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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.

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Thunderbolt Drives One External Monitor on MacBook Pro

Despite speculation and errant information on Apple’s Australian Web site, the new MacBook Pros can drive only a single external monitor using Thunderbolt.Show full article

Wrangle Windows on a Mac with New Take Control Ebook

If you’re trying to determine the best way to run Windows on a Mac, or if you have Windows running but need help with problems like printing documents, backing up Windows data, sharing files with Mac OS X, or running anti-virus software, Joe Kissell’s new “Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Fifth Edition” has the answers.Show full article

Upgrade to MobileMe Calendar by 5 May 2011

The new MobileMe Calendar will cease to be optional as of 5 May 2011, when calendar syncing among MobileMe-connected devices will stop working for everyone who has not yet upgraded. Read on for things to beware of when upgrading.Show full article

iPad 2: Faster, Thinner, Lighter, and Bicameral

Apple has announced the iPad 2, featuring an industrial design that’s slightly thinner and lighter. It also includes a new A5 processor, front- and rear-facing cameras, a gyroscope, and, optionally, a new Smart Cover and Digital AV Adapter. Storage capacities, battery life, and prices all remain the same.Show full article

Hands-On Details about the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3

Jeff Carlson attended Apple’s iPad 2 event and got first-hand experience with the thinner, more powerful tablet.Show full article

Apple Previews New Features in iOS 4.3

Apple has let the cat out of the bag about iOS 4.3. Here’s a look at what’s coming, including faster Safari performance, iTunes Home Sharing, better AirPlay, and a personal hotspot feature.Show full article

New iOS Versions of iMovie and GarageBand

Apple has just shoehorned a movie production company and a recording studio into a 1.3 pound package. For $10. Batteries included.Show full article

iTunes 10.2: More Than Just iPad 2 and iOS 4.3 Support

iTunes 10.2 is out to support the upcoming releases of the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3, but Kirk McElhearn’s eagle eye has spotted a few other minor changes, largely in the program’s preferences, along with slightly improved performance.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7 March 2011

Notable software releases this week include Firefox 3.6.15, SpamSieve 2.8.5, BusyCal 1.5.2, Dragon Dictate 2.0.3, and Airfoil 4.0.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 7 March 2011

If you’re in need of more to read, check out John Gruber’s insightful look into Apple’s 30-percent business model along with the news that Verizon Wireless’s unlimited data plan for the iPhone will disappear in a few months.Show full article

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