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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.

Apple updates Mac mini with faster processors and storage

Alongside major upgrades to its iMac and MacBook Pro lines, Apple also bumped the specs on its Mac mini Tuesday, offering faster processors and hybrid storage options.

Monoprice to introduce high-end LED display

Budget-accessory vendor Monoprice.com will soon introduce a line of high-end LED displays with screen quality designed to compete with Apple’s $999 Cinema Display.

Hands on with Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapters

Nearly a month after they were announced, Apple's adapters for using older, 30-pin accessories with the latest iPhone and iPod models are available. We've been testing them for compatibility; here's our full report.

Essential accessories: Clutter busters and travel-bag basics

Looking to stock your travel bag or streamline your cluttered desk? Dan Frakes uncovers a slew of standout cables, chargers, and accessories.

Review: iPod nano (7th generation) combines the best of its predecessors

With the seventh generation of the iPod nano, Apple has taken the best of the previous two generations and combined them into an iOS-inspired player that for many people will be the best nano yet.

Mac Gems: Skip Tunes and iTunification enhance iTunes

Today's Mac Gems review covers two simple add-ons for iTunes. One is an update to a previous Gem, and the other is new for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).

Easily encrypt drives in Mountain Lion

OS X has long let you use Disk Utility to encrypt removable drives to prevent other people from accessing your data. But doing so used to require you to use Disk Utility and navigate its many options, menus, and buttons. In Mountain Lion, the process is much easier. Here's how to do it. We also show you how to encrypt your Time Machine backup drives.

Mac Gems: Sticky Notifications posts reminders on your screen

Sticky Notifications lets you use Mountain Lion's Notification Center to post simple reminders for yourself.

Mac Gems: Automatic Launch Object Detection lets you track background processes

Automatic Launch Object Detection is a clever utility that notifies you whenever an application or installer installs a background process.

Hands on with iOS 6: Settings

Many changes in iOS 6 are squirreled away in the Settings app--if, like most users, you don’t delve into Settings, you’ll miss some great new features. Here’s a look at the changes to this important-but-overlooked app.

Hands on with iOS 6: Safari

In iOS 6, Apple adds a few features to Safari that provide much-requested functionality, as well as some minor tweaks that improve performance. Senior Editor Dan Frakes takes a look.

Hands on with iOS 6: Mail

Mail didn't get the dramatic upgrades that, say, Maps did. But it does have some welcome new tools that will make you more productive.

How to install iOS 6

iOS 6 arrives Wednesday, and eager users everywhere are getting ready to upgrade their devices. If you’re concerned about the upgrade process, or simply want to know all your setup options before making the big switch, we're here to help you upgrade your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to iOS 6 with this step-by-step guide.

Lightning: the iPhone's new connector

The 30-pin connector we've been using to connect our iPhones, iPads, and iPods to Macs and peripherals is on the way out. On the way in: A new connector Apple calls Lightning. Here's how it works and what it'll mean to you.

Enhance and extend Mail at a discount

We're big fans of third-party software that enhances OS X Mail's features and functions, and for the next week, a number of developers of Gem-worthy Mail add-ons have teamed up to offer some great deals.