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If you use Instapaper or ReadItLater to save articles for later reading, Read Later betters your Web browser for reading on your Mac. And it lets you read saved articles when offline.
A new service called Audiobooks.com aims to help the heavy-listening crowd -- think of it sort of as Netflix for audiobooks. For $25 a month, you get unlimited access to its selection streaming of audiobooks. Kirk McElhearn takes a look.
Slacker Radio tries to encompass two markets -- streaming radio a la Pandora and as a paid music subscription service. The free service is good. The premium subscription service needs work.
Muppet Mail lets you send email greetings starring your favorite characters. Even better, it can turn your photographs into Muppet-style creatures.
The Macworld staff reveals our top software picks of the year.
McAfee Internet Security for Mac 2012 is a multipronged and easy-to-manage extra layer that doesn’t seem to slow my computer down one bit.
PandaBar is a nifty menu-bar player for the Pandora streaming-music service.
Verbs is a beautiful IM client for iPad and iPhone. It's missing a few features that could push it from good to great.
Tunesque makes it easier to find Apple-hawked media by consolidating searches of all Apple's media stores in a single interface.
Cards is clunky to use, and its options are limited. It doesn't even feel like Apple made the app.
Reeder for Mac is a breath of fresh air in the crowded market for Google Reader and RSS clients, offering a healthy dose of features polished up with an interface that shows the program's iOS roots.
Light and fleet, the mail app dubbed Sparrow lives up to its name. Free from extraneous features, Sparrow does nothing but Gmail and IMAP email in an efficient and elegant fashion.
While Opera 11.5 calls itself a browser, it feels like it really wants to be more than that. But in trying to do so, this perpetual innovator’s latest version falls short.
Safari 5.1 gives Apple’s browser enough horsepower to hold its own against rivals in day-to-day browsing. More importantly, its new features truly distinguish it from the pack, making Safari 5.1 a great step up from its predecessor.
While it may fall short for power users with industrial-strength business needs, the new Apple Mail offers a feature set good enough for the broad majority of everyday users, executed superbly, and integrated tightly with OS X.