New Features In Firefox 30 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 30 is out and you can upgrade now from the help menu. Since it's the first update after the new Customize options were introduced in Firefox 29, you might need to search for the upgrade option. Click the options button at the top right, and you will see a help button next to the large Customize button at the bottom. Click it to reveal a new pane of help options which include the About Firefox option. The new update is mostly fixes and many new developer options. In this new update, plugins are disabled by default except those that have been whitelisted or that are installed when you install an add-on. A new button has also been added for toggling the visibility of the bookmarks and history side bar. With the new desktop version, a new mobile version has also been introduced and it offers more for end users. You can add your favotire share functions to the context menu just by tapping it, and you can subscribe to RSS feeds from any web page and read them on your home page with the aid of a new add-on called Home Feed. Read More

Nightingale Is A Media Player With A Wide Array Of Third Party Extensions

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There are a truckload of programs out there that you can use to manage your music library, but it’s because numerous options are at your disposal that make it taxing to decide which media player should you choose.  Nightingale is one such open source media player that lets you play music and video files on your computer. But that’s precisely what most media players let you do, right? So Nightingale makes itself standout from the crowd by its wide array of third-party extensions that further improve its functionality. For instance, there’s an extension that lets you stream SoundCloud. And then there’s one you can use to scrobble your Last.fm. And more! Read More

New Features In OS X Yosemite

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Every year at WWDC, Apple showcases their latest products for the benefit of developers. Due to the hype it commands, it went from being a simple developer's showcase to a global event. Steve Jobs' presentations are still held at a very high pedestal, especially his now revered Columbo-esque "oh, and one more thing" revelations. Last year, we discussed the release of the OS X Mavericks, 10.9 and later covered it in depth. OS X 10.10, originally codenamed "Syrah", has been subject to speculation since Mavericks was set to release. The 11th version of OS X was finally unveiled at WWDC 2014, it is named Mac OS Yosemite, continuing the naming convention based on places in California. Read More

VirusTotal Releases Mac App; Checks Files For Viruses Without Opening Them

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Normally, when we talk about Macs, we do not discuss the world of viruses much, it is more of a Windows thing. It could be because Macs are not common enough yet to attract attention from virus creators, or maybe because the OS is just that secure, or some other reason we cannot quite yet fathom. However, even if viruses and malware infections are uncommon, it does not mean they do not exist. Certain web infections are platform independent. For such concerns, VirusTotal works as a free web service that analyzes suspicious files (upto 64MBs), URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware. Now, VirusTotal has a Desktop App for Mac Read More

New Features In Chrome 35 For Desktop & Android

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Chrome 35 for desktop and Android is out. The changes and new features introduced for the desktop version are disappointing for end users but developers are going to welcome it. Chrome 35 supports more touch input, some new JavaScript features, and new extensions and APIs. Chrome 35 for Android has a lot more to offer end users; for select devices it now supports multiple windows. For all other devices, the new version supports full screen video playback with HTML controls and subtitles, and a new 'Undo closed tab' that is pretty self explanatory. Read More

Remo MORE Is A Brilliant Desktop & Mobile Optimization Tool For Noobs

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Computers not only cost several hundred dollars now a days, but they are also fairly costly to repair. While you can have most hardware problems repaired, it's better to just take care of your tech better and back-up data regularly. The problem is that most people don’t know where to begin, for instance, when should they back up data, how to clean junk files, or how to optimize its memory and other components. Remo MORE is a great tool created for the less tech savvy among us, letting them manage and troubleshoot common computer problems in a single click. Could it get any better than that? Read More

12 Things Out Of The Box Windows PC Can Do That Mac Can’t

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I’m a Windows fan. I’ve owned about a dozen different Windows machines over the years and I’ve mostly used Windows as my primary desktop operating system. I also respect all the work Apple has put into their Mac OSX though; it’s more stable, looks sleeker than Microsoft’s offering and offers better security over the later. It’s true that the conflict between Microsoft fans and Apple loyalists have been raged for years arguing over which platform is better or not, but here at Addictivetips, we believe that both operating systems have got their own strengths and weaknesses. A while back we compiled a list of things that a Mac does but a PC can’t. And today, we are going to unleash 12 things that a Windows PC can do that Mac can’t. Read on. Read More

