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"The Practice of Network Security Monitoring" from No Starch Press is an US$49.99, 376-page book written by security expert, Richard Bejtich, that shows practices for implementing network security. The author has seen... Read more »
If you're a Creative Cloud or Creative Suite user, you should check out Code Line's Art View, a Quick Look enhancement that offers "quick answers to common questions." It allows graphic designers to preview, inspect,... Read more »
SanDisk Corp.'s Connect Wireless Media Drive is designed to be a companion for road warriors or parents who need entertainment ready to enjoy. Users can take content such as high-definition (HD3) movies, videos, music... Read more »
If you've ever wanted to create your own screen savers, Infinisys' Screen Studio for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) is for you. It lets you easily create professional looking screen savers for the Mac. Screen Studio comes... Read more »
Programmers -- and anyone else who sits for long periods of time -- need to learn how to maintain their own bodies and minds. In "The Healthy Programmer" (US$36, Pragrmatic Bookshelf), author Joe Kutner teaches readers... Read more »
iLuv Creative Technology's Aud 5 is the company's first audio dock designed specifically for Lightning devices. If you're the owner of a recent iDevice, you'll appreciate the gadget, which lets you enjoy your music from... Read more »
Extensis' Suitcase Fusion provides instant access to the font tools designers need in all the places they need them. And the newest version (5) delivers features such as font auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Creative... Read more »
The CrystalCore TiltDock, a doc for smartphones and other devices, looks like it could have been created by the team at Apple. That's how impressive it is. The CrystalCore TiltDock is designed to serve not only as a... Read more »
If you've not played around with still motion videos -- videos where photos are shown only for a fraction of a second -- you might give it a try. They're lots of fun. Eternal Storms Software's Briefly 1.0 for Mac OS X... Read more »
The US$99.95 Withings Pulse, available now, is a pocket-sized activity tracking tool designed to help users achieve personal health and fitness goals. For the first time ever seen on an activity tracker, the Pulse adds... Read more »
Addonics Technologies' Secure NAS series of storage appliances combines the benefits of RAID, Network Attached Storage (NAS), Direct Attached Storage (DAS) and hardware AES 256-bit encryption in one enclosure. It's a... Read more »
Ignoring the whole Creative Cloud scenario, Photoshop CC is powerful software, but it can also be overwhelming if you're just getting started. "Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual" (928 pages) makes learning the software... Read more »
No matter how well prepared you are, at some point in time you'll probably lose some data. At that point it's Disk Drill, a data recovery app for Mac OS X (10.5 or higher), to the rescue. Recently, it's been revved to... Read more »
ArtRage, the popular paint software for Mac and Windows, has been revved to version 4. It's optimized for pen tablet users, which will mean more to Windows 8 fans (few though they be) than Mac OS X users. Of course,... Read more »
If you're a power user who wants to combine Thunderbolt and SSD technologies look no further than Akitio's Neutrino thunderbolt Edition, a 256GB, one-bay, bus-powered Thunderbolt storage solution. The US$339.99 device... Read more »
Music makers, rejoice. Band-in-a-Box 2013 for the Mac has arrived. It's a MIDI music arranger software package that allows a solo musician to play along to a computer-generated accompaniment with adjustable tempo,... Read more »
If you're lucky enough to have one of the new MacBook Airs, you'll want to check out the new ProTouch Keyboard Protector from iSkin. The keyboard protectors have long been a companion accessory for MacBook owners. Now... Read more »
"Realm of Racket" (http://tinyurl.com/kdp3eto) from No Starch Press offers a fun guide to serious programming. Racket is a programming language well suited for novice coders, first-year programming students, and those... Read more »
Let's face it: when using your Mac, there are a lot of files that need to be placed in folders, and some that need to be deleted. Manual sorting takes up your time. File2Folder 1.0 for Mac OS X is a relatively new app... Read more »
Bracketron's NanoTek Stand for the iPhone and other mobile devices is an US$29.95 device designed to keep power cords neat and available with its patent-pending integrated cable management system. It also increases... Read more »
For expert LEGO builder Nathanäel Kuipers, it's not how many bricks you have but how you use them. A former official designer for the LEGO Group, Kuipers shares his insider expertise in "The "LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1... Read more »
HydraConnect (www.hydraconnect.com) has expanded its line of intelligent HDMI Switching systems with the new HS-3, which borrows the video and HDMI switching technology of the HSS-3 Flagship while allowing users to... Read more »
If you want to resize your JPG images for the best web performance or create thumbnails for an image gallery check out iResizer (http://www.iresizer.com/) for Mac OS X. With it you can scale an image without changing... Read more »
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Mac OS X and Windows, recently revved to version 5, is a worthwhile tool for photography enthusiasts and professionals. The new version adds critical photo editing capabilities and creates... Read more »
The late Steve Jobs once described Blu-ray as a "bag of hurt." Guess some of us like the pain -- and MCE (www.mcetech.com) makes it possible to view Blu-ray discs on your Mac with its USB Super-BluDrive. The lightweight... Read more »
 
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The beginner's guide to Warbits
Warbits is a turn-based strategy that's clearly inspired by Nintendo's Advance Wars series. Since turn-based strategy games can be kind of tricky to dive into, see below for a few tips to help you in the beginning. Positioning is crucial [Read more] | Read more »
How to upgrade your character in Spellsp...
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How to navigate the terrain in Sky Charm...
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Victorious Knight (Games)
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Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game (Gam...
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Someone’s been spying on Gumball. What the what?! Two can play at that game! GO UNDERCOVERSneak past enemy patrols to collect secrets, plant bugs, take down targets, and rescue missing agents. Which spy will... | Read more »
Runaway Toad (Games)
Runaway Toad 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: It ain’t easy bein’ green! Tap, hold, and swipe to help Toad hop to safety in this gorgeous new action game from the creators of Super Splatters! and illustrator Nina Limarev.Story | Read more »
PsyCard (Games)
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Sago Mini Robot Party (Education)
Sago Mini Robot Party 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: -- Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice -- | Read more »
Egz – The Origin of the Universe (Games...
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