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Open a Finder Window with the App Switcher

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 Updates iWork Suite for Mac, iOS, and iCloud

Apple has updated its iWork productivity suite for Mac, iOS, and iCloud, restoring some missing features and letting users password-protect documents shared via iCloud.Show full article

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Macintosh

The 30th anniversary of the Macintosh is 24 January 2014, and if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, there’s a wonderful Mac 30th event you could attend. For the rest of us, we have some links to accompany you on a walk down memory lane.Show full article

Apple Produces Gorgeous Site for the Mac’s 30th Anniversary

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh, Apple has created a tremendously attractive Web site that connects the creative people who used the Macintosh to the different models that have appeared over the past 30 years. It’s worth spending some time browsing through the timeline.Show full article

Chapter 11 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

For the most part, what you can do with the Apple TV is what Apple intended to let you do. But what if you want more? What if you want to serve all your video from a Mac or NAS and view it on the Apple TV, without involving iTunes? What if you want to record live TV and watch it on your Apple TV? In this final chapter of “Take Control of Apple TV,” Josh Centers turns you on to the Plex media management system and how to use an Elgato EyeTV HD to send recorded TV to your Apple TV.Show full article

FileMaker 13: More Polished but Pricey

The latest upgrade of the database stalwart is intriguing — particularly the new WebDirect feature for publishing databases on the Web — but expensive. A new subscription-based pricing plan may make the cost more palatable for those who want to take advantage of the new features.Show full article

FunBITS: République Episode 1: Exordium for iPhone and iPad

République is a stealth-action game, with controls so simple that it’s accessible to even casual gamers. Its graphics, controls, and setting set a whole new bar for mobile gaming. Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 January 2014

Notable software releases this week include Simon 3.6.1, Pixelmator 3.1, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.3, Default Folder X 4.6.3, Intermission 1.0.3, PDFpen and PDFpen Pro 6.1.3, iTunes 11.1.4, BBEdit 10.5.8 and TextWrangler 4.5.6, and iMovie 10.0.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 27 January 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Adam Engst discussed the Mac’s 30th anniversary with Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl Live podcast, and Matt Neuburg talked iOS programming with Chuck Joiner on MacVoices. LogMeIn announced the end of its free service tier, PCWorld explained mechanical keyboards in detail, and Backblaze released another fascinating hard drive reliability study. Finally, in a disturbing turn of events, the FBI was called to interrogate a man who wore Google Glass to a movie theater.Show full article

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