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Extensis' Portfolio Server 11, the latest rev of its Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution, is easy to implement and doesn't require fundamental changes to the way you work. With advanced cataloging and search... Read more »
Want top-of-the-line protection for your iPhone 5? Then you need the US$79.99 LifeProof Frē (www.lifeproof.com), which is water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof. In fact, the company is also confident of... Read more »
Want to make a multi-touch ebook for the iPad? Then you need to pick up "Take Control of iBooks Author," written by digital publishing pioneer Michael E. Cohen and now updated for iBooks Author 2.0. Apple's free iBooks... Read more »
Everyone needs a good power strip, so why not get one that's good-looking as well as functional. The Kbar desktop line (http://kopi-d.com/?page_id=20) from Kopi is a a designer power strip that features a 21W 5V USB... Read more »
If you're a Final Cut Pro X user, Noise Industries' Tokyo Chrominator is a great tool for adding production value to logos and text. It allows editors to instantly give images a glossy, beveled 3D look complete with... Read more »
Seim Effects Photo Tools' ColorFlow -- a preset collection engineered by photographer Gavin Seim -- allows photographers to deliver subtle or bold image variations. For even greater control, users can mix and blend... Read more »
FirmTek's miniSwap/U3 offers beefy performance-- up to 440MB/second -- for new computers with USB 3.0 and legacy computers with USB 2.0 ports. An industry first and designed for 2.5-inch solid state (SSD) and hard disk... Read more »
Action junkies, take note: Oprtix's US$129.95 Optrix HD5 lets you take action footage with your iPhone 5. It's a camera optimizing system for the Apple smartphone that lets you record wide-angle HD videos under... Read more »
While most people wouldn't admit to doing it at work or in public, there's no shame in spending some quality time in your "library" at home. When you'are sitting on the throne doing some digital reading on your iPad or... Read more »
Flaxus is described as world's first wearable stylus bracelet. And we know of no other. You may be wondering why you'd wearing a stylus. Carrying a conventional stylus is inconvenient because it can be easy to forget,... Read more »
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has given us version 3.0 of DocProtect, a nifty tool that lets you ensure that documents are only viewable on licensed computers. The new version can apply a computer unique... Read more »
If you're an iOS developer who needs a little polishing on the fundamentals of Cocoa Touch, you'll want to reach "Programming iOS 6, 3rd Edition" from O'Reilly Media. With this revised and expanded edition, readers... Read more »
If you want to take control of your Mac -- and learn lots of tips and secrets -- O'Reilly Media's "Mac Hacks" is the book for you. Subtitled "Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of OS X," the book helps you dig... Read more »
Apple doesn't make a 17-inch MacBook Pro anymore. But if you're the owner of one, travel a lot and pack lots of accessories (including, say, an iPad) the US$140 Hercule Laptop Backpack has storage space for all your... Read more »
If you're a science-fiction fan and want a kool speaker system for your Mac, the Predator by Edifier fills the bill. It's a 2.1 speaker system with an "alien" design. The system contains a 5-inch downward firing... Read more »
For those who need a concise and practical introduction to CoffeeScript, a progamming language that compiles into JavaScript and makes working with JavaScript easier, SitePoint has brewed up "Jump Start CoffeeScript."... Read more »
If you do sports photography -- or simply take lots of pics in extreme conditions -- the Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop/Camera backpack is worth looking into. The US$304.95 gadget features a protective divider... Read more »
Sonnet Technologies' Presto 10GbE 1-Port and Presto 10GbE Server 2-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) PCIe cards enable users to connect their computers and servers to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using... Read more »
GIMP is a full-featured, cross-platform, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Although it's one of the most popular open source programs, it can be tricky to use and even trickier to master. "The Book of GIMP" from (No... Read more »
By Greg Mills   I get offers to review books and hardware, but try to hold off reviewing books and products that don't really interest me. I got an email offer from No Starch Press, a company that specializes in... Read more »
Core Data is Apple's recommended way to persist data: it's easy to use, built-in, and integrated with iCloud. If you need help mastering it, check out "Core Data: Data Storage and Management for iOS, OS X, and iCloud,... Read more »
If you need a little assistance in delivering top-notch web sites, "The Web Designer's Roadmap" from Sitepoint can help. It's a full-color book about the creative process and the underlying principles that govern that... Read more »
Jeff Gothelf's "Lean UX "approach to interaction design is tailor-made for today's web-driven world. The 152-page book -- available in an US$19.99 ebook version or a $24.99 print version -- teaches principles, tactics,... Read more »
Apple gave iTunes a much-needed overhaul as of version 11. But there are several changes from previous versions and some users will need a guide. Enter "Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ" from TidBITS Publishing. The... Read more »
Intego (http://www.intego.com), the Mac security specialist, recently announced the availability of its new 2013 line of Mac antivirus and Mac security products. With the recent report of a hacking at Apple itself (see... Read more »
 
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