Android: Nova Launcher, one of our favourite custom launchers for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, just updated to include even more customisation options for your home screen, as well as some nice performance improvements.
Do you still launch applications by pressing the Windows key and searching for your app? Or perhaps you use the Start menu. App launchers are faster and more powerful than any built-in search system, and they can do a lot more than just launch apps and search for documents. Here’s why you should be using one and everything you can do with it.
Mac: When you’re in the middle of a research project and bouncing all types of text between different applications, it’s tough to speed up the process. Liquid Information is a launcher-style app that speeds up transferring text between apps, searching and translating.
Mac OS X: I’ve always liked the idea of hot corners, but they don’t come with a lot of different options — plus I end up accidentally setting them off all the time. CornerClick changes your hot corners to activate with a click or a long hover, so you won’t accidentally activate them, while also adding tons of other actions you can perform.