Adrian Try Editor / Writer
Adrian is an Aussie writer, musician, cyclist and tech geek. He loves exploring new apps for his iMac and MacBook Air, iPad Pro and iPhone. In his spare time, he is intent on creating the perfect media center. He’s here to pass on his most useful software discoveries to you.

CleanMyMac X Review

CleanMyMac X Review

CleanMyMac offers the most pleasant interface and covers all the cleaning jobs you need, meaning you're more likely to actually use it.
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Flipsnack Review

Flipsnack takes the pain out of digital publishing from start to finish.
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Best Gifts for Writers

If you're short of ideas, we have way more than you need!
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Best Parental Control Router

We show you which are most effective at keeping your kids safe when online.
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Ginger Grammar Checker Review

I’m quite disappointed with its performance.
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ProWritingAid vs. Grammarly

Grammarly and ProWritingAid are at the top of the stack.
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Best Grammar Checker Software

Today’s grammar checkers have come a long way.
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How to Back up iPhone with Broken Screen?

How to Back up iPhone with Broken Screen?

We’ll cover four different backup methods in detail that will help you keep your phone’s contents safe.
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WhiteSmoke vs. Grammarly

When choosing an app that deserves that trust, Grammarly is clearly the better choice.
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Best Monitor for Programming

Because one monitor won’t suit everyone, we’ve chosen several winners.
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How to Use Seagate Backup Plus on Mac?

How to Use Seagate Backup Plus on Mac?

If you’re a Mac user, do yourself a favor and ignore the software that came with the drive.
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WhiteSmoke Review

Unfortunately, the app may not discover all of your mistakes.
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Grammarly vs. Ginger

Grammarly vs. Ginger

Grammarly is more reliable and offers more features needed by writers and business people.
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Best Noise-Isolating Headphones

What style of headphones should you buy? Comfortable over-ear headphones or a more portable in-ear model pair.
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9 Best Alternatives to 1Password

1Password has a comprehensive feature set and deserves your serious consideration, but it’s not your only option.
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Best Monitor for MacBook Pro

We’ll cover a few Retina displays, as well as a range of affordable non-Retina displays that still look sharp.
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Best Text Editor for Mac

A text editor is a handy, flexible tool that deserves a place on every computer.
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Hemingway vs. Grammarly

A combination of Grammarly’s and Hemingway’s free products will give you more functionality.
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IDrive vs. Backblaze

IDrive and Backblaze are two popular and effective cloud backup services.
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Best Computer Privacy Screen

In this review, we'll help you find the best privacy screen solution for your computers and devices.
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macOS Big Sur Slow? 10 Ways to Gain Speed

If you have an older Mac, installing Big Sur could slow your startup time further. Here are some ways you can speed it up.
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ProWritingAid Review

ProWritingAid is a helpful grammar, style, and spelling checker.
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9 Alternatives to the Dashlane Password Manager

Dashlane is the premium password manager, but it’s not your only choice.
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IDrive vs. Carbonite

IDrive vs. Carbonite

IDrive and Carbonite are two excellent cloud backup providers. But in most cases, IDrive has the upper hand.
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Is Google Password Manager Safe?

Is Google Password Manager Safe?

Here are a few ways Google Password Manager will help deal with all of your passwords.
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How Long Does It Take to Back Up iPhone to iCloud?

How Long Does It Take to Back Up iPhone to iCloud?

Expect your first backup to take at least an hour (it’s better to allow for several hours), then 1-10 minutes each day.
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backblaze vs dropbox

Backblaze vs. Dropbox

Backblaze and Dropbox approach cloud storage from very different directions.
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How to Save Passwords in Google Chrome When Not Asked

How to Save Passwords in Google Chrome When Not Asked

It might be that Chrome’s not asking to save passwords because that option has been disabled.
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Best Keyboard for Writers

If you’re serious about writing, you should be serious about the keyboard you use.
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How Do You Delete Backup Files in Windows 10?

