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Video Chatting on Your Mac

IMing and text chatting are yesterday’s news; the new way of communicating is to use your Mac for a video phone call. Assuming that your camera and microphone are configured to your liking, in iChat, click [more…]

How to Share Files Using Mac’s iChat Theater

You can share pictures from iPhoto, presentations from Keynote, and even QuickTime movies by turning on your Mac’s iChat Theater. You can take advantage of iChat Theater in a few ways, provided your broadband [more…]

How to Share Mac Screens via iChat

Via iChat, you and your buddy from afar can collaborate on a Web site or some other project. If you both have Macs with Leopard, you can work on one or the other’s screen remotely — just click back and [more…]

How to View RSS Feeds in Mac Safari

Blogs and other news feeds are distributed through a technology called RSS, shorthand for Really Simple Syndication. You can view RSS feeds in the Safari browser [more…]

How to Decide Whether to Join Apple’s MobileMe

You may be wondering whether you should pay the $99 a year for an individual membership or $149 for a Family Pack subscription for Apple’s MobileMe service, previously called .Mac, which in turn was iTools [more…]

How to Set Up MobileMe on Your Mac

If you’ve already set up an iPhone or iPod Touch to work with MobileMe on your Mac, you’re ahead of the game. If this is the first time you’re setting up a Mac with a MobileMe account, follow these instructions [more…]

Accessing Your Mac Desktop while Traveling with MobileMe

If you’re away from home and using a Mac laptop and you want to retrieve a file from the hard drive of your Mac at home, you're in luck — if you're a MobileMe member. You can exploit Back to My Mac, a [more…]

How Viruses and Spyware Work

Even though OS X has been immune from the swarm of viruses and spyware that have plagued Windows computers, times change. So when it comes to computers nowadays, you can’t take Internet security for granted [more…]

How to Spot Phishing

The text from the following e-mail sounds legitimate enough, but in reality, you may be the victim of a phishing attack. Identity thieves, masquerading as Citibank, PayPal, or other financial or Internet [more…]

How to Use FileVault to Encrypt Mac Data

If your Mac holds confidential information, you can scramble, or encrypt, the data in your Home folder (and only your Home folder) using an OS X feature known as [more…]

How to Use Keychain to Manage Mac Passwords

Most people have multiple passwords in their computing lives. Apple helps you manage your passwords, account numbers, and other confidential info through keychain. Mac keychain is a feature that stores [more…]

How to Set Up Time Machine on Your Mac

Time Machine, new with Leopard, is an effortless way to back up everything on your Mac. You can go back in time to retrieve a file that was lost, damaged, or changed. To use Time Machine, you need to have [more…]

Using Time Machine to Find Old Files on Your Mac

Time Machine makes multiple copies of your Mac files, so you can see what a file or folder looked like on the day it was backed up. If you know that the particular item you’re looking for used to reside [more…]

How to Automatically Log Out of Your Mac

You can schedule an automatic log out of your Mac, if you live or work in an environment where you don't want just anyone to walk up to your Mac and be able to see what you've been up to. [more…]

How to Use iTunes Controls

iPod and Apple’s iTunes software make terrific music together. Best of all, Mac owners get iTunes free just for owning a Mac. Using iTunes controls, you can listen to CDs, burn your own CDs, listen to [more…]

How to Speak Chat Room: Instant Message Shortcuts

Becoming fluent in the lingo of chat rooms and instant messaging is crucial if you want to fit in or merely understand what's taking place. However, remember to resist the overuse of emoticons in your [more…]

How to Create CD Playlists in iTunes

With a playlist, you can organize songs in your iTunes library around a particular theme or mood. The simplest way to create a new playlist is to click the + button in the bottom-left corner of the iTunes [more…]

How to Create Smart CD Playlists in iTunes

Putting together a playlist can take time and effort. Using smart playlists, you can have iTunes do the work and create your playlist, based on specific conditions you establish upfront: how fast a song [more…]

How to Choose iTunes Audio File Formats

iTunes can sing to a variety of audio file formats. Most digital tracks imported into the iTunes database are compressed (or shrunken) so that the music doesn’t require a lot of space on your Mac. But [more…]

How to Load Music onto an iPod

Transferring your songs, playlists, videos, audiobooks, and podcasts to an Apple iPod (or other portable device) is as simple as connecting the device to your Mac through USB or FireWire, depending on [more…]

How to Burn Audio CDs from an Apple iPod

You can use your Apple iPod to create, or burn, your own CDs or DVDs. You just need a proper CD or DVD burner, such as Apple’s own Super Drive, which is included in most Macs. [more…]

Listening to Internet Radio on iTunes

At times, nothing beats the radio. Fortunately, you can use iTunes to listen to Internet radio on your Mac. When you click Radio in the source list, you have access to streaming Internet radio stations [more…]

How to Find a Song on iTunes

You can find music for your Mac's version of iTunes at the iTunes Store, where people have downloaded more than five billion songs since Apple opened it. Buying music online is useful because you have [more…]

How to Write Music Reviews and Create iMixes on iTunes

In Apple iTunes, everybody can be a music critic, so feel free to contribute your own reviews of songs or albums. In fact, on iTunes, you can go a lot further than being a critic. You can compile a list [more…]

Searching iTunes without Using the Genius Sidebar

If you haven't set up your Genius sidebar (iTunes version 8.0 or higher), iTunes lets you search for music in a variety of other ways. Check out the following list for alternatives to find your favorite [more…]

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