Your Guide To Unlocking The Power Of Spotlight Search In OS X

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Any OS worth its salt will feature a search bar, because in this day and age, it is impractical to try and recall file locations through terabytes of data. Microsoft Windows' built in search was easily replaced by the Google Quick Search which is made even more powerful with some power parameters. However, Mac OS X's Spotlight Search has not attracted as much attention since its release in April 2005; possibly because the OS itself is easy to sort or perhaps people simply don't care about it. Though, people really should care about Spotlight search, because it makes navigating the OS an art form; hardened Google search veterans will appreciate this even more. Let us walk you through how. Read More

HandsFree Lets You Make & Receive Phone Calls On Your Mac [Paid]

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There are those who have resorted to using paid third-party apps to make calls from their PCs/Laptops and those who have purchased docking stations to avoid holding the phone to make calls. Whatever the scenario, merging the cellular and computing is Nirvana that has eluded us. Even handsfree devices serve more as an appendage than a solution. But, a solution exists. It takes the ease of the wireless bluetooth handsfree, coupled with crystal clear sound quality (limited only by your speakers) and the ability to let you continue working while taking a call on your computer, singularity comes at the hands of HandsFree, a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that uses your Mac as a handsfree device by routing the audio from your Android phone or iPhone to your Mac. Read More

CloudyTabs Opens iCloud Tabs Synced From Any Mac Or iOS Device

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Chrome dominates the browser usage share, this can be credit to the enormous app library, the blazing fast speeds or the ability to sync everything including Google Now, Open Tabs, Favourites and preferences to a profile and access its content on any version of chrome anywhere. With a simple tool, even Firefox can join the festivities. Android users have the best luck where they can close a link on their devices and resume from their desktop at any time. iOS users can do the same with Safari, only there aren't that many desktop Safari users out there. This means a lot of us on the iPhone who use Safari will have to use it on our desktops as well if we want our tabs synced. Fortunately, there is CloudyTabs which can read the tabs that iCloud has synced from Safari (mobile or desktop) and let you open them on any desktop browser you want. Read More

Hide/Unhide Desktop Icons On OS X With Terminal Command

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I usually keep critical files on my desktop, as many of us do, because it reminds me of what work I need to finish as soon as I boot my system up. However,  I would take all my files and either put them on my desktop or create a random folder and drag it away from view when I wanted some clean space for taking a screenshot. It was an inelegant solution, but I didn't know that I had a problem on my hands. Along comes a solution for a problem I didn't know I had. Sure there are auto organization tools like Hazel or hotkey solutions like Clean Slate but you have to admit, nothing beats the comfort of the terminal; bringing the entire process down to a single line of code. Read More

15 Great Mac OS X Terminal Commands That You Might Not Know

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The DOS prompt is the last remnant of the primordial era of computing, existing mostly for nostalgia’s sake. Unless you have been computing since the 90’s (or earlier) you have almost no reason to understand the Command Prompt, because why would anyone? It is a dreary spectacle. I like beginning my posts with a little Windows bashing; it helps illustrate how OS X's Terminal is still relevant and grows in power with each iteration. We have already discussed how you can disable the dashboard and notification center and how to remove drop shadows from screenshots, but that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If you learn how to wield this power, you can unlock abilities you didn't know existed. Read More

Hands-On With Microsoft OneNote For Mac OS X

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We have come a long way from memorizing phone numbers and carrying written notes with us just to maintain schedules. In the modern era of getting things done, there is tremendous demand for note taking apps, which is why suites like Evernote and Google Keep generate so much interest. We even compared the top note taking apps around this time last year and the competition was stiff. Under Microsoft’s new regime, we see the arrival of Microsoft OneNote for Mac. The Mac variant has debuted as a free download along with a free version for Windows desktop. Read More

How To Install Windows On A Mac Using Boot Camp [Guide]

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According to Forbes, the Best Windows PC is an Apple MacBook Pro, while CNET calls it the best performing Windows Laptop. One does admire the irony of how despite the industry's best attempts at creating powerful PCs, the title would go to a Mac. There are consumers who admire the hardware of a Mac but are not quite ready to move to Mac's OS X yet. To address those consumers, Apple has created a multi-boot utility called Boot Camp. Initially released in April 2006, Boot Camp was designed to allow users to install Windows on Intel-Based Mac computers. While Macs aren't alien to virtualization and can run Windows and even Android as virtual machines, virtualization is nowhere near perfect. With Boot Camp, however, you can run a full, native installation of Windows on your machine, like on a full-blown Windows PC itself. Here's how. Read More

