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Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up!

And remember, if you have a question about anything Macintosh, Macintosh-related, or even something about another technology like TiVo, Blackberry, XBox 360, High-Def TV or whatever, send it to me at: themacist [at] gmail dot com. Ok, let's get to it.

As LAist Co-Editor Zach pointed out recently, at LAist we love Google and its various apps, especially Gmail and Google Calendar. So, to build on Zach’s post, and to answer some reader email, here's our question for the week from Gil in North Hollywood. He asks: " I want to use Gmail and the other Google apps for everything but I currently use Apple's Address Book and Mail. How do I get my contacts out of Address Book and into Gmail?"

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Google offers a host of great features that are very useful and helpful to users. Best of all, they don't charge for any of these services -- including Gmail, Google Calendar and the rest. For the Mac user wishing to switch to Gmail full time who has information currently in Apple's Address Book, there are a couple of ways to get your contact data out of Address Book and into Gmail's contact list so you can use it.