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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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Palm Kerbangos Foleo

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In a post to The Official Palm Blog, CEO Ed Colligan announced that Palm is killing the Foleo, the smartphone accessory that looked and acted like a laptop, but which wasn't a laptop, Palm employees insisted. The Foleo was due to ship this month. (The Kerbango was an Internet radio device that was killed at the last minute by former Palm parent company 3Com.)

Colligan's reasoning is that Palm is well under way to develop its next-generation software platform, and because the Foleo apparently doesn't use that platform, "it has become clear that the right path for Palm is to offer a single, consistent user experience around this new platform design." It's unclear what the new platform is, but the post's wording indicates it's something home-brewed, and not the next generation platform that ACCESS (formerly PalmSource, the company Palm spun out to develop and license the Palm OS) has been developing for years as a successor to the Palm OS.

Colligan concludes, "I hope this renewed focus at Palm will allow us to deliver more compelling solutions to our core smartphone market, and it will allow us to position ourselves for the long run around one Palm experience." I hope that's the case too, because the Foleo only made Palm's stagnation all the more pungent.

 

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