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nvAlt: A Mac note taking text editor

nvALT lays somewhere between text editor and note-taking app; it's a free-to-use Mac app for web-heads.

The app is a fork of the open-source app Notational Velocity, an application designed to let you write notes on your computer. The idea is to let nvALT be the receptacle of whatever fragments of information you want to write down so that you can easily find them later.

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Go walletless with your iPhone 6 and the CandyShell Card

Looking to go walletless with the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay? This iPhone case can help!

One of the iPhone 6's key features is Apple Pay, which lets you effortlessly buy things using nothing more than Touch ID. But there are still times you might need a physical credit card, your ID or insurance card. To get the best of both worlds, pick up Speck's CandyShell Card case for iPhone 6 (also available for iPhone 6 Plus).

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Forge is an iPad storyboard for your creativity

Most sketching apps on the market focus on single projects and their underlying layers, rather than a canvas of ideas and suggestions. Forge is different.

I've long thought the iPad was perfect for rough storyboarding: It's not an artist's preferred medium for detail work, but it's portable, and easy to sketch on, and has plenty of storage space. Forge, built by the folks behind the Jot Touch stylus, invites you to explore a hundred different ideas and sketches in storyboard format, iterating and trashing and reinventing as you go. I've been testing Forge for months, and it's become one of my go-to tools for planning and messing around with creative ideas.

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Amzer Crüsta review: Superhero your iPhone 6 Plus

Crüsta sounds like something you'd find in Ikea, but it's actually the name of a case line from smartphone and tablet accessory maker Amzer. If you're looking to armor up your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus with comprehensive front and back protection, you might want to take a look.

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Duet Display turns your iPad into a second monitor

Sometimes you just need more work space on your Mac. You could appease this by buying a second monitor, but it may well be that you need this space while on traveling — a place where a second full-sized screen becomes much more cumbersome than helpful. The solution? Use your iPad.

Duet Display is a tethered second-screen option that lets you borrow your iPad's Retina display for your Mac. You can display anything you like on that second screen — including full-framerate video — and interact with that content directly on the iPad, as well.

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Astropad brings the Cintiq experience to your iPad

The iPad's made great progress in the sketching world, but it's still been hampered by imprecise screen mapping and styluses that can't perfectly replicate pressure. The solution from Astro HQ's Astropad is to map the iPad to a different screen entirely — that of your Mac.

Astropad does for creative pros what Duet Display did for second-screen enthusiasts: Not only does it provide a high-quality, high-framerate mirrored display on your iPad that you can draw on, but Astropad goes a step further and integrates with three of the iPad's top-selling pressure-sensitive styluses to offer you full pressure support in your Mac app of choice.

It may not be a true Wacom Cintiq experience, but it sure comes close to fooling me.

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DiskWarrior 5 Review: The Essential Mac Disk Maintenance Tool

Maybe you didn't believe me when I said it. Kirk McElhearn chimes in on Macworld with these plaudits:

DiskWarrior remains the essential tool for maintaining and repairing disk problems. For both preventive maintenance and repair it's a must-have tool.

It's not a question of if you will lose data, only a question of when.

Source: Macworld

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Notability for Mac harmonizes writing, drawing, and recording

Ginger Labs' Notability is one of the best note-taking apps for iOS thanks to the way it harmonizes writing, drawing and recording audio. Does the Mac version follow suit?

If you're a visual thinker, prone to doodling or sketching ideas using paper and pen, you owe it to yourself to check out Notability. It's easy to type with, easy to draw with, and easy to embed recordings with, making it a versatile and truly intuitive note taking app for the Mac.

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Alfred Remote gives you a remote launchbar for your Mac

Since my early Mac-using days, I've been an avid shortcuts user — keyboard commands, QuickKeys, launchbars, you name it. I probably use my keyboard more than my trackpad for navigating through programs and windows, though I've grown to love the multitouch gestures for swiping screens on my 11-inch Air.

Given that I'm also multitasking with my iPhone almost all the time, it makes a crazy amount of sense that a launcher utility like Alfred would take advantage of that second screen to create a remote control. Enter Alfred Remote: The app uses local sharing with the Alfred app to turn your iPhone into a launchbar for your Mac.

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Belkin Charge+Sync offers a stylish desktop dock for your iPhone

Belkin's Charge + Sync Dock was originally designed for the iPhone 5, but it works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well. If you're looking for an elegant, stylish desktop dock for your iPhone, it's worth taking a look at.

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