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SimpleKeys for Mac review

SimpleKeys for Mac produces keyboard shortcuts with completely customizable actions. This premium software lets you assign actions like launching sites, running apps and scripts, entering text, and even allows you to string several actions together. It performs well and can be sized down to a single menu bar icon.

SimpleKeys for Mac features a minimal main screen consisting of two columns: one for the shortcuts, and another for the associated actions. A nice touch is the drag-and-drop support for the shortcuts, allowing a quick and convenient way to back up or share them. Creating a new shortcut is a straightforward … Read more

Keyboard Maestro for Mac review

Keyboard Maestro for Mac is a powerful program designed to let you create and manage macros to carry out all kinds of tasks you specify. The options for what you can automate are vast; and even if you don't have experience working with this type of program, there's a helpful tutorial to walk you through the process.

Pros

Lots of options: There are few limitations on what you can do and what types of tasks you can automate with this program. Whether you want to open folders with keyboard shortcuts or manage multiple clipboards simultaneously, you can do … Read more

F-Secure Key for Mac review

An encrypted, password-protected manager, F-Secure Key for Mac helps you handle multiple log-in credentials, proving handy if you constantly forget your passwords. It works well, making a positive impression with its accessibility.

Pros

Useful online and offline password storage: With F-Secure Key for Mac, you don't have to worry about forgetting your passwords as long as you remember the master password you use for accessing the app. It securely stores your passwords online as well as offline, to make sure that you will still have access to them even when you can't connect to the Internet.

Automatic form … Read more

The 404 1,447: Where we put on our party hats (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Seven people around the world collectively possess a set of keys that can dismantle the Web.

- Turn your Instagram pics into real photos with the Lifeprint.

- Skirmos system levels up laser tag with open-source Arduino microcomputer.

- Almost time to panic: 95 percent of the ATMs in the world run on Windows XP.… Read more

McAfee SafeKey review

McAfee SafeKey can hold all of your passwords safely, but it takes a while to set up. Depending on how much you use McAfee products, you may have to sign up for multiple accounts just to access this app's features. That doesn't bode well for this program, especially when there are other easy-to-use, effective password managers available.

This program serves as a home for all of your passwords. It can log in for you on some Web sites, as well, and syncs to your desktop or tablet app if you have one. Your passwords are all held in … Read more

The 404 1422: Where we quit the pick-up tip (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- No more swipe and sign credit cards starting October 2015.

- Related: Bank of America mails credit card offer to "Lisa Is a Slut McIntire."

- Agree It app: now you can be a payday lender to Facebook friends!… Read more

Facebook unwraps Paper news reader app

CNET Update needs a Facebook app to manage all the Facebook apps:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn what Lenovo buying Motorola means for Google. Dive deeper with analysis on how it changes things for Lenovo and Samsung.

- Digest a blend of status updates and articles from Paper, Facebook's news reader app. (And along with Messenger and Instagram, there are more Facebook apps to come.)

- Get the first look at the PlayStation Vita Slim, coming to the UK on Feb. 7.

- Taste a sample of SwiftKey's keyboard on iOS with the note-taking app SwiftKey Note. … Read more

SwiftKey's first iOS app gives Apple users a taste of its powerful predictive keyboard

SwiftKey Note is a free note-taking app for iOS that marries digital organization app Evernote with SwiftKey's predictive keyboard to make taking notes on your phone or tablet faster and more accurate. The app is one of the first steps for SwiftKey to grow its presence on Apple's mobile operating system.

Unless you jailbreak your iDevice, you can't customize it in the same way you can with an Android phone or tablet. The stock Apple keyboard is the one you get, but this is SwiftKey's way around that.

SwiftKey is not the first to bring a … Read more

This girl just got fired? BlackBerry parts ways with Alicia Keys

When things go sour at a large company, it's always the people at the top who suffer most.

And if you believe that, you'll believe that rabbits loathe procreation.

Still, when it comes to BlackBerry, it seems as if even the biggest names aren't immune from censure.

For it has come to my attention that Alicia Keys may have been relieved of her position as BlackBerry's creative director. CTV News reports that she will be leaving on January 30.

This might even be a relief to Keys herself. It's not good for your image to … Read more

Hearts, stars, and pizza: Swiftkey gets emoji

SwiftKey, our favorite Android keyboard, gets an upgrade Thursday which adds two highly-requested features: emoji and a numbers bar. The new features are available in Swiftkey 4.5 beta.

The addition of emoji comes just a few months after Google officially added the tiny digital ideograms to its stock keyboard in Android 4.4. Now, the same icons of food, smiley faces, animals, and more that you'll find in KitKat, are also available in SwiftKey.

You have two options to craft your message with emoji in Swiftkey. First, you can start typing any word, and if there's a … Read more