AirPort Prices Drop Before Airport Express Release -- Apple has taken advantage of the gap between announcing and shipping its new $130 AirPort Express Base Station (due later this month; see "AirPort Express Brings Audio, Portability to Wireless Networking" in TidBITS-732) to drop the price of AirPort Extreme gear. The AirPort Extreme Card now costs $80, down from $100; the AirPort Extreme Base Station with modem and antenna jack has dropped to $200, down from $250. The business/education AirPort Extreme Base Station with a fire-safety rating and Power over Ethernet support remains at its $250 list price, but education customers pay $200 to $225 depending on quantity. The previous $200 base station that lacked a modem or antenna jack was removed from the product line informally a few weeks ago, and Apple has now made that formal. This price drop brings Apple's equipment closer to the cost of Wi-Fi gear from other manufacturers, and although you're still paying a premium for Apple's hardware, in return, you get specific features that other devices lack or are harder to configure. [GF]
Set Time Zone Automatically in Snow Leopard
Frequent travelers may be interested to know that in Snow Leopard your time zone can now be set automatically by bringing up the Date & Time preference pane, clicking the Time Zone view, and selecting Set Time Zone Automatically. A progress spinner appears while Snow Leopard sends off information about the Wi-Fi signals in your vicinity and receives location data back.