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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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MobileMe Mail and Gmail Go Down Simultaneously

It's almost certainly unrelated, but email services from both Apple and Google went dark today for several hours.Show full article

iPhone Apps That Go Beyond Entertainment

Isn't it interesting that of the top paid and free apps for the iPhone and iPod touch, more than two-thirds of them are games or other forms of entertainment? But never fear, if you want your iPhone or iPod touch to make your real life easier, a few actually useful apps are available.Show full article

Backing up Photos While Traveling

When you're on vacation, backing up your Mac probably isn't high on your list of things to do. But you should protect your vacation photos, which could easily disappear with a slip in the ocean or a lost piece of luggage. Here's how (complete with some pictures of our recent trip to Wales).Show full article

Sky Dayton Steps Down from EarthLink

Sky Dayton leaves EarthLink, the company he founded 14 years ago as one of the first providers of Internet service to the masses.Show full article

Garmin nuvi 255W Focuses on Navigation

Garmin's basic nuvi 255W GPS pares back inessential features to offer an inexpensive GPS that provides excellent navigational capabilities without confusing extras.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11-Aug-08

Notable software releases so far this week include iPhone 2.0.1 and Nisus Writer Express 3.1.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/11-Aug-08

This week's TidBITS Talk discussions concern the iPhone's accelerometer, making Entourage (or another email application) the default program for the Mail PDF command in the Print dialog, the strange case of a suddenly unformatted backup hard disk, walking directions provided by online maps, and the susceptibility of phishing attacks in Safari on the Mac.Show full article

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