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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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Apple Revenue Balloons to $3.5 Billion in Third Quarter

Apple Revenue Balloons to $3.5 Billion in Third Quarter -- Apple released its financial results for its last fiscal quarter, recording a staggering $3.52 billion in revenue with $320 million in earningsShow full article

iPhoto 5.0.3 Fixes Bugs

iPhoto 5.0.3 Fixes Bugs -- Apple last week released iPhoto 5.0.3, fixing a few issues in the photo management program. Two improvements involve books: layouts no longer change when moving an image, and a problem that caused some book orders to be cancelled has been fixedShow full article

Final Cut Studio Updates Available

Final Cut Studio Updates Available -- Apple's professional line of video editing applications saw updates last week to fix bugs and improve performanceShow full article

Apple Sells Its 500 Millionth Track

Apple Sells Its 500 Millionth Track -- Apple announced that it sold the 500 millionth track via its iTunes Music Store on 17-Jul-05: the song was "Mississippi Girl" by Faith Hill, and Apple's giveaway winner is Amy Greer from Lafayette, IndianaShow full article

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.2 Update

In a week that saw a spate of Apple updates, the company's largest was Mac OS X 10.4.2, which incorporated a number of fixes to improve reliability and compatibilityShow full article

AirPort 4.2 Software Supports WPA2

A few days after Apple pushed out Mac OS X 10.4.2, which includes client-side changes to AirPort software to support a newer, stronger encryption system, the company released AirPort Software 4.2, incorporating the necessary base station supportShow full article

Macworld Boston 2005: An Intimate Affair

Apologies in advance if my title either had you hoping for a hot and steamy tale of nookie behind the trade show floor curtains or caused you to think of an awful made-for-TV movie starring out-of-practice celebritiesShow full article

Macworld Boston 2005 Best of Show Awards

Our friends at Macworld magazine and Mac Publishing announced five Best of Show winners at the IDG Macworld Conference and Expo 2005 in Boston. To be eligible, products had to be introduced at the show itself (or recently enough that they generated excitement amongst attendees) and be available for hands-on evaluation by the Macworld editorial staffShow full article

Starting My Very Own G4 Fan Club

Amongst the TidBITS staff, I'm a bit of an anachronism: my main Mac is an ever-aging Power Mac G4 Quicksilver I bought (cheap!) in early 2002. The machine originally shipped with dual 800 MHz processors, and last year I installed a Sonnet Encore/ST G4 Duet processor upgrade, taking the CPUs to 1.27 MHzShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/18-Jul-05

The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be faster. Roomba: a Robot Underfoot -- Tonya's review of the Roomba vacuum-cleaner robot prompts feedback from TidBITS Talk users that own Roombas or have questions about itShow full article

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