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.
Apple has released iOS 7.0.4 and iOS 6.1.5 to fix issues with FaceTime calls, but note that the iOS 6.1.5 update is only for the fourth-generation iPod touch. The tiny Doxie Flip flatbed scanner has hit the market, but what could you possibly use it for? To Michael Cohen’s surprise, quite a bit, actually. If you haven’t started working with Finder tags in OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Josh Centers offers a detailed guide on how to create, apply, and manage them. TidBITS members take note — we’ve just published Chapter 4 of “Take Control of Apple TV,” which describes all of the Apple TV’s built-in content options. Josh wraps up the issue with the latest installment of FunBITS, in which he looks at Bitstrips. What the heck are Bitstrips, how do you create them, and how do you get them off your Facebook news feed? Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.2.7 and Keyboard Maestro 6.3.
Apple has updated both iOS 7 and iOS 6 (on the fourth-generation iPod touch) to address issues with FaceTime calls. Show full article
Now that the first few chapters helped you set up and control your Apple TV, Josh Centers turns his attention to all the content that Apple makes available, explaining what you can watch for free and what requires a separate subscription or — inexplicably — a cable TV package.Show full article
Michael Cohen couldn’t see what the new Doxie Flip scanner was good for, but the universe quickly helped him figure it out.Show full article
Tags in OS X 10.9 Mavericks is one of the new operating system’s most touted, but least-discussed new features. Josh Centers shows you how to use tags, and what they’re useful for.Show full article
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Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.2.7 and Keyboard Maestro 6.3.Show full article
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