Mac: It makes us sad that Apple has basically abandoned the App Store on macOS. Just take a look at the experience you get on your smartphone or tablet compared to the one you get on your laptop - it's night and day. That's OK, though; we're more than happy to provide recommendations for amazing macOS apps even if Apple doesn't want to do it itself.
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Mac: Just because we love symbolic links on Windows so much - thanks, Steam Mover - we're going to show you a handy macOS app that lets you set up symbolic links on Apple's operating system as well.
Android/iOS: What's on your network? You can always pull up your router's web interface to get a sense of which devices are connected, but you're probably just going to get a list of MAC addresses and assigned IPs - not very helpful. The app Fing - Network Scanner is a great, free way to get a better idea of all the devices your router has to deal with.
Mac: As much as we'd love it, Clipy is not a macOS version of Clippy, that little animated Windows paperclip that asks you how you're doing and gives you useful life advice. It's a must-have utility that makes your macOS clipboard 10 times more powerful, if there was any way to measure that sort of thing.
Android: Android P comes packed full of exciting new features, but it also introduces a huge change in how you'll navigate your smartphone. Google is replacing the virtual navigation buttons we know and love with a single pill-shaped icon and a whole bunch of swiping.
Google and Android are typically a package deal. Even if Samsung or Sony makes your phone, you'll still find it loaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, and all the other apps that makes up Google Play Services. But it's possible to totally "de-Google" your Android device - strange as that sentence is to type - though it's not exactly easy.
So I tried to switch to Apple Music. I was sick of Spotify and its thousand little problems and I missed iTunes. (Actually I missed Winamp, but that's not an option.) iTunes feels less like a spreadsheet. It handles device downloads better. It works great with Siri and my Apple TV. Plus it's got all the music I actually own, including all the weird little mashups and SoundCloud downloads that Spotify can't give me.
Website archive services such as the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine are incredibly useful for when you need to see old versions of sites - either for nostalgia or because you're looking for a specific bit of information that has since been overwritten or deleted (such as a story you wrote for a former employer, for instance).
Microsoft is officially rolling out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, also known as the Spring Creators Update, to computers tomorrow. While that might mean you'll get it first thing, the company typically rolls those updates out slowly, which means you also might be waiting for a bit. If you're anxious to get it now, here's a rundown on how to make that happen. If you'd rather not bite the bullet on the update right now, then you can also delay having that update come to your computer.
If you've been gaming on Valve's Steam service for a decent amount of time, you've probably heard of Steam Mover. It's a great tool for transferring your multi-gigabyte Steam games to different hard drives on your system, in case your primary hard drive is running out of space (or bursting at the seams).
If you use Microsoft's Edge browser in any capacity, congratulations! You're incredibly rare, so much so that services like Statcounter don't even have your browser of choice in its top-six list.
As I mentioned last week, I've purchased an 11-inch MacBook Air. I've got a soft spot for great tech that was superseded and I've been using the MacBook Air (dubbed The Flash as all my devices are named for members or parts of the DC universe) over the weekend and today. While it's a decent computer, even though it's a few years old, it was never made to be a primary workhorse. And that means making a few sacrifices in what I install on it. Here's my minimal set up.