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BitTorrent has proven itself to be a very popular system for sharing files online – a wide variety of software, music and video is available through the protocol. In order to download via BitTorrent you need a desktop application capable of handling .torrent files.

A range of different BitTorrent software is available for OS X – most of it free. Applications range from those offering complete simplicity, to far more powerful and feature-packed alternatives. In this post we will take a look at 7 different applications for various types of user.

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Anyone who has owned or operated a computer for any period of time knows the importance of a password. We have them for everything; your OS X account password, online banking, email, shopping sites and the rest. The result can often be a big mess of difficult-to-remember passwords, especially as sites often require the inclusion of numbers and special characters in your password.

If you have this problem, I suggest you check out these password management applications. They allow for the storage and retrieval of these passwords in an easy and secure environment, and can go a long way towards preventing a security induced headache.

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Transferring files to and from other computers, particularly web servers, is usually achieved through a system called FTP (File Transfer Protocol). At the most basic, an application needs to connect to a remote server and allow you to perform file operations – copying, moving, editing and deleting – with both remote and local files. There are a huge range of different FTP applications for the Mac, many which aren’t that well known.

This roundup will showcase both the well-polished commercial FTP apps, as well as a number of open source alternatives which have very similar levels of functionality.

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eBay has become completely ubiquitous with buying and selling goods online, but their website often doesn’t provide the best user experience. For ‘power users’ of eBay, there are a number of apps available for OSX which can help you to get the most from the auction site and save a huge amount of time. Even for casual users, certain tools can make searching, saving results and tracking auctions far easier.

This roundup will focus on 8 different applications which have the potential to make you a much more effective eBay user. Whether it’s through creating great looking auctions, or ensuring you have the best chance of winning in a bidding contest – you’ll see eBay in a completely fresh light.

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Safari is a great web browser and works perfectly for many Mac users. Whilst there are a few popular alternatives such as Firefox, a number of less widely known browsers are also available. These range from safety conscious variations for children, through to applications targeted at research and powerful searching.

General web browsing is probably best served by one of the major players in the market, but it is fascinating to know what else is out there should the need arise. I’ll be looking at 8 niche applications, each with their own individual twist to assist with browsing the web.

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