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OS X Mavericks update expected soon after initial release

When Apple releases OS X Mavericks, a bugfix update is expected shortly thereafter.

Apple's upcoming release of its Mac operating system is due out any day now, bringing with it a number of new features that include some major changes to memory management and process handling that should increase battery life on laptops, and make systems with fixed or limited resources more capable.

After months of development and having issued numerous developer preview releases of Mavericks to its development and testing communities, last Friday Apple issued the Golden Master build of Mavericks, which, unless some major bug is found … Read more

Review: Social for Mac unifies WordPress blogs with popular social networking sites

Social for Mac is a very handy plug-in for a WordPress Web site. It allows users to link WordPress blogs with social media, broadcast blog posts, and aggregate mentions, retweets, and replies, and republish them as WordPress comments. The plug-in performs flawlessly, and seamlessly links user-specified accounts without problems. However, this isn't an app for Mac OS X as its name suggests, but a plug-in for a WordPress Web site.

Social for Mac unzips and installs by uploading the content to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory or by using the plug-in uploader in the user's WordPress admin. panel. The … Read more

Review: PicShop Lite is a robust photo editor with a sleek design and interface

PicShop Photo Editor manages to avoid many of the mistakes commonly made by other photo editors to provide a robust, easy-to-use experience, perfect for the iPhone. Loaded with useful editing tools, a slick interface, and tons of tips along the way to ensure you get the most out of the app, PicShop Photo Editor will become a staple in your photo editing tool folder.

When you first open PicShop Photo Editor, the app will show you where to tap and how to find certain tools you will need for the editing process. Start by taking a new photo, loading one … Read more

Review: Enhance your Android video capabilities with mVideoPlayer

With its additional video playback options and easy-to-use interface, mVideoPlayer is an upgrade over native Android video players. Whether viewing movies from outside sources or those taken by your device, the program performs well and even allows for viewing subtitles, if available in the video.

The free program's small size allows it to download and start quickly. The main menu does have some advertisements along the bottom, but they are less conspicuous compared to other programs. Buttons along the top allow for displaying watched and unfinished videos, sorting by criteria, and scanning for more files, among other options. Each … Read more

Review: Enjoy "Office" documents with Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013

Kingsoft's Office Suite Professional 2013 offers affordable compatibility with Microsoft Office. Building on Kingsoft's popular Office Suite Free, the Pro version adds a new tabbed interface, VBA macros, intuitive table and paragraph tools, and improved exporting. And, unlike the freeware, no pop-ups. Office Suite Professional bundles Writer, Spreadsheets, and Presentation. It runs in Windows XP to 8 and works best with at least 512MB of RAM and 1GB of free disk space.

We had several choices to make when installing Kingsoft Office Suite Pro, including associating it with Office formats like DOC and XLS and choosing from three … Read more

Review: The clipping is easy with Free MP3 Cutter Joiner

Free MP3 Cutter Joiner takes the most common method for editing MP3s and pares it down to the essentials. Like nearly every other tool of its type, Free MP3 Cutter Joiner lets you mark the start and end points of your clip on a spectral graph that follows the music. But instead of trying to impress you by looking like a pro mixing panel, Free MP3 Cutter puts all the necessary controls right where you need them.

As its name suggests, Free MP3 Cutter Joiner is actually two tools in one, MP3 Cutter and MP3 Joiner, each with its own … Read more

Review: Launcher 8 captures Windows' Live Tiles perfectly

Launcher 8 includes all the fun colors and animations of Windows 8's home screen and gives you plenty of ways to customize it to boot. The only thing it's missing is Live Tile's ability to display real-time information from your social feeds. That's a decent trade-off for everything else it gives you.

When you first load this launcher, it gives you a bunch of preset icons and tiles. Some of these--like maps, messaging, and browser--are already attached to their appropriate app. Most aren't, which means you do have to spend some time setting things up. … Read more

Review: Map thoughts and ideas and organize workflow using MindNode Lite

As a functional idea-mapping program with a streamlined interface, MindNode Lite for Mac helps users think creatively and organize their thoughts logically. The software performs as advertised even though the free version comes with certain limitations.

While MindNode Lite for Mac lacks any user tutorial or walk-through, the main menu is designed well enough for most users to pick up easily. The main window contains a large white space, where a center box is placed by default. Here, the user can enter the title of the first entry, or node. Moving the cursor around the area of the first box … Read more

Search your files with AndroXplorer

Rooting your phone is a scary step for first-timers, but the possibility of increased control and usability is very tempting. AndroXplorer is a very interesting happy medium for the average person. It gives you plenty of control without needing a ton of technical know-how. Just use it with caution and stay inside of your comfort zone for the best experience.

Though AndroXplorer isn't the coolest thing to look at -- unless you like the cute little Android mascot -- it is powerful. It lets you look at every nook and cranny of your smartphone's or tablet's insides. … Read more

Navigate to new destinations with CoPilot GPS app for your Android device

The most typical drawback of Google Maps for navigation is the data usage that occurs during the entire time you are navigating. Unlike Google Maps, CoPilot GPS doesn't have to constantly download and update the map as you move along the road. It operates similarly to a traditional GPS.

Copilot GPS welcomed us with an attractive layout. The app is well designed and intuitive. During the setup, this app requires you to pick a map and download it. At this stage of setup it is highly recommended that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network due to speed and … Read more