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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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

Sign your PDFs electronically using Preview

Instead of mailing paper or sending faxes, these days we can email important documents. But for many people, the biggest hurdle to going all-digital is signatures: How do you sign a PDF document? In this week’s Macworld video, we show you how to electronically sign your PDF document using tools you’ve already got on your Mac.

Welcome to GemFest 2012

It's time for our annual GemFest (a.k.a., Summer of Gems), so starting today and continuing through mid-August, we'll be reviewing a new Mac Gem every day (except Sunday). Some of the programs are simple, some more complex. Some will be niche-y, while others will be programs everyone should use. The one thing they all have in common is that each is a Mac Gem.

NoteTote lets you download files remotely

NoteTote is a clever utility that lets you download files to your Mac no matter where you are, or what device you're using, when you come across the link.

Change Hidden iTunes Preferences lets you tweak iTunes options

iTunes has a good number of hidden settings that affect how the program works and what options are available to you. Change Hidden iTunes Preferences presents the settings in an easy-to-use interface.

Clamcase announces Clambook docking station for iPhone, Android

Clamcase has revealed the Clambook, a laptop-like docking station that provides a larger screen and a physical keyboard for your iPhone or Android smartphone.