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If you're looking for an advanced, network storage device, you'll want to check out the Drobo 5N, which is a fine fit for home users, creative pros and small offices. It packs enough storage for more than 90,000 16-... Read more »
By Michael Corsentino It’s an exciting time for the Canon Speedlite community. Canon’s new radio-enabled 600EX-RT Speedlite and companion ST-E3-RT radio transmitter are a quantum leap forward in wireless E-TTL handheld... Read more »
If you need networking on the go, you need the Wireless N Pocket Router from TP-Link (www.tp-link.com). Introduced at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, it will be available later this quarter (pricing hasn't been... Read more »
According to the SITA (a specialist in air transport communications and information technology), nearly 26 million bags go missing each year from airports around the world. Air travelers concerned about their valuables... Read more »
High quality projectors aren't cheap. Epson America's (www.epson.com) 3LCD PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD, at US$899, isn't either, but it is versatile and high quality. You get what you pay for. The PowerLite Home Cinema... Read more »
When it comes to Wi-Fi, you can never have too much range. Enter the US$99 WiFi Range Extender from Netgear (www.netgear.com). Actually, the full name is the Netgear Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug... Read more »
By Kevin Ames The latest DSLR camera from Sigma Corporation is the SD1 Merrill, named for Richard "Dick" Merrill, inventor of the X3F CMOS chip, which uses a type of layering that splits light into red, green, and blue... Read more »
If you have an iOS device (and you know you do) but never seem to have enough storage, iCloud or not, Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has a new product you should look into: the Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device... Read more »
When you think of the terms "mini" and "RAID," you probably don't think of them in the same context. That's about to change with the G-RAID mini (http://www.g-technology.eu/products/g-raid-mini.php) from G-Technology.... Read more »
If you have multiple Macs -- as many of us do -- you should certainly look into ChronoSync from Econ Technologies. The US$40 utility offers a way to synchronize or backup files and folders. And if you use ChronoSync,... Read more »
If you're looking for an unusual connectivity part, you'll want to check with the folks at StarTech (www.StarTech.com). The company has, among other things, a line of US$18.99 specialized cables for charging and syncing... Read more »
By Laurie Excell When the folks at Really Right Stuff (www.reallyrightstuff.com) put their mind to a new product, they don’t just do it halfway. And their new PG-02 Full Gimbal Head (US$800) is no exception! I decided... Read more »
Need a multi-purpose keyboard. Check out the Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard (http://tinyurl.com/atvw35f), an US$99.99 keyboard that can move from a Mac to an iPad to an iPhone with ease. It features Logitech... Read more »
Need a multi-purpose keyboard. Check out the Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard (http://tinyurl.com/atvw35f), an US$99.99 keyboard that can move from a Mac to an iPad to an iPhone with ease. It features Logitech... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Most of you are familiar with the HDR craze that’s been around for some time and, while there are many ways to achieve this effect, it’s still a mystery to many. Well, the folks at Oloneo are trying to... Read more »
If you're holding your breath for a touchscreen Mac, you're probably turning a little blue. Okay, take a breath and turn your attention to the Zorro Macsk from LumiaView (www.lumiaview.com). It's an external... Read more »
If you own an Apple laptop and want to turn them into full-fledged desktop computers, you can pretty much do this with the DS1 series of Thunderbolt docking stations from Matrox. Thunderbolt is, of course, an interface... Read more »
Let's face it: though Apple likes small and lean, when it comes to computing, you can't have too big a screen. With Mobile Monitor Technologies's Monitor2Go you can keep your small tablets and laptops, but add a bigger... Read more »
It takes a bit of work to keep your Mac running smoothly. Enter Stellar Data Recovery's Stellar Volume Repair 1.0, a repair tool for corrupt volume repair. It repairs volume errors, rebuilds any damaged directory, and... Read more »
MacTech Labs puts the new Parallels Desktop to the test to answer this question. One of the most frequent questions we've been getting recently is "Should I upgrade to Parallels Desktop 8?" Even though this new version... Read more »
