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If you need some boning up on OpenBSD -- the secure, free, open source Unix-like operating system, No Starch ( 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 (, 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 (, 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 ( 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 ( 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 »
If you're an iOS developer who needs a little polishing on the fundamentals of Cocoa Touch, you'll want to reach "Programming iOS 6, 3rd Edition" from O'Reilly Media. With this revised and expanded edition, readers... Read more »
If you want to take control of your Mac -- and learn lots of tips and secrets -- O'Reilly Media's "Mac Hacks" is the book for you. Subtitled "Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of OS X," the book helps you dig... Read more »
Apple doesn't make a 17-inch MacBook Pro anymore. But if you're the owner of one, travel a lot and pack lots of accessories (including, say, an iPad) the US$140 Hercule Laptop Backpack has storage space for all your... Read more »
If you're a science-fiction fan and want a kool speaker system for your Mac, the Predator by Edifier fills the bill. It's a 2.1 speaker system with an "alien" design. The system contains a 5-inch downward firing... Read more »
For those who need a concise and practical introduction to CoffeeScript, a progamming language that compiles into JavaScript and makes working with JavaScript easier, SitePoint has brewed up "Jump Start CoffeeScript."... Read more »
If you do sports photography -- or simply take lots of pics in extreme conditions -- the Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop/Camera backpack is worth looking into. The US$304.95 gadget features a protective divider... Read more »
Sonnet Technologies' Presto 10GbE 1-Port and Presto 10GbE Server 2-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) PCIe cards enable users to connect their computers and servers to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using... Read more »
GIMP is a full-featured, cross-platform, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Although it's one of the most popular open source programs, it can be tricky to use and even trickier to master. "The Book of GIMP" from (No... Read more »
By Greg Mills   I get offers to review books and hardware, but try to hold off reviewing books and products that don't really interest me. I got an email offer from No Starch Press, a company that specializes in... Read more »
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Camel Up (Games)
Camel Up 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
The Martian: Bring Him Home (Games)
The Martian: Bring Him Home 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Based on the best selling novel and critically acclaimed film, THE MARTIAN tells the story of Astronaut Mark Watney who finds himself stranded on Mars. Play as a NASA communications specialist and Mark’s sole... | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: September 21-30, 2...
Leap Into Fall With 148Apps How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we... | Read more »
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter (Social Networki...
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter 4.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Social Networking Price: $4.99, Version: 4.0 (iTunes) Description: *** 50% off for a limited time. *** | Read more »
Mori (Games)
Mori 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Stop, rewind and unwind with Mori.Time is always running, take a moment to take control. Mori is an action puzzle game about infinitely winding a clock, free from language or instruction. Become the hands that take control and move... | Read more »
100 Years' War (Games)
100 Years' War 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Tower in the Sky (Games)
Tower in the Sky 0.0.60 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 0.0.60 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
hocus. (Games)
hocus. 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: New, polished, mind-bending, minimal puzzle game with dozens of levels and extra-ordinary designFeatures:- Beautifully crafted minimal puzzle game- 50 mind bending levels (new levels coming...)Get ready for the new puzzle... | Read more »
Mos Speedrun 2 (Games)
Mos Speedrun 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Mos is back, in her biggest and most exciting adventure ever!Wall-jump to victory through 30 mysterious, action packed levels!This time Mos has learned some awesome new abilities: Swing on ropes, swim through jelly, push... | Read more »
3D Touch could be a game-changer, but it...
Were you one of the lucky/financially secure enough ones to buy a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus over the weekend? Yup, me too (I’m not convinced I was either of those two things, but let’s go with lucky for now), so I thought I’d delve into just what’s going to wow us about this upgrade. It turns out that so far, there’s a ton of untapped... | Read more »
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