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Back-to-school tech tips

The gang from CNET's The Fix get together to offer some tips for students heading back to school.

By August 11, 2014


Mathematician says Candy Crush is really, really hard

It seems that a large, logical brain isn't enough to crush it at Candy Crush. Its mathematical difficulty level is very high.

By March 12, 2014


Computer code gets literary with code poetry slam

Stanford has hosted its first high-tech poetry competition, exploring how computer code can be read and deployed as a poetic language.

By January 8, 2014


How to change the built-in PDF viewer in Firefox

Mozilla's latest version of Firefox conveniently includes a built-in PDF viewer. If you prefer your own PDF viewer, here's how to change it.

By February 22, 2013


Check defaults before altering hidden settings in OS X

When making custom changes to a program that go beyond its preferences settings, it can be a good idea to make sure you have a way to revert your edits.

By October 10, 2012


How to reverse store links in iTunes

iTunes includes library links to the iTunes Music Store, but these can be removed or changed to access the current library, if desired.

By September 13, 2012


How to repeat commands in OS X Terminal

Terminal commands are often run multiple times, and the OS X terminal supports several ways of doing this.

By June 19, 2012


Virtual memory encryption necessity in OS X

OS X Lion's FileVault technology may seem to make encrypted virtual memory redundant, but maintaining encryption even with FileVault 2 enabled is likely a good idea.

By September 27, 2011


Options for character input in OS X Lion

In recent versions of OS X, Apple has changed and enhanced input options. Here is how to make use of and alter some of these behaviors if desired.

By August 25, 2011


MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed from our readers. This week we have questions on missing "new message" chimes in Mail, installing iPhoto from another computer, Time Machine drives not being recognized despite being formatted properly, and how to set a system to boot to the 64-bit kernel by default.

By October 1, 2010