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The many superpowers of Apple's Preview app, part 2

Last week’s Creaticity column revealed several superpowers of Apple’s free Preview app, such as removing an image’s background, and so on. In this …

Tutorials

If I had to leave the Mac? I'd switch to Elementary OS

Perhaps it’s a holdover from the Apple Depression of the 1990s, but I sometimes wonder where I would go if I ever needed to leave the Mac.<p>I hear you …

Alcohol Made From Used Coffee Grounds Will Give You A Buzz

Forget boozy coffee drinks. Scientists have now devised a way to make alcohol from used coffee grounds. And, yes, the 80-proof beverage should make drinkers feel the alcoholic effects.<p>In a recent study published online in "LWT - Food Science and Technology," a team of Spanish and Portuguese …

Zagat

Review: Logitech's Easy-Switch Keyboard pairs with everything

Logitech’s $80 Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for Mac, iPad, iPhone is one of my favorite Mac keyboards of the past few years, thanks to—as I put it in …

Automator workflow of the month: Automatically copy Photo Stream images

I recently read Jeff Carlson’s “Four things Apple could do to improve iPhoto right now,” and one point he made struck me in particular—that I …

5 Automator workflows everyone should have

I meet a lot of people with Automator anxiety: they think using OS X’s built-in workflow-maker is a lot more complex than it really is. The truth is …

Eight easy ways to move between folders in OS X

You probably spend a lot of time moving in and out of folders in the Finder as you navigate among your files and apps. Getting into a folder is easy: …

Smashed New Potatoes with Garlic and Chives, Smashed Potatoes

Okay, so “smashed” potatoes are sometimes considered just a lazy way of making mashed potatoes. And indeed, they take a lot less effort.<p>But smashing …

Recipes

Cocktail 101: How to Make a Martini

How many ways are there to enjoy a martini?<p>Over at Slate, Troy Patterson has given a lot of thought to this question. He staged a Tournament of Martinis, in the pattern of the NCAA basketball tourney. Starting with 80 recipes (yes, 80), he invited readers to submit even more variations and then to …

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

9 Spirit & Syrup Infusions to Try at Home

The difference between a great cocktail and a stellar one is time and preparation. Cocktails made with infused spirits or syrups add a complexity and …

What We Ate on the Trans-Siberian Railway

GalleryWhat We Ate on the Trans-Siberian Railway<p>We boarded the Trans-Siberian Railway in Moscow on a foggy, freezing February night. When we disembarked in Beijing, it was a bright March afternoon, and we had traveled more than 4,800 miles. The Trans-Siberian dining cars are independently owned and …

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Hearst Magazines

Mac troubleshooting: Be prepared for hard-drive failure

When hard-drive disaster strikes, you need to start up your Mac from another drive to repair it. In days gone by, you would typically boot from the …