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The Magia Zip from Sena Cases (www.senacases.com) is a bit pricey at US$119.95, but is a sturdy, great-looking case for the new iPad designed with a work environment in mind. However, the choice to use an adhesive pad... Read more »
By Chris Gannon Tokyo Split Animator (http://macte.ch/t7I75), an US$49 set of 19 templates designed exclusively for Apple's Final Cut Pro X, does exactly what it says it will do exactly like it's supposed to do it.... Read more »
By Jeff Gamet Perfect Layers 2 (US$69.95) from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com) is a Lightroom and Aperture plug-in, as well as a standalone Mac OS X and Windows application, for layer-based image editing outside... Read more »
MacPaw's Gemini (http://macpaw.com/gemini), a Mac-only duplicate finder and cleaner, is a great companion app for the company's CleanMyMac, which frees wasted memory on your Mac. The latest version (1.3) makes it even... Read more »
Twelve South (http://www.twelvesouth.com) recently refreshed its BookArc stand for the Retina display MacBook Pro models. At US$49.99 it's a good buy for those who use the Apple laptop as their main computer. Those who... Read more »
By Jeff Gamet Perfect Layers 2 (US$69.5) from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com) is a Lightroom and Aperture plug-in, as well as a standalone Mac OS X and Windows application, for layer-based image editing outside... Read more »
AutoMile (http://briantoth.com/automile) for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) is a solid alternative to other mileage tracking apps that require recording your car's odometer reading. It's built for quick data entry using... Read more »
Boinx Software recently updated iStopMotion, to version 3, making its stop motion animation tool for Mac OS X, even better The new version adds the ability to create HD movies using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as a... Read more »
Perfect Mask 5 (US$99.95) is the next generation of Mask Pro from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com). It can be purchased as a standalone or as part of Perfect Photo Suite 6, and promises to make high-quality masks... Read more »
If you want an easy, breezy guide to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, check out "OS X Mountain Lion Portable Genius" from Wiley. This US$30, 424-page book offers a ton of tips and techniques on the features of the latest major... Read more »
iLuv Creative Technology's (http://www.i-luv.com) Mo’Beats Wireless Stereo Speaker Stand (iSP245) is an US$99.99 wireless speaker/stand that fits perfectly with the iPad (both in design and aesthetics) and has... Read more »
By Daniel M. East If you work with video, chances are that Sorenson Squeeze (www.sorensonmedia.com) is one of your go-to items for compression and, as the hardware improves, it makes sense that the software moves... Read more »
When it comes to choosing the best, most comprehensive book for learning Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, it's hard to choose between David Pogue's "OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual" (see our thoughts on it at http://... Read more »
A U.S. District Court Judge has granted Consumer Watchdog (www.ConsumerWatchdog.org ) the right to oppose Google's record US$22.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission because it allows the Internet giant... Read more »
First there was the Smart Cover for the iPad. Apple saw that it was good (and profitable) so gave us the Smart Case. It's a nifty case for our favorite tablet, but a bit pricey. Whereas the Smart Cover only protected... Read more »
By Steve Baczewski If you do high-volume commercial or fine art inkjet printing and want to use possibly the finest ICC profiles and page layout features available, ColorByte’s (www.colorbytesoftware.com) ImagePrint... Read more »
If you're new to the Mac, haven't upgraded your operating system in a while or simply want to know just about everything there is to know about Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you'll want David Pogue's "OS X Mountain Lion... Read more »
The Retina Display MacBook Pro (the rMBP) is a gorgeous machine. It would be a shame to ruin it by spilling Dr. Pepper or a latte on its keyboard. The NewerTech NuGuard Keyboard Cover for the latest, greatest pro laptop... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell The US$199 Inkling from Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) is a digital ink pen and receiver clip combination that allows you to draw or sketch anywhere and digitize those sketches. Simply clip the... Read more »
By Erik Vlientinck GoPro’s US$299.99 HD Hero2 camcorder (gopro.com) packs video-recording capabilities of 1080p/30, 960p/30, 960p/48, 720p/30, 720p/60, WVGA/60, and WVGA/120, as well as photo-capture capabilities (... Read more »
Dotan Saguy's Smarter Stand (http://www.smarterstand.com) is due to ship this fall for US$20, but we got an advance copy. And the little, inexpensive gadget offers a cool function. Designed as a complement to the iPad... Read more »
I don't travel as much as I once did. However, when I am on the go I pack my Retina Display MacBook Pro, and a couple of accessories: the power adapter and an external SuperDrive (the laptop doesn't have a built-in... Read more »
By Erik Vlientinck GoPro’s US$299.99 HD Hero2 camcorder (gopro.com) packs video-recording capabilities of 1080p/30, 960p/30, 960p/48, 720p/30, 720p/60, WVGA/60, and WVGA/120, as well as photo-capture capabilities (... Read more »
"Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide" is a 232-book by Daniel J. Barrett designed to help you unlock the secrets of the Mac OS X Terminal and discover how this tool solves problems the Finder can’t handle and lets you... Read more »
One of the drawbacks of the MacBook Air, the Retina display MacBook Pro, and, well, most other laptops is their small storage capabilities. Especially if you're ordering a portable with a flash drive, you'll have... Read more »
 
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