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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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ExtraBITS for 7 July 2014

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In our latest roundup of ExtraBITS, Apple expands CarPlay, brings back its Back to School promotion, and extends its AppleCare+ purchase window to 60 days. Also, we get a glimpse at 1Password in iOS 8.

1Password Might Be Amazing in iOS 8 -- Anthony Nelzin of French Web site iGen.fr has posted two short videos showing what password management utility 1Password will be able to do in iOS 8. The first video demonstrates how Extensions will allow you to use 1Password to log into Web sites in Safari, as well as using Touch ID to unlock the password vault. The second video highlights using Touch ID to unlock the app. Of course, these features are still being tested and may differ from what’s shown in the videos when 1Password officially releases an iOS 8 update.

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Nine More Auto Brands Sign up for CarPlay -- Apple has signed up nine more auto brands to its CarPlay in-car integration system: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram. Apple now has a total of 29 CarPlay partners, though only four are releasing compatible vehicles this year.

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Apple Brings Back its Back to School Promotion -- It’s that time of year again. If you are a college student, have been accepted to a college, are the parent of a college student, or work for a school, then you’re currently eligible for a $100 Apple Store gift card when you purchase a Mac, or a $50 gift card when you buy an iPad or iPhone. Qualifying buyers can take advantage of Apple’s educational discounts and combine them with this promotion.

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AppleCare+ Purchase Window Extended to 60 Days -- Apple is extending the purchase window for its AppleCare+ extended warranty program for iPhones and iPads from 30 to 60 days in all regions except Japan. Apple has also discontinued its less-expensive AppleCare plan for iPhones and iPads (don’t worry Mac buyers, it’s still there for you). The plan costs $99 for two years of coverage, and in addition to the typical warranty extension, covers up to two incidents of accidental damage — subject to a $79 fee. Be aware that if you don’t order AppleCare+ at the same time as the device, you must visit an Apple Genius in person to purchase the service.

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