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iTools (OS X) for Mac review

iTools (OS X) for Mac enhances PowerPC-based Macs with Apache Web servers, OpenSSL libraries, and a Perl interpreter, and also adds support for the webDAV and FTP protocols. One thing to note is that this freeware is written exclusively for PowerPCs and not Intel computers, meaning it will not run on modern hardware without some sort of an emulator like Rosetta.

Pros

Straightforward setup: Following an installation wizard that requires both an administrative password and a restart, iTools (OS X) for Mac asks you to provide a remote server URL, a username, and a password.

Easy log-in: The app integrates … Read more

Google I/O recap: Major Android news; Chrome OS update

Today Google kicked off its annual I/O conference with announcements about Android, Chrome OS, its answer to Apple's HealthKit, and the next generation of developer tools.

Introducing Android L: Android OS's KitKat successor doesn't have a name yet, but it'll begin with L. The platform update will attempt to unite Web and app user experiences through the Material Design interface. Developers will be able to use Google's new Polymer toolkit to design Web apps that look like their Android counterparts, including 3D rendering. Android L also promises notifications on the lock screen (like iOS … Read more

Software week in review for June 20

Yo, have you poked your friends with two letters today? This week saw new releases from Facebook and Intel, health and fitness apps heating up, iOS 8 feature leaks, and more. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest reviews from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Getting the message

This is the state of apps: $1 million in funding for an app that sends one word to your contacts. After an April Fools' Day launch, the minimal Yo app burned up the Internet this week, earning both appreciation and derision. It finished the … Read more

Screencast-O-matic for OS X 10.7 or Later review

Screencast-O-Matic for OS X 10.7 or Later is a lightweight tool to help you capture screenshots and videos on your Mac and publish them directly. Just drag and size the capture box, and then start your recording or snap a still shot, and you're good to go.

Pros

Great interface: It's hard to imagine an easier way to start a screenshot or video than the one this app provides. All you have to do is drag the box into position wherever you want it on the screen, and then resize it so it captures the section of … Read more

WWDC recap: What's coming soon to iOS 8 and OS X

For two hours on Monday, Apple presented new products, and we tech journalists and Mac heads have spent the rest of the week obsessively breaking down the pros, cons, and question marks. This year's WWDC was all about software, chiefly OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 and better integration between the two. Both will be out in the fall. In the meantime, pore over the specs and screenshots with us. (And for this week's non-Apple-related news, visit our software week in review.)

Mac OS X Yosemite

OS X is getting a fresh look, taking design cues from iOS, … Read more

OS X Yosemite introduces 4 new features

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a slew of announcements about OS X, iOS, and the latest developer tools.

OS X Yosemite

The latest update to OS X is packed with subtle UI changes and improved utilities, some of them building on functionality from existing apps. Here are four of the key updates:

Spotlight: Spotlight now plants itself front and center on the screen. Taking cues from apps like Alfred, Spotlight will now display local and Web results in a single interface, even before you finish typing your search term. Apple has also integrated Maps, iTunes, … Read more

Cloak review

Billed as the antisocial network, Cloak is an app that helps you avoid those individuals you'd rather bypass while out and about. Think of it as a map of the world, dotted with pictures of your social media friends and "friends" over their current locations.

Pros

Quick setup: After a speedy download, a welcome screen explains the problem that Cloak aims to solve: avoiding exes, co-workers, and Chatty Cathys by using the check-in features of Foursquare, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can flag particularly off-putting people to get alerts about their whereabouts or to get notifications anytime … Read more

The software week in review for May 16

Welcome to week two of our recaps of recent software news, opinions, how-tos, new releases, and coming attractions. For the latest reviews from our editors and new products, subscribe to our newsletters.

Apple's playbook

Cupertino fans are playing Fantasy Apple in advance of June's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Rumors are circulating that Apple will announce the iPhone 6, though it may not be available 'til August or September. The long-rumored iWatch and Apple TV appear to be no-go for this conference, according to Re/code's sources.

Which means -- apart from that possible iPhone 6 -- that … Read more

Klout for iOS review

Klout has become the gold standard for social media scoring. With Klout for iOS, you can track your social-media score; post interesting, personalized content instantly; or schedule posts in advance for Facebook and Twitter -- all via the Klout app.

Pros

Easy setup: Register for an account or log in with your existing email and password or your Facebook or Twitter log-in. Then connect your various social media accounts -- Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google Plus -- and presto, Klout will calculate your social media score from 1 to 100.

Intuitive functionality: Click Create or Schedule to put … Read more

Record Run for iOS review

The first mobile game from Harmonix (makers of Rock Band and Dance Central), Record Run introduces a rhythm and beat element to the runner genre. Will Record Run hit platinum, or is this game destined to be shelved?

Pros

Run to the beat: By introducing rhythm to vanilla running gameplay, Harmonix has spiced up a mostly stale genre. Enjoy some sweet tunes while you jump over obstacles and avoid danger.

Be the DJ: One of the huge draws of Record Run is the ability to import your own songs. Sing along to radio Gaga, crank it up like a true … Read more