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If you're lucky enough to have one of the new MacBook Airs, you'll want to check out the new ProTouch Keyboard Protector from iSkin. The keyboard protectors have long been a companion accessory for MacBook owners. Now... Read more »
"Realm of Racket" (http://tinyurl.com/kdp3eto) from No Starch Press offers a fun guide to serious programming. Racket is a programming language well suited for novice coders, first-year programming students, and those... Read more »
Let's face it: when using your Mac, there are a lot of files that need to be placed in folders, and some that need to be deleted. Manual sorting takes up your time. File2Folder 1.0 for Mac OS X is a relatively new app... Read more »
Bracketron's NanoTek Stand for the iPhone and other mobile devices is an US$29.95 device designed to keep power cords neat and available with its patent-pending integrated cable management system. It also increases... Read more »
For expert LEGO builder Nathanäel Kuipers, it's not how many bricks you have but how you use them. A former official designer for the LEGO Group, Kuipers shares his insider expertise in "The "LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1... Read more »
HydraConnect (www.hydraconnect.com) has expanded its line of intelligent HDMI Switching systems with the new HS-3, which borrows the video and HDMI switching technology of the HSS-3 Flagship while allowing users to... Read more »
If you want to resize your JPG images for the best web performance or create thumbnails for an image gallery check out iResizer (http://www.iresizer.com/) for Mac OS X. With it you can scale an image without changing... Read more »
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Mac OS X and Windows, recently revved to version 5, is a worthwhile tool for photography enthusiasts and professionals. The new version adds critical photo editing capabilities and creates... Read more »
The late Steve Jobs once described Blu-ray as a "bag of hurt." Guess some of us like the pain -- and MCE (www.mcetech.com) makes it possible to view Blu-ray discs on your Mac with its USB Super-BluDrive. The lightweight... Read more »
"GIMP 2.8 for Photographers" (US$39.95) is a 400-page, beginner’s guide to the only open source image-editing tool that provides a no-cost alternative to expensive programs such as Photoshop. Image editing is a crucial... Read more »
iTwin has added Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) compatibility to iTwin Connect, a combination of Private VPN and Public VPN services, built around a plug and play USB device for enhanced security and ease of use. The iTwin... Read more »
Apple may show little love to the external SuperDrive -- an external optical drive that allows you to install software, play, and burn both CDs and DVDs -- since the company wants you to go completely with digital media... Read more »
Belkin has given us the US$99.99 Grip Power Battery Case for the iPhone 5, which doubles the battery life of the Apple smartphone. Offering a combination of power and style, the Grip Power Battery Case is available in... Read more »
Savant Systems (http://www.savantsystems.com) has introduced three new iOS device docks that should make iDevice users happy. The line-up include the IDC-100L in-wall wireless charging dock for the iPad mini with... Read more »
If you need rugged, wireless headphones with a built-in microphone for hands-free call functionality, you need the US$69.95 DJ Slims from Outdoor Tech (www.outdoortech.com). The slim shape helps the headphones stay in... Read more »
The Satechi 7-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub is an ideal Mac and MacBook accessory. It features a compact design and additional connectivity for multiple USB-based devices such as flash drives, printers, digital cameras,... Read more »
If you have lots of files in the cloud, My Files can make your life easier. It's an open cloud client that allows you to manage 25GB (or more) of free storage from Dropbox, Sugarsync, SkyDrive, Google Drive and Box --... Read more »
Apple doesn't really want you to fiddle too much with the appearance of Mac OS X . But, hey, it's a free country, and if you want to do just that Flavours from Interacto Labs will let you. It's a Mac application to... Read more »
Penclic's Bluetooth B2 Mouse is a cool, functional wireless mouse that runs on Mac, PC and Linux systems. The pen-shaped mouse is designed to fit the natural form of your hand. What's more, the B2 operates without the... Read more »
Great user experiences (UX) are essential for products, but creating one can be a lengthy and expensive process. "UX for Lean Startups" from O'Reilly is designed to help. With the book you'll learn how to do it faster... Read more »
If you need a rugged, portable, wireless, solar-powered sound system, you need Etón Corp.'s Rugged rukus. It boasts an IPX4-certified splash-proof design. In addition, it can play music while simultaneously keeping your... Read more »
Philips Monitors's US$799 P-Line 27-inch Quad HD Monitor (272P4QPJKEB) is designed for professionals who require a display with image definition and greater content density within the conventional 16:9 screen shape.... Read more »
Autodesk's Autodesk Smoke 2013 Extension 1 is a useful upgrade of its professional video editing software. Among its outstanding new features is improved conform workflow with Apple Final Cut Pro X, which allows for... Read more »
Following Smile’s release of PDFpen 6, "TidBITS Publishing has published "Take Control of PDFpen 6," by Michael E. Cohen. PDFpen 6 offers a wide range of PDF modification features with a Mac mindset, and it is... Read more »
Apple will never offer Blu-ray support for the Mac, so MCE Technologies has filled the need with its internal drive for the iMac and Mac mini that plays Blu-ray movies with the included Mac Blu-ray Player software. The... Read more »
 
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2K Announces WWE 2K, Mobile's First...
It seems like this month has been pretty big for wrestling. First Wrestlemania, then 2K has announces that they're releasing  WWE 2K for iOS. It's a simulation-based WWE game where you'll get to play with several WWE superstars such as John Cena, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Triple H, and the Undertaker. There will be three different match types and a ton... | Read more »
How the Apple Watch Could Change the Fac...
The Apple Watch is still a ways out, but my previous musings on the wearable’s various features got me thinking: what might it be like a year after launch? Two years? Five years? What if it becomes a symbiotic part of the iOS framework to the point that it practically comes packaged with the iPhone? | Read more »
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey (Games)
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A game about delivering pizza. In space. | Read more »
Chosen Gives Hopeful Singers, Songwriter...
If YouTube videos and reality TV shows like The Voice have taught us one thing, it’s that there are a lot of people out there who are anxious to show the world their talents. And if they’ve taught us a second thing, it’s that there’s an almost equally sizable group of people who are anxious to judge those hopefuls. What’s interesting about Chosen... | Read more »
Android's Popular OfficeSuite Now A...
Once only available for Android devices, OfficeSuite has finally landed on the app store. The Mobile Systems app lets you view, edit, create, and share Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents as well as convert them to/from PDFs. It's touted as being like having a desktop on your phone. OfficeSuite supports Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and... | Read more »
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These are All the Apple Watch Apps and G...
The Apple Watch is less than a month from hitting store shelves, and once you get your hands on it you're probably going to want some apps and games to install. Fear not! We've compiled a list of all the Apple Watch apps and games we've been able to find so far. Games Rules! By TheCodingMonkeys App Store Description: RULES! is a cute puzzle game... | Read more »
Appy to Have Known You - Lee Hamlet Look...
Being at 148Apps these past 2 years has been an awesome experience that has taught me a great deal, and working with such a great team has been a privilege. Thank you to Rob Rich, and to both Rob LeFebvre and Jeff Scott before him, for helping me to grow as a writer and for giving me the opportunity to write about what I love: playing innovative... | Read more »
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