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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.

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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

Review: Browse, manage Android files on a Wi-Fi PC with WiFi File Explorer for Android

Browse and manage your Android phone's files on your Wi-Fi-equipped PC with Dooblou's free WiFi File Explorer. You can download, upload, delete, copy, stream, zip, and unzip files without removing your SD card or hooking up a USB cable. You don't need to download any software on your PC or add anything to your browser, either. WiFi File Explorer 1.4.8 adds multiple file copy and download capabilities. It's for Android 1.6 and up.

You don't have to enter your Wi-Fi password or security key to use WiFi File Explorer if your phone … Read more

Review: Bring some Windows style to your Android desktop with FX

NextApp's FX File Explorer is a file manager app designed to enhance your phone's functionality. FX's high-quality look and smooth performance make it a good choice for the job. This free file manager is suitable for Android 2.1 or better. You can customize and enhance your FX installation with a variety of add-ons and upgrades, such as the free FX TextEditor and Root Access add-ons and for-pay upgrades like FX Plus, which adds network features such as FTP and cloud storage syncing.

FX's Home screen strikes a balance between the stripped-down minimalism of a smartphone … Read more

Review: Try good file manager -- File Expert HD -- for a change

GeekSoft's File Expert HD tweaks its already worthy file manager with display, video, and interface enhancements designed for the latest Android phones and tablets. It does stuff other file managers do, like organizing and searching files, apps, and settings in one easy-to-access app. But with File Expert HD, your phone or tablet becomes your primary Internet device. It integrates with your own cloud service as well as its own GCloud. It can send files using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. It can access FTP, SFTP, and FTPS servers, too, and even accept files as a mobile Web or FTP server. … Read more

Review: Make it easy on yourself: try File Expert

File Expert is the basic version of GeekSoft's excellent file manager for Android, but it doesn't give up much to its sibling, File Expert HD. It's a better fit for older devices or those not running Android 4.0 or better. You can get a Pro upgrade that adds advanced features such as root access if you need it, but most users will find File Expert's combination of an intuitive interface and extras like unzipping files and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FTP connectivity pretty close to what they've been looking for in an Android file manager. … Read more

Review: Do more with less with Pixatel's File Manager

Pixatel's File Manager is a lightweight Android file manager. At 448KB, it's smaller than many images and dwarfed by the megabyte competition. File Manager isn't as stylish or feature-laden as the heavy hitters, but it's easy to use, fast, and uses fewer resources. It's free but displays banner ads.

As we noted, Pixatel's File Manager lacks the pizzazz of heftier apps, though stylish themes won't make your stuff any easier to access when you need it. File Manager's scrolling list view of folders and files could hardly be easier, and an equally … Read more