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10 tips for using Notification Center on the Mac

Make Notifications Center do what you want it to do with our tips and tricks.

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How to use Spotlight in Yosemite to search for files, apps, web info, and more

Apple added new features to Spotlight when the company released Yosemite. Here's how you use those features to your advantage.

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Mac 911: The Bluetooth truth and more Wi-Fi troubleshooting

Bluetooth has become a requirement in Apple's networked devices, even when it doesn't seem to be in use.

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8 'side doors' for importing images into Photos for OS X and iOS

You don't even need to open the Photos app on your Mac to add new photos to your library.

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More Photos Q&A: Finding your photos on a map, and dealing with metadata

Photos for Mac continues to perplex and annoy many users between learning new features, bugs, and discovering missing ones. We handle more questions this week.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Manage your iTunes music library

Ways to handle linear notes in iTunes. Plus: album artwork in WAV files, song title capitalization, playlist management, and shopping the iTunes Store on an old Mac.

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7 reasons to love QuickTime Player

Apple's free, light video player has some capabilities Photos and iPhoto lack: recording videos, making simple edits, even recording your iPhone or iPad's screen.

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The ins and outs of an OS X Permissions fix

The term "permissions fix" gets thrown around as a solution to all sorts of problems, like when your Mac slows down or experiences random crashes. Here's a guide to permissions, and various ways to run permissions fixes.

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More help for Photos: Metadata, the Places map, and syncing without iCloud

The introduction of Photos OS X brought a flurry of problems and questions, some more of which we answer this week.

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How to password-protect your Mac--and keep other people from using it

Whether you just bought a brand new MacBook or are tethered to a long-lasting Mac Pro, use these password tips and OS X's security features to keep your data away from prying eyes.

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How to import, merge, and consolidate your libraries in Photos for OS X

Get the skinny on importing, merging, and consolidating photo libraries with the new OS X photo-management app, Photos.

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8 reasons to use 1Password that don't involve storing passwords

If all you're doing is stashing logins and passwords in 1Password, you're not coming close to using all its abilities.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Help for old-school iPod problems

iPods are still rocking in the free world, and Kirk McElhearn has advice for keeping them from burning out or fading away.