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Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details

If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.

 
 

ExtraBITS for 12 March 2012

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Last week’s iPad announcement drives our ExtraBITS recommendations this week, with MacJury and Tech Night Owl Live podcasts, a tip about how to beam photos between iOS devices using the new iPhoto app, and Glenn Fleishman’s explanation of what 4G LTE means. On the troubling side, it seems that credit card companies are pressuring PayPal to rescind payment services from publishers deemed to be selling obscene ebooks.

TidBITS Staff Discusses New iPad on MacJury -- Many of us chat online during Apple product announcements, and the recent introduction of the new third-generation iPad was no exception. But this time, a number of us reconvened afterwards on the MacJury podcast with host Chuck Joiner to talk through the impact of the iPad 3’s new Retina display, new camera, voice dictation, and other features. And no, we don’t all agree, so be sure to listen in to our individual arguments and opinions.

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Adam Discusses the iPad 3 on the Tech Night Owl Live -- Coverage of the third-generation iPad continues with Adam’s guest appearance on the Tech Night Owl Live podcast, hosted by Gene Steinberg. Adam and Gene talk a bit about the new device’s technical specs, but the name (or lack thereof) of the new iPad keeps coming up.

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Beam Photos Between iOS Devices Using iPhoto -- Steve Sande over at TUAW explains how you can beam photos between iOS devices using Apple’s new iPhoto app. It’s a fine feature, but requires iPhoto on both ends of the connection and makes us wonder why Apple didn’t build it into iOS’s Photos app instead so everyone could use it.

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4G LTE Means Better Service with Faster Speed -- Over at Macworld, Glenn Fleishman explains the ins and outs of the 4G LTE mobile broadband service available in the third-generation iPad. LTE is certainly faster, but it’s also better at providing a consistent and reliable Internet connection.

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Credit Card Companies Pressure PayPal to Censor Ebook Publishers -- TechDirt has solid coverage of the latest news in Internet censorship — credit card companies are pressuring PayPal to force ebook publisher Smashwords to stop selling titles whose themes may be deemed obscene. Put simply, this is wrong. Who appointed credit card companies the arbiters of what speech is acceptable?

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