Backups are helpful, but not when you run out of space. A full drive leads to frustration.
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Best Laptops for Programming

Programmers can spend all day at their computers. For that reason, many prefer the flexibility that a laptop provides.
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The Best Gifts for Programmers

Our goal in this article isn’t just to tell you what to buy but to stir your imagination.
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backblaze vs carbonite

Backblaze vs. Carbonite

Backblaze and Carbonite offer affordable, secure cloud backup plans that will suit most users.
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Are Password Managers Safe?

Are password managers safe? The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
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9 Alternatives to the LastPass Password Manager

If LastPass is such a great password manager, why consider alternatives? Here are a few reasons a competitor might be a better fit.
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Best Keyboards for Programming

A programmer’s fingers are their livelihood, and the keyboard is their primary tool.
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Best Mac for Programmers

We cover every Mac model that’s currently available, comparing them and exploring their strengths and weaknesses.
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7 Mac Alternatives to Nitro PDF

Nitro PDF is an incredibly popular PDF editor for Windows, but unfortunately it’s not available for the Mac.
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The Best PDF Editor Software

The Best PDF Editor Software

We compare the major apps that are able to edit PDFs and help you choose the one that best meets your needs.
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Drive Genius Review

Drive Genius Review

Drive Genius promises to keep your Mac running smoothly while ensuring you don't lose any valuable data.
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iMobie MacClean Review

iMobie MacClean Review

MacClean promises to spring clean your Mac, freeing up disk space, and protecting your privacy.
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PDFpen Review

PDFpen Review

If PDFs are a big part of your life, you need PDFpen. It includes most of the features of its competitors.
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Avast SecureLine VPN Review

Avast SecureLine VPN Review

If you already use Avast products, this isn't a bad choice. If accessing streaming media is important to you, choose another VPN.
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pdf expert review

PDF Expert Review

Do you value speed and ease-of-use over advanced features when it comes to editing PDF files?
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Data Rescue Review

Data Rescue Review

Data Rescue isn't the type of app you keep in your drawer just in case. You need it when you need it.
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Setapp Review

Setapp Review

Setapp is a unique subscription-based alternative to the Mac App Store.
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Adobe Acrobat Pro Review

Adobe Acrobat Pro Review

If you are a professional looking for the most comprehensive PDF toolkit, then Adobe Acrobat DC Pro is the best tool for you.
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Best Laptop for Writers

“The pen is mightier than the sword” may have been true in 1839, but most writers today have traded their pen for a laptop.
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ABBYY FineReader Review

ABBYY FineReader Review

Do you want to accurately convert a paper book into an ebook? Then ABBYY FineReader is for you.
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Storyist Review

Storyist Review

Storyist is a full-featured writing app for Mac and iOS suitable for fiction writers, including novelists and screenwriters.
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Parallels Desktop for Mac Review

Parallels Desktop for Mac Review

Parallels Desktop can be handy if you rely on certain Windows apps for your business.
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iDrive Review

iDrive Review

iDrive is the best option for most people who need to back up multiple Macs, PCs and mobile devices.
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PDFelement Review

PDFelement Review

Are PDF files a major part of your life? Then PDFelement is for you. It's easy to use, fully featured, and very affordable.
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The Best Productivity Apps for Mac

The Best Productivity Apps for Mac

Work smarter, not harder! Sometimes the best way to boost your productivity is to switch up your tools. Here are some of our favorites Mac apps.
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XMind review

XMind Review

XMind offers a smooth workflow, a distraction-free mode, and all the basic features you'll need to create and format mind maps.
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Things 3 Review

Things 3 Review

Are you looking for a quality task manager app for Mac? Things 3 is the one to consider.
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Ulysses Review

Ulysses Review

Ulysses claims to be "the ultimate writing app for Mac, iPad and iPhone". Is it really the best in class?
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Disk Drill Review

Disk Drill Review

Have you ever lost important files? Disk Drill will show you whether your files can be recovered before you start spending money.
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Scrivener Review

After using Ulysses for many years, I wrote this entire review using Scrivener. Overall I enjoyed the experience.
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Best Mac for Music Production

