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In Snow Leopard, Option-clicking the Volume icon in the menu bar displays a list of sound input and output devices. Choose one to switch to it; it's much easier than using the Sound preference pane. Also, hold Shift and click the icon to set the system volume, which is separate from the general output volume.

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Pogue Finds B&N Nook a Weak Digital Reader

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David Pogue reviews the Barnes & Noble Nook electronic reader at the New York Times, and finds it a poor competitor to the Kindle for identical features, while its unique features don't measure up to a real difference.favicon follow link

 

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Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-12-10 13:40
Of course, Apple remains the 800-pound gorilla in the room, since as much as the Nook may not match up to the Kindle, the Kindle doesn't really match up to the iPhone/iPod touch either, and were Apple to release a tablet with a larger screen at a competitive price, it would likely destroy both the Kindle and the Nook.

And honestly, I don't think either Amazon or B&N would really care that much - both are booksellers, not gadget-makers, and would probably do well to focus on their core businesses.