Since Flickr’s inception in 2004, shutterbugs have been posting their photos to flickr.com for the world to see--and comment on. And Flickery from Eternal Storms improves that experience by providing a portal that makes everything cleaner and faster.
As snug--and smug--as OS X’s security may make us feel, your data’s safety is up to you. Smart practices and strong passwords help, but thanks to ubiquitous USB flash drives, cloud file storage, and ever-shrinking MacBooks, it’s easier than ever to share sensitive documents or misplace the drives and computers where they’re kept. That means more opportunities for bad guys to snoop through your important stuff. Knox is a utility that gives you an extra layer of protection from prying eyes by encrypting specific files, folders, or external drives on your Mac. While it’s suited for users who need easy encryption on a daily basis, Knox deserves a look from anyone seeking more flexibility in their daily security regimen.
Tracking your work hours has evolved considerably since Fred Flintstone held a slab of rock in a bird’s mouth and bonked it on the head. Virtual TimeClock ’10, the latest product to tackle the job, has refined employee time tracking to the point where clocks, cards, and their attendant administrative tedium are handily tamed. As the name suggests, Virtual TimeClock replicates the functionality of the traditional employee time clock.
Livescribe’s latest “smartpen” builds upon the success of the original Pulse, which we rated five stars in the Apr/09 issue. And while Livescribe has been hard at work adding new features and redesigning the pen itself to make it even better, the lack of bundled accessories and some missing software features hamper what’s otherwise a great package.
Insanely great as Macs are, using them means losing some of your day to launching apps, hunting down files, and performing other routine iChores. Keyboard Maestro helps reclaim some of that time by letting you create custom macros--keyboard commands that automate lengthy or repetitive tasks and add new productivity tricks to your favorite applications. It’s a powerful package that can simplify any Mac user’s life, but if you’re not already comfortable with Macs, you may need to work a bit harder to get the most from the application.
Bigfoot may get the majority of the media’s attention, especially after his stint on The Six Million Dollar Man. But the real star in the half-man/half-bear/monkey/gorilla arena is the Yeti. While Bigfoot is out stomping his footprint into mud, the Blue Microphone Yeti (shown left at very close to its actual size) is doing a bang-up job recording your podcasts, band practices, and events. Pretty good for a mythical creature--er, an affordably priced USB mic.
If managing and expanding a kingdom sounds like a good time, perhaps you haven’t thought it all the way through. Governing an empire, as the real-time strategy game The Settlers 7: Path to a Kingdom is eager to point out, is all about micromanaging. Wage wars on too many fronts, and you’re toast. Don’t research enough technology, you’re toast. Don’t cut down enough trees…well, you get the point.
Craigslist is the premier site for people looking for a good deal. Unlike Amazon and eBay, its searches are refined to sellers in defined proximities--usually people who are looking for quick pick-ups. Craigslisters who check often enough are bound to find something awesome for cheap, which means that well-designed iPhone and iPad apps could be huge.
We set out to determine if an iOS app could top the Mobile Safari experience, and it was no surprise to find literally dozens of Craigslist apps for the iPhone and iPad. It’s as if developers realized that the infrastructure was already set up, and all they had to do was beautify the site. However, many of them missed that mark, and we ended up wading through a sea of glitchy, crippled versions of the popular site--or apps even less attractive than the infamously minimal website. Still, a few interesting options emerged, so let’s take a look at the best of the bunch.