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Dan writes about OS X, iOS, troubleshooting, utilities, and cool apps; and he covers hardware, mobile 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 been a policy analyst.

Samson XP40iw combines a speaker dock and a PA system

Samson's Expedition XP40iw it is is a versatile system that combines a rugged iPhone/iPod speaker system, a wireless PA system, and a basic mixing board with multiple inputs, and you can tote it just about anywhere. Its sound quality isn’t stellar, but we haven’t seen anything else like it.

Task-management app Things updated with cloud sync, new features

The popular task-management app Things received a long-awaited update, adding cloud sync and a number of new features.

Battery Status displays the battery levels of your Mac's connected hardware

Battery Status’s menu icon displays a graphical representation of the battery level of your Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse, or Wireless Keyboard.

Up close with Mountain Lion: Power Nap

For laptop users, one of Mountain Lion's big new features is Power Nap, which can automatically update and sync your Mac while it sleeps. Dan Frakes takes a closer look at how to use this iOS-like feature.

Up close with Mountain Lion: AirPlay Mirroring

AirPlay Mirroring has long let you mirror the screen of an iPhone or iPad on an Apple TV. Now, in Mountain Lion, it's come to the Mac. Dan Frakes takes a look.

How to install Mountain Lion over Leopard

According to the Mountain Lion license agreement, you must have Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) or Lion (OS X 10.7) installed before you can install Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8). But there are situations in which you may have a valid license for 10.6 or 10.7, but Leopard (OS X 10.5) installed. There are several ways to go directly from 10.5 to 10.8.

Installing Mountain Lion: What you need to know

Like Lion before it, Mountain Lion is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Mac App Store. This method of distribution is convenient, but it also raises a number of questions. Here’s a look at the details of purchasing, downloading, installing, and setting Apple’s lastest OS. We also take a look at some of the upgrade obstacles you might face.

Should you do a "clean install" of Mountain Lion?

Some Mac users prefer to do a "clean install" of each major new version of OS X, erasing their drive and starting over. Here’s a look at whether or not that's possible when installing Mountain Lion and, more important, whether it’s advisable.

Hands on with Mountain Lion's OS X Recovery and Internet Recovery

Mountain Lion, like Lion before it, lets you boot your Mac into a special recovery mode called OS X Recovery. This mode includes a few essential utilities for fixing problems, restoring files, browsing the Web, and reinstalling the operating system. Here's our comprehensive look at this troubleshooting tool and the special Internet Recovery feature available on recent Macs.

How to make a bootable Mountain Lion install drive

Though you can install Mountain Lion directly from your Mac's hard drive, a bootable installer drive can be more convenient for installing the OS onto multiple Macs. And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer makes a handy emergency drive. We walk you through the process of creating such a drive, step-by-step.

Installing Mountain Lion: Our complete guide

The latest version of OS X, 10.8, is here. But before you rush to install Mountain Lion, you'll want to check out our in-depth guide to preparing your Mac for Mountain Lion, downloading and installing the OS, creating a bootable backup of the installer, and more.

Opinion: Google's Nexus 7 makes the case for a smaller iPad

Google's Nexus 7, a 7-inch Android tablet, has received positive reviews as the first really good Android tablet. But Dan Frakes thinks the Nexus 7's bigger claim to fame may be that it's setting the stage for an "iPad mini."

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 works with all your Apple devices

Logitech's Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 lets you pair, via Bluetooth, with up to three of your Apple devices: Macs, iPads, or iPhones. You can easily switch between devices as needed.

Get your Mac ready for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8)

Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) is as easy to install as its predecessor, Lion (OS X 10.7), was. But there are still a few things you can do before downloading Mountain Lion to ensure that your Mac is ready and that the upgrade process goes smoothly.

Mid-2012 MacBook Airs offer improved performance and connectivity

Thanks to upgraded processors and graphics capabilities, along with both Thunderbolt and USB 3 for expansion, it's getting tougher and tougher to say the Air isn't a "full-featured" laptop. And you no longer have to give up a good chunk of performance if you want to go light.