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Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly

This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.

 
 
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AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi for iPhone, for Real This Time

iPhone owners in the United States can now get free Wi-Fi Internet access through any AT&T wireless hotspot, which includes Starbucks stores and McDonald's restaurants.Show full article

Adam Beats His New York City Marathon Goal

Adam not only finishes the New York City Marathon, he bests even his most optimistic prediction for a time of 2:48. Now he's paying the price in muscle soreness (but is happy nonetheless).Show full article

Apple Launches iPhone Developer Forums

Following the end of a restrictive non-disclosure agreement for iPhone developers, Apple announces a beta test of forums meant for discussing programming ins and outs.Show full article

6 GB of RAM in a MacBook or MacBook Pro

Can you install more RAM in a MacBook or MacBook Pro than Apple says? It seems that you can go up to 6 GB, but not 8 GB. Those with Apple's newest laptop models should beware, though, since those extra few gigabytes will cost a pretty penny.Show full article

LogMeIn Tests Remote Screen Sharing via iPhone, iPod touch

LogMeIn is all about providing remote access to screens and files across the Internet. Its desktop software for Mac OS X and Windows is now complemented by a beta version for the iPhone and iPod touch.Show full article

Netflix Starts Deploying Mac-Compatible Media Player

Netflix has announced that Mac users will finally gain access to its coveted Watch Instantly feature through - surprise - a Microsoft Silverlight-based media player.Show full article

Take Control News: Create Better AirPort Wireless Networks

With the addition of the Time Capsule and the 802.11n version of the AirPort Express, AirPort wireless networking has become all the more complex, but we document and demystify the topic with the 242-page "Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network," the third major rewrite of Glenn Fleishman's popular Take Control ebook about AirPort networking.Show full article

Authors and Publishers Settle with Google Book Search

Authors and publishers have agreed to settle with Google over its book search program. The surprising part is that the resulting agreement will likely make millions more books widely available, benefit the public, and increase revenues to Google, authors, and publishers. Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 03-Nov-08

Notable software releases so far this week include Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.4 Update, iKey 2.3.1, TextExpander 2.5, SpamSieve 2.7.2, and Fission 1.6.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/03-Nov-08

This week's discussions take a geekier curve, with readers trying to determine which system processes are gobbling up CPU power and programming Python in a terminal shell under Windows. Also featured are discussions about installing Adeona for tracking a stolen laptop, sorting out versions of "Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network," and the implications of the recent Google Book Search legal settlement.Show full article

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