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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.



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iBooks 1.0.1

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Apple has released an update for iBooks on OS X 10.9 Mavericks, with version 1.0.1 claiming the usual unspecified “bug fixes and improvements to performance and stability.” We did notice, however, that the update does not fix the category assignment bug we examined in “Managing an iBooks Metadata Mess” (6 November 2013). The update is available via Software Update. (Free, 14.7 MB)

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Learn to collect, read, and sync ebooks in the OS X 10.9 Mavericks version of iBooks, as well as in the iOS version. Author Sharon Zardetto helps you optimize your onscreen reading environment and explains how to organize and find your books. You'll soon not only be reading, but also adding bookmarks, highlighting passages, making notes, and more.


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M. Perry  2013-11-08 09:01
I suspect that it also doesn't fix the #1 problem with iBooks, which I believe you've noted. That's the utterly silly idea that any ePub document opened must be added to iBooks library. I hated that with Adobe's Digital Editions. I hate it with iBooks.

This wouldn't be that hard to fix. If an ebook doesn't have DRM, the app should assume it shouldn't be added to the library. For those cases when it should, offer an "Add to library" option on the File menu.