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If you've not played around with still motion videos -- videos where photos are shown only for a fraction of a second -- you might give it a try. They're lots of fun. Eternal Storms Software's Briefly 1.0 for Mac OS X... Read more »
The US$99.95 Withings Pulse, available now, is a pocket-sized activity tracking tool designed to help users achieve personal health and fitness goals. For the first time ever seen on an activity tracker, the Pulse adds... Read more »
Addonics Technologies' Secure NAS series of storage appliances combines the benefits of RAID, Network Attached Storage (NAS), Direct Attached Storage (DAS) and hardware AES 256-bit encryption in one enclosure. It's a... Read more »
Ignoring the whole Creative Cloud scenario, Photoshop CC is powerful software, but it can also be overwhelming if you're just getting started. "Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual" (928 pages) makes learning the software... Read more »
No matter how well prepared you are, at some point in time you'll probably lose some data. At that point it's Disk Drill, a data recovery app for Mac OS X (10.5 or higher), to the rescue. Recently, it's been revved to... Read more »
ArtRage, the popular paint software for Mac and Windows, has been revved to version 4. It's optimized for pen tablet users, which will mean more to Windows 8 fans (few though they be) than Mac OS X users. Of course,... Read more »
If you're a power user who wants to combine Thunderbolt and SSD technologies look no further than Akitio's Neutrino thunderbolt Edition, a 256GB, one-bay, bus-powered Thunderbolt storage solution. The US$339.99 device... Read more »
Music makers, rejoice. Band-in-a-Box 2013 for the Mac has arrived. It's a MIDI music arranger software package that allows a solo musician to play along to a computer-generated accompaniment with adjustable tempo,... Read more »
If you're lucky enough to have one of the new MacBook Airs, you'll want to check out the new ProTouch Keyboard Protector from iSkin. The keyboard protectors have long been a companion accessory for MacBook owners. Now... Read more »
"Realm of Racket" (http://tinyurl.com/kdp3eto) from No Starch Press offers a fun guide to serious programming. Racket is a programming language well suited for novice coders, first-year programming students, and those... Read more »
Let's face it: when using your Mac, there are a lot of files that need to be placed in folders, and some that need to be deleted. Manual sorting takes up your time. File2Folder 1.0 for Mac OS X is a relatively new app... Read more »
Bracketron's NanoTek Stand for the iPhone and other mobile devices is an US$29.95 device designed to keep power cords neat and available with its patent-pending integrated cable management system. It also increases... Read more »
For expert LEGO builder Nathanäel Kuipers, it's not how many bricks you have but how you use them. A former official designer for the LEGO Group, Kuipers shares his insider expertise in "The "LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1... Read more »
HydraConnect (www.hydraconnect.com) has expanded its line of intelligent HDMI Switching systems with the new HS-3, which borrows the video and HDMI switching technology of the HSS-3 Flagship while allowing users to... Read more »
If you want to resize your JPG images for the best web performance or create thumbnails for an image gallery check out iResizer (http://www.iresizer.com/) for Mac OS X. With it you can scale an image without changing... Read more »
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Mac OS X and Windows, recently revved to version 5, is a worthwhile tool for photography enthusiasts and professionals. The new version adds critical photo editing capabilities and creates... Read more »
The late Steve Jobs once described Blu-ray as a "bag of hurt." Guess some of us like the pain -- and MCE (www.mcetech.com) makes it possible to view Blu-ray discs on your Mac with its USB Super-BluDrive. The lightweight... Read more »
"GIMP 2.8 for Photographers" (US$39.95) is a 400-page, beginner’s guide to the only open source image-editing tool that provides a no-cost alternative to expensive programs such as Photoshop. Image editing is a crucial... Read more »
iTwin has added Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) compatibility to iTwin Connect, a combination of Private VPN and Public VPN services, built around a plug and play USB device for enhanced security and ease of use. The iTwin... Read more »
Apple may show little love to the external SuperDrive -- an external optical drive that allows you to install software, play, and burn both CDs and DVDs -- since the company wants you to go completely with digital media... Read more »
Belkin has given us the US$99.99 Grip Power Battery Case for the iPhone 5, which doubles the battery life of the Apple smartphone. Offering a combination of power and style, the Grip Power Battery Case is available in... Read more »
Savant Systems (http://www.savantsystems.com) has introduced three new iOS device docks that should make iDevice users happy. The line-up include the IDC-100L in-wall wireless charging dock for the iPad mini with... Read more »
If you need rugged, wireless headphones with a built-in microphone for hands-free call functionality, you need the US$69.95 DJ Slims from Outdoor Tech (www.outdoortech.com). The slim shape helps the headphones stay in... Read more »
The Satechi 7-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub is an ideal Mac and MacBook accessory. It features a compact design and additional connectivity for multiple USB-based devices such as flash drives, printers, digital cameras,... Read more »
If you have lots of files in the cloud, My Files can make your life easier. It's an open cloud client that allows you to manage 25GB (or more) of free storage from Dropbox, Sugarsync, SkyDrive, Google Drive and Box --... Read more »
 
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