Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard
In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.
It's an iPod, iTunes, and iPhone issue this week, thanks to Apple's release of the new 3rd generation iPod shuffle (so small it moves the buttons to the earbud cord) and iTunes 8.1. But Apple also enhanced the App Store so reviews are now associated with application versions, making it easier for iPhone and iPod touch owners to pick good apps. Matt Neuburg also tells the truly silly story of what he had to go through to download an audio book from his local library, and Dennis Wurster passes on a workaround for anyone who needs to print labels from the PayPal shopping cart. Other notable software releases this week include CopyPaste Pro 2.0, Front Row 2.1.7, and NTFS for Mac OS X 7.0.
Apple has shipped the 3rd generation iPod shuffle, shrinking its physical dimensions, quadrupling its storage capacity, and trading on-body controls for earbud-based buttons and new VoiceOver capabilities.Show full article
Apple has released iTunes 8.1, adding support for the new iPod shuffle, improving overall speed, and more. However, the promised video support for the Genius feature has apparently been pulled for now.Show full article
Autofill, the iTunes feature previously available only for the iPod shuffle, is now available for all iPods that are set to manage music manually. Unfortunately, finding and using the Autofill feature can be a challenge. Michael Cohen takes you through the steps to track it down.Show full article
Apple has once again updated the iPhone App Store review process, this time drawing a distinction between reviews for an application's current version, and reviews for all versions of that app. iPhone developers rejoice!Show full article
PayPal's label printing service does not currently support Mac users with label printers, but Mac consultant Dennis Wurster has come up with an easy workaround for those in need.Show full article
Thanks to a recently released application, OverDrive Media Console, I can now download MP3 audio books from my library. But who would want to? The selection is lousy and the procedure is inconvenient and silly. How silly is it? Read on...Show full article
Notable software releases this week include CopyPaste Pro 2.0, Front Row 2.1.7, and NTFS for Mac OS X 7.0.Show full article
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
This week's discussions focus on the releases of the new iPod shuffle and iTunes 8.1, as well as the recent AirPort Extreme and Mac Pro updates. Other topics include recycling floppy disks, copying large files to a memory stick, the upcoming release of MailForge, recommending a computer for elderly neighbors, and what to do about spam.Show full article