• Advice from an Apple tech: Got a Mac? Get a Dremel!

    Posted October 21, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    If there's one certainty about digging around inside computers, it's that you're going to make mistakes. And, at times, those mistakes may be epic.
  • Benchmarks: 'Ultimate' iMac gets boost from PCIe flash storage, faster CPU

    Posted October 8, 2013 - 11:16 am

    What kind of performance improvement can you expect if you spend the extra dollars?
  • Mac troubleshooting: What to do when your computer is too slow

    Posted February 2, 2013 - 8:45 am

    It happens to every Mac user sooner or later. The virtual gears inside your computer begin to act as though they're running in a vat of tapioca pudding. No matter what you try to do, your Mac moves at a pace that a snail could run circles around. But before carting your Mac off to an Apple Genius Bar, try these fixes.
  • The return of 'Whoa, I have a really old file, how do I open it!?'

    Posted January 26, 2013 - 8:20 am

    Reader Karl Lacher is the latest to inquire about very old files that seemingly can't be opened with a very new Mac. He writes:
  • New year's resolution: a clean Mac

    Posted January 5, 2013 - 8:05 am

    It's that time again when Mac users make their New Year's resolutions. How about a simple pledge to keep your computer clean? I'm not talking about deleting cache files or removing old apps you no longer use. I'm talking about your Mac's screen and keyboard, or its dusty, grungy innards. It's not difficult to do, but keeping a clean Mac can help it run smoother, and keep you from getting sick as well. Here are a few ways you can keep your Mac looking new and fresh.
  • When good Macs go bad: steps to take when your Mac won't start up

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:03 am

    My friend Julian Velard is a musician and a geek. But as hard as JV drives his MacBook Pro—and he does push it to its limits, using live audio plug-ins for his keyboards onstage–when the computer acts up, I’m the one he texts for support. (Fair’s fair: If I can’t remember how to play a minor major seventh, Julian’s the one I call. We’re all experts in something.)
  • Apple not likely to ditch Intel chips for Macs in near future

    Posted November 8, 2012 - 8:06 am

    There’s a certain sense to recent rumors that Apple may trade the Intel chips in its Macs for the company’s own processors. Apple is, after all, the poster child of a company that wants to control its own destiny: It makes its own hardware and software, and is a proponent of the “walled garden” ecosystem exemplified by its iTunes Store and App Store. Even more recently, Apple has taken deeper control of its processor design; the iPhone 5’s A6 chip uses Apple’s own custom ARM-based design, rather than taking a standard ARM core and just dropping it in, as the company has with past iOS devices.
  • Six of the rarest Macs

    Posted October 27, 2012 - 7:03 am

    If you’re a longtime fan of the Macintosh platform, chances are you are a bit of a collector and a historian. Aside from their being endearing machines that earned user loyalty, Macs retained their usefulness far longer than most PCs, encouraging people to hang on to them. Who among you doesn’t have an old Mac in your closet?
  • Java exploits threaten billions of Macs and PCs. Here's how to protect against them.

    Posted October 24, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    Find out if your computer is vulnerable to Java exploits, and how to remove Java to protect yourself from these security risks
  • Find out what's keeping your Mac awake

    Posted August 21, 2012 - 10:40 am

    Have you ever been annoyed to find that your Mac won’t go to sleep when you tell it to? Reader wjv found that, in Mac OS X 10.6 and later, there’s a simple way of finding out what’s keeping your Mac awake. To do so, run the following command in your Terminal: pmset -g assertions .
  • Microsoft backtracks on Macs and Office 365

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 11:21 pm

    Microsoft now says Mac owners who subscribe to the upcoming Office 365 Home Premium will be able to acquire Office for Mac 2011 as part of their subscription plan.
  • Get your Mac ready for Mountain Lion

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    Editor's note: This article is the first in a series of upcoming articles on installing Mountain Lion. We'll publish a complete guide to the new version of OS X once the update becomes available.
  • Review

    Use CleanMyMac to free up space

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2012 series. Every weekday from mid June through mid August, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a favorite free or low-cost program. Visit the Mac Gems homepage for a list of past Mac Gems.
  • Review

    MacBook Pro: 15-in. Retina screen is revolutionary

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:55 am

    As the old saying goes: Seeing is believing.
  • Set up your Mac for remote file access

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:05 am

    A while back I showed you how to remotely access your Mac's screen, but what if you need to retrieve a file off that remote machine? There are a couple of options, but many of them rely on having a specific type of hardware or software already installed. Here's how to turn your Mac into a SFTP server that you can access from pretty much any computer or platform.
  • Retina MacBook Pro vs. PC Laptops: who wins?

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Apple took a big leap ahead of competing PC makers Monday introducing a new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display that borrows from the design concepts of the MacBook Air. The new laptop isn't cheap, but for its class it is very thin (0.71 inches) and light (4.46 pounds) thanks to losing the optical drive, FireWire port, Ethernet jack, and offering nothing but flash storage. Putting this device over the top, however, is its impressive new LED-backlit display with 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch.
  • Answers to your Retina MacBook Pro questions

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:48 am

    You have questions, oh so many questions, about the new Retina MacBook Pro. You had so many questions that they couldn’t all be covered in Jason Snell’s hands-on article. So Jason gracefully handed the Retina MacBook Pro over to me so I can address more of your questions, asked via Twitter (through our @macworld account).
  • How Apple is winning over the enterprise -- without even trying

    Posted January 17, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Over the years, Apple has earned a less-than-stellar reputation among purchasers of enterprise desktops. Macs were seen as overpriced to begin with. And Apple didn't offer huge discounts for bulk purchases, like the PC makers. Plus, Macs didn't come with the ecosystem of integrated productivity and management apps that are taken for granted in the Windows world.
  • Apple's retail stores: Great places to shop, miserable places to work

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    Confidential training manuals, employee interviews reveal tightly controlled operation. All in all, you're best off visiting an Apple retail store than working at one.
  • First!

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 7:30 pm

    First posts are always awkward. They're like first dates when you know something about the person, but not a lot, or enough. But, they're one of the few chances you get to make introductions and set expectations.  So, introductions...
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