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How Do I Recover an Old iPhoto Library? How Do I Recover an Old iPhoto Library?

A disaster from years ago still haunts this week’s Tech 911 letter-writer. She’ll explain the full details in a bit, but it makes me grateful for complicated backup setups. Anyway, let’s go put the world’s biggest Band-Aid on a potential technological catastrophe.

How to Enable Safari Favicons on Mac and iOS How to Enable Safari Favicons on Mac and iOS

Apple launched the newest version of its Safari web browser, Safari 12, for macOS Sierra and High Sierra users on September 17, and it brings a bunch of new security features and handy little touches—including favicons.

How to Set Up a Virtual Machine for Free How to Set Up a Virtual Machine for Free

There are plenty of reasons to run a virtual machine. The first, and most compelling, is that you want to play: Maybe there are some other operating system you want to dabble with (cough Linux cough), but you don’t want to deal with installing another hard drive, partitioning your existing drive, or setting up your…

What to Do With Your Old Apple Devices What to Do With Your Old Apple Devices

It’s that time again: time for your annual frantic search to find all of the original packaging for your older iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. That’s the best way to sell it for the highest possible sum, after all, before you plunk down a preorder for whatever Apple’s announcing this week.

CleanMyMac X Saves Space, Removes Malware, and Speeds Up Your Mac CleanMyMac X Saves Space, Removes Malware, and Speeds Up Your Mac

I’ve been recommending CleanMyMac to friends and family for a while now, and it gets better with every version. CleanMyMac X was released yesterday, with powerful new tools for optimizing and protecting your Mac.

How to Figure Out Your Mac Login When You've Forgotten It How to Figure Out Your Mac Login When You've Forgotten It

While most people set up their Macs so all they need is a password, or a finger-press, to authenticate into their machines, the computer your company gives you might be a little more strict. Instead of letting you save your login name or display a list of your system’s users to pick, for example, you might have to…

Reeder 3, Awesome RSS Reader, Is Now Free From the Mac App Store Reeder 3, Awesome RSS Reader, Is Now Free From the Mac App Store

If you’re in the market for a new RSS reader, have we got a deal for you.

How to Revisit Every Version of Mac OS X From Your Browser How to Revisit Every Version of Mac OS X From Your Browser

The Aqua GUI in Apple’s operating systems has undergone a remarkable evolution since March of 2000, when it found its way into OS X 10.0, and you might be surprised at just how different everything looks now. Thanks to the newly launched Aqua Screenshot Library, you can revisit every version of OS X (and macOS)…

You Can Now Run Windows 95 as a Windows or Mac App

In case you can’t remember the last time Windows 95 was cool, we’ll help: the Grateful Dead had performed their final show, the San Francisco 49ers had won their fifth Super Bowl, and Kevin Mitnick was tossed in jail.

See What's Playing in Spotify or iTunes from Your Mac's Menu Bar See What's Playing in Spotify or iTunes from Your Mac's Menu Bar

Mac: When you’re jamming to some background music while browsing the web, getting work done, or chatting with friends, a song might pop up on one of your playlists that you absolutely love. The more this happens throughout the day, the more distracted and disjointed your work is going to feel—and you’ll never be able…

Our Favorite Apps of the Month for July 2018  Our Favorite Apps of the Month for July 2018 

Every week at Lifehacker, we highlight four different apps and browser extensions that can do something awesome for your devices (or life): one for each platform or major browser. If you took an Internet-free sabbatical or went on vacation for a week, you probably missed some gems.

How to Calibrate Your Computer Speakers Without a Fancy Microphone How to Calibrate Your Computer Speakers Without a Fancy Microphone

Most audio receivers worth their salt come with a tiny microphone that you can use to automatically calibrate your speakers to your room’s specific setup. Easy.

How to (Finally) Stream Music to Your Sonos Speaker Using AirPlay 2 How to (Finally) Stream Music to Your Sonos Speaker Using AirPlay 2

Some Sonos speakers are finally getting support for Apple’s latest wireless streaming technology, AirPlay 2. Whether you’re want to blast your favorite Netflix movies or rock out around your house, this update lets you connect your speakers to your iOS devices. Here’s how to get started:

Trick Out Your Touch Bar With These Creative Apps and Games Trick Out Your Touch Bar With These Creative Apps and Games

I don’t know about you, but I’m still on the fence about Apple’s Touch Bar. The most use I get out of it is accidentally tapping the virtual “back” button in my browser when trying to press a number key. That, and I mainly use the Touch Bar to adjust my MacBook’s brightness and volume. (Perhaps I need to configure…

The Best Features to Try in macOS Mojave The Best Features to Try in macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave is in public beta now, and it has a lot of cool features that might not totally change the way you use your Mac, but will speed up parts of your workflow, help keep your files organized, and make you smile with customizable touches.

How to Make the Most of Mac's 'Preview' for PDFs

In a perfect world, we’d all have a feature-packed, free PDF editor that can do everything you might need whenever you’re given an important document to fiddle with.

How to Fix Chrome's Checkboxes and Buttons in macOS Mojave How to Fix Chrome's Checkboxes and Buttons in macOS Mojave

It’s a pretty specific issue, but an annoying one. If you’re playing around with the latest public beta for Apple’s macOS Mojave—as of when we wrote this article—and you’re a big fan of Chrome, you might have wondered where your checkboxes and (some) website buttons have gone.

Clean Unwanted Programs off Your Mac with CleanApp Clean Unwanted Programs off Your Mac with CleanApp

Mac: I just finished updating the Lifehacker Pack for Mac, and I wish I could have included every application or utility that I, or others, find useful. Unfortunately, a best-of-the-best list requires one to make a few tough decisions, lest you find yourself filling your system with 50 new apps—all useful, but maybe a…

The Essential Mac Apps for 2018

There are a bunch of great apps you can install on your Mac—no question there. Separating amazing apps from must-have apps is the hard part, and we don’t want you to spend hours analyzing the Mac App Store (or scouring the web) to find the very best and most useful apps. We’ve made a list of champions across four…

How to Get Apple's 'Quick Look' Feature in Windows 10 How to Get Apple's 'Quick Look' Feature in Windows 10

Windows: Even if you’re the world’s biggest Microsoft fan, you have to admit that Apple’s “Quick Look” feature for macOS is pretty convenient. If you’re such a purist that you haven’t even touched a Mac in the last decade or so, here’s a brief introduction: You click on a file. You press the space bar. A preview of…

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