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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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Let’s Stop with the Siri Baiting

Siri can perform some useful tasks and respond with a little personality. But that doesn’t mean it’s reasonable to read anything — and certainly not Apple corporate policy surrounding abortion — into her responses.Show full article

Two New Take Control Ebooks Cover iOS 5

Whether you’re looking for the latest advice on making the most of the iPad under iOS 5 or dealing with the many Mail-related changes, we have a pair of ebooks that will help: “Take Control of Your iPad” and “Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Third Edition.”Show full article

The iPad’s Helpful Ears

You’re accustomed to watching video and listening to music on an iPad or other iOS device, but did you know that it can listen too? Some apps take advantage of the microphone in clever ways.Show full article

iTether Approved, then Pulled

First Apple approves iTether, a $14.99 app that enables USB-based tethering of an iPhone to a Mac or Windows PC. And then, hours after approving it, Apple does an about-face and pulls the Internet sharing app, citing the utterly weak reason that it would burden the carrier network.Show full article

BusyCal Brings iCloud Calendars to Snow Leopard

If you’ve been putting off switching from MobileMe to iCloud because you thought you’d lose calendar sharing with Macs that you don’t want to upgrade to Lion, think again, since BusyCal makes that problem disappear.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 December 2011

Notable software releases this week include Cyberduck 4.2, MarsEdit 3.4.1, Camino 2.1, and Safari 5.1.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 5 December 2011

We have three additional bits for you to read this week, including a critical examination of browsing versus searching in iOS lists, a look back at QuickTime on its 20th anniversary, and a reality check on just how massive tech company data centers affect employment where they’re located.Show full article

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