The joint partnership between Apple and Starbucks to let iPhone and iPod touch users wirelessly shop for recently played music at the coffee retailer debuted in select cities Tuesday, and Glenn Fleishman was on hand to sample the service. It's a promising offering, though there were a few glitches and one regrettable technology decision.
This isn't just a minor update to the AirPort Extreme Base Station Apple introduced earlier this year. By adding Gigabit Ethernet, Apple has boosted performance, raising the bar for its wireless networking product.
Glenn Fleishman looks at how securely the iPhone handles wireless data when it surfs the Web and sends e-mail.
iPhone users will have two choices for connecting to the Internet—the EDGE cellular data standard, which can be slow as molasses, or Wi-Fi. Glenn Fleishman walks you through your Wi-Fi options, including finding a hotspot connection.
Registering more than one domain name to point to a single Web site isn’t unusual. Nor is it strange to host a Web page at an ISP or community site and want a subdomain to bring people directly to what’s often a long and hard-to-remember URL. Redirection is the answer.
Apple’s new AirPort Extreme Base Station, based on the still-in-progress IEEE 802.11n standard, can wirelessly transmit more than 90 megabits per second (Mbps) of data.
If you travel with any regularity, chances are you have your favorite tricks for making each trip go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few more techniques to add to your repertoire, from three of our mobile Mac experts.
Apple's new AirPort Extreme Base Station may have been a long time coming, but it's worth the wait for anyone whose network needs either greater speed or longer distance. While cheaper 802.11n gateways are already on the market, none matches Apple's for features or ease of setup.
There's a big push toward convergence -- the combination of different kinds of services into one -- and the iPhone could be at the center of this trend. Glenn Fleishman explains.
The alphabet soup of wireless networking standards—a, b, g, and now n—is enough to make even the most dedicated techie’s head swim. Glenn Fleishman wades through the wireless confusion to tell you what to expect with 802.11n, the standard Apple now supports with is new AirPort Extreme Base Stations.
You may have noticed that one smart phone platform is missing from the larger story: Symbian OS. Although Symbian runs roughly 70 percent of all smart phones worldwide, it has barely a toehold in the United States.
In the U.S., cell phone providers are most likely to offer phones that run Palm OS, Windows Mobile, or BlackBerry software. Unfortunately, most of these companies don’t have Mac users’ best interests in mind when they create their phones. But with the right smart phone and the right software, you can make your phone and your Mac talk.
Over the past year, a new option for getting online wirelessly—third-generation (3G) cellular data networks—has become increasingly practical for Mac users. In 2007, expect more hardware options, better network coverage, and (unfortunately) some confusion as new 3G network standards come on line.
The e-mail–focused BlackBerry, by Research in Motion (RIM), inaugurated the smart-phone category and is still largely regarded as a must-have accessory in corporate and government realms. Its Mac support is fairly limited, but e-mail junkies can convince a BlackBerry to sync with their Macs.
Thanks to Apple’s AirPort technology, every Mac is capable of wireless networking. In 2007, that technology is going to get a significant speed boost.