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Smarter Parental Controls

If you've been using the parental controls options in Mac OS X to lock your child out of using a particular computer late at night, but would like to employ a more clever technique to limit Internet access, turn to MAC address filtering on an Apple base station.

To do this, launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, and click Manual Setup. In the Access Control view, choose Time Access to turn on MAC filtering. You'll need to enter the MAC address of the particular computer, which (in 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard) you can find in the Network System Preferences pane: click AirPort in the adapter list, and click Advanced. The AirPort ID is the MAC address.

 
 

Airfoil 4.5

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Rogue Amoeba continues to extend the wireless reach of audio with Airfoil 4.5, a major update to its popular wireless audio distribution utility. Most notably, Airfoil 4.5 adds full support for third-party AirPlay devices, enabling you to send audio to any AirPlay-enabled speakers or devices. AirPlay support has also worked its way into the free Airfoil Speakers extra, enabling Airfoil Speakers to receive audio from iTunes and iOS apps, along with Radium on Mac OS X. Also new in Airfoil Speakers is the capability to control playback in several new sources like Spotify, Rdio, and Radium. Airfoil 4.5 introduces support for Mac OS X Lion, opts out of ClickToFlash, and provides a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements. ($25 new, free update, 12.6 MB, release notes)

 

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Jonathan horton  2011-07-07 11:10
Does anybody know if Lion will add system-level AirPlay support for Macs, brining feature parity with iOS (i.e. use AirPlay with apps other than iTunes in OS X)? Airfoil brings more to the table, for sure, but if something like the Rdio app were able to access AirPlay APIs, that would meet my basic needs.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-07-08 06:44
I don't believe there's system-level AirPlay support in Lion - I've not heard anything about it.
Be careful if you buy. I purchased and 42 days later the product was superseded and I didn't qualify for a free upgrade: Essentially the publisher doubled my price to keep current. I did complain and they were not sympathetic.
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-07-07 13:51
This sounds incorrect. Can you provide more detail? Rogue Amoeba has ridiculously long upgrade periods. Any owner of 4.0, which has been out for over two years, I believe, gets this 4.5 upgrade at no cost.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-07-08 06:41
Yes, Glenn's correct. In fact, I edited out a bit of Marco's text saying that it was a $10 upgrade fee for 3.x owners, since 4.x has been out for so long that it seemed unlikely any 3.x owners would still be out there who wanted to upgrade.