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    How to play YouTube audio in background on an iPhone or iPad

    Play YouTube audio in the background with this neat trick. YouTube alone is every bit as strong as Spotify for playing individual music tracks, and...

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    Add Calendar events in a flash

    Reader Andy Gillman is frustrated by iOS’s Calendar app. He writes: “Why does it take so much work to create an event in the Calendar app?...

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    How to hide your online searches: we browse incognito with Disconnect and Silo

    Services that mask your identity online can preserve your privacy, but they can also be slow and unwieldy. Disconnect said on Monday it had tweaked...

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    14 tips for creating a paperless office

    The ‘paperless office‘, coined as a marketing slogan in the early days of the IBM computer, has not yet arrived, despite anecdotal evidence...

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    How to use the iTunes Wish List

    In iTunes 11.1.4, Apple made it a lot easier to work with your Wish List, that virtual shopping cart where you can store items you want to buy in...

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    How to use Tumblr’s new two-factor authentication

    Another major online service is making your login more secure. Yahoo-owned Tumblr announced on Monday that two-factor authentication is finally...

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    How to dismiss Mac App Store notifications

    Reader David Gilbert, like many of us, is frustrated by Mac App Store update reminders. He writes: “It seems that every time I start up my Mac...

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    How to set up keyboard shortcuts in OS X

    Today I wanted to show you how to create keyboard shortcuts in OS X. First, the why: why would you want to create keyboard shortcuts? The first and...

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    Ask the iTunes Guy: chronological podcasts, redownloading media, and surround sound

    One of the best things about iTunes is the ability to make smart playlists to group content according to simple conditions. In this week’s column,...

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    BitTorrent and older OS X installation discs, revisited

    In the wake of my latest Advice from an Apple Tech article that focused on the use of BitTorrent to acquire older OS X installation disc images...

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    Change your short username in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

    A frequent question we receive about OS X is ‘How do I change my short username?’ While it’s easy to change your full username...

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    Advice from an Apple Tech: BitTorrent and older OS X installation discs

    If you service Macs on a regular basis, sooner or later, you’ll absolutely need an older Mac OS X installation disc to complete a project that’s...

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    Two backup options for three computers

    Reader Pete Barr asks an age-old question. He writes: “My wife and I recently purchased Apple laptops. We use an AirPort Extreme base station...

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    How to speed up a slow iPhoto library

    Reader Marty Schettler is unimpressed with iPhoto’s speed. He writes: “I am a casual photographer who has amassed about 10,000 pictures in...

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    Five quick Mail tricks everyone should know

    Mail might not be a perfect email client, but it’s the one most of us use. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make it work better. Here...

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    Ask the iTunes Guy: obtaining old apps, excluding comedy, and making more navigable playlists

    In this column, I look at some interesting questions about getting apps for iOS devices that aren’t using iOS 7, about viewing album art in playlists...

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    Bugs & Fixes: OS X 10.9.2 and the disappearing camera

    Initially, after updating to OS X 10.9.2, all seemed fine with my 2009 Mac Pro. Then I launched Skype. The application could no longer detect the...

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