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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 »
Core Data is Apple's recommended way to persist data: it's easy to use, built-in, and integrated with iCloud. If you need help mastering it, check out "Core Data: Data Storage and Management for iOS, OS X, and iCloud,... Read more »
If you need a little assistance in delivering top-notch web sites, "The Web Designer's Roadmap" from Sitepoint can help. It's a full-color book about the creative process and the underlying principles that govern that... Read more »
Jeff Gothelf's "Lean UX "approach to interaction design is tailor-made for today's web-driven world. The 152-page book -- available in an US$19.99 ebook version or a $24.99 print version -- teaches principles, tactics,... Read more »
Apple gave iTunes a much-needed overhaul as of version 11. But there are several changes from previous versions and some users will need a guide. Enter "Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ" from TidBITS Publishing. The... Read more »
Intego (, the Mac security specialist, recently announced the availability of its new 2013 line of Mac antivirus and Mac security products. With the recent report of a hacking at Apple itself (see... Read more »
Magma's ExpressBox 1T is an expansion chassis with one PCIe 2.0 slot and a connection up to 10 Gbps through Thunderbolt. It's designed to enable professionals to use specialty PCIe cards with any Thunderbolt-equipped... Read more »
Consumers rank slow buffering, file uploading and web page viewing as some of their most frustrating smartphone moments, and also frequently report dead spots in common areas like their home or office. As we... Read more »
Business owners may want to check out KineticCloud Backup for Mac from KineticD, known for its cloud backup and data recovery services for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). It now supports end users who are looking... Read more »
Ferrari by Logic3 recently introduced the R300 noise-canceling headphones into the Scuderia Ferrari Collection. If you need high-end headphones and can afford them (they're US$349), the R300 is top of the line.   The... Read more »
If you need to expand your business but not your budget, if your group has an intense but short-term project, if you don't have the skill set to get a job done — well, it's time to think about outsourcing. And a new... Read more »
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World of Tanks Generals guide - Tips and...
World of Tanks Generals is a brand new card game by the developer behind the World of Tanks shooter franchise. It plays like a cross between chess and your typical card game. You have to keep in consideration where you place your tanks on the board as well as when, and how, to use them. [Read more] | Read more »
TruckSimulation 16 guide: How to succeed...
Remember those strangely enjoyable truck missions in Grand Theft Auto V whereit was a disturbing amount of fun to deliver cargo? TruckSimulation 16 is reminiscent of that, and has you play the role of a truck driver who has to deliver various containers to their destinations in Europe. [Read more] | Read more »
The best GIF making apps
Animated GIFs have exploded in popularity recently which is likely thanks to a combination of Tumblr, our shorter attention spans, and the simple fact they’re a lot of fun. [Read more] | Read more »
The best remote desktop apps for iOS
We've been sifting through the App Store to find the best ways to do computer tasks on a tablet. That gave us a thought - what if we could just do computer tasks from our tablets? Here's a list of the best remote desktop apps to help you use your computer on the go. [Read more] | Read more »
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade guide - How...
Warhammer 40,000: Freebladejust launched in the App Store and it lets you live your childhood dream of blowing up and slashing a bunch of enemies as a massive, hulking Space Marine. It's not easy being a Space Marine though - and particularly if you pride yourself on achievements - so we've spent some time as one to bring you these few tips to... | Read more »
Gopogo guide - How to bounce like the be...
Nitrome just launched a new game and, as to be expected, it's a lot of addictive fun. It's called Gopogo, and it challenges you to hoparound a bunch of platforms, avoiding enemies and picking up shiny stuff. It's not easy though - just like the retro platformers that inspired it. [Read more] | Read more »
Sago Mini Superhero (Education)
Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights, powers up on carrots and makes things right in the city. Whether he is helping ducks cross the street... | Read more »
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes guide - How...
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it isn't explained all that well in the tutorial. [Read more] | Read more »
The best cooking apps (just in time for...
It’s that time of year again, where you’ll be gathering around the dinner table with your family and a huge feast in front of you. [Read more] | Read more »
Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »
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