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The Essential Mac Apps for 2018

There are a bunch of great apps you can install on your Mac—no question there. Separating amazing apps from must-have apps is the hard part, and we don’t want you to spend hours analyzing the Mac App Store (or scouring the web) to find the very best and most useful apps. We’ve made a list of champions across four…

If Your Discover Weekly Playlist Sucks, Try This If Your Discover Weekly Playlist Sucks, Try This

Your Discover Weekly probably doesn’t suck—the feature is so popular that it’s the subject of long glowing profiles on tech blogs and business blogs. Spotify even built an ad campaign out of users tweeting how much they love the feature. Each week, every active Spotify user gets a new list of 30 tracks, and over half…

Personalize Your Mac's Right-Click Menu Personalize Your Mac's Right-Click Menu

MacOS: Once Apple finally embraced the right-click, Mac apps loaded up the right-click menu with extra functions. MacOS even includes several by default. But most American users don’t need to “Convert Text to Simplified Chinese.” Here’s how to get rid of that, and any other right-click menu option, so you can easily…

You Can Now Block Distracting macOS Apps With the Freedom App  You Can Now Block Distracting macOS Apps With the Freedom App 

macOS: Freedom, the cross-platform app that blocks distracting websites, just got even more powerful. Now on macOS, and soon on Windows, Freedom can block desktop apps.

What Each Slider on an Equalizer Does What Each Slider on an Equalizer Does

When you’re listening to music through cheap headphones or speakers, an equalizer will help even out the sound. Most equalizers come with genre presets, but you can manually adjust them too. It helps to know what kind of instrument is affected by each frequency.

Alexa and Cortana Teamed Up, But Consumer Tech Is Still Stuck in an Ecosystem War Alexa and Cortana Teamed Up, But Consumer Tech Is Still Stuck in an Ecosystem War

The voice interfaces Cortana and Alexa will soon be able to activate each other for functions that one does better than the other, Amazon and Microsoft announced today. It’s the kind of cooperation that we don’t see enough between the Big Five, or really any company that’s grown out of its “desperately cobble together…

Muzzle Automatically Disables OS X Notifications When You Screen-Share Muzzle Automatically Disables OS X Notifications When You Screen-Share

When you’re sharing your screen for a business or school presentation, you don’t want any notifications popping up, like a sext, a calendar notification for your therapist appointment, or a Slack DM about the problem client you’re currently presenting to. You could hit “Do Not Disturb,” but what if you forget? While…

Mac Users: Where Should You Put Your Dock? Mac Users: Where Should You Put Your Dock?

Mac users, hello! Let’s argue about which side of your screen is best for your dock. (PC users, please ignore this piece and don’t make fun of us.)

How to Disable the MacBook Pro Touch Bar How to Disable the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Since last fall, new MacBook Pro models have replaced the function keys with the Touch Bar, a gimmicky touch-sensitive display along the top of the keyboard. It takes some getting used to, and you may find yourself groping for the delete key and cranking up your headphone volume, or idly resting your finger on the…

How to Clean Up and Optimize Your Sluggish Mac

Your Mac is running a little slow these days. It takes forever to boot up. You have to delete something just to download that file attachment from Carla in accounting. Any time you stream a video it seems to lock up for a few seconds. Let’s fix all that.

Clocker Crams a World Clock into Your Menu Bar Clocker Crams a World Clock into Your Menu Bar

Mac: Your Mac has a world clock built into it, but it’s relegated to the Notification Center and stuck in analog for some reason. Clocker lets you jam that world clock into the menu bar, where’s it’s easily accessible.

Tomates Time Management Is a Super Customizable Pomodoro Timer for Mac Tomates Time Management Is a Super Customizable Pomodoro Timer for Mac

Mac: We’ve seen plenty of Pomodoro timers over the years, but Tomates might be the most full featured option around.

How to Enable Mac Volume Control for HDMI or DisplayPort Audio How to Enable Mac Volume Control for HDMI or DisplayPort Audio

If you connect a Mac to an external monitor using HDMI or DisplayPort, you’ll often lose the volume controls on your keyboard. Depending on how you use your Mac, this can be kind of annoying. Here’s a weird workaround.

Interact Scratchpad Turns Lazily Formatted Addresses Into Contacts Interact Scratchpad Turns Lazily Formatted Addresses Into Contacts

Mac: If you need to dump an address into your contacts app, it’s usually a comically cumbersome process of bouncing between data fields. Interact Scratchpad is a simple little app that does all that for you.

Magnet for Mac Is the Window Management Tool I've Desperately Needed

We’ve seen a few different tools for Windows-esque window management on Mac over the years, but none of those ever fit well with my workflow. Magnet is an app that’s been around for a while, but a few recent updates have finally made it the app I need.

Screen Commander for Mac Blanks Out Second Monitors With a Click Screen Commander for Mac Blanks Out Second Monitors With a Click

Mac: If you have a multiple monitor setup for your Mac, you know that the simple act of disabling the extra monitors when you need just one is a little cumbersome. Screen Commander makes it easy.

Why Mac Apps Occasionally Ask for Access to Accessibility Features Why Mac Apps Occasionally Ask for Access to Accessibility Features

If you use a Mac and any software that controls your keyboard, including text expanders, you’ve probably come across a dialogue box asking you to grant the app access to “accessibility features.” How-To Geek explains what that means.

Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2017 With Speedier Installs and a Leaner Footprint Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2017 With Speedier Installs and a Leaner Footprint

Microsoft released the newest version of its popular IDE, Visual Studio 2017 today for Windows alongside a preview of the still in development Mac software. The biggest improvement comes in its installation screen, which finally lets you pick and choose which components to install.

All the Folders You Can Probably Exclude From Your Mac's Backups All the Folders You Can Probably Exclude From Your Mac's Backups

Whether you’re backing up your Mac with Time Machine or another service, it can be an incredibly time-consuming process. Over at How-To Geek, they walk through a number of the folders you can probably skip if you need to get that backup done quickly.

SoundSource 3 Simplifies Routing Audio On Mac SoundSource 3 Simplifies Routing Audio On Mac

Mac: If you want to change which mic is being used on your Mac or swap to different speakers, you can always option-click the sound icon on your menu bar and pick whatever you need. If you want more control of those options, SoundSource 3 is the app you want.

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