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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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ExtraBITS for 18 April 2011

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With Adam away in Denver and Boulder this week, we have only two brief bits to extend your Internet browsing: Jeff Carlson talking with Chuck Joiner about the media-related aspects of iOS 4.3 on MacVoices and an Ars Technica article about how Apple is being sued for its slow response to inadvertent in-app purchases by children.

Jeff Carlson Takes Control of iPad Media on MacVoices -- The demand for the iPad 2 is still overwhelming, with Apple still quoting two to three weeks for delivery of online orders. If you already own an original iPad, however, did you know you have nearly all of the new features of the iPad 2? In this MacVoices appearance, Jeff Carlson talks with Chuck Joiner about what’s new in iOS 4.3 when dealing with media — playing video and audio, reading ebooks, and other media tasks — as part of a discussion about his timely title “Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition.” Follow the audio, or watch the discussion on video at MacVoices.tv.

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Apple Faces In-App Purchase Class-Action Lawsuit -- Ars Technica reports on a class-action lawsuit filed against Apple about the ease with which children could make in-app purchases of add-ons for programs within the 15-minute window after an iTunes password was entered to install or update an app. iOS 4.3 added a separate in-app password requirement (see “iOS 4.3 Now Prevents Inadvertent In-App Purchases,” 11 March 2011).

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