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DBest (http://www.dbest.co.uk) -- you gotta love the company's name -- says its US$70 Rechargeable Bluetooth Duo Mini-Speaker set from -- is the world's smallest Bluetooth hi-fi system. I don't know if that's true, but... Read more »
Portable Sound Laboratories' (http://www.imaingo.com) US$119.99 iMainGo XP is a beefy case/speaker combo for the iPad 2 and new iPad. It offers better-than-I-would-have-expected sound, though whether the added heft (... Read more »
By Jay Nelson NoiseControl 1 from the Plugin Site (http://www.thepluginsite.com) is an US$49.95 plug-in for Photoshop and compatible programs (both Mac and Windows) that’s remarkably effective at reducing image noise... Read more »
ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) has updated its US$99.99 ZAGGfolio keyboard accessory for Apple’s new iPad. It's now available in color, but its functionality is the same as before -- and that's a good thing. The ZAGGfolio... Read more »
By Danny Winget We love our iPhones. We love our iPads. These devices have made it possible to have our favorite music just a tap away in the palm of our hands. So what happens when the built-in speaker of your device... Read more »
The Just Mobile Highway from Just Mobile (http://www.just-mobile.com) is an US$34.95 in-car charger for the iPhone, iPad and other USB-powered devices. It can juice up your iDevice and look good while doing it. If you... Read more »
By Steve Baczewski Snap Art 3 (USS$199) is Alien Skin’s (http://ww.alienskin.com) latest version of their painting and drawing effects plug-in software for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements. And it’s exactly what the... Read more »
I take photos. Lots of photos. I snap 'em with my digital camera, with my iPhone 4S, and, now, with my new iPad. My iPhoto library has approximately eight trillion images. A lot of them are duplicates, or very similar,... Read more »
By Aaron Westgate In addition to calibrating displays, X-Rite’s (http://www.xrite.com) i1Display Pro (US$269) also calibrates projectors, measures ambient light, and corrects for glare (for displays lacking a hood).... Read more »
When I first heard of X-Doria's (http://www.x-doria.com) Defense and Defense Pro line (with pricing starting at US$14.99), I thought, "This is the screen protector for me and my iPhone." I'm clumsy enough that I need a... Read more »
Uniea's US$54.95 Leather Caj Pad (http://macte.ch/Hf4d3) is one of the more intriguing iPad cases I've seen. Its foldable front looks almost identical to the Apple Smart Cover (sans the attaching magnets; you insert the... Read more »
By Danny Winget Tablets and larger mobile devices have changed our lives since the debut of the iPad, and we love holding those devices in our hands. We touch, create, and consume all while we have the device on our... Read more »
By Chris Main The US$329.95 The Nikon CoolPix P300 (http://www.nikonusa.com) is a compact point-and-shoot that fits nicely in any pocket -- but it’s not so small that it’s hard to use. It has a nice solid feel, and all... Read more »
I love my 27-inch iMac with its big ol' display, screaming speed and 2TB hard drive. But with all my digital files, including those 1080p movies now available at iTunes, I can never have enough storage -- iCloud or not... Read more »
Prosoft Engineering's new SoundBunny (http://www.prosofteng.com/products/soundbunny.php) is one of those simple, inexpensive (US$9.99) apps for Mac OS X 10.6.8 (or higher) with one purpose: it lets you independently... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Well I think the folks at Autodesk (http://usa.autodesk.com) have been listening to the content creators since the last release. The new version of the Autodesk 3ds Max Creation Suite 2012 (US$6,495... Read more »
The world has no shortage of iPad docks, but Scosche (http://www.scosche.com) has come up with something a bit different with its US$149.99 bassDock. The adjustable speaker dock tilts and rotates for both landscape and... Read more »
You feel the need for speed? You got some serious moolah to spend? Then check out the Thunderbolt SSD from Elgato (http://www.elgato.com), which combines a solid-state drive with Thunderbolt technology. Elgato calls it... Read more »
Need to put two Macs onto one Cinema Display? You can with Kanex's (http://www.kanexlive.com/snapx) US$69 SnapX two-port switcher. It's designed specifically for 24 and 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Displays (ACD). USB... Read more »
By Laurie Excell There are many flash modifiers to choose from these days, giving the end user a variety of options with which to customize their flash photography and match their style. With the bigger-is-better... Read more »
My new iPad arrived around noon Friday via FedEx, so I've had the weekend to play around, er, test it out. So far I'm impressed. With its new display, Bluetooth 4, support and more, it's a game changer. All the new... Read more »
I've been an Apple TV fan since the second incarnation of the set-top box. And the third gen model (mine arrived Thursday morning) is even better, thanks to an improved interface and, at long last, support for 1080p... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum For those of you looking to keep their New Year's resolutions and lose weight, Garmin has a great iPhone-compatible solution to track your workouts and keep you accountable. First, the Garmin... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum When I think of a tank, I think of something that is extremely impractical for everyday use and, in that sense, the Casemate Tank indeed fits the bill: big, bulky and impractical. While it... Read more »
By David Creamer Version Cue was a good idea that never took off. It was too hard to use for small agencies and not robust enough for large ones. Evolphin Zoom 2.8 from Evolphin Software (http://www.evolphin.com) fills... Read more »
 
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