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Intego VirusBarrier X8 for Mac review

Intego VirusBarrier X8 for Mac builds a line of defense against viruses, Trojans, and other forms of malware online and offline, having the capability to do both on-demand and scheduled scanning. Overall, it's a potent antivirus, but not the most accessible.

Pros

Minimalistic and intuitive interface: Intego VirusBarrier X8 takes out the difficulty of configuring and using a malware protection software -- you can just drag and drop folders you want to scan to the left side panel of the application's main interface. All the essential settings for real-time scanning and scheduled scanning are available at the bottom … Read more

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

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

OnyX (Mavericks) for Mac review

OnyX (Mavericks) for Mac is a maintenance and optimization software tool created to evaluate the integrity of startup files, but it can do more than checking and verification. As the name implies, it works best with Mac OS X 10.9 or the Mavericks version.

Pros

Enables modifications on Mac OS X elements: OnyX (Mavericks) for Mac does a great job at bringing out the functions you may not know in Mac OS X. You can modify the Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, Mail, Spotlight, and the Log-in, as well as disable the creation of DS_Store files. You can also specify … Read more

Mozilla Firefox for Mac review

Mozilla Firefox for Mac is a Web browsing alternative that offers a full range of features to let you peruse your favorite sites with ease. This program offers all of the functionality you'd expect from a Web browser through a clean and familiar interface.

Pros

Site optimization: If you're looking for an alternative to Safari on your Mac, you may find that some sites load more quickly and function better through Firefox. Especially if you have trouble with certain sites you visit a lot in Safari or another browser, it may be worth it to try out Firefox … 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

X-Still GO Launcher EX Theme review

With its great icons and overall sleek design, X-Still GO Launcher EX Theme can make your home screen more elegant and enjoyable. While this theme looks and works all right on a tablet, the background feels a bit zoomed in, making it better suited for smartphones. Still, it provides good contrast for app icons and widgets.

X-Still GO Launcher EX Theme runs without any issues with the latest release of the GO Launcher EX app. While the background won't knock you over, the icons are really well made, though sadly you won't find more than 17 of them, … Read more

Star Apps: David X. Cohen

When David X. Cohen was in graduate school, he hit the proverbial fork in the road. The Harvard graduate had a degree in physics and was studying theoretical computer science at U.C. Berkeley. Would he opt for a career in mathematics and computer science or take a gamble and become a comedy writer? Fortunately for "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" fans, he took the comedy route. Now an expert in three disciplines, Cohen will chat about the intersection of math, technology, and comedy writing at Moogfest 2014 (April 23-27).

Talk to us about your appearance at … Read more