SoftPerfect's WiFi Guard helps protect your small Wi-Fi network by scanning regularly for new and unrecognized devices, pinging to verify devices, detecting firewalls, and reporting anything suspicious so you can take action, if necessary. You don't need to know a lot about Wi-Fi networks to use Wi-Fi Guard. You just need to know a little about your own home or small business network (or networks) and who or what is allowed to connect to it. When an unauthorized device appears, you'll know your network security has been compromised. WiFi Guard scans all your network devices, so it … Read more
If you're not a fan of viewing YouTube in your browser because of Flash problems or other issues, a standalone YouTube app might be a good idea. MediaTube for Mac is a basic program that lets you search and view YouTube videos without using your browser. It works, but we weren't particularly impressed with its features or interface.
MediaTube's appearance is somewhat iTunes-inspired, particularly the Cover Flow-style video preview pane. The program is easy enough to figure out; there's a search box and controls for playing, pausing, and stopping videos. What we didn't love about … Read more
Muzzy is one of those apps that you may not even realize you need until you try it out. It's a sleek, stylish way to quickly view information about what you're listening to on iTunes. Anyone who uses iTunes regularly would benefit from this nifty app.
Once installed, Muzzy appears as a little musical note in the menu bar. It doesn't spring into action until you start listening to music in iTunes. Once the music starts playing, users can click on the icon to bring up a small square showing the current song's album art, the … Read more
Sometimes what makes an app great is simply that it takes features that already exist and puts them all in one handy spot. Such is the case with QuickLock for Mac. This basic utility makes it easy to lock, restart, or shut down your Mac. It's nothing earth shattering, but we like that it makes useful features more accessible.
QuickLock for Mac appears as a small lock icon in the menu bar. Clicking it reveals a drop-down menu with options to start your screensaver, put your computer to sleep, shut your computer down, or restart it. There's also … Read more
Despite a few issues, CeekSoft StickyPad offers some cool ways to view text from your documents and the Web. With the program set to stay on top, you won't need to hunt for Notepad's window if you're working on two documents at one time.
The interface is basic, with tabs for Text, MS Word, and Web/HTML. The Text tab doesn't offer any editing tools and there's no way to save the text you create. You type in your text and you can then copy and paste it into other documents. The MS Word tab … Read more
AutoPostit2 offers a plain, functional reminder system and basic calendar. If you already have calendar software or use Google's calendar services, there's not much on offer here to woo you away. If you like things very easy and have no need to sync across devices, AutoPostit2 might appeal to you.
Reminders are easily set in AutoPostit2's small, unadorned interface. Set the day, time, and create the message, and then hit "Ok." You can view three months in the calendar view, which strongly resembles the default Windows calendar. There's also an address book. Now, plain … Read more
Manic Matching will test your memory, but there isn't enough variation to keep the game interesting for long. The goal is to match cards with numbers and pictures to remove them from the board, and the layout and design are as basic as the game, itself.
Be careful during installation, as the program will try and get you to download a toolbar and change your default search if you click "Next" instead of "Skip" in one of the steps. It also might need to add some additional Microsoft programs, which makes the installation lengthy. On … Read more
The native Reminders app on Macs is popular and quite useful, but its one major drawback is that it's not that easy to access. Remind Me for Mac is a simple utility that makes it easy to add new reminders to Reminders without having to stop what you're doing and open that app. We can't imagine why anyone who uses Reminders wouldn't want to install Remind Me for Mac.
Remind Me for Mac appears as a small icon in the menu bar. Clicking it reveals a drop-down menu with the option to add a new reminder … Read more
Let's face it: the market for note-taking apps is pretty well saturated. There are plenty of options to choose from and a lot of them aren't that great. Simplenote for Mac, however, is a standout. Combining an incredibly simple interface with some really useful options, it's a great choice for anyone who jots down notes, lists, ideas, or other bits of information that need to be organized.
The interface couldn't be easier; a pane on the left displays each note's title and a preview of the text, while the right pane displays the full text … Read more
Showyou is a video recommendation app that shows all of your friends' and family's favorite videos in one smooth, sleek menu. Though the video player isn't top notch, it's hard to find a video curator that lets you share from as many networks as this one does. If your friends and family are spread out on different social networks, this is an excellent way to access all their videos in one place.
With Showyou, you can sync your friends' video lists from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other popular social apps. The app creates a feed of the … Read more