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
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
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.
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.
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.
Mavericks has certainly optimized OS X; it's a system designed to please everyone, and as good an idea as that is, it risks creating aspects that are not always appreciated, such as the Dashboard and Notification Center. I for one have never understood the necessity of the Dashboard in a Mac OS X, In fact, the only reason I ever put anything there was to save it from looking useless. Unfortunately, ornamental seems to be the primary purpose behind the Dashboard. It consumes resources, and is not important enough functionally (at least in my experience). The same can be said about the notification center. While I can see how it might serve a purpose for many, but one can also see how it's not for everyone. Fortunately, if you share my disapproval of these features, they can quite easily be disabled through a few terminal commands. Read More
AirPlay has been around since June 2004, then known as AirTunes. It allowed you to stream your music from anywhere within your house, but it was later enhanced and rebranded as AirPlay in September 2010, which allowed all media to sync across platforms. Since the introduction of the concept, third party apps have come out that allow you to stream media from your iOS device to a larger display such as your Mac, Windows and Apple TV; AirPlay servers the likes of AirFloat, AirServer and SharePort4w, to name a few. Until now, the only way to record a streaming AirPlay device was to use additional screen recording software. It was not an elegant solution. If you are interested in recording the display of an AirPlay-enabled device from your Mac, X-Mirage is an app that allows you to do exactly that, all within the click of one button.
We have all been there - our favorite movies are stuck on optical discs, while we want to enjoy watching them on an iPad or any other handheld device. The good news is, there are plenty of DVD and Blu-ray ripping tools available for all major operating systems that can easily bring those movies right to your computer's storage, but one issue that’s often encountered by people who want to rip their movies is when comparing or analyzing different versions of a ripped file for looking at information like codec, audio channel, video resolution, subtitles etc. Of course, one can easily view all this data by playing the video in a media player itself, but it's rather redundant and quite time-wasting to open individual files just to look at such basic pieces of info. MovieScanner is Windows and Mac OS X application that assists you in analyzing such information for all your ripped media under one roof.
Many of us use weak passwords and to make things worse, reuse the same ones on different websites. The reason behind this is the difficulty in remembering different passwords; the lengthier and more complex a password is, the more secure it is, but at the same time, the harder it becomes to remember. Password managers provide a handy solution to this problem by letting you store your login information for different websites in one secure vault, and reuse it whenever needed. There are the basic kinds of password managers that store information offline on your computer’s storage, and then there are more advanced ones that not only save login data online, but also have apps for smartphones like iPhone and Android. Keeper is one such application that is quite feature-rich. Sporting a really great design, it protects your login information in an encrypted database, and sync it across Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, iOS and Android.
With the release of OS X Mavericks, Apple have released a much-awaited update to the iWork and the iLife suite, which will be given away for free with the purchase of every new Mac bought on or after October 1, 2013 (and updated to OS X Mavericks) and every iOS 7 device activated on or after September 1, 2013. You are, of course, eligible for a free upgrade if you have ever purchased iWork in the past. However, If you haven't, there is now a way to gain free access to the new iWork for OS X legally. Read More
This has been a very busy time of the year for Apple. They have released the next generation of Mac OS X, 10.9 Mavericks, and it is available for free. With an overhaul of iWorks and iLife also announced, the news of the iPad Air and new iPad mini with Retina Display turned this into Apple’s week. We certainly have been waiting for the final, public release of OS X Mavericks for quite some time, and now that we've had a couple days playing around with its new features and changes, let’s get to what we think of the OS.
