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Network Meter review

Network Meter offers plenty of details about your Internet's performance in an easy-to-install, stylish package. Though it won't tell you everything you might want to know like other desktop tools, it makes most of the details you'd need readily available and is extremely easy to customize. If you want a cool status center for your PC, you probably won't find a better one than this.

This program gives you a desktop widget with internal details about your computer's performance. It will tell you your IP address, whether or not you have a firewall and other … Read more

PTGui for Mac review

PTGui for Mac combines similar images in order to create a new one that is of higher resolution. The software comes with a free trial and attempts to guide you through the process by breaking it down into three more or less easy steps. Even though the end result will vary wildly depending on the quality of the images used, the app allows for a high degree of manual fine-tuning, which helps with the removal of faults.

When launched, PTGui for Mac offers you video tutorials on how to get started with the app and how to take photos suitable … Read more

Review: Shop, schedule Genius Bar appointments, and more with Apple Store

Apple Store makes it easy to purchase new Apple products, make appointments at the Genius Bar, and more, all from your iPhone or iPod touch. This is a great way to access numerous Apple Store features from the palm of your hand.

As one would expect from an Apple app, Apple Store's interface is sleek and intuitive. Icons across the bottom give users access to featured items and services, products, a store locator, the Apple Store cart, and more. You can shop for and purchase Apple products and accessories, check to see if you're eligible for an iPhone … Read more

Review: Equalizer for Mac fine-tunes vinyl records that were digitally imported

With Equalizer for Mac you can correct the equalization levels of vinyl records you've imported into a digital format, using general-purpose amplifiers. A purpose-built utility, it only accepts a handful of file formats and even then there are other restrictions, like the number of channels and the sample size and rate. So don't expect to use it as an everyday equalizer.

Equalizer for Mac features a main window where you'll find all equalization settings sorted in four groups. Despite being logically organized, the interface can overwhelm you, at first, with its many sliders and buttons. On the … Read more

Apple delivers OS X Mavericks update with Mail fixes

Apple has released the first update to its OS X Mavericks operating system. The update, which Apple has been working on since before the initial release of Mavericks, offers the usual stability and compatibility fixes for the operating system, and is a recommended update for all who are using OS X.

The update 10.9.1 revolves largely around the use of Apple's Mail program and its integration with services like Gmail, and specifically improves the following features of OS X:

Improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings Improves the … Read more

Review: Clean up your cluttered menu bar with Broomstick for Mac

Broomstick for Mac offers a solution for users who find their menu bars crowded with the icons of apps they have installed. By allowing users to hide icons -- at least some of them -- Broomstick promises a tidier menu bar. However, Broomstick is kind of a pain to use, and we're not sure it's really worth the hassle.

Getting started with Broomstick for Mac is easy enough; opening the application reveals a straightforward menu with options to hide an app, show an app, customize the order of the menu bar icons, check for updates, or submit an … Read more

OS X Mavericks update expected soon after initial release

When Apple releases OS X Mavericks, a bugfix update is expected shortly thereafter.

Apple's upcoming release of its Mac operating system is due out any day now, bringing with it a number of new features that include some major changes to memory management and process handling that should increase battery life on laptops, and make systems with fixed or limited resources more capable.

After months of development and having issued numerous developer preview releases of Mavericks to its development and testing communities, last Friday Apple issued the Golden Master build of Mavericks, which, unless some major bug is found … Read more

Review: Social for Mac unifies WordPress blogs with popular social networking sites

Social for Mac is a very handy plug-in for a WordPress Web site. It allows users to link WordPress blogs with social media, broadcast blog posts, and aggregate mentions, retweets, and replies, and republish them as WordPress comments. The plug-in performs flawlessly, and seamlessly links user-specified accounts without problems. However, this isn't an app for Mac OS X as its name suggests, but a plug-in for a WordPress Web site.

Social for Mac unzips and installs by uploading the content to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory or by using the plug-in uploader in the user's WordPress admin. panel. The … Read more

Review: PicShop Lite is a robust photo editor with a sleek design and interface

PicShop Photo Editor manages to avoid many of the mistakes commonly made by other photo editors to provide a robust, easy-to-use experience, perfect for the iPhone. Loaded with useful editing tools, a slick interface, and tons of tips along the way to ensure you get the most out of the app, PicShop Photo Editor will become a staple in your photo editing tool folder.

When you first open PicShop Photo Editor, the app will show you where to tap and how to find certain tools you will need for the editing process. Start by taking a new photo, loading one … Read more

Review: Enhance your Android video capabilities with mVideoPlayer

With its additional video playback options and easy-to-use interface, mVideoPlayer is an upgrade over native Android video players. Whether viewing movies from outside sources or those taken by your device, the program performs well and even allows for viewing subtitles, if available in the video.

The free program's small size allows it to download and start quickly. The main menu does have some advertisements along the bottom, but they are less conspicuous compared to other programs. Buttons along the top allow for displaying watched and unfinished videos, sorting by criteria, and scanning for more files, among other options. Each … Read more