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Default Folder X Gives a Power Boost to Everyday Ops
October 22, 2013
How many times a day do we open and save files on our Macs? The operations are so common, we don't think twice about doing them. Fortunately, the folks at St. Clair Software have cooked up an app to improve them. Default Folder X is available from the company's website for $34.95, although you can try it free for 30 days. What DFX does is add features to Save and Open dialog boxes.
'Makers at Work' Offers Inspiring Journey Through the Creative Process
October 22, 2013
People have always honed their creative skills to make things, and societies have always had visionaries who turned their garage hobbies and kitchen table inventiveness into industrial breakthroughs. Makers at Work offers an insightful look at 21 unheralded makers who helped to change the way we think and interact with the world through the products they created.
Launch Center Pro Delivers a Jolt of Speed in iOS 7
October 21, 2013
Like most gadget geeks, I get obsessed with the speed of things, the fast and snappy feel of a Mac, an OS, an app. After an upgrade to a new iPhone or Mac, my brain inevitably catches up to the speed boost and it feels as if I'm once again waiting for things to happen, waiting for apps to launch, for transitional graphic swooshes to do their thing.
Test Your Phone's Mettle With Benchmark & Tuning
October 18, 2013
Here's a novel way to find out if you do indeed need a new phone. It's a benchmarking app that will test components and provide a comparison with crowdsourced benchmarks from other common devices out there. If your 2-year-old, or so, phone or tablet seems a bit sluggish compared with the speed at which your colleagues and friends whizz through their smartphone-related tasks, it probably is.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Firefox Tools for Shopping Online
October 18, 2013
Price-matching, product reviews, historical pricing data and automating the coupon process are all superb uses for apps in the desktop browser environment. This week's All Things Appy takes a look at the five must-have, free apps that complement online shopping. Our No. 1 choice, Amazon Price Tracker, will notify you of price drops for products you're watching on Amazon.
Cloud Mate Makes iCloud a Breeze
October 15, 2013
For a company that prides itself on creating intuitive applications, Apple stumbled when it created iCloud. As a Dropbox user, I found little in iCloud that I needed. In fact, finding iCloud on a Mac can be adventurous, although it has a nasty habit of showing up as a default save location when I want to save a file from an app to my hard drive. Cloud Mate aims to take some of the mystery out of iCloud. It gathers up everything in your iCloud and displays it in a single Finder-like window.
Dragon's Lair App Lets You Relive Dirk's Glory
October 14, 2013
One of the amazing things about our new connected world of software development and easy access to consumers is how old-school games can find new life with entirely new audiences through iOS and OS X. Case in point? The Dragon's Lair 30th Anniversary app for iOS. Dragon's Lair is a really old arcade game. Seriously old, as in it was a laserdisc video game. I barely remember laserdiscs.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Windows 8 Art Tools
October 11, 2013
The touchscreens prevalent on vast numbers of laptops awaiting your hard-earned dollars in consumer electronics stores accommodate highly suitable new tools for creating art. The tactile nature of the screen, as opposed to the awkward mouse, makes sweeping strokes and other gestures a lot easier. This week's All Things Appy takes a look at five must-have, free Windows 8 art apps.
Brave Blustery Climes With WeatherPro in Tow
October 11, 2013
I recently took a look at MeteoEarth, a rather spectacular Google Earth-like animated weather app. This visual, 3D globe-spinning weather app for Android provides zoom-in weather visualizations of the kind seen on TV -- and indeed, the publisher is a provider of weather-in-motion graphics to broadcasters. Well, MeteoEarth's visually stimulating show-off app has an all-rounder cousin, WeatherPro.
KeyCue, Secret Spy Folder Fight the Good Fight
October 08, 2013
Keyboard shortcuts can be a way to accelerate productivity, but their number can be overwhelming. The average OS X app alone has from 40 to 80 menu shortcuts. That's a lot of memorization for one program, let alone the multitude of programs an average user runs on a Mac. Wouldn't it be nice if, with a single key press, all the shortcuts for a program would pop up on your screen?
