HyperDock for Mac review

HyperDock for Mac lets you take a quick look at the windows you have open in each program when you hover over icons in the Dock. See thumbnails of both open and minimized windows in the same place, and quickly access the programs you need with one click through this app's intuitive and convenient interface.

When you install HyperDock, it will run from the System Preferences menu. To customize your user experience, you can set Preferences for Enabling Window Previews and Activation Delay Time in milliseconds. It's also possible to select whether or not you want to include … Read more

Asus unveils charging docks for Nexus 7

Owners of the 2013 Nexus 7 can now buy a wired or wireless charging dock made by Asus, but neither one comes cheap.

Available through Amazon, the Nexus 7 FH Official Dock uses your tablet's Micro-USB connection to juice it up. You can dock and charge the tablet in portrait or landscape mode, use your Nexus while it's charging, and pipe video to your TV or monitor via the dock's HDMI connection.

The pyramid-shaped Asus PW100 Wireless Charging Stand uses Qi inductive charging to juice up your tablet. You can also charge your Nexus with the cover … Read more

How to get to Expose view from the Dock in OS X

One of the more convenient features Apple has put in OS X is its Expose view for showing all windows of an application. While the implementation of this view has changed a little, its utility has been fairly consistent, allowing you to use a swipe gesture or F-key press to see what windows you have open and switch between them.

One early option Apple adopted for invoking Expose view was to click and hold an application's Dock icon; however, this was replaced with a contextual menu option that persists through the most recent versions of OS X. While this … Read more

Get an Android alarm clock and speaker dock for $59.99

As someone who's in the midst of migrating from iPhone to Android (namely, the Republic Wireless Moto X), I'm looking for ways to ease the transition. Among them: finding a place to dock/charge my phone at night. My current alarm-clock dock has an old-fangled Apple 30-pin connector.

Ah, but do they make bedside clocks especially for Android devices? Of course they do, and from now through tomorrow, Feb. 4, you can get the Hale Dreamer alarm clock/speaker dock for Android phones for $59.99, shipped. That's after applying coupon code XLL9I5S4 at checkout.

Born on … Read more

How to control your iPad's onscreen keyboard

Ever find your iPad's virtual keyboard stuck in the middle of the screen instead of at the bottom? If so, there's an easy way to coax it back to the bottom.

The iPad offers two positions for the onscreen keyboard -- docked and undocked. Docked mode places it at the bottom of the screen, while undocked mode shifts it up to the middle. Should you find the keyboard floating in undocked mode and you would prefer it docked, hold down the keyboard button, the same one you normally tap to turn off the keyboard.

A popup menu will … Read more

Review: DockMod for Mac allows you to customize the look and feel of your Mac's icon dock

DockMod for Mac offers tools to customize the look and feel of the dock on your Mac computer. This allows you to change things like the colors used in the reflections, the shape of the tray, the reflection opacity, and much more. While you can't completely remove the dock, you can greatly customize how it appears, even making it invisible if you so choose.

Installation for DockMod is a bit more complicated than a standard Mac app. After downloading and installing the initial application, you'll need to run through a one-time setup process that will replace and install … Read more

How to quickly create a Dock spacer in OS X

The Dock in OS X is a convenient location to store commonly-used applications, as well as links to favorite folders that can be opened as stacks. In addition, it contains any windows that you have minimized, along with the omnipresent Finder and Trash icons for easy file management.

Despite being useful, while you can organize items on it and resize them to your heart's content, the Dock is missing a simple way to separate various items you place on it. The one separator the Dock contains is useful for manipulating the Dock, and separates applications from other items you … Read more

OS X Dock tricks you may not have encountered

The Dock is one of the most used features of OS X, being an indicator for both open applications, as well as a quick-access point for frequently used ones. Once set up, you may only click items placed in it, and leave your use at that, however, there are several options the Dock supports, not only to adjust its view, but also to access and manage items you have placed on it.

The first options are ways to adjust the Dock's size and position. While the size and positioning of the Dock can be done from the Dock pane … Read more

How to customize the Dock position in OS X

The Dock in OS X serves as a launcher for commonly-accessed programs, as well as folders and documents that you drag there, and as an indicator of running programs. In addition, it holds the trash and the smiling Finder icon since this program as the default file browser is not usually quit.

Since the Dock is regularly accessed, it is always present in some form on the edge of the screen; however, while Apple by default places it at the bottom of your display, there are several options available to you for its position.

The first options are those Apple … Read more

Apple could blend in Siri with future smart docks

You may one day be able to chat with your iPhone or iPad docking station courtesy of Apple's Siri.

A patent application -- dubbed "Smart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device" and published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office -- scopes out plans for a dock a bit more advanced than today's models.

Key to the new dock would be integration with Siri. Rather than including Apple's voice assistant, the dock would tap into Siri on your mobile device. You'd activate Siri simply by speaking or … Read more