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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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The new Mac Pro: First impressions

We've got a new Mac Pro in house and are testing it now. Here are a first few hands-on impressions with Apple's tiny high-end machine.

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The new Mac Pro: First look and hands-on slideshow

The 2013 Mac Pro is in the house. Here's a photo slideshow as we take the wraps off the new computer.

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Editor’s picks: Our favorite cases for the iPad Air

We spend a lot of time testing and using iPad cases, but there are a few we keep coming back to once our testing is done.

The Best iPad mini Cases: Our personal favorites

Our editors spend a lot of time testing and using iPad cases, but there are a few we keep coming back to once our testing is done. Here are some of our personal favorites for the iPad mini..

Buying Guide: Find the best speakers

Looking for a new set of speakers for your computer, smartphone, tablet, or media player? The options can be overwhelming. Here's our annual guide for picking the right speaker system.

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Buying Guide: Find the best headphones

If you're looking to get more audio enjoyment from from your smartphone, tablet, media player, or computer, new headphones will do wonders. To help you find the perfect set of headphones, our annual buying guide covers what to look (and listen) for, descriptions of the different types, and recommendations for standout models.

Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T631 review: Slim, gesture-enabled mouse is great for travel

Logitech's Ultrathin Touch Mouse T631 sacrifices some ergonomics for portability, but the result is an impressively travel-friendly mouse that gives you much of the Multi-Touch functionality of a trackpad.

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Make iPhone actions easier with Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro helps you get more out of, and do stuff more efficiently with, your iPhone or iPod touch. This week's video shows you how.

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New ProductiveMacs bundle offers Mac Gems on the cheap

Looking for some great software? Don't want to spend a lot? The latest ProductiveMacs bundle includes a nice bunch of Mac Gems, along with a couple other quality apps, for just $30.

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Fantastical 2 for iPhone review: Calendar app gets more fantastic for iOS 7

Outstanding calendar app maintains intuitive interface and natural-language-event-creation capabilities, gains reminder management and an overhauled interface.

Get to know OS X Mavericks: System Preferences

What's changed in System Preferences under Mavericks? Find out here.

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How to view the ~/Library folder in Mavericks

Ever since Lion (OS X 10.7), Apple has hidden your personal Library folder (~/Library) by default. In Lion and Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), you could make the folder visible, but it required some work. In Mavericks (OS X 10.9), it's a simple, easily accessible setting.

Get to know OS X Mavericks: Apple Mail 7.0

Apple's Mail hasn't changed much in Mavericks, but it does offer a few features to help you be more productive. Unfortunately, it also brings some changes that adversely affect how Mail handles Gmail accounts.

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Should you do a "clean install" of Mavericks?

Some Mac users choose to perform 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 Mavericks and, more important, whether it’s advisable.

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How to install Mavericks over Leopard

Apple says you need either Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), Lion (OS X 10.7), or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) installed before you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9). But there are situations in which you may have a valid license for one of these prerequisite versions, but your Mac still has Leopard (OS X 10.5) installed. Here's how to save some time, and reduce the hassle, by upgrading directly from Leopard to Mavericks.