Dan MorenSenior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan has been writing about all things Apple since 2006, when he first started contributing to the MacUser blog. Since then he's covered most of the company's major product releases and reviewed every major revision of iOS. In his "copious" free time, he's usually grinding away on a novel or two.

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Bring a smile to your Macs and iOS devices by enabling emoji

Looking to spice up your social networking posts and emails with a few colorful icons? Emoji can help, and best of all, they're easy to enable on both OS X and iOS.

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Podcast: Hulk SMASH!!

Serenity Caldwell and Dan Moren link arms to discuss the Apple-related news of the week, including explosive executive emails, Fire TV versus Apple TV, and the awesomeness of Monument Valley.

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Cloak: Super-secure Net connections without the hassle

When you're using a wireless network away from home or work (at your local coffee shop, say), how do you keep your communications secure? VPNs can help, but they can be hard to set up. Cloak makes it easy.

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How to get an App Store refund for kids' accidental in-app purchases

If your kids have racked up some exorbitant in-app purchases from the App Store without your knowledge, you can get a refund from Apple with a few easy steps.

Apple's acquisition of speech recognition company speaks to Siri improvements

Apple confirmed to TechCrunch that it bought U.K.-based speech-recognition firm Novauris last year, suggesting the company is focusing on improving its virtual assistant, Siri.

Fire TV, Cortana, HTC One, and the pains of cord cutting

Amazon's Fire TV and the battle for the living room, why cord cutting won't work for sports fans, the new HTC One phone, and Cortana versus Siri versus Google Now.

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Reading List: Inactivation lock, iAds for the masses, a penny earned

An iOS 7 bug could interfere with Activation Lock, iAds are now open to all and sundry, and Apple announces its next quarterly conference call.

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Apple's 2014 WWDC is June 2-6, tickets available by lottery

Apple has announced the dates for its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, and said that tickets for this year's event will be available via lottery.

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Amazon's Fire TV skates to where the Apple TV puck is

Amazon's new Fire TV is a direct shot across Apple's bow, and a clear indication that the battle for users' living rooms is now underway.

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Podcast: Apple's past, present and future

Dan Moren chats with Rogue Amoeba's Paul Kafasis and pundit/humorist John Moltz about Apple's past, present, and future. (Hello, wearables?)

Wearables, projectables, Office for iPad, and Oculus

Office comes to iPad, but does it matter? Also, the future of wearables and projectables, and Facebook buys a nice pair of VR glasses.

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Reading List: This is NPR, iTunes refunds, App Store searches

You can now stream NPR 24 hours a day on iTunes Radio. Elsewhere, Apple is offering refunds for unauthorized in-app purchases, and trying out new App Store search tools.

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Healthbook rumors could herald first product of Tim Cook's Apple

Much has been made of Apple after Steve Jobs, but Dan Moren thinks recent rumors about a health-focused app could provide insight into Tim Cook's Apple.

Healthbook, Android Wear, and a haunted empire

The rise of health-related apps and devices, questions of the relevance of App.net, the new book "Haunted Empire" about Apple after Steve Jobs, and an avalanche of smartwatches spurred on by Android Wear announcements. With guests Christopher Breen and Philip Michaels.

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Checkmark 2 reminds you to do that thing at the place

Reminder apps are everywhere, but Snowman's Checkmark 2 one ups Apple's own reminder system with powerful location-based reminders and more. It's Senior Editor Dan Moren's staff pick of the week.