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FileSearchy review

FileSearchy lets you search your entire hard drive at once, so you can access the files you're looking for more quickly than ever. Just enter the filename and any other information you want, and then let the app take care of the rest.

Pros

Multiple searches: Through this app's accessible and streamlined interface, you can run multiple searches just by opening new tabs. Each window will display results for the search you ran, including the number of items found and the total time the search took to complete.

Customizable searching: You can complete basic searches just by typing … Read more

How to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8

As of today, Microsoft has stopped support for Windows XP. To keep your system up-to-date and safe, Windows XP users should move to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (and for those who insist on clinging to their old OS, see our tips for making Windows XP more secure). To help you through the pains of migration, we've compiled apps and tips for transitioning to either Windows 7 or 8. If you're considering upgrading to Vista...don't.

File Transfer

Microsoft Easy Transfer

Microsoft has its own transfer manager to help migrate files, pictures, and basic settings to Windows … Read more

FileStream Image Broadway review

Although it's billed as a photo editor, FileStream's Image Broadway does a lot more than touch up your photos. A recent (and steep) price cut makes Image Broadway a more affordable alternative to Adobe's Photoshop Elements, but it does have a few drawbacks. You can try Image Broadway (with limits) for free.

Pros

Lots of tools: Image Broadway isn't just a photo retoucher; it's a full-featured graphics editor with drawing, painting, filters, effects, layers, paths, and more.

Familiar face: Like most graphics editors, Image Broadway's layout and tools resemble Photoshop's but with its … Read more

FileMaster review

A potent file manager and transfer app, FileMaster enables you to organize your files with more ease as well as send them to another Android or Apple device via its built-in sender, and also to a computer, through its Web sharing capability. It's a well-designed, polished app with an accessible interface and all the file management features you can hope for. In addition, it comes with a Safebox for storing important files, and a handy Cache Cleaner.

After an effortless installation, FileMaster presents you with a neat and speedy interface that makes the arrangement of files and their sending … Read more

Dropbox to bring personal and work account toggling in April

Dropbox is said to soon be enabling an upcoming feature that lets users create distinct work and personal accounts without having to log in and out, according to The Verge.

The tech news source got its hands on an email that Dropbox recently sent to its business users that said the company plans to launch the feature on April 9. The company originally announced the feature last November, but it's been unclear when it would roll out.

Dropbox has increasingly geared its cloud storage service toward business customers. Last April, it launched Dropbox for Business, which allowed for a … Read more

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