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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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ExtraBITS for 27 August 2012

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The main industry news that broke late last week was Apple’s win in the patent lawsuit against Samsung — it’s interesting gossip, but won’t materially affect the lives of Apple users. Our other two ExtraBITS for you this week are pointers to Tonya Engst and Matt Neuburg appearing separately on Chuck Joiner’s MacVoices podcast.

Apple Prevails in Patent Suit with Samsung -- A jury found that Samsung violated parts of several Apple patents in its software on many Samsung devices, while Apple wasn’t deemed to have violated any of Samsung’s patents. The jury awarded Apple just over $1 billion. Samsung’s net profit in its most recent quarter was $6 billion.

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Tonya Engst on Web Site Upgrades, Ebook Publishing, and New Hardware Choices -- Before leaving on vacation, Tonya Engst spoke with Chuck Joiner of MacVoicesTV about a variety of topics, including the need for Web site redesigns, how Web site design differs from ebook design, how our current publishing process works, and the new Apple hardware she’s using to make it all happen.

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Matt Neuburg and His iOS Programming Book on MacVoices -- Chuck Joiner at MacVoices interviews Matt Neuburg on his iOS programming book, with a discussion including thoughts on iOS itself, why the iPhone and iPad have attracted so many new programmers, and what it’s like to write a book about such a fast-moving target.

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