Foursquare Spins Off Location Checkins to Swarm App

9:57 AM, May. 15th, 2014 · · Product News

Foursquare is hoping to better cater to the way people use its location-based social networking service by splitting into two apps. Starting Thursday, Foursquare will offer a new iPhone and Android app called Swarm to handle location checkins and friend interaction, while the Foursquare app will evolve to become more of a location discovery app similar to Yelp.

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There's a growing trend among big players in the mobile space to split apart their all-in-one apps into feature-specific offerings. Facebook has done it, Google has, too, and now Foursquare is joining in.

Google Finally Adds Offline Map Viewing for iPhone

11:50 AM, May. 7th, 2014 · · Product News

Google rolled out an update for its Maps app on Tuesday, finally adding the ability to save maps for offline viewing. The change give Google yet another leg up on Apple's own Maps app that doesn't offer a way to quickly save maps to avoid getting lost when an Internet connection isn't available.

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Easy offline map viewing? Your move, Apple.

Watchman Expands Beyond Remote Mac Monitoring with Windows Beta

12:47 PM, May. 1st, 2014 · · Product News

Mac IT managers and consultants tasked with monitoring large groups of Mac computers are about to see their jobs get just a little easier now that Watchman Monitoring is adding remote Windows PC support to their service. Watchman Monitoring offers remote status monitoring for OS X-based Macs as well as Linus PCs, but until now hasn't offered any support for Windows PC.

1Password Adds Watchtower Website Security Monitoring

10:57 AM, May. 1st, 2014 · · Product News

Agile Bits released 1Password 4.4 for the Mac on Wednesday with a new feature called Watchtower that can monitor websites for security vulnerabilities and alert you when you need to change login passwords. 1Password is a password management app that also stores other types of sensitive information, like bank account and credit card numbers, in a secure and encrypted database.

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Considering the security headache heartbleed has been, Watchtower is a very welcome addition to 1Password for the Mac.

Google Brings Google Docs and Google Sheets to Apple’s App Store

1:53 PM, Apr. 30th, 2014 · · Product News

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Google brought two of its flagship productivity services to Apple's App Store on Wednesday, Google Docs and Google Sheets. The company released native apps for the services as free hybrid apps designed for iPhone and iPad, and in a blog post announcing the move, Google said its presentation service, Slides, is "coming soon."

MacBook Air gets Faster, Cheaper

8:45 AM, Apr. 29th, 2014 · · Product News

Apple released updated MacBook Air models on Tuesday, giving shoppers a faster processor and a US$100 price cut. The Mac Book Air is Apple's ultralight Mac laptop and is available with an 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch display.

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The MacBook Air was due for a refresh, but most expected more than a processor speed bump. With a $100 price cut, however, the new models do look nice.

Skype Group Video Calling Goes Free

3:55 PM, Apr. 28th, 2014 · · Product News

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Skype has announced on their blog that group video calling, previously a feature only available to Premium users, is now free to anyone with a Skype account using Mac OS, Windows, or Xbox One.

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A lot of people moved to Google Hangouts because it was free, and group video chat in Skype required a paid account. It looks likes Skype is trying to keep up with Google, and it should be fun to watch.