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Apple Byte: Get touchy-feely with Firefox
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Apple Byte: Get touchy-feely with Firefox

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There's good and bad in the MacBook world this week. More issues hit the unibody line, you can now touch your Firefox, Brian calls "bull" on the Wal-Mart rumor, and sports fans rejoice!

[ music ] ^m00:00:07 >> You know what time it is, I'm Brian Tong and welcome to the Apple Bite. It's everything inside the world of Apple, so let's get to the news. It looks like the latest MacBooks are having new issues after their earlier track pad troubles. Users from the Apple discussion boards have brought up glitches with the video performance, third party memory chips, and sleep mode problems. This is all very initial, and it's chatter from the boards but we just want to make you guys aware of them. So let us know if you're experiencing any of these things. Now in popular MacBook news, the release of Firefox 3 point 1 beta 2 has added support for Apple's multi-touch track pad. Let's take a look. So check this out; we're on Firefox 3 point 1 beta 2 on a MacBook Pro, this is the first third party browser to support multi-touch jesters. I'm gonna take my magic 3 fingers, here we're at CNET dot com, I just swipe forward, it takes me to the page that we were just at. You can go backwards, to go back to that other page. Also you have the ability with your 3 fingers to swipe down, it takes you to the very bottom of the page, swipe back up you're at the very top; and another cool thing is this twist feature. I take 2 fingers, if I twist, it takes me to the next tab on my browser. Safari doesn't have that. So there you go, pretty cool stuff. We'll see you back in the studio. >> Alright, thanks Brian, and that was one of the best hands on demos I've ever seen; and the gestures are expected to be part of Firefox's final release. If you want to read eBooks but you don't want to buy a kindle, Molly Wood shows us how the iPhone makes it happen. >> The iPhone app store sells a few books and most of them have their own reader software built in, but the selection is mainly public domain books and that can get a little thin. So what you really need is some good eReader software, some good book sources, and maybe a way to convert older eBooks or other documents to readable format. Now there are a few eBook reader apps for the iPhone. The one we really like is called eReader. It's free and it's owned by Fiction Wise dot com. It's available as an iPhone app, and it supports eBooks from Fiction Wise dot com, or eReader dot com. And between those two sites you should be able to find most recent or popular books. And of course you can download public domain eBooks from tons of places online. Once you install the eReader software on your iPhone, you can either download books that you've already bought at eReader dot com or Fiction Wise dot com, or you can shop for them on the eReader mobile site or at Many Books dot net, right there on the phone. Now one downside to eReader is that there's no way to upload your own books to the iPhone. That's where you might want to consider another of our eReader favorites, Stanza. This software supports books in the ePub format, which are mostly public domain books - free but kind of old, usually. Fiction Wise dot com offers some ePub titles, but the main reason to use Stanza is that it lets you convert Kindle files, MS lit, PDS, RTS, and even Word docs into ePub and then sync with the Stanza desktop software to put those books or your manuscripts or whatever you want, on your iPhone or iPod Touch. And actually, both Stanza and eReader support other devices like Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Palm, and Stanza supports Blackberry too. So either of these mobile reading options will keep you from lugging around a big old brick like this one, or shelling out a ton for a dedicated device. Multi-purpose all the way. Happy reading everybody! >> Alright thanks Molly. Okay guys, let's talk more iPhone. It looks like those rumors of a 99 buck 4 gig iPhone coming to Wal-Mart were false. Now I was a guest on CNET's podcast Buzz Out Loud, and when I first heard of this story I didn't believe it then. >> Now the boy genius report is reporting that possibly that iPhone that comes to Wal-Mart will be a 4 gigabyte model priced at 99 dollars with a 2 year agreement. >> I don't know. Me right now, I'm gonna call bull on it until I actually see it - for this one. >> You're saying no 99 dollar iPhone? >> That's what I'm saying, right now.... Right now, for a 4 gig 3G phone. It just makes no sense for Apple to cannibalize it's own sales and it's just another internet rumor - this one from Boy Genius Report, taking on a life of it's own. And after all these years, this is the same Apple targeting the same market and margins, and I can guarantee you you won't see the iPhone 3G in it's current form for 99 bucks anywhere, and that includes MacWorld. Alright let's take a look at our iPhone app of the week, brought to you by our friends at Download dot com. ^m00:04:11 [ music ] ^m00:04:13 For all you sports fans out there, Sportacular is the app to get. It covers all major U. S. sports leagues, during games the stats refresh every 30 seconds, and the coolest feature is for Fantasy Sports fans - that you can recreate your fantasy teams on the app and track them every day. There's also a ton of other goodies, so check out Sportacular. It's free and it's one of my favorites. Now MacWorld is closer than you guys think and it's one of the few tech shows where there are hot chics that are actually attending the show. So send us an email at the Apple Bite at CNET dot com, tell us what you like to see and we'll read your emails during our special preview edition. I'm Brian Tong for CNET dot com, thanks for watching and come back next time for another Bite of the Apple. ^m00:04:57 [ music ]

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