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When all the breaking news is on Twitter, it seems as if there’s no need for audio streams or radio stations any longer. NPR and BBC are still listened to by many, but how long will it be until they are no longer needed?

A new app called Hourly News wants to make sure radio reports stay around for a bit longer by putting them in your menu bar for a nice streaming experience. Shall we see what this app can do to keep us listening to radio news?

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The CD data disk came as a revolution when it arrived. Before the most common storage method was still the 3.5″ floppy disk that held only 1.4 MB. The size of programs was rapidly increasing and many popular programs already came on a dozen or more disks and a bad floppy disk was all too common. The arrival of the CD made larger programs and games not just easier, but possible in the days when dial up Internet was still the norm. The DVD soon followed and increased the amount of data on a single disk to 4.7 GB and also brought the digital movie to the computer user.

Installing software now most often comes from a download, whether from the Mac App Store or the vendor’s web site. The DVD adds space and weight that can seem unnecessary. Apple now shows no concerns about removing the drive to shrink the size of their computers. The MacBook Air doesn’t come with a DVD drive to save space and the new MacBook Retina also removed the DVD drive. The trend is clear that Apple considers these drives to be unimportant and best relegated to an external drive in the rare times it’s needed.

Still, computer users can’t quite completely ignore the CD and DVD yet. Most boxed software, which now is relegated to mainly large suites like Microsoft Office or Creative Suite, still comes on a DVD or CD. While digital downloads of both movies and music are the future, many of us also have DVD or Blu-ray movie collections and even (gasp) CD music collections that we’d like to bring with us to the digital world. Here we’ll look at a few programs either included with your Mac or freely available that will help you deal with those physical disks still lying around. An external DVD drive will allow you to get anything on those disks to you Mac with the programs below.

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Slowly we have seen how Apple has implemented iOS features into the Mac, and have made them work delightfully. Lion was aimed right at making the Mac more intuitive and more iOS like. Everything from the scrolling direction to the gestures were all improved with the iOS experience in mind, and it shows.

But there are still plenty of things that iOS has that Mac OS X doesn’t. For example, the cool little copy and paste pop up menu. Today we are reviewing an app called PopClip that brings this functionality to the Mac. How well does it work? Read on to find out!

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rooSwitch is now the new SwitchUp from Irradated Software. It’s mostly the same as in our review here, but now with menu options. Our article still refers to it as rooSwitch, but if you want to try it out, SwitchUp is essentially the same app, just updated and with a new name.

Do you ever wish you could set up an app’s preferences, then create another profile with a completely different set of preferences?

rooSwitch is a unique app that does exactly that. Read on to see how you can put this incredibly useful app to work.

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Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Bazinga 4 Mac. The developer describes Bazinga 4 Mac as an app which can turn any web site, web page or web app into a native mac application. This allows you to access your favorite web sites quickly and easily without relying on your web browser.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

Update: We messed up with the price on this one! We’d like to make it clear that Bazinga is completely free, not $49.99 as originally stated. Sorry for the confusion!

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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Resize. The developer of Resize says that when doing web design, it’s critical to test how your page looks under different screen resolutions. Since the mobile web is exploding fast, you have to test against the mobile devices too. Resize is a Safari Extension that to make the process dead easy.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB for Mac. The developer describes AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB as an app designed to convert PDF eBooks from PDF to EPUB format on Mac OS X. EPUB (short for electronic publication) is designed for reflowable content so that the text display can be optimized for diverse devices. After PDF to EPUB conversion, Mac users can transfer EPUB eBooks to iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, etc for fantastic reading experience.

Read on for more information, screenshots and a 30% off discount from the AnyBizSoft team!

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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Optimal Layout. The developer describes Optimal Layout as a powerful solution for managing your app windows, helping you make the most of your screen space.

Keyboard commands allow you to move, resize, tile and switch between windows. You can easily re-organize a whole group of windows to fill the screen and tweak the position of an individual window. There are lots of options for how windows move and resize, working the way you want.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting NRGship UPS. The developer describes NRGship UPS as the fastest, easiest way to ship UPS from your Mac and organize all the details of your shipment in one place. NRGship is the only software for the Mac authorized by UPS for rating, shipping and tracking day to day domestic UPS shipments.

Built in importers allow you to quickly bring in address books from UPS Worldship or UPS.com, making it simple to “switch” to the Mac. Read on for more information and screenshots!

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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting AppChest. The developer describes AppChest as a smart new elegant way of storing your application licenses, as well as checking out today‘s latest and greatest Mac application deals.

Just drag your purchased apps to AppChest’s library and enter their license keys. No matter if it’s an email, pdf or text file containing the license, all attachments are automatically searched for useful information and auto-filled if possible.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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