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2013 MacBook Air Update lists Fixes for WiFi, Flicker and Audio:
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MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0
This update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2013) models.
This update fixes an issue that in rare instances may cause an intermittent loss in wireless connectivity, an issue with Adobe Photoshop which may cause occasional screen flickering, and an issue which may cause audio volume to fluctuate during video playback.

System Requirements: OS X 10.8.4 build version 12E3067

Here's a thread in apple's forum on MacBook Air WiFi problems with some (growing) feedback.

eSATA Mini-PCIe Card Mod in 17in MacBook Pro:
Guy sent notes and a couple (large) photos on how (and why) he modded his 17in MacBook Pro (C2D) to use a Mini-PCIe eSATA card in the airport card slot. (Same eSATA card used in previous articles on this mod in 2006/7 Minis and some iMacs.)
   Of course most would just use a 2 port Expresscard (which he's also using) and as the author says "Obviously, this isn't something one would do to a laptop that is still used as a portable, but if you have one running as a media server this is a great solution for adding another two port multiplier eSATA ports". (4 ports total with this mod and the expresscard.)

While on the subject, I'm wondering if anyone has found a mac compatible (w/drivers) USB 3.0 Mini-PCIe card for modding a (mini-PCIe slot) older Mini or iMac. The question came up back in April - found one (NEC based) but only Windows drivers. (Or an 802.11ac card with OS X drivers, although there's already USB 802.11ac adapters with Mac support.)

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Previous Day's News Summary:
    Wednesday July 17th, 2013 News Archive
  • Review: (Mid-2013) 11-inch MacBook Air
  • Let's Talk About RAID (sponsor blog)
  • Tumblr: Important security update for iPhone/iPad users
  • TextWrangler 4.5.3 and BBEdit 10.5.5 Updates
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.3.6 Update
  • Google Maps 2.0 for iOS w/iPad support, live traffic/incident reports
  • Apple looks to pick off engineers from Amazon, OpenStack to build out iCloud
  • Apple May Delay Introduction of IPhone 5S, Commercial Times Says
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates:
    - How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware
    - OS X product security: Certifications & validations
    - Compressor 4: Troubleshooting Basics
    - How to disable the Java web plug-in in Safari
    - iCloud: Limits for Contacts, Calendars, Reminders and Bookmarks
    - Apple TV (2nd and 3rd gen): Troubleshooting playback performance
    - Apple TV (2nd gen): TV displays incorrect colors when playing content
    - AirPort bases: IPv6 Tunnel Error after installing firmware 7.6.3 in router/NAT mode
    - iTunes for Windows 7 or Vista: Troubleshooting quits, freezes or launch issues
    - iTunes for Windows: Quits unexpectedly....
  • Other News/Tech/Reviews/OT:
    - Review: Pebble Watch Is a Great Way to Be Bugged
    - Review: Kreisel DXD-12012 subwoofer
    - Touch Screen IDs Users via Fingerprints
    - Ford Offers Software Fix After Hybrid Mileage Comes Up Short
    - Researchers Find Security Cracks in Google Glass
    - Five E-Commerce Security Tips
    - Dogs Remember as Well as Humans

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