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IK Multimedia's iLoud is a portable stereo speaker designed for studio monitor quality on the go. The iLoud speaker packs some punch thanks to its 40W RMS of power. However, it's clear at all volume levels thanks to an... Read more »
Apparent Corp.'s Doxie Flip is a flatbed scanner with a difference. It's a battery-powered, cordless scanner that flips over to capture photos, memories, creative ideas, and notebooks. The Doxie flip is cordless and... Read more »
Mailplane is an application that gives you a combined Google Calendar and Gmail experience separate from your web browser. With this OS X app no separate calendar set-up is required. Plus, accepting an invitation... Read more »
Booq has introduced the Viper hardcase for tablets such as the iPad and MacBook Airs (it also works with Chromebook Pixels). Booq's Viper hardcase for tablets such as the iPad and laptops such as the MacBook Air has... Read more »
One precaution parents are taking for children comes in the form of alarm backpacks. Now parents and children can take safety into their own hands, literally. The iSafe US$59.99 backpack works in two ways. Not only... Read more »
If you want to beef up your Mac's audio, the Audioengine 2+ Premium Powered Desktop Speakers are a great choice. With a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC), the speaker system allows you to bypass your computer's... Read more »
The inclusion of Apple's ebook-reading software, iBooks, in OS X 10.9 Mavericks is big news for anyone who reads ebooks. Although iBooks seems relatively simple, it turns out to be more involved once you start loading... Read more »
Dane-Elec USA's Media Streamer is a handy peripheral for your iDevices. It combines four solutions in one — expanded storage, content sharing, mobile device charging and backup of contacts. Designed for use on the go,... Read more »
The 10th anniversary edition of "A Theory of Fun for Game Design, 2nd Edition" is now in color, but, as before, it takes readers deep into the influences that underlie modern video games, and examines the elements they... Read more »
Miraizon's Cinematize Pro HD. Cinematize Pro HD, a HD clip extractor for Blu-ray and AVCHD on the Mac, is designed to meet the needs of even the most demanding audio and video professionals. It can extract clips of any... Read more »
Want to make your own games? Even if you're an absolute beginner, "3D Game Programming for Kids: Create Interactive Worlds With JavaScript" from Pragmatic Bookshelf will teach you how to make your own online games with... Read more »
As laptops are becoming more portable and lightweight they are losing many of their interface options. This where CalDigit's US$199 Thunderbolt Station comes in. The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station brings back those... Read more »
Orange Software recently updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 11. The upgrade sports a new user interface and over 120 features and improvements. A new three-column layout in version... Read more »
With all the time they spend playing video games, it's only natural that some kids want to learn to make their own. But where do they begin? Some parents get their kids started with Scratch, a popular (and free)... Read more »
equinox's Spot Maps for Mac OS X lets you find networked devices and localize them on an interactive map via drag and drop. With Live Monitoring, Spot Maps retrieves the current status of all devices in real time, and... Read more »
Promise Technology's Pegasus2 is the world's first storage solution with Thunderbolt 2, the technology from Intel that delivers speeds of 20Gbps. The Pegasus2 line of hardware RAID solutions provides fast transfer... Read more »
If you're an iMac or Apple Cinema Display owner, Twelve South's HiRise offers a kool addition to your workspace. It's an US$79.99, height-adjustable stand that's both functional and good-looking. 
It's crafted from... Read more »
With version 7, Apple gave iOS a radical makeover. Fortunately, author David Pogue is back with an expanded edition (the seventh) of "iPhone: The Missing Manual." The 600-page book (which costs US$27.49 for the print... Read more »
If you need to transfer numerical lPDF data into perfectly formatted Excel spreadsheets or editable Word documents, you need Able2Extract PDF Converter 8 from Investintech.com, a PDF solutions provider. It's a cross-... Read more »
"Practical Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science Using Python 3" from Pragmatic Bookshelf is a good read for anyone who wants to understand computer programming. The book is available in an US$38 paperback... Read more »
iHome's new US$99.99 Type Pro Bluetooth Keyboard with Swivel Case lets you convert your iPad into a notebook computer, even as it provides protection. It's Bluetooth-enabled for wireless connectivity. The swivel... Read more »
Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) US$34.95 HiRise is a pedestal that lets your iPhone or iPad mini sit on your desk in style. The adjustable stand works exclusively with the Apple Lightning cable. The metal pedestal... Read more »
With Ruby on Rails you can produce web applications quickly. A great way to learn Rails is with "Agile Web Development with Rails" from Pragmatic Bookshelf. It costs US$43.95 for the paperback version and $27 for the... Read more »
Livescribe's Livescribe 3 smartpen, which lets you take handwritten notes useful on a tablet or smartphone, is a handy accessory for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners. To use it you simply twist a ring on the black... Read more »
Approximately 65% of middle school students use a laptop, and more than 36% use a tablet. In addition, nearly 90% of college students own and use laptops on a daily basis.   So what, you ask? Well, there's mounting... Read more »
 
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Tap Delay (Music)
Tap Delay 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Back in the “old days”, producers and engineers created delay and echo effects using tape machines. Tap Delay combines the warm sound of vintage tape echo machines with a modern, step sequencer-like tapped delay engine which... | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: July 20-24, 2015
July is Heating Up With 148Apps How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at... | Read more »
Red Game Without A Great Name (Games)
Red Game Without A Great Name 1.0.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.3 (iTunes) Description: The mechanical bird is flying through an unfriendly, Steampunk world. Help it avoid obstacles and deadly traps using its teleportation ability while picking up power-ups. Grab as many gears as you can to... | Read more »
Warhammer: Arcane Magic (Games)
Warhammer: Arcane Magic 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: Engage in epic battles and tactical gameplay that challenge both novice and veteran in Warhammer: Arcane Magic, a turn-based digital board game set in Warhammer Fantasy Battles. | Read more »
Mazes of Karradash (Games)
Mazes of Karradash 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The city of Karradash is under attack: the monsters of the Shadow Realms are emerging from the depths.No adventurer is strong enough to defeat the horde alone, but the whole people of Karradash is ready to fight. | Read more »
Battle Golf is the Newest Game from the...
Wrassling was a pretty weird - and equally great - little wressling game. Now the developers, Folmer Kelly and Colin Lane, have turned their attention to a different sport: golfing. This is gonna be weird. [Read more] | Read more »
Qbert Rebooted has the App Store Going...
The weird little orange... whatever... is back, mostly thanks to that movie which shall remain nameless (you know the one). But anyway it's been "rebooted" and now you can play the fancy-looking Qbert Rebooted on iOS devices. [Read more] | Read more »
Giant Monsters Run Amok in The Sandbox...
So The Sandbox has just hit version number 1.99987 (seriously), and it's added a lot more stuff. Just like every other update, really. [Read more] | Read more »
Fish Pond Park (Games)
Fish Pond Park 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Nurture an idyllic slice of tourist's heaven into the top nature spot of the nation, furnishing it with a variety of services like inns, tours, and more! | Read more »
Look after Baby Buddy on your Apple Watc...
Parigami Gold is the new premium version of the match three puzzler that includes Apple Watch support and all new content. You won't simply be sliding tiles around on your wrist, the Apple Watch companion app is an all new mini-game in itself. You'll have to take care of Baby Buddy, your cute little pet bird that needs feeding and playing with to... | Read more »
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