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    Got a new Mac for the holidays? Congratulations! We bet you're anxious to get started using your new Mac--in fact, you might be reading this on that new Mac right now. The key to getting things done is to have the right software. Your Mac comes with plenty of software to get you started: Mail, Safari, iCal, Address Book, iLife, and more. But where can you find software that's not already on your Mac? One place--and perhaps the easiest source to use--is Apple's Mac App Store.

  • How-Tos: How to download YouTube videos using Safari or Firefox

    If you've spent more than a couple of hours on the Web you understand that the thing is choked with videos--from YouTube to Vimeo to news and entertainment sites. There's so much, in fact, that it's hard to watch everything you want to when you're sitting down in front of your computer. And because there is, it's not uncommon to seek ways to capture that video for later viewing on other devices or when an Internet connection isn't available.

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    You might think that you don't have to worry about security while playing games--after all, that activity is about as far from online banking as you can get--but as the PlayStation Network data breach last spring and the more recent hack into the servers of the Steam gaming platform both show, you are vulnerable, even when you're at play.

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    Being a photographer is sort of like being in school--in a good way. There's always something new to learn. (Or if you prefer, you could just let your photo editor do most of the hard work for you.) As I write my very last Digital Focus of 2011, I thought it would be fun to take a look back and round up the ten most essential articles. If you're looking to brush up on some photography techniques over the holiday break, here are my recommendations.

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    This is an update of a post I wrote a couple years ago. Definitely worth revisiting now that most folks have unwrapped their holiday presents.

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  • How-Tos: Ten things to do with your new Mac

    Perhaps you lucked out this holiday season, and instead of unwrapping an itchy sweater or a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, you tore the wrapping paper off a brand new Mac. And perhaps this is the very first Mac that you've owned. Don't be afraid of your new computer; you're leaving behind a world of headaches, and this new Mac is your Excedrin.

  • How-Tos: New year's resolution: A backup plan

    You've heard the advice countless times, but it is oh so easy to ignore: You simply must back up your Mac. If you don't back up your files, it's a question of when--not if!--you'll lose something important or irreplacable. Instead of making a hard-to-keep New Year's resolution like losing weight or exercising more, this year resolve to do something that only takes a smidgen of willpower to get started and then mostly takes care of itself: Make--and manage--regular backups of your computer.

  • How-Tos: How to transfer your domain name between hosts

    GoDaddy has raised the ire of the Internet--again. The Web domain registry firm is one of many publishers, studios, and other copyright holders who signed on in support of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), according to a list published by Gizmodo.

  • How-Tos: How to control your PC by voice

    The devil makes work for idle hands, but the past decade has seen several advances in voice-recognition software that aim to ensure our mouths rather than hands do the talking when using a PC or smartphone.

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    Voice commands offer an alternative way of controlling your iPhone 4S. We explain how to pitch requests to get the response you want from Siri.

  • How-Tos: How to add a new User Account in Windows 7

    Microsoft's Windows operating system allows users to create User Accounts that tells Windows which files, folders and programs the person the PC can access, as well as retaining personal preferences such as the particular theme that's being used.

  • How-Tos: Best Bets for Photo Sharing Sites

    How do you share your photos? When I was a kid, "photo sharing" often meant sitting in a photo booth and then giving away the picture strip that it produced. (See how to make a modern, digital version by reading "Turn Your Digital Pictures into a Photo Strip.") Of course, these days, the easiest way to share photos is by posting them online at a photo sharing site.

  • How-Tos: Copy updated files, and retain or dump the originals

    A reader wanted to transfer some files from one PC to another using a USB drive. Many of the files were newer versions of files already on the drive. Our Helproom Expert explains the hassle-free way to transfer the files without losing data, and also how to replace the old files with new.

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