Daily Archives: June 2, 2008

Handy Tip-Take a Quick Screenshot of One Window

Take a Quick Screenshot of One Window.

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Here’s a trick I rely on all the time. The keyboard shortcut to take a screen capture of a specific, isolated, window in Mac OS X:

Command+Shift+4, then tap the Spacebar.

Most designers know the Command-Shift-4 shortcut which gives you a small crosshair you can use to crop in on a specific part of your window. Tapping the Spacebar afterwards switches to a camera icon that takes a cropped picture of any window you click on.

(Via CreativeTechs Tips.)

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iPhone-3G, GPS, 2xRAM, Thinner, Better Battery and Only $200????

Hot Tip: iPhone 2 Features Detailed — 3G, GPS, 2xRAM, Thinner, Better Battery and Only $200

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I just got a hot tip from a programmer at a major software publisher who claims to have seen the specs for the iPhone 2. This is unconfirmed, but according to the tipster, the iPhone 2 will be announced by Steve Jobs at Apple’s WWDC on June 9, and will much offer more for much less — and be thinner to boot.

The iPhone 2 will have:

  • 3G
  • GPS
  • 2 x memory (16GB and 32GB)
  • 22 percent thinner
  • Better battery life

The tipster says Apple will subsidize the iPhone’s price to better compete with RIM’s Blackberry. The London Times is reporting the same thing — that the iPhone will cost about $200 in the UK when it goes on sale in July.

(Via Cult of Mac.)

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5 Predictions for WWDC 2008

5 Predictions for WWDC 2008

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It’s that time of year again. With one week to go until the Steve Jobs WWDC 2008 Keynote, its time to sit back, muddle through all the rumor and speculation, and make a few predictions about what we’ll see at this year’s World Wide Developer’s Conference.

1. 3G iPhone release date announcement

I know, I know – this isn’t so much a prediction as it is an inevitability. We all know that WWDC 2008 is centered around the iPhone, and all signs point to the 3G iPhone being announced there. One bit of speculation that I don’t think will be true, however, is the immediate release of the phone. I think we’ll all have to wait, at the very least, a few weeks before we’ll be able to get our hands on the new phone.

Why? Apple will get more press that way. If the 3G iPhone is announced next Monday for a release in a month or so – Apple will get major media press for the announcement, for the release, and possibly even for the droves of current iPhones that will end up on eBay immediately after the Keynote. It makes more sense, marketing wise, for Apple to wait to release the 3G iPhone – so I believe we’ll get the announcement – but not the actual phone.

2. iPhone 2.0 software release

I do think, however, that we will walk away from the Keynote with something next week. The iPhone 2.0 software release will, hopefully, be available for download next Monday, including the new iPhone App store, and maybe a few surprises as well.

This software release is the biggest one yet for Apple’s iPhone, and you can expect some system improvements, and hopefully some much sought after new features, like MMS messaging, and Copy and Paste.

3. 3rd Party Application releases

To kick off the iPhone App store select 3rd parties will have Apps ready to go at launch including the iPhone AIM client, and maybe even a game or two from companies like Sega and EA. The App Store is going to need some strong content at the launch for it to really get the attention Apple hopes it will, and some highly sought after, and polished applications will go a long way in achieving that goal.

4. iPhone SDK 1.0 release

Another fairly safe prediction is the release of the first non-beta version of the iPhone SDK. I don’t expect much to change from the current Betas that are available now, but I’m sure we’ll get a look at everything you can do with the iPhone SDK.

Oh, and one more thing….

5. No iTablet

I know you want it. I know. This is the new “true video iPod” that will be talked about and rumored at every Keynote for the next few years. I agree that this Keynote would be a perfect time for it to launch – if it was going to anytime in the near future…but it’s not going to happen. Not yet, anyway.

(Via Apple Gazette.)

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NY Times-Will Steve Jobs Set Me Free?

Will Steve Jobs Set Me Free?New York Times Blog
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Enough about my iPhone; let’s talk about Me.

It’s exactly one week until Steve Jobs takes the stage the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to present another basket of fetish objects to his many worshipers. The diviners have fully examined the pigeon entrails and shipping manifests to prophesize the rebirth of the iPhone: It is said to surf faster, know its location better, and take pictures with more pixels. And it might even be cheaper.

Now there is a flurry of speculation about improvements to a minor icon an the Apple Pantheon: the .Mac online service. For six years, .Mac has been a $100 a year bundle of handy Internet services, now including e-mail, online hosting, backup, photo sharing, and tools to synchronize calendars and address books. Industry reports say Apple has between 1 million and 2 million subscribers.

Those diving into the latest update to Apple’s operating system found that it no longer contains the text “.Mac” but uses a variable “%@” so the name can be updated on the fly by Apple. Indeed, hidden in the software is the phrase “%@ is the new name of Apple’s online service (was .Mac).”

Saturday, John Gruber at Daring Fireball found that “Me.Com” appears to be owned by Apple. “Me” has been on Apple’s mind since 2005, when it registered “Mobile Me” as a trademark for “telecommunication services for the dissemination of information by mobile telephone, namely the transmission of data to mobile telephones” along with “music players,” “digital video players,” “MP3 players,” and “software related thereto,” according to Ars Technica.

And Macworld discovered that Apple has filed for a number of domains in the new “.Me” top level domain that is about to be begin ostensibly for the former Yugoslavian republic of Montenegro. These include apple.me, ipod.me and itunes.me. (This may mean nothing as companies often register their trademarks in new top level domains.)

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iMacs in Vegas Fontainebleau!

Apple and Fontainebleau hook up; iMacs in Vegas

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Where is this all taken place? Las Vegas, It’s obvious that Fontainebleau planning to score big. Fontainebleau is promising to be one of the most innovative and designed oriented resorts on the strip when it opens. Innovate and design oriented? Hmm… that sounds like Apple.

When you log onto the Fontainebleau and check out the Las Vegas brochure it states,

(Via MAC.BLORGE.)

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iClooly iPod touch stand!

iClooly iPod touch stand hopes to be an iMac when it grows up

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There you have it, RockRidgeSound’s iClooly stand for your iPod touch. The ¥4,980 (about $47) accessory features a 90-degree pivot joint, dock-connector cut-out, and headphone extension cable in the box. The perfect little buddy for your iMac skipper when these set sail on June 7th.

(Via Engadget.)

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