Macs are a great choice for creative people and you'll find them in many recording studios.
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Best Wireless Keyboard for Mac

We look at highly-rated compact, ergonomic and standard Mac keyboards that have different features.
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grammarly review

Grammarly Review

How many times have you pressed Send on an email or Publish on a blog post, and immediately noticed a mistake?
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Best Writing Apps for Mac

Best Writing Apps for Mac

Are you a writer? We cover a number of powerful, popular and full-featured writing apps, including free Mac apps and web services.
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The Best Mac for Video Editing

Video editing is time-consuming. It will try your patience and tax your computer. Make sure you choose a Mac that can handle the job.
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TextExpander Review

TextExpander Review

If you spend any part of your day typing, TextExpander will save you time and effort, and keep you consistent and accurate.
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Best Headphones for Home & Office Workers

Looking for a new productivity idea? Wear headphones while you work.
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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 Review

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 is widely considered to be the best document scanner available for home offices.
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The Best Document Scanners

We include a number of highly-rated scanners that may also suit you. Read on to discover which is best.
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Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Headphones Review

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Headphones Review

If sound quality is your priority, they are a great choice. They’re definitely favorites of mine.
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The Best Backup Drive for Mac

The Best Backup Drive for Mac

One hard drive solution won’t suit everyone. We list backup drives that offer the best value for money for Mac users.
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The Best Password Manager for Android

We cover the strengths and weaknesses of each Android password manager.
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The Best iPhone Password Manager Apps

In this review, we'll look at eight of the leading apps and help you decide which one is best for you.
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password manager for Mac

The Best Password Manager for Mac

There are a bunch of password management apps available for macOS and the list is growing.
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Bitwarden vs LastPass

Bitwarden vs. LastPass

While both apps are quite similar, LastPass certainly has the edge but Bitwarden is also a great app.
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lastpass vs. keepass

LastPass vs. KeePass

Unless you are a geek, I strongly recommend you choose LastPass over KeePass.
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Dashlane vs LastPass

Dashlane vs. LastPass

Both Dashlane and LastPass are excellent applications, choosing between them is difficult.
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1Password vs LastPass

1Password vs. LastPass

Both 1Password and LastPass are excellent applications. If I had to make a choice, I think LastPass has the edge.
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lastpass vs keeper

LastPass vs. Keeper

I think LastPass has the edge. Besides having a very good free plan, it’s better at storing personal documents.
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LastPass Review

If you’re not already using a password manager, your first step might be to use a free one like LastPass.
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Dashlane vs. Keeper

For most people, I believe Dashlane is the better option but it’s not best for everyone.
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Keeper Password Manager Review

Is Keeper the best password manager for you? There is a lot to like. But be careful.
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McAfee True Key Review

Today even non-technical users need a password manager. If that’s you, True Key may be worth considering.
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abine blur review

Abine Blur Review

You should be using a password manager. Should you choose Abine Blur? Possibly!
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sticky password review

Sticky Password Review

If you are a Windows user, Sticky Password offers quite a number of features that’s more affordable.
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roboform review

RoboForm Review

After reading this review I hope you’re ready to start using a password manager on all of your devices.
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1password vs dashlane

1Password vs. Dashlane

Choosing between the two services is difficult because in many ways they are very similar, but I give the edge to Dashlane.
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dashlane review

Dashlane Review

If you’re not already using a password manager, it’s time to start. Place Dashlane at the top of your short-list.
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1password review

1Password Review

If you're serious about password management and willing to pay for all the features, 1Password offers excellent value.
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Best VPN for Amazon Fire TV Stick

You can install a VPN on your Fire TV Stick to access content from anywhere in the world.
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NordVPN vs IPVanish

NordVPN vs. IPVanish

IPVanish has a lot going for it but I can't recommend it. I recommend NordVPN because you'll get much faster servers.
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NordVPN vs PureVPN

NordVPN vs. PureVPN

I recommend NordVPN. For a slightly more expensive subscription, you’ll get the best Netflix connectivity of any VPN I tested.
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NordVPN vs. PIA (Private Internet Access)