Third-Party Apps To Increase Productivity On Mac OS X

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We talked about how to get the most out of your Mac without using any third-party apps and we managed to go over quite a few features to help get things done. Today, we will talk about getting even more out of your Mac OS X with the power of third-party apps. We have already discussed how you can use Slate to rearrange windows, GeekTools for tricking out the desktop, MagicPrefs to bring more power to the Magic Mouse (and trackpad), Supertab to bring more power to ⌘ + Tab. Now, we will go over other apps to increase productivity. For the purposes of this guide, we will be covering apps that enable your Mac to go beyond out-of-the-box specifications, hence we will avoid apps that can replicate an already easy to access Mac OS X function. Read More

Hide/Unhide Spotlight Search From The Menubar In OS X

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We have thoroughly discussed the power and potential of Spotlight search, since it has been a mainstay of OS X since OS X Tiger (10.4) released in April of 2005. It gives you the power to smart-search through archives, files, folders, even the web from one convenient location; you can even run calculations, look up translations and just about everything under the sun and then some. However, if you have found an alternative to spotlight search or just plain don't like it, you can disable it through a bit of Terminal trickery. Though we must strongly advise against disabling it before fully appreciating what it can truly do; it might just become your best friend. However, if you have made up your mind, here is how you can remove Spotlight search from OS X.

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Get The Popular iOS Control Center On Mac OS X [Paid]

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It is rare that third-party apps replicate the functionality of Mac OS X, since there is so much it can do on its own. There are solutions like GeekTools that adds new elements to your Mac. However, Control Center is an app worth $10 that takes what Mac OS X can do and improves on it so much that you wonder how you could have lived without it all this time. It's an app that brings Control Center from iOS to OS X, and beautifully so. You can take the app out for a test drive since it comes with a 7-day free trial but after that, you need to buy the app to continue using it.  Read More

Join Apple’s Beta Program & Get Your Hands On Mavericks Builds For Free

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There has always been a certain enigma behind Apple releases. It may be why there is tremendous interest and social media activity prior to any Apple launch. This phenomena has brought a lot of attention to the Beta Seed program, which allows people to test pre-release software. Previously, in order to get access to a beta program, you were required to sign up for a developer account at $99/year; this account allowed you to beta test apps, as well as create and release your own apps. However, Apple has been releasing once premium software for free and staying true to this move to free apps, Apple has made the beta seed program free for any Apple account holder. This is limited to OS X though, iOS beta program will still cost $99/year and OS X developers still need a separate account to deploy their apps. Here is how you can join Apple's OS X Beta Seed Program for free and start running the latest Mavericks builds. Read More

Check Network Activity On Your Mac With The Activity Monitor

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There are times when your internet connection seems sluggish and unresponsive, there are simply too many reasons behind why that might be, ranging from an app running in the background to a malware infection. Given that we are talking about Macs, Malware infections are rare and therefore highly unlikely to be the cause of a slowdown. However, there is a way of finding out where your network traffic is going. Instead of using third-party solutions like Magician Monitor, Private Eye or Geeklets using Geektools which will give you feedback on network behavior, you can use the default network monitoring utility, the Activity Monitor, that allows you to keep an eye on how the majority of your network traffic is spreading. Read More

Setting Your Mac Up For Productivity Without Third-Party Apps

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We always like to talk about how Mac OS X is a robust operating system with an underlying UNIX architecture. That is a hyper geeky roundabout way of saying, Mac OS X is good. This guide isn't created out of some blind fanboy loyalty to a company; it exists because of Mac OS X's innate abilities like customizations, both out of the box and third-party, a wide variety of third-party apps and the all powerful terminal. What if, you had to create an environment on your Mac that puts you on your way to getting things done without any third-party apps? We have some ideas. Read More

