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Review: Thunderbird mail client offers freedom, flexibility, and drawbacks

This free email client from the makers of Firefox, aided by a legion of dedicated volunteer programmers, has more add-ons and customizable features than Apple’s Mail or Microsoft’s Outlook.

Review: Apple Mail 6 features better search, VIP email treatment

The previous version of Mail looked radically different from its predecessors. The new Mail 6 that comes with Mountain Lion seems nearly identical—its changes are small.

Review: SpiderOak 4.7 a strong candidate for online storage, backup, and sync

If you're looking for the highest level of privacy and a service that has all the pieces in one place for backup, sync, and read-only folder sharing, SpiderOak offers the strongest solution.

Enhance and extend Mail at a discount

We're big fans of third-party software that enhances OS X Mail's features and functions, and for the next week, a number of developers of Gem-worthy Mail add-ons have teamed up to offer some great deals.

Postbox offers a serious alternative to Apple's Mail app

Postbox 3 is a superb, and inexpensive, upgrade for those who want more out of their email client than Apple's Mail provides.

Chrome 21 is a browser built more for speed than style

What it lacks in surface refinements, it more than makes up for in raw power.

Maxthon 1.0 browser is fast, has roots in Chrome

A browser made in China that has made it to the U.S. and the Mac. Maxthon is a blisteringly fast, undeniably slick way to navigate the web.

Get rid of harmful browser cookies with Cookie Stumbler

Cookie Stumbler finds browser cookies, including advertising and tracking ones, and gives you the option to delete them all, or inspect and banish them individually.

Block apps from accessing the Internet with Radio Silence

Want to stop your Mac apps from automatically accessing the Internet? Radio Silence, a useful firewall tool, can help with that.

Safari 6 a slight but sleek upgrade for Apple's browser

Under Mountain Lion, Safari is a blast to use, and its relatively few additions all prove worthwhile.

Destroy Internet tracking files with PrivacyScan

PrivacyScan offers a one-stop way to mitigate common privacy concerns by identifying and destroying Internet files placed on your computer that track your usage and reveal your online activities to others.

Firefox 14 a worthy alternative to Safari

Firefox 14 lands pleasantly between Safari’s slick design sense and Chrome’s quickness.

Keep tabs on your favorite social posts with Favs

Favs stores your Facebook "likes," Twitter "favorites," and other marked posts in one, comprehensive package.