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Gemini 2 review: First line of defense against duplicate files on your Mac

Identifies duplicate folders, pictures, applications, music files, documents, and videos on your Mac and helps free up space by eliminating them safely.

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Dragon Anywhere review: Much more powerful than Siri dictation

Even though Dragon Anywhere can only take dictation inside its own app, it works better than Siri, especially for long chunks of text.

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DeskConnect 1.2 review: File transfer app rises from the digital scrapheap better than ever

First update in more than two years brings a much-needed feature and interface refresh.

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Speedify review: Faster, more reliable internet for your iOS devices

Speedify combines available cellular and Wi-Fi connections, seamlessly providing faster, more reliable internet speeds from any iOS app.

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Typing shortcut utilities: 6 alternatives to TextExpander

If TextExpander’s subscription service rubs you the wrong way, you have several options that you can buy—and one that’s free.

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TextExpander 6 review: A snippets subscription service that’s priced too high

TextExpander moves from paid apps to a subscription ecosystem with identical apps and an immature Web interface.

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Speedster review: Fast, pretty, and native way to test your Internet speeds

A handy tool for checking your Internet connection.

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Airfoil 5 review: Audio utility pumps up the volume with Bluetooth support, Airfoil Satellite, and more

This synchronized multi-speaker app adds speaker groups, remote control, a sleeker interface, and Bluetooth support.

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Copied review: A versatile cloud-synced clipboard manager for Mac and iOS

A full-featured clipboard manager that allows saving text, links, and images on one device and reusing them on another from the app, Notification Center widget, or keyboard.

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Disk Drill Pro 2 review: Last line of defense for Mac data recovery

Disk Drill Pro 2 allows a single user to perform data recovery for all media types and file systems, rebuild HFS+ catalogs, or search lost partitions on up to three Macs.

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HazeOver 1.6 review: Dim those background windows so you can focus on the task at hand

If you don't like using Spaces or you have only one display, HazeOver is a great way to draw your attention to the window you're using.

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NTFS for Mac 14 review: A read/write speed freak for Windows volumes

NTFS for Mac 14 provides native performance and unlimited read/write access when using Windows-formatted drives on OS X.

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Default Folder X 5 review: Mac app advances the state of file navigation

Despite new limits in El Capitan, the wholly rewritten Default Folder X 5 not only restores previous functionality, but exceeds it with new options.

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CleanMyDrive 2 review: Free utility for purging hidden files from external drives

A lightweight menu bar application that cleans unwanted junk from storage devices, and can eject all mounted volumes in a single click.

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Loopback review: An easy way to route your Mac’s audio to your software and devices

If you need to bundle two or more OS X audio sources to pass as input into another program, Rogue Amoeba's Loopback provides a simple, hack-free method.