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Open Files with App Switcher

Using the Application Switcher to open files can sometimes be faster than hunting for an Application's window or searching through a jam packed Dock for an Application's icon. First grab your file, press Command-Tab, and then drop the file onto the desired application's icon to open it within that program.

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Apple to Investigate SuperDrive Issues

In a followup to our coverage of widespread - but elusive - SuperDrive issues, we are pleased to report that Apple has informed at least one TidBITS reader that they are investigating the problems.Show full article

iTunes 9.0.1 Fixes Important Bugs

A few short weeks after the release of iTunes 9, Apple gives us iTunes 9.0.1 with a variety of important-sounding bug fixes. Show full article

NetNewsWire for Mac and iPhone, Finally Updated

NewsGator has released NetNewsWire 3.2 for Mac OS X and NetNewsWire 2.0 for iPhone after some delays and a bit of confusion. The latest versions for Mac and iPhone now rely on Google Reader for their synchronization services.Show full article

Enable MMS on the iPhone in the United States

AT&T started offering MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) in the United States after a long delay. Learn how to activate and use it.Show full article

Google Offers Push Gmail and Google Sync to iPhone

For over a year the iPhone has supported "push" mail delivery, instant delivery of new email messages, but not for the popular Gmail service. Google Sync for iPhone and iPod touch now offers push email, contacts, and calendars, via Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol. The catch? You can only do this with one mail account at a time.Show full article

Pantone iPhone App Offers Enjoyable Color Exploration

Even if you're not a professional graphic designer, the myPantone app for iPhone might pique your interest in capturing and exploring color.Show full article

New "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups" Explains Smart Backups

Whether you want to establish a sensible backup strategy or modernize your existing backup strategy, Joe Kissell's just-updated "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups, Fourth Edition" has the real-world advice you need to choose backup hardware and software, and set up a rock-solid backup strategy.Show full article

Hack Microsoft Word's Page Up/Page Down Keys

If you're as irritated as we are at Microsoft Word's habit of moving the insertion point when you use the Page Up and Page Down keys (something most Mac applications don't do), read on for a solution that requires no additional software.Show full article

Even More Hidden Refinements in Snow Leopard

We keep finding the equivalent of chocolate-filled Easter eggs in Snow Leopard: tiny, undocumented improvements that make Mac OS X even better.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28-Sep-09

Notable software releases this week include Nicecast 1.9.9, Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.4, Airfoil 3.3.4, Phone Amego 1.0.5, Logic Pro 9.0.1, Logic Express 9.0.1, Main Stage 2.0.1, HP Printer Drivers for Mac OS X 10.6, TweetDeck v0.30.5, and Quicken 2007 Certificate Updater.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 28-Sep-09

Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 28-Sep-09

Readers are busy in this week's TidBITS Talk discussions, covering recent articles such as the availability of HP printer drivers, Gmail push service to iPhones, and widespread SuperDrive problems. They're also looking for help and solutions on topics ranging from making scrollbars reappear in Word, dealing with spotty behavior in Eudora, encrypting information on disk, recovering a deleted login keychain, troubleshooting RSS problems in Mail, extending an AirPort network, speeding up a sluggish Mac, scheduling software updates, and separating Web browser sessions.Show full article

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