The Week in Mac Apps: Diapositive brings Instagram to your desktop

This week's roundup of Mac apps brings you a friendly clock app, software that keeps an eye on your Mac while you're away, and a way to ensure that your data has a chance to leave your hard drive before your hard drive leaves you.

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This week’s roundup of Mac apps brings you a friendly clock app, software that keeps an eye on your Mac while you’re away, and a way to ensure that your data has a chance to leave your hard drive before your hard drive leaves you.

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Diapositive 1.0

Can’t get enough of Instagram? MenuBar Labs’s $5 Diapositive - Instagram Client (Mac App Store Link) puts your feed right on your Mac’s desktop.

The app allows you to view your feed alongside Instagram’s popular and featured posts, your favorites, and much more.

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DriveDx 1.4.0

BinaryFruit’s $20 DriveDx (Mac App Store Link) keeps tabs on your SSD drives, and helps you detect possible faults before they occur.

The app is compatible with most modern drives, and offers a full array of functionality designed to monitor and diagnose everything from incorrect configurations to… impending doom.

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FuzzyTime 1.1.1

Developer Marcus Olovsson’s FuzzyTime brings a human touch to your Mac’s clock by replacing its with a display that uses a friendlier format that mimics the way humans tell time.

The app replaces the impersonal number-based time display in your clock with a version that uses expressions like “ten to midnight” and “half past nine.” It also updates only once every five minutes, and comes with support for more than 75 languages—including just-for-fun options like the Swedish Chef’s “Bork Bork.”

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Home Radio 1.01

Dataphase’s $5 Home Radio (Mac App Store Link) brings the wonders of Internet radio to your fingertips.

With a continuously-updated catalog of tens of thousands of stations from all around the world, the app lets you enjoy everything from talk shows to music without the need for a subscription.

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Into 1.6

Move over, James Cameron! With Nito, you can turn your likeness into your very own animated avatar.

The app tracks your facial features and movements, and mimics them with a 3D character that is animated in real time to match your expressions and mood—a great trick for your next FaceTime call.

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Selfie App 1.4

Developer Grzegorz Aksamit’s $5 Selfie App (Mac App Store Link) can shed some light on who is trying to access your Mac.

The app takes a picture using your Mac’s iSight camera whenever your computer wakes up from sleep—and before the user has even logged in. The resulting photos are stored locally on your hard drive—but if you pair it with a cloud-based service like Dropbox, you can see who is snooping through your Mac while you’re away.

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Smart Date 1.0

Despite its name, New Technologies’s $4 Smart Date is unlikely to improve your romantic life—but it can certainly help you get everything else organized.

The app offers a simple but powerful calendar management solution designed to help you balance life and work, with quick access to all your tasks and appointments.

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Snappy 1.3.0

Nextwave Digital’s Snappy (Mac App Store Link) is a great tool for grabbing screenshots from your desktop and sharing them securely with friends and colleagues.

The app allows you to capture just about everything that crosses your screen, annotate it with a variety of tools, and then send it using an encrypted mechanism. Plus, this encryption has a very handy self-destruct tool that will keep confidential information from lingering around longer than it has to.

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Who is on My WiFi 1.1.1

You don’t have to be paranoid to enjoy using IO3O’s Who Is On My WiFi, which maps the devices that are connected to your local network.

Whether you want to keep an eye out for unwanted guests, or you are trying to diagnose an uncooperative device, the app gives you a quick overview of everything that goes on over your network.