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Dan is Senior Editor at The Wirecutter and a former Macworld senior editor. He writes about OS X, iOS, utilities, cool apps, and troubleshooting. He also covers hardware; mobile, audio, and AV gear; input devices; and accessories. He's been writing about tech since 1994, and he's also published software, worked in IT, and worked as a policy analyst. You can find him on the web at danfrakes.com.

Mac Gems: Transloader downloads iOS-encountered files to your Mac

Transloader for Mac works with a companion iOS app to let you download, on your Mac, files you come across on your iPhone or iPad.

Mac Gems: Type2Phone pairs your Mac keyboard with your iOS devices

If you use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch at your desk, Type2Phone lets you use your Mac's keyboard for easier typing.

Mac Gems: Characters makes it easy to type special characters and symbols

If you frequently need to type special characters and symbols that aren't displayed on your keyboard, Characters makes it easy to do so from within any app.

Mac Gems: Speedy Net is a simple tool for testing your network performance

If you've ever wondered about the performance of your local network, Speedy Net is an easy-to-use solution.

Make the most of the Spotlight menu

The easiest way to access OS X's powerful Spotlight search technology is using the systemwide Spotlight menu. But chances are you aren't getting as much out of this menu as you could be. In this video, Dan Frakes show you a few tricks for making the Spotlight menu more useful.

The time is (finally) right for a Mac minitower

For years, a Mac minitower has been the white whale of Mac desktop power users who aren't quite true professional users. Dan Frakes thinks this might really, finally, be the year we see such a computer.

Mac Gems Promising Prospect: Notifi extends Notification Center

Notifi watches your Mac for particular events and then uses Notification Center to alert you to those events.