Kirk McElhearnSenior Contributor, TechHive

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.

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Five timers just for meditation

Use these apps to track your time while meditating -- without any overwhelming distractions.

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Elegy for the iPod, the device that transformed Apple

Anticipating Apple's latest earnings numbers, one thing is likely: The decline of the iPod will continue. Before it disappears altogether, Kirk McElhearn pays tribute.

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Six grocery shopping apps to replace your paper list

Put all your grocery lists on your smartphone and make your shopping a lot easier.

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Brush up on classic literature with these immersive apps

Audio, video, and interactive content bring new dimensions to literary favorites.

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Four ways to delete iOS apps

Space is often at a premium on iPhones and iPads. That's why it makes sense to keep only those apps that you know you really want. Here's how to get rid of the ones you don't.

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Can an iPhone user learn to love Android?

Kirk McElhearn found that, unless you're deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem, Android is a perfectly viable (and in some respects preferable) alternative to iOS.

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Travel tips: what you can't leave behind

Planning on traveling during the holidays? Then you'll need to decide which of your tech gadgets you need to bring along. Here's how to figure that out.

Secrets of the iOS 7 keyboard

Uncover hidden characters and handy shortcuts with this guide to your iOS device's keyboard.

Teach Siri to pronounce names

Tired of Siri mangling your moniker? Now you can finally teach it how to say your name (and others' names) correctly.

Watch and rip Blu-ray movies on your Mac

If you like the quality and features of Blu-ray, and want to be able to watch discs on your Mac or convert them to other formats for viewing on other computers, all you need is a bit of hardware and software to make it all possible.

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Four apps for making ambient music on your iOS device

When you get tired of just listening to music on your iOS device, why not try creating some with these four generative music apps for iPhone and/or iPad.

Why iOS needs support for multiple accounts

The Mac has had support for multiple accounts for years. Kirk McElhearn argues that iOS needs that support, too.

Getting to know iTunes 11's Up Next player

One of the marquee features of iTunes 11 is Up Next, a new way to queue up songs for your listening sessions. Radically different from iTunes DJ, which this feature replaces, it can be a bit complex. Here's a look at how to get the most out of Up Next.

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Review: Philips SHB9100 Bluetooth headphones offer comfort and good sound

Philips’s SHB9100 Bluetooth headphones offer a nice balance between comfort and good sound, and the inclusion of a wired option is handy for those times you forget to charge. However, the SHB9100 isn't for you if you depend on your Bluetooth headset for making phone calls.

New Year's resolution: Vanquish technology vices

Kick bad technology habits in the new year with these tips from Kirk McElhearn.