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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 22 October 2012

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For ExtraBITS this week, we have links to an article by Glenn Fleishman about what it was like to be on Jeopardy (alas, the actual shows aren’t online) and to an interesting overview at MacStories of where in the world Apple sells its media properties.

What Is Apple’s Share of Worldwide Media Sales? -- Journalists and analysts in the United States often forget the impact that Apple’s worldwide presence has on the company’s success, but it’s significant. Graham Spencer at MacStories has put together an impressive overview of where Apple sells its media properties: music, movies, TV shows, ebooks, and apps. He also includes the same figures for Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.com as comparison, demonstrating that Apple maintains a sizeable head start on the rest.

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TidBITS Editor Glenn Fleishman Appears on Jeopardy -- Watch TidBITS’s own Glenn Fleishman have his wits and reflexes challenged on the Jeopardy quiz show! (Sadly, the shows are not available as streaming media or after their initial broadcast.) In the linked article at the Economist, Glenn explains his cramming strategy.

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