Shadow Puppet Makes You the Narrator of Your Life
October 07, 2013
Despite the nonperfect and confusing name, Shadow Puppet is the best new app I've seen in weeks. Basically, Shadow Puppet lets you select photos from your iPhone or iPad and then record audio as you talk over them in a slideshow that Shadow Puppet turns into a shareable video. Along the way, you can tap to highlight certain areas of a photo and, better still, you can zoom in and move the photo around.
LiveHive Offers Plenty of Pros for Collaborators on the Go
October 04, 2013
If you've ever been involved with any kind of work-related group project, you'll know what a nightmare it is to collaborate via email. The management of file versions alone is enough to introduce ambiguity and quickly hiccup the whole thing. Plus, if you're not careful, it's possible to start an entire email thread questioning what file version you're supposed to be looking at.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Geo-Oriented Tracking Apps for iOS
October 04, 2013
This week's All Things Appy takes a look at the five best, free geo-oriented apps for the iOS platform. To keep your costs down, we're concentrating on those tracking apps that don't require additional hardware, like sensors. Not all mobile Apple hardware products have GPS satellite location, which many of these apps require for best results. The iPod is one of those.
Text Extractor Yanks Aching PDF Problem
October 01, 2013
Nobody likes shuffling through paper documents to do research on anything. Even if you have a big desk, its surface can get cluttered quickly. That's why PDFs are so alluring. Adobe's cross-platform file format provides a convenient way to turn paper documents into more manageable digital ones. There's a hangup, however. Some PDFs are more like picture files than word processing documents.
If You're a Cinephile, You'll Love Mubi - if Not, It May Make You One
September 30, 2013
MUBI is an app for classic and independent movie lovers: Each day, the MUBI team hand picks an international, independent or classic film. MUBI subscribers can then view that film for up to 30 days, and effectively, this means that you can watch 30 or so movies each month for $4.99, or less per month if you sign up for six months or a year. The MUBI app is fantastic.
MeteoEarth: Enjoy the Graphics, If Not the Weather
September 27, 2013
You know those fancy, animated weather visualizations that you get on the local television news broadcasts -- the ones with the 3D drill-down dynamic graphics that make it appear as if the meteorologist is directing the clouds? Well, you can now get something similar on your Android device. MeteoGroup is a European producer of weather-in-motion graphics that it supplies to broadcasters.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Android OS Utilities
September 27, 2013
Battery managers, task killers, analyzers and monitoring apps make up the basis of a solid Android mobile tool kit. This week's All Things Appy takes a look at the must-have, free apps in this genre that will keep your device operating swimmingly. First up? ReChild's Advanced Task Killer app, which lets you kill runaway applications that are hogging resources and slowing down your device.
Mail for Yahoo: The Joy of Local Email Without the Client
September 25, 2013
Since Marissa Mayer took the helm of Yahoo, one of her top priorities has been to keep Yahoo Mail relevant to people's digital lifestyles. Yahoo has always been on the bleeding edge when comes to webmail interfaces -- steadily bringing desktop features to its online offering. What it needs is something to attract eyeballs and subsequently, new accounts to the service.
iOS 7: I Love It, I Hate It
September 23, 2013
I am simultaneously excited and saddened by iOS 7 on my iPhone 5. My first impression? All over the freaking map. iOS 7 is at once a fantastic and fresh update, while it's also full of maddeningly stupid icons, buttons and colors. It has better customization, a more intimate and lively feel -- and yet, you're stuck with a palette of soft-but-too-bright pastel-ish colors.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Weather Apps for Google Chrome
September 20, 2013
Fall is just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere, and at least for those of us in some locales, outdoor activities can now ramp up with the milder temperatures. This week's All Things Appy takes a look at the top five free Chrome apps in the weather department. First up? Full Screen Weather, an app that offers the best-looking weather maps out there for desktop.

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