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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.

Make the most of the Spotlight menu

The easiest way to access OS X's powerful Spotlight search technology is using the systemwide Spotlight menu. But chances are you aren't getting as much out of this menu as you could be. In this video, Dan Frakes show you a few tricks for making the Spotlight menu more useful.

The time is (finally) right for a Mac minitower

For years, a Mac minitower has been the white whale of Mac desktop power users who aren't quite true professional users. Dan Frakes thinks this might really, finally, be the year we see such a computer.

Mac Gems Promising Prospect: Notifi extends Notification Center

Notifi watches your Mac for particular events and then uses Notification Center to alert you to those events.

Mac Gems: Shush gives you a systemwide mic mute

If you use a variety of audio and video apps, you'll likely find Shush to be a nifty app. It gives you a systemwide mute control, making it quick and easy to mute your microphone, no matter which app you're currently using.

Hands on with Mophie's Juice Pack Helium for iPhone 5

Power vendor Mophie has announced its first battery case for the iPhone 5, the Juice Pack Helium. We've got one of the first units, and we've done some early testing.

Apps we can't live without: Default Folder X

The utility Default Folder X has been around for 25 years. Dan Frakes has been using it nearly that long. Here's why.

Logitech announces Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad mini

Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad has been among the best of the genre since its debut. On Tuesday, the company debuted a smaller version designed to fit Apple's popular iPad mini.

Expo Notes: Moshi IonBank offers power reserves

Available later this year in two capacities, the IonBank Lithium-polymer battery plugs into iPhones, iPads, iPods, and other USB-charged gadgets.

Expo Notes: Ergotron's workstations show off their Mac metal

Ergotron's line of ergonomic workstations will soon include offerings designed to match Apple's aluminum-body computers.

Mac Gems: Trickster tracks your recently used items

For accessing your most recent files, Trickster is a marked improvement over OS X’s built-in recent-item features.

Mac Gems: Vimari brings more keyboard control to Safari

With the Vimari Safari extension installed, you don't have to take your fingers off the keyboard to navigate websites and links.

Review: InCharge X5 charges 5 iPads, iPhones, and iPods

The appeal of the InCharge X5 is plain: It's a compact, no-cable-clutter place to stash up to 5 devices for charging and storage. The debut of Apple's Lightning connector takes a bit away from the X5's self-contained appeal, and bulky cases won't fit, but it otherwise does its job well.

Mac Gems: ForgetMeNot keeps you from forgetting email attachments

ForgetMeNot is an add-on for Mail that spares you embarrassment by making sure you really have attached the files you've referenced in your email.

Mac Gems: Beamer streams video from older Macs to Apple TV

Beamer lets you stream videos from almost any Mac to an Apple TV, even if your Mac doesn't support Mountain Lion's AirPlay mirroring feature, or if the video isn't supported by iTunes.

iOS Do Not Disturb feature oversleeps on New Year’s Day

The Do Not Disturb feature of iOS 6 goes the extra mile on New Year's Day to make sure you get all the sleep you need.