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Dan is Senior Editor at The Wirecutter and a former Macworld senior editor. He 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. You can find him on the web at danfrakes.com.

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Podcast 478: How to buy an iPhone

Stop laughing! It's harder than it used to be! Dan Frakes stops by to help us figure it out. Caitlin and Oscar also join us to discuss 'Steve Jobs.'

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How to make a bootable OS X 10.11 El Capitan installer drive

Having a bootable hard drive or USB flash drive is a handy troubleshooting tool.

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How to view the ~/Library folder in Mavericks and Yosemite

Ever since Lion (OS X 10.7), Apple has hidden your personal Library folder (~/Library) by default. In Lion and Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), you could make the folder visible, but it required some work. In Mavericks (OS X 10.9) and Yosemite (OS X 10.10), it's a simple, easily accessible setting.

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How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive

Creating a bootable installer disk lets you install Yosemite on multiple Macs and also makes a handy emergency drive. Here's how to set one up.

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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.


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.