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The US$195 Cobra slim from Booq (www.booqbags.com) is a laptop bag for fashion conscious professionals. It's constructed of Bionic fabric, a patented method that transforms recycled beverage bottles into high-... Read more »
AKVIS Charcoal 1.0 (https://akvis.com/en/charcoal/index.php), a standalone application and Photoshop plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows, lets you create charcoal, chalk, and sanguine drawings from photos. The program... Read more »
MAXON (www.maxon.net) Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16 are now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC (2014.1) . The new updates to the Cineware workflow, available in the fall release of... Read more »
QNAP Systems's TS-x31 series is a Turbo NAS for SOHO and home users. Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, it provides a solution for file storage, sharing, and data backup coupled with a cloud-based, note-... Read more »
Hexoskin — a biometric smart shirt that provides users insights about their physical training, sleep and daily activities — is now available in the U.S. Hailing from Canada, this smart shirt is designed for athletes... Read more »
Network administrators have secured their networks with OpenBSD's PF for more than a decade. However, the world of the Internet is changing, and that means PF and OpenBSD need to change too. In the third edition of "The... Read more »
iStabilizer's (www.istabilizer.com) US$99.95 iStabilizer tabArm is the first friction articulating arm for tablets such as the iPad. It allows you to attach tablets to virtually any surface:  desk, table, tripod,... Read more »
Casio G-SHOCK (http://bit.ly/1yp9CIe) has released the G'Mix Rotary Switch BLE, GBA400, designed with a new rotary switch designed to enhance the music listening experience. The G-SHOCK GBA-400 watch offers a variety of... Read more »
The new Centrify for Mac 2014.1 from Centrify Corp. (www.centrify.com) — which specializes in unified identify management across data center, cloud and mobile environments, is a core component of the Centrify User... Read more »
Many developers rely on images to draw the user interfaces of their apps. Since Retina displays were introduced by Apple, developers have had to provide two sets of raster images for two different pixel densities. With... Read more »
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 »
 
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The beginner's guide to Warbits
Warbits is a turn-based strategy that's clearly inspired by Nintendo's Advance Wars series. Since turn-based strategy games can be kind of tricky to dive into, see below for a few tips to help you in the beginning. Positioning is crucial [Read more] | Read more »
How to upgrade your character in Spellsp...
So you’ve mastered the basics of Spellspire. By which I mean you’ve realised it’s all about spelling things in a spire. What next? Well you’re going to need to figure out how to toughen up your character. It’s all well and good being able to spell really, really long words, but it’s not going to mean a thing if your gear isn’t up to scratch. [Read... | Read more »
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If there's one thing that slither.io has proved, it's that the addictive gameplay of Agar.io can be transplanted onto basically anything and it will still be good fun. It wouldn't be surprising if we saw other developers jumping on the bandwagon, and we've come up with five major games that we think could benefit from taking a leaf out of slither.... | Read more »
How to navigate the terrain in Sky Charm...
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Victorious Knight (Games)
Victorious Knight 1.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.3 (iTunes) Description: New challenges awaits you! Experience fresh RPG experience with a unique combat mechanic, packed with high quality 3D visual content, set in fantasy medieval theme. | Read more »
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game (Gam...
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Someone’s been spying on Gumball. What the what?! Two can play at that game! GO UNDERCOVERSneak past enemy patrols to collect secrets, plant bugs, take down targets, and rescue missing agents. Which spy will... | Read more »
Runaway Toad (Games)
Runaway Toad 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: It ain’t easy bein’ green! Tap, hold, and swipe to help Toad hop to safety in this gorgeous new action game from the creators of Super Splatters! and illustrator Nina Limarev.Story | Read more »
PsyCard (Games)
PsyCard 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: From the makers och Card City Nights, Progress To 100 and Ittle DewPSYCARD is a minesweeper-like game set in a cozy cyberpunk dystopia.Use your psychic powers, and some risky luck, to determine the position of the hidden cards and... | Read more »
Sago Mini Robot Party (Education)
Sago Mini Robot Party 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: -- Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice -- | Read more »
Egz – The Origin of the Universe (Games...
Egz – The Origin of the Universe 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: ►►► Special offer until 2nd may : get the game at 2.99€ instead of 3.99€ ! ◄◄◄Egz is a mesmerizing mix between an addictive action puzzle game and an animated movie! Don’t let your Egz die! | Read more »
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