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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.

 
 

iTunes 11.3.1

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Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1 with a couple of podcast-related fixes. The update squashes a bug that prevented subscribed podcasts from updating with new episodes and rectifies an issue that caused iTunes to become unresponsive while browsing podcast episodes in List view. iTunes 11.3.1 is available as a direct download from Appleā€™s iTunes Web page or via Software Update. (Free, 229 MB, 10.6.8+)

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In this FAQ-style ebook, iTunes expert Kirk McElhearn explains importing, tagging, organizing, playing, sharing, streaming, and more so you can get the most out of audio and video in iTunes 11, including podcasts and iTunes Radio. You'll also learn techniques for transferring media to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod.

 

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Comments about iTunes 11.3.1
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Roger D. Parish  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-08-08 20:21
This revision no longer displays the state of charge of an attached device, i.e., iPhone/iPad. You used to be able to see the percentage of battery charge in the summary for a device.
Curtis Wilcox  An apple icon for a Friend of TidBITS 2014-08-10 04:53
I still see the charge percentage for my attached iPhone (OS X 10.9.4, iTunes 11.3.1 & iPhone 5s, iOS 7.1.2).
Roger D. Parish  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-08-11 06:24
Huh! Now I do, too! Curiouser and curiouser.