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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: Welcome to GemFest 2013

It's time for our annual GemFest (a.k.a., Summer of Gems). Starting today and continuing through the end of 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.

Mac Gems: Actions turns your iPad into a Mac control pad

Actions is a combination of Mac and iOS apps that turn your iPad into a nifty touchscreen control pad and shortcut panel for your Mac.

Get started with AirPlay

AirPlay is Apple’s technology for streaming audio or video over a local network. This week's Macworld video gives you a quick look at the most common AirPlay setups and how to configure and use them.

Switch to Mac: Bring your hardware with you

When switching to a Mac from another computer, you’ll likely worry about software compatibility. But don’t forget all your keyboard, mouse, and other external accessories. Here’s how to get that gear to work with your Mac.

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Review: Elegant, flexible Timer gives your iPhone multiple timers

If the iPhone Clock app's single timer is too limited for you, check out Timer. This easy-to-use app lets you configure and customize multiple timers and quickly access any with a tap.

The new Mac Pro: What we wanted, what we're actually getting

Now that we've gotten a peek at the long-awaited new Mac Pro, how does it stack up against our wish-list?

Apple responds to Prism reports, emphasizes user-privacy efforts

In an open letter posted to the company's website, Apple provides information about what kinds of data it does and does not provide to U.S. government agencies, when it provides that information, and how the company promises to protect user privacy.

Set up a kid-friendly computer

You don't really want your kids to use your computer all summer long, do you? Here's how to set up a Mac that's just right for their small and messy hands.

The new Mac Pro: Hands on, and what you need to know

We go inside the new Mac Pro with some hands-on time and answers to your questions.

Mac Gems: Swing for App.net makes it easy to share files

All App.net accounts come with free online file storage. Swing makes it simple to use that storage space to share files with other people and on social networks.

How to use a Bluetooth keyboard with the Apple TV

The Apple TV's included remote is easy to use but limiting, while Apple's Remote app for iOS requires that you have an expensive iOS device on hand and available. Ultimately a Bluetooth keyboard, even an inexpensive third-party model, may be the best Apple TV remote of all.

How to get started with AirPlay

Apple's AirPlay technology lets you stream audio and video from a Mac or iOS device to AirPlay-enabled output devices. If you aren't using it yet, you should be. Here's how.

Mac Gems: GIF Brewery makes it easy to create animated GIFs

Animated GIFs are a currency of online humor, but they can also be useful. GIF Brewery makes it easy to create your own animated GIFs from your videos.

Review: Annex's Quad Lock is an outstanding iPhone case/mount system

Annex's Quad Lock system combines a standout iPhone case with an array of clever mounting options.

Mac Gems: Spotdox makes all your files accessible via Dropbox

Spotdox is a nifty combination of a Mac app and a Web service that lets you remotely move any file on your Mac to your Dropbox folder—thus making it available via Dropbox from anywhere.