Spark email for Mac gets new Smart Search features

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Spark is now available on Mac.
Spark's latest update for Mac makes searching for emails a lot easier.
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An update to Spark, a powerful Mac email app from Readdle, brings a serious boost to the software’s Smart Search functionality. The Spark 1.3 update also comes with a lot of under-the-hood changes and performance improvements, making a great Mac email app even better.

This premium video converter doesn’t cost a dime

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Want to get convert video from one format to another? VideoSolo Free Video Converter makes it easy.
Want to convert video from one format to another? VideoSolo Free Video Converter makes it easy.
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PhoneRescue makes iPhone data loss less scary

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PhoneRescue shows that depth and flexibility are key with mobile data recovery.
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Little Snitch keeps Mac apps from going rogue

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It sounds impossible, but Little Snitch 4 makes network security fun.
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Little Snitch, from the maker of the sublime LaunchBar, just got updated with a new Silent Mode that makes the app about a million times better to use, especially the first time you install it. Little Snitch is a network monitor that tattles on every other bit of software on your Mac, telling you when an app connects to outside servers.

That’s pretty much its only function, but Little Snitch Version 4 packs a ton of neat touches that tell you everything about how your Mac is connecting to the outside world. I’ve been using it for the past week or so, and it makes keeping your Mac safe far less annoying.

Seamlessly download and copy YouTube videos to iPad

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Once you've got YouTube Converter set up, you almost don't need to go near the actual app to get your video conversions done.
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If you ever need to get a video off YouTube and onto your iPad or iPhone, then Softorino’s YouTube Converter 3 should be an insta-buy. It’s a $20 Mac app that grabs YouTube videos, converts them to a Mac- or iOS-friendly format, and then sends those videos wirelessly to your device. I’ve tried it out quickly and it’s actually even easier than it sounds.

Make your Mac sound better than ever [Deals]

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Boom 3D for Mac
This app can add a surprising level of depth to your common Mac speakers and headphones
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It’s a common joke to say that our Mac’s built-in speakers sound better than you’d expect. They actually don’t, but we do consume a lot of music on our Macs, and especially with Macbooks. Listening through built-in speakers or earpods can feel limiting as far as audio quality.

Time tracking is made painless and easy with Timing 2 app [Review]

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Timing 2 makes time tracking on your Mac easy, not a chore.
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I recently switched back to freelancing full-time, and whilst I am lucky enough to have clients who don’t ask for precise hourly breakdowns, I have always been intrigued to know how much time I was spending on work tasks, especially those tasks that I didn’t directly bill for.

Many time trackers rely on you explicitly setting the task you are tracking and remembering to switch to another task when it’s time to track that. This is easy to forget, and for someone like me who switches tasks frequently, it’s hard to always know when one task finishes and another begins.

Timing 2 takes a different perspective. Instead of tracking by task, it tracks by application usage and uses a set of rules to assign activities in those applications to certain projects and tasks. The premise is that after a learning process, you can leave the application running behind the scenes and it’ll track everything for you automatically. You only need audit the results.

Name your price for this massive pack of premium Mac apps [Deals]

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Pay What You Want- The World's Biggest Mac App Bundle
This bundle of almost a dozen premium Mac apps will upgrade the creativity, productivity, and entertainment value of your prized machine.
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You’ve got a Mac, which is one of the finest computing machines money can buy. But it’s really only as useful as the applications you put in it. When you’ve already dropped serious coin on a new computer, it can hurt to fork out even more for a bunch of apps.