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Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.

Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.

In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.

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FaceTime Won't Consume Voice Minutes for Video

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Apple tells Business Insider that the iPhone 4 video chat feature FaceTime uses voice minutes only to set up the initial connection. Once video chat begins, the voice connection is no longer used. While this makes sense - just as with iChat video, a peer-to-peer data connection is built for the connection - Apple didn't explain this so clearly at the iPhone 4 announcement or thereafter.favicon follow link


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I'm also curious if iAds will count against my 2GB from AT&T...
You wrote "Apple tells Business Insider that the iPhone 4 video chat feature FaceTime uses voice minutes only to set up the initial connection:"

Where did you read that. I have read others who seem to think the same thing. The Business Insider article that you link to mentions only "...FaceTime calls CAN BE initiated from within voice calls..."

Even Apples web site states "Just find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button. Or maybe you’re already on a voice call with her and you want to switch to video."

I believe that with FaceTime. Apple just entered the video chat biz.

Pure speculation on my part - those iPhones were communicating over WI-FI using an unkown and unmentioned server where each iPhone has to be in touch with.

Betcha that feature is coming to the next iPod Touch as well as future iPads (perhaps even Macs). I figure that the iPhones' owner contact card is used to "log-in" to the server and if (when) it finds a matched entry among said owners contacts with other "logged-in" iOS users its then possible to make a v-call.

Thats why its not using 3GPP video calling which cuts off a potential revenue source for the Telcos - we are already paying for a data plan.