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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. You can find him on the web at danfrakes.com.

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Gear We Love: IK Multimedia’s iLoud is a Bluetooth speaker even a musician can love

This week's Gear We Love features IK Multimedia's versatile iLoud speaker, which should appeal to both audio buffs and on-the-go musicians.

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Build a custom lock screen to save your iPhone, your iPad, or even your life

This week's video tip shows you how to quickly and easily make a custom lock-screen image for your iOS devices that contains contact and emergency information.

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10 ways Apple could make iOS's Notification Center great

Notification Center in iOS has loads of promise, but it also has quite a few annoyances. Here are the changes we'd like to see as we anticipate iOS 8

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Fantastical 2 for iPad review: Bigger (and sometimes even better) than on the iPhone

Fantastical 2 gets the iPad treatment, but it's more than just a scaled-up version of the iPhone app.

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Expo Notes: Do something useful with your iMac's stand

The iMac foot is a nice, elegant bit of design, but it could be more useful. Two vendors at Macworld/iWorld are showing off iMac stands that actually do something.

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Change your short username in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

If you need to change your account's short username, Mavericks, like its OS X predecessors, offers a few options for doing so. However, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. We show you the why and how for each method.

iOS 7.1: The changes we love (and the ones we don’t)

Macworld's Dan Moren, Serenity Caldwell, and Dan Frakes go hands on with the iOS 7.1 update. Here's what we like (and the changes we're not too fond of).

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PCalc 3 review: Standout iOS calculator gains programmability and polish

The basic Calculator app is good for simple calculations, but if it’s a full-featured scientific calculator you want, there’s no better app than PCalc.

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Tom Bihn Synapse 25 review: Upsizing a classic laptop/iPad backpack

Tom Bihn’s Synapse 19 is a superbly versatile backpack, as long as you travel light. The company's new Synapse 25 sheds that limitation, accommodating a laptop, an iPad, and much more in a comfortable, multipurpose package.

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Get more out of OS X's save-as-PDF feature

One of OS X's most-useful features is the capability to save any printable document, webpage, or file as a PDF. This week's video shows you some nifty ways to get more out of this feature.

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Great gear you may have missed

We see a lot of gear that we can't review. But that doesn't mean it should all go unnoticed. Here are some of the best "little" accessories we've seen recently--things that have earned a spot on our desks or in our bags.

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Mac Gems of the Year: 2013

Our Mac Gems department aims to uncover the best in great, inexpensive software. Of the nearly 120 Mac Gems we reviewed in 2013, here are our favorites.

Opinion: The new Mac Pro makes the iMac the power user's desktop

The new Mac Pro offers impressive performance. But unless you spend most of your time in pro apps, Apple's other computers are great performers, too. These days, power users no longer need to go pro.

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Mac Pro (Late 2013) review: Apple's new Mac Pro really is for pros

Apple's new Mac Pro is finally here, but is it for you? That all depends on the apps you use and what expansion options you need.

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12 things that show how small the Mac Pro really is

Everyone knows that Apple's new Mac Pro is smaller than the old one. But to really get just how small it is, you need to see it in person--or at least next to something familiar. Here are a dozen household objects that will give you some perspective.