How To Run Windows Applications On Mac OS X With Wine [Guide]

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Lifelong fans/enthusiasts will concur that Mac OS X is functional, features a fluid UI, an expanding library of apps, and is simply gorgeous. Apple's OS X is usually a one-stop solution for professionals such as developers, graphic designers, sound & video editors and the like. However, there are a handful of scenarios where Windows applications outshine anything available on OS X, with gaming being perhaps the biggest example. Fortunately, you can run Windows applications on multiple platforms such as Linux-based operating systems and OS X, thanks to Windows emulation with Wine. In what follows, we will walk you through the nuts and bolts on how to use Wine for running windows applications on OS X. Read More

Mikogo Is A Free LogMeIn Alternative For Screen Sharing & Remote Access

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LogMeIn is one of the most popular remote desktop screen sharing tools, letting desktop and mobile users easily access and share their screen remotely via the web or native applications for the supported platforms. A few days ago, however, the company pulled the plug on its free accounts for both new and existing customers, raging its freemium user base and industry pundits alike. The company no longer offers free registration to new users, while existing free account holders were politely asked to either pick a paid plan or switch to another service. If you've been looking for an alternative, try Mikogo - a LogMeIn-like screen sharing app for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and web. Read More

55 Best Mac OS X Apps Of 2013

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2013 was a good year for Apple’s desktop operating system and its users. With the release of its 9th major iteration in October, OS X became free to download for all. Although 10.9 Mavericks wasn’t a game-changing upgrade in terms of new features, the Cupertino giant’s decision to make it free propelled its market share past all older OS X iterations in just one month. Growth rates like that spell good news for developers, and in turn, end-users. The faster a platform grows with each update, the richer gets its software repository. We ended the past year with an impressive haul of useful apps from the Mac App Store and third-party repositories, and as is customary, decided to compile a list of the best ones for our awesome readers. Read More

Todoist’s ‘Next’ Revamp Boasts New Collaboration Features, Visual Scheduling & More

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Avid Todoist users will be delighted to learn that the popular task and to-do list management app has now been updated to a new variant dubbed Todoist Next, and the upgrade has made the already great service even better!  This new name comes from a complete rewrite of code under the hood, making Todoist more intuitive and fun to use. The app has gained several significant improvements through the new update, such as real-time syncing across supported platforms, new Mailbox-like visual scheduling to plan your days with ease, improved UI in web and Windows apps, ability to collaborate and sync projects with other Todoist users, and more. Continue reading for further details. Read More

OpenEmu For Mac Is A Robust Emulator For GBA, SNES & Other Classic Game Consoles [Review]

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Classic Game emulators are available for virtually every modern platform. There is PSSP for iOS & Android, GBA4iOS for iOS, and EmiGens for Windows Phone. PCs are emulation utopia, with emulators for Playstation (1 and 2), and just about every gaming platform released sans the current consoles. Mac OS X, however, is not really a veteran of the emulation world. While modern gaming is all about immersion and high-end graphics, there is just something about classics that has continued to keep us hooked even after all these years. Consoles like NES, SNES, Mega Drive/Saturn, Gameboy et al. might have come and gone, but their games continue to hold space in our hearts and minds, and - thanks to multi-game emulators like OpenEmu for Mac - their ROMs in our hard disks. Read More

SurDoc Cloud Backup Offers 100GB Of Free Storage With Focus On Privacy

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Another day, another cloud storage service, or so it seems to be these days. With the increasing trend in mobile computing, consumers want their data always accessible to them no matter where they are, and the best way to do that is to upload or sync it to a cloud drive. And even for those who don't need access to their data on the go, cloud storage is the way to ensure their data remains safe even in case their hard disk fails. There are countless options out there that let you do just that, but the cloud storage service we'll be reviewing today differs by offering 100GB of cloud storage space for free, with paid plans available for even unlimited storage! The quintessential feature of SurDoc is to make automated cloud backups hassle-free, with a high focus on privacy using military-grade SSL encryption for your backups. Let's learn more about it after the jump. Read More

Polkast Is A Personal Cloud For Remotely Accessing Desktop Files From iOS, Android & Kindle

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So you don’t like keeping your private files on a cloud storage? Neither do we – especially after all the hullabaloo the National Security Agency’s PRISM project has managed to cause. Though that doesn't mean you have to completely sacrifice the ability to remotely access your important information. Cloud services aren't the not the only definitive answer to remotely accessing files stored on your PC on your mobile devices. After using Polkast for a few hours, I immediately knew there was something good about it. Poklast basically acts as your personal cloud to let you access files stored on your Windows PC, Mac, Linux or NAS Storage device (such as ZyXel or Synology) from iOS, Android and Kindle Fire over Wi-Fi or the internet. Read More

