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  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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