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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

Four Smartwatches Reviewed: Cookoo, Martian, MetaWatch, i’m Watch

Jeff Porten covers his arm from wrist to elbow with smartwatches to see how they match up to each other, to the Pebble, and to his expectations of what feature an ideal smartwatch would provide.

 
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Apple Upgrades 2014 MacBook Pro CPUs and RAM, Lowers Prices

Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 8: Mail Services

Chapter 8 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

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