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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: 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.

TechHive: Logitech adds seven new UE audio products

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Logitech has announced seven new audio products in its UE brand, including several speakers and headphone models.

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.

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 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.