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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.

 

 

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Celebrate Five Years of the App Store with Free Apps

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To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the iOS App Store, Apple is making some of the most popular iOS apps free for a limited time. There are some great apps in this list, so don’t miss out! Even if you don’t know if you want the app, you can download it now, delete it, and then redownload it for free at any time in the future.


UPDATE: As of 15 July 2013, these apps have returned to their normal prices.

Barefoot World Atlas -- An app for children that features an interactive globe full of trivia to discover. (Universal, normally $4.99)

Badland -- A unique puzzle platform game that recently won an Apple Design Award, and was a recent FunBITS pick. (For my review, see “FunBITS: Badland for iOS,” 21 June 2013.) (Universal, normally $3.99)

Day One -- A beloved journaling app. The Mac version, which costs $9.99, was Apple’s 2012 Mac App of the Year. (Universal, normally $4.99)

Infinity Blade II -- A graphically impressive mix between Diablo and Punch-Out!!, Infinity Blade II puts you in one-on-one matchups with warriors and monsters. The Infinity Blade series has won numerous awards, so be sure to grab this one while it’s free. (Universal, normally $6.99)

How to Cook Everything -- New York Times columnist Mark Bittman’s culinary guide, featuring 2,000 recipes and 400 how-to illustrations. A must-have for cooks. (Universal, normally $9.99)

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP -- A unique, retro puzzle role-playing game. It won multiple awards when it debuted in 2011. (Universal, normally $4.99)

Over -- Lets you add logos, captions, and drawings to photos. (Universal, normally $1.99)

Tiny Wings -- A fun, physics-based game where you race a bird as far as you can before the sun goes down. An iOS classic. There are separate apps for iPhone and iPad, so if you only own one, now’s a great time to grab the other. (iPhone and iPad, normally $0.99 and $2.99, respectively)

Traktor DJ -- A well-regarded DJ app for iOS. There are separate apps for iPhone and iPad, which together usually cost around $25, so even if you’re vaguely curious, this is a bargain you can’t pass up. (iPhone and iPad, normally $4.99 and $19.99, respectively)

Where’s My Water? -- Disney’s hit water-physics game. Pick it up for the kids, but be wary of the numerous in-app purchases. (Universal, normally $0.99)

Thanks to Apple for providing some great apps at no cost. Be sure to look out for other freebies as well. While researching this article, I discovered more free apps outside of this promotion, including the creepy Dead Space, the acrobatic Mirror’s Edge, and the iOS classic, Flight Control. It’s a great time to stock up on your iOS app library.

 

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