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Tools we use: The best Mac apps for working remotely

While some companies clamp down on telecommuting, the truth is that remote employees today can more seamlessly integrate with the office than ever before. Lex Friedman runs down the apps he uses to stay better connected with his coworkers around the country.

Automator workflow of the month: Powerful PDF tricks

Automator has some great tools for combining PDFs as well as extracting text from them. Chris Breen shows you how.

How to automate FTP uploads

With a little Automator drag-and-drop folder action you can easily upload new folders to an FTP server.

My top five TextExpander snippets

If you work with text, a utility like TextExpander is indispensable. Here are five ways Dan Miller uses it to save time and typing.

Advice from an Apple tech: When your Mac gets too toasty

What are the long-term effects of overheating on a Mac? Beyond warmer temperatures and additional noise from the fan working overtime to cool its operating environment, you can expect to see slower performance.

Cure for the uncommon vertical signature

You've followed Chris Breen's advice for creating a digital signature in Preview yet your John Hancock appears vertical instead of the other. He offers two workarounds.

Bugs & Fixes: SandboxCleaner cleans up QuickTime component crashes

Boinx has released a tool to help with QuickTime component conflicts that may cause sandboxes applications to crash. Ted Landau explains.

How to fast-charge your iPhone or iPad using a standard USB port

Free utility Asus Ai Charger works a little black magic to make your iDevices charge faster.

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Happy World Backup Day: Start backing up your Mac today

World Backup Day may be a made-up holiday, but the lesson it brings is an important one: Back up your files, or risk losing everything. It's easier to get started than you might think.

Bugs & Fixes: Recover photos lost in an import

Ted Landau relates the tale of a friend who fears he's lost every photo on his iPhone. Ted, naturally, came to the rescue.

When applications consume too much RAM

Your Mac throws up an error that you've run out of application memory. Chris Breen shows you how to troubleshoot this issue.

Making Dropbox your default folder

If you're tired of leaving your important work documents at the office when traveling, take a hint from Chris Breen and make your Dropbox folder the default save location for your files.

Solving the mystery of the empty PDF form

You've filled out a PDF form in Preview and sent it to a colleague or friend, but they report the form's empty. What gives? Dan Moren's got the skinny and the fix.