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Can FileVault 2 and Find My Mac foil thieves?

OS X 10.7.2 includes some significant changes to FileVault that includes some nifty interactions with the new Find My Mac feature.

How to share one Mac with your family

If you're like most households, you have a central "family" Mac for every family member to use. These step-by-step instructions and tips—from creating separate user accounts to customizing parental controls—will make sharing that one Mac among multiple users more enjoyable.

How to manage multiple Macs at home

While it’s easier to manage a single Mac, it’s possible to have control over multiple Macs within your home. Here's how you can remotely configure parental controls on another computer, monitor what your kids do with their Macs, share media between the computers within your home, and more.

All about iCloud: Common signup scenarios

Apple's iCloud service, paired with iOS 5 and Lion, offers users a whole wealth of new sync features, access to purchased content, and geolocation fun. Unfortunately, as iCloud is the company's fourth online service iteration, trying to upgrade can be confusing at best, slam-your-head-against-a-wall-in-frustration at worst. To help ease the pain (and keep your walls dent-free), we've put together some common upgrading scenarios for migrating to iCloud.

Hands on with Find My iPhone, Mac, and Friends

The launch of iCloud has ushered in a spate of location-aware services that help you track down your iOS devices, your Mac, and even your friends. Dan Frakes takes Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, and Find My Friends out for a spin.

How to apply Finder labels from the keyboard

There's a way to enable keyboard shortcuts for Finder--if you're willing to accept a few limitations.

Migrate Time Machine backup to new Mac in Lion

One of the unsung features of Lion is the ability to migrate a Time Machine backup from an old Mac to a new one.

Unlock oodles of text-to-speech voices in Lion

Lion includes access to many dozens of high quality text-to-speech voices. Here's how to get them.

Quit apps without Lion remembering their open windows

Lion automatically restores an app's previously-open windows when you relaunch it. There's a simple way to override that behavior temporarily.

Use Lion's FileVault 2 to encrypt your Mac's internal drive

Apple latest Mac operating system, OS X 10.7 Lion includes FileVault 2, the latest version of Apple’s method of file encryption. In this how-to, we'll go through the steps on activating FileVault 2 for your Mac's internal startup drive.

Get Lion's new scrolling in Snow Leopard today

When Lion hits the streets, it will bring with it a new way of scrolling. Start acclimating yourself now with a free add-on for Snow Leopard.

How to enable Target Disk Mode via Thunderbolt

Target Disk Mode is a feature that allows a Mac to act as an external hard drive. Until recently, you enabled Target Disk Mode by connecting two Macs together via FireWire. The new Thunderbolt port on the current iMac and MacBook Pro supports Target Disk Mode. Mauricio Grijalva shows how to do it.

Keep your Mac safe while traveling

Getting ready for the holiday weekend? Whether you're on a cruise ship or at a coffee shop, public Wi-Fi networks can leave your Mac's data vulnerable. Lex Friedman offers a few tips for keeping your data safe.

Five new things your apps can do in Lion

While we wait for Lion's July debut, we're going over some of the coolest new features showing up in the OS. Here are five neat tricks your Mac apps will be able to do.

Five new things your Mac can do with Lion

When Mac OS X Lion arrives next month, it will bring more than 250 new features to your Mac. But there are five in particular we wanted to highlight for you.