face

Much noise has been made about Google’s Shared Endorsements, but as Josh Centers explains, it’s both limited and easily turned off.Show full article

Avatron Sponsoring TidBITS

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How iOS 7’s Newsstand Hurts Publishers

Marko Karppinen, part of a digital-publication platform company, argues that Apple’s Newsstand is a bad place for publications to be. Glenn Fleishman, publisher of The Magazine, can’t disagree.Show full article

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Level Money is a minimalistic budgeting app for the iPhone. Josh Centers explains why it’s perfect for him, and for many others who need more awareness of their financial standing.Show full article

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FunBITS: Limbo Is Spooky Fun for iPhone and iPad

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 October 2013

Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 5.6, ReadKit 2.3.2, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7, 1Password 4.0.3, Instacast 1.0.3, Downcast 1.0.3, Java for OS X 2013-005 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 17, Little Snitch 3.3, and Fission 2.1.4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 21 October 2013

This week, celebrated Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts announced that she’s joining Apple, David Pogue is moving from the New York Times to Yahoo, and the Nielsen Norman Group has published a damning critique of iOS 7’s interface.Show full article

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