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WiFi File Transfer Pro review

WiFi File Transfer Pro makes it easy for you to transfer files between your mobile device and computer without a cable, by using an FTP Client like FileZilla or your Windows file explorer. Extremely easy to set up and use, this app is a great alternative to other, more complicated wireless transfer apps that require you to register an online account, use a Web app, or limit the type of files you can transfer. Despite the name, this is a free app without any in-app purchases.

After a speedy installation, all you have to do to start transferring files with … Read more

Smart Defrag review

Smart Defrag 3 hits all the notes you'd expect from a defragger, but it is too aggressive in terms of advertising. It throws recommendations for other programs at you at every turn. Still, it makes up for that pestering with performance that rivals most defrag programs for Windows.

This program tries to replace Windows' default defragmentation widget by being more advanced and offering more style, features, and customizations. We're not kidding about replacing, either -- the program will turn off your usual defragmenter and install other programs if you don't uncheck those options during install, so be … Read more

Files to Phones review

Files to Phones is a quick, easy way to gets files off of your computer and onto your mobile gadgets. While it requires a decent amount of setup, the program works well enough to merit forgiving its small annoyances. There aren't many faster ways to move files from one gadget to another if you have a Bluetooth-capable PC.

This program uses your computer's Bluetooth network to find nearby gadgets and send them files. In most cases, the destination will be your smartphone or tablet, so make sure those have Bluetooth turned on and are able to be discovered … Read more

FileXaminer for Mac review

Inspired by OS X's Get Info option, FileXaminer for Mac comes with powerful features such as editing the permissions table, changing ownership, and converting images. It's a premium app that also offers batch operations like editing the attributes of several files at the same time. Another handy option is the ability to edit text documents as the root user, which is particularly useful for tweaking system files.

When launched, FileXaminer for Mac lets you enable keyboard shortcuts that trigger its functions. Unlike most apps, this product has no main window; file inspection is performed either through the app'… Read more

The Extractor review

The Extractor brings ZIP and RAR compatibility, extraction of password-protected files, and support for spanned archives to the crowded field of free compression tools. Version 2 of Simply Free Software's tool is easy to use, thanks to drag-and-drop and context menu integration with Windows.

The Extractor's setup wizard let us associate ZIP and RAR files with the program. We declined the ZIP option but chose to make The Extractor our default app for RAR archives since we mostly want to be able to open RAR files without buying more software. The Extractor's user interface sports large, colorful … Read more

Quickly organize files into folders in OS X

If you regularly use the OS X Finder to manage your files, then you may find yourself organizing them in a classic fashion by first creating folders and then dragging items into these folders. While the final result is a classic hierarchy structure, the two-step process of creating a folder and then dragging items into it can be mundane, especially if you are organizing many files into different folders.

To help with this, OS X supports a quicker way to create a new folder containing files. Simply select your files, then right-click the selection and choose "New Folder with … Read more

FileVault's authenticated restart has hardware requirements

Unlike the standard OS X login screen, where background services such as Remote Desktop are running, if you have FileVault enabled, the login window will appear before OS X loads. Therefore, if you have a Mac that is configured with FileVault and you reboot your system when connected via SSH, Screen Sharing, or another remote connectivity service, it will get to the FileVault login window but not allow you to re-establish your remote connection.

To get around this limitation, one option available in OS X is to perform an authenticated restart, which will allow the system to suspend the FileVault … Read more

Apple aims to target ads based on your mood

Tired of being inundated with irrelevant online ads? Apple has a new twist in mind, assuming you're in the mood.

"Inferring user mood based on user and group characteristic data," an Apple patent application published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, describes a system that would try to gauge some of your physical and behavioral facets to serve up ads that may better appeal to you.

The ad delivery system would start by compiling a "baseline mood profile" against which it can compare your future moods. Information that might be captured would include … Read more

Undo inadvertent drag-and-drop errors in Finder

As with most graphic operating systems where you have filesystem access, OS X offers the ability via the Finder to organize files. You can create new folders and copy or move files into them using the keyboard, but the primary mode for doing this is to click and drag a selection of files using the mouse.

This approach is intuitive, but does have the potential, especially depending on the mouse input device you are using, to run into a problem or two with inadvertently copying or moving files to the wrong location. For instance, if you are not too familiar … Read more

Box gives you a great interface for viewing and storing files in the cloud

Box is a free file-sharing and storage cloud app akin to Dropbox, offering several useful features and a clean interface that's incredibly easy to navigate. At the time of this review, Box is bumping up the storage to 50GB of free space for iOS users, so if you're looking for a cloud storage app, now is the time to grab Box.

Though the app has been available for a few years now, the latest version of Box is a complete redesign of the interface for iOS devices, making all the most common actions easy to get to. The … Read more