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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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Print Custom Text and Photo M&M's

Who knew you could now print photos on custom M&M's? Well, you do now, but good luck getting a photo to print well in half the size of a dime.Show full article

Backdating Investigation on Apple Shares Ends

The Justice Department reportedly ends its criminal investigation into Apple's stock backdating affair. A civil action by the SEC remains against a former executive.Show full article

First Impressions of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0

Rich Mogull braved the lines on Friday to get a new iPhone 3G. After a weekend of testing (and driving), he shares his impressions of Apple's new toy.Show full article

MobileMe Fails to Launch Well, But Finally Launches

Apple biffs its transition from .Mac to MobileMe, with the Web interface mostly dead for two days. They planned this wrong from the start, and botched a difficult move. But it eventually kicked into gear.Show full article

Send SMS for Free via AIM on iPhone

Feeling gouged by the absurd pricing of SMS text messaging? Using the AIM application under the iPhone 2.0 operating system, you can send text messages for free.Show full article

iPhone 3G: On the Line in Seattle

So who was crazy enough to wait in line on the first day of iPhone 3G availability? Jeff Carlson, who reports on the experience of hanging out with 400 other close personal friends while Apple's servers imploded.Show full article

Discovering Sparse Bundle Disk Images

A new disk image format introduced in Leopard is backup-friendly, because it doesn't require huge files to be backed up when only a small change has occurred. Now we just need more developers to catch on.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14-Jul-08

Notable software releases so far this week include iPhone 2.0 and iPod touch 2.0, iTunes 7.7, Apple TV 2.1, Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2, GraphicConverter 6.1.2, PDFpen 3.4.2, 1Password 2.6.5, Safari 3.1.2 for Tiger, and AirPort firmware 7.3.2 for all Apple 802.11n routers.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/14-Jul-08

TidBITS took a week off, but our readers didn't stop talking. This week's topics range from the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 update to replacing the battery on an old Mac laptop.Show full article

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