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Reinstall, Downgrade or Completely Uninstall iTunes on macOS How to reset iTunes on macOS Sierra Sometimes to go forward you need to go back. iTunes is one of the most popular apps in the world, and Apple has made some great strides over the years. There is no denying that iTunes is the media hub for many, but… Read more... How to Keep Pictures Private on a Mac Privacy is something we often take for granted until it is gone. Ask yourself this – do you have photos that you would not want to be viewed by someone else? Most people would answer yes, which makes it all the more surprising that more of us don’t take the… Read more... Antivirus and Malware Mac Protection for macOS Sierra On September 26, 2016 Apple have published their first ever support article on malware. It’s a notable event because for quite a while Macs have been considered immune to malicious code and Mac OS — impenetrable to man-made hazards. However, either people behind malware have become more inventive or macOS… Read more... How to Use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra In the very last OS update, Apple decided that Mac storage is not enough for Mac users and introduced a new space-clearing feature, Optimized Storage. In this article we’ll take a look at what it is, how it works, how it could be better, and how you can fill in… Read more... Purgeable Storage on macOS Sierra - The Whats and Whys Instead of working hard, Apple chooses to work smart (for the most part, looking at you, G4 Cube). This time instead of making your hard drive bigger, they’ve tackled the problem of limited space on your Mac with cloud storage. Which, in its turn, created a slice on your storage… Read more... NAS: How to clean up your shared Network Attached Storage drive As someone with a lot of Apple devices, I recently decided to take the plunge and consolidate my data on a local NAS server. Once setup I had a shared drive for all of my devices. It was a great learning experience overall, but there was definitely some hair pulling… Read more... How to Uninstall Xcode on macOS Xcode is an Apple-created developer's toolkit for iOS and macOS app development. Xcode is one of the best tools for developers, but projects can take up a lot of space on your Mac hard disk. The app also generates a lot of "temporary" cache files that will grow over time… Read more... iCloud Storage Full: How to Clear iCloud Drive iCloud is a great way to sync your apps and keep the files you need available on any device. But a default account only has 5GB of free storage space and it’s pretty obvious that 5GB is hardly enough even for backups. That’s why you’ve probably encountered “Storage almost full”… Read more... 15 Fixes to Common Windows PC Problems That Anyone Can Do PC problems are frustrating, especially when you aren't an experienced user and deep down you know it would probably be a quick and easy fix if you just had the knowledge. Unfortunately, even a simple PC fix can feel out of reach. Before you bother your family member again, or… Read more... Time to buy a new Mac? Let’s find out! We don’t just love our Macs; we love how reliable they are. If you buy a new Mac, it should give you years and years of enjoyment. But eventually, there comes a day when you notice that something is different. At that point you need to diagnose if your Mac… Read more...

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