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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.

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SpamSieve 2.9 review: A must-have spam filter for your Mac email client

SpamSieve learns from the email messages you receive, making it a very accurate spam filter.

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Convoto review: The only unit converter iOS app you’ll ever need

Convoto may be just another unit conversion app, but it’s a darned good one, and you’re unlikely to find others that offer a rich set of data in such a fun, customizable way.

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Commander One Pro review: A free Finder alternative for power users

A Finder alternative that uses a dual-pane user interface for acting upon files and folders in a more intuitive way than OS X currently allows.

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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.