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.

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These are human people you're playing with

Serenity Caldwell and Chris Breen discuss the tech news of the week including Facebook's seeming disdain for privacy, Apple's Pride, Aperture hubbub, and iTunes U improvements.

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iReal Pro for Mac review: A harmonious practice tool for musicians

If you lack a regular backup band to help you practice your soloing, give iReal Pro a go.

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When auto-play videos play anyway

You believe you've blocked videos that auto-play in your browser, yet they continue to force themselves upon you. Chris Breen offers a solution.

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How to sync both ringtones and iTunes Match music

iTunes syncing can be confounding, particularly when some media is from an iTunes library and the other from iTunes Match. Here's a bit of clarity.

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How to remove unwanted utilities from your Mac

Ridding your Mac of unwanted antivirus utilities isn't always a simple matter. Chris Breen explains how (and when) to remove it.

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Podcast: Lightning strikes once

Chris Breen is joined by Dans Frakes and Moren to talk about the ubiquity of Dropbox, the next Apple TV, and Lightning-struck headphones.

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Understanding the limitations of a Mac's microphone

A Mac's internal mic is fine for FaceTime and other light audio chores, but not something you want to record your musical performances. Chris Breen discusses options.

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Treating a processor-hogging Chrome browser

Certain elements within Google's Chrome browser can eat up your Mac's processor in a hurry. Chris Breen offers tips for giving your CPU a rest.

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How to connect an Apple TV to analog speakers

Your Apple TV has a digital audio output and your powered speakers bear an analog audio input. How do you make the two see eye-to-eye? Chris Breen explains.

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Apple's HomeKit hub may already be in your house

HomeKit--a set of tools for controlling your home's devices from your iOS device--looks promising. But what about control from a remote location? Chris Breen has some thoughts.

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A cure for too many contacts

If you have 10,000+ contacts you may have some difficulty syncing them with your devices. It may be time to become less social or whittle down your lists of acquaintances.

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Podcast: Ringo stars

Serenity Caldwell and Chris Breen discuss news of the week including five iOS 8 features we want now, link bait from the New York Times, and Tesla and open patents.

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Finding yourself when your Mac can't

The issue: Your Mac lacks Wi-Fi circuitry and Maps relies on such circuitry to report its location. Chris Breen explains your options.

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Get to know Amazon Prime Music: Limited listening

Amazon Prime Music has much in common with its video cousin -- a thin catalog but just attractive enough to keep the $99 Amazon Prime subscriptions rolling in.

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How to set up a replacement iPhone

Your old high-capacity iPhone is about to take a trip to the shop. In the meantime, you're given a much lower-capacity loaner. Here's how to set up the replacement.