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'X-Files' star Gillian Anderson writing sci-fi book series

Actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as FBI Agent Dana Scully -- Agent Fox Mulder's skeptical partner -- in the hit sci-fi series "The X-Files," is now writing a sci-fi book series called "EarthEnd Saga" with co-writer Jeff Rovin, who is best known for "Tom Clancy's Op-Center" book series.

The first book in the saga, "A Vision of Fire," tells the story of a child psychiatrist, Caitlin O'Hara, who treats children who have suffered trauma due to war and natural disasters. O'Hara's world changes forever when she begins to help one troubled young girl. … Read more

Review: Immortal Files for Mac makes scheduled backups of your entire machine

Immortal Files for Mac secures your files by making an encrypted backup on an external hard drive connected to the machine or over the network to another computer. While it has the same features as Apple's Time Machine, it allows you to back up to a shared network folder on another computer as well as dedicated external hard drives. It's a robust app with nice features.

Featuring an intuitive interface, Immortal Files for Mac lets you quickly check the folders you want to back up. Much like Time Machine, it enables you to peek into your file history … Read more

How to check if your Snapchat account info was leaked

To ring in the new year, Snapchat suffered from a fairly large data breach. A file containing 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers was posted for all to view.

When leaks like this occur, it's natural to wonder if your data is included in the breach. With the original document and site no longer available (the site itself was suspended), you're not able to grab the leaked file yourself and search for your username or phone number.

But as Mashable reported earlier today, there are a couple of Web sites built specifically to help people identify if … Read more

Review: Remo Privacy Cleaner for Mac provides tools to wipe away excess or invasive files

Remo Privacy Cleaner for Mac is designed to wipe away excess files from your Internet browsing history, protecting your privacy. It does this by actively scanning for files you don't need, cookies that have long since expired, and other deposits made on your computer that could be a potential privacy breach in the future. It also helps you clean up the junk from apps, browsing history, trash files, and more to keep your Mac clean.

After installation, there are a couple of additional steps before Remo Privacy Cleaner is fully ready to use. Once it is ready to use, … Read more

Review: iFileExpress HD provides tools for transferring files between desktop and iPad

iFileExpress HD is designed as a file transfer tool for your iPad, but it requires you to be plugged in and using iTunes. This limits the usefulness of the app and dates it against some other apps that offer immediate transfer over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections. While the app works as described and the transfers are fast, its uses will be limited.

After installation, you'll be given a full tutorial, showing you where all of the features are located and how to set up and make your first transfer. You'll need to have the app installed on your … Read more

Google Drive for iOS adds sorting, searching

Google Drive for iOS continues to take small steps in becoming more like its Android counterpart.

Yesterday, Google updated the app with two small but welcome additions: file sorting and a find/replace feature for documents.

Now, when viewing your main file list, you'll see a Sort button in the upper-right corner. Tap it to access the following new options:

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Google Drive also offers a helpful new tool for anyone who relies on the app for document editing: find-and-replace.

When you have a document open, you … Read more

How to transfer large amounts of data between Macs quickly

If you need to transfer a file or two from one Mac to another, you may use a service like Dropbox, or copy them to a USB drive and move them manually; however, there are some built-in options that can be substantially faster, especially if you are transferring large amounts of data up to numerous gigabytes.

To do this you might consider simply enabling file sharing on one of the systems, and then connecting to it from the second computer over whatever network connection you are currently using; however, in doing so you may end up using a relatively slow … Read more

Review: FileSalvage for Mac recovers deleted files on your Mac OS X

With its clean, accessible user interface, FileSalvage for Mac allows you to search and recover accidentally deleted documents from working as well as damaged hard drives with ease. It's a premium app that comes bundled with several useful features, including a file viewer and the ability to save your scanning progress. If you're willing to pay for those features, you'll like this app.

Following a quick installation, FileSalvage for Mac's trial version lets you try out the Expert mode -- two others are available for the premium edition. The interface has a clean and modern look … Read more

Review: Batch File Rename for Mac lets you easily change filenames

Batch File Rename for Mac offers basic drag-and-drop functions that let you change filenames more quickly. If you have files that have default names from a device, like a camera, or just want to change names for later reference, this app is for you. It's easy to use and performs well.

A premium program, Batch File Rename for Mac features a free trial version that limits you to three renames at a time. All you have to do to use it is select the files you want to rename and drag them onto the program icon. This brings up … Read more

Review: Araxis Find Duplicate Files for Mac quickly locates and removes file copies

Araxis Find Duplicate Files for Mac quickly locates and removes files you don't need on your computer, saving disc space. Notable for its speed, drag-and-drop functions, and easy-to-use interface, this program will be of use to you if you have a large number of files cluttering your hard drive. The only major downside is that it's a premium app.

The trial version of Araxis Find Duplicate Files for Mac comes with no limitations in terms of features, but works only for seven days. You can either drag and drop folders for searching or manually add them via a … Read more