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Disk App: Free up storage on your Mac in seconds

I'm a big skeptic when it comes to disk cleaning apps that claim to free up storage on your Mac. My experience in the past has been that the apps are slow, tend to delete files that are required to make your Mac operate properly, they're expensive (some as much as US$40!), and just aren't worth...

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See what time it is around the world with Time Zones + World Clock Time Converter

Although the included Time app from Apple is useful enough, Time Zones + World Clock Time Converter (free with in-app purchase) goes Apple a few steps better. The attractive GUI features the ability to rename locations, so you can call a place "Mom and Dad". The app displays the time differential...

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Smiley Alarm Clock is how the selfie generation wakes up

Capitalizing on the selfie craze, the Smiley Alarm Clock aims to start your morning off with a smile. Unfortunately, the app, which requires iOS 7.1 and works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, leads to frustration and general annoyance. The concept is simple. When the alarm goes off you grab...

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Team Stream is one stop shopping for all your sports information

Team Stream lets you follow all your favorite teams: MLB, NFL, NCAA, NHL, NBA and more; plus your favorite players, including all those on your fantasy teams. If you use an app for scores, another one to track your favorite baseball team, a third for your favorite college team and even another...

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Breakdown Buddy: How does it break down

Breakdown Buddy (US$0.99) is a useful app for organizing information needed in case of a car breakdown. The app works on all iOS devices running iOs 7.1 or later. There are two functions of the app; the ability to find your current location on a map and a section that holds details for a...

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CloudFella manages cloud accounts but is hampered by crashes

CloudFella for iOS manages your files in four of the major cloud services: Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and Evernote. CloudFella gives you access to all of your files across these services, provides searching, statistics, local storage, and a duplicate files finder....

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Launch Center Pro 2.3 supports iBeacons, Geofences and more

Launch Center Pro has matured into a useful and very capable utility for iPhone. When I looked at it in 2011, its main functions were launching apps and performing actions. Subsequent releases have built upon that functionality, adding features like URL schemes and x-callback-url Support. Today,...

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Alfred 2.3 adds external triggers and more

Alfred for Mac is one of my favorite utilities. So much more than an app launcher, it lets me find and move files, control apps and even set complex workflows into action for a super-effecient work day. Things get better with version 2.3, which is out now. External triggers, case-sensitive hotkeys...

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Reviews: Disk Diag is a popular, but odd Mac utility

Disk Diag from Rocky Sand Studio Ltd. is another one-trick* pony utility for Mac OS X. Updated in December, it simply scans your home folder to locate unneeded files, which you can choose to delete. Disk Diag is not well-named, because it does not do any diagnostics on your hard drive at...

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Mac App of the Week: MPlayerX offers multi-format playback for OS X

MPlayerX (free) is one of those fabulous utilities like VLC, NicePlayer and MPEG Streamclip that seems to have ended up on my Mac as a must-have playback app. It offers an OS X wrapper around FFmpeg and MPlayer libraries. These enable it to handle a wide range of media codecs without requiring you...

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Post Haste for OS X creates project template folders

A rather curious app crossed my desk this morning. Aimed at creatives who make complex project folders repeatedly, Post Haste (free) enables you to create named directory hierarchies over and over again. You supply the project name and client name, and Post Haste builds your folders and skeleton...

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DevJuice: iOS Artwork Extractor updated

Many devs find it useful to inspect system artwork -- whether for inspiration, for reverse engineering to help create consistent new elements or simply for curiosity. In that goal, there's been no better tool than the open-source iOS Artwork Extractor from Cédric Luthi. The project,...

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Chatology for Mac lets you easily search Message histories

Flexibits has released Chatology for Mac (US$19.99), which lets you search your Messages chat history with great ease and success. Its looks will make it familiar to just about anyone who's used a Mac within the last ten years and and its integration with Messages is just lovely. Say goodbye to...

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Shortcat: Spotlight for your screen

It comes as little surprise that OS X supports many flavors of user interaction, nor that certain users gravitate towards certain input styles. For example, there are trackpad wizards who beckon with careful gestures and there are mouse users who prefer to point with their cursor. And then there...

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Farensius adds weather to your Mac menu bar

For only US$0.99, the OS X Farensius app is just adorable. It adds a current weather indicator to your menu bar, and offers an optional 5-day forecast in its drop-down. It's exactly what I've been missing on my desktop. I have it set to update every five minutes, and with a tiny glance up and to...

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