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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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Evernote 5.5

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With its new descriptive search capabilities, Evernote 5.5 enables you to sift through your notes more easily by place, file contents, date ranges, and more. As you type, Evernote makes suggestions for subjects, tags, date ranges, what device originally created the note, and more. (For additional information and suggestions for using descriptive search, see this Evernote blog post.) Currently available only for English, descriptive search is promised to be applied to other localizations soon.


The update also improves business card scanning (in conjunction with the ScanSnap Evernote Edition scanner), fixes issues with the Evernote window, and squashes a bug with syncing that may have caused crashes. (Free from Evernote or the Mac App Store, 49.5 MB)

 

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