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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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ExtraBITS for 19 July 2010

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The iPhone 4 antenna problems dominated the news this week, and along with a number of articles in this week's issue, we wanted to point you to an engineer's dismissal of the Consumer Reports testing methodology and Jason Snell's tour of Apple's previously secret wireless testing lab. Also, if you're thinking of going to Macworld Expo next January, you can get a free show floor pass through next week.


Macworld Tours Apple's Secret Wireless Lab -- As part of the campaign to reverse the damaging discussions of iPhone 4 antenna problems, Apple took 11 journalists on a tour of the company's previously secret wireless-testing facilities. The tour was designed to show just how seriously Apple takes wireless design and testing, and Macworld's Jason Snell provided a fascinating description of the experience.

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Engineer Dismisses Consumer Reports iPhone Tests -- Consumer Reports has often taken flack for their coverage of the Macintosh, and that trend may be continuing into the iPhone world. On his blog, electromagnetic engineer Bob Egan claims that the RF testing that Consumer Reports did with regard to the iPhone 4 antenna issue was seriously flawed.

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More Free Registration for Macworld Expo 2011 -- If you missed the two-week window for free Macworld Expo 2011 registration earlier this year, you have another chance. Through 25 July 2010, you can sign up for a free Expo Only pass at the Macworld Expo Web site. The show floor will be open from 27 January 2011 through 29 January 2011.

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