Remove Duplicates From “Open With” Option In Right-Click Context Menu [OS X]

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Contrary to beliefs held by most Mac enthusiasts, Macs are not the infallible powerhouses, though nowhere near as fallible as the Monkey Wrench that are Windows's Bugs. Fortunately, the underlying UNIX architecture allows you to reinforce your Mac however you want to, as evidenced by another UNIX incarnation, Ubuntu. There was a problem with OS X 10.7 and 10.8 that allowed duplicate entries on a Mac's "Open With" menu - accessible with a right-click/ ctrl + click - that has made its way into Mavericks (10.9). It does not sound like a pressing concern, we admit, but it does fall under the category of items that can create problems at the wrong time. Let us take a look at how to address this issue. Read More

How To Sync Browser Data Between Desktop And Android In Firefox 29

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Mozilla has finally launched Firefox 29, the latest version of the company’s massively popular web browser, for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. With version 29, Mozilla has debuted the new Australis interface borrowing heavily from Google Chrome. But besides  that, Mozilla has also revamped the sync feature of the browser; the new sync feature is better than ever, and doesn’t now require you to store the pesky auto-generated authorization code (as in previous releases), but rather all your data is now synchronized via email and password through a Firefox Account. In this guide we’ll highlight the difference between the new and old sync methods, as well as show you how to sync data between desktop and Android in Firefox 29. Read More

New Features In Firefox 29 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 29 is out and the update is a huge one for the browser and it’s users. The update finally brings the much talked about Australis theme to the stable channel and it was well worth the wait. Austalis isn’t just beautiful it’s also the most minimal that Firefox has ever been. Other new features on desktop and mobile include brand new customization options for the buttons that appear on the Menu Bar, Firefox Sync which is now set up exclusively through the Firefox Account, and new repositioned buttons for bookmarks have been added. Developers get new features too with the implementation of <input type="number"> and <input type="color"> on both desktop and Android. Additionally on Android new share options, and customization options for the home panels have been introduced. Read More

Send Files & Text Between Mac & iOS Devices With Copybin

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Sharing data between two different types of Apple devices is laborious and cumbersome anyway you put it. Granted, Airdrop has considerably improved the experience in some situations, but that luxury evades a large portion of Mac and iOS users. Similarly, services like iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive have provided some relief, but even these solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Which makes a great case for Copybin, a cross platform synchronization app that lets you transfer almost any file seamlessly between Mac and iOS in the blink of an eye.

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Lyrics Finder Finds Lyrics And Adds Them To Your MP3 Files

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Software developers face many challenges during development of a new application, but perhaps the greatest challenge of all is figuring out how to make their work stand out from the crowd. Some developers try to accomplish this by including as many features as they can to their project, but if you don’t have many resources and man power to achieve the same, you may just focus on a single key function and make that just as good as it can be. Lyrics Finder is one such brilliant example. It’s a free program for Windows and Mac OS X that aims to perform just one task and does it fairly well. It allows you to find lyrics of music files stored on your computer and automatically adds them to the track’s metadata. How? Let’s find out! Read More

World Clock is A Visual Time Keeping App With A Day/Night Tool [Mac]

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The sheer volume of world clocks available to us might as well be countless. You would have to go as far back as the 70's to experience a time where world clocks were not common. Because you can't have globalization if you don't know what time it is across the globe. There are apps like Advanced World Clock and World Clocks. They probably didn't spend a lot of time coming up with the name for World Clock (seems to be the industry standard), but they can be forgiven because of how they approached this otherwise ornery idea once you look at the interface. Read More

Memory Diag And Battery Diag Are Two Simple System Monitoring Apps [Mac]

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Maintenance apps command a strong following. Some enthusiasts are motivated by component monitoring while others with clean-up using tools such as Onyx, and some are satiated by all-in-one solutions like IceClean. Advanced users tend to have their own cleansing rituals, brought on by individual quantitative monitoring measures, in honor of which, we bring to your attention, the apps,  Memory Diag and Battery Diag. Read More