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Siri's an excellent personal assistant, and she's just a long home button press away. She can place a call for you, send a message, add items to your calendar, and more. And while I typically perform these actions for myself, there are times when it's more convenient for her to take care of a quick task for me while I give my attention to something else -- and you can make Siri do your bidding without pressing any buttons. Michael Johnston shows you how.
OS X is great at running lots apps at once, many of which can interact with one another. Of course we have Exposé to handle switching between windows, but what happens if you don't want to switch to another window, but rather maintain the focus of your current window while doing something in another. Michael Johnston has some tips on working with background windows, and he's happy to share.
Apple has sold earbuds with a wired remote for many years now, and if you've purchased an iPod touch, iPhone, or a pair on their own, you might not realize how much you can do with that little bar of plastic hanging from your ears. Of course you can play and pause music with the center button, and, if you have them, you can use the top and bottom buttons to control your volume. However, there are several other things you can do with that center button, and Michael Johnston shows you how.
Staying on task while every distraction the Web has to offer is just a mouse click away might not be difficult for some of you, but for me it's a challenge. It's especially bad if you're a student or a knowledge worker whose office isn't shared with others who are also getting things done. So I set out to find a way to keep myself from tasting temptation and avoiding the work I had to do. The answer is the aptly named SelfControl.
Just like earlier versions of OS X, Lion and Mountain Lion lets users see all of their Mac's open windows with the press of a button. Mission Control groups all of those windows by application, but some long-time Mac users prefer the old show-ever-open-window-in-a-grid style view instead. Michael Johnston shows you how to choose which view Mission Control uses, and it's easy to do.
If you're like Michael, you probably have lots of apps running on your Mac at any given time. Using the Application Switcher is a great way to jump between open apps, but there's a lot more than meets the eye. There are four other keys that, when combined with Command and Tab, will help you deal with running multiple apps better than ever.
If you use a device which can receive audio via AirPlay, or even just switch your Mac's audio output device, you can do that without any extra software. It's easy, and most anyone that's keeping OS X up to date can do it.