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The US$95 Tapian shock from Booq (www.booqbags.com) is designed for professionals who are on the go. Designed with both function and style in mind, the bag provides protection and quick access to a professional’s most... Read more »
The VR mini 2 portable RAID storage solution from CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) is the successor to the original VR mini from CalDigit that brought RAID protection to location based workflows. The VR mini 2 now features... Read more »
D-Link's Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W110) allows users to turn devices on and off with the tap of a smartphone screen using the free mydlink Home app for iOS and Android devices.   It boasts multiple easy-to-use features,... Read more »
Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are central to almost all photographic workflows. However, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by Photoshop; the sheer number of tools and options make it difficult for novice and intermediate... Read more »
LaCie's (www.lacie.com) latest d2 features a new all-aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. Plus, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable to the fastest SSD on the market, which boosts... Read more »
In the hands of masters, the LEGO Technic line of beams, gears, and motors can be used to build striking models of machines and vehicles as sophisticated and sleek as their real-life counterparts—think supercars,... Read more »
Carbon Technologies' "Mavericks Server - Control and Collaboration," written by Reid Bundonis, is available exclusively in the iBooks format in the Apple iBooks Store. This is the second book in the Mavericks Server... Read more »
Demodit GmbH (http://www.demodit.ch) has released GroupsPro 1.0, a contacts and groups organizer for OS X (10.9 and later). It allows users to manage their contacts, contact groups, and create mailing lists for mass e-... Read more »
They can be tricky to use, but Mastering Clojure Macros: Write Cleaner, Faster, Smarter Code (Pragmatic Bookshelf, US$17 paper, $11 ebook) can help you navigate the terrain.

 Clojure offers some sharp tools in its... Read more »
Like most Mac users, you probably suffer from cable clutter with various cables and cords littering your workspace. The US$24.95 Soba (http://tinyurl.com/q4u25cr) by Bluelounge can help alleviate the problem. Soba zips... Read more »
Smith Micro Software's StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac now boastsCloud Services integration, a new cloud-based file transfer feature that lets users send large files without the dealing with email attachments or FTP.  With... Read more »
Epson America's new Epson WorkForce 2600-Series all-in-one printers are designed for the home and small office. The WorkForce WF-2660 and WF-2650 leverage Epson’s PreCisionCore printhead technology. The WorkForce WF-... Read more »
Sonnet Technologies' Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter (http://tinyurl.com/kk4hmda) is a "near-plug-and-play" solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer... Read more »
Cocoatech's Path Finder 7, an update to its file organizer, has been under development for over a year. It's worth the wait. Path Finder allows developers, writers, artists, and casual users alike to manage their files... Read more »
WD's My Passport Wireless is a new, Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. Users now have the ability... Read more »
OWC's (http://tinyurl.com/mo3x2xn) ThunderBay 4 (pictured) and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are now available with up to 24TB of capacity. With their larger capacity option, combined with "ultra-quiet" cooling technology... Read more »
Smith Micro Software's StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac sports Cloud Services integration, a new cloud-based file transfer feature that lets users send large files without the dealing with email attachments or FTP.  With the... Read more »
LaCie's 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 in a 48TB is the fastest, highest–capacity Thunderbolt 2 storage solution on the market with speeds of up to 1330 MB/s and eight Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disks. With a... Read more »
Archiware (http://tinyurl.com/m22b5wx), which manufactures the multi-platform data management solution P5, now offers a way to integrate with FocalPoint Server. Archiware P5 allows users to synchronize, backup and... Read more »
The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 system makes it easy for anyone to build and control robots. LEGO's block-based, colorful EV3 programming language is fine for first-timers, but it has more powerful features than you might think... Read more »
booq's (www.booqbags.com) US$295 Cobra brief is a handy, if pricey (US$295) tool for traveling professionals.It boasts durable materials such as 1680 denier ballistic nylon, weatherproof coating, YKK zippers and top-... Read more »
Do you need to write Ruby code that is easy to maintain and change? With metaprogramming, you can produce elegant and clean programs. Once the domain of expert Rubyists, metaprogramming is now accessible to programmers... Read more »
D-Link's DWL-8610AP (www.dlink.com/dwl-8610ap) is a high power, 802.11ac unified wireless access point. Sporting advanced radio management and security features, the DWL-8610AP is designed to allow IT professionals to... Read more »
Everyone needs a good back-up plan. CrashPlan from Code 42 makes backing up and security your data easy. Setting up CrashPlan is a breeze and can be implemented in three easy steps. Code 42 has three different ways of... Read more »
Your software needs to leverage multiple cores, handle thousands of users and terabytes of data, and continue working in the face of both hardware and software failure. Concurrency and parallelism are the keys: "Seven... Read more »
 
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Splash Cars guide - How to paint the tow...
Splash Cars is an arcade driving game that feels like a hybrid between Dawn of the Plow and Splatoon. In it, you'll need to drive a car around to repaint areas of a town that have lost all of their color. Check out these tips to help you perform with flying colors: [Read more] | Read more »
The best video player on mobile
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LooperSonic (Music)
LooperSonic 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: LooperSonic is a multi-track audio looper and recorder that will take your loops to the next level. Use it like a loop pedal to make loops, and then arrange those loops into complete songs with cut, copy, trim, paste, reverse,... | Read more »
Space Grunts guide - How to survive
Space Grunts is a fast-paced roguelike from popular iOS developer, Orange Pixel. While it taps into many of the typical roguelike sensibilities, you might still find yourself caught out by a few things. We delved further to find you some helpful tips and tricks on surviving as long as possible. [Read more] | Read more »
Dreii guide - How to play well with othe...
Dreii is a rather stylish and wonderful puzzle game that’s reminiscent of cooperative games like Journey. If that sounds immensely appealing, then you should immediately get cracking and give it a whirl. We can offer you some tips and tricks on getting started too! [Read more] | Read more »
Kill the Plumber World guide - How to ou...
You already know how to hop around like Mario, but do you know how to defeat him? Those are your marching orders in Kill the Plumber, and it's not always as easy as it looks. Here are some tips to get you started. This is not a seasoned platform player [Read more] | Read more »
Planar Conquest (Games)
Planar Conquest 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $12.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: IMPORTANT: Planar Conquest is compatible only with iPad 3 & newer devices, iPhone 5 & newer. It’s NOT compatible with iPhone 4, iPad 2 and earlier devices. | Read more »
We talk to Cheetah Mobile about its plan...
Piano Tiles 2 is a fast-paced rhythm action high score chaser out now on iOS and Android. You have to tap a series of black tiles that appear on the screen in time to the music, being careful not to accidentally hit anywhere else. Do that and it's game over. [Read more] | Read more »
Ultimate Briefcase guide - How to dodge...
Ultimate Briefcase is a simple but tricky game that’s highly dependent on how fast you can react. We can still offer you a few tips and tricks on how to survive though. Guess what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do now. Take it easy [Read more] | Read more »
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