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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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iOS 7.0.4 and iOS 6.1.5 Fix FaceTime Calls

Apple has updated both iOS 7 and iOS 6 (on the fourth-generation iPod touch) to address issues with FaceTime calls. Show full article

Chapter 4 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

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

Cute Doxie Flip Scanner Has Its Uses

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

All about Tagging in the Mavericks Finder

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

FunBITS: What the Heck Are Bitstrips?

If you use Facebook, you’ve probably seen Bitstrips cartoons plastered all over your news feed. Where the heck are they coming from, and how can you block them out? Josh Centers investigates.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 November 2013

Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.2.7 and Keyboard Maestro 6.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 18 November 2013

This week, Apple quietly released the iPad mini with Retina display, we find out how long hard drives last, and, in a pair of podcasts, Sharon Zardetto, author of “Take Control of iBooks,” joins host Chuck Joiner on MacVoices and Adam Engst talks about Mavericks with host Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl Live.Show full article

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