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GarageSale for Mac review

GarageSale for Mac provides a familiar Mac-like interface for editing and managing eBay auctions. It complements eBay's own tools for hosting online auctions and can really help you sell more.

Pros

Creates appealing listings: With GarageSale for Mac, you can develop attractive eBay listings through a clean interface that offers you 130 free templates, plus the ability to create custom templates. This WYSIWYG app ensures that everything you write and edit is the same as what appears on your eBay page.

One click to relist: All templates you create are saved so that you can quickly relist them. This … Read more

GaragePay for Mac review

GaragePay for Mac serves as an alternative manager for your PayPal account. The app comes at a price, but it does have a demo mode, where most of the transaction information is hidden. In terms of functionality, the software supports exporting your transaction history to a CSV file as well as using smart folders to show only what you are looking for.

GaragePay for Mac greets you with a pleasant interface that follows OS X's design aesthetic. You can quickly update the transaction log, send and refund money, add e-mails to your AddressBook, as well as export information to … Read more

Beam+ robot heads for homes, waving $995 price tag

LAS VEGAS -- With the unveiling Wednesday of Suitable Technologies' Beam+, telepresence robots are becoming more affordable for many of the people who need them most.

Over the last few years, a range of companies have built telepresence robots -- devices that roll around, connecting people remotely through the use of video screens and microphones. But until now, many of the robots have been too costly for all but a few people, and have mainly belonged in the corporate world.

The Beam+, however, will start at $995 (for the first thousand units) and then will cost $1,995. This could … Read more

Simple garage door smarts via Garageio

As with a lock or a home security system, it's easy to imagine adding intelligence to your garage door opener.

The market is also surprisingly populated. Craftsman and LiftMaster both have smartphone-based control systems for certain models. Arguably more interesting is the suddenly crowded field of add-on controllers.

I recently had a chance to check out one such controller, the $149 Garageio, from Alottazs Labs (a reference to CEO Zak Dziczkowski's surname) in Columbus, Ohio. Similar to other smart openers, Garageio connects to your existing garage door opener and lets you open and shut up to three separate … Read more

Apple makes iLife, iWork free with new iOS or Mac purchase

Apple showed off revamped versions of its iLife and iWork apps Tuesday at its event in San Francisco. Both suites of apps, which include GarageBand, iPhoto, and Pages, are now free with any Mac computer or iOS device purchase.

Apple is calling this the biggest update to iWork ever, though some of the changes are subtle. The most notable change is a brand-new sharing feature that marries iWork on your Mac or iOS devices with the iWork for iCloud beta, Apple's office apps for the Web. You can now start a document or project on one device and pick … Read more

This one-armed robot won't cost an arm and a leg

Three years ago, a Silicon Valley robotics startup called Willow Garage shook things up by offering one of the first robots capable of a wide range of different functions rather than a single focused task.

The so-called PR2 could do anything from folding laundry to picking up something from the floor to delivering a beer, and it was instantly the darling of researchers and robotics fans. The only problem was that it cost $400,000.

Now, several ex-Willow Garage employees have spun off their own company, known as Unbounded Robotics, and their first product is a very PR2-like machine -- … Read more

Steve Jobs' early home, garage tapped to become historical site

The home and garage where Apple began could soon become a protected historical site.

The Los Altos, Calif., home where Apple co-founder Steve Jobs grew up is closing in on the end of a nearly two-year review by the Los Altos Historical Commission, CNN reports.

The garage, which belonged to the Jobs family, was Apple's official headquarters before the company moved to a rented office space in Cupertino, Calif. It was the birthplace of the first Apple computer, as well as the Apple II, which became the company's first real hit. … Read more

Review: GarageBand brings the suite's music and audio creation tools to iOS

GarageBand offers a mobile version of Apple's powerful iWork music creation tool, with only a handful of drawbacks to what is otherwise a powerful, intuitive tool. More powerful than many beginner tools but not nearly as powerful as some of the most robust tools on the market, GarageBand is a perfect entry-level tool for someone interested in multi-track recording or digital composition on a mobile device.

GarageBand offers numerous options when first starting. From keyboards to drums, to sampling and a number of presets that make it easy to create fun effects without having to play with the controls … Read more

Chatty Japanese robot to be astronaut's space buddy

Astronauts and robot sidekicks go together like Dave and HAL 9000, like Will Robinson and B9, like Doctor Who and K9. Soon, that illustrious list will grow longer with the addition of a Japanese astronaut and Kirobo, a conversational robot companion.

Kirobo looks like a cross between Astro Boy and a Power Ranger, all rendered in miniature. Since the bot's job is to be a companion, not a worker. It's very compact in size, just 13 inches tall and a little over 2 pounds in weight.… Read more

Star Apps: OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder

If a profile like Christian Rudder's turned up in an OKCupid user's search results, it would certainly merit a deeper look. As a Harvard graduate, who's helped launch and sell two successful companies (SparkNotes, in 1999, which sold to Barnes & Noble; OKCupid, in 2004, which sold to Match.com) and an indie musician who's appeared in the romcom, "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," he'd be a catch by most standards.

Download.com caught up with Rudder, who's also OKCupid's General Manager and Editorial Director, to discuss his company's … Read more