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Former LEGO designer Nathanaël Kuipers is back with a second volume in his LEGO Build-It Book series, "More Amazing Vehicles" from No Starch Press. Readers of the 152-page, US$19.95 book will learn to make cars, trucks... Read more »
Need protection for your portable computer? The Pelican ProGear 1070CC HardBack Case is a crushproof, watertight and dustproof case designed to safeguard 13-inch MacBook Pros or similar sized laptops. The Pelican... Read more »
Other World Computing (OWC) has expanded its already impressive Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini portable hardware-RAID storage product line with two new 3.0TB models, available as 3.0TB RAID-1 (for robust data protection)... Read more »
Markzware's latest version of its preflight solution, FlightCheck 7 Mac, adds support to preflight Adobe documents created with InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, and Photoshop CC graphic software for Adobe Creative Cloud.  ... Read more »
Sanho Corp.'s iUSBport Mini is the USB port that shound have been on our IOS device. Similar to the original iUSBport, the US$89.95 device connects to any USB storage device (including USB hard drives and flash drives... Read more »
Sonnet's Tango 3.0 PCIe is a handy combination USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 PCIe adapter card. It offers a way to add USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity to Mac Pro and Windows computers with PCIe slots, and to... Read more »
The newly released QuarkXPress 10 leverages the latest OS X features, including a state-of-the-art graphics engine that renders rich PDFs, Photoshop and TIFF images and uses its Adaptive Resolution feature to deliver... Read more »
If you need cabling and/or connector peripherals for your iOS device, Just Mobile ( almost certainly has something to fit your need. Here's a round-up of their goodies. 
The US$24.95 AluCable (... Read more »
Tired of your network's signal petering out before it reaches the outer limits of your home or office. Enter TP-LINK's TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender, which expands the WiFi coverage of your... Read more »
You can give your iPhone 5 a heaping helping of extra "juice" with any of three Juice Packs from Mophie. The US$79.95 Juice Pack Helium (pictured) is a thin, 1500mAh protector battery case that provides your Apple... Read more »
If you like "future proof" devices, you'll appreciate Sonnet's Echo Express SE II , the replacement for the Echo Express II Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis. The new model adds enhanced capabilities and sells at a... Read more »
Epson America's Expression Premium XP-810 and XP-610 Small-in-Ones are excellent printers for home users and photographers. They leverage the company's MicroPiezo printing technology and Claria Premium inks and sport... Read more »
Let's face it: most of us are drowning in a sea of digital photos? While iPhoto might have the necessary capabilities to organize them, we have years of photos that may as well be stuffed in a shoebox on a top shelf in... Read more »
IK Multimedia's iRig Pro is a versatile, universal digital mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. Pocket-sized, battery-powered and fully portable, it's designed to give mobile musicians and... Read more »
If you want what may be the world's sturdiest stand for your iPhone or iPad mini, the iOmini ( will fill the bill. It's an US$90 universal stand for cell phones and small tablets that works... Read more »
WD's Red line of SATA hard drives is a solid choice for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with one- to five-drive bays. The line serves the environment of NAS and meets the growing demand for... Read more »
Amped Wireless' US$199 REA20 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Range Extender is the first Wi-Fi range extender available with 802.11ac technology. A universal range extender, the REA20 is capable of expanding any... Read more »
Late Night Software ( recently revved Script Debugger, its AppleScript authoring environment for the Mac, to version 5.0.6. It’s a maintenance release that fixes some issues with version 5.0... Read more »
With so much online these days, there's no better time to "Take Control of Your Online Privacy." Which just happens to be the name of a new book by ebook author Joe Kissell. It explains what's reasonable to expect about... Read more »
Centrify's Centrify User Suite, Mac Edition is the industry’s first solution to provide robust Active Directory-based authentication, policy management, single sign-on (SSO) and user self-service for connected and... Read more »
We have encrypted storages for our passwords. We encrypt our emails, our chats, and our journals. But what about a secure word processing app for our articles, our thoughts, our words? Enter SecureWords. It's a tool... Read more »
If you're a music aficionado, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better headphone than V-MODA's M-100 headphones. If you can afford the price (over US$300), you'll have headphones that offer the experience of a live... Read more »
Radical.FM ( is a new music-streaming service. Launched by a Swedish start-up, it's a personal broadcasting service (TALK and RadCasting for deejays and talk show hosts) with curated radio (like... Read more »
Wacom's Intuos Creative Stylus is a pressure-sensitive digital pen for sketching, drawing and painting on an iPad. It offers a realistic pen-on-paper feel. With its ergonomic design, you can rest your palm naturally on... Read more »
The AC-404 USB from MXL ( is a high quality capsule microphone that improves voice quality on conference calls. It's great for folks who rely on free or subscription Internet conferencing services such... 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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