Christopher BreenSenior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In case of emergency: Creating the bootable iPod classic

It's more than a little helpful to have a small bootable device packed with your troubleshooting tools. Chris Breen explains how an iPod classic can be that device.

Editing and annotating PDF files with Preview

In this week's lesson, Professor Breen (disclaimer: not a real professor) shows his students how to make the most of PDFs with Apple's Preview.

Macworld Podcast: Summer Mac and iOS tips

Podcast host Chris Breen is joined by Serenity Caldwell, Lex Friedman, Dan Moren, and the ghost of Dan Frakes to toss around Mac and iOS tips.

Fixing iTunes' truncated tracks

Some of the tracks in your iTunes library are stopping before the last note is played. Chris Breen offers solutions for fixing the problem.

Mac Gems: Push to Talk creates a mute switch for your Mac's mic

If you often use your Mac's mic, Push to Talk is a helpful little utility for you.

When you're stone out of luck

Sometimes there just is no good answer to your tech question. Chris Breen spends his day banging his head against the wall so you don't have to.

Automator workflow of the month: Easily encrypt folders

It's possible to create encrypted disk images with Apple's Disk Utility, but why bother when you can do it faster and more easily with Automator?

Editing and annotating images with Preview

Mac 101 returns from its holiday break with a first look at Preview's hidden powers for editing and annotating images.

Six reasons to buy an iPad

Your Aunt Vilma has written, asking why she should buy an iPad. If she's anything like Chris Breen's Aunt Vilma, these six reasons might influence her decision.

Getting the best Amazon deal

If there's an item on Amazon that you'd dearly love, but you don't love its price, Chris Breen shows you ways to monitor Amazon for the best price.

Review: Logic Pro X loses none of its power, gains great new features

Apple's latest version of the venerable digital audio workstation, Logic Pro, adds a new, easier-to-use interface; Smart Controls; bass rigs; retro synths; and a free iPad controller app to the mix. We're impressed.

Review: Adobe Audition CC a solid upgrade hampered by subscription pricing

Adobe's audio editor, Audition CC, offers compelling new features making it a worthy update, but it should not be tied to Creative Cloud's subscription model.

How to capture your Mac's audio for free

Is something playing on your Mac that you'd like to record? Chris Breen shows you how to do just that without spending a nickel.

20 more technical terms every Mac user should know

By popular demand, Professor Breen returns to wade through the alphabet soup of common technical terms.

Creating and saving styles in Pages, TextEdit, and Mail

A reader wishes to create and save styles (with colored text) in a variety of Apple applications. Chris Breen explains how it's done.