Dropbox single-handedly reinvigorated the cloud syncing and storage market, and for good reason. The team behind the service is constantly iterating on their product, coming up with inventive new ways to use it for saving and sharing files. After the highly useful "Camera Uploads" feature, they've now come up with an equivalent for screenshots. On mobile platforms, the screenshots you took already get uploaded to Dropbox and synced across all your devices if you have Camera Uploads enabled. With screenshot sharing, the feature comes to the desktop as well, along with a direct sharing option. You'll have to read past the jump to see how it works. Read More
iTunes might provide the only official way of managing data on your iOS devices, but there are many third-party desktop tools that do the same with a lot less hassle. iPhone Explorer and iDevice Manager are just two of the alternatives iOS users have for iTunes. Thanks to such software, you can drag and drop media, app data, notes, and contacts to your device without having to figure out the complicated syncing hierarchies that can make using iTunes a real pain in the neck. iBrowse is yet another tool that offers iOS file access, but it is unique to some extent, too. With iBrowse, you get to go through the backup data stored on your computer, without having to restore it to a device. When an iPhone is connected to your PC or Mac, iBrowse also shows full app data, along with the usual photo and video files. Read More
One of the major concerns that many people have about cloud storage is how secure their data will be when saved to the cloud. Privacy-conscious people tend to hesitate in entrusting their confidential information to a company without the guarantee that no one else will be able to access it. There are countless cloud storage services out there such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Bitcasa that offer plenty of storage space to you for free, but they aren't exactly known for having strong data security and encryption, which has lead to the rise of third-party apps like BoxCryptor for adding that security layer. If security is what you look for in a cloud storage service, Tresorit is can be a good choice. It’s a simple cloud storage and file sharing & syncing app for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS that aims to provide the most secure cloud environment for your data, and comes packaged with an elegant interface.
iTunes 11 was released more than a month after iOS 6 came out, but that wasn’t really a big deal because users were able to continue syncing their iDevices without any problems, and none of the existing features were affected. With iOS 7, however, it is a whole new story. iTunes 11.0.3 does not recognize devices running the OS’ latest version. Some users who immediately updated to iOS 7 hours ago after seeing its new features were left feeling somewhat stuck for the short period of time that iTunes 11.1 was failing to download. The download page seems to be working fine now, though, and not only can you use it to backup/restore your iOS 7 device, but it also has iTunes Radio built into it! Another major addition is ‘Shuffle Genius’, which makes sure that even when in shuffle mode, your playlists are created intelligently.
The NSA, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, your government’s spies – the list of agencies or organizations that have access to your data and may be spying on your activities just seems to keep on growing. The recent NSA leaks from whistleblower Ed Snowden have publicly confirmed that internet privacy has become a thing of the past, so the only thing standing between them and your digital footprint is the technology you use. A good VPN can go a long way when it comes to keeping your online activities private, but choosing the right browser is also important. Chromium-based Epic browser seeks to make your browsing as private and secure as possible by blocking internet cookies and tracking codes in an effective manner. While you can find many other such browsers out there already, Epic does offer some really great security features and sports the same great Google Chrome UI that we have all become accustomed to.
A photo collage is one of the most beautiful ways of sharing photos with your friends and family. Previously, we've covered a plethora of collage creators for all mobile and desktop platforms and today, we're bring you yet another such great piece of software for Windows and Mac OS X called Collagerator (an assemblage of the words Collage and Creator). The application is not only free, but also pretty awesome at letting you create fascinating collages in no time. It even includes support for retina display and contains templates designed for retina screens.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) like Udacity, edX and Coursera have taken the world of online education by storm with their high quality, collaborative, work-when-you-want style of study. Coursera in particular is quite popular because it curates courses from multiple world-class universities. You can take up all sorts of courses: from Survey of Music Technology to advanced Computer Science programs like Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Read More
Wikipedia is the world’s most popular and up to date encyclopedia. It is like an external brain of sorts that we can access anytime to gain knowledge about hundreds of thousands of topics, but only as long as we have internet access. That really doesn’t have to be the case though, since you can use Kiwix to download and read the entirety of Wikipedia completely offline. Check it out after the jump. Read More
When it comes to movie management and video playback software, there are way too many choices available, some of which are simply great, while others, not quite so. That said, it also comes down to personal taste and preference. We've covered some very fantastic movie managers in the past, such as the excellent jMovieManager and today, we bring you yet another one. MoviePile is a Java-based desktop movie manager for Windows, Mac and Linux that looks great and brings a host of interesting features to the table, the most terrific of which is dubbed Tagmark that allows you to tag specific parts in a video and play them directly with a single click later, or just turn them to an animated GIF. Pretty impressive, right? Read on!