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Keyboard Maestro for Mac review

Keyboard Maestro for Mac is a powerful program designed to let you create and manage macros to carry out all kinds of tasks you specify. The options for what you can automate are vast; and even if you don't have experience working with this type of program, there's a helpful tutorial to walk you through the process.

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Lots of options: There are few limitations on what you can do and what types of tasks you can automate with this program. Whether you want to open folders with keyboard shortcuts or manage multiple clipboards simultaneously, you can do … Read more

Darth Vader, Spider-Pig fly at International Balloon Fiesta

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In all my years of living in Albuquerque, I have managed to completely miss one of the city's marquee events, the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This year, I finally dragged my sorry self out of bed at 3:30 in the morning, caught a school-bus shuttle, and arrived in the dark and cold to huge crowds and hundreds of balloon teams setting up on a massive field.

I knew hot air balloons were pretty. What I didn't realize is just how geeky they can be. Among the usual colorful entries there was a certain contingent of balloons that stood out on my geek radar.… Read more

Crave Ep. 136: DIY pet insect robot crawls into production

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To mark Villains Month, DC Comics is releasing a limited number of 3D comic book covers -- no annoying glasses needed. Plus, Hot Wheels builds the tallest wall track for toy cars, and we take a look at Dash Robotics' educational "origami" insect bots meant to get kids excited about robots and engineering. All that and more on this week's awesome Crave show. … Read more

Hot Wheels car races down world's highest wall track

A blue Hot Wheels toy car sporting the number "01" went where no Hot Wheels has gone before. It got to take a dramatic plunge down what the toy car company is calling "the world's highest wall track."

The track was rigged up to go on the side of an apartment building. It's hard to tell exactly how high the track is, but it certainly looks like it could claim the record.

The impressive car drop took place during the BCN Fan Fest, an event devoted to Formula 1 racing, in Barcelona earlier this year, but the making-of video was just recently released. … Read more

Hot meals ready when you are with Hot Logic

Whether it is marked by the clanging of a steel bar against a metal triangle or a pinging of a kitchen timer, the call of "it's ready!" is one that is and will always be met with great anticipation. The instant satisfaction that you get from seeing a hot meal placed before you is one that is primal yet somehow tinged in sophistication -- especially when the meal is ready when you want it to be.

The Hot Logic appliances are a set of slow cooker shelves that keep food hot and ready to eat exactly when … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

This week was packed with some great video highlights, including a brand-new episode of XCAR featuring the hotly anticipated Toyota GT 86. Was it worth the wait? Brian Tong also fills us in on the latest iPhone 5S and 5C rumors in this week's Apple Byte. And Always On makes a return as we get ready for back-to-school with an unboxing of the new MacBook Air and Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini. The S4 Mini also takes a major kicking in another epic torture test, and we check out the latest in higher education and online learning, for free.… Read more

Hands on with the Hot Watch smartwatch

While we wait for mainstream electronics makers such as Samsung and Apple to enter the fledgling smartwatch market, more-nimble startups are already there pushing the boundaries of this emerging category. For example, the new Hot Watch created by PHTL is an extremely innovative product that boasts exciting new features I've never seen before.

The timepiece sports a directional-mic-and-speaker combo in the strap for chatting hands-free with a virtual handset when your actual phone is out of reach. It also uses wild gesture controls implemented with a hand wave or via its touch screen for a unique human interface. It'… Read more

Star Apps: Hot Chelle Rae

Hot Chelle Rae isn't a household name yet, but it's not for want of trying. The rockin' Nashville four-piece, best known for multi-platinum singles "Tonight Tonight" and "I Like It Like That," off their sophomore album "Whatever" (which guaranteed them a Best New Artist win in 2011), have toured with some of the biggest artists, from Demi Lovato to Taylor Swift. They're currently playing to tens of thousands of fans a night on the Justin Bieber "Believe Tour," which kicked off last month. But they have yet to go … Read more

How to prevent inadvertent Hot Corner activation in OS X

OS X supports a feature called Hot Corners, in which moving your mouse to a far corner of your screen invokes functions such as window management features of Mission Control, starting or disabling the screensaver, and activating Notification Center.

To set this feature up, go to the Desktop & Screen Saver system preferences and click the Hot Corners button. In the panel that drops down, you can select an action for each of the four corners of your screen.

While potentially useful, Hot Corners are easy to inadvertently activate. For instance, if you have the top-left corner configured, then you … 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