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Brian Tong: What’s up? I’m Brian Tong and welcome to the Apply Byte. It’s all the good and bad inside the world of Apple, so let’s get to the news. The Mac’s internet market share is larger than it's ever been. According to a breakdown by net applications a record 8.87% of people on the internet are Mac users on desktops or laptops. Now, it’s nowhere close to the 89.62% market share that Windows has but there’s more to the numbers. This is the first time that Windows market share has ever fallen below 90% and on top of that they’re also losing ground in the web browser market to Firefox and Safari. Now, if you’ve been waiting for those 79-buck Apple in-ear headphones with a remote and mic, they’re finally here. Like many people I was excited to use them with my iPhone so I would no longer have to reach on my pocket to change the volume. Well, you can’t believe how happy I was when I found out the volume control works with every current regeneration iPod except the iPhone because it already has volume controls on the device. Fix this. What the hell Apple? You could keep your overprice, use them for a week and see exposed wires turn yellow and brown, crappy sound in the headphones. Anyways, I would give them the bad apple but I don’t even want to waste our cool graphics. Okay, let’s shift to happier news shall we? Now if you didn’t see it already you have to check out last week’s Simpson’s episode where they poke a little fun at Apple. Here’s a little taste. You can watch it all on Hulu.com and if you’re a geek, you’ll love the reference to the 1984 ad. Now everyone wants to be able to bucket their DVDs, so let’s check out this Insider Secret from Wilson Tang in our New York office. Wilson Tang: First, download and install the program HnadBrake either from our Download.com or directly at HandBrake.fr, then launch HandBrake. Insert your DVD, HandBrake will automatically set the longest clip but you can always pick whatever wine you want down to the chapter. HandBrake does have a lot more advanced features but if you know what the difference between a B-frame and a P-frame is then you don’t need this insider secret. What you should concern yourself with is the presets. The preset buttons in the upper right corner let's you quickly choose the right output format for either your iPod, PSP or even your Xbox 360. In this case we’re going to select the iPhone/iPod touch. Once your preset is selected just press start. Generally speaking it will take about one to two times the length of your movie to encode but it’s worth the wait to be able to watch your legal home DVDs in iTunes or in your iPod. Now for the elephant in the room, in the US you can arguably use HandBrake to back up your legally purchased commercial DVD titles if they’re not encrypted. It’s called fair use but it’s a gray area. However, if your DVD is encrypted which most are, it is against the law in the US to circumvent the encryption. Even if your software makes it possible so don’t go breaking any laws. If you’re not in the US the laws do vary. So you might want to check into it further. That’s it for this Insider Secret, I’m Wilson Tang with cnet.com.
Brian Tong: Alright, thanks for that tip Wilson. I will only use this legitimately. Now HandBrake is also available for PC users so everyone can do this. Now, have you ever been in a conversation you want to get out off? Check out Fake a Call and this is how it works. Male: I called her early today. Brian Tong: Let's just say you’ve got that buddy that won’t stop talking. Male: She said she needed space like what space. Brian Tong: Pull your iPhone out of your pocket ever so discreetly. Male: I don’t know men, like everything I do reminds me of her like she has that same necklace. Can you not wear that anymore? Just -- what are you doing? Brian Tong: I’m just checking my email dude. Open up the app and click Get Ready to Fake It. Male: I don’t know what went wrong. She said I was suffocating her. Brian Tong: Then when you need it double click the screen and you got a call from your uncle in France. Oh dude, it’s my uncle from France. Oh my, you know what I haven’t talk to this guy forever, let me take this okay. Male: Okay. Brian Tong: You know, I got to go dude. Male: I don’t know his French. Brian Tong: Thanks Fake a Call. Now I discover this out because a girl used it on me. Okay, you know we want to hear from you, so email us at the firstname.lastname@example.org. If you find something you want us to cover then let us know. I’m Brian Tong for cnet.com. Thanks for watching. And come back next time for another bite of the Apple.