For those of you looking to use a VPN with the easiest-to-use interface, you might want to consider PIA.
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NordVPN vs. Avast SecureLine VPN

If you are looking to use a VPN for the first time, consider Avast SecureLine. For everyone else, I recommend NordVPN.
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NordVPN vs TORGuard

NordVPN vs. TORGuard

Tech-savvy networking geeks will be well-served by TorGuard. For everyone else, I recommend NordVPN.
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8 Alternatives to Apple’s Time Machine Backup Application

When Apple realized that many Mac users weren't doing data backup regularly, they created Time Machine.
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monday.com review

Monday.com Review

Every team is different. While many teams have found Monday.com a great fit, others have settled on other solutions.
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scrivener vs storyist

Scrivener vs. Storyist

These are two surprisingly similar writing tools. They can both split up a large document into smaller pieces.
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ulysses vs scrivener

Ulysses vs. Scrivener

If Ulysses is a Porsche, Scrivener is a Volvo. One is sleek and responsive, the other is built like a tank.
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Airmail Review

The app's real strength is its customizability. You should be able to make Airmail look and act exactly as you like.
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speedify review

Speedify Review

If speed and security are all that you need, Speedify offers excellent value for money.
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Best Email Client App for Mac

Best Email Client App for Mac

We explored dozens of Mac email apps that can replace Apple Mail. This is the most complete list of email clients for macOS.
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The Best Mouse for Mac

Choosing a mouse is a highly personal decision, we list another 11 highly-rated mice that meet a range of needs and budgets.
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Magic Mouse vs. Magic Trackpad: Which One Should I Use?

A Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, or combination of both? Here are some factors to consider.
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The Best Wi-Fi Extender for Home

Do you have whole areas of your home that don’t get reliable Internet? You can increase its range by purchasing a Wi-Fi extender.
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The Best Wireless Router for Home

Your router is probably the hardest working appliance in your home. Read our detailed Wi-Fi router roundup review for more.
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Having Wi-Fi Problems with macOS Catalina? Here's the Fix

Having Wi-Fi Problems with macOS Catalina? Here’s the Fix

Has your Mac’s Wi-Fi frustrated you since upgrading to Catalina? You’re not alone. The release of macOS 10.15 seems to be buggier than usual.
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Is iCloud Keychain Safe to Use as My Primary Password Manager?

Is iCloud Keychain Safe to Use as My Primary Password Manager?

Besides being locked into the Apple ecosystem, the service lacks features that have become expected in a password manager.
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5 Quality Alternatives to Apple’s Magic Mouse 2

It almost seems like there are as many pointing device preferences as there are users.
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9 Alternatives to KeePass Password Manager

KeePass is the most configurable, extensible, technical password manager that exists.
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7 Ulysses Alternatives for Windows 10

Ulysses claims to be the ultimate writing app for macOS and iOS. Unfortunately, it’s not available to Windows users.
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6 Adobe Acrobat Alternatives for Home Offices

6 Adobe Acrobat Alternatives for Home Offices

Acrobat Pro costs close to $200 each year. That cost may be justified if it's making you money, but for the casual user, it’s too expensive.
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12 Alternatives to CleanMyMac

CleanMyMac is a great app. But it lacks some features and costs more than the competition.
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Top iTunes Alternatives for Mac and Windows

The eighteen-year-old app has been struggling to cope with its own bloat and something had to change.
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12 Fixes for macOS Catalina Slow Performance Issues

12 Fixes for macOS Catalina Slow Performance Issues

I successfully installed macOS 10.15 Catalina on my MacBook Air in an hour. Read on to learn about the problems that I and others had.
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The Best External SSD for Mac

The Best External SSD for Mac

Portable SSDs are easy to take with you, offering the best combination of portability and performance.
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The Best Screenwriting Software

The Best Screenwriting Software

If you’re new to screenwriting, you need all the help you can get—a software tool that will guide you through each step.
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The Best Android Data Recovery Software

