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By 'Doctor' Dave Greenbaum While many of us personalize our phones with stylish cases and decals, we leave these works of art simply lying on a desk or bedside table ignoring the balance of form and function they... Read more »
Because of the design of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, these Macs haven't been able to attach mobile privacy filters to protect on-screen data -- until now. 3M -- yep, that 3M, the company that specializes in... Read more »
The US$54.95 Cellink I (http://usbcelldrive.com) is a portable backup battery, USB charger, micro SD card reader, and data transfer device all in one. It works with iOS devices. Its 600 mAh rechargeable back up battery... Read more »
By David Creamer FontAgent Pro Enterprise Server from Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) is one of the fastest font servers I’ve used. This latest version uses the J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition)... Read more »
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com)'s new US$99.99 Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is a keyboard for the new iPad, as well as the iPad 2. No, wait, it's a cover/screen protector. Actually, it's all of these in a compact,... Read more »
SpiderArm's (http://www.spiderarm.com) US$79.99 SpiderArm iPad mount system is a great idea and well implemented, but has one major problem: it doesn't work with the new iPad. The SpiderArm offers an interchangeable... 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 »
By Daniel M. East "Effortless" skin retouching often ends in even more effort -- and is usually more apparent -- but Smooth Skins (approximately US$33) from Digital Heavens (http://www.digitalheavens.co.uk) offers a... Read more »
DBest (http://www.dbest.co.uk) -- you gotta love the company's name -- says its US$70 Rechargeable Bluetooth Duo Mini-Speaker set from -- is the world's smallest Bluetooth hi-fi system. I don't know if that's true, but... Read more »
Portable Sound Laboratories' (http://www.imaingo.com) US$119.99 iMainGo XP is a beefy case/speaker combo for the iPad 2 and new iPad. It offers better-than-I-would-have-expected sound, though whether the added heft (... Read more »
By Jay Nelson NoiseControl 1 from the Plugin Site (http://www.thepluginsite.com) is an US$49.95 plug-in for Photoshop and compatible programs (both Mac and Windows) that’s remarkably effective at reducing image noise... Read more »
ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) has updated its US$99.99 ZAGGfolio keyboard accessory for Apple’s new iPad. It's now available in color, but its functionality is the same as before -- and that's a good thing. The ZAGGfolio... Read more »
By Danny Winget We love our iPhones. We love our iPads. These devices have made it possible to have our favorite music just a tap away in the palm of our hands. So what happens when the built-in speaker of your device... Read more »
The Just Mobile Highway from Just Mobile (http://www.just-mobile.com) is an US$34.95 in-car charger for the iPhone, iPad and other USB-powered devices. It can juice up your iDevice and look good while doing it. If you... Read more »
By Steve Baczewski Snap Art 3 (USS$199) is Alien Skin’s (http://ww.alienskin.com) latest version of their painting and drawing effects plug-in software for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements. And it’s exactly what the... Read more »
I take photos. Lots of photos. I snap 'em with my digital camera, with my iPhone 4S, and, now, with my new iPad. My iPhoto library has approximately eight trillion images. A lot of them are duplicates, or very similar,... Read more »
By Aaron Westgate In addition to calibrating displays, X-Rite’s (http://www.xrite.com) i1Display Pro (US$269) also calibrates projectors, measures ambient light, and corrects for glare (for displays lacking a hood).... Read more »
When I first heard of X-Doria's (http://www.x-doria.com) Defense and Defense Pro line (with pricing starting at US$14.99), I thought, "This is the screen protector for me and my iPhone." I'm clumsy enough that I need a... Read more »
Uniea's US$54.95 Leather Caj Pad (http://macte.ch/Hf4d3) is one of the more intriguing iPad cases I've seen. Its foldable front looks almost identical to the Apple Smart Cover (sans the attaching magnets; you insert the... Read more »
By Danny Winget Tablets and larger mobile devices have changed our lives since the debut of the iPad, and we love holding those devices in our hands. We touch, create, and consume all while we have the device on our... Read more »
By Chris Main The US$329.95 The Nikon CoolPix P300 (http://www.nikonusa.com) is a compact point-and-shoot that fits nicely in any pocket -- but it’s not so small that it’s hard to use. It has a nice solid feel, and all... Read more »
I love my 27-inch iMac with its big ol' display, screaming speed and 2TB hard drive. But with all my digital files, including those 1080p movies now available at iTunes, I can never have enough storage -- iCloud or not... Read more »
Prosoft Engineering's new SoundBunny (http://www.prosofteng.com/products/soundbunny.php) is one of those simple, inexpensive (US$9.99) apps for Mac OS X 10.6.8 (or higher) with one purpose: it lets you independently... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Well I think the folks at Autodesk (http://usa.autodesk.com) have been listening to the content creators since the last release. The new version of the Autodesk 3ds Max Creation Suite 2012 (US$6,495... Read more »
The world has no shortage of iPad docks, but Scosche (http://www.scosche.com) has come up with something a bit different with its US$149.99 bassDock. The adjustable speaker dock tilts and rotates for both landscape and... Read more »
 
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