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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.

 
 

Things 2.1.1

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Cultured Code has released Things 2.1.1, bringing some elements from the iOS Reminders app to the Mac task management app. In particular, the update now displays a compass arrow to indicate location-based to-dos as well as an Import All button. Things 2.1.1 also adds fuzzy search results for characters with diacritics (such as ü, ç, ñ, etc.), fixes a problem with repeating projects not getting grouped under the Scheduled heading; fixes an issue with Reminders and Siri that caused excessive memory usage; squashed a bug that crashed the app when expanding or collapsing the active projects list in the sidebar; ensures the inbox badge is updated after marking an inbox to-do complete; and improves the German, French, Japanese and Russian localizations. Normally priced at $49.99, Cultured Code is offering Things at half price ($24.99) from both its Web site and the Mac App Store until 31 January 2013. ($49.99 new, free update, 15 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>