Don't-Miss Utility Software Stories

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10 essential Mac utilities

Whenever Kirk McElhearn sets up a new Mac, these are the apps he installs first.

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Data Rescue One review: Harvest data from a failing hard drive

Data Rescue One bundles the Data Rescue software with a storage device for file recovery.

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QuickKey review: Custom text snippet keyboard lacks actual typing skills

Make custom text snippets for commonly-used phrases and personal data available from anywhere a keyboard can be used on your iPhone.

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Input review: Multi-service cloud console for iOS is a slick idea with limited options

Using a unique text command interface, Input captures information and takes action on up to 16 different cloud services from a single app.

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DaisyDisk 4 review: Now faster than ever at cleaning out unwanted files on your Mac

DaisyDisk 4 scans mounted volumes, making it easy to identify and then eliminate large or unwanted files taking up space there.

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Tune Sweeper 4 review: Slow performance hinders iTunes library utility

If you use this app on a large iTunes library, be prepared to twiddle your thumbs.

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Carrot Weather review: Rain or shine, forecasts with attitude

Weather forecasts with a generous side of attitude and humor.

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Bartender 2 review: OS X utility cleans up the menu bar

A new release of a favorite utility reduces the clutter up top in OS X.

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Burner review: Disposable phone numbers for maximum privacy

iPhone owners can maintain privacy by setting up limited-use alternate phone numbers for calls, texts, and picture messages.

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StickyBrain review: Slick notes manager turns its back on mobile sync

StickyBrain returns after a 10-year absence in an attempt to make virtual Post-It notes on the Mac cool again.

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Vintage Design review: Make your own retro wallpaper on the cheap

An inexpensive app for making custom wallpapers on your iOS device.

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Unicorns review: Use your Mac to stream online what's happening on your iPhone

This free app can be a useful utility for app developers or for providing tech support.

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Gestimer review: Mac menu bar timer like you've never used before

While this timer doesn't have a lot of features, its unique interface makes it stand out.

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Forecast Bar review: Put an iPhone weather app in your Mac's menu bar

Know if you should grab your umbrella when you head out for lunch, without looking at your phone.

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TripMode review: Tethered Mac? Your wallet will love this data monitoring app

An inexpensive utility blocks all network access for apps except those you mark when at Wi-Fi hotspots or using a Personal Hotspot.