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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 »
Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and now available at Apple retail stores in the U.S. and Canada, the US$89.95 hipKey is a cool accessory that helps you keep an eye on your valuable. Using... 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 »
Photographers and photo enthusiasts should give the US$28 G-Wiz Vault from LPA Design (www.pocketwizard.com) a look. Designed for use with the PocketWizard MultiMAX, Plus II or FlexTT5 Transceivers and accessories, this... Read more »
NewerTech's next-generation Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet is a fine tool for eliminating the need for power adapters. It features NEC tamper-resistant receptacles and is available in a new 20 Amp model for residential and... Read more »
When you need to create HTML5 and Flash-based animations and/or interactive content you need MotionComposer from Aquafadas (www.aquafadas.com). It's a user friendly, visual-based authoring and effects tool. The latest... 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 »
Warhammer: Arcane Magic is Coming Soon,...
Turbo Tape Games has announced that they're joining forces with Games Workshop to bring the turn-based strategy board game, Warhammer: Arcane Magic, to life on the iOS. | Read more »
Fast & Furious: Legacy's Creati...
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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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