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If you're paying for premium software, chances are there's a free alternative out there you could use instead, with features just as good as the ones you've become accustomed to. Whether you fancy a change from your usual application-of-choice, or you're just on a tight budget, these are the free software apps you need to know about.

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Anyone who's ever owned a Mac probably remembers the first time they booted it up and heard that sound. It announced that you were about to begin a relationship with your computer that would probably last for many years. With the new MacBook Pro, Apple is replacing the iconic chime with cold, unforgiving silence.

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We could all use a little more time in the day, and that means you shouldn't be wasting time navigating through menus or punching through keyboard commands while you're at work. Luckily, there are a bunch of apps available for Mac and Windows that will help you get work done faster. These are our picks for the best time-saving apps.

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The last major update to the MacBook Pro was in 2012. Sure, it's had incremental upgrades like a higher-res Retina display and the Force Touch haptic trackpad since then, but we've been waiting a long time for something new. (We've been waiting even longer for a new MacBook Air.) It seems all but certain, though, that Apple will hold an event on October 28th Australian time to introduce the world to a new, high-tech MacBook Pro — possibly with a set of function keys that are also full-colour touchscreens.

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Encryption is good for protecting sensitive data you don't want anyone else to see. If some bad guy nabs your laptop while you're out at a coffee shop or bar, you can rest assured knowing that the data is encrypted. The process of encrypting files is easy, and I'll to show you step-by-step how to do it.

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Chromebooks have surpassed sales of Mac laptops in the United States for the first time ever. And that doesn't surprise me. Because roughly a year ago I made the same switch. Formerly a lifelong Mac user, I bought my first PC ever in the form of a Chromebook. And I'm never looking back.

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Before there was OS X, there was Mac OS. It's a name with a ton of history and meaning, and if this slip-up in an Apple document is anything to go by, the company is heading back to its roots.

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Siri was the first voice assistant to hit mobile phones, and since then, the sometimes quirky feature has marched across all of Apple devices, including Apple Watch and the new Apple TV. Now, according to 9to5Mac, Siri's conquest will be complete as it finally makes its way to your Mac this year.

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If you're the type of person who opens a million tabs in a single browser window, here's a trick that might bring you some relief: You can reduce tab clutter in Safari (or Chrome or Firefox) by shifting some of your favourite websites to the menu bar in OS X. That means your favourite website will be a click away whether you're in your browser or not.

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A fan of the simple 'start menu' on show in Chrome OS? You can use it on Windows and Mac computers as well — and it offers more features than you might think. As well as launching your online apps, you can perform quick calculations and run web searches from this pop-up box as well.

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If you can't hear the dialog in a particular movie or your ears are suddenly assaulted with blaring music, you need to be able to adjust your computer's volume as quickly as possible — with a trackpad gesture, for example. With the aid of a third-party utility you can get this set up pretty easily, and we'll show you how.