The Best Android Data Recovery Software

We’ll take you through the range of Android data recovery software and help you choose the best one for you.
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Backblaze Review

Backblaze Review

Backblaze is the best option for most Mac and Windows users. However, it’s not the best solution for everyone.
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The Best iPhone Data Recovery Software

The Best iPhone Data Recovery Software

In this review, we’ll take you through the range of iPhone data recovery software and help you choose the one best for you.
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The Best VPN for Mac

The Best VPN for Mac

If I had to swim with sharks, I’d swim in a cage. A VPN can provide the cage that I need. Which is the best for Mac users?
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Best Data Recovery Software for Windows

Best Data Recovery Software for Windows

The genre of Windows data recovery software promises to get your files back. We explore which apps are the best.
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7 CrashPlan Alternatives for Home Offices

7 CrashPlan Alternatives for Home Offices

Sometimes even your backup plan needs a backup, as users of CrashPlan Home have discovered not long ago.
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ExpressVPN vs. NordVPN

ExpressVPN vs. NordVPN

For those looking to use a VPN for the first time, I recommend ExpressVPN. The rest of you will find NordVPN to be the better solution.
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The Best VPN for Netflix

The Best VPN for Netflix

Netflix is actively blocking VPNs from accessing their service. Which VPN service is the best to get past Netflix’s firewall?
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Astrill VPN Review

Astrill VPN Review

Astrill VPN goes beyond the basic features to offer excellent speeds, a choice of security protocols, a kill switch, etc.
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NordVPN Review

NordVPN Review

NordVPN is one of the best VPN services we tested. It has features that enhance your privacy and security.
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ExpressVPN Review

ExpressVPN Review

ExpressVPN claims to be fanatical about your privacy and security, and their practices and features back up that claim.
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The Best VPN Routers

The Best VPN Routers

VPN routers need to be powerful enough to encrypt traffic without making you wait. Don't look for the cheapest router on the market!
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7 Windows Alternatives to Carbon Copy Cloner

7 Windows Alternatives to Carbon Copy Cloner

There is currently no Carbon Copy Cloner for Windows, and the maker Bombich Software doesn't plan to launch a PC version.
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Space Lens is Coming Soon to CleanMyMac X

With the introduction of a powerful new feature Space Lens, CleanMyMac X is about to get even better.
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The Best Mac Data Recovery Software

Panic strikes. You deleted the wrong file, formatted the wrong drive. If you relate, then this Mac data recovery roundup is for you.
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The Best Online/Cloud Backup Services

Online backup services automatically upload your documents to secure cloud storage, access anywhere, 24-7.
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The Best Backup Software for Mac

The Best Backup Software for Mac

A backup routine should be part of everyone's life. If you choose the right app, set it up thoughtfully, it shouldn't be a burden.
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The Best Voice Recording Software and Apps

The Best Voice Recording Software and Apps

Is voice recording an essential part of your life? We explore which software and mobile apps will suit your goals and workflow.
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The Best Audio Editing Software

The Best Audio Editing Software

Finding the best audio editor depends on your goals. We'll take you through the options and help you select the best tool.
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The Best To Do List Apps for Mac

The Best To Do List Apps for Mac

Mac App Store is crowded with list managers. In this review, we cover the best to-do list apps that are worthy of your time and attention.
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The Best Virtual Machine Software

The Best Virtual Machine Software

Virtualization software is a fast and convenient solution to run Windows apps on your Mac, or vice versa. See our favorite options here.
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VMware Fusion Review

VMware Fusion Review

VMWare Fusion allows you to install additional operating systems on your Mac, Windows or Linux computer. Is it worth it? Find out here.
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Able2Extract Review

Able2Extract Review

PDF documents are common but difficult to edit. Able2Extract solves this problem by converting PDFs to common file formats.
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Easy Duplicate Finder Review

Easy Duplicate Finder Review

It's effective at finding duplicate files on Mac and Windows, but less effective at dealing with duplicate contacts, emails, and media files.
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