Sismics Is A Windows, Linux & Mac RSS Server With A Web-Based Reader

Google Reader users looking for a new home for your RSS feeds should know that they don’t have much time left now to move over to a different service because in one week, Google will retire the 8-year-old Reader for good. Fortunately there are many Google Reader alternatives available and today, we’re going to take a look at a new, open-source option by the name of Sismics Reader. The application runs on your Windows, Mac or Linux machine as a server and allows multiple users to use it with their separate RSS accounts through any modern web browser running on a computer, table tor smartphone. Sismics' design is based on keeping things simple, just like Google Reader. It presents everything in an easily understandable way and Google Reader users should feel at home using it. Read More

Get iOS 7 Control Center-Like System Toggles & Shortcuts In OS X Dock With FastToggles

The brand new Control Center feature of iOS 7 is certainly worth all the attention it’s getting. Similar features were made available on jailbroken iOS devices with famous tweaks NCSettings and SBSettings.  These controls allow a user to toggle frequently used settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS as well as manage brightness and orientation etc. OS X has some of these same settings that are frequently accessed and you have to go through several clicks, menus, and options just to turn them on or off. FastToggles is a Mac app worth $1.99 that puts these settings just a click away. It’s a group of apps in itself that allow you to turn Bluetooth and Wi-Fi On/Off, toggle the visibility of hidden files and desktop icon, eject all mounted drives, empty the trash, lock your screen, log out, mute sound, open your downloads, Dropbox or Home folder, quit all apps, shut down or restart your Mac, and put the display to sleep. Read More

Edit Images & View Them In Sync On Multiple PCs Over LAN With Nomacs

There has never been a shortage of image viewers on Windows as well as other major desktop platforms; hop on to any software repository on the internet and you will find plenty of options for viewing your photos. So, do we really need another one? Perhaps yes. Especially when image viewers like Nomacs  come packaged with an umpteen number of features, the offer becomes even more enticing. On the surface, it looks exactly like any other image viewer, but deep down you will find a slew of handy tools that are likely to make Nomacs one of your favorite apps. The application supports almost all the major image formats out there (Including RAW), and lets you easily view and edit pictures in JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF, XPM, PGM, CR2, NEF, RW2, PSD and DNG formats, among a handful of others. A rather unusual feature is Nomacs' ability to sync the image view across multiple PCs over your local network, which really sets it apart from other similar tools. Read More

How To Send Video Messages To Your Offline Contacts In Skype

Voicemail lets you deflect calls when you’re busy in order to be able to access the recorded messages later. If you've ever thought of having that very same feature in Skype - the leading app for making voice and video calls over the internet, we have some great news for you. Skype has just added the feature and you can now send video messages to your Skype contacts even when they’re offline. On free accounts, a video message can be 3 minutes long, but with a premium account, users can send video messages of any length. The video messages can be sent from both desktop and mobile apps of the service, and can be recorded by front facing or regular back cameras on mobile devices. Read More

Add Panoramic Camera Motion To Time-Lapse Videos With Panolapse

If you’ve ever seen those nature documentaries on Discovery Channel or National Geographic, you don't really need any explanation about time-lapse videos. Just how they fast-forward time to capture all those plants growing and sun moving in and out of sight in seconds is simply jaw-dropping. With wide adoption of DSLR cameras, time-lapse photography has become quite famous over the past few years. Beside professional cameras specifically designed with this option, there's a variety of smartphone and desktop apps developed to help all types of users with creating time-lapses. So, how about creating them using a bit of your time and a free desktop tool called Panolapse? It’s a free app available for Window as well as Mac OS X for creating time lapse videos with virtual camera motion. Read More

Get A Presentation-Friendly Mouse Cursor With Zoom & Click Highlighting In OS X

Good presentation assistance tools are often hard to find, and most of the ones available are expensive, to say the least. Many are often meant to work with a companion app that you originally created the presentation in, and are not standalone apps that can be used freely. Highlighter is a free Mac App that is a very basic presentation tool; it replaces the mouse cursor with a red hoop. Everything in the hoop is magnified 30% when you click anywhere, and the hoop turns blue for a split second to indicate the action. It’s best used for giving demos and perhaps for creating screencasts. While most feature-rich screencasting tools will will allow you to do this, Highlighter can be a very useful companion for those that don't offer this feature. Read More

Open OS X Preference Panes From Shortcuts In The Dock Or Launchpad

The System Preferences in OS X, the equivalent of the Control Panel on Windows, is accessed quite frequently in general, where some preference panes are used more often than others. To access a preference pane, you have to either open System Preferences, or use Spotlight. Spotlight is, by far, the shortest way to get straight to a pref pane, but for that, you must remember its name correctly. Mactuts has come up with a much faster and exponentially better way to access these panes: accessing them as one would an app. Built using AppleScripts, these app-like shortcuts, collectively called Preferences Quick Launch are similar in appearance to the pane they represent and can be pinned to the Dock. The two preference panes that have been left out are the iCloud and Accessibility panes. This group of shortcuts has been developed for Mountain Lion only, and may or may not work on older versions of OS X. Read More

