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Pictar One review: Versatile SLR-style camera grip takes better iPhone photos

Modern iPhones take fantastic pictures, but even with a case attached, the slim exterior doesn’t provide the confident grip of a traditional SLR camera. If you miss that tactile grasp, Miggo’s Pictar One ($100 on Amazon; $110 for Plus-sized iPhones on Amazon), is an ingenious—although imperfect—solution.Pictar One is an ergonomic iPhone grip that … [Read more...]

BusyKid review: Turn everyday chores into a lesson in fiscal responsibility

BusyKid ($12 per year) is a web-based service that teaches children fiscal responsibility by encouraging them to perform household chores. For $12 per year, parents assign tasks to family members, placing a cash value on each chore and allowing children to determine how money is spent or saved.This sounded crazy to me—cash rarely stays in my son’s … [Read more...]

Lifecraft review: Retooled Mac journal app embraces cloud sync, iOS support

Best known for creative Mac software like iScrapbook, Labelist, and PrintLife, Chronos has spread its wings with Lifecraft a digital journal app that works on mobile devices as well. While not as full-featured as the excellent Day One, there are several compelling features that make it worth a look.To read this article in full or to leave a … [Read more...]

Softorino YouTube Converter 2 review: The most convenient way to download website videos and transfer them to iOS devices

Early last year, Softorino made downloading YouTube videos and transferring them to iOS devices as easy as a few clicks of the mouse. Despite the moral and ethical dilemmas of doing so, there was no denying how handy this little Mac utility could be.A year and a half later, Softorino YouTube Converter looks positively quaint compared to the … [Read more...]

ChargeHub review: Goodbye power strip, hello multi-device charging

In my family, there are a total of six iOS devices: A pair of iPhones and iPads for the wife and me, and another pair of iPads for the kiddos. That means we’re often scrambling to find AC adapters and spare outlets when it comes time to charge everything.Super charger Enter ChargeHub, billed as “the power strip for the 21st century,” a bold claim … [Read more...]

Spark for Mac review: A great mobile email client, also quite good on desktop

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After establishing a solid reputation as a slick third-party email iOS client, Spark (free, available on the App Store recently leapt from mobile to the Mac desktop. This marks Ukrainian developer Readdle’s second full-fledged macOS application after PDF Expert, an excellent document viewer/editor that finally got me to kick the Preview habit for … [Read more...]

Zus Smart Car Charger review: Faster charging, smarter car for a few bucks more

Most car chargers exist for one purpose: To power mobile devices from a 12-volt accessory port (formerly known as the cigarette lighter jack before manufacturers yanked ashtrays from cars in the ‘90s). There are thousands of models available, many priced well under $10. Nonda The secret to Zus is Bluetooth support and a free mobile app offering … [Read more...]

Fuel! review: Ads turn gas station navigation app into dangerous distraction

When you’re on the road in a new town and the gas tank begins relentlessly nagging for fuel like the man-eating plant Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, you know it’s time to find the nearest gas station. Apple Maps can get you there with a bit of tapping, but there’s a new app that promises to streamline the process. When launched, Fuel … [Read more...]

Fuel! review: Ads turn gas station navigation app into dangerous distraction

When you’re on the road in a new town and the gas tank begins relentlessly nagging for fuel like the man-eating plant Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, you know it’s time to find the nearest gas station. Apple Maps can get you there with a bit of tapping, but there’s a new app that promises to streamline the process. When launched, Fuel … [Read more...]

Fuel! review: Ads turn gas station navigation app into dangerous distraction

When you’re on the road in a new town and the gas tank begins relentlessly nagging for fuel like the man-eating plant Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, you know it’s time to find the nearest gas station. Apple Maps can get you there with a bit of tapping, but there’s a new app that promises to streamline the process. When launched, Fuel … [Read more...]

Radio Silence 2 review: Set it and forget it Mac firewall for outgoing connections

Although macOS looks deceptively simple to end users, anyone who’s launched Activity Monitor may be shocked to discover just how many helpers, daemons, services, and other processes actually run behind-the-scenes, helping power your favorite software. Such background tasks often feed off available internet bandwidth, consuming precious memory at … [Read more...]

myCharge PowerGear Sound review: Rugged charging case for wireless earbuds

Wireless Bluetooth earbuds are great for exercise—that is, until the battery conks out in the middle of a workout. If this sounds all-too familiar, myCharge has come up with a unique solution to keep earbuds recharged while protecting them at the same time.Powerbeats pal myCharge PowerGear Sound ($33 on Amazon is a protective charging case … [Read more...]

BusyCal 3 review: The better Mac calendar experience, now on iOS

Critics and users alike love to throw shade at those built-in macOS and iOS apps—Mail is often panned for being out of date, most of us don’t want (or need) Stocks, and Maps still can’t hold a candle to Google Maps, four years after the latter was unceremoniously evicted from iOS 6.For me, Calendar is the weakest of Apple’s built-in apps (with … [Read more...]

Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case review: Luxurious keys for iPad Pro

Soon after the iPad Pro’s debut last fall, I reviewed Logitech Create ($128 on Amazon), the first third-party keyboard case to take advantage of Apple’s Smart Connector. As much as I adored the MacBook-style backlit keys, the overall bulk kept me from using it on a daily basis. (At the time, I referred to it as “The Incredible Hulk” of iPad … [Read more...]

Folx 5 review: How I learned to stop worrying and love this Mac download manager

Think you don’t need extra software for managing internet downloads? If your web browser gets only an occasional workout transferring files one at a time, you’re probably right. But if you frequently pull down multiple things at once, you could certainly benefit from a management utility.In years past, the choice was simple: Yazsoft’s excellent … [Read more...]

Paragon Hard Disk Manager review: Total control of your Mac’s storage devices

For many Mac owners, the built-in Disk Utility is all they’ll ever need. After all, Apple’s software handles the basic task of formatting HFS+, FAT32, and exFAT volumes and partitions, along with the occasional need for one-click verification and repair of native OS X disks. (And with macOS Sierra, the RAID tools make a return.) However, there are … [Read more...]

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