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Five ways to stream content to your HDTV

With products such as the second-generation Apple TV, streaming content from your computer and over the Internet to your HDTV is easier than ever.

Macintosh buying guide 2010

Shopping for a new Mac? Here's the lowdown on Apple's offerings to help you decide which Mac to buy.

Bugs & Fixes: Solving a Mac Pro sleep problem

Ted Landau runs into a problem making his Mac Pro go to sleep. He thinks he has it traced to OS X's Wake on Demand Feature combined with scheduled wake ups for his desktop.

Moving a Mac mini's AirPort card

Two Mac mini, AirPort card in the wrong one. What to do?

OWC provides a closer look at iMac's SSD slot

OWC took apart a new 27-inch iMac to see what the SSD bracket is all about.

One way to access the Mac's boot menu

If you have more than one bootable drive (or partition) on your Mac, you know you can get to the boot menu by holding down the Option key at boot time. Learn another less-expected way to get to that same menu in this hint.

The unbootable Mac mini

Why would a perfectly good Mac mini suddenly refuse to boot? Dan Frakes takes you through the torturous path to the solution, which ended up being obvious in retrospect.

Troubleshoot an ailing hard drive

Do your applications quit without warning? Is your Mac stalling during start-up? Are you finding unusual numbers of corrupted files? You may have a faulty hard drive. Joe Kissel explains how to diagnose and fix the problem.

Mac buying guide 2009

In this buying guide, we'll cover all the Macintosh models available, tell you how they've changed over the previous model, and how well they did in our benchmark tests.

Can an SD card startup disk be used on any Mac?

Can an SD card startup disk be used on any Mac? Roman Loyola does a little bit of testing, and finds the answer may be yes.

Change color of BBEdit and TextWrangler 'invisibles' characters

Learn how to change the color of the special characters that BBEdit and TextWrangler use to display invisible characters, such as tabs and line breaks.

Make the most of the Genius Bar

Prepare in advance for a trip to Apple's Genius Bar and you’ll likely go home smiling -- with a Mac that’s working again.

Maximizing your Mac mini

Dan Frakes takes a look at the process -- and the results -- of upgrading your Mac mini and finds you can top the performance of Apple's $799 model for a lower price tag.