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Avoid blurry selfies and shaky photos with a Bluetooth remote shutter

I'm not a fan of selfie sticks for a variety of reasons — chief among them that people tend to leave them on while doing other device-related tasks, like talking on the phone. But I admit that I like the idea of using them to frame a good shot.

Even without a stick or tripod, however, I can use something like Casetify's $35 Bluetooth Remote Shutter to snap my picture from afar.

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OS X Yosemite review: 3 months later

Three months ago Apple senior vice-president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, stood up on the Town Hall stage and said OS X Yosemite would be available that very day. We posted our OS X Yosemite review as soon as it went live, based on almost four months of beta testing. And we've had an additional 90 days to live with the final version. So, what have we grown to love and what has gotten on our nerves? It's time to check in on Apple's latest version of the Macintosh operating system, three months later...

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This War of Mine: Don't miss this Mac game!

After hearing about This War of Mine after its release in November, I finally cleared out some time after the holidays to play it, and was not disappointed: It's easily one of the most memorable and profoundly impactful games I've played over the past couple of years, and one that I strongly recommend you check out.

Most games that use war as the premise for the action put you in the role of the soldier or someone else close to frontline action. This War of Mine turns that on its head by making you a civilian caught in the crossfire, doing what it takes to survive.

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Save your Mac's hard drive with DiskWarrior 5

Of all the tools you can keep in a Mac utility toolbox, one of the most important involves whatever you'll use to recover data from a failing or messed up hard drive. And the tool I always go to first when I'm having drive troubles is Alsoft's DiskWarrior. DiskWarrior 5 is now available, so let's take a look at what's new.

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Logitech G502 gaming mouse offers adjustable weight

My 14 year old came to me last week with a dead mouse in his hands. No, not a rodent. So I gave him my gaming mouse, which left me looking for a new one. I've found it, and it's from Logitech - it's called the G502 Proteus Core.

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Extend the life of your MacBook power adapter with Python

As I've made my way through MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and MacBook Airs over the years, I've gone through a lot of power adapters. They typically wear out and fray in one of two places: Either near the MagSafe adapter, up near the MacBook, or down near the transformer. Recently I became aware of a new product, the Python cord protector, that purports to resolve that latter issue.

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Conquer your fitness resolutions with Fitstar Yoga

While my fitness resolutions tend to be based around the roller derby season rather than New Year's, they remain a popular January tradition. If you're looking for a fitness resolution for the new year, I'm going to suggest something for you right here: Fitstar Yoga.

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Reflect on the past you never had with Choice of Robots

There are plenty of games you could pick up and play on the eve of the new year. Do you play an:

A) RPG
B) party game
C) co-op game
D) first person shooter
E) text-based interactive sci-fi novel about robotic sentience, nostalgia, and the very meaning of humanity

Today, I picked E and downloaded Choice of Robots, a text-adventure game that captivated my mind and won my heart.

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How to copy/paste between your Macs and iOS devices

A few weeks ago, I put a call out on Twitter for Continuity-based copy/paste apps:

Since 2010, I'd been using Syncopy to sync clipboards between my Macs; unfortunately, the app had been virtually untouched since its release, and it got buggier with every OS X release. And that's not even talking about its iOS support, which was minimal and very quickly outmoded.

So, 2015 around the corner. Time for a new app to sync my clipboard. What better resource to turn to than Twitter? And though I didn't find a Continuity-based app, the iCloud-based ones I did find are pretty fantastic.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review: 3 months later

Three months ago we published our iPhone 6 review and iPhone 6 Plus review, diving deep into Apple's big and bigger new phones. We took our time and tested everything from the new screens to the new cameras to the new chipsets. But now we've lived with these phones for weeks at a time and we've gotten to know them better than any preliminary review would allow. So, just like with iOS 8 earlier this week, we're taking another look. We're going to tell you how both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are working for us now, three months later!

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