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How to share family contacts

You have contacts and so does your mate. You'd like them to be available to you both on all your Macs and iOS devices. Chris Breen offers two solutions for making this possible.

Having it all: Accessing files from the road

You say you're about to hit the road with a laptop and iPad and would like to have access to your most precious files? Chris Breen offers a variety of techniques for having it all.

How to use transcription with Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac

Kirk McElhearn takes a close look at how the new transcription feature works in Dragon Dictate.

Messages: Working with transcripts

Being able to save and review conversations you've had in Messages is one of that app's most useful features. Glenn Fleishman has some tips on making of the most of it.

How to run your business in Evernote

Evernote isn’t just for taking notes on the go. Here’s how to turn the must-have app into an essential part of your small-business workflow.

Create calendar events more efficiently

Unhappy with how Mountain Lion's Calendar application forces you to edit each and every event? Here are some shortcuts for creating your events.

Disabling Google auto updates

Did you know that Google applications automatically update themselves? Where some find convenience, others are concerned. Chris Breen shows you how to stop it.

How I organize everything with plain-text notes

We all have lots of little bits of information--notes for projects, shopping lists, our shirt sizes--that we have to keep track of. Some people use elaborate apps for that purpose. But blogger Gabe Weatherhead has worked out a system relying on nothing but plain-text notes that enables him to have all his information available wherever he is.

View a program's graphics in Preview

Need a program icon or an image from a template? You can easily access all of an application's graphical elements with this hint.

How to choose a to-do manager

David Sparks has a complicated life and needs a good task-manager to get everything done. He eventually chose Omnifocus for the job. Here's how he worked his way through that buying decision.

Presenting with the iPad

Dreaming of the day you can leave the heavy laptop behind and give all your presentations from your iPad? Joe Kissell explores what's possible with the third-generation iPad and AirPlay.

Three great folder actions

Wish there was a simpler way to print documents, create archives, or add spotlight comments to project files? Kirk McElhearn shows you how to make automating your Mac as simple as putting a file in a folder with these three great Folder Actions.

Five hidden Gmail tricks for power users

Whether you use Google's Gmail service at work or for personal purposes, you probably have a good handle on the basics: organizing your contacts, sending emails...