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Dan is Senior Editor at The Wirecutter and a former Macworld senior editor. He 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. You can find him on the web at danfrakes.com.

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.

Three Gems-heavy bundles offer great bargains

Three current software bundles include Mac Gems, offering a slew of good software at even-better-than-usual prices.

CheatSheet helps you find and remember keyboard shortcuts

Like former Gem KeyCue, CheatSheet makes it easy to discover and remember keyboard shortcuts for particular applications.

CleanMyDrive lets you monitor and clean removable drives

CleanMyDrive lets you monitor connected drives and mounted volumes, but it can also automatically clean thumb drives and other removable drives to keep them free of cruft.