There are a bunch of great apps you can install on your Mac—no question there. Separating amazing apps from must-have apps is the hard part, and we don’t want you to spend hours analyzing the Mac App Store (or scouring the web) to find the very best and most useful apps. We’ve made a list of champions across four…
iOS: Exchanging hilarious or embarrassing screenshots is a regular occurrence among a few of my friends, though it often involves receiving multiple images at once, occasionally in the wrong order. Whether you send screenshots of a long text message chain, an emailed receipt you’re sharing with a partner, or an entire…
There are a few programs everyone knows to add to a new computer: Chrome, Spotify, Dropbox, some work apps like Excel or Photoshop. But many of us also have our favorite helper apps and utilities to customize our workflow.
Windows: Windows 10 makes window management pretty easy thanks to its accessible shortcuts—the WIN key plus the arrow keys—but certain apps just don’t like to play nice. Whether it’s an older game from your childhood set to run at a certain resolution, a newer game that isn’t configured to cover your entire screen, or…
If you’ve ever needed to upload an image or two, or deal with a scanned document, you know about all the headaches that come with conversion, and how finicky sites get with different file types.
In terms of functionality, Apple’s generic, preloaded keyboard has certainly improved, but even after adding its own App Store, complete with stickers and apps, it’s still a little bland. What I do love about Apple is its support for third-party keyboards. You can ditch the generic offering and download enough…
iPhone: Your iPhone has a built in world clock, but it kind of sucks. Zones is not only a better alternative, it also packs in features Apple’s option should have.
Every once in a while, Apple will push out a minor update that fixes some random little problem with its operating systems. This time around, it’s the Apple ID page in 10.3, which finally has a more cohesive settings page with access to everything from two-factor authentication to serial numbers on your other devices.
Free Wi-Fi is a windfall, especially if you’re working from the library or airport, or if you just want to save data on your phone or laptop. Still, you do have to care about security when you’re out and about. Here’s how to surf safely, on any device.
Mac: You might know Parallels best as a tool to run Windows on a Mac, but the company also have a menu bar app called Parallels Toolbox that crams a bunch of utilities, like hiding the desktop, muting a mic, and more, into a single app.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a command line noob, there’s no way you remember every command, manual page, or tooltip. Lucky for you, we have some tools to make the command line less intimidating to newcomers that also help old timers remember what to do in a number of common circumstances.
Windows: RansomFree is a new tool that promises to stop ransomware attacks before they can get busy encrypting all of your data. Instead of watching specific processes or trying to use signatures to identify ransomware, it observes the behavior of running processes instead, warning you when something’s up.
Unless you have a company buying licenses for you, tools like Photoshop, Pro Tools, Maya, or even Windows can be a serious bite out of your wallet. Here are some more affordable options to those normally pricey apps that’ll help you stop fretting and get more done.
Mac: You have tons of options for different system monitors on the Mac, but if you’re looking for something a little more customizable than the rest, MenuBar Stats 2 is worth a look.
At the start of every year, you likely spend time combing through your budget, looking for expenses to cut so you can make good on your resolution to save more. And the first cost that may come to mind is your cable bill.
When it comes to video players on Mac, VLC has long been the best choice. That doesn’t mean there can’t be competition though, IINA is a video player still in early development that is looking to give VLC a run for its money.
Most people don’t realize that they have options when signing up for an energy provider. Depending on where you live, you might have a variety of utility companies available to choose from. Moreover, there are a variety of ways to cut your energy usage and save some money.
Windows/Mac/Linux: While it’s gotten easier over the years to make a Raspberry Pi SD card, it’s still a little confusing for people new to the idea of burning images. Etcher is a cross-platform tool that simplifies the process dramatically.
Chrome: Trello is an incredibly powerful productivity tool, and Next Step for Trello makes it a little better. The add-on lets you add checklists and check boxes to Trello cards, check them off directly in a card, and arrange them so you see just the next step, all steps, and more.
Windows: Rainmeter is hands-down the most popular tool for customizing the look of your Windows desktop and it’s hitting version 4.0 with some new skin creation tools.