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Sometimes you run across a Mac app that's so well designed and executed you add it to your "gotta have" arsenal. Such is the case with Strophes (http://stroph.es/), a new lyrics app for Mac OS X Lion. It costs US$4.99... Read more »
Akitio's Cloud Hybrid -- a hybrid enclosure that combines a personal cloud network attached storage and USB 3.0 direct access storage -- is a solid solution for those looking to store and share large files across a... Read more »
By Danny Winget We love our iPads. We love using them in every way to consume daily media and touch our way into productivity. There was one thing I loathed using on the iPad 2 -- its abysmal rear camera. Since the... Read more »
If you're an IT professionals or in a market where accessibility to bare hard drives is essential, you should check out the US$279 UltraDock v5 from CRU-DataPort (http://www.CRU-DataPort.com). It's a versatile drive... Read more »
By Daniel M. East It’s hard to avoid artifacts and blur when you need to print an image larger than its current resolution allows. There are several solutions for enlarging an image, and given how far these... Read more »
It's hard to find an iPad case that offers something different. HEX has accomplished this with its US$79.95. Code Folio (http://www.shophex.com/product/HX1080). It's not revolutionary, but it does offer a spin on the... Read more »
If you use external drives frequently with your Mac, The Alice Dev Team' USBMate 1.0 is an expensive tool for optimizing your file storage system and more. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available worldwide... Read more »
By Pete Collins I’ve been a huge fan of the US$2,599 Wacom Cintiq 21UX (http://www.wacom.com), so when I heard that the new 24HD was coming out, I couldn’t wait to try it. The only downside of the 21UX is that after... Read more »
If you have electronic equipment and don't have a surge protector, you're playing with fire (perhaps literally). Surge protectors let you plug in multiple devices; more importantly, they protect your electronics against... Read more »
I don't use a lot of extra system utilities on my Mac, MenuMate and Default Folder X being the two main exceptions. So I was curious about how Speedy Mac from Apimac might change the way I work. Speedy for Mac is an... Read more »
By Daniel M. East The biggest advances in the latest incarnation of Ricoh’s GR series (http://ww.ricoh.com/r_dc), the 10-megapixel Digital IV (US$599), are in speed and usability. With regard to speed, the maximum ISO... Read more »
MacPaw's CleanMyDrive (http://www.macpaw.com/ cleanmydrive) -- available free for a limited time at the Mac App Store -- is a new, tiny Mac utility that lets you clean up mounted drives, monitor their space usage and... Read more »
If you're tired of having to mouse back to the top of your Mac's screen to access an app's menu bar options, Alice Dev Team has the solution for you: MenuMate 1.0. The software -- available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher... Read more »
By 'Doctor' Dave Greenbaum As the weather starts turning nice , and we start shedding the layers of clothing and blankets, many of us have noticed some of the inevitable winter weight gain. The Fitbit is an affordable... Read more »
By Erick Vlientinck From time to time, polarizing, neutral density (ND), or other filters all need to be screwed onto a lens barrel. One common trait of the screw threads on lenses is that they are a pain to work with... Read more »
If you miss Now Contact, you should take a look at BlackBook, an US$99, server-based contact management app from Autriv (http://www.autriv.com). Made on the Mac for Mac OS X it offers a polished, attractive graphical... Read more »
By 'Doctor' Dave Greenbaum Apple's iOS devices are simple, elegant and just work. However, one flaw of their design is they lack an integrated stand: they simply can't stand up on their own.   Enter the Prizm Stand (... Read more »
Do you have frequently used bits of text and images that you need quick access to? Then you need Houdah Software's new SnipEdges, a drag 'n drop snippet manager for Mac OS X Lion. SnipEdges works with any snippet of... Read more »
As a person who regularly reviews Mac and iOS products, it's hard to find something truly different. However, iHome has managed this with the iDM5 Executive Work Station for smartphones and tablets such as the iPhone... Read more »
By Jay Nelson Perfect Portrait 1 (US$99.95) from onOne Software (http://www.ononesoftware.com) is a huge timesaver for portrait photographers. It automatically identifies faces and features, and with a press of a... Read more »
If you regularly use a stylus on your iPad, Wacom's (http://www.wacom.com) Bamboo Stylus duo can save you some pocket space. It's an US$39.95 dual-purpose stylus for the iPad (and Android) tablets. The Bamboo Stylus... Read more »
By 'Doctor' Dave Greenbaum While Steve Jobs hated the stylus and worked hard to make the iPhone completely usable without one, in some circumstances you simply need a more traditional way to interact with the iPhone.... Read more »
Just-Mobile's AluCube Mini (http://www.xtand.net/alucubemini.html) is an US$16.95 designer cable organizer. If you're willing to spring about 20 bucks on a stylish doo-dad to tidy up your cables, this is your baby. (... Read more »
By 'Doctor' Dave Greenbaum Some inventions are so innovative and well thought out that you simply can't imagine life without them. Somebody had to invent the wheel after all. While the US$29.95Flygrip (http://flygrip.... Read more »
By Steve Baczewski Ansel Adams was part of a group of San Francisco realistic landscape photographers who called themselves Group f/64. The name came from their desire to achieve maximum depth of field (DOF). However... Read more »
 
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Halo: Spartan Strike 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Delve into 30 challenging missions through cities and jungles using a devastating arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles including the iconic Warthog against the Covenant and Promethean enemies. | Read more »
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