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NetSpot helps you optimize your Wi-Fi networks

NetSpot is a remarkable aid in laying out even a small-home Wi-Fi network, using a Mac laptop as your wireless-survey tool.

Gem Update: Printopia 2.1.5 offers major improvements to a Gems favorite

Ecamm Network took one of our favorite utilities, Printopia, and made it even better. Printopia still lets you print to any Mac-shared printer from your iOS devices, but it now lets you "print" to Mac applications and PDF Workflows, password-protect your virtual printers, and even print from other Macs.

Number Guru for iPhone

This iPhone app mimics the functionality of Web sites that look up phone numbers, but with a few advantages for iOS device owners.

App Guide: iOS people locators

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Wondering where everybody is? These iOS apps can help you track down friends and family -- or let other people know your location.

Jettison automatically unmounts volumes when your Mac sleeps

Jettison lets you unmount external volumes by just closing your MacBook's lid (or putting your desktop Mac to sleep). When you hear Jettison's confirmation sound, it's safe to unplug and go.

FreeSpace lets you monitor and manage your drives

FreeSpace is a handy menu-bar utility for keeping an eye on your free drive space, as well as for quickly accessing and unmounting volumes.

Gems Revisited: Fantastical 1.1 and Moom 2.3.1

Since we originally reviewed Fantastical and Moom, these Mac Gems have seen significant updates that warrant another look, as well as new ratings.

AirPort Utility for iPhone and iPad

AirPort Utility for iOS is the perfect tool for configuring and troubleshooting Appleā€™s gear without having to lug a laptop around.

gfxCardStatus 2.1

With gfxCardStatus, you can see when your dual-video-card-equipped MacBook Pro uses each GPU. You can even force the laptop to use integrated graphics when you're trying to conserve battery power.

Promising Prospect: RestoreMeNot

RestoreMeNot lets you disable Lion's Resume feature for particular applications, leaving it active for the rest.

Padlock 1.0.1

Padlock lets you lock your Mac's screen, either by putting the display to sleep or by starting the screensaver, using the keyboard.

Nuance Dragon Dictate 2.5 now allows for dictation and editing in Word 2011

Dragon Dictate has taken a big leap forward with this new version, finally offering the ability to dictate and edit simultaneously in Word documents.

Promising Prospect: Yoink 1.0

Yoink gives you a temporary place to stash files you want to move between folders, workspaces, or even full-screen apps.