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Best Of 2012: Mac

Today’s instalment in our Best Of 2012 series looks at the ten most popular Mac posts of the year. Mountain Lion ahoy!


How To Burn Mountain Lion To A DVD Or USB Flash Drive

You can easily download Mac OS X Mountain Lion from the App Store any time after purchasing it, but if you want your own physical copy of the installation, here’s how to make your own Mountain Lion install DVD or USB drive.


How To Run Mac OS X On Any Windows PC Using VirtualBox

Even if you’re a happy Windows user, you may have thought about trying Mac OS X. Maybe you’d like to test drive OS X before switching to a Mac or building a Hackintosh, or maybe you just want to run that one killer Mac app on your Windows machine. Whatever your reason, you can actually install and run OS X inside your existing Windows setup with a program called VirtualBox. Here’s how.


How To Get Rid Of Mountain Lion’s Biggest Annoyances

Any operating system update brings annoyances for existing users, and Mountain Lion is no different. Many of its new features are great, but there are some annoyances and hassles. Fortunately, most are easy to fix. Here’s how to do it.


The Complete Guide To Building A Hackintosh [OS X 10.8.1]

Building a hackintosh — that is, installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware — used to require extremely restricted hardware choices and quite a bit of know-how. Now your options are vast and the installation process is fairly simple. With that in mind, here is our complete guide to building a hackintosh that will walk you through purchasing compatible parts, building your machine and installing OS X all on your own.


Android File Transfer Takes The Pain Out Of Syncing With Mac

Plug an Android into a Windows or Linux machine, turn on disk mode, and your phone is basically a drive. Plug into a Mac and you get a warning. Google’s own utility fixes that.


How To Prepare Your Mac For Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion, Apple’s next version of Mac OS X (10.8), is due any day now (with the latest rumours pointing to a July 25 release date). This means now is the perfect time to prepare your Mac for the smoothest upgrade transition.


Lifehacker Pack For Mac: The Best Free Apps

Finding excellent free software for your Mac is increasingly tough. In our fourth annual Lifehacker Pack for Mac, we’re highlighting the best free downloads for better productivity, communication, media management and more.


How To Speed Up, Clean Up And Revive Your Mac

Like any computer, Macs benefit from an occasional bout of physical and virtual cleaning. Here are some simple, easy–to-follow tips to give your trusted Mac a new spring in its step.


Build The Mac Pro You Wish Apple Had Released

Last week, Apple updated its Mac Pros with old processors from 2010, even older graphics cards and all the USB 2.0 ports you’ll ever need. With a proper update unlikely until 2013, we thought we’d bridge the gap with “hackintoshes” — the faster, cheaper Mac desktops you can build yourself with standard PC hardware. By making your own “Hack Pro” you’ll get the up-to-date machine Apple won’t provide, and you’ll also save a lot of money in the process.


Install Mountain Lion On As Many Macs As You Want Without Purchasing Additional Copies

You can re-download and install your Mountain Lion update on all the Macs you own, but that won’t work if you have different Apple IDs on those machines. However, with this workaround you can reinstall from the same copy as many times as you need to.


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