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Jelly taps your social network to get answers to any question

Part Snapchat, part Quora, Jelly (Android|iOS) is an photo-focused Q&A app that lets you ask any question of your friends and extended social network to get answers. You can ask any question you want, from, "Is that Thai restaurant is any good?" to, "What kind of weed is this?"

The app was built by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, who describes Jelly as a new social search engine. Instead of heading to Google, Stone's goal is to get you to ask you friends and family for help, just as you would before the … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.

This week readers had questions about an unexpected occurrence of the VIP mailbox in OS X mail, networked storage drives that result in different authentication prompts, and managing user accounts on a secondary hard drive in a MacBook Pro.

I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: Banishing the VIP mailbox in OS X Mail MacFixIt reader Julie asks:

How do I delete the VIP folder in OS … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.

This week readers had comments with additional reasons why a Mac may show a spinning color wheel cursor regularly, concerns about the prevalence of power cord fraying for MacBook systems, and whether or not extreme heat from a MacBook Pro's vents and chassis are normal.

I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: Extreme heat from the chassis on a MacBook Pro MacFixIt reader Ken asks:

I … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.

This time, readers ask about the options for consolidating multiple Apple IDs and their corresponding purchases into one, why a router's configuration would work in an iOS device but not in OS X, and how to manage an OS X spinning color wheel cursor that appears regularly.

I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: Consolidating multiple Apple IDs into one MacFixIt reader Michael asks:

Is there … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.

This week, readers ask questions about OS X Services not being available in certain applications, seemingly random files of a specific type being scattered in the Applications folder, the system not prompting for user folder deletion options when an account is removed, and scanned photos not importing into iPhoto.

I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: Services unavailable when using certain applications MacFixIt reader Hans asks:

When … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.

I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: Wheel and Fetching users and groups in OS X permissions lists MacFixIt reader Ken asks:

Who are "permissions" users Wheel and Fetching when you get information on a file in OS X?

Answer: The Wheel user is actually a group. Groups in OS X make setting access permissions easier, especially for things like giving administrative access to an … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.

This week, readers asked questions about how the OS X quarantine system works for managing malware, why items disappear from the screen when the mouse is moved to the corner, and what to do about iWork creating file locks on external disks.

I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: How OS X detects and quarantines malicious files MacFixIt reader Dhiraj asks:

I am working on a Mac … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions e-mailed in by our readers.

This week, readers wrote in with questions on the locations of the various libraries in OS X, the options for using an old internal hard drive from a MacBook as an external hard drive, and the options for managing Wi-Fi networks that span greater distances than their radios can cover.

I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: The location of various libraries in OS X MacFixIt reader &… Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions e-mailed in by our readers.

This week, readers wrote in asking about the inability to format a drive due to "partition map" errors, how to determine what is using up space rapidly on the hard drive, how to restore a missing Safari program, and the options for tackling an iMac that continually shuts off in the middle of use. I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: Unable to format a … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions e-mailed by our readers.

This week, readers wrote in with questions on fixing a stuck locking mechanism for a MacBook lid, the inability to boot to or otherwise use the Recovery HD partition in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, and tackling nonspecific slowdowns in OS X. I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: Stuck locking mechanism for a MacBook lid MacFixIt reader Dominic asks:

The locking mechanism on the lid of … Read more