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Smarter Parental Controls

If you've been using the parental controls options in Mac OS X to lock your child out of using a particular computer late at night, but would like to employ a more clever technique to limit Internet access, turn to MAC address filtering on an Apple base station.

To do this, launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, and click Manual Setup. In the Access Control view, choose Time Access to turn on MAC filtering. You'll need to enter the MAC address of the particular computer, which (in 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard) you can find in the Network System Preferences pane: click AirPort in the adapter list, and click Advanced. The AirPort ID is the MAC address.

 
 
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Apple Selling Unlocked iPhones in U.S. Online Apple Store

Following a flurry of speculation, Apple has surprised some pundits and delighted flexibility-loving iPhone fans by offering unlocked iPhone models in the U.S. online Apple Store.Show full article

MobileMe-to-iCloud Transition Messaging Provokes Confusion

iCloud is slated to replace MobileMe in a year, but Apple’s minimalist story about what this transition will mean to existing users — and new iOS customers — has proven perplexing to nearly everyone. Here are our questions — what others do you have?Show full article

iMac Users, Be Careful Where You Insert that SD Card

The iMac has two vertical slots in the right side, one for the SuperDrive and one for the SD card reader. What happens when you accidentally miss the SDXC slot and insert an SD card into the SuperDrive? William Porter admits to making the mistake (and explains how he recovered from it) and suggests that a small design change could reduce the frequency of this common error.Show full article

CFP 2011: “Do Not Track” Debate

At the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2011 conference, Jeff Porten listens in on the debate about the proposed Do Not Track header that would theoretically prevent companies from tracking your online activities. Show full article

Nisus Writer Pro 2.0: The Review

After years of lagging behind its Classic predecessor, Nisus Writer Pro is back with a vengeance. Joe Kissell puts version 2.0 through its paces and makes some surprising discoveries.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 June 2011

Notable software releases this week include MailMate 1.2, QuickSilver ß60, Kindle for Mac 1.5.1, Fantastical 1.0.1, Default Folder X 4.4.1, AirPort Utility 5.5.3, iMac Graphic FW Update 2.0, and Typinator 4.4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 20 June 2011

Two particularly interesting bits of reading this week, though you’ll have to jump through a Google hoop to get to the Wall Street Journal’s article about Apple’s retail operations. Easier to get to, but less certain what it will mean, is the news about Garmin buying rival Navigon.Show full article

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