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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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Apple Introduces Click Wheel iPods

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Apple revamped its iPod lineup today, making the portable music player more attractive to music lovers. Although still based on the basic white iPod design, the new model incorporates a "click wheel," the innovative controller introduced with the iPod mini (see "iPod mini Joins Successful Music Player Line"). The four touch-sensitive buttons found above the scroll wheel on the previous iPod line are gone, replaced by the capability to press the edges of the scroll wheel to play, rewind, fast-forward, or access menus.

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The new iPod is also a millimeter thinner than previous models. Perhaps more exciting is Apple's claim that the new models can get up to 12 hours of playback time before the battery needs recharging.

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The software for the Click Wheel iPods has changed a bit, too. A new top-level menu item called Music is the portal to your tunes. Apple has also moved the Shuffle Songs option to the top level for easy access, and you can now store multiple On-The-Go playlists. For fans of audio books, the iPod software can play back at different speeds (without sounding unintelligible). Apple has also released iPod Updater 2004-07-15, which includes iPod Software 3.0 for the Click Wheel iPod; iPod Software 1.1 for the iPod mini; iPod Software 2.2 for third-generation iPods with the dock connector; and iPod Software 1.4 for previous iPod models. (Note that the software for all models prior to the Click Wheel iPods hasn't changed since the last updates released for them.)

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The new iPods come in two configurations. A 20 GB version, for $300, weighs 5.6 ounces (159 grams) and includes earbud earphones, an AC adapter, a FireWire cable, and a USB 2.0 cable (the latter was previously available separately). For $400, the 40 GB model weighs 6.2 ounces (176 grams) and also includes an iPod Dock. Both prices reflect $100 off of similarly configured third-generation models. Both configurations are available now.

In related news, HP announced that it would release its HP-branded iPods, based on the new design, in September.

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