10 macOS tune-up tips to keep your Mac running like a sports car

Like any complicated machine, an Apple desktop or laptop requires care to keep it running well. These 10 tricks are just what you need to keep your macOS computer feeling like new.

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The biggest, most important assets in our lives require regular upkeep to ensure they function well. Cars go to mechanics, contractors repair houses, and, whether we realize it or not, our computers need maintenance despite a lack of moving parts or exposure to the elements.

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Old programs leave behind traces of code, apps that force their way onto startup lists ensure they’re always on and hogging memory, and caches get backed up and slow performance. Luckily, all of the problems that need fixing are digital, so they’re much easier to take care of at home—no expert needed.

Take Apple’s macOS laptops and desktops: They’re great machines when they’re running well, even into old age, but they require regular maintenance to continue to perform. These 10 macOS maintenance tips are designed to help MacBooks, iMacs, and other macOS Big Sur computers operating at peak efficiency, all without a single third-party app.

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2021 BMW M440i xDrive review: Stuck in the middle with you

It isn’t bad in profile.


Jonathan Harper

You can’t please all of the people all of the time, but that won’t stop some folks — or cars — from trying. Take the 2021 BMW M440i xDrive, for example. The latest iteration of 4 Series still prioritizes on-road sharpness, but in a continued effort to infuse as much refinement into the experience as possible, some parts of the script get lost in the shuffle.

Like

  • Quick as heck
  • Neutral handling
  • GT-style interior comfort

Don’t Like

  • Rocket J. Squirrel face
  • Front-axle heft
  • Hypersensitive brake pedal

Why the long face?

There’s no sugarcoating it — the 2021 BMW 4 Series looks weird as hell from the front. Its newly bucktoothed countenance is sure to polarize Thanksgiving Zoom conversations, but if sparking conversation is the goal, then mission accomplished, BMW. Yes, the honkin’ new grille provides a cooling benefit when its active shutters are wide open, but it’s still an acquired taste. Thankfully, the rest of the exterior is quite pleasant, borrowing the silhouette and various shapes from the larger and prettier 8 Series.

The 4 Series’ interior strikes a contrast to its shell, because it’s… well, it’s the same cookie-cutter interior seen

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President-elect Biden has a 2021 stimulus plan. Here’s what you need to know right now

Biden won’t be sworn into office until January, but he says he’ll be ready on day one.


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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the voting in November and its aftermath.

With just a handful of weeks left in 2020, President-elect Joe Biden continues to urge congressional leaders to work out the details of another stimulus bill. But Biden has his own economic relief plan to consider if Washington doesn’t act this year. State and local governments began lockdowns and other measures right before Thanksgiving to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which topped 250,000 deaths in the US last week. These restrictions will likely increase the economic hardship on Americans and businesses, and some programs created by the CARES Act in March and by executive actions by President Donald Trump in August to help Americans financially are set to expire at the end of 2020.

Congress began its holiday vacation without a deal in place and won’t be back in session until Nov. 30. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will begin negotiations soon, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday. To avoid a government shutdown,

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