Christopher BreenSenior Editor, Macworld

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Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Review: Fifth-generation iPod touch is faster, finer than predecessors

Whether you're in it for the apps, games, or media, this is an iPod you'll treasure.


Hands on with iOS 6: Music

Senior Editor Chris Breen takes a close-up look at Apple's Music app in iOS 6.

Fix This App: Podcasts

You would think that when Apple decided to build an app for obtaining and playing podcasts, the company would create something with an exemplary design. But design is a major issue with the Podcasts app for iOS.

Where to look for streaming movies and TV shows

Quickly find the movies and TV shows you want to stream.

Podcasts for iPhone and iPad

People new to podcasting will find this podcast manager from Apple useful and relatively easy to operate. But with its occasionally quirky interface and lack of features such as iTunes and subscription syncing, Podcasts is only a modestly capable first step.

Busking in the age of the Internet

Christopher Breen conducts a Twitter-based experiment to help a writer he admires replenish his tip jar. The subsequent reaction says a lot about social networks and paying for Web content.

Remote possibilities: Why an iPhone + dongle < universal remote

Universal remotes that piggyback on an iOS device are no match for a dedicated hardware remote. Period.

TechHive: Which Music Subscription Service Should You Use?

I looked at the major subscription services--Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, and Spotify--to see how they shake out and which might be the best fit for you.

Which music subscription service should you use?

Seeking access to millions of tracks? A subscription service can provide it.

Configuring an old iPad for your child

Now that the iPad has reached its third iteration, it's not uncommon to find multiple iPads in one home. Should you wish to pass your old iPad along to a child you'll need to configure it in an appropriate way. Here are tips for doing just that.

W.E.L.D.E.R. for iPhone and iPad

This addictive, instructive word game for the iPhone and iPad is a pleasure for the senses. If you have the slightest interest in word games, you should own it.

GarageBand for iPad

GarageBand for iPad is a deep and very affordable app suitable for musicians and tin-eared musical newbies alike.


Macworld 2011 Preview

Next week offers a big event dear to the hearts of Apple enthusiasts--Macworld 2011 (formerly known as Macworld Expo). The man who runs the show--Paul...

Copy Angry Birds Data to the New Mac Version

Update: In a recent Mac 911 entry a reader asked how he might transfer Angry Birds saved game data between one iOS device and another. It turns out that not only...

Installing Software on a Mac With a Dead DVD Drive

Reader Karen Evans has been thwarted in an attempt to install software on her Mac. She writes: