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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.

Mac Gems: CustomMenu provides quick access to your favorite apps, files, and folders

CustomMenu lets you create a custom systemwide menu for accessing favorite apps, files, and folders.

Logitech announces new Bluetooth keyboard, trackpad for Mac

Accessory vendor Logitech on Wednesday announced two new Bluetooth input devices for the Mac: the Easy-Switch Keyboard, which offers backlit keys and pairs with up to three devices simultaneously, and the Rechargeable Trackpad, which offers a rechargeable alternative to Apple's Magic Trackpad

Mac Gems: Holiday-bundle bargains

It’s the time of year for the an avalanche of pre-holiday sales. Though most offer bargains on physical goods, there are currently a couple Mac-software bundles that each offers a bunch of good apps at a bargain price. Each also includes a number of Mac Gems.

Review: iPad mini gives you most of an iPad at half the size

The iPad mini gives you nearly everything of its non-mini namesakes in a smaller package. It really is an iPad. It’s just a smaller one.

Mac Gems: Display Menu brings back OS X's Displays menu

Mountain Lion eliminated the useful Displays menu extra, but Display Menu brings it back.

Mac-accessory Roundup: Wi-Fi webcams, aluminum stands, USB 3 updates, and more

There are plenty of great Mac accessories that we don’t cover in standalone articles. Our Mac-accessory roundup gives them a home, and gives you the latest info on stuff to make your Mac more useful.

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.