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    January 8th, 2015 by Lesa Snider
    The many superpowers of Apple’s Preview app: Part 1

    Apple’s Preview app, preinstalled on every Mac for years, is one of the most underused programs ever. Far from being an image preview app, as its...

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    January 8th, 2015 by Christopher Breen
    How to bulk delete images from your iPhone

    Reader Melissa Mead has a bad case of the overloaded iPhone. She writes: My iPhone is running out of storage space and I think it’s because I have...

  3. Help
    January 7th, 2015 by Joe Kissell
    How to use benchmarks to cut through marketing hype

    It’s not your imagination: your Mac’s overall performance can slow down over time. Most often this happens because we gradually add more apps...

  4. Help
    January 7th, 2015 by Christopher Breen
    Top tips for working with the Mac’s menu bar

    To start out your new year I thought I’d remind you of (or, possible reveal, if this is new to you) a handful of menu bar tricks that you’ll...

  5. Help
    January 6th, 2015 by Christopher Breen
    How to create mail merge documents with Pages and Numbers

    Reader Ann Grace wishes to send form letters to her clients. She writes: I’ve recently upgraded to OS X Yosemite as well as to the latest versions...

  6. Help
    January 5th, 2015 by Kirk McElhearn
    iTunes: Of missing genres and artist sorting

    In this column, I examine a host of iTunes questions. I look at a bug in iTunes 12, where deleting the genre tag creates a blank genre. I discuss...

  7. Help
    December 18th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    Bad guys listening in? Take steps to avoid public Wi-Fi snooping

    Reader H. Thomas Staton would like his laptop to be as secure as possible while he’s on the road. He writes: What is the best way to secure my MacBook...

  8. Help
    December 18th, 2014 by Topher Kessler
    The four Mac security options everyone should know

    As our lives increasingly go digital, security is a major concern not only for the various online services we use, but also for the devices on which...

  9. Help
    December 16th, 2014 by Kirk McElhearn
    How to help a Good Samaritan return your lost iPhone, iPad or Mac

    You know it could happen some day: you might lose your iPhone, iPad or laptop. If you’ve activated Find My iPhone (or the similarly named feature...

  10. Help
    December 16th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    Stop that ringing! How to prevent the iPhone from forwarding calls

    Reader Graham Lee’s iPhone is making its presence a little too well known. He writes: I’m running iOS 8 on my iPhone along with a couple of iPads...

  11. Help
    December 15th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    The case of the mysteriously sleeping MacBook

    Reader John Greeves believes he has a stumper in regard to a mysteriously sleeping laptop. He writes: This is a weird one but I’ve run out of ideas....

  12. Help
    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...

  13. Help
    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,...

  14. Help
    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...

  15. Help
    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...

  16. Help
    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...

  17. Help
    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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