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Use Address Book to Send an SMS

Tapping out a text message on a cellphone keypad – not the best. If the stars line up and you have a Bluetooth phone and a Bluetooth enabled Mac and a cooperative carrier than you can bang out those messages on your Mac and let the phone send them.

Address Book SMSTo be honest, Murphy doesn’t do this much. He doesn’t send many SMS messages to start with. On the rare occasion when a message needs to be sent to a phone he uses teleflip.com. In the U.S. that means address an email to the 10 digit mobile number in front of @teleflip.com and click send. There’s a decent chance the message will arrive as a text on the recipient’s phone.

But let’s say you need to SMS someone frequently and their phone doesn’t have an email address. This could be useful.

More honesty: Murphy just thought this was a cool feature, practical or not. The screencast is short. The key to success is when you’re pairing the Bluetooth phone with your Mac. Make sure you enable the phone for Address Book use.

If you’ve got Skype installed it works as an SMS pipeline from Address Book too.

Finally – be prepared for disappointment. Not all carriers will support this feature. In the U.S. carriers like Verizon have a tendency to cripple Bluetooth functionality – along with OS X features like this one.

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Combine Duplicate Address Cards

Combine Duplicate Address CardsEvery computer has duplicated information somewhere. Duplicate songs in iTunes, double photos in iPhoto, and yes, duplicate address cards in the Address Book.

Watch the screencast to see how Murphy selects duplicate entries for a contact and combines them into one card. Without losing any information.

We’ll handle duplicates in those other applications another day.

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