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.
While we gird ourselves for Tuesday’s Apple announcement (An iPad mini? A ultra-compact iCar? A floor wax?), we have a spate of great articles for you. Adam Engst reports on the MacTech Conference 2012 (including a behind-the-scenes trip to Disney Animation Studios), Tonya Engst looks in depth at the new features of AirPlay in Mountain Lion, Jeff Carlson rounds up all the new photo-related features in iOS 6, and Michael Cohen gets geeky with an explanation of how Apple Mail in Mac OS X and iOS notify you of new email messages in completely different ways. Be sure to check the TidBITS Web site tomorrow for our coverage of Apple’s announcement!
The rumored iPad mini looks more likely, now that Apple has sent invitations to a media event on Tuesday.Show full article
Adam Engst enjoys most conferences, but last week’s MacTech Conference 2012 was superlative, combining useful sessions, interesting discussions, and delightful evening entertainment in a way that left his mind pondering all sorts of new possibilities.Show full article
A technology that started out as the audio-only AirTunes in 2004 and transmogrified into AirPlay in 2010 has now been enhanced in Mountain Lion to enable us to mirror our Mac screens to AirPlay-savvy devices like the Apple TV. Read on to find out what else you can do with it, and to learn how to recover the commands formerly on the Display menu bar menu.Show full article
Apple Mail on both Mac OS X and iOS can tell you immediately when you have new mail, but the two versions do so using very different systems. Michael Cohen explains how each works.Show full article
Photos from the iPhone 5 are better than those from the iPhone 4S, but not all photo enhancements are due to the new device’s hardware. Jeff Carlson looks at photo improvements in iOS 6 that owners of the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and camera-enabled iPod touch models can enjoy.Show full article
For ExtraBITS this week, we have links to an article by Glenn Fleishman about what it was like to be on Jeopardy (alas, the actual shows aren’t online) and to an interesting overview at MacStories of where in the world Apple sells its media properties.Show full article