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How to run a Mac virus scanner Macs don’t get viruses, right? Wrong, sadly. Your Mac may be safer from malware than the average Windows PC, thanks to its Unix core and Apple’s default security settings in the OS, but it’s not immune. All it takes is one thoughtless click on a link in an email or… Read more... A checklist for buying an external hard drive for Mac Getting a new, more capacious external hard drive for Mac is good idea. Let’s admit it: cloud storages aren’t for everybody. After all, a “cloud” is just another term for somebody else’s computer. And they cost money. On the other hand, you could upgrade your Mac’s current drive but this… Read more... Mac Terminal commands: Have fun with Mac’s least-known program Terminal is not for mere mortals, you're probably thinking. It's a kind of a sacred knowledge that only geeks and Mac geniuses possess. But if you get through your first command line you'll find it's not that terrifying. In fact, using Terminal is like applying Harry Potter wizardry to your… Read more... Why Windows PC gets slow over time and how to speed up it There are few things more frustrating than a PC that starts running slowly. You know how it goes — you buy a brand new Windows PC and it runs smoothly and speedily, doing everything you need it to without a hitch. Then, gradually, your PC runs slower and slower until… Read more... Not enough space for Windows update? Here's how to fix it Depending on your point of view, Windows updates either open the door to exciting new features, are a necessary inconvenience, or are a complete pain in the neck. However you view them, they are a fact of life for PC users and something we all need to deal with. There… Read more... Here are some of the best Mac games around With there so much choice for gamers — whether you play often or only every once in a while — we’ve given you information where to download and buy your next MacBook games. Naturally, we have referred to peer-reviews to find some of the best Mac games, alongside the top-rated… Read more... How to edit videos on a Mac with iMovie iMovie has become a very powerful video editor and is capable of producing everything from home movies to low-budget indie films. However, as it’s become more powerful and added more features, it’s also become more tricky to use. It’s not difficult to get to grips with, but does take a… Read more... How to turn off iCloud backup on your Mac or iPhone Backing your iPhone or iPad to iCloud, and backing up photos on your Mac, can be very useful. It makes it easy to recover data in the event of a catastrophic problem with your device, and means you never have to worry about losing your precious photos. In addition, individual… Read more... Track a stolen MacBook with the Find My Mac utility It’s a situation we all dread finding ourselves in. You go for a coffee or a drink after work and put your MacBook in its bag on the floor by your feet. When it’s time to leave, you bend down to pick it up and it’s not there. It’s been… Read more... Find your iPhone backup location and manage your folders In this article, we’ll show you where to find your iPhone backups on your Mac (the location isn’t immediately obvious), as well as how to manage your folders for copying and deleting files. Let’s get right to it. Where are iPhone backups stored on Mac? When you backup your iPhone… Read more...

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