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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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Dropbox Referral Bonuses Doubled to 500 MB, Retroactively

Dropbox is now awarding 500 MB for referrals, up from 250 MB. Better yet, the company has applied the doubling retroactively to previous referrals as well.Show full article

FileMaker 12 Adds Power, Clarity, and Free iOS Apps

Updates to database applications rarely grab headlines the way updates to Apple’s handheld devices do, but the release of FileMaker Pro 12 and updated FileMaker Go iOS apps is a big deal in the database world.Show full article

How to Detect and Protect Against Updated Flashback Malware

Apple has released an update to its Java runtime engine to, among other things, fix a vulnerability that’s been exploited by variants of the Flashback malware. Doctor Web, an antivirus software developer in Russia, says as many as 600,000 Macs have been infected with the malware. We run down what’s known about Flashback and how you can protect yourself.Show full article

How to Tell If Your Cloud Provider Can Read Your Data

Sometimes it’s hard to know how cloud providers protect your data, and if they can take a peek. Security Editor Rich Mogull shows you how you can figure out for yourself just how secure your cloud-hosted data and files are.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9 April 2012

Notable software releases this week include TinkerTool 4.8, Hazel 3.0.4, SpamSieve 2.9, and App Tamer 1.2.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 9 April 2012

Read on for a comprehensive look from Stephen Fry at how Apple’s competitors have repeatedly dropped the ball since the release of the iPhone, and a perspective-setting article from Nick Bilton of the New York Times about how companies other than Apple that use questionable Chinese labor to manufacture devices have been suspiciously silent about the issue.Show full article

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