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In "Functional Programming Patterns in Scala and Clojure" from Pragmatic Bookshelf, $36 paper, $24 ebook), readers will use Scala and Clojure to solve in-depth problems and see how familiar object-oriented patterns can... Read more »
ProgeCAD 's iCADMac 2014 is the first CAD software for Mac exclusively enabling export from DWG to 3D PDF to obtain an interactive 3D model of a project, displayable and editable simply with Adobe Reader. The software... Read more »
BearExtender's BearExtender Turbo is a high speed 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi adapter for those who don't have the latest Macs. BearExtender Turbo features a maximum throughput speed of 867 Mbps on the 5Ghz 802.11ac band when... 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 »
Women are often mistaken as the weaker sex. And while they may not be able to arm-wrestle an average-sized man, what women lack in strength they make up for in resources and smarts. Through the use of technology, women... Read more »
Okay, so you've got a new iPad Air and/or iPad mini with Retina display. Do you know how to take full advantage of it? Super-fast processors, streamlined Internet access, and free productivity and entertainment apps... Read more »
Urban Xplorer's Xplorer HalfPack RT ("RT" as in "road trip") is the first in Urban Xplorer’s "affordable luxury" line of travel bags and gear. In fact, it's designed not just as a bag, but as multi-functional,... Read more »
If you like great audio on your Mac, you'll appreciate the Audioengine D3 Premium 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter). It bypasses your computer's headphone jack and sends music directly through USB, making any... Read more »
Interlude's Treehouse is a self-service HTML5 Web app that lets anyone design and publish their own interactive videos. It unlocks Interlude¹s patented interactive video technology for video creators via its flexible... Read more »
The third generation QuickerTek Most Powerful eyeBattery (US$499.95) is 20% smaller and lighter than its predecessor. It comes in a rugged aluminum case styled to blend with Apple equipment. The easy-carry model now... Read more »
WD's new My Cloud EX4 is a four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution targeted to creative professionals, prosumers, workgroups and just about anyone looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and... Read more »
Dane-Elec's US$39.99 Media Streamer helps overcome the storage limits of iDevices. The portable device allows the mobile user unlimited access to all of their content via an SD card or USB drive, which can be shared... Read more »
Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve 10, available now for download free of charge for all existing DaVinci Resolve customers, is a solid upgrade of the an on set, editing and color correction solution for Mac OS X, Windows and... Read more »
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 »
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World of Tanks Generals guide - Tips and...
World of Tanks Generals is a brand new card game by the developer behind the World of Tanks shooter franchise. It plays like a cross between chess and your typical card game. You have to keep in consideration where you place your tanks on the board as well as when, and how, to use them. [Read more] | Read more »
TruckSimulation 16 guide: How to succeed...
Remember those strangely enjoyable truck missions in Grand Theft Auto V whereit was a disturbing amount of fun to deliver cargo? TruckSimulation 16 is reminiscent of that, and has you play the role of a truck driver who has to deliver various containers to their destinations in Europe. [Read more] | Read more »
The best GIF making apps
Animated GIFs have exploded in popularity recently which is likely thanks to a combination of Tumblr, our shorter attention spans, and the simple fact they’re a lot of fun. [Read more] | Read more »
The best remote desktop apps for iOS
We've been sifting through the App Store to find the best ways to do computer tasks on a tablet. That gave us a thought - what if we could just do computer tasks from our tablets? Here's a list of the best remote desktop apps to help you use your computer on the go. [Read more] | Read more »
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade guide - How...
Warhammer 40,000: Freebladejust launched in the App Store and it lets you live your childhood dream of blowing up and slashing a bunch of enemies as a massive, hulking Space Marine. It's not easy being a Space Marine though - and particularly if you pride yourself on achievements - so we've spent some time as one to bring you these few tips to... | Read more »
Gopogo guide - How to bounce like the be...
Nitrome just launched a new game and, as to be expected, it's a lot of addictive fun. It's called Gopogo, and it challenges you to hoparound a bunch of platforms, avoiding enemies and picking up shiny stuff. It's not easy though - just like the retro platformers that inspired it. [Read more] | Read more »
Sago Mini Superhero (Education)
Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights, powers up on carrots and makes things right in the city. Whether he is helping ducks cross the street... | Read more »
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes guide - How...
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it isn't explained all that well in the tutorial. [Read more] | Read more »
The best cooking apps (just in time for...
It’s that time of year again, where you’ll be gathering around the dinner table with your family and a huge feast in front of you. [Read more] | Read more »
Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »
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