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    December 12th, 2014 by Joe Kissell
    How to choose the best video calling method

    It should be such a simple thing: you’re just going to make a video call. If it were a phone call, you’d dial a number and you’d either get...

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    December 11th, 2014 by Rob Griffiths
    The paranoid person’s guide to a complete Mac backup

    I’m somewhat paranoid about backing up my data files. And by “somewhat paranoid,” I mean “petrified.” If you’re not of a similar mindset,...

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    December 11th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    How to restore a missing recovery partition

    Reader Kai Peterson installed a copy of Yosemite but seems to be missing something. He writes: I installed a clean copy of Yosemite on an external...

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    December 11th, 2014 by Lesa Snider
    How to pick the best photo editor for your life

    Browsing the App Store for new photo-editing software can be overwhelming. There are dozens of image editors and it’s difficult to tell which is...

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    December 8th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    Finder labels too subtle? Create garish folder icons instead

    Reader Ingrid Sorenson finds some elements of OS X a little too subtle. She writes: In the past I used to assign labels to folders so that I could...

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    December 8th, 2014 by Kirk McElhearn
    iTunes: Ripping CDs in 2014, streaming music from Mac to stereo

    I’ve received lots of interesting questions in the last couple of weeks, and here are four of them. I address the increasingly common problem of...

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    December 8th, 2014 by Chuck La Tournous
    How to speed up your network without replacing your AirPort Extreme Base Station

    Apple’s AirPort Extreme Base Stations (AEBS) have never been a bargain, but they’ve always offered good speed and range. What’s really set them...

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    December 5th, 2014 by Topher Kessler
    How to mount and manage non-native file systems in OS X with FUSE

    Mac OS X supports a handful of common file systems – HFS+, FAT32 and exFAT, with read-only support for NTFS. It can do this because the file systems...

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    December 4th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    Photo Stream how-to: Delete once, remove all copies

    Reader Bengt Hamsten needs a little extra help understanding the whys and wherefores of Photo Stream. He writes: When I take a picture with my new...

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    December 4th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    How to recover passwords with Keychain Access

    If you’re the kind of upstanding person I believe you to be, over the coming holidays you’re going to spend some time with family and friends....

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    December 4th, 2014 by Lesa Snider
    How to make beautiful calendars with iPhoto

    For an incredibly meaningful gift, look no further than a wall calendar hand-crafted in iPhoto. Apple’s calendars are nice and big (33 x 25cm),...

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    December 3rd, 2014 by Lou Hattersley
    How to set up Family Sharing on an iPad, iPhone or Mac

    Family Sharing is a new feature introduced alongside iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. With Family Sharing you can share apps, music, movies, books and more...

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    December 2nd, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    ‘IT’s locked me out!’ Dealing with mandated password change

    A reader who wishes to remain anonymous has a bone to pick with corporate IT. He writes: My company forces us to change our email password every three...

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    November 28th, 2014 by Lesa Snider
    How to make the best cover images for your social media accounts

    You can’t always judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a social media profile by its cover image. In this column, you’ll learn...

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    November 27th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    How to protect your Mac’s most secret stuff with an encrypted disk image

    Given the countless reports of our data being exploited, many of us are increasingly concerned about protecting that data. In the movie below I’m...

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    November 27th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    How to deal with obnoxious ads on your iOS device

    Reader Al Young has had it with the cruft that appears on his iPad. He writes: I spend a lot of time surfing the web on my iPad. In the last couple...

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    November 25th, 2014 by Joe Kissell
    How to create a personal cloud with BitTorrent Sync

    BitTorrent Sync is free software, available for all major platforms, that keeps folders in sync across your devices and enables you to share them...

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