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.
As the excitement dies down from Apple's WWDC announcements, we're once again flitting among topics. Rich Mogull draws on his years of security analyst work to offer five suggestions for how Apple could improve Mac and iPhone security, made all the more timely by Apple finally fixing a 9-month-old Java vulnerability today. Rich also explains how you might be able to get better upgrade pricing on an iPhone 3G S, Doug McLean reveals that the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros can boot from their new SD card slots and examines the world of artistic iPhone photography, Glenn Fleishman looks at the latest Wi-Fi SD card from Eye-Fi, and Adam reviews a tool that lets you post photo links to Twitter from within iPhoto. We also cover the release of Microsoft Office 2008 12.19 and 2004 11.5.5, and glance at the releases of Firefox 3.0.11, Script Debugger 4.5.3, and 1Password 2.9.19.
Apple has released security updates for Java in Mac OS X 10.4 and Mac OS X 10.5 to deal with serious vulnerabilities discovered nine months ago and patched by Java developer Sun Microsystems six months ago.Show full article
Microsoft has updated Office 2008, Office 2004, and its Open XML File Format Converter by fixing two critical security vulnerabilities.Show full article
A recent Apple KnowledgeBase article reveals that the refreshed 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros can boot from the new SD card slot.Show full article
The latest Eye-Fi memory card, which combines storage and a Wi-Fi system in a Secure Digital container, is aimed at professionals. It can upload raw format images and transfer files directly to a computer without a gateway. Users can now choose which images to transfer, too.Show full article
Want to post the occasional photo to Twitter directly from within iPhoto? Check out the new iPhoto2Twitter.Show full article
By following these five recommendations, Apple can ensure that its products will remain safe in an increasingly dangerous computing world.Show full article
AT&T's iPhone pricing isn't tied simply to how long you've had your current phone. Come learn the different factors that affect your upgrade pricing and strategies for getting the best deal.Show full article
Frustrated with the quality of the photographs taken by your iPhone camera? Well, you're not alone, but there is hope as evidenced by legions of iPhone photo enthusiasts using a handful of apps to transform their snapshots into memorable moments.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Firefox 3.0.11, Script Debugger 4.5.3, and 1Password 2.9.19.Show full article
Read on for a collection of links to some additional WWDC-related news and a host of staff podcasts.Show full article
This week's TidBITS Talk discussions focus heavily on the announcements from WWDC, including upgrading to an iPhone 3G S and the iPhone 3.0 software, Snow Leopard features, streaming in QuickTime, Safari 4, and opening up the new MacBook Pro models. Also covered this week is Microsoft's new Bing search engine, syncing calendars using MobileMe, and working around Web site requirements for using Internet Explorer.Show full article