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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

ExtraBITS for 10 September 2012

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Getting back to school, or back to work after a summer vacation? If that means getting back to Apple Mail, check out the 30-to-50 percent discounts on a bevy of Mail-related products, including our “Take Control of Apple Mail” books. Other ExtraBITS this week include an explanation of why one of AT&T’s policies is bad for deaf iPhone users, an explanation of Dropbox’s two-factor authentication, and an interview with Tonya Engst on MacVoicesTV.

Take Control Ebooks in “Get Back to Mail” Promotion -- A number of developers of Apple Mail-related products have banded together for the “Get Back to Mail” promotion, offering 30- to 50-percent off through 11 September 2012. Our “Take Control of Apple Mail” ebooks (for Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard), all available for 50-percent off, join such worthy Mail utilities as SpamSieve, MailTags, Mail Act-On, Mail Perspectives, DockStar, Attachment Tamer, MailHub, Mail Stationery, ForgetMeNot, Letter Opener Pro, SignatureProfiler, and EagleFiler.

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Deaf Deterred by AT&T FaceTime over Cellular Policy -- Over at Wired, a deaf iPhone user explains precisely why AT&T’s decision to take a core feature of iOS 6 — FaceTime video chat over cellular data networks — and make it available only to those with a shared-mobile plan specifically harms the deaf by forcing them to pay a higher rate with no associated benefit. The same argument is valid for all subscribers, but has particular resonance for those who use sign language.

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Dropbox Two-Factor Login Explained by Macworld -- Dropbox has added two-factor authentication in a pre-release version of its software. The two-factor method requires a password plus a token delivered via another means, such as SMS or a special code-generation iOS app. At Macworld, Dan Moren explains how to use the new option, which reduces the chance of third-party break-ins, as a password alone no longer provides access. But note that AgileBits is recommending that 1Password users who rely on Dropbox for syncing passwords hold off for now.

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Tonya Engst on Web Site Upgrades, Ebook Publishing, and New Hardware Choices -- Before leaving on vacation, Tonya Engst spoke with Chuck Joiner of MacVoicesTV about a variety of topics, including the need for Web site redesigns, how Web site design differs from ebook design, how our current publishing process works, and the new Apple hardware she’s using to make it all happen.

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