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Best backup plan for your Mac

How do you backup your Mac locally and online so you never risk losing your important files and photos? Here are your options!

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How to use Launchpad on Mac

We’ll take you through how to launch and search for applications in Launchpad and even how to troubleshoot the issue of apps not showing up.

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How to see what version of OS X your Mac is running

Certain apps and devices won’t work with your Mac if it doesn’t run a certain version (or higher) of OS X and instead of trying to remember what the last update you downloaded, there is an easy way to check.

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How to force quit an app or program on Mac

Chances are you’ve probably encountered the “rainbow wheel of death” once or twice during your time as a Mac user. Instead of sitting there getting more frustrated with each passing minute, let us show you how to find the program causing the problem and force quit the app.

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How to manage group messages in OS X Yosemite

Messages gets some distinct improvements in OS X Yosemite, including Continuity with iOS 8, which lets you pick up a conversation right where you left off on your iPhone or iPad. Even better, you can now leave conversations, mute them, name them, and more!

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How to downgrade from Yosemite to Mavericks

Installed Yosemite developer preview and regretting it? Downgrade to Mavericks by following these instructions

You've installed a developer preview of OS X Yosemite, and you didn't take my previous advice to partition your hard drive. Now you're in a pickle: For whatever reason, you need to downgrade to Mavericks. How do you do it? Let's take a look.

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Apple Time Capsule vs. AirPort Extreme vs. AirPort Express - which router should you choose?

Apple buyers guide: Which 802.11ac router should you get?

You have an Mac, iPhone, or iPad, and now it's time to Apple-fy (applify?) your network. Apple offers three devices suitable for home network routing: The AirPort Extreme, the Time Capsule, and the AirPort Express. Which one is best suited to your needs, and why? Let's take a look.

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How to stream video from your Mac to your TV, with or without Apple TV

Need to stream video from your Mac? Use this guide to figure out what it takes

The Apple TV is great on its own, but it's even better when it is paired with a Mac or iOS device that can stream video via AirPlay. That opens up a new world of possibilities, to stream content available on the Mac that isn't already available for Apple TV. Is your Mac ready to stream video to the Apple TV? Use this guide to figure it out. And if your Mac doesn't make the cut, don't give up hope — you still may be able to see your Mac's video on your TV. Read on for details.

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How to tell if your Mac has Bluetooth 4.0 (BT LE)

Some features coming to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are dependent on Bluetooth 4.0. Does your Mac have what it takes?

There are a lot of cool features coming to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite this fall. One of the most hotly anticipated is Handoff, which enables you to pick up where you left off in an email, a document and other work between iOS and OS X devices. Handoff is elegantly choreographed dance between devices, operating systems and protocols. It's partly dependent on Bluetooth 4.0, the most recent widespread deployment of the popular short-distance wireless communication protocol, which includes Bluetooth Low Energy (BT LE). So, how can you tell if your Mac is properly equipped to take advantage of it?

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How to unhide your /Users directory in 10.9.3

The new Mavericks update, 10.9.3, has taken away some people's ability to see their /Users directory. Here's how to fix it

Mavericks has been updated to 10.9.3, and a peculiar thing has happened to some people who have applied the update: Their /Users directory has gone missing. More specifically, it's been hidden. Unhiding it isn't a big deal, though it does require you to use a utility that many Mac users never go near: Terminal, the command line interface for OS X.

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