MagicanRest Forces You To Rest Your Eyes For Custom Time Periods

You’ve no doubt come across many apps that remind you to rest your eyes if you sit in front of the screen all day long. These apps regulate how long you work, and ensure you rest eyes for a certain number of minutes after spending a certain amount of time working. That's simple enough, except most of these apps like to decide for themselves how long you should work and how long you should rest, and no one has the time to stop and take that many frequent breaks. MagicanRest is a free app available in the Mac App Store that reminds you to rest your eyes, but you get to choose when and how long to rest. The rest periods can be set at regular intervals of your choice, but can also be paused and disabled for a particular day. The rest screen, which prevents you from accessing our system, has an emergency button that lets you get back into your system should the need arise. Read More

Use Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets On The Desktop With WidgetRunner

If you dismissed the Dashboard on your Mac because it was useless, annoying to have to shift to, or too much of a distraction that would take you away from your other work spaces, you also - perhaps inadvertently - stopped using widgets for the most part. There are some who argue that Widgets are useless, while others think they could just as easily have been apps and the whole ‘Dashboard’ been avoided altogether. WidgetRunner is a free Mac app that lets you run widgets, both stock and custom-installed, as apps on a regular desktop space. The widgets behave much as any other app window, though they do not appear as windows under their own name and have to be added by selecting WidgetRunner. Read More

KillerKeys VR Teaches Hotkeys For Mac Apps Using A Virtual Keyboard

If I find an app that works well, does something I really need it to do and has a reasonable price tag but lacks keyboard shortcuts, I am left disappointed. To me, keyboard shortcuts are specially essential in apps that one might use frequently. Though there is a difference between using shortcuts for simple and complex apps: it’s easier to learn them all when the app is simple and performs few functions, but can be challenging when it comes to feature-filled apps. KillerKeys VR for OS X is a free learning tool for app shortcuts that adds an on-screen keyboard to your desktop that shows available shortcuts and what they do. The keys are color-coded and change if you’re holding down a modifier key such as Command or Control. The app  can show on-screen shortcuts for OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and iTunes. You can buy shortcut indicators for more apps like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Final CutPro 7, etc. The price for the shortcuts of an app varies between $0.99 and $4.99. Read More

‘Get Mac Apps’ Allows Easy Batch-Download & Installation Of Popular OS X Programs

Installing apps on a Mac is not the same closed and fenced-in deal that installing apps on an iOS device is. True, you have to sidestep Gatekeeper if you're running Lion or Mountain Lion, but you can still download and install Mac apps from just about any source. Though, finding and then installing these apps - whether from the Mac App Store or the developer’s site - can be a bit tedious, which is something Get Mac Apps can help you out with. It’s a simple web service that allows users to select the apps they want to install, and gives them a single command to run in Terminal to get them all in one go. The apps are then downloaded without so much as asking you to enter your system’s password or sign in with your Apple ID. The best part is that Gatekeeper lets you run the apps without having to sidestep them, and any DMG files that are downloaded are automatically removed after installation. The result is one of the cleanest and most convenient ways to download and install Mac Apps. Read More

Adobe Presenter Video Express For Mac Lets You Capture, Combine & Upload Videos And Screencasts

We’ve reviewed a few screencasting tools for Mac, of which the free Ripcorder Screen is a favorite. Users can turn to QuickTime, a stock Mac app, that lets you create screencasts as well. New on the screencasting front is Adobe Presenter Video Express, a free Mac app from Adobe that lets you record both screencasts and videos. You can edit videos, add closed captions, and view screencasts and recordings side by side. The final project can be uploaded to both YouTube and Dropbox, though it cannot be saved to your local drive; however, if you go for Dropbox, it'll get synced to your computer anyway. Read More

Picturelife Offers Dropbox-Like Cross-Platform Sync & Easy Sharing For Photos & Videos

When you think ‘cloud computing’, what comes to mind are services designed to let you upload and access all sorts of content from the cloud. And that is apparently true, as most of the cloud services out there these days are designed with the same purpose in mind, though how about a cloud solution exclusively made to store your photos and videos, and present them in a captivating way? Picturelife is a fine-looking photo and video backup service with apps for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android that lets you store your content on the cloud and access it across all these devices. Read past the break for further details. Read More

Dashlane Gets Improved Desktop App UI, Two-Step Authentication & Built-In Browser On Android

