Apple opened its iWork suite up to everyone last year making it super easy for anyone to use its productivity apps. These apps include Pages (documents), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Keynote (Presentations). Like any great productivity suite, these come loaded with templates from Apple. You can also buy templates which are downloaded to your computer as zipped files. Unzip them and you've got absolutely nothing that can be used from the iCloud web interface. The templates only work if you've got a Mac. This effectively makes them useless because the web version of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers don't let you load a custom template. There is however a simple way to work around this and use a template you've maybe bought and downloaded to your system. Here's how.
Mac vs. Windows, iOS vs. Android, black & blue vs. white and gold, are just some of the things we like to argue about. They're the finer points of conflict in life that you can bring up when you're bored and conversation is running dry. There does come a time though when the difference actually becomes a problem like when you have to open a platform specific file like a Pages document on your Windows PC. Not only that, you might need it converted to the DOCX or PDF format so that you can view it easily on other non-Apple devices. Here's how.
is out and this version is easily one of the least exciting versions ever released if you're an end user. It's got bug fixes and the usual security improvements but little else. The one major security improvement is that the HTTP/2 protocol is now fully supported. It has been implemented for both the desktop and Android versions of Firefox. The mobile version has also gotten a new tablet interface. The desktop version will now sync tiles for frequently visited web sites that appear on the new tab page across devices. For mobile users running Android Lollipop, Maithili language is now supported, and for desktop users support for the Uzbek language has been added.
In May 2013, Viber released desktop clients for both Windows and Mac
along side a feature called ViberOut which allows users to hand off a call from their mobile devices to their desktops. A good year later, WhatsApp
has rolled out something to that same effect. WhatApp conversations can now be held from your desktop. Their solution isn't as flexible as what Viber had to offer. To begin with, there is no desktop app; the conversations are to be held over a web interface (linked at the end) and for now, only the Chrome browser is supported. Like with Viber, your connection is still tied to your phone and the phone number registered with the app. You will have to upgrade your current WhatsApp app and unfortunately, iOS will not get this new feature (yet?). The present offering is available for Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Nokia S60.
Chrome is by far the most popular web browser in the world. Where it's really fast, it's also pretty simple to use and because it has such a huge market share any features it offers automatically have a large user base off the bat. A good long while back, Chrome came out with remote desktop support
that would allow users to access and control other connected desktops, remotely. The connection was established through the Chrome browser. In April of last year, a Chrome Remote Desktop Android app
was released so that you could connect to a computer from your tablet or phone. The same Chrome Remote Desktop
has now been released for iOS and it couldn't come at a better time than when we have larger iPhones. It does not require a jailbroken device, and it's absolutely free with complete mouse and keyboard control. Here's our review.
2014 was a slow year for us as far as Mac apps were concerned. We found some really great ones though, and with the year over, we went back to see which were the best of them all. The list is short, but it's got some great apps, some to boost your productivity, and some to make your Mac look a little better. Check out our round-up for last year.
This past Monday we gave you a list of the best Windows apps reviewed in 2014
. To start the weekend off, and maybe give you something you might want to try over the weekend, here are the best tips and tutorials covered in 2014. Ranging from simple little tricks for your smartphone, to far more complicated tutorials or running Windows on a Mac, this list features how-tos for the Android, iOS, Windows, and the OS X platform.
was released just a short while back and where it wasn't big on features in terms of numbers, there was one huge feature that was introduced in the release; Firefox Hello. Think about Google Hangouts; a chat service that is restricted to your Gmail account and the Chrome browser. Remove those restrictions and you have Firefox Hello. You are restricted to needing Firefox to initiate a conversation but neither you nor your recipient need a Firefox account and they also don't need to use Firefox. Here's how you can start either an audio call or a video call with Firefox Hello.
is now available. If the update hasn't already downloaded, go ahead and check for it now. Firefox 34 is leaning more on the end-user side in terms of new features. The Android version isn't big on either developer or end-user features with Chromecast mirroring being the only significant one. The most interesting feature in Fiefox 34 is easily Firefox Hello, a new way to exchange private messages, both audio and video though the feature is still in its Beta phase. Other significant features are the new theme switcher and a way to fix the 'Fire. fox is already running' problem that users encounter at times.
Firefox has always been the go-to browser for developers. This preference comes as a result of Mozilla always considering the needs of developers as well as end users with each iteration of its browser. The company makes it a priority to provide the best development tools and in that endeavor, they recently launched the Firefox Developer Edition. This browser, in Mozilla's own words, is a browser for developers made by developers. It features amazing tools and needless to say, it isn't intended for the average user though developers can rely on it to work as a reliable browser when/if needed. Where the Firefox Developer Edition is somewhat familiar in the tools it provides, it's going to take some time to grow familiar with it all. If you've started using it you might have found that there isn't an obvious way to delete cookies. This post explains how you can view, edit, and delete cookies in Firefox Developer Edition.
is out for both Desktop and Android. You should be prompted to upgrade the next time you launch it and if you're a developer, you might want to upgrade right now. This latest instalment is a treat for developers with two new noteworthy features; a media sidebar in the Style editor and a paint flashing tool. End users will want to upgrade for the improved search functions and the more reliable session restore feature. Firefox for Android is also supporting the new Paint Flash tool for developers. For End users the new option to delete data when you quit the app is very promising as is the ability to stream video content to Chromecast and Roku.
