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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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Grassroots Movement to Create New Letters Email Client

After a frustrated post from NetNewsWire developer Brent Simmons, a grassroots movement has formed to develop Letters, a new Macintosh email client aimed at power users. Show full article

Apple Reports Record Sales and Profits for Q1 2010

Once again, Apple has broken sales, revenue, and profit records, selling more Macs and iPhones than ever before, and increasing profits by 50 percent. The only dim spot? iPod unit sales, which were down 8 percent from the year-ago quarter, even as iPod revenue remained flat.Show full article

Amazon Opens Kindle to Developers, Changes Royalties

In what appears to be a blatant attempt to steal Apple's thunder, Amazon has announced that it will open the Kindle to developers and will offer a more-attractive royalty structure to authors and publishers of inexpensive ebooks. Show full article

Firefox 3.6 Adds Trendy Shiny Stuff (But Is Still Good)

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.6, a notable update to the popular Web browser. Foremost among the new features is the capability to make your toolbar and tab area unreadable via personas, but other minor features make the update worthwhile anyway.Show full article

Apple Updates Boot Camp for Windows 7

Apple released not just one, but a whole series of updates that finally enable most (but not all) Intel-based Macs to run Windows 7 via Boot Camp.Show full article

Solving the Photoshop Elements Color Shift Problem

Do photos that look great in Photoshop Elements appear dull and lifeless on the Web? Joe Kissell investigates the problem (at the behest of a well-known Parisian food writer) and finds a solution or two.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 January 2010

Notable software releases this week include Phone Amego 1.1.9, Firmware Restoration CD 1.8, Things 1.2.9, Spell Catcher 10.3.3, TextWrangler 3.1, Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.4, Xserve EFI Firmware Update 1.2, and Security Update 2010-001.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 25 January 2010

As we desperately try to ignore all the pointless speculation about what Apple may or may not announce this week, we found ourselves reading somewhat more broadly than usual. Google is updating high-resolution satellite images of Haiti to aid relief efforts, the White House has released an iPhone app, GigaOM collected lots of App Store stats into a single infographic, and the Stanford Hospital is using a cutting edge (from the 19th century) networking technology to move lab samples around the building.Show full article

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