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Radical.FM (http://radical.fm/) is a new music-streaming service. Launched by a Swedish start-up, it's a personal broadcasting service (TALK and RadCasting for deejays and talk show hosts) with curated radio (like... Read more »
Wacom's Intuos Creative Stylus is a pressure-sensitive digital pen for sketching, drawing and painting on an iPad. It offers a realistic pen-on-paper feel. With its ergonomic design, you can rest your palm naturally on... Read more »
The AC-404 USB from MXL (www.mxlmics.com) is a high quality capsule microphone that improves voice quality on conference calls. It's great for folks who rely on free or subscription Internet conferencing services such... Read more »
Lots of folks are using their iPhone as a camera, perhaps their main camera. However, most iPhoneographers can improve our skills. "The Art of iPhone Photography" from Rocky Nook helps you do just that. The US$44.95... Read more »
Booq's Boa brief is a great laptop bag for creative professionals. Its water-repellent ballistic nylon exterior is designed to protect it from everyday hardships. A padded laptop sleeve lined in genuine quilted nylon... Read more »
Interested in learning more about data science to help you understand and solve your business problems now? A new O'Reilly title, "Data Science for Business: What You Need to Know About Data Mining and Data-Analytic... Read more »
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 »
 
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Fusion - HDR Camera (Photography)
Fusion - HDR Camera 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Fusion creates HDR (high dynamic range) photos by capturing different exposures and then combining them into one perfectly exposed photo. The result is an image that overcomes the limited range of a digital image... | Read more »
Sago Mini Toolbox (Education)
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You Should Probably Grab Hitman GO While...
Hitman GO is a surprisingly cool (yet also incredibly drastic) departure from the Hitman series. It's well worth playing for any puzzle game fans out there, and at the moment you can get your hands - or garrotte if you will - on it for a mere $0.99. I'd suggest giving it a shot if you're even remotely curious about it. [Read more] | Read more »
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How Many Days, Hours, and Minutes Are Le...
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The All-New Misfit 2.0 App is Available...
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Halo: Spartan Strike (Games)
Halo: Spartan Strike 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Delve into 30 challenging missions through cities and jungles using a devastating arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles including the iconic Warthog against the Covenant and Promethean enemies. | Read more »
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