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Don't get Apple picked: How to protect your Mac from theft in public places

Protecting your Mac from theft in public places might seem like a pain, but taking a few steps can save you a lot of hassle down the road, as Ben Boychuk learned firsthand.

Mac troubleshooting: What to do when your computer won't turn on

You press your Mac's power button and...nothing happens. Keep calm and follow Joe Kissell's advice.

New year's resolution: A clean Mac

Simple ways to banish grunge, dirt, and dust bunnies from your computer and peripherals

When good Macs go bad: Steps to take when your Mac won't start up

Senior writer Lex Friedman's friend Julian had a MacBook Pro that refused to start up. Here are the steps they took in their attempts to get the Mac working again.

Security tips for Mac travelers

Far from home with lots of Apple gear? Learn what you can do to protect your technology from thieves and how to track it down if it goes missing.

How to beat the line at the Apple Store

No one likes waiting in a long checkout line. Here are a few tips and tricks for making your holiday visit to the Apple Store a little more pleasant.

How to maximize battery life when you travel

If you take an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook along when you travel, you know how much of a challenge it can be to keep your device powered up all the time. Here are a few tips for supplementing and extending your gadget's power supply.

How to protect your laptop

Whether you're heading off on a business trip or your first year of college, you're probably hauling a laptop. Here's how to keep it clean and ding-free.

MacBook Woe: A tale of a near Mac disaster, averted by good backups

The hard drive in Lex Friedman's MacBook Pro failed after a water-related disaster at 30,000 feet. Good backups and some good luck prevented a true data disaster.

Seven ways to free up drive space

Maybe it's because your media collection is growing, or perhaps you've got a small-but-fast SSD drive. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself reaching the limits of your drive's capacity, these tips will help you clean house and give your data some virtual breathing room.

Enable local Time Machine snapshots on a desktop Mac

Lion introduced local Time Machine snapshots for when your laptop isn't connected to your backup drive. But you can enable those local snapshots on a desktop Mac, too.

How to create an OS X flash drive installer

Instead of using the system installer disc that came with your Mac, create a system installer flash drive, like the one that comes with the MacBook Air. It's smaller than an optical disc, more reliable, and runs faster.

Eight tips for travelers

Whether you're hitting the road for business or pleasure, these tips can make traveling with your Apple gear much more fun.