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WaterField Design (http://www.sfbags.com)'s Smart Case doesn't bring anything dramatically new to the MacBook Air market, but offers good-looking protection for the ultra-sleek laptop. The Smart Case is made of an... Read more »
If you're considering the US$129.99 iSound Portable Power Max (http://macte.ch/K38or) back-up battery, ask yourself two questions: Am I regularly running out of juice on my iOS devices? Do I need to charge more than one... Read more »
Posted by Greg Mills Back a few years ago, I invested in Dreamweaver and bought a manual the size of the New York City yellow pages required to understand how to do things with it. I built a few web sites with that... Read more »
Posted by Greg Mills It has been rumored for a while, that there was some sort of collaboration going on between Apple and Nuance, the Speech to Text company. Speech to Text is something that has been the fodder of... Read more »
Recently, I began ripping my entire DVD collection to save for viewing on my Mac. I have a BIG DVD collection and that requires lots of storage, which is where Western Digital's (http://www.wdc.com/en/) newest... Read more »
Even with the arrival of Lion and its LaunchPad app and other goodies, Yellow Lemon Software's FolderGlance (http://www.scsc.no/products/folderglance/), a utility for browsing files and folders, is still a sweet... Read more »
If you need to extend and connect your Mac to a second (or even third) display, Kanex's (http://www.kanexlive.com) mLinq offers an easy, not-too-costly (US$99) way to do it. It's an USB-to-HDMI adapter that supports... Read more »
By Laurie Excell Nikon (http://www.nikonusa.com) has answered the call of FX (full-frame) camera users to provide a lens comparable to their ultra-popular NIKKOR AF-S 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II DX-format lens with their... Read more »
Recently, I installed a Wi-Ex (http://www.wi-ex.com/index.aspx) the zBoost Metro YX540iP iPhone Signal Booster in my home to improve cell phone reception for my Verizon network. It added an extra bar to my signal, but... Read more »
It's rare that I get my hands on a truly "different" iPhone case, but I have with Twelve South's (http://www.twelvesouth.com/) first accessory for iPhone 4 owners: the US$59.99 BookBook. It's a pocket-sized wallet --... Read more »
If you've been having problems with the sharp edge on your MacBook Pro where you press your arms and hands below the keyboard you'll want to check out the US$8 Guardstrip (http://guardstrip.com/). It will save wear and... Read more »
If your iPad 2 sports a Smart Cover, it's half-way protected -- the screen is safe, but the back of the tablet remains exposed. The Joy Factory (http://www.thejoyfactory.com) has a great solution in the US$29.95... Read more »
By Laurie Excell For the active photographer who needs a portable light solution, Photoflex (http://www.photoflex.com) has introduced the US$549.95 OctoDome nxt: Extra Small Location Kit. Included in a single, easy-to-... Read more »
The Lombard Sleeve (http://macte.ch/8qqSI) is a well designed MacBook Pro sleeve at a fairly reasonable price (US$64.99). It's lean and sports a designer-styled exterior on both the front and back panels that's highly... Read more »
If you've got the moolah and want to turbo-boost your Mac, Other World Computing's OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD will fulfill your need for speed. It's a consumer/prosumer-targeted SandForce Driven SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s... Read more »
I’ve test driven -- and reviewed -- ToughTech products before, but I’m revisiting the product line now due to the recently added ability to take advantage of WriteLock technology. In fact, all the ToughTech storage... Read more »
By Steve Baczewski Nik Software (http://www.niksoftware.com) recently released Silver Efex Pro 2 (US$199.95), updating their powerful black-and-white conversion software with impressive new features and special... Read more »
By David Creamer Packaging InDesign files takes up valuable time and computer resources -- simply put, Package Central (US$499.95) from Zevrix (http://www.zevrix.com) offloads the actual collection of the graphic files... Read more »
When Coloud (http://www.coloud.com) sent me a pair of Boston Bruins headphones, I was happy to test them -- just not in public since I live in Nashville, home to the Predators. One of Coloud's NHL series, it has good... Read more »
Want more storage for your iPad? I thought Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) had the answer with its GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage. I was wrong, and I generally love Seagate's products. The Satellite is a... Read more »
Palo Alto Audio Design's (http://www.paloaltoaudio.com) CUBIK digital audio speaker is a computer speaker system that designed with the audiophile in mind. Though US$199.95 seems a bit pricey for a speaker system with... Read more »
One of the advantages Microsoft's Word has over Apple's Pages is a good grammar checker. Pages' Proofreader feature just isn't as comprehensive. If you want to add better grammar checking features to Pages, try... Read more »
For folks with a particular TV viewing need (more on that in a bit), Elgato's (http://www.elgato.com) HDHomeRun, a dual-tuner device that's compatible with Macs and PCs, hits a home run. With it, you can view a show on... Read more »
Let's be honest: the speakers that come with Apple laptops are tinny. Of course, so are the speakers in most laptops from any company. If you want to upgrade your audio a bit with some portable speakers, Palo Alto Audio... Read more »
By Laurie Excell With the introduction of the US$1,199.95 Nikon D7000, a new level of camera comes to the Nikon line. The D7000 fits between the D90 and the D300s in product lineup and features. Nikon (http://www.... Read more »
 
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Star Admiral Review
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