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If you use your Mac for any period of time, you will find the need to open a document with a different program other than the one set as default. The “Open With” menu appears in the Finder whenever you right-click or control-click on the icon of a document. The “Open With” command is designed to give you a list of alternative choices to handle the file that you’ve selected, but after long-term use you will find this list can get a little bit messy.
Duplicate entries in your “Open With” menu can be easily cleaned via a simple terminal command. We initially covered this command in a 2009 post about rebuilding your launch services, but this post is updated with video and a few new methods that’ll work in OS X Mountain Lion. In the video below, I will demonstrate the basic terminal command. I will also show you how to create a bash script to make it easier to repeat this cleaning whenever needed, as well as create an Alfred workflow to do the same (requires the Alfred powerpack.)
Earlier this month we pointed out the SpotLite 2.0 GPS tracking device by Securus, Inc. that helps you locate and find your pet. The durable, waterproof device offers 24-hour, real-time tracking or your favorite canine. SpotLite 2.0 is even backed by the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) service, so finding Fido becomes a much easier process than walking around the neighborhood shouting the dog’s name.
I spent a few days testing the device with my Boston Terrier Batgirl (that’s her at right), who may or may not have been happy about conducting her first tech review. Here’s my look at the SpotLite 2.0 GPS pet tracker.
The SpotLite 2.0 device
Ad agency McCann Erickson has created a 30-second TV spot featuring Apple’s Siri eyes-free and hands-free integration in the new Chevrolet Sonic.
The spot features an actress — inexplicably driving in circles inside a building — using “the button to end all buttons” to ask Siri to read an incoming message and tell a bad joke. The soundtrack is reminiscent of the simple piano music and voices used in a number of Apple ads in the recent past, so it’s obvious that McCann Erickson and client Chevrolet wanted to link Siri and Sonic in the minds of viewers.
Thinking about buying a new iPhone? Don’t get in the car and go to the nearest Apple Store. Instead, use the same browser you’re using to read TUAW and point it to the online Apple Store to purchase the iPhone there. Apple has launched a promotion where it’s providing free next-day shipping on any iPhone sold through the online store, according to a post on Apple Insider.
It’s unknown if the free overnight shipping is a limited-time promotion or if Apple’s making life permanently easier for those of us who love to buy our iPhones online. Only two iPhones can be purchased per customer and still be eligible for the free next-day shipping.
CNET reports that T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” event, to be held on Tuesday, will have some iPhone related news in store for existing and future T-Mobile subscribers.
Earlier this year, the carrier had announced that it’ll soon be carrying the iPhone officially on its network, but it didn’t specify an exact date.
From CNET’s report: