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11.4. Sherlock

Sherlock is like a Web browser that's specifically fine-tuned to bring you the most popular kinds of Web info, without the waiting, without the navigation hassle, and without the ads. With Dashboard (Section 4.4), however, you have most of the same features at your fingertips in any program, with a single keystroke. Sherlock, therefore, is quickly losing any edge it ever had in the information-access department.

Among the channels that can safely be ignored are Stocks, Phone Book, Flights, Dictionary, Translation (all of which are now in Dashboard), and Internet (a basic Web search, supplanted by Safari's Google toolbar). Even Sherlock's eBay tracker is a lame duck, since Dashboard has several terrific widgets that do the same thing. (Check www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard.)


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