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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.

 
 

A Look into the Past, Present, and Future of the Self-Driving Car

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Could Google’s most significant impact on the world be not its search engine, but its work into self-driving cars? We won’t know for years, perhaps longer, but it’s clear from this New Yorker article by Burkhard Bilger that technology is no longer the gating factor. Instead, it’s more a question of law, liability, and social change.favicon follow link