Kirk McElhearnSenior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.

USB 6-in-1 TableMike great for Mac speech recognition

If you plan to dictate often and want a comfortable, flexible solution, and, especially, don’t want to wear a headset, the SpeechWare USB 6-in-1 TableMike is the best choice out there.

Three quick browser tips

Stop animated GIFs, take advantage of Safari's downloads pop-up, and shrink Google Chrome.

Downloads keeps all downloaded items organized

When you launch Downloads, you'll see all the items in your Mac's Downloads folder, whether they are at the top level, or buried deep inside folders. This handy app keeps all of your downloaded items neat and organized.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Smart playlists

The iTunes Guy answers questions about smart playlists.

Three great folder actions

Wish there was a simpler way to print documents, create archives, or add spotlight comments to project files? Kirk McElhearn shows you how to make automating your Mac as simple as putting a file in a folder with these three great Folder Actions.

Make Mail Dock badge show important messages only

You can tweak Mail so the badge on its Dock icon displays the count of only those messages you really care about.

Automate tasks with Folder Actions

Use OS X's Folder Actions feature to automatically get an alert when files are added to a specific folder, change the Finder labels when you put them in a folder, or unzip archives. Here’s how Folder Actions work, and how you can use them to save time.

TechHive: How noise-canceling headphones work

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In this installment of our Three-Minute Tech series, Kirk McElhearn shows how noise-canceling headphones work.

Stop the Lion "rubber-band" bounce

If you scroll to the end of a page or document in many apps in OS X Lion, there's a brief bouncing effect. If you'd like to get rid of that bounce, it's just a Terminal command away.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Metadata, sorting, and sharing

The iTunes Guy answers questions about metadata, sorting, and sharing.

TechHive: Three-Minute Tech: Audio compression

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Here’s a quick look at the types of audio compression used and how they work.

Quickly share iOS photos with your Mac

There are plenty of ways to share photos you take with your iPhone with your Mac, but none of them are especially quick or convenient. But here's a clever way to do it.

TechHive: Classical music downloads spearhead changes in digital music pricing

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Low-price EMI Beethoven set on the iTunes Store shows the power of downloadable music.

Copy events, delete Mail messages

Two quick tips--one from an OS X Hints reader for copying events from one calendaring app to another, the second from a Macworld editor for quickly deleting messages in Mail.

Why Apple is making OS X more like iOS

This summer's Mountain Lion update to Mac OS X will continue the trend of bringing iOS features to Apple's Mac operating system. Kirk McElhearn sees the move as Apple's attempt to bring iOS users into the Mac fold.