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MacLife Specials

Volume 3 2017

From sluggish software to hobbled hardware, the experts at Mac|Life help you identify what’s slowing down your Mac so you can speed it up again! (Taken from the August 2013 issue of Mac|Life.) Sections include: What’s slowing down your Mac?, 30 Minutes to a Faster Mac, Memory Upgrades, Solid-State Storage, Expansion Cards, and How Fast Can a Mac Go?

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welcome to mac tips, tricks, apps hacks

Whether it's an iMac, a brand new MacBook or a killer Mac Pro, Apple's computers are pretty incredible machines. They're capable of almost anything right out of the box, but because everyday tasks like browsing the web and watching videos are made completely effortless, sometimes it can be easy to forget what a powerful piece of hardware you're running. Enter Mac Tips, Tricks, Apps & Hacks, which promises to reinvigorate your user experience. We'll start by taking you through some of the lesser-known features of Apple's core apps – from Mail and Safari to Finder and Calendar – before moving on to advanced tricks for the more creative among you. For the power users out there, our Hacks section offers some quick solutions for simplifying tiresome problems and processes. Apple's…

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create your own ‘hey siri’ command

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save space with macos sierra

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