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.
No trends this week - just a lot of interesting news, starting off with Lex Friedman's coverage of the Netflix iPad app's newfound capability to stream Watch Instantly movies to the iPhone and iPod touch too. Glenn Fleishman looks at how you can now place calls using Google Voice in Gmail and how Virgin Mobile has upped the mobile broadband ante with an unlimited cellular data plan that works with the popular MiFi portable Wi-Fi gateway. Glenn also gives the blow-by-blow description of how we were forced to move all our Web services to a Rackspace Cloud Server last week. Then Adam examines the iWork 9.0.4 update, which isn't interesting other than the way it adds EPUB export to Pages, and Tonya runs through all the things you can try doing to speed up an iPhone 3G under iOS 4. Notable software releases this week include MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.9, Camino 2.0.4, Security Update 2010-005, GraphicConverter 6.7.4, and Freeway 5.5.
The Netflix app for iPad has gone universal, so you can now stream movies directly to your iPhone or iPod touch.Show full article
Google expands its voice command center, Google Voice, to add the capability to place and receive calls directly - within Gmail! The new feature is on a staggered rollout.Show full article
Despite being owned by Sprint Nextel, Virgin Mobile keeps upping the ante on mobile broadband usage plans for laptops and smartphones. Its latest: $40 for 30 days of unlimited service with no contract.Show full article
What do you do when your server hardware fails? Hire a zeppelin and fly to the cloud! Cloud computing, that is. TidBITS is now living in the future.Show full article
Along with a few minor bug fixes, iWork 9.0.4 brings a thoroughly decent EPUB export capability to Pages 9.0.4.Show full article
If your iPhone 3G is running at a snail's pace under iOS 4, speed it up with these tips.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.9, Camino 2.0.4, Security Update 2010-005, GraphicConverter 6.7.4, and Freeway 5.5.Show full article
As school starts for college students, we note that iTunes U downloads have passed the 300 million mark and that Seton Hall University is relying on Art Authority for iPad for several art history classes. Also, Garmin is recalling 1.25 million nüvi GPS navigation units, and Lex Friedman opines at Macworld about the effect of royalty-free H.264 video.Show full article