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Former LEGO designer Nathanaël Kuipers is back with a second volume in his LEGO Build-It Book series, "More Amazing Vehicles" from No Starch Press. Readers of the 152-page, US$19.95 book will learn to make cars, trucks... Read more »
Need protection for your portable computer? The Pelican ProGear 1070CC HardBack Case is a crushproof, watertight and dustproof case designed to safeguard 13-inch MacBook Pros or similar sized laptops. The Pelican... Read more »
Other World Computing (OWC) has expanded its already impressive Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini portable hardware-RAID storage product line with two new 3.0TB models, available as 3.0TB RAID-1 (for robust data protection)... Read more »
Markzware's latest version of its preflight solution, FlightCheck 7 Mac, adds support to preflight Adobe documents created with InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, and Photoshop CC graphic software for Adobe Creative Cloud.  ... Read more »
Sanho Corp.'s iUSBport Mini is the USB port that shound have been on our IOS device. Similar to the original iUSBport, the US$89.95 device connects to any USB storage device (including USB hard drives and flash drives... Read more »
Sonnet's Tango 3.0 PCIe is a handy combination USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 PCIe adapter card. It offers a way to add USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity to Mac Pro and Windows computers with PCIe slots, and to... Read more »
The newly released QuarkXPress 10 leverages the latest OS X features, including a state-of-the-art graphics engine that renders rich PDFs, Photoshop and TIFF images and uses its Adaptive Resolution feature to deliver... Read more »
If you need cabling and/or connector peripherals for your iOS device, Just Mobile (usa.just-mobile.com) almost certainly has something to fit your need. Here's a round-up of their goodies. 
The US$24.95 AluCable (... Read more »
Tired of your network's signal petering out before it reaches the outer limits of your home or office. Enter TP-LINK's TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender, which expands the WiFi coverage of your... Read more »
You can give your iPhone 5 a heaping helping of extra "juice" with any of three Juice Packs from Mophie. The US$79.95 Juice Pack Helium (pictured) is a thin, 1500mAh protector battery case that provides your Apple... Read more »
If you like "future proof" devices, you'll appreciate Sonnet's Echo Express SE II , the replacement for the Echo Express II Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis. The new model adds enhanced capabilities and sells at a... Read more »
Epson America's Expression Premium XP-810 and XP-610 Small-in-Ones are excellent printers for home users and photographers. They leverage the company's MicroPiezo printing technology and Claria Premium inks and sport... Read more »
Let's face it: most of us are drowning in a sea of digital photos? While iPhoto might have the necessary capabilities to organize them, we have years of photos that may as well be stuffed in a shoebox on a top shelf in... Read more »
IK Multimedia's iRig Pro is a versatile, universal digital mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. Pocket-sized, battery-powered and fully portable, it's designed to give mobile musicians and... Read more »
If you want what may be the world's sturdiest stand for your iPhone or iPad mini, the iOmini (http://tinyurl.com/kgjkkl4) will fill the bill. It's an US$90 universal stand for cell phones and small tablets that works... Read more »
WD's Red line of SATA hard drives is a solid choice for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with one- to five-drive bays. The line serves the environment of NAS and meets the growing demand for... Read more »
Amped Wireless' US$199 REA20 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Range Extender is the first Wi-Fi range extender available with 802.11ac technology. A universal range extender, the REA20 is capable of expanding any... Read more »
Late Night Software (http://www.latenightsw.com/) recently revved Script Debugger, its AppleScript authoring environment for the Mac, to version 5.0.6. It’s a maintenance release that fixes some issues with version 5.0... Read more »
With so much online these days, there's no better time to "Take Control of Your Online Privacy." Which just happens to be the name of a new book by ebook author Joe Kissell. It explains what's reasonable to expect about... Read more »
Centrify's Centrify User Suite, Mac Edition is the industry’s first solution to provide robust Active Directory-based authentication, policy management, single sign-on (SSO) and user self-service for connected and... Read more »
We have encrypted storages for our passwords. We encrypt our emails, our chats, and our journals. But what about a secure word processing app for our articles, our thoughts, our words? Enter SecureWords. It's a tool... Read more »
If you're a music aficionado, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better headphone than V-MODA's M-100 headphones. If you can afford the price (over US$300), you'll have headphones that offer the experience of a live... Read more »
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 »
 
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The Popular Insight Series of Travel Gui...
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