This Mac screensaver mimics the familiar iOS 7 lock screen

It's no secret there's a lot of crossover in the look and feel of Apple's two operating systems, iOS and OS X. It doesn't take long to see how much of an influence iOS has had on OS X over the last few years, and it's only going to continue into the future.

Taking that general idea and adding to it, a developer decided to create and release a free screensaver for OS X to recreate the lock screen of iOS, as 9to5Mac originally reported.

You can download the screensaver here.

To recreate the parallax … Read more

Review: Webshots Wallpaper And Screensaver for Mac beautifies your desktop

Webshots Wallpaper And Screensaver for Mac saves you the trouble of having to search for wallpapers and screensavers manually on the Web by giving you a collection of high-resolution, professionally shot images. It's easy to use and integrates well with Mac OS X's Desktop and Screen Saver preferences, but requires you to buy a premium version to unlock all its features. This may put you off, since there are similar apps available for free.

After a straightforward installation, Webshots Wallpaper And Screensaver for Mac greets you with a nice interface overlay, which showcases the images available categorized by … Read more

Review: Winks Project Screensaver for Mac features nice photos and quotes

Winks Project Screensaver for Mac combines beautiful photos with inspirational messages to create a motivational screensaver. It's a basic, straightforward app that comes with few configuration options. You either like its image gallery, or you don't.

Winks Project Screensaver for Mac lets you preview the screensaver prior to installation. Once the installation is complete, you will be presented with the Desktop and Screen Saver preferences window where you can adjust some basic settings, such as whether to mute the background music or not. Once you set up this app, a large variety of motivational images will start rotating … Read more

Review: Escape to a tropical paradise with this nerve-soothing screensaver

Isotope 244's Tropical Island Escape 3D Screensaver brings all-too-realistic views of, well, paradise, and its soothing wave sounds make for an instant vacation that's worth taking at any time, but most especially on a cold, dark, dreary morning when the cubicle walls seem to be closing in. Tropical Island 3D Screensaver has three gorgeous views to choose from, as well as a jaunty Caribbean music track as an alternative to the beach track. You can set it to play one of your own tunes, too. This formerly for-pay screensaver is now freeware that works in Windows versions NT … Read more

Review: Plasma Tunnel Screensaver creates a customized plasma tunnel effect

As a screensaver, Plasma Tunnel Screensaver for Mac works well and is quite unique, but its design and operation are very one dimensional. The animation follows a tube with different colors, but does not add any different areas of movements or additional effects. The user can customize the colors, though.

The program installs directly onto the screensaver area of the Mac and comes with a README file. Opening the System Preferences menu lets the user select the Plasma Tunnel Screensaver for Mac as the default screensaver. Either allowing it to activate or starting the preview brings up a first-person camera … Read more

OS X not accepting your screensaver password? Try this

In the OS X Security system preferences you can set the system to require a password when the system wakes from sleep or after the screensaver has been active for a period of time. However, you may run into a few cases in which entering your account password then does not work.

One cause can be if you have recently changed the name of your user account. For authentication, OS X will use either the short or long username, along with any aliases that you have associated with your account. However, if you have changed the long username for your … Read more

Learn about and support ocean life with TheBlu 3D Ocean Screensaver for Mac

Conservation of marine life begins with knowledge and awareness. TheBlu 3D Ocean Screensaver for Mac tries to educate users about marine life and support conservation through social networking, but its functionality is spotty.

The program is available as freeware with a log-in and e-mail address required, but you can purchase additional marine life for the screensaver. TheBlu 3D Ocean Screensaver prompts with a Facebook log-in at startup so the user can share knowledge learned through the program with friends. Downloading was simple and fast, but installation proved problematic. There were no instructions, and support appears to be minimal. When the … Read more

Dive into TheBlu 3D Oceanic Screensaver and help save the oceans

What happens when you combine a high-quality 3D screensaver, social media and games, and environmental activism? You get TheBlu, that's what. TheBlu is something new, an interactive 3D app specifically tied to a social cause, protecting the oceans. TheBlu's realistic underwater world is relaxing and soothing but also educational, and making purchases to add to it supports oceanic conservation, according to Wemo Media. You can dive right in simply by downloading the free screensaver. TheBlu 3D Ocean Screensaver is far more than any screensaver we've yet seen, though, with an interactive display, social connections like chat, and … Read more

Check out space with Solar System - Earth 3D Screensaver

Screensavers have long outworn their welcome, but some people still refuse to live without them. If you wouldn't dream of having a blank black screen when your computer is idle, Solar System - Earth 3D Screensaver is for you. It shows you our planet in all of its glory.

The goofy early-'90s sci-fi music this application features is a weird choice, but it doesn't totally detract from the screensaver. As for the image, it's a cool spinning Earth that is actually fun to watch. It isn't the most accurate view of Earth you'll ever … Read more

Six features you don't want to miss in Android 4.2

Android 4.2 is full of new features, some are fairly minor, such as the Settings shortcut in the notification bar. Other features, such an improved photo editing process, are bound to have a bigger impact on the overall user experience.

Here are five new features you can find in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, with the sixth item being a workaround should you decide against lock-screen widgets.

Developer Options Developer Options is an important settings menu for developers and those who like to fiddle with their Android device. For whatever reason in Android 4.2, Google hid the Developer … Read more