MacTech Labs puts the new VMware Fusion to the test to see which is faster Since we’re MacTech, and we’re known for benchmarks, we get questions like “How much faster is VMware Fusion 5 vs. 4?" Even though this new... Read more »
FxFactory 4, the latest update to Noise Industries' visual effects plugin platform, FxFactory 4, is better than ever as it now supports Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, in addition to Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Adobe After... Read more »
By Steve Baczewski Bordering the world of DSLRs -- and sharing many of the same sophisticated features -- is a breed of high-end, compact, point-and-shoot cameras. Leica (www.leica.com) has released one of those: their... Read more »
Adobe (www.adobe.com) recently revved its Adobe Creative Cloud offering, offering more than a dozen exclusive new features for Adobe Photoshop. Creative Cloud offers a way of providing tools and services for creative... Read more »
The Woodees iPic is a cool touchscreen stylus product with a unique, ergonomic design that closely resembles a guitar pick. It was created by mobile product and earbud manufacturer, Woodees (www.woodees.com). Woodees... Read more »
 
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Lifeline... (Games)
Lifeline... 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Lifeline is a playable, branching story of survival against all odds. Using your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, you will help Taylor make life or death decisions, and face the consequences together. | Read more »
Pandemic: The Board Game Has Gone Univer...
Don't let the virus win! Now you can download Pandemic: The Board Game, by F2Z Digital Media, for all of your iOS devices. The app is based on the fantastic board game by Z-man games. As employees of the CDC, you and your friends will have to work together to control and eventually cure 4 major disease outbreaks. Can you beat them all in time? | Read more »
Get Ready to Read Bloomberg Business on...
Fans of Bloomberg Business will soon be able to get all their news on the Apple Watch. The app lets you get the top headlines on your main screen and bookmark stories to read later. Using the motion detection in the Apple Watch, the headlines are updated everytime you move your wrist to glance at it. You can also have a personal watchlist that... | Read more »
Watch This Homerun is Batting for the Ap...
Eyes Wide Games' Watch This Homerun is purportedly the first sports game coming to the Apple Watch, where you'll be up to bat as the pitcher tries to out-manuever you with fastballs, curveballs, and changeups. Using one-touch controls you can try to hit as many homeruns as possible. The game has a progression-based League system meant to make you... | Read more »
Field Trip Can Take You on a Guided Tour...
Field Trip, by Google’s Niantic Labs, is an exploration app that gives you details about the awesome places you can discover wherever you find yourself. The app can show you local history, delicious restraunts, the best places to shop, and places to just have fun. Field Trip curates information from over 200 publishers such as Thrillist, Zagat,... | Read more »
Watch Your Six - SPY_WATCH is Infiltrati...
SPY_WATCH, by Bossa Studios, is a new game designed for the Apple Watch. Runmor has it your spy agency has fallen out of favor. To save it, you'll need to train-up a spy and send them on missions to earn you a stunningly suspicious reputation and some cash to improve your spy's abilities. The app will send you real-time notifications from you... | Read more »
Both Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spa...
Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike, by Microsoft, have officially landed on the App Store. Spartan Assault pits you against the Covenant with missions geared to tell the story of the origin of Spartan Ops. In Spartan Strike you'll delve into the events surrounding Halo 2 as you lead UNSC troops against the Promethean forces. | Read more »
The Apple Watch Could Revolutionize the...
It’s not here yet but there’s that developing sneaky feeling that the Apple Watch, despite its price tag and low battery life, might yet change quite a lot about how we conduct our lives. While I don’t think it’s going to be an overnight transformation, I can see it being a slow but steady process. One such area where the Apple Watch could make... | Read more »
Mad Skills Motocross 2 Version 2.0 is He...
Mad Skills Motocross 2 fans got some good news this week as Turborilla has given the game its biggest update yet. Now you'll have access to Versus mode where you can compete against your friends in timed challenges. Turborilla has implemented a leveling system and added a new, faster motorcycle called the #8. You can also try out 12 new tracks in... | Read more »
Kids Can Practice Healthy Living With Gr...
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