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Messages for Mac – File Sharing between Mac and iOS

Yesterday, Apple announced OS X Mountain Lion, bringing OS X for Mac to feature parity with some of the best features of iOS, including Reminders, Notification Center, and Messages. There’s a Public Beta of Messages, which you can install on your current machine running Lion.

File sharing between the Mac and your iPad or iPhone has been a bit sticky. In the past I’ve used all sorts of methods, from emailing myself the files to my current technique of using Dropbox for pretty much everything. Nothing has simple – emails cluttering my inbox, and files getting lost in the hierarchy of my Dropbox.

Turns out, Messages is a great way to send files and photos between your Mac and iOS device. Just start a chat with yourself, and drag and drop files from on your Mac into the chat.  So far, It seems to work with PDF files and images, but I imagine it will work with any file type recognized by iOS.


TED Talk: Wireless data from every light bulb

Harald Haas: Wireless data from every light bulb | Video on

What if every light bulb in the world could also transmit data? At TEDGlobal, Harald Haas demonstrates, for the first time, a device that could do exactly that. By flickering the light from a single LED, a change too quick for the human eye to detect, he can transmit far more data than a cellular tower — and do it in a way that’s more efficient, secure and widespread.

Flagged messages on top in Lion

One of the things I like most about Gmail’s web interface is the ability to put your flagged messages at the top of your inbox.  And with message flagging coming to Mail in iOS 5, there’s going to be a whole lot less “mark as unread” going on in all of our mobile inboxes.  While you can add a Flagged messages folder to your favorites list (see my post from a few days ago), it’s been pretty hard to mimic gmail’s prioritized workflow.

Mail in Lion (and possibly Snow Leopard, but I don’t remember seeing it there) allows you to sort your inbox not just by Date or Unread status, but also by Flags.  You can find a convenient drop down box just on top of the messages panel, or you can use the View menu.

If you first sort your inbox by Date, and then switch it to sort by Flags, you’ll end up with your flagged messages on top and the rest of your messages sorted by date.  Even new incoming messages will appear below the flagged messages, just like in the Gmail interface.