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Get a handy 3D Weather widget for your Apple Mac desktop

Get a weather forecast for your desktop computer and don't be caught out in a shower

OS X, soon to be called macOS, has some weather forecasting ability, but it is very limited. The Today widget provides some information, but 3D Weather Free is far superior and a great app.

Weather Dock free Mac app puts weather forecasts in the Dock

Everyone dreams of clear blue skies, but will it rain instead? Get a weather forecast!

The Dock on the Apple Mac is normally full of unexciting static icons, but they don’t have to be dull. You could have a live animated weather forecast. Here’s a free app that does just that.

Clean up your Mac and boost the speed with Dr Cleaner Elite

Clean up, sweep up, scrub and polish to make like new

We all want a faster computer, especially when it it old and not quite the latest specification, but what can you do? Dr. Cleaner Elite can help speed up your Mac by cleaning and optimising.

Review - Trend Micro App Cleaner for the Apple Mac

Apple MacBook - sepia style

Trend Micro has a new utility that is designed to thoroughly clean the system when you uninstall apps you no longer need on OS X. Just how good is it and will it keep your Mac’s disk clean?

Turn your Apple Mac into an aquarium with amazing fish

The Mac comes with some nice images for the desktop, but to really impress people you should get an animated image. Desktop Aquarium Free turns your Mac into a fish tank!

Avast vs Sophos Mac security apps on test

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The recent ransomware attack on Apple Macs has brought security to the forefront of the Mac community and you might be thinking it is time to install Mac security software to keep your computer safe from malicious threats. On test are two free security applications from Avast and Sophos.

Clean your iPhone and iPad with iMyfone Umate

Apple Mac, iPad and iPhone

When you have just 16GB of storage in your iPhone or iPad it is quickly filled. Then what? One option is to free up storage using a utility like iMyfone Umate, which can breathe life into a clogged up iOS device.

LastPass Mac app puts a password manager on your desktop

Password

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.

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