Don't-Miss Utility software Stories

Determine which base station you're connected to on a bridged network

Setting up a bridged network can be pretty straightforward. Figuring out which base station you're connected to a bit more complicated--until you learn the trick.

Six tips for mastering Siri

Siri is certainly fun to show off, but it can also help you get more done with your iPhone 4S. If you can learn a few of Siri's nuances, you can turn the artificially intelligent assistant into an impressive productivity tool.

Transfer files to your iOS device remotely

Your Mac is in the attic, you and your iPod are on the couch. Here's how to transfer a variety of files to your iPad without shifting your keister.

Share Reminders with iCloud, add them with Siri

You can create shared Reminders lists with iOS 5 and iCloud. Then, you and others can add to and review the shared list--using Siri on the iPhone 4S, if you wish.

Add a Mickey Mouse clock to your Dashboard

Because Apple hosts a fully-functional version of its iPod nano Mickey Mouse clock face on its website, you can put a working copy of it in Dashboard.

Bugs & Fixes: When OS X Lion slows to a crawl

When Ted Landau updates his Mac Pro from Snow Leopard to Mac OS X 10.7.2, things start slowing down. He dons his detective hat and tries to track down the cause of the problem.

Automatically import smaller iPhone 4S movies

The iPhone 4S shoots lovely 1080p movies, but there are times you want something smaller. To avoid constantly converting these movies, try this simple Automator workflow.

Using Apple's mobile AirPort Utility

Included in the crush of software releases out of Cupertino last week was a mobile version of the utility for managing your AirPort wireless network and base station. Glenn Fleishman takes you on a guided tour of AirPort Utility for iOS, showing you how to use the mobile app.

Auto-hiding applications in Lion

A reader finds his Mac too crowded with open application windows and seeks a way to hide them. Chris Breen offers a few options for uncluttering his life.

Preparing your Lion repair kit

You're a Mac user new to Lion who wants to keep that Mac safe and sane. What tools should you have on hand? Chris Breen offers these recommendations.

Monitor Wi-Fi with Lion's hidden tool

Did you know that Lion includes a small utility for monitoring several aspects of your network's Wi-Fi traffic?

Hands on with Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Apple has released a simple utility for creating a bootable Lion Recovery volume from any external USB drive. While Apple's instructions for using Lion Recovery Disk Assistant seem simple enough, there's a lot more you should know.

Migrate Time Machine backup to new Mac in Lion

One of the unsung features of Lion is the ability to migrate a Time Machine backup from an old Mac to a new one.