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Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

It's the New Year and what a perfect time to do something new here at TUAW! We are happy to announce a new user-participation show to our interactive lineup of "TUAW-casts." The premier episode of "Ask TUAW Live" will be happening Tuesday, January...

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TUAW TV Live, 5 pm ET: Hanging out for the holidays

'Tis the season to be jolly, and enjoy all the wonderful presents that you received for Christmas. If you were lucky enough to get that coveted piece of tech that you were waiting for, and now trying to figure out what you're supposed to actually...

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Did Mavericks kill your SMB network drive access? Here's a fix

Among the issues some people have had with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, one of the biggest gotchas was a loss of access to SMB network shares -- the connection many NAS devices (Network attached storage), Windows PCs or Linux servers use to provide file...

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TUAW Tip: iTunes Radio uncensored (video tutorial)

If you enjoy listening to music via streaming-music services such as Spotify, Rdio or Pandora, then you are going to get a kick out of Apple's newly released iTunes Radio. The service has been awesome over the last two months of beta testing,...

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Make an SSB with Chrome on the Mac

A site-specific browser (SSB) is a great way to "package" a web app you use every day into a dockable, clickable app that maintains its own cookies, settings and preferences versus your everyday web browser config. On the Mac, the easiest way to...

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Can I Stream It makes movie night simpler

The way we watch movies and television is evolving, as more people adopt on-demand video. But still, the old question remains: "What's on that's worth watching?" The free web service Can I Stream It can help provide an answer. It lets you...

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Apps and tips for coping with Hurricane Sandy

All of us in the northeast US (which includes myself and TUAW colleagues Megan Lavey-Heaton, Dave Caolo and Kelly Hodgkins) are keeping a wary weather eye on the approaching maelstrom that is Hurricane Sandy. While we continue to hope for...

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TUAW Help Line: holiday gift questions & answers

The goose is cooked, the cookies crumbled, the wrapping paper thrown away and the relatives released to their neutral corners. Finally, you can get down to the post-holiday fun of setting up your new iPad, or transferring your data from your old...

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One trick for getting iTunes Match to recognize older tracks

Welcome, iTunes Match users. After you've coughed over your 25 bucks and waited all night for your music library to reconcile with the great iCloud in the sky, you may have noticed those mysterious cloud status icons scattered through your tracks....

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Get back your HD info in Lion

Looking for that handy readout at the bottom of every Finder window telling you how many items are in the active folder, and how much free space is on your hard drive? In OS X 10.7 Lion, it's turned off by default (part of the cleaner,...

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Lion: Ten things that bug me

It's not that I hate OS X 10.7 Lion. It's an excellent operating system. It's just that there are a bunch of things that make me throw up my hands and say, "What were you thinking, Apple. Are you trying to make the MobileMe Operating System?" Are...

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Quick tip: AirPlay with unsupported apps

Back in January, we reported that Apple had begun approving third-party apps that support AirPlay, Apple's new wireless audio streaming protocol for listening to iPhone or iPad music over a speaker system hooked up to a compatible Apple...

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TUAW Tip: Generate iTunes Store RSS feeds

iTunes obviously has a great deal of data about its sales; Apple is quite aware of the top sellers among its music, apps, movies and podcasts. That information is also available through RSS feeds. If you want to share that data on your website, or...

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Get an iTunes or Mac App Store account without a credit card

Parents, the safest way to keep your kids from accidentally spending your money in any of the iTunes stores, including the App Stores, is to give them their own iTunes Account that doesn't have an associated credit card. Whether you want to let your...

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iPad 101: Downloading and installing iTunes on Windows

Did you find a shiny new iPod touch, iPhone or iPad under the tree this morning? Congratulations -- we're sure you're going to enjoy it. First things first, though: if you don't own a Mac, and you haven't been using Apple's tools to manage your...

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TUAW iPhone Tips: Typing the Apple symbol, iOS 4 folders in the dock

As you go into this weekend looking for things to do, you might be thinking about how to organize your iOS 4.x iPhone and use the Apple symbol in the process. The first tip, courtesy of Macenstein, deals with labeling of apps and folders. Back in...

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