Review: Improve your memory and concentration, playing Brain Tease

Brain Tease for Mac consists of two games designed to improve your memory and concentration skills. The application features basic but appealing gameplay packed in an easy-to-interpret interface.

Brain Tease for Mac's main menu has two halves, each with a different memory game. The controls and objects of each are difficult to figure out from the interface. Both sides have a nine-item grid. The left side game has the word for a different color in each grid. Clicking a basic button arranges the words and highlights the letters in the corresponding color. The user is to read each of … Read more

Review: Unlock your PC with quick mouse gestures with Eusing Maze Lock

Now you can leave your PC unattended (but not unsecured) yet still wake it up with a flick of the wrist, with help from Eusing Maze Lock. Like a screensaver or sleep setting, Maze Lock works while you're away, preventing unauthorized access until you connect the dots on a matrix in your predetermined pattern. That sounds complex and time-consuming, but it's actually quick, easy, and natural--sort of like the wrist action you probably already use to wake your sleeping computer. The difference is, Maze Lock prevented anyone else from waking it while you were away.

The principle behind … Read more

Review: Save important data in the cloud with IDrive

IDrive for Mac performs well and offers advanced features that would make it a useful option for anyone who needs help backing up important data. The application's installer easily guides users through the setup process.

IDrive for Mac comes in three versions. Its basic version, tested here, is free and includes the use of up to 5GB of storage space. After starting, the program requests the user to enter sign-in information, or create a new account through the developer's Web site. The main computer menu is easy to decipher, with good graphics and labels. On the left side … Read more

Review: Scramble and rearrange our own photos with Picture Puzzle

Lacking any advanced graphics and with limited playing options, Picture Puzzle for Mac's ability to use JPG images makes it a playable game for a limited time. While users can take their own images and scramble them, the click-and-drag style of navigating the puzzle is limiting, as is the counter scoring system.

Picture Puzzle for Mac's main menu lacks any of the advanced graphics seen in other, similar games. This includes motion menus and animations, which are completely absent. The user can select a photo from their computer for use. The photo loads into the main window, and … Read more

Review: Snapchat offers a fun, free way to temporarily share pictures

Snapchat lets you share interesting moments with others using a disappearing photo feature that no other app can match. If the temptation to send disappearing messages to your friends strikes you, then this is the app you need.

The app starts by combing your contacts for people who already use it. In the rare chance you can't find someone to message, you can invite a friend from the same menu. The app walks you through the whole process of sending images to your friends. It lets you set a 10-second timer on a photo and then send it off … Read more

Review: Create memory practice games using text or pictures with Flash Cards

With the ability to make flash cards covering any topic, Flash Cards for Mac would be useful for users who want to improve their memory and knowledge. Available for free, the application downloads and installs quickly.

The design of the main menu is basic, with no graphics to distinguish buttons or functions. The text labels were accurate, but a better interface would have helped new users navigate Flash Cards for Mac more effectively. By clicking on the Setup button the user can choose between two modes: Text and Picture. Here the user can also set the period between displays as … Read more

Review: Add Chrome-like tabs to Windows Explorer with Clover

Clover adds browser-like tabs to Windows Explorer smoothly, effectively, and seamlessly. It will make you wonder why no one has thought of this before! If you ever have more than one Explorer window open, you'll want to add this download to make multitasking easier.

The program installs quickly and doesn't require you to always have it on to get tabs. Clover is expandable through themes, but you have to download those separately. A built-in themes store would be a welcome addition to the app. The app does let you put your most-used folders in a bookmark bar, which … Read more

Review: Make calls and send messages over the Web free of charge, using Viber

Initially launched only for iPhone a few years ago, Viber for Mac today includes all appropriate functions for sending messages, making free calls, and syncing messages and contacts between any smartphone and Mac. Even though some features seem to be still in development, this app shows great results.

After downloading, the program prompts the user to enter information from their phone. Viber for Mac requires that the user own a smartphone--to confirm this, the program sends a message to the smartphone with a code, which verifies the applications and allows it to start. The main menu includes a left-side area … Read more

Review: Colortypist helps you quickly find the hex code for any color

Colortypist is a fast, slim download that lets you experiment and find the HTML code for every color. It installs in seconds and helps you get the color you need even faster. It even has some neat features that will help you do more with that color once you find it, too.

The program comes in an executable file, so there's no need to install it. Colortypist is ready to go in seconds and sports a neat, unobtrusive layout. As you type in numbers, the colors pop up in full screen so you can get a good look at … Read more

Review: Access and control your Mac remotely with Splashtop Streamer

Splashtop Streamer for Mac allows users to remotely access their Mac's controls via their mobile device. The computer application works well, but the link from the smartphone application needs refining for a more useful experience.

The computer application is available as freeware for individual use at home or office, but most accompanying applications for smartphones and tablets cost money to operate. To use this application from anywhere in the world or over a 3G or 4G network you will need to purchase a monthly or yearly subscription. For testing purposes, together with the Splashtop Streamer for Mac, we used … Read more