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LastPass Mac app puts a password manager on your desktop

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LastPass is a great password manager and the usual way to access it is by using a web browser extension. However, there is also a desktop app that you can run on your Apple Mac. What’s that for?

Monitor the memory and battery in the menu bar on your Mac

On test are two menu bar utilities that provide useful system information. One shows the battery status and health and the other shows memory usage. Both are free and provide useful info.

Wunderlist - the best alternative to Reminders on the Mac?

Reminders is a simple but effective app bundled with OS X that is adequate for very simple tasks, but it has its limitations. When you need something more powerful, Wunderlist should be on your shortlist.

Grammarly on test - intelligently correct writing errors

Grammarly is an app, a browser extension and a website that aims to improve your writing by correcting mistakes and typing slips. What can the Apple Mac app do for your writing?

Is Disk Cleaner – The Best Cleanup App?

Among the top free utilities in the Mac App Store is Disk Cleaner – The Best Cleanup App. The name makes a bold claim and that is one worth investigating. Cleanup apps that free up disk space are always useful.

Get a free Mac clipboard manager and view your history

What is the most used feature on your Apple Mac? Could it be the clipboard? Power up the OS X clipboard with a utility to manage it and view clipboard history.

PhoneClean aims to clear junk from your iPhone or iPad

Apple MacBook, iPad and iPhone

PhoneClean is a Mac app that is designed to track down the junk files on your iPhone or iPad and clear them out, leaving more space for important things, like apps, photos and music.

Will Dr. Cleaner make your Mac run like new?

There are many disk cleanup tools and memory optimisation utilities, but there may be room for one more and this one is an interesting app. Dr. Cleaner is from security company Trend Micro and it cleans and optimises.

Get the weather forecast in the Mac’s menu bar

Drizzle is a menu bar app for the Apple Mac that will provide you with a weather forecast for today and the next week ahead. It is free and it makes a useful addition to the desktop.

How do you uninstall apps on the Mac? Here’s the right way

There is more to uninstalling apps on the Apple Mac that dragging them to the Trash. AppCleaner is the uninstaller you need to keep your Mac clean

The Mac is so simple compared to Windows PCs. Take uninstalling apps for example, you just drag them to the Trash, right? Wrong! That leaves junk on the disk drive. Here is the right way to remove apps.

Play 2048 as an OS X Notifications Center widget

OS X Yosemite has an enhanced notifications panel at the right side of the screen and it is able to display widgets - mini applications. If you are a fan of 2048 games, you can add a 2048 widget to the Today pane in the notifications panel and have a quick play any time you like.

Is Simplenote the best notes app or is it too basic?

Which is your favourite app for storing notes? Google Keep? Microsoft OneNote? Evernote? There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of notes apps so you have to be brave to launch yet another, but here we have Simplenote from Automattic, the company that produces the blogging and website software, WordPress.

2 utilities to analyse your Mac’s disk space

Disk drives come in a variety of sizes and some Apple Macs have quite small drives. If you have an SSD (solid state disk), it is likely to have quite a limited capacity for storing files. Older Macs have small disk drives, even if they are traditional mechanical models. Anyone that has a small disk drive, or even a big disk with lots of files, will need to keep an eye on the space used and the remaining free space.

3 free battery monitors for your MacBook

Apple’s battery technology is better than most rivals and MacBooks last longer than almost any other laptop. However, batteries do deteriorate over time and after a year or two, it may not be working as well as it did when it was new. Battery monitors can show the charge status, life left, recharge cycles and general health. Replace the OS X menu bar battery status with a more powerful version.

Write like a pro using 1Checker to fix writing flaws

Do you write documents and reports for work or write essays for school? Are you a budding writer working on a book that you hope to get published? Whatever you are writing, 1Checker is a great tool that enables you to check your writing and automatically fix common mistakes. It offers suggestions to improve your writing as well as replacing typing slips, spelling mistakes and poor grammar.

Clear junk from your Mac's disks with CleanMyDrive

Over time, disk drives accumulate junk files and these consume valuable space that could be used for more useful purposes. The junk files are not obvious and you won't find them easily in Finder windows, so it is not easy to keep a disk clean and healthy. However, there are utilities, such as CleanMyDrive, that makes keeping a disk clean a very simple process.

Clean the disk and find duplicates with AVG Cleaner

Clean up your Mac's diskThe disks in Apple Macs don't need cleaning, they never get cluttered up with junk, and they just work, don't they? Well, no. The Mac is good, but it is not imune to the build of clutter and file debris that goes with everyday usage of a modern computer. Unwanted files can clutter up the disk drive and duplicates steal space, leaving the drive underperforming.

Shiny Soap cleans your Mac's disk

Shiny Soap for MacA question posted in an Apple help forum was "How do I clean my Mac's disk drive?" The reply was "You don't need to do that on a Mac." It is one of the many myths surrounding the Mac and although it may be better than some operating systems, it certainly does need cleaning occasionally to get rid of the file clutter. A clean disk will be more efficient than one that is clogged up with unnecessary files.

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