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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

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Apple Previews Final Cut Pro X: New, Faster, and Cheaper

Apple previewed Final Cut Pro X at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, showing off new features and promising a $299 price through the Mac App Store for when it ships in June.Show full article

Break in the SSL Chain of Trust Prompts Security Updates

A security breach at digital certificate provider Comodo has resulted in emergency updates for all operating systems and Web browsers, including Mac OS X, iOS, and Safari. Learn why digital certificates are so important, but also so problematic.Show full article

Zen and the Art of Gmail, Part 4: Mailplane

After spending more than 16 years using Eudora for email, Adam has switched, perhaps unexpectedly, to Gmail. Although he likes Gmail’s Web interface, since that’s where most of the innovation lies, he uses Mailplane to enhance the experience on the Mac.Show full article

Mailplane 2.3.1 Adds Support for Boomerang for Gmail

The latest minor update to the Gmail client Mailplane adds support for the Boomerang plug-in and service that provides scheduled message delivery and automatic followup reminders if you don’t hear back from a correspondent.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 April 2011

Notable software releases this week include Adobe Flash Player, Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 SP1 (14.1), PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.2.4, and PopChar X 5.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 18 April 2011

With Adam away in Denver and Boulder this week, we have only two brief bits to extend your Internet browsing: Jeff Carlson talking with Chuck Joiner about the media-related aspects of iOS 4.3 on MacVoices and an Ars Technica article about how Apple is being sued for its slow response to inadvertent in-app purchases by children.Show full article

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