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.
The iPhone 4 and iOS 4 are now available! For our feature articles this week, Adam warns that email account hacking appears to be on the rise, and Adam and Glenn join forces to look deeply at iBooks 1.1. Adam also shares a video of an "inside look" at an iPhone 4, along with tips on how to delete lots of photos from an iPhone. Plus, Glenn explains how to transfer iPhone 4 eligibility within a family plan, looks at the new HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox, and covers the opening of Google Voice to U.S. residents. Also, Doug McLean rounds up the main iPhone 4 reviews and the most useful articles about iOS 4. Finally, check out the 20 percent DealBITS discount on SmileOnMyMac's TextExpander 3! Notable software releases this week include Firefox 3.6.6, Default Folder X 4.3.9, Things 1.3.4, and Mailplane 2.1.9.
If you're using the eligibility of another person on your AT&T family plan to upgrade to an iPhone 4, AT&T has instructions for activating your phone with the right phone number. They worked for me.Show full article
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See who won copies of SmileOnMyMac's TextExpander 3 in last week's DealBITS drawing, and if you're not among them, read on to save 20 percent on a copy of the useful text-expansion utility.Show full article
Right after any hot new electronic gadget is released, all sorts of sites have to take it apart to look inside. But no one does it like Blendtec.Show full article
If you're faced with tapping hundreds of times to delete lots of photos from your iPhone's Camera Roll album after importing them, try these two tips, one of which halves the number of taps, while the other turns the process into just a couple of clicks on the Mac.Show full article
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After noticing spam sent by previous email correspondents, Adam determined that email account hacking is on the rise. If you use a Web-based email service, now would be a good time to change your password and take some additional precautions.Show full article
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The latest version of iBooks adds notes and synchronization, and runs not just on the iPad, but also on iPhone and iPod touch devices under iOS 4. Most notably, though, iBooks 1.1 now supports ebooks in PDF format in addition to those in the EPUB format. Alas, there are obvious bugs and omissions.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Firefox 3.6.6, Default Folder X 4.3.9, Things 1.3.4, and Mailplane 2.1.9.Show full article
Is anything happening beyond the world of the iPhone, iPad, and iOS 4? Not that we've been able to tell, and given the incredible sales numbers that Apple's latest devices are posting, we suspect lots of other people are in the same boat. Read on for links to articles about those sales numbers, iPhone antenna problems, FaceTime, and just how long you'll have to wait for a white iPhone 4.Show full article