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Fix a slow Mac with Activity Monitor

Sometimes, your Mac slows down for mysterious reasons. Activity Monitor can help you identify misbehaving apps, and shut them down if necessary, to speed things up again, as staff writer Lex Friedman explains.

Weekly Wrap: Tim Cook, a WWDC keynote, and a whole lot of how-to's

Tim Cook shed some light on Apple's future plans, the Mac App Store sandboxing deadline arrived, and we offered up a boatload of how-to articles during the last seven days.

Two useful Automator workflows

Macworld's Chris Breen demonstrates some of the power of Apple's Automator by creating two helpful workflows.

Yahoo Axis syncs browsing between iOS and desktop

Yahoo plans to unveil Axis, a free browser extension and iOS app for syncing your Web browsing between devices.

Pixorial leads with Google Drive: Will developers follow?

Can Google Drive make inroads with iOS developers? And with cloud-based services proliferating, how can developers choose among them?

Adobe's security chief praises Apple for Flash-crippling move

Adobe's head of security applauds Apple's move to block outdated versions of his company's Flash Player.

Be more productive with LaunchBar, Part 2

We love launcher utilities, which let you find and open files, folders, and applications using the keyboard. But they can do much more. Senior editor Dan Frakes shows you a second set of tips for using his favorite launcher, LaunchBar.

Hands on with Amazon Cloud Drive for Mac

Amazon on Wednesday launched Cloud Drive for Mac, a means by which you can access your Amazon-hosted cloud storage from your desktop--sort of. Staff writer Lex Friedman goes hands on.

F10 Launch Studio updated, rechristened as LaunchMagic

The software formerly known as F10 Launch Studio has been rechristened with a new name, LaunchMagic, and overhauled with updated features to help you manage apps on your Mac computer.

Print from your iPhone or iPad with Printopia

Macworld staff writer Lex Friedman shows how you can print from your iOS devices even if you don't have an AirPrint printer.

Hands On: Drafts makes quick work of quick notes

Drafts lets you jot down and share short bits of text.

Retrospect's long and twisted road

Launched in 1989, it was once the most successful backup app for the Mac. Then it it was passed from one corporate owner to another in a series of mergers and acquisitions. Through it all, Retrospect managed to survive. Here's how.

How to organize files and folders with Hazel

Have a lot files and folders to keep organized in OS X? (Who doesn't?) Hazel, the utility that automates file-management, can help. Here's a brief introduction.

Apple Configurator makes quick work of iOS deployments

Almost unnoticed in announcing the new iPad, Apple also released on March 7 a new Mac app designed to streamline setting up and configuring iOS devices: Apple Configurator.

Be more productive with LaunchBar, Part 1

We love launcher utilities, which let you find and open files, folders, applications, and more using the keyboard. But what's the advantage over just using Spotlight? Senior editor Dan Frakes shows you some tips for using his favorite launcher, LaunchBar, to be more productive.