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Dashlane is one of the most popular password managers and security vaults for sensitive information that you enter in your browser. The service and its apps work with your browsers to save and auto-fill important information, eliminating your dependence on your browser's own password manager and auto-fill feature, which isn't the most secure place for important data and doesn't work across different browsers. Dashlane updated both its Mac and PC apps a while back, as well as its Android app. Both Mac and PC apps have had a design overhaul as well as the addition of a 'Security dashboard' that finds security loopholes or possible flaws on your system and tells you how to fix them. It's also adds 2-factor authentication via Google Authenticator. The Android app has also received two-factor authentication and in addition, now offers an in-app browser that you can sign into easily with the account information you've saved in Dashlane, and supports both portrait and landscape orientation. Read More

How To Prevent Mac OS X Spotlight From Indexing A File Or Folder

Hiding files on your Mac is not easy, and Spotlight is the reason why. Without a doubt, OS X has a very smart file indexing feature - a little too smart even, making it really hard to get around it. Hiding or protecting your files in the absence of an efficient encryption tool is a challenge in itself. The problem with encryption tools is that you have to go back & forth between encrypting and decrypting files whenever you need to access or modify them. It’s one area where Windows’ users have it easy. Coming back to Spotlight, the feature is what will most likely help someone find the files you want to hide the most. There is a built-on option to mark files that Spotlight shouldn't index but it isn't as effective as it should be. Here’s a much faster way to get the same results. Read More

Remotely Access Your Mac Files & Move Them To Dropbox With Spotdox

With services like Dropbox, you rarely have to worry about not being able to access an important file because of problems in your USB drive, forgetting to bring the drive along, or forgetting to copy files to it. The problem you might have now is forgetting to move an important file to your Dropbox folder in the first place. After all, if the file never synced to your Dropbox account, you most certainly will not be able to access it from elsewhere. For Mac users, there’s a simple solution: Spotdox. It’s a Mac App available for free to the first 10,000 users (no indication of what it will cost after the limit has expired) that allows you to access files on your Mac from any device that has a browser and active internet connection. You can then move any of those files to your Dropbox folder and access them from Dropbox’s web interface or application. Read More

Online Audio Recorder Is An Easier, Java-Based Solution To Record System Or Mic Sound On PC & Mac

The Internet is full of all kind of multimedia content, and it would be fair to say that many of us spend a large chunk of our internet time surfing through YouTube and Spotify, when we're not watching funny pictures on 9GAG, or stalking others on Facebook and Twitter. Put the social media stalking and funny pictures sites aside, the former two services are probably among the few best sources to stream music online but unfortunately, neither of the two offer a way to record or download your favorite tunes to your local drive for, let’s say, offline listening. So, how about recording the music while it’s being played in the background? Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder might come in handy for this. It’s a Java applet-based application that can record any type of audio being played, from both system sound and microphone inputs. Lets take a quick look. Read More

Auto-Eject All Removable Disks When Your Mac Goes To Sleep

At some point in our lives, we've all pulled a USB drive unceremoniously from our system. By unceremoniously, I mean that the drive was not ejected or unplugged, but yanked out without a warning. Naturally, your system - whether it’s a Mac or a PC - will remind you not to do that, as it can result in data being corrupted, among other things. Apart from habit, USB drives are usually removed like this in one of two scenarios: when you’re in too much of a hurry to make the two clicks needed to eject a drive, or when you think your computer is off, and you remove a drive only to find out later that you were mistaken and the system was merely in sleep mode. Sleep Eject is a small App available for $0.99 in the Mac App Store that ejects all mounted drives when your system goes to sleep. This means if you do need to remove a drive from your system, you need not waste time waking it up first. Read More

Hands-On With New Features Of Opera Next For Windows & Mac

Opera is a seemingly small name among desktop browsers, but it’s a tough competitor on the mobile platform, with users of both smartphones and feature phones using it regularly. Why Opera hasn't been able to compete with browsers like Chrome and Firefox is hard to say, but the team behind it is looking to fix that. The company has just brought Opera Next - its bleeding edge version that's a bit like Chrome's Canary and Firefox's Aurora builds - to Windows and Mac. The brand new Opera Next 15 comes with a new engine working under the hood, plenty of new features, and a brand new interface. Opera 15 is now running on Chromium and the difference that has made becomes apparent the second you launch it. Read More

Shape Magic Adds Search, Screenshot & Hide-Windows Items To Menu Bar

We review screenshot apps very often; just yesterday we reviewed PopShot that allows you to take screenshots and export them to any app, upload them online, or just save them to a location of your choice. With the growing number of screenshot apps, developers need to find ways to differentiate their own app from the rest, and that’s why you will find evolved screenshot tools that combine two or more other features as well. Shape Magic is an app available in the Mac App Store for $2.99 that adds bundles a screenshot tool with a search bar and a 'hide all apps' button. These features are added as buttons in geometric shapes on the Menu Bar - a square for hiding apps, a diamond or rhombus for accessing the search bar that supports several search engines, and a circle for screenshots. For each feature, there are customization options available too; you can choose to exclude certain apps when the rest are hidden, select which search engines are supported and what order they appear in, and include or exclude the cursor and window shadow in the screenshot. Read More