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Alien Skin Software's Exposure 5, the latest version of its flagship photography effects software, is a fine tool for digital photographers. It lets you achieve accurate film simulation, using a wide range of creative... Read more »
If you're a road warrior who packs lots of tech equipment and accessories, check out Booq's Boa courier messenger bag, which is both spacious and durable. It's encased in a sleek, professional exterior featuring booq’s... Read more »
Timelines from Ripple Training -- a plug-in designed exclusively for Final Cut Pro X -- is a cool collection of eight transition effects that create graphical timelines for videos. Each transition is highly... Read more »
Mementum from AllGoritm (www.allgoritm.com) is a stylish voice reminder that lets you record vocal memos, then sort your recordings by categories. With it you can also write additional text notes. Voice reminders -- or... Read more »
Sonnet's xMac mini Server 2H is a second model of the company's xMac mini Server Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 1U rackmount enclosure for a Mac mini with a Thunderbolt port. The new xMac mini... Read more »
You can never have too much juice for your laptop. Which is where QuickerTek's US$299.95 EyeBattery for all MacBook Pros comes in handy. It adds up to four extra hours of battery power to the MacBook Pro. There's a... Read more »
If you deal with EPUB (electronic publication documents), you should check out EPUB Viewer for Mac OS X (US$29) from Enolsoft. EPUBL is a a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (... Read more »
The boom in Web-enabled devices has been a huge boon for consumers, who have quickly grown accustomed to instant online access wherever they are, whatever they're on. However, it can pose a huge challenge for front-end... Read more »
SmileOnMyMac updated PDFPen (www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 6.0.1. If you haven't used the software, PDFPen -- or its Pro sibling -- is... Read more »
If you need some boning up on OpenBSD -- the secure, free, open source Unix-like operating system, No Starch (www.nostarch.com) has the book for you: "Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition" by Michael W. Lewis. The US$59.95,... Read more »
Both industry pros and those who want to shoot personal video with the style of a motion picture will appreciate the US$995 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. It's a pocket sized digital cinema camera that includes... Read more »
If you'd like to project videos, photos and more from your iPhone or iPod touch, the ipico from General Imaging (GIC) makes it simple. It's a hand-held, projector with a patented pop-up connector for the iDevice. No... Read more »
The recently released Squeeze 9 from Sorenson Media is the first major point release of the video encoding software in about a year and a half. And if you're into professional videography, you'll want to add it to your... Read more »
Wacom's Cintiq 13HD (http://cintiq13hd.wacom.com/en), a new addition to its lineup of Cintiq interactive pen displays, is a great tool for creative professionals working in areas such as design, art and image editing.... Read more »
Extensis' Portfolio Server 11, the latest rev of its Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution, is easy to implement and doesn't require fundamental changes to the way you work. With advanced cataloging and search... Read more »
Want top-of-the-line protection for your iPhone 5? Then you need the US$79.99 LifeProof Frē (www.lifeproof.com), which is water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof. In fact, the company is also confident of... Read more »
Want to make a multi-touch ebook for the iPad? Then you need to pick up "Take Control of iBooks Author," written by digital publishing pioneer Michael E. Cohen and now updated for iBooks Author 2.0. Apple's free iBooks... Read more »
Everyone needs a good power strip, so why not get one that's good-looking as well as functional. The Kbar desktop line (http://kopi-d.com/?page_id=20) from Kopi is a a designer power strip that features a 21W 5V USB... Read more »
If you're a Final Cut Pro X user, Noise Industries' Tokyo Chrominator is a great tool for adding production value to logos and text. It allows editors to instantly give images a glossy, beveled 3D look complete with... Read more »
Seim Effects Photo Tools' ColorFlow -- a preset collection engineered by photographer Gavin Seim -- allows photographers to deliver subtle or bold image variations. For even greater control, users can mix and blend... Read more »
FirmTek's miniSwap/U3 offers beefy performance-- up to 440MB/second -- for new computers with USB 3.0 and legacy computers with USB 2.0 ports. An industry first and designed for 2.5-inch solid state (SSD) and hard disk... Read more »
Action junkies, take note: Oprtix's US$129.95 Optrix HD5 lets you take action footage with your iPhone 5. It's a camera optimizing system for the Apple smartphone that lets you record wide-angle HD videos under... Read more »
While most people wouldn't admit to doing it at work or in public, there's no shame in spending some quality time in your "library" at home. When you'are sitting on the throne doing some digital reading on your iPad or... Read more »
Flaxus is described as world's first wearable stylus bracelet. And we know of no other. You may be wondering why you'd wearing a stylus. Carrying a conventional stylus is inconvenient because it can be easy to forget,... Read more »
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has given us version 3.0 of DocProtect, a nifty tool that lets you ensure that documents are only viewable on licensed computers. The new version can apply a computer unique... Read more »
 
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Rage of Bahamut is Giving Almost All of...
The App Store isn't what it used to be back in 2012, so it's not unexpected to see some games changing their structures with the times. Now we can add Rage of Bahamut to that list with the recent announcement that the game is severely cutting back on the number of events it holds. | Read more »
Divide By Sheep - Tips, Tricks, and Stre...
Who would have thought splitting up sheep could be so involved? Anyone who’s played Divide by Sheep, that’s who! While we’re not about to give you complete solutions to everything (because that’s just cheating), we will happily give you some primers on how to get started and what to expect. [Read more] | Read more »
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Grab a Friend and Pick up Overkill 3, Be...
Overkill 3 is a pretty enjoyable third-person shooter that was sort of begging for some online multiplayer. Fortunately the begging can stop, because its newest update has added an online co-op mode. [Read more] | Read more »
Scanner Pro's Newest Update Adds Au...
Scanner Pro is one of the most popular document scanning apps on iOS, thanks in no small part to its near-constant updates, I'm sure. Now we're up to update number six, and it adds some pretty handy new features. [Read more] | Read more »
Heroki (Games)
Heroki 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $7.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: CLEAR THE SKIES FOR A NEW HERO!The peaceful sky village of Levantia is in danger! The dastardly Dr. N. Forchin and his accomplice, Vapor, have stolen the Emerix - a powerful amulet and all hope may be lost! Created by Picomy. Published... | Read more »
Hands-On With Raceline CC
Set for release soon, Rebellion’s motorbike racing game, Raceline CC certainly looks stylish. But how does it play? I got my hands on a preview build to answer exactly that. | Read more »
Siegefall - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies...
So, you fancy establishing a base and ruling the world again. Siegefall is a convenient place to do that, but how about some great tips and tricks on how best to go about it? Here are a few ideas on how to get ahead as a beginner to this medieval world. The basics    [Read more] | Read more »
The WWE Comes to Racing Rivals - Because...
Racing Rivals is a racing game that's all about, well, rivalry. And who knows rivalry better than WWE superstars (shhhh, that was rhetorical)? [Read more] | Read more »
Hey, Who Put Apple Music in My SoundHoun...
One of the App Store's popular music discovery sources - SoundHound - has already been updated to include Apple's own music discovery source - Apple Music. That was fast! [Read more] | Read more »
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