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View Extra Bluetooth Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, Option-click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar to view a few additional items in the Bluetooth menu. Specifically, it enables you to open three utility applications: Bluetooth Explorer, Bluetooth Diagnostic Utility, and PacketLogger. These are likely of interest primarily to experts, but if you're having troubles with Bluetooth, the Bluetooth Diagnostic Utility in particular may be useful. (These tools are available only if you've installed Apple's Developer Tools.)

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Mactracker 6.1

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Canadian developer Ian Page has released a new build of Mactracker, his popular encyclopedia of Apple products. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion makes its debut in Mactracker 6.1’s database, alongside the latest MacBook Air, Mac mini, AirPort Extreme, and Thunderbolt Display. The update also includes bug fixes that affect areas of functionality ranging from printing to smart categories. (Free from Ian Page’s Web site or the Mac App Store, 21.6 MB, release notes)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>