Yesterday, Imgur users were all fixated on Project GIFV. Imgur is now supporting bigger GIF files and it turns out they play much faster, much smoother, and are a better quality altogether. I'm guessing the people at Imgur realized how crazy its user-base is about GIFs and decided to give them something to really go nuts about. Now that you have the means to share bigger, better GIFs using the most popular image sharing service, the only question that remains is, how do go about creating a super high quality GIF? Here are four tools that let you create great GIFs from your desktop, using online videos, images on your computer, or your webcam.
In light of recent security leak scandals, people are beefing up security on their personal accounts to paranoid levels. Security is always at a premium and to serve that end there are numerous solutions available. Solutions that secure images
, individual folders
, apps (android
) and even bookmarks
. The irony of security is that security providers seem to want more of your personal information to improve security. In order to really secure certain online services, you can add anything from fingerprint verification to phone confirmation, implying that in case of a security breach, not only is your web service compromised, so is your fingerprint ID and your personal phone number. However, Master Password
for Mac, Java desktop, iOS and Android (beta) makes it easy for you to remain secure without the hassle of memorizing any complicated strings. Here's how.
Customizations and Mac usually don't go hand in hand, people purchase a Mac (or create their Hackintosh
), log in and get started. Some of us resort to GeekTool
to customize certain elements, but we tend not to worry too much about the process as it serves our purpose. Sometimes, like terminal shortcuts
, we come across certain easy access techniques that help make our experience that much easier. Facilitating a similar ease of use, we review FilePane,
a $4.99 app that expands the power of drag and drop on your Mac. There is a free trail version available for the app that you can try out before you buy it.
Those of us working with terabytes of storage at a time, understand how imperative it is to keep an eye on all the working hard drives. There are apps that can keep you updated, from simple information like folder details
, to complex performance monitoring
, to entire apps like hddb
that manage hard drive databases. In that vein, we are going to take a look at the StorageStatus
app for Mac OS worth $2.99 in the Mac App Store, that is as informative as it is extremely tiny. Here's what we think of it.
for Windows, Mac, and Linux is out and with it comes a new version for Android as well. Both versions come with new features for end users and developers. One major change for end users using the desktop version is a new context menu that does away with the text based options and adds buttons for going back, forward, refreshing, and bookmarking a page. There have been the usual bug fixes and new CSS properties have been implemented. Android users once again get some UI changes. The new launch page has received a facelift and quick controls for clearing your browsing history have been added along with a nice auto-complete feature for the URL bar.
The only difference between a professional writer and a drunk texter is the ability to edit. Some writers follow the simple process of "Pre-write, write, rewrite" and they seem to do alright. Some of us are a touch too critical for our own good and end up dropping a tonne of usable content in search of perfection. At some point during re-editing (it's about all we do) we realize that we should not have edited out some word or phrase, which we are unable to recall. There are built in revision tools in most word processors that let you track your text history. Microsoft Word lets you track changes alongside your document, Mac has a native version history with each file, so on and so forth. Now, we have a solution that lets you write in your favourite editor but track changes separately. Draft Control
lets you track, search, archive and restore edits as you please. There is a $19.99 in-app purchase that lets you access multiple documents simultaneously, the free version lets you edit only one.
For every one of your needs, there is a tool out there that can help you fulfill it. The capability of these tools evolve over time and price tags. For such tools, the functions of time and cost are inversely proportional (with all technology really). Finding tools to capture, edit and render videos for free without an annoying watermark or resolution limit was a distant dream 5 years ago, now you can do that from your Quicktime
player and not lose a modicum of quality. Following is a guide on how to put your Quicktime X to best use.
Imagine going back to a time when gigantic encyclopedias were required to understand how to use any new hardware you purchased. Even they fell short of fully explaining how something worked. Fast forward to these modern times where we can condense the entire experience into a short video, eliminating room for human error. Being technologists, we are always in dire need of the right tools for the job, since there is only so much you can do with a hand held camera. That is why we have tools like Video Screen Recorder
, SCR, Screencast and Recorder and Acala
. However, they all seem to pale in comparison when the market has something like the free Screen Replay
for Mac. I love it, let me walk you through why.
You know that feeling you get, when you want to track down some music you heard somewhere in the background? Well, if you have been using smartphones then you are already using apps like SoundHound
and Yahoo! Music
to achieve these goals, but there is just something about Shazam
that makes it stand out from other apps that accomplish exactly that. Now, in this wonderful world of globalization in apps, Shazam comes to Mac OS X
. Here is what we think about it.