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With Mavericks, contact and calendar syncing via iTunes is gone. But with a $20 investment you can keep your data out of the cloud.
The Finder's new tags feature isn't just for the overly organized. With these tips, anyone can put them to productive use.
Though you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9) directly from your Mac's hard drive, a bootable installer drive can be more convenient for installing the OS onto multiple Macs. And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer makes a handy emergency drive. We walk you through the process of creating such a drive, step-by-step.
Apple says you need either Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), Lion (OS X 10.7), or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) installed before you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9). But there are situations in which you may have a valid license for one of these prerequisite versions, but your Mac still has Leopard (OS X 10.5) installed. Here's how to save some time, and reduce the hassle, by upgrading directly from Leopard to Mavericks.
Mavericks (OS X 10.9) is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Mac App Store. This method of distribution is convenient, but it’s not without challenges and questions. Here’s a comprehensive look at the details of downloading, installing, and setting up Apple’s lastest OS. We also take a look at some of the upgrade obstacles you might face.
Like Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) and Lion (OS X 10.7) before it, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is as easy to install as downloading an installer from the Mac App Store and double-clicking. But there are still some things you should do before downloading Mavericks to ensure that your Mac is ready and that the upgrade process goes smoothly.
Some Mac users choose to perform a "clean install" of each major new version of OS X, erasing their drive and starting over. Here’s a look at whether or not that's possible when installing Mavericks and, more important, whether it’s advisable.
The latest version of OS X, 10.9 Mavericks, is here. But before you rush to install Mavericks, you'll want to check out our in-depth guide to preparing your Mac for the new OS, downloading and installing it, creating a bootable backup of the installer, and more.
There's no reason to let a kiosk presentation run when there's no one there to watch it. With Automator you can trigger and shut down these presentations at appropriate times.
You launch Calendar, it appears briefly, and then--BLAMMO--it's gone. What causes this problem? Chris Breen shows you how to track down it (and similar problems).
A reader wishes to create and save styles (with colored text) in a variety of Apple applications. Chris Breen explains how it's done.
Sure, you can perform tweaks of media files in one application or another, but Automator allows you to do them more quickly without leaving the Finder.
When friends and family call you with Mac tech support needs, and you don't live close enough to pop on over to help, you need to know a few tricks for providing help without making you or them crazy. Lex Friedman can help.
Just got a new Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and want help setting up iCloud across all your devices? Here's the how-to for you.
Apple gives you 5GB of iCloud storage space for free, but that can feel cramped rather quickly if you have more than one iOS device to back up. Here's how to make the most of the space you have.