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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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The UK cell carrier O2 will not enforce a "fair usage" policy on iPhone data plans, the British newspaper The Telegraph reports. Although I could never nail down precisely what "fair usage" meant in this context, the Telegraph writes that O2 was planning a 200 MB per month limit (see "iPhone Launch Set for UK and Germany, with Murky Data Plan," 2007-09-20). That limit has now been lifted, and the contract terms on the O2 Web site changed.

The O2 head said, "Customers find 'unlimited with limits' confusing," which shouldn't be a surprise. Verizon Wireless just settled with the Attorney General of New York over the firm's advertising its cell data service as unlimited, while limiting customers to 5 GB per month and restricting permitted activities in certain ways.

 

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