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Clearing your iPad's memory

Does the Netflix app spontaneously bail on movies you're trying to play on your iPad. It may be a memory issue. Here are a couple of fixes.

Projecting the iPad's entire interface

How did I project my iPad's screen during Macworld 2011 without the aid of an overhead camera? Here are the steps.

Ferreting out a (Backblaze) bug

How Find Any File helped me solve a cosmetic Backblaze bug.

My backup plan: Dan Frakes

We preach the virtues of good backup plans, but readers often ask how we, personally, back up. Here's how Dan Frakes keeps his data safe.

How to make a solid Mac backup plan

We store much of our lives on our Macs and therefore we must back up those Macs. But what and how? Here are some answers.

Automator workflow of the month: More flexible iPhoto e-mail

Looking for a better way to send out those holiday photo e-mails? Our Automator Workflow of the Month gives you more control over image size when you send e-mails from iPhoto '11.

Bugs & Fixes: Preview's TIFF-to-JPEG color inversion bug

Ted Landau tries to convert a TIFF image to the JPEG format and gets an image with inverted colors. But don't worry -- there are several easy work-arounds.

Bugs & Fixes: Recovering lost contacts

Syncing your calendar and contact data across your Mac and iOS devices using MobileMe can come in handy, but not when your contacts disappear. Ted Landau looks at potential options for getting those contacts back where they belong.

More flexible Mail searching

If Mail's weak searching ability has let you down, consider a more robust tool.

Blocking iPhone SMS messages

Yes, AT&T charges for incoming SMS messages when you don't have a text plan. And without jailbreaking your phone, your options for blocking messages are slim.

Bugs & Fixes: WindowShade X for Snow Leopard arrives

Ted Landua is thrilled that WindowShade X, a System Preferences utility, is now compatible with Snow Leopard. And he's even more thrilled that version 5.0.2 tackles a bug that caused conflicts with other applications.

Dropbox: Beyond the basics

Dropbox, the free file-syncing service, is a great way to make sure that the copies of your to-do list and resume are the same on all your Macs. But that's just the beginning of what Dropbox can do. Dan Miller explains.

One way to end a stuck Time Machine backup

Have you ever seen Time Machine get stuck during a backup run -- constantly showing a tiny percentage completion, for instance? If so, this hint may help; it explains how to gracefully exit that situation, using two simple Terminal commands.

Unclutter your hard drive

Old, unneeded files do more than just waste space. They can also slow down searches, backups, and other basic chores; sometimes, they cause crashes. Joe Kissell explains how to clean out the cruft.

Customize iMovie's titles

iMovie offers several pre-made designs for titles that overlap your video. All you have to do is select the title and edit its text to get a slick effect. But you can do a lot more to change the appearance of the text, from quickly applying different fonts and colors to tweaking the typography. Jeff Carlson walks us through it.