It’s that time of the week again when we round up the most popular as well as the less-popular but equally useful apps, tips and tweaks that you may have missed during your hectic workweek. This time around, we discuss the new features in OS X Mavericks, how to use iCloud Keychain, quickly convert documents to PDF on Windows, the updated Vine app, and an Android app for boosting system performance, among other excellent apps and tips.
Hands-On Review Of The New Features And Changes In OS X Mavericks
Features and changes-wise, OS X Mavericks is one of the less exciting operating system upgrades in recent years. However, it’s still superbly exciting because this is the first Apple has provided its OS for free. This single move from Apple is going to affect the rest of the industry too, as Microsoft will also have to consider changing the pricing plan for Windows. In the post linked below, we individually go through all the new stuff in Mavericks.
How To Get iWork For Free On Older Macs
OS X Mavericks isn’t the only software upgrade going free: Apple also relaunched its iWork suite of apps and is giving them out for free on all new Macs and iOS 7 devices. If you are on an older Mac, there is a workaround using which you can still get it for free.
View Custom Maps & Layers On The Go With Google Maps Engine For Android
Google introduced Maps Engine back in 2011 to allow people to upload custom maps, or rather, ‘layers’ on top of Google’s maps, so you can view – for example – how the world looks at night (sourced from NASA), the Atlantic Ocean’s floor, and GDP rates (World Bank), etc. They’ve launched an app for Android so you can see these layers on the go.
What Is iCloud Keychain And How To Set It Up On iOS
If you’re locked into Apple’s OS X and iOS ecosystem and wish to enjoy easy, cross-platform password syncing, then iCloud Keychain is the way to go! It seamlessly, and securely, syncs your passwords and credit card information across your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Manage Firefox, Chrome & IE Extensions, Toolbars, Temp Data, Default Homepage & Search Engine With Browser Care
After switching between Chrome, Firefox and Opera, I’ve finally made up my mind to go with Chrome. Those of you who still live the multi-browser life (web devs and designers, I’m looking at you!) might be interested in checking out Auslogic’s useful ‘Browser Care’ app for managing all browsers from one window. With it, you can remove, disable or enable extensions and plugins, clear temporary browser data, change the default homepage, and modify the default Search engine with ease.
Android Tuner Offers Loads Of System Tweaks To Boost Performance
If you wish to get more performance out of your aging smartphone, look no further than Android Tuner. It’s excellent for quickly applying various system tweaks – doing things like adjusting CPU clock speed, clearing RAM, freezing apps, uninstalling system apps, and more!
Compare, Copy & Sync Files Or Folders Locally And Remotely With PathSync
I rely on Microsoft’s own ‘SyncToy’ for syncing two directories, but it’s good to have alternatives. PathSync is free and open-source, and can compare, copy and sync files or folders both locally and remotely. We liked it, and are sure you will too.
Monitor How Your Android Apps Are Using System Resources With M2AppMonitor
M2AppMonitor is an app for monitoring how other apps are performing on your Android device. You can see which apps are draining the most amount of battery, which apps you use the most, which ones have access to contacts, and more! What’s more, you can compare your results to those gathered from other users of the app. Use it in combination with Android Tuner to get the most out of your system.
Convert To PDF From Windows Context Menu With Cometdocs
PDF is indeed the most portable document format today, since every modern device can open one (unlike proprietary Office documents), so having a tool readily available to convert to it in a couple of clicks is immensely handy. Cometdocs has been doing document conversion on the web for quite some time, and now they’ve launched a native desktop app with context menu integration! Neat.
Get Galaxy S4-Like Shooting Modes On All Android Devices With ‘A Better Camera’
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Note 3 come with a powerful Camera app that just isn’t available on other Android devices. Looking for a similar set of features? Check out ‘A Better Camera’! Modes like Burst, Night, Object, Group, Panorama, Sequence are built right in!
How To Edit Videos & Save Recording Sessions In Vine App For Android & iOS
One of Vine users’ biggest complaints with the mobile app has been fixed! You can now save multiple draft videos to come back to later, and can also edit individual clips from each Vine video. Messing up one small sequence no longer means restarting all over again! We walk you through how to perform these actions.