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Wake On Demand in Snow Leopard

Putting your Mac to sleep saves power, but it also disrupts using your Mac as a file server, among other purposes. Wake on Demand in Snow Leopard works in conjunction with an Apple base station to continue announcing Bonjour services that the sleeping computer offers.

While the requirements for this feature are complex, eligible users can toggle this feature in the Energy Saver preference pane. It's labeled Wake on Network Access for computers that can be roused either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet; Wake on Ethernet Network Access or Wake on AirPort Network Access for wired- or wireless-only machines, respectively. Uncheck the box to disable this feature.

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Apple Refreshes Wet iPhone Replacement Policy

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Apple has recently revised its replacement policy regarding water-damaged iPhones. The company still won't replace your damaged device for free if its Liquid Submersion Indicator has been activated (see "Liquid Submersion Indicators Reveal Accidental Dips," 2009-02-17), but you can now purchase a $199 replacement phone. While $199 isn't cheap, it's still $400 to $500 less than purchasing a new iPhone without a 2-year contract.

According to coverage at Ars Technica, an Apple Store sales rep indicated that whatever generation your damaged iPhone was, the replacement would be the same (e.g. if you soak a 3G iPhone, your replacement would also be a 3G iPhone). Other sources note that the $199 replacement phones are refurbished models, meaning they've been previously returned to and tested by Apple, and come with 1 year warranties.

Just why Apple has decided to revise its replacement policy is unknown. Speculation ranges from Apple's need to unload extra inventory as a likely refresh of the iPhone approaches, to general improvements to Apple's repair policies, to Apple recognizing the possibility that damage could be unfairly attributed to water (it's possible that the Liquid Submersion Indicator could be activated by an event that didn't damage the iPhone). Whatever the reason, this new policy will certainly be welcomed by those suffering from watery misfortune.


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