Apple Opens First of 25 Retail Stores for 2001 -- Apple Computer has opened its first retail stores at the busy Tysons Corner mall in McLean, Virginia and the Glendale Galleria near Los Angeles. Apple has pledged to open 25 stores during 2001 in places such as Chicago's North Michigan Avenue, Prince Street in Manhattan's SoHo district, and the gigantic Mall of America in Minnesota. The Apple stores feature the complete Apple product line, as well as third party devices and peripherals like MP3 players, digital cameras, digital camcorders, PDA devices, and other "digital lifestyle" products. The stores also carry hundreds of software titles for professionals, consumers, and education. The Apple stores are organized into five sections, including a Theater demonstrating Apple technology, a Solutions area showing how to make the most of a Mac and integrate it with other digital products, and a "Genius Bar" staffed by knowledgeable people in the local Mac community, ready and willing to answer any questions customers might have. At a news conference announcing its retail plans, Apple clearly indicated it wants these stores to be visible, hip showcases of concrete advantages of Apple technology in high traffic, affluent malls and retail districts. Ron Johnson, Apple's vice president for retail, speculated that the Apple stores would be seeing more than 100,000 people a week during the 2001 holiday season. So far, Apple's venture into retail looks to be doing better than the long-forgotten Apple Cafe: the first two stores served more than 7,700 customers and sold about $600,000 in goods in their first weekend. [GD]
Extend Mac OS X's Screenshots
Mac OS X has a variety of built in screenshot methods. Here's a look at a few that offer more versatility than the basic full-screen capture (Command-Shift-3):
• Press Command-Shift-4 and you'll get a crosshair cursor with which you can drag to select and capture a certain area of the screen.
• Press Command-Shift-4-Space to select the entire window that the cursor is over, clicking on the window will then capture it. The resulting screenshot will even get a nice drop shadow.
• Hold down the Space bar after dragging out a selection window to move your selection rectangle around on the screen.
• Hold down Shift after dragging out a selection to constrain the selection in either horizontal or vertical orientation, depending on the direction of your drag.
• Hold down Option after dragging out a selection to expand the selection window around a center point.
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