Christopher BreenSenior Editor, Macworld

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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.

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The case of the mysteriously sleeping MacBook

A reader has an interesting issue. His MacBook Air goes to sleep whenever he places it in a particular spot--and won't awaken until he moves it.

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Feeling generous? The right Mac can be the perfect gift

Sweet as it is to give someone a new iPhone case, the gift of a new Mac makes a statement. Chris Breen runs down the line and suggests the best Mac for your holiday sweetie.

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How to restore a missing recovery partition

A reader seems to be missing his OS X recovery partition after cloning one drive to another. Chris Breen offers a solution.

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How to annotate your documents with Mail's Markup feature

Yosemite includes a new feature for annotating images and PDFs you send to others. Chris Breen shows you how it works.


Podcast: Holiday camera spectacular with Ben Long

Ben Long joins Chris Breen to talk about the state of the art in digital photography and recommend gifts for the camera lover in your life.


Top five tips for this year's tech Santa

You have the power and knowledge to help your less tech-savvy family and friends this holiday season. Be sure to put these five tips to good use.

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Finder labels too subtle? Create garish folder icons instead

If you can no longer easily spot items with OS X's subtle dotted labels applied to them, here's a technique for making your folders far more noticeable.

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How to recover passwords with Keychain Access

You say a friend or relative lost the password to an old email account? Take these steps to recover it.


Photo Stream how-to: Delete once, remove all copies

A reader wonders why you have to delete the same image on five separate devices. The short answer: You don't. Chris Breen explains.


Podcast: Who won Black Friday?

Nice? The holiday deal givers. Naughty? Yahoo for exploiting Flickr images. Chris Breen and Susie Ochs discuss it all on this week's podcast.

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'IT's locked me out!' Dealing with mandated password change

Effective or not, many IT departments insist that you change your password every 90 days. Here's how to do it as painlessly as possible.

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ScreenFlow 5 review: The Mac's best screencasting app gets better with iOS capture

The newest version of this best-in-class tool lets you use your Mac to record the screen of your iPhone or iPad, complete with touch callouts.

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The holiday shopping guide for people who hate to shop

If you're like many of us, the idea of holiday shopping gives you the willies. Chris Breen offers some tips for giving of your best without needless suffering.

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How to protect your Mac's most secret stuff with an encrypted disk image

Chris Breen shows you how to stow your most sensitive data in a protected archive.

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How to deal with obnoxious ads on your iOS device

If the world's worst ad is interfering with your iOS web browsing there are ways to deal with it. Chris Breen explains how.