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Dan writes about OS X, iOS, utilities, cool apps, and troubleshooting. He also covers hardware; mobile, audio, and AV gear; input devices; and accessories. He's been writing about tech since 1994, and he's also published software, worked in IT, and worked as a policy analyst.

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Mac Gems: Recovery Partition Creator adds OS X Recovery to any drive

To use OS X's handy OS X Recovery feature, or to enable FileVault on an external drive, you need a special recovery partition on your drive. This utility can add it if the OS X installer didn't.

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Enable OS X's Enhanced Dictation for on-the-fly transcription

OS X's dictation feature works pretty well, but with a simple setting change, you can enable on-the-fly dictation, even when offline. We show you how.

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Automate your Mac: 10 ways to speed up iTunes, Safari, and more

If you do the same things over and over, day after day, why not automate them using tools like Keyboard Maestro and TextExpander? Here are ten fast solutions for ten common tasks.

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Gear We Love: Twelve South HiRise holds your display, hides your gear

If you're looking for a way to raise your iMac or Apple Display to a more-ergnomic height, the HiRise for iMac does just that while giving you some extra gadget-hiding space.

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Automate your Mac: 10 ways to make managing email easier

Dealing with your inbox is one of those numbingly repetitive chores that cries out for automation. Here are 10 smart tricks that'll save you time managing your mail.

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Gear We Love: Rickshaw Commuter line takes the mess out of messenger bags

Rickshaw Bagworks takes what's good about messenger-style bags and makes them great for those of us who don't deliver by cycle.

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You won't believe what we talk about on this week's podcast!!!

Chris Breen is joined by two-Dans Frakes and Moren to discuss the news of the week including iPhone 5 batteries, Gruber's numbers, Facebook and clickbait, Surface 2 under water, and TiVo for cable cutters.

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Small heads, safe ears: The best headphones for kids

These days, kids need headphones, too. We looked at a slew of cans designed to fit your child's head while protecting their hearing.

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Gear We Love: Anker Quad-Port Wall Charger handles four devices and fits in your pocket

This sturdy, compact power adapter handles up to four devices at a time, charges iOS and Android devices at full speed, and is surprisingly inexpensive. What's not to love?

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Folderol review: Add color to your OS X Finder folders

Folderol colorizes the folder icons on your Mac.

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We've got the Beats

Serenity Caldwell and special guest star Dan Frakes review the news of the week including OS X Yosemite, Apple's Beats music integration, and more.

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Gear We Love: Mountek car mounts make your CD player useful again

Mountek's mounts are sturdy and convenient, and they make clever use of the long-neglected CD player in your car's dash.

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Master your windows with Moom and Zooom

If you're still fiddling with title bars and thin window edges to move and resize windows, Moom and Zooom can make window management easier and more convenient.

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LogViewer for Time Machine review: Find Time Machine info in OS X system logs

When Time Machine goes awry, OS X's system logs record what went wrong. LogViewer makes it easier to find that info in the log.

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How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive

You can install the OS X Yosemite beta directly from your Mac's hard drive. But creating a bootable installer drive lets you install it on multiple Macs and also makes a handy emergency drive. Here's how to set one up.