J.R. BookwalterContributor, Macworld

J. R. is a recovering filmmaker whose writing has appeared in Mac|Life and TechRadar.

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Firewall: Robo Call Blocker review: The app equivalent of Kryptonite against iPhone robocalls

Block robocalls, spam calls, and telemarketers from ringing through to your iPhone using voicemail transcription and a whitelist created from device contacts.

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Microsoft To-Do review: Finally check that new Mac to-do app off your list

Microsoft To-Do finally arrives on macOS, complete with color-coded lists, themes, the ability to break tasks into manageable steps, sharing lists or tasks, and file attachments up to 25MB each.

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Commander One 2.1 review: Mac file manager now works with iOS devices

A powerful dual-pane file manager and Finder alternative for macOS with built-in support for FTP servers, ZIP archives, cloud services, and iOS devices.

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Go64 review: Free utility preps Mac users for 64-bit Catalina app-ocalypse

Go64 quickly scans your internal drive for 32-bit applications that won’t be compatible after installing macOS Catalina and helps find potential upgrades to keep software working.

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ExpanDrive 7 review: Number seven not all lucky for Mac cloud storage utility

ExpanDrive 7 adds cloud and network-attached storage volumes to the macOS Finder, and expands support for services like OneDrive and Dropbox.

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SoundSource 4 review: The Mac audio control app Apple should have made

SoundSource 4 is a menu bar utility for changing the volume, output, and audio device settings for individual apps, with support for adding built-in or third-party audio effects in real time.

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Magpie review: Visual note-taking iOS app for sharing with family and friends

Magpie combines photos with notes, maps, prices, and links to create unique visual lists that can be shared with family and friends.

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JustPlay review: Slick media player shines where QuickTime Player is weak

Simple, lightweight macOS media player supports hardware accelerated decoding, real-time video image and more for nearly any video or audio files without installing additional codecs.

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Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac review: Supercharged virtualization has arrived

Parallels Desktop 14 makes it a snap to run macOS, Windows, or Linux virtual machines on your Mac. It has improved launch times, graphics improvements, and automatic monitoring of storage, CPU, RAM, and video memory.

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Lotus by Seam review: Stylish personal safety gadget misses mark for millennials

Lotus by Seam is a small Bluetooth-connected wearable that makes it easy to record and share GPS location and streaming audio with your trusted guardians, as well as make hands-free calls or act as a voice-activated personal assistant.

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Paragon NTFS for Mac Mojave Edition review: Ready to embrace the dark side

Paragon NTFS for Mac provides seamless read/write access to Windows-formatted volumes mounted on macOS Mojave and earlier with native performance and an intuitive user interface.

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RapidWeaver 8 review: Device simulator can't replace true WYSIWYG editing

A powerful, easy to use web design application for Mac that enables anyone to build beautiful, responsive websites without having to write a single line of HTML code.

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Roxio Toast 17 Pro review: 64-bit ready, with new multicam editing skills

No longer only about creating and burning Blu-ray or DVD discs, Roxio Toast 17 Pro includes a suite of additional Mac applications for multi-cam editing, slideshows, photo editing, video capture, screen recording, and more.

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PhotoBulk 2 review: Swiss Army knife for Mac batch image processing

An easy-to-use Mac utility to resize, optimize, rename, convert, or add text, image, date stamp and script watermarks to multiple photos in a snap.

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Overflow 3 review: macOS app launcher doubles as a spacious Dock alternative

Part application launcher, part alternative dock, Overflow 3 reduces clutter on your desktop by providing a place to store less frequently-used Finder items like apps, files, or entire folders that can be accessed anytime via hot key shortcut.