Glenn FleishmanSenior Contributor, Macworld

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Glenn Fleishman is the author of A Practical Guide to Networking and Security in iOS 8, and a senior contributor to Macworld, where he writes the Private I and Mac 911 columns. He is also a regular contributor to the Economist, Fast Company, and Boing Boing.

Upgrading to Lion at an Apple Store

You can only download Lion through the Mac App Store. But if you've got a slow Internet connection or caps on how much data you can download, Apple offers a solution -- download the OS X update at one of its retail stores. Glenn Fleishman went to a store in Seattle to see how smooth the process went.

Connect to a remote Mac from your iPad

While it would undoubtedly be handy to connect from your iPad to a Mac at home or the office, actually doing so isn't always easy. Glenn Fleishman recommends two apps that'll get you connected with the least fuss.

Orbicule Witness security utility

This security alarm utility, which works in conjunction with a free mobile app and website, has a lot of elegance to its approach, and requires little in the way of configuration or fuss. Witness provides an easy way to layer the potential of catching a thief in the act and recovering stolen property without requiring much in the way of management.

iPad power: Connect to a remote Mac

Whether you need to run a Mac app or fetch a file, it can be handy to connect to a remote Mac from your iPad. Here's how.

How the iPhone knows where you are

As soon as you open Maps, your iPhone figures out where you are, right? Not exactly. Glenn Fleishman explains how Apple uses cell towers and Wi-Fi to speed up GPS fixes.

Use Bluetooth to tether your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad

Apple's recent iOS 4.3 update adds Bluetooth tethering to every iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad capable of running that version of the mobile operating system. This lets any of those devices obtain an Internet connection from an iPhone with its sharing feature enabled. Glenn Fleishman shows you how it's done and tells you why you'd want to do it.

Online storage for businesses

Dropbox has made online storage commonplace; many of us now keep copies of our files up there in the cloud. But what happens when you want to share files among multiple users--co-workers, say, or clients? There are online storage services that'll help, but they vary widely in how well they do it.

Microsoft Live Mesh

This online storage service works fine for informal use, but its relative paucity of storage and inability to retain earlier versions of files makes it less attractive for groups.

WordPress for iPhone and iPad

This blogging app is most useful when you need to post something without a computer handy, and want to take advantage of mobile features. If you have a full browser, though, the app is no replacement.

Connect an Android phone to Mac OS X's Internet Sharing

Glenn Fleishman does a little detective work to figure out why an Android smartphone can't connect to the software base station on a MacBook Pro.


Online storage service syncs Google Docs with computers, the cloud.

Off Remote for iPhone and iPad

This universal offering acts as a great remote control if you run computers scattered about a home or office.

myAT&T for iPhone

Regardless of how you feel about being an AT&T customer, you should find the carrier's app for managing your wireless account quite useful.

Using the Personal Hotspot on your AT&T iPhone

Curious as to how the new Personal Hotspot feature in iOS 4.3 works on an iPhone that runs on AT&T's network? Glenn Fleishman has all the details on getting started, staying secure, and managing your Personal Hotspot.

GadgetTrak for iPhone and iPad

This app for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad can help you recover an errant piece of mobile hardware. GadgetTrak adds to your peace of mind at a relatively low cost.