Tag: Review

BitTorrent Sync gives you the flexibility to sync anything

Several months ago I started replacing Dropbox with BitTorrent Sync ("BTS" for short) for my file-syncing needs, and I couldn't be happier with the results. One study showed BTS was up to 16 times faster than syncing to the cloud. Let me walk you through some of the features and some of the reason ...

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Hocus Focus hides inactive apps automatically

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who like a nice, clean virtual workspace, and John Siracusa. If you're closer to the former than the latter, check out Hocus Focus - a Mac menu bar app which automatically hides inactive apps. At first, Hocus Focus may remind you of Spirited Away (...

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Folderol: An amazingly useful OS X utility by one of TUAW's finest

While we're busy closing down shop here at TUAW, I thought that I'd write one final app review. It's fitting that it's an app by Aunt TUAW herself, Erica Sadun. Folderol (US$2.99) is a surprisingly useful and fun utility that does one thing very well -- it applies custom colors and images to fold...

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Pressur is a simple barometer app

The iPhone 6, 6 plus and the iPad Air 2 added a barometer sensor. Obstensibly it is supposed to help the device better track your steps for the health app by knowing when you've gone up and down stairs. But there is no reason it can't also be used for weather purposes. That's exactly what Pressur do...

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Yahoo updates its news and lifestyle app with more interactive features

Yahoo has a bunch of apps for iOS, including Yahoo Mail, Weather, Finance and others. The primary Yahoo app (free) is what has just received an update. This app features a blend of news with Yahoo's interactive lifestyle magazines. The Yahoo app has been slightly retooled visually, and there are ...

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Learn the mental part of defense with Baseball Academics

Growing up I learned to play baseball the same way millions of youngsters have learned and continue to learn, by playing the game. The most difficult part of learning the game was the mental part. Hitting, catching, and throwing the ball are physical efforts that you can master through repetitio...

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PicoPro: A laser projector about the size of an iPhone 6 Plus

Several times in the past, TUAW has done reviews of pico projectors - projectors that are so small that they can be slipped into a pocket on a backpack or in a briefcase. Designed to make presentations on the road less burdensome, pico projectors have always had one Achilles Heel - the visual qu...

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Puppet Punch brings arcade action to center stage, literally

Puppet Punch is a new game for iPhone and iPad. Originally only in the Canada, Brazil and Austria App Stores, the title is now available in the United States. The game has a clear bias against puppets. Gameplay is similar to a whack-a-mole concept, just tapping to punch the puppets. There are var...

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Wrise is a new and specialized word processor for Mac

There just aren't too many new OS X word processing applications appearing these days, with Microsoft Word and Apple's Pages ruling the roost. So it was with some interest that I took a look at Wrise (US$29.99 introductory pricing at the Mac app store), which certainly provides a fresh take on word ...

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Set healthy goals with iHydrate

Despite the numerous studies about how drinking more water keeps us focused and energized and does things like help us fight off colds and stave off migraines, most of us fail at drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day. iHydrate, US$1.99 in the App Store, helps you to get your dail...

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The Lowdown meetings app for iOS is now free and improved

Lowdown (free) is an intriguing business app that provides briefings on participants and companies you are meeting with, helps you get to the meeting with location information, and tells you when others arrive. When you start you can integrate the app to other services like Linkedin (it's require...

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Archer Diaries is on target

Travel to exciting replications of real-world locations in an attempt to master the art of archery in Archer Diaries. At the start of each level, players are tasked with obtaining a certain score by hitting targets and other objects before the time runs out. Archer Diaries is compatible with iOS...

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Grow: Cuby's Quest is an intriguing space adventure game

Grow: Cuby's Quest is a new space adventure game for iOS. You control Cuby. No one's entirely sure what Cuby actually is, but at the very least it's a cube-shaped character that survives and thrives on "pecs," crystals in the game. The short version: collect as many pecs as possible to grow Cuby ...

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iMacompanion: Kickstarted accessory puts a USB 3.0 port at the front of your iMac

It's always a pleasure to see projects graduate from Kickstarter or Indiegogo and actually become available for sale. One project that was intriguing a few months ago, the Wiplabs iMacompanion (US$39.99), is now in the BiteMyApple.co and Amazon.com stores. iMacompanion is a USB 3.0 extension por...

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WiFi Map uses community power to share network passwords

WiFi Map is a crowdsourced tool for finding all of the Wi-Fi hotspots in your area as well as the passwords to certain security-protected networks. Anyone in the area is able to comment on a WiFi network and leave the password for others to use, plus WiFi Map lets you save these in a collection s...

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