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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 (usa.just-mobile.com) 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 (http://tinyurl.com/kgjkkl4) 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 (http://www.latenightsw.com/) 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 (http://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 (www.mxlmics.com) 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 »
Lots of folks are using their iPhone as a camera, perhaps their main camera. However, most iPhoneographers can improve our skills. "The Art of iPhone Photography" from Rocky Nook helps you do just that. The US$44.95... Read more »
Booq's Boa brief is a great laptop bag for creative professionals. Its water-repellent ballistic nylon exterior is designed to protect it from everyday hardships. A padded laptop sleeve lined in genuine quilted nylon... Read more »
Interested in learning more about data science to help you understand and solve your business problems now? A new O'Reilly title, "Data Science for Business: What You Need to Know About Data Mining and Data-Analytic... Read more »
Perceptive Automation's Indigo 6, a rev of the intelligent home control server for Mac OS X, has gotten even kooler by adding support for a variety of Z-Wave devices. Indigo now has built-in support for three of the... Read more »
Digital media is a growing source of entertainment, but can offer compromises in several areas, including sound. However, the US$299 Merdian Explorer USB DAC (http://tinyurl.com/kdjbljy) helps overcome this problem. 
... Read more »
 
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LooperSonic (Music)
LooperSonic 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: LooperSonic is a multi-track audio looper and recorder that will take your loops to the next level. Use it like a loop pedal to make loops, and then arrange those loops into complete songs with cut, copy, trim, paste, reverse,... | Read more »
Space Grunts guide - How to survive
Space Grunts is a fast-paced roguelike from popular iOS developer, Orange Pixel. While it taps into many of the typical roguelike sensibilities, you might still find yourself caught out by a few things. We delved further to find you some helpful tips and tricks on surviving as long as possible. [Read more] | Read more »
Dreii guide - How to play well with othe...
Dreii is a rather stylish and wonderful puzzle game that’s reminiscent of cooperative games like Journey. If that sounds immensely appealing, then you should immediately get cracking and give it a whirl. We can offer you some tips and tricks on getting started too! [Read more] | Read more »
Kill the Plumber World guide - How to ou...
You already know how to hop around like Mario, but do you know how to defeat him? Those are your marching orders in Kill the Plumber, and it's not always as easy as it looks. Here are some tips to get you started. This is not a seasoned platform player [Read more] | Read more »
Planar Conquest (Games)
Planar Conquest 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $12.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: IMPORTANT: Planar Conquest is compatible only with iPad 3 & newer devices, iPhone 5 & newer. It’s NOT compatible with iPhone 4, iPad 2 and earlier devices. | Read more »
We talk to Cheetah Mobile about its plan...
Piano Tiles 2 is a fast-paced rhythm action high score chaser out now on iOS and Android. You have to tap a series of black tiles that appear on the screen in time to the music, being careful not to accidentally hit anywhere else. Do that and it's game over. [Read more] | Read more »
Ultimate Briefcase guide - How to dodge...
Ultimate Briefcase is a simple but tricky game that’s highly dependent on how fast you can react. We can still offer you a few tips and tricks on how to survive though. Guess what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do now. Take it easy [Read more] | Read more »
SoundPrism Link Edition (Music)
SoundPrism Link Edition 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ***Introductory price for a the first few days after launch - if you're reading this, get it while it's fresh out of the oven!*** | Read more »
Pre-register now for hack and slasher An...
Fincon, which won Facebook's Studio to Watch award in 2015, has announced that pre-registration is now open for the massive 3.0 update for its award-winning hack and slasher Angel Stone. Angel Stone is a post-apocalyptic action RPG in which the angels have fallen and you have to join The Resistance and face-off against hordes of demons trying to... | Read more »
Google has named Piano Tiles 2 as its Be...
Google has named Piano Tiles 2, which launched back in August last year, as its Best Game of 2015. If you're yet to play it, now's a good time to do so. It's a sequel to the hugely successful viral hit Piano Tiles (Don't Tap the White Tile) but includes all new gameplay, enhanced visuals, a huge variety of new songs, and improved sound quality. [... | Read more »
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