RIP GrowlVoice

One of the most useful and practical apps to come along in the last several years, GrowlVoice, seems to have been axed in the last week, thanks to Google Voice being migrated into Google Hangouts.

Available for purchase for $4.99 through the App Store since at least 2012, GrowlVoice was a formidable little app that allowed Mac users to access calls, texts and voicemail from their Google Voice accounts, right from the Toolbar.

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In a tweet posted last week, GrowlVoice announced that the access required by the app in order to function had been effectively terminated, thanks to Google:

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This is a sad day for Mac users like myself, who’ve come to rely on this fantastic little app to help manage texts and phone calls productively, in a way similar to the Messages app integrated within OS X. We hope someone (or another App) comes along to help rectify this situation soon – perhaps it’s as simple as a change in the JSON parsing, and hopefully not symbolic of a larger issue.

Flipboard’s new tools

 

Welcome to the Next Generation of Flipboard

Posted on March 27, 2013 by Inside Flipboard

What’s the only thing better than Flipboard? Flipboard 2.0! It’s a major new edition, with treats for everyone from the casual reader to the power user. There’s more content than ever to enjoy, including a new partnership with Etsy. When you search, we instantly create a magazine out of your results. It’s faster, more visual, and easier to navigate.

And, for the first time, you can collect and save articles, photos, audio and video by organizing them into beautiful magazines. These can be private, or if you want to connect with like-minded enthusiasts, you can make them public and share them on Flipboard and beyond. Now everyone can be a reader and an editor.

 

Cut through your bookmarks clutter

How often do you use your Web browser? If the answer is constantly, then a few choice tips could save you loads of time and trouble. Here are some for Apple’s Safari 6.
Overwhelmed by bookmarks? The first step is to organize them into folders (Bookmarks > Add Bookmark Folder). The next step is to organize the bookmarks within the folders. It’s not hard if you use the Finder to alphabetize them.
Go to your bookmarks window (Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks or Command-Option-B), and drag a folder from the Bookmarks sidebar to the Desktop. This action copies the folder to the Desktop, and the contents automatically sort by name.
You can’t drag a folder directly into the Safari sidebar; so, instead, drop your sorted folder into the list area of the Bookmarks window, and then drag it from there to the sidebar. Unlike in the Finder, folders with the same name can exist in the same location in Safari, which means now you’ll have two. After you place the organized folder, delete the original.