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Perceptive Automation's Indigo 6, a rev of the intelligent home control server for Mac OS X, has gotten even kooler by adding support for a variety of Z-Wave devices. Indigo now has built-in support for three of the... Read more »
Digital media is a growing source of entertainment, but can offer compromises in several areas, including sound. However, the US$299 Merdian Explorer USB DAC (http://tinyurl.com/kdjbljy) helps overcome this problem. 
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If you own an iDevice with a new Lightning connector, iHome's iDL 100 Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio is a fine gadget to add to your list of accessories. It sports two Lightning docks and an USB charge/play port for... Read more »
The one-page ingredients in "101 Design Ingredients to Solve Big Tech Problems" from Pragmatic Bookshelf shows you how to solve technology and business challenges using practical examples. Case studies explain how tech... Read more »
Absolute Technology's LinkBook for the iPad mini is a signal enhancing, folio-style case that promises to provide up to two times the Wi-Fi signal to the tablet. It uses the company’s patented electromagnetic waveguide... Read more »
If you're in a corporate, financial, healthcare or broadcast environment and need a display for your Apple laptop or Mac mini, or a second display to go with an iMac, the NEC MultiSync EA294WMi (www.necdisplay.com) is... Read more »
When you need to open and view .vsd format Visio drawings and diagrams you need Enolsoft's Visio Viewer for Mac OS (10.7 and higher). It provides zoom-in, zoom-out, rotate and text-search tools. To view a large multi-... Read more »
Text Panels from SquidFX is a Final Cut Pro X-only plug-in that offers some cool title and lower thirds effects. It provides five customizable background shapes to start with. Editors can customize titles in a variety... Read more »
Booq's Viper courier is a cross between a computer sleeve and a slim bag. It's a laptop bag with a minimalist design coupled with "intelligent pocket-ability." It fits 13 to 15-inch laptops. Organically dyed and water-... Read more »
Travelers take note:Das Keyboard's new Das Keyboard HackShield bags are radio frequency blocking bags designed to protect against physical and digital intrusion. There are no exterior pockets, and the main compartment... Read more »
Pantheon's Multidev is designed to cut website management costs by letting teams instantly provision unlimited development environments in the cloud. Multidev does for a company’s website what software-defined data... Read more »
Are you familiar with Groovy? Do you know how to use it? Perhaps you should. "Groovy" is flexible, highly productive, agile, dynamic language that runs on the rich framework of the Java Platform. Groovy preserves the... Read more »
Nattress Contrast is a nifty effects pack that's compatible with Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. It contains four filters: Bleach Bypass, Detail Preserve Contrast, Hyper Contrast, and Luma... Read more »
Do you see piles of paper on the floor, stacks of folders teetering on your desk, and file cabinets lurking in the corners? If you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of paper, let author Joe Kissell help clear some of... Read more »
Sonnet's Presto Gigabit USB 3.0, an USB 3.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet adapter, provides users with an easy way to add Gigabit Ethernet-wired networking connectivity to Mac and Windows computers with USB 3.0 ports. Plus, it's... Read more »
Tripp Lite has introduced a new energy-saving surge protector, the ECO-SURGE SK10TG Surge Suppressor. The new surge suppressor features a timer that cuts power to connected devices, preventing energy-wasting phantom... Read more »
QuarkXPress 10, the new version of Quark's graphic design and page layout software, boasts a new Xenon Graphics Engine, Retina display support, a modern architecture, and over 50 feature enhancements that streamline the... Read more »
"The Practice of Network Security Monitoring" from No Starch Press is an US$49.99, 376-page book written by security expert, Richard Bejtich, that shows practices for implementing network security. The author has seen... Read more »
If you're a Creative Cloud or Creative Suite user, you should check out Code Line's Art View, a Quick Look enhancement that offers "quick answers to common questions." It allows graphic designers to preview, inspect,... Read more »
SanDisk Corp.'s Connect Wireless Media Drive is designed to be a companion for road warriors or parents who need entertainment ready to enjoy. Users can take content such as high-definition (HD3) movies, videos, music... Read more »
If you've ever wanted to create your own screen savers, Infinisys' Screen Studio for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) is for you. It lets you easily create professional looking screen savers for the Mac. Screen Studio comes... Read more »
Programmers -- and anyone else who sits for long periods of time -- need to learn how to maintain their own bodies and minds. In "The Healthy Programmer" (US$36, Pragrmatic Bookshelf), author Joe Kutner teaches readers... Read more »
iLuv Creative Technology's Aud 5 is the company's first audio dock designed specifically for Lightning devices. If you're the owner of a recent iDevice, you'll appreciate the gadget, which lets you enjoy your music from... Read more »
Extensis' Suitcase Fusion provides instant access to the font tools designers need in all the places they need them. And the newest version (5) delivers features such as font auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Creative... Read more »
The CrystalCore TiltDock, a doc for smartphones and other devices, looks like it could have been created by the team at Apple. That's how impressive it is. The CrystalCore TiltDock is designed to serve not only as a... Read more »
 
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