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Thank you Bob for keeping this 84 year-old IT savvy. One thing about "CLONE". I have given up Easeus and Macrium and now I use AOMEI. When I select "C...
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"...just read the whole file, unravel the digital “packing material” from each system file, and write it to the hard drive." That description is...
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I havent had good luck with back up programs so use Windows and to an ext HD. Also had to reinstall a few times over the years and with documents I on...
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I make a clone of my hard drive using Aomei Backupper Pro. I do this about every three weeks, that way I can boot to the back up drive if, for some re...
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I do a full backup at least once a month, using Acronis True Image, and I back up the "Documents" folder almost daily, using GoodSync. I paid for thos...
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Also it's best to check your internet speed through a wired (to the router) connection rather than a wireless connection if you can for the most accur...
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Google has a free online class that goes into a lot a detail on how to use their search. You can find it by (of course) googling "Google search class"...
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Apple-Mac Articles

 

Is This iPhone Madness?

Apple launched the iPhone 8 on September 12, 2017. Simultaneously, the company announced that the iPhone X will be available for pre-orders on October 27. Nobody knows what happened to the iPhone 9 (or iX, if you prefer). Read on to see how the iPhone 8 and X compare, and why Apple is following this unorthodox model release schedule…

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Running Android Apps on Your Desktop

There are many cool Android apps that are not available for desktop Windows or Mac computers. But with a little work you can try Android apps without an Android-powered smartphone or tablet. Here are several ways to get Android and its apps running on your Windows PC or Mac OS desktop...

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A Trio of Apple Security Flaws

Until very recently, Apple users didn't need to worry about malware, so long as they avoided jailbreaking their devices, and downloaded only from the official Apple App Store. But clever hackers have exploited some loopholes that could act as a conduit for rogue or malicious software to make its way into an iPhone, iPad or a computer running Mac OS X. Here's what you need to know...

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New iPads: Worth a Look?

The iPad seems to be running out of gas. Apple reports that sales of its tablets are down 13% from last year. Even more significantly, this year’s new iPads have nothing compellingly “new” about them for the average user, or even the power user. Let's take a closer look at the new models...

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Apple's Triple Play: What You Need to Know

On September 9, 2014, Apple unveiled three new products: the iPhone 6, the long-awaited Apple Watch, and Apple Pay, the company’s foray into electronic payment systems. Let’s see how much they matter…

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Is Apple Spying on Your iPhone?

According to security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, every iPhone, iPad, and all other iOS devices can be ransacked by Apple, the NSA, or hackers through remote-access tools “hidden” in the iOS operating system. These tools give a remote user full control of the device and the ability to download nearly every scrap of data it holds. But what's the truth? Read on...

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SNEAK PEEK: Apple's New Features

Apple has unveiled a slew of new features coming this Fall to its iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices. Some are truly innovative, but many have Android and Windows users asking, “That’s new?” Here's the scoop...

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I Need Help With My Mac!

Believe it or not, Apple's Mac computers do not run on magic and fairy dust. I often get requests for help with Mac-related problems. When I can answer, I do. But when I need a Mac expert, or I want to get the latest Mac news and rumors, I turn to my list of Mac websites for trustworthy advice and answers. If you have a Mac, you'll want to bookmark them all. If you have a friend with a Mac, you'll want to share this with them. Read on!

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Revealed: Macbook Pro with Retina Display

Apple's flagship laptop, the MacBook Pro, got a makeover just in time for the company's Worldwide Developer conference in June, 2012. Some of the changes are pretty dramatic...

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Is Macbook Air The Best Laptop Ever?

In July 2011, Apple updated its Macbook Air ultraportable laptop family. The new models come with the Intel Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt connectivity, and a backlit keyboard. The new machines all run the latest Mac OS X Lion operating system, too. Does all that make Air the best laptop ever? Read on...

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What is iCloud?

Apple's forthcoming iCloud online storage service was announced officially in June, 2011, at the company's World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco. While not expected to be available before September, iCloud has Apple fans and pundits abuzz already. Here's what it promises to do…

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How to Run Office Apps On Your iPad

I recently got an iPad and I love it. I take it everywhere, so I can keep up with email, browse the web and watch videos. I'd like to dump my laptop and carry just one mobile device, but I need to run Word and other office apps. Is there a way to run MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint on the iPad?

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Virtual Memory

What's the difference between virtual memory and real memory? And how can I add more virtual memory to my computer?

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Build a Hackintosh

What’s a Hackintosh? Some call it the Frankenstein of the computer world. In short, it means installing and running Mac OS X Leopard on an Intel-based PC built with off-the-shelf parts. Since Apple started creating OS X to run on Intel-based computers, some in the tech world have been building custom PCs and installing Mac OS X on them. Here's the why, and the how of building a Hackintosh PC...

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Mac OS X Leopard

Apple's newest operating system, released in the Fall of 2007, is Mac OS X Leopard. Like it's feline namesake, this OS is slick and sleek and features all the multimedia bells and whistles Apple users have come to expect. Since its release, OS X Leopard has been scrutinized, dissected and reviewed by technology pundits. Let's take a quick look at some of the new features of Leopard, the pros and cons, and see how it compares to the competition...

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Run Windows On Mac

Why choose between Windows and Mac? Now you can run BOTH operating systems side-by-side on your Mac desktop. Here's the scoop on how to run Windows on your Mac...

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Switching From Windows to Mac

Devoted fans of Macs and PCs have been in heated debate for years, even before those I'm a Mac, I'm a PC commercials ever appeared. Let's set aside the question of which camp is right and focus on the reasons why some people choose a Mac over a PC, and the major differences between the two operating systems, for the benefit of those who are considering a switch from Windows to a Mac...

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Wireless Printing

I have a laptop with no printer attached. But I do have a wireless network in my home, and one of the desktop computers on the network has a printer. How can I print from the laptop, over the wireless network, to the printer that's hooked up to my desktop?

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Play WMV on Mac

I have a WMV (Windows Media) video file. But of course I don't have Windows Media Player on my Mac. Can I play this video with QuickTime on the Mac, or convert it to MPEG format?

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Windows on a Mac

I've heard that Apple is now making Mac computers with Intel chips, which power Windows PCs. Does this mean I can now install Windows on a Mac?

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