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Using Full 40MHz WiFi Channel Width In 2.4GHz Spectrum On Apple Mac

Yesterday, we shared a tip to make use of an external USB WiFi adapter on Apple Mac computer's for better wireless experience. Luckily, the experiment Killed Two Birds with One Stone as it made the 40Mhz wide WiFi width usable in 2.4Ghz spectrum which is not made available with the built-in WiFi card. As evident from the screengrab posted below, the external USB card also makes use of full 300Mbps bandwidth resulting in faster file transfers over wireless link.

A guide on how to install and use external USB Wifi adapter on Apple Mac and extend wireless coverage

Apple iMac and Macbook's built-in wireless card is known to have limited coverage as it does not feature an external antenna for better signal reception, however we can easily boost the Wi-Fi signal strength and range of any Apple Mac computer using external USB wireless dongles with external antenna. To get this working make sure you have an WiFi USB Adapter which is compatible with Apple Mac OS X and have drivers available for it, luckily for me the Realtek 8191 Chipset based Mini 300Mbps USB Wireless Adapter we used earlier to hack and make Asus O!Play wifi capable did the trick.

Once you have your wireless usb adapter connected to the Mac we need to identify it and install the correct driver for it, We will be using the Mac OS X "System Information" utility (find via spotlight search) to get our hardware information as shown below.

identify chipset of wifi card

First Ever Video Demonstration Of Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft has finally posted a video walk-through showing what to expect from the upcoming Windows 8.1 update. The video features highlights of new features and improvements of Windows 8.1 scheduled to be released later this year as a free update for Windows 8 customers. This "first look" video for Windows 8.1 addresses improvements and enhancements in personalization, search, built-in apps, Windows Store, and cloud connectivity aspects of the operating-system update.

Windows 8.1 video demo

Raspberry Pi Recovery System (New Out Of Box Software - NOOBS) is here to help you get started...

Making life easier for Raspberry Pi users, the core team has announced a new, feature packed "Raspberry Pi Recovery System" aptly named New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS). The utility allows users to select and install operating systems for the Raspberry Pi on an SD card without technical details like partitioning or card imaging.

The Recovery system creates a FAT partition on user supplied SD card with highly-compressed versions of various supported OS images like Raspbian, RaspBMC, Pidora, OpenELEC, ArchLinux and RiscOS. Just like recovery apps for Mac OS X the RasPi recovery allows users to press SHIFT while booting to launch it and use features like ability to easily reinstall the existing OS, install a different one, launch web-browser for online support or edit config.txt file using a handy editor for troubleshooting.

NOOBS main windows

Apple OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.4 Direct Download Links

Few days ago, Apple made OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 Final update public. The update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and features a number of fixes to improve the overall operating-system stability, compatibility, and security. The update is available for immediate download via Apple Mac Store, users having difficulty downloading the update from there can directly download using the links shared below using any download manager with convenience of multi-threaded download with resume support.

Mac OS X Combo Update 10.8.4

Gmail's Introduces New Tabbed Interface - Here is how to get it now....

Gmail's labels/Tags is no less than a life-saver when it comes to efficient email management, this nifty feature has now been taken to the next level with introduction of the new inbox interface which organizes email into five optional tabs: primary, social, promotions, updates and forums. These categories make it easy to read messages of the same type all at once, and keep track of your mail more efficiently.

The new interface is highly customizable with ability to choose which tabs a user wants, supporting full drag-n-drop functionality between tabs. The new tabbed interface is also available on mobile devices when using the official native Gmail apps on Android and iOS platforms. Do watch the video shared below with instructions on how to activate and deactivate this new interface now.

Gmail Tabbed Interface

Communicating with People Through Chatwing Chat Widget

A tool that helps bringing people together no matter where they are – that is what briefly describes the chatting tools that people use today. These tools come different forms – be it the downloadable ones like Skype or those that are permanently ingrained into a site as a support tool like Facebook chat. There are others however, that aren’t downloadable and can be embedded in a site. These tools, chat widgets, are very versatile and can easily provide the chatting capability that a site needs – and one of these chat widgets, Chatwing, can provide more than that.

Chatwing
is a chatting tool that not only supports the site through its chatting capabilities but also provides entertainment as well. Added with its features, it becomes something that can also help the site in gaining more traffic.

Chatwing, like other chat widgets, can be embedded in a site in a very short amount of time using a very simple procedure. The user only needs to copy the chatroom’s html code and paste into his site to make it go live. Chatwing’s chatroom capacity however, exceeds the others by a large margin – it can hold up 7000 chatters at a time. This works perfectly for sites that rake in large amounts of traffic everyday.

For site owners who are hard to please with simple appearances, Chatwing can also work with them quite efficiently with its very detailed chatroom customization. The users can easily modify the chat software; color the whole body; modify everything about the text content, like changing the font styles, their sizes and even their color or allow the use of videos and images through links. Customization even allows audio files to be embedded into the chatroom to add spice to the conversation.

ChatWing Chat Widget For Website

Solution for iMac's inability to connect with WiFi 802.11n only access point

Tweaking your WiFi configuration for maximum throughput sometimes have adverse side-effects, we have already seen how changing your WiFi channels can create problems with non-standard or incompatible WiFi cards.

Having customized your WiFi config can also create strange problems like WiFi being visible and connectable but with limited functionality and no web-browsing. As evident from the screenshots on the right and below my iMac running Mac OS X 10.8.2 is having issue communicating with my router, after researching over the internet reading numerous forums and help articles I finally figured out the solution experimenting with my router config.

iMac having trouble connecting to 802.11n only mode

This Nifty Little Trick Allows Users To Share Single Earphone With Two Different Music Streams For Each Earbud

The "There's An App For That" tagline once again proved to be very much correct, since we now have a free app which allows Apple iOS users to share their earphones with anyone nearby while each listening to different tracks at the same time. Splitr gives users two independent music players, each earbud (left and right) can not only stream two different music files but also allows independent volume controls. The application interface is as simple as it can get, with all controls splitted on the main screen for quick access as shown below.

Splitr
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