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Dropbox gets chatty and buys workplace chat service Zulip

Dropbox has quietly acquired a workplace chat service startup called Zulip, according to TechCrunch.

While the two companies are keeping mum on the buyout, an email that Zulip sent its customers was published on Pastebin Monday. In the email, the company confirmed the acquisition.

"We have some news for you, but you gotta keep it secret. Can you do that? Alright, sweet," the email said. "Here's the deal: Dropbox is acquiring Zulip. We're incredibly excited about working with an awesome group of people on a problem with huge scale, at a company that's as … Read more

How to save to hidden directories in OS X

While in standard uses there may be little reason to save files to a hidden directory in OS X, there are sometimes cases when you might want to do this. The operating system contains numerous hidden directories, such as the Library folder in your user account, a number of system folders that contain configuration files and programs, as well as the ability to manually hide specific folders on your system which, for fun or otherwise, can be used to keep items relatively hidden.

If you would like to access a hidden folder on your system, you might find that accessing … Read more

Fix shared computer 'not found' in Finder

When you connect your Mac to a network where there are file sharing services, such as AFP and SMB services from other Mac and Windows systems, you will see these computers show up in the "Shared" section of the Finder sidebar. Accessing these is then as easy as clicking the computer, logging in, and selecting a shared folder to mount on your system.

While this feature can be exceptionally useful, you might sometimes encounter a problem where the system cannot connect to listed shared devices and will instead give you an error stating the item "cannot be … Read more

Secure file sharing in OS X

If you would like to share files and folders on a network for others to see, or for you to access from another system, then you may be concerned about how to do so and properly protect your documents from prying eyes. Ideally, you would like to have your system available for access, but only after proper authentication from a remote user.

To enable file sharing on your system, go to the System Preferences (accessible from the Apple menu) and then in the Sharing preferences pane check the box for "File Sharing."

By default, enabling this will give … Read more

Top apps and services for filing taxes

One of the smartest men ever claimed that "the hardest thing to understand in the world is income taxes." Einstein may have lost some hair filling out his tax forms, but you don't have to. Here are free tools to reduce the stress and get the most back from your income-tax filings.

Tax-preparation software

Need help preparing your taxes? Try one of these free apps:

TaxAct TaxAct Free Federal Edition supports most basic tax returns, including the 1040EZ, but also just about any IRS e-filing form. Like TurboTax and H&R Block, TaxACT promises maximum return … Read more

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