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Beware the wait: financing gotcha may pose expensive problem for Mac Pro buyers

If you bought a Mac Pro using Apple's interest-free financing option, the wait times could spell trouble unless you pay close attention to your timing.

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Target confirms customer PINs were taken in breach, but says data is safe

But the PINs were encrypted and therefore should be inaccessible to hackers, according to the retailer

How to easily convert your old DVDs into digital files you can watch anywhere

Ever wanted to watch a movie but didn't want to bring the DVDs with you on a trip? If you convert your DVDs into movie files, you could easily store your collection and access them anytime on your computer. (Sponsored post.)

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Amazon offers gift cards, shipping refunds for late deliveries

The company blames delivery companies for the delays

How to extend the life of your devices

All devices have a finite life. And the more you abuse them, they quicker they die. These helpful tips will help you squeeze every last minute out of your precious devices.

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Mac buying guide: How to pick the right computer

Heading back to school and you're trying to decide which Mac to buy? Our guide has the lowdown on every Mac that Apple has to offer. Find out which Mac is best for you.

What your manufacturer’s warranty doesn't cover

Many issues are covered under standard warranty, but you might be surprised what isn't. Here's a look at the most common problems faced by common electronics, and whether or not your warranty has you covered.

Five signs your laptop is dying, and what to do about it

How to diagnose the five most common symptoms of laptop failure, and what you can do to prevent catastrophe.

Repairing your iPhone: DIY or hire a pro?

When damage to your iPhone isn't covered by your warranty, what's the best course of action? Here are the most common complaints and a run-down on how to handle them.

How to find free Wi-Fi during your holiday travels

Roadside businesses offer free Wi-Fi for the same reasons they offer public restrooms. Here’s how to find it and how to use it.

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Advice from an Apple tech: Got a Mac? Get a Dremel!

Does your computer toolkit include a Dremel? It may seem extreme, but a Dremel tool can be handy in a dire situation.

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Why your Internet service provider wants to nix all-you-can-eat data buffets

As the industry moves toward 'metered' broadband plans, hard-core users will feel the hurt.

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You now need an Apple ID to book a Genius Bar appointment

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Over at TechCrunch, Matthew Panzarino notes that Apple is now requiring all customers to associate an Apple ID with a Genius Bar appointment. This may keep Chinese scalpers at bay, but it also gives the Genius helping you more information about your device history, including past appointments and service requests.

The worst deals in tech: Are you being fleeced by these 7 overpriced products?

That shiny new tech toy might appear irresistible—until you realize its mark-up is obscene.

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Beware of Apple Store phishing email

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A message is reportedly making the rounds purporting to offer a $200 Apple Store gift card. Don't believe it.