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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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Phil Schiller Delivers Lackluster Keynote

We woke up early, stood in line, and all we got were sore feet. Apple's last Macworld Conference and Expo keynote by Phil Schiller lived up only to the deflated expectations Apple set.Show full article

iPhoto '09 Adds Faces and Places

iPhoto '09 now offers face detection and geotagging capabilities, along with integration with Facebook and Flickr, and new slideshow themes that can sync to an iPhone or iPod touch.Show full article

iMovie '09 Seems to Fix Everything from iMovie '08

iMovie '09 looks to be the video editor we expected last year, adding and improving on features that were present in earlier versions.Show full article

GarageBand '09 Adds Music Lessons

Interested in learning how to play your favorite songs on guitar or piano? Let the stars teach you how. GarageBand '09 has added Learn to Play music lessons to its bag of tricks. Show full article

iWork '09 Adds Catch-up Features

iWork '09 brings welcome improvements to the productivity suite, but they're mostly limited to eye candy for Keynote and things that bring Pages and Numbers closer to parity with Microsoft Word and Excel.Show full article

Apple Pioneers New Battery Tech with 17-inch MacBook Pro

Apple completes the transition to the new laptop unibody design with the new 17-inch MacBook Pro, but takes a risky move by switching to a non-removable battery.Show full article

Apple Moves to Unprotected Music, Tiered Prices

Despite a Macworld Expo keynote focusing on Mac news, Apple also announced the removal of DRM from songs in the iTunes Store, tiered pricing, and downloads over 3G as well as Wi-Fi.Show full article

Quicken/BECU EV Certificate Problem Resolved

Members of the BECU credit union can once again download transactions with Quicken 2007 for Mac and earlier.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12-Jan-09

Notable software releases this week include WireTap Studio 1.0.7, Things 1.0, PDF Shrink 4.5, CheckUp 2.0, and FileMaker Pro 10.0.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 12-Jan-09

Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 12-Jan-09

This week's discussions focus on Macworld Expo, namely what the future holds and how Apple is counting the exposure the event generates. Also talked about are problems viewing PDF files in Safari, removable volumes not appearing in the Finder, and whether the iWork.com service should be rolled into MobileMe instead of being a standalone paid product.Show full article

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