The cartoon Mighty Mouse may have had a tail, but Apple has taken the carving knife to their Mighty Mouse's tail, replacing its USB cable with wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 2.0. Physically, the wireless Mighty Mouse is essentially the same as its cabled predecessor (other than the lack of a cable, of course), with up to four buttons that can be programmed independently: a pair of touch sensors on the upper right and left sides of the mouse, a multi-directional Scroll Ball that can also be pressed, and sensors that generate an action when the user squeezes the sides of the mouse. It runs on either one or two AA batteries, automatically switches to a low-power mode during periods of inactivity, and includes an off switch to eliminate battery drain when not in use. Apple isn't making any battery life claims at this point. The wireless Mighty Mouse is available immediately for $70; it requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later to customize the button actions. The wired Mighty Mouse remains available for $50, and as Apple somewhat oddly points out, works with PCs using Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
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If you have monthly bandwidth limits, it's useful to know how much data you have used so far to avoid overage charges or being shut off by your ISP. But how do you determine how much data your Mac has transferred? Open VirusBarrier X6's Traffic window to see both current and cumulative traffic, and you can also create warnings when your data usage - incoming, outgoing, or both - exceeds an amount you specify.
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