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If you want an easy, breezy guide to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, check out "OS X Mountain Lion Portable Genius" from Wiley. This US$30, 424-page book offers a ton of tips and techniques on the features of the latest major... Read more »
iLuv Creative Technology's (http://www.i-luv.com) Mo’Beats Wireless Stereo Speaker Stand (iSP245) is an US$99.99 wireless speaker/stand that fits perfectly with the iPad (both in design and aesthetics) and has... Read more »
By Daniel M. East If you work with video, chances are that Sorenson Squeeze (www.sorensonmedia.com) is one of your go-to items for compression and, as the hardware improves, it makes sense that the software moves... Read more »
When it comes to choosing the best, most comprehensive book for learning Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, it's hard to choose between David Pogue's "OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual" (see our thoughts on it at http://... Read more »
A U.S. District Court Judge has granted Consumer Watchdog (www.ConsumerWatchdog.org ) the right to oppose Google's record US$22.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission because it allows the Internet giant... Read more »
First there was the Smart Cover for the iPad. Apple saw that it was good (and profitable) so gave us the Smart Case. It's a nifty case for our favorite tablet, but a bit pricey. Whereas the Smart Cover only protected... Read more »
By Steve Baczewski If you do high-volume commercial or fine art inkjet printing and want to use possibly the finest ICC profiles and page layout features available, ColorByte’s (www.colorbytesoftware.com) ImagePrint... Read more »
If you're new to the Mac, haven't upgraded your operating system in a while or simply want to know just about everything there is to know about Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you'll want David Pogue's "OS X Mountain Lion... Read more »
The Retina Display MacBook Pro (the rMBP) is a gorgeous machine. It would be a shame to ruin it by spilling Dr. Pepper or a latte on its keyboard. The NewerTech NuGuard Keyboard Cover for the latest, greatest pro laptop... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell The US$199 Inkling from Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) is a digital ink pen and receiver clip combination that allows you to draw or sketch anywhere and digitize those sketches. Simply clip the... Read more »
By Erik Vlientinck GoPro’s US$299.99 HD Hero2 camcorder (gopro.com) packs video-recording capabilities of 1080p/30, 960p/30, 960p/48, 720p/30, 720p/60, WVGA/60, and WVGA/120, as well as photo-capture capabilities (... Read more »
Dotan Saguy's Smarter Stand (http://www.smarterstand.com) is due to ship this fall for US$20, but we got an advance copy. And the little, inexpensive gadget offers a cool function. Designed as a complement to the iPad... Read more »
I don't travel as much as I once did. However, when I am on the go I pack my Retina Display MacBook Pro, and a couple of accessories: the power adapter and an external SuperDrive (the laptop doesn't have a built-in... Read more »
By Erik Vlientinck GoPro’s US$299.99 HD Hero2 camcorder (gopro.com) packs video-recording capabilities of 1080p/30, 960p/30, 960p/48, 720p/30, 720p/60, WVGA/60, and WVGA/120, as well as photo-capture capabilities (... Read more »
"Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide" is a 232-book by Daniel J. Barrett designed to help you unlock the secrets of the Mac OS X Terminal and discover how this tool solves problems the Finder can’t handle and lets you... Read more »
One of the drawbacks of the MacBook Air, the Retina display MacBook Pro, and, well, most other laptops is their small storage capabilities. Especially if you're ordering a portable with a flash drive, you'll have... Read more »
By Pete Collins I’ve been a huge fan of the Wacom Cintiq 21UX, 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 using it for an extended period of... Read more »
Sometimes you don't need a big manual, just a compact technical guide for quick reference. If that's what you need for Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, check out the "OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide" from O'Reilly Media.... Read more »
Wouldn’t it be great if that computer keyboard sitting on your desk also worked with your iPhone? That's the idea behind the US$199.95 Tactile One Keyboard from Matias. Mac and PC specific versions of the keyboard are... Read more »
It's a wireless keyboard. No, it's a security anchor. Actually, the Kensington Computer Products Group's (http://www.kensington.com) KeyFolio Secure is both: an US$129.99 security case for the iPad 2. It extends... Read more »
By Daniel M. East The biggest advances in the latest incarnation of Ricoh’s GR series (http://www.ricoh.com), the 10-megapixel Digital IV (US$599), are in speed and usability. With regard to speed, the maximum ISO is... Read more »
Kensington's (http://www.kensington.com) US$79.99 Folio Trio Mobile Workstation for the iPad 2 and new iPad isn't for everyone. However, its target audience should find it indispensable The Workstation is designed for... Read more »
If you're looking for a sleek, stylish-but-not-gaudy (though expensive) case for your iPhone 4S, the Vapor Pro Elite from Element Case (https://www.elementcase.com) fills the bill. However, you should note that this... Read more »
By Erik 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're not using St. Clair Software's Default Folder X (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html) with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), you should be. It’s an US$34.95 tool that enhances Open and Save dialogs in... Read more »
 
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Domino Drop (Games)
Domino Drop 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Domino Drop is a delightful new puzzle game with dominos and gravity!Learn how to play it in a minute, master it day by day.Your mind will be challenged.Your soul will be calmed.Features:- 3 unique game modes- 12 pleasant music... | Read more »
OPERATION DRACULA (Games)
OPERATION DRACULA 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: 25% off launch sale!!!'Could prove to be one of the most accurate representations of the Japanese bullet hell shmup outside of Japan' - Touch Arcade'Massive screen-sized bosses who spew more bullets than you can count.'-... | Read more »
Race The Sun (Games)
Race The Sun 1.01 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.01 (iTunes) Description: You are a solar craft. The sun is your death timer. Hurtle towards the sunset at breakneck speed in a futile race against time. Delay the inevitable by catching energy boosts which reverse the setting sun - if only for a moment. | Read more »
Tap Delay (Music)
Tap Delay 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Back in the “old days”, producers and engineers created delay and echo effects using tape machines. Tap Delay combines the warm sound of vintage tape echo machines with a modern, step sequencer-like tapped delay engine which... | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: July 20-24, 2015
July is Heating Up With 148Apps How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at... | Read more »
Red Game Without A Great Name (Games)
Red Game Without A Great Name 1.0.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.3 (iTunes) Description: The mechanical bird is flying through an unfriendly, Steampunk world. Help it avoid obstacles and deadly traps using its teleportation ability while picking up power-ups. Grab as many gears as you can to... | Read more »
Warhammer: Arcane Magic (Games)
Warhammer: Arcane Magic 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: Engage in epic battles and tactical gameplay that challenge both novice and veteran in Warhammer: Arcane Magic, a turn-based digital board game set in Warhammer Fantasy Battles. | Read more »
Mazes of Karradash (Games)
Mazes of Karradash 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The city of Karradash is under attack: the monsters of the Shadow Realms are emerging from the depths.No adventurer is strong enough to defeat the horde alone, but the whole people of Karradash is ready to fight. | Read more »
Battle Golf is the Newest Game from the...
Wrassling was a pretty weird - and equally great - little wressling game. Now the developers, Folmer Kelly and Colin Lane, have turned their attention to a different sport: golfing. This is gonna be weird. [Read more] | Read more »
Qbert Rebooted has the App Store Going...
The weird little orange... whatever... is back, mostly thanks to that movie which shall remain nameless (you know the one). But anyway it's been "rebooted" and now you can play the fancy-looking Qbert Rebooted on iOS devices. [Read more] | Read more »
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