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Notational Velocity ALT, the supremo Mac note-taking tool, goes 1.0

It's no secret that Notational Velocity is my favorite Mac note-taking application. It synchronizes with the SimpleNote online service, which means you can access your notes on your Mac, iPhone, online, and, if you store your notes in a folder that is in your Dropbox account, on a plethora of iOS...

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Xbench performance benchmarking for Macs

Computer benchmarking applications abound for Windows machines, but what if you want to judge the capabilities of your current Mac against one you're considering buying? Though I'm in that situation far less often than I'd prefer, when I do need to measure the relative performance of two different...

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Undocumented Gmail keyboard shortcuts for composing CC and BCC email

As both a huge Gmail nerd and a huge keyboard shortcut nerd, I was pretty excited to learn that Gmail has a couple of shortcuts that are not documented anywhere. If you often find yourself needing to compose messages that include people on the CC or BCC fields, you can now launch a brand new message...

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TechCrunch now a sister site of Download Squad

There were rumors about it yesterday, but today we find out that it actually happened: AOL has purchased TechCrunch, one of the biggest blogs (and blog networks) in the technology industry. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong announced the news this morning at TechCrunch's Disrupt conference, noting that...

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HyperDock adds eye candy, functionality to your Mac's dock

HyperDock is a System Preferences pane, which you can install on your Mac, that adds some nice visual improvements to the dock, as well as some very useful window-handling functionality. Currently, it's in beta, but you'd never know it; I have yet to have a single problem with it on my...

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How to get Gmail's Priority Inbox on your mobile device

Gmail's new Priority Inbox feature has revolutionized how many people deal with their email. Unfortunately, you may have noticed that it's only available on the standard desktop version of Gmail in your browser. Well, that's not entirely true. Priority Inbox works based on a label called...

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Tweet Nest is a self-hosted online tweet archive

While I'm as excited as the next guy about Twitter's new Web interface, one shortcoming that I'd really like to see fixed soon is Twitter's lack of archiving. If you're not aware, once you get over 3,000 tweets on Twitter, you'll find that your oldest tweets start to disappear. Apparently, Twitter...

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Twitter for iPad launches, and it's beautiful

The official Twitter for iPhone app has updated, and with the latest update it became a universal app, meaning it has native iPhone and iPad versions. While the iPhone version continues to incrementally improve, it's the iPad version that is really remarkable. It took me a little while to get used...

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Gain a superpower by learning to touch-type - Back to School

If you're a fan of life hacks of any kind and you can't touch-type, you're wasting your time. Just like the best current upgrade you can give your computer in terms of overall speed improvement is a solid-state drive, the best overall speed improvement you can give yourself when it comes to the time...

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Every Google acquisition plotted on an infographic

It seems like you can't go anywhere online without running into the latest trend: infographics. The idea is to take a bunch of information, and distill it down into something easily digestible. It can be a very effective tool, but it can also be abused. Scores.org has an interesting infographic that...

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