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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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How Pandora Survived Thanks to an iPhone App

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If you use the Pandora music-streaming service, you're probably aware that the company had long teetered on the edge of survival. So how did it manage to turn the corner and post its first profitable quarter at the end of 2009? The New York Times runs through Pandora's roller-coaster history, giving much of the credit to the Pandora iPhone app, which brought 35,000 new users per day to the service.favicon follow link

 

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Brian Hannon  2010-03-23 21:27
...and which may singlehandedly be responsible for the fact that I can't place an actual phone call anywhere within 10 miles or so of Manhattan.
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-03-23 22:57
Um, what?

The Pandora app interferes with your ability to place calls. Surely I must be misinterpreting you, because that's just nonsense.
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-03-23 22:59
Oh! I get it. The increase in users.

The question there is: do AT&T customers who don't own iPhones also get bad phone calling reception? If that's the case, it has nothing to do with Pandora, and everything to do with AT&T.