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Apple Byte: Is Snow Leopard finger-friendly?
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Apple Byte: Is Snow Leopard finger-friendly?

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Apple confirms its music event for iPod updates, Snow Leopard might be more touchable than you think, and Find My iPhone fights crime!

[ Music ] ^M00:00:05 >>[background music] What's up, I'm back. Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Bite, it's all the good and bad in side the world of Apple's, so let's get to the stories. Apple has confirmed September 9th as the date for their annual music event. The invite features the tagline, Its Only Rock and Roll but We Like it. And on the surface it sounds like iPod and iTunes upgrades but look closely at what's in her hand. Now you might be thinking iPod but I say no, that is a gigantic woman of Amazonian heritage and that my friends is the Apple Tablet. You guys can thank me later. And as for Steve Jobs being at the event, we'll have to wait and see but we'll be there to cover it all for you. Now Snow Leopards out and overall it's receiving positive reviews as an incremental improvement. It's not a must have purchase but the tweaks have breathed new life into my MacBook. Now the best part about it, that awesome intro music. ^M00:00:59 [ Music ] ^M00:01:19 >>Brian: I should probably get back to the show now. [background music] Okay, well with every upgrade there are some frustrations with compatible software so I would recommend to check out this list at Snowleopard.wiki.com. It's an unofficial list but it's more in-depth compared to Apples and it's based on user feedback. And since we're talking about Apples latest cat, Snow Leopard has also potentially shown that it's more touch screen, tablet friendly. Nine to 5 Mac pointed out the new software keyboard is much bigger, can be stretched across the entire screen and is finger size friendly but cannot be eaten. Previous Mac OS's also have virtual keyboards but not this size and not laid out in the same way. So we're not saying Snow Leopard is a tablet ready OS but you can see how the dog expose feature where you hold down the mouse button to activate it and even navigate your files with the updated stacks could potentially translate to your fingers. Alright let's get to our iPhone app of the week. We gave you a sneak peek at the Facebook 3.0 app earlier but here's a full hands on from Jessica Dolcourt at download.com. >>Jessica: When you open up the Facebook app you'll see the friend feed as usual but now there's also a new icon in the top left. Tap it and you'll see a grid of 9 Facebook activities you can access from the iPhone. Some, like your profile, have been around since the dawn of, well Facebook for iPhone. Other's, like the event listing, are brand new. The event screen shows past and upcoming events in one tab. You can RSVP from there. In the other tab are your friends birthdays. That means no more excuses for forgetting. You can also write and read notes. In the friends page you'll see that you can now access your fan pages. Back on the home screen you'll notice a notifications bar on the bottom. It will alert you to activity in your friend requests, newsfeed and so on. Above the notifications area there are the telltale dots that indicate that there's a second page. Swipe over and you'll see that you can add shortcuts to friend's profiles. There are other big changes in the friends department. You can see your friends, friends and mutual friends that you share. You can even see your friends fan pages. You can finally, finally now add friend requests, not just invite a friend to sign up. You're now able to upload photos directly from the phone and you can upload video if you have an iPhone 3GS. In addition to viewing photos, which you could do before, you can now create albums, filling them up with photos from the iPhone library or new pictures that you take. You can also change your profile picture now by choosing the options menu on any photo and selecting, make profile picture. You'll also be able to delete whole albums, delete photos and delete tags, a first for this app. Also notice being able to zoom in to photos to get a closer look. And did I mention there's now landscape view? In addition to commenting on other people's pictures, you can like them as well. I'm gonna highlight just two more significant features. The first is that you can quickly call or text a buddy by tapping on the telephone icon that appears next to their name. [background music] This is only for friends who have their number listed. If the number is identified as a landline, you'll only have your choice of calling. >>Brian: [background music] Thanks Jessica and if you haven't updated, get on it because the app just rocks. Now let's check out some quick bites, AT&T recently announced they've deployed their 850 megahertz spectrum upgrade to New York City and the New Jersey area for better in building coverage. Other markets will be receiving the same treatment and this is good news for all iPhone users. Now can you fight crime with a find my iPhone feature? An unidentified man in Shady Side, Pennsylvania was robbed at gunpoint by two men who took his wallet, pin numbers and his iPhone. Police later caught the suspects after the tech savvy victim used his computer and find my iPhone to track their location. What lesson can we learn from this? First don't hang out in a town called Shady Side and any real iPhone robber would have turned off the phone, duh, amateurs. Alright rumors of an update to the Apple TV at Apple's event, have been squished, according to sources so you'll probably have to wait until January for anything new. Alright that's gonna do it for this weeks show. It's good to be back and remember, send your emails to the applebite@cnet.com. I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watchin and come back next time for another bite of the Apple. Oh and I told you I would show you my tan line and here it [music]

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