HOW TO: Share Files Over Wi-Fi With Friends Using OS X Lion’s New AirDrop Feature

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One of the most useful new features in Mac OS X Lion might be AirDrop, a built-in app that makes it simple to transfer files to Macs near you.You’ll need to be on the same Wi-Fi network as your recipient to use AirDrop, which replaces the already-easy Bonjour file-sharing protocol in previous versions of Mac OS X.

AirDrop isn’t perfect for transferring a ton of files, but for a few files here or there, it’s convenient and requires no set-up whatsoever.

Plus, there’s encryption to ease your fears of transferring a file to a friend in a coffee shop or library.

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