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Apple doesn't make a 17-inch MacBook Pro anymore. But if you're the owner of one, travel a lot and pack lots of accessories (including, say, an iPad) the US$140 Hercule Laptop Backpack has storage space for all your... Read more »
If you're a science-fiction fan and want a kool speaker system for your Mac, the Predator by Edifier fills the bill. It's a 2.1 speaker system with an "alien" design. The system contains a 5-inch downward firing... Read more »
For those who need a concise and practical introduction to CoffeeScript, a progamming language that compiles into JavaScript and makes working with JavaScript easier, SitePoint has brewed up "Jump Start CoffeeScript."... Read more »
If you do sports photography -- or simply take lots of pics in extreme conditions -- the Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop/Camera backpack is worth looking into. The US$304.95 gadget features a protective divider... Read more »
Sonnet Technologies' Presto 10GbE 1-Port and Presto 10GbE Server 2-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) PCIe cards enable users to connect their computers and servers to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using... Read more »
GIMP is a full-featured, cross-platform, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Although it's one of the most popular open source programs, it can be tricky to use and even trickier to master. "The Book of GIMP" from (No... Read more »
By Greg Mills   I get offers to review books and hardware, but try to hold off reviewing books and products that don't really interest me. I got an email offer from No Starch Press, a company that specializes in... Read more »
Core Data is Apple's recommended way to persist data: it's easy to use, built-in, and integrated with iCloud. If you need help mastering it, check out "Core Data: Data Storage and Management for iOS, OS X, and iCloud,... Read more »
If you need a little assistance in delivering top-notch web sites, "The Web Designer's Roadmap" from Sitepoint can help. It's a full-color book about the creative process and the underlying principles that govern that... Read more »
Jeff Gothelf's "Lean UX "approach to interaction design is tailor-made for today's web-driven world. The 152-page book -- available in an US$19.99 ebook version or a $24.99 print version -- teaches principles, tactics,... Read more »
Apple gave iTunes a much-needed overhaul as of version 11. But there are several changes from previous versions and some users will need a guide. Enter "Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ" from TidBITS Publishing. The... Read more »
Intego (http://www.intego.com), the Mac security specialist, recently announced the availability of its new 2013 line of Mac antivirus and Mac security products. With the recent report of a hacking at Apple itself (see... Read more »
Magma's ExpressBox 1T is an expansion chassis with one PCIe 2.0 slot and a connection up to 10 Gbps through Thunderbolt. It's designed to enable professionals to use specialty PCIe cards with any Thunderbolt-equipped... Read more »
Consumers rank slow buffering, file uploading and web page viewing as some of their most frustrating smartphone moments, and also frequently report dead spots in common areas like their home or office. As we... Read more »
Business owners may want to check out KineticCloud Backup for Mac from KineticD, known for its cloud backup and data recovery services for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). It now supports end users who are looking... Read more »
Ferrari by Logic3 recently introduced the R300 noise-canceling headphones into the Scuderia Ferrari Collection. If you need high-end headphones and can afford them (they're US$349), the R300 is top of the line.   The... Read more »
If you need to expand your business but not your budget, if your group has an intense but short-term project, if you don't have the skill set to get a job done — well, it's time to think about outsourcing. And a new... Read more »
If you need to add subtitles to your finished movies in Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effect, you need the SUGARfx Subtitles plug-ins (US$49) from Noise Industries (http://tinyurl.com/a6mu52g... Read more »
If you're a user of Apple's Xcode, Localizator from Flying Pig (www.flyingpigcorp.com) is a tool that should interest you. An Xcode project's localizations tool, it's targeted to those who need to easily extract their... Read more »
The Satechi Multifunction Mini Router is a nice mobile accessory for professionals on the go. Small enough to fit in any luggage, purse or briefcase, it gives you the convenience of converting a direct Internet... Read more »
Sonnet Technologies recently upgraded its Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro 6Gb/sec SATA PCI Express (PCIe) 2.5-inch SSD cards to support booting in Mac Pro computers (early 2008 and newer) -- making a kool product even... Read more »
If you want to ensure good health for your Mac one useful tool is Stellar Drive Monitor from Stellar Data Recovery (http://tinyurl.com/by8a535 ). It's a scanning, monitoring and backup utility for the Mac that... Read more »
You want expansion, you got expansion with the US$299.99 Thunderbolt Express Dock that Belkin (www.belkin.com) was demoing at the recent Macworld/iWorld expo. And FireWire fans, which Apple has been ignoring on recent... Read more »
By Erik Vlietinck CameraBag 2 is standalone application with a collection of filters and effects for editing images. It’s easy to use, comes with a huge collection of presets, and offers total control over adjustments... Read more »
Stellar Data Recovery's Stellar Drive Monitor is a useful scanning, monitoring and backup utility for the Mac. It runs in the background constantly, scanning and monitoring your hard drive to identify possible problems... Read more »
 
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Saved Review
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