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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.

 
 

iPhone OS 3.1.3

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Apple has released iPhone OS 3.1.3 to provide a couple of performance improvements and address several security threats. Changes include improved accuracy on the iPhone 3GS's battery level display, a fix for a bug that prevented some third party programs from launching, and a fix for an issue that caused application crashes when using the Japanese Kana keyboard.

Also eliminated are three security vulnerabilities that could lead to application crashes and arbitrary code execution after playing maliciously crafted audio files, viewing maliciously crafted TIFF files, or visiting a maliciously configured FTP server. Another fix prevents remote image or video content being loaded in Mail even when remote image loading is turned off. And finally, the update blocks a vulnerability that could enable an attacker with physical access to a locked iPhone or iPod touch to gain control of personal data via the recovery mode. The update is available only via iTunes. (Free, 291 MB)

 

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Comments about iPhone OS 3.1.3

Joe Swann  2010-02-03 11:55
I read this with the article about scheduling updates in mind (http://db.tidbits.com/article/10895). This is of interest to me as I am on HughesNet which limits my bandwidth and iTunes does not allow you to schedule updates.

I may be late to this party, but I have found you can download this on a computer your iPhone is not synced to and move the OS update to another computer. It is located in ~/Library/iTunes.
I've heard comments in the Twitterverse today about problems with the update.. can you confirm?
Kendall  2010-02-03 12:59
The update failed for me the first time I tried it. No harm to my iPhone 3G S, though. Looking at the support doc I was sent to on Apple's web site (automagically!), I did a couple of things they recommended: (a) I upgraded iTunes to the one that just came out, and (b) I rebooted. I tried the iPhone update again and this time, it worked fine.
No issues with update. Battery life seems back to where it was with the previous version.