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Closed ranks: Lack of open access to FaceTime and iMessage is good for users

Apple's choice not to open up its popular communication platforms has some downsides, but on the whole has resulted in a safe environment in which privacy reigns supreme.

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33 great tips and tricks for iOS 7

Whether you're an iOS master or just starting out, here are 33 tips that can help you get the most of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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How to share presentations in Messages

Earlier versions of Messages inherited the iChat Theater feature that allows you to share Keynote presentations with others. That feature's gone in Mavericks. Chris Breen suggests alternatives.

The Macalope: Scandalous

An Apple conspiracy! That, well, ends up fixed. Kind of a letdown, really.

Be wary of the dubious 'iMessage chat' Android app

A new, non-Apple-sanctioned Android app claims to let you chat with iOS users via iMessage, but there are too many questions swirling around to trust it.

Catching up with developers: Michael Simmons on Chatology

A new log viewer and Messages search app for Mac called Chatology debuts Tuesday. Developer Michael Simmons gives us a preview.

Review: Hard as it tries, Chatology can't overcome Messages flakiness

Flexibits's newest Mac app is Chatology, which attempts to improve on searching your Messages logs. Unfortunately, the app seems to have contracted some of Messages's own flakiness.

Mac OS X 10.8.4 fixes iMessage ordering issue, more

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.8.4, including a fixes for iMessage ordering, Safari 6.0.5, and other feature improvements and security patches.

Doing more with Messages

Last week, Professor Breen took you on an extensive tour of Messages. This week, he wraps up the topic by looking at the application's screen-sharing, remote presentation, and archiving abilities.

Getting started with Messages

In this week's lesson, Dr. Breen (honorary) begins his exploration of Mountain Lion's Messages application.