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Airmail 2 for Mac review: Email exactly the way you want it

When I reviewed Airmail last year, it was arguably the best mail app available for the Mac. Since then, I've used a handful of other apps before ultimately settling on the Mailbox for Mac beta. However, Airmail 2 just landed, combining the same advanced features with an even better Yosemite-style interface. So, is it enough to regain my heart, and the OS X mail app crown?

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Run old-school console games on the Mac with OpenEmu

I'm 45, and I've been gaming on consoles since the Magnavox Odyssey. Many of the games I've played over the years represent a huge investment of time and a huge return of pleasure in playing, so I keep them. I keep them on shelves in my office, I keep them in bins in my basement. I don't get rid of them for the same reason I don't toss my old vinyl albums or CDs — in many cases, there's a real emotional attachment.

But this isn't about my hoarding tendencies. It's a good thing I've kept those old games around, because now I can play them again on my Mac. A powerful application provides the framework to do it easily, and it's absolutely free. It's called OpenEmu, and here's how to use it.

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iOS 8 review: 3 months later

Three months ago we reviewed iOS 8, arguably the most jam-packed versions of the iPhone and iPad operating system we've seen since the introduction of the App Store back in 2008. Since then we've gotten updates — up to iOS 8.1.2 on the production branch and iOS 8.2 beta 2 on the developer branch. We've gotten bug fixes, performance enhancements, and even more new features. But with the good comes the bad. With new possibilities come new frustrations and with new workflows come new bugs. So, how has it held up? How are we liking iOS 8 now, some three months later?

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Twelve South HiRise Deluxe elevates iPhone and iPad

If you're in the market for a great-looking dock for your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPad (or iPod touch) that elevates and provides almost infinite levels of flexibility, look no further than Twelve South's HiRise Deluxe. The HiRise Deluxe is designed to work with most iPhone cases, so you don't need to unprotect your iPhone to elevate and charge it.

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Case-Mate Tough Air Case for iPhone 6 Plus review

The iPhone 6 Plus can be an unwieldy device to carry around and using it one handed can create a rather precarious situation. The size alone has been reason for some people, even folks that never used to believe in cases, to start searching for the perfect one. I've spent the past week or so with the Tough Air Case by Case-Mate and if you want a nice compromise between protection and a slim profile, it may be a perfect fit.

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Crossy Road review: I should hate it, but I love it

Of all the silly little games I've played in the last month, I keep coming back to Crossy Road. It's not the mechanics: The app plays fast and loose with the Frogger look, but it's essentially the same movement you've played in side-scrollers for years. Step forward. Jump on a moving target. Jump to another moving target. Avoid the giant train. It's not the in-app purchase pleas, which are about on par in their annoyance with every other free-to-play game.

No, Crossy Road is charming. Which is odd, for a game that regularly cries out for ratings and in-app purchases. I usually detest games like this. They annoy me and then I delete them.

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Disk Alarm for Mac review

"Your startup disk is full."

If you've ever gotten that error message on your Mac, you know what a headache it can be. It can keep your Mac from running, at least until you've moved or deleted enough files for it to work again. A utility called Disk Alarm can help you head off disk space problems before you're in a crisis.

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions for Mac review

It's rare that the Mac gets a new game release the same time as everyone else, which makes Aspyr's recent Mac release of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions noteworthy. It's also noteworthy for being a purely-distilled arcade game experience that sports a retro design paired with thoroughly modern play sensibilities.

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Newly revised 'Iconic' coffee table book makes perfect gift for Apple enthusiasts

Looking for a special gift for that mega Apple enthusiast in your life? How about the newest edition of an absolutely stunning coffee table book that features lush, beautiful photographs of Apple devices?

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Review: Apple Leather Case for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple's leather cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are only one option out of many you have when it comes to picking protective shielding for your device. What drew me to this case in particular, however, was its thin profile and the ease of which I could remove and put it back on. A few weeks in, is it still as great as I thought it would be?

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