Access & Stream Computer Files & Media On Android With AirStream

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These days, one can easily access files stored on their computer on the go straight from a mobile device, thanks to high-speed internet connections and a bunch of apps and services out there that make it possible. Just a few weeks ago, I covered OnAir Player that lets you access and play media files stored on your PC from your iOS or Android device. However, if you want more flexibility and control, along with full access to all your files rather than just music, photos and videos, you should check out AirStream. It is the duo of an Android app and a desktop server app that gives you full remote access to your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from your phone or tablet, either via your local Wi-Fi network, or over the internet. Read More

GeekTool Is A Great Rainmeter Alternative To Customize Your Mac Desktop [Guide]

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If you have been into desktop customization, chances are you're familiar with Rainmeter - the robust Windows tool that lets you customize your desktop beyond recognition. For those looking for something similar for Mac, GeekTool is quite an astounding option that allows for adding easily configurable widgets to your Mac desktop. It really brings you close to the true power of the underlying UNIX architecture of the OS X. In what follows, we'll show you how you can use the tool to add a lot of useful information to your Mac's desktop. Read More

Genymotion Is A Fast, VirtualBox-Based Android Emulator For Windows, Mac & Linux

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If you are into development for a particular OS, or just want to test it out without a dedicated device, running it in an emulator on your development or everyday use computer can be very useful. When it comes to emulating Android on a PC, there a bunch of options available, including the official Android emulator that comes with the Android SDK for developers, as well as the popular Bluestacks App Player that is more focused on letting end users run Android apps on their PC. Though the SDK's emulator is known for being very slow, while Bluestacks is feature-limited for development scenarios. If you are looking for a much faster full-featured emulation of Android on your computer, your search just might be over with Genymotion. Pronouned Genie+Motion, this new player in the game works by creating a virtual machine through VirtualBox to deliver a marvelous real-time emulation of Android on your Windows, Mac or Linux PC, complete with ADB access and support for various hardware sensors. It works so well, you'll wish you had a touch screen for a monitor. Wanna explore it further? Let's get started. Read More

Remotely Stream Music Between PC, Mac, Mobile & TV With OnAir Player

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Not many years ago, listening to music was an expensive hobby. You’d have to buy an expensive CD or DVD player, and then keep your music collection on tape cassettes or optical discs at hand in order to play your favorite tunes. Then came the iPod era, and changed the scenario forever. Apple's popular portable music player and other similar devices allowed you to store a lot of songs and carry them around on the internal storage of the device for listening on the go. And now with the cloud and high-speed mobile internet access, anyone can stream music for free directly from the cloud using services like Spotify, Pandora, Google Music and many, many more. However, if you don’t like to rely on the cloud, yet want to stream your entire music library between mobile and PC, then OnAir Player is your best shot. It’s a music player that gives you remote streaming access to all the music files on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Read More

F-Secure KEY Is A Secure Password Manager For Windows, Mac, Android & iOS

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Password managers provide a secure solution for keeping your user account info accessible to you, yet out of plain sight and safe from unauthorized access by others. There are a ton of such applications out there that are capable of making password management a breeze, with LastPass, Dashlane, KeePass and 1Password being among the popular choices. Antivirus and online security software maker F-Secure has now also launched its own password manager dubbed F-Secure KEY for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. Working in a similar fashion as the other aforementioned tools, KEY lets you generate secure passwords and secure your existing user accounts by keying them all to one master password. Passwords can also be synced between devices, and are automatically filled out in login fields to make logging into websites a breeze. Read More

MediaFire Desktop Comes To Windows & Mac With Syncing, Sharing & More

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In the past couple of years, the use of cloud storage has become increasingly common with internet users. You can choose from a vast range of cloud services and apps with different features and price plans; Dropbox, Bitcasa, SkyDrive, Google Drive, are just a few among the many popular choices available. Speaking of popularity, MediaFire has become pretty much a household name when it comes to file sharing. Up until now, the company was known primarily for online file sharing only, but now they are taking it all to the next level with the release of their Windows and Mac desktop apps. MediaFire Desktop will provide users with a bevy of welcome features, such as the ability to sync files in a manner similar to Dropbox, up to 50GB of cloud storage, a new Following option to sync and share files with other users, and more. Read More