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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 
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Keeping Up with the Snoops 6: A Game of Chairs

In the latest round of Snoops updates, Josh Centers brings you an update on the CIA/Senate kerfuffle we reported back in March, what Edward Snowden is up to, and why Tor isn’t as secure as you might have thought.Show full article

Chapter 10 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

Thanks to Apache under the hood, you can use OS X Server to run a Web server, but there’s a lot to wrap your head around. In the latest chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge delves into what you need to know to host your own Web server.Show full article

Macphun Tonality Makes Black-and-White Photos Pop

Most image editing apps focus on color photos, but what if you want to stick with black and white? Macphun’s new Tonality (and Tonality Pro, which can work as a plug-in) offers numerous preset effects and editing options that are specific to black-and-white images. Caroline Green tosses some of her photos in to see what Tonality can do.Show full article

Upgrade Your Print Books to Ebooks with BitLit

A BitLit and HarperCollins pilot program offers low-cost ebook versions of paper books you already own. Does that make any sense?Show full article

Untangling the Amazon/Hachette Dispute

In the ongoing battle between multibillion-dollar global corporations, retailer Amazon and publisher Hachette, Amazon loses the thread of its argument. Glenn Fleishman teases out what’s really going on, and — no surprise — DRM is once again at the heart of the matter.Show full article

FunBITS: NPR One Is Public Radio for the Twitter Generation

NPR has found a clever solution to deliver news to users accustomed to quick bursts of information.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11 August 2014

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 9.3, Mactracker 7.3.3, Airfoil 4.8.8, iTunes 11.3.1, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6, Hider 2.1, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.7.7.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 11 August 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, a programmer has figured out how to use Apple’s upcoming Swift programming language for scripting, Walt Mossberg reveals Steve Jobs’s dream of open Wi-Fi networks, the inexpensive (and non-profit) iOSDevCamp 2014 is coming soon, you can read back issues of The Magazine for free for a while, Flappy Bird is making a comeback, and HarperCollins is investigating more ways to bundle print and electronic books.Show full article

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