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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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Snow Leopard to Be Released August 28

Apple has announced that Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will become available on 28-Aug-09. And yes, we plan to have two Take Control ebooks about it available by then as well.Show full article

Apple Responds to FCC's App Store Questions

Apple has responded to the FCC's questions surrounding Google Voice and the App Store. Most of the answers are as we'd expect, but a few offer an interesting glimpse behind the App Store curtain.Show full article

Mailsmith 2.2 Released as Freeware from New Firm

Rich Siegel likes working on the Mailsmith email client so much, he's giving it away. The head of Bare Bones has turned the 2.2 release into freeware and spawned a new firm to support his labor of love.Show full article

Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?

After watching a Google video in which people in Times Square prove almost entirely incapable of answering the question, "What is a browser?", Adam muses about where this lack of technological literacy came from and what it means for the future.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24-Aug-09

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2.0.1, BusySync 2.2.1, TextExpander 2.7, Hazel 2.3.2, Apple Remote Desktop Admin 3.3, Apple Remote Desktop Client 3.3.1, OmniOutliner 3.9, Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0, Bluetooth Firmware Update 2.0.1, and iPhoto 8.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 24-Aug-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 24-Aug-09

The number of topics this week is low, but the amount of discussion isn't: Adam's article, "Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?" dominates TidBITS Talk this week, with some side discussion about pre-paid iPhone data plans.Show full article

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