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For many people, the iPad can't replace a full-fledged laptop. However, the ability to use an external keyboard makes it more laptop-like -- and a more-than-suitable netbook replacement. One fine solution for using a... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum The US$49.99 Griffin Survivor case (http://macte.ch/Uqkfj) is a welcome addition to the line of highly-protective cases for the iPhone 4.  This case was literally designed for war as it meets... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum The US$69.99 Super-Juice Power case (http://macte.ch/Tox5P) by Dexim is an external iPhone 4 case combined with a 2000 mAh battery. Unlike other cases I’ve seen in this style, Dexim has... Read more »
If you want to write and paint on your Mac's screen without doing any permanent damage, Deskscribble (http://www.deskscribbleapp.com/) for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or later) is for you. It not only allows you to draw on top of... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell NEC (http://www.necdisplay.com) has upped the ante with their new, US$2,299 ($2,549 with the SpectraView calibration systems), top-of-the-line MultiSync PA301W 30-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor. After... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum With a name like Ballistic (http://macte.ch/U7kij), you’d think this US$29.99 iPhone 4 case is bulletproof.  It isn’t, but it’s darn close. Its three layers of protection, combined with a... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum The US$99.99 ZAGGMate iPad Case and keyboard combo (http://macte.ch/NL4ua), upon first glance, is a brilliant idea: a combination bluetooth keyboard and iPad protective case. Unfortunately,... Read more »
CleanMyMac from MacPaw (http://www.macpaw.com) is an all-in-one Mac OS X solution designed to keep your Mac clean and to secure space from your Mac’s hard drive. The software has more than 50 features, so you'll have to... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum For many new iPad users, Apple's magical and revolutionary device -- the iPad -- acts as a laptop and sometimes even a desktop replacement. Many iPad users just need to check email and surf... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell You have to love the way Autodesk (http://usa.autodesk.com) has assembled all of the essential software in your creative pipeline into one package. Maya Entertainment Creation Suite 2011 (US$4,995)... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum The Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation is the same size as an iPhone, but provides an iPhone, iPad or any USB device with hours of power. It’s impressive 3600 mAh should provide at least 10 hours... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum The Dexim BluePack S8 (http://www.dexim.net/us/products/B-P/DCA171.html) is an absolutely outstanding all purpose external battery charger, not just for iPhone and the iPad, but any device... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum Kensington’s US$59.95 PowerGuard case (http://us.kensington.com/html/17804.html) with integrated external battery has great potential but fails to deliver in critical areas. However, it is one... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell What gets a creative person (designer, animator, photographer, etc.) drooling when you’re talking about hardware? A monitor with enough real estate to block the sun, and HP (http://www.hp.com) has just... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum The Kensington Travel Battery Pack and Charger (http://us.kensington.com/html/17523.html) provides a nice jolt of battery power while you are on the road and gives you a handy horizontal... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum Sometimes your iPhone needs a bit of a power boost to make it through the day, just like its owner might need a cup of coffee or a shot of the latest energy drink.   The US$69.99 Dexim P-Flip... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum When you need an extra boost of power for your iOS device during the day, the Chargeblock XL (http://www.miccus.com/products/chargeblock-xl-for-iphone-ipod) delivers with a classy balance of... Read more »
By David Creamer Adobe Captivate from Adobe (http://www.adobecom) is an US$799 program that allows the creation of online demonstrations and interactive assessments, usually of other software programs, but it can be... Read more »
Years ago I never would have thought I'd see the day when you could have a portable, RAID storage system for around 500 bucks. But that day has come to pass with CRU-DataPort's ToughTech Duo (http://macte.ch/QP3qX),... Read more »
The Rolling Stones told us that time was on our side (or at least Mick Jagger's side). That's not always true, but with TimeCache (http://www.pandaware.com/timecache/index.html) for Mac OS X (10.3 and higher) from... Read more »
Targus' new US$59.99 iPad 2 case/stand (http://macte.ch/spx4t) offers a patent-pending 360° rotating mechanism. It's said mechanism that makes the case stand out from others; the hard shell rotates all the way around,... Read more »
An increasing number of us have more than one iDevice, which makes the US$34.99 Kensington Dual USB Wall Charger (http://us.kensington.com/html/17876.html) useful. It lets you simultaneously charge two iPad, iPhone, or... Read more »
The US$49.95 Kensington PowerLift Back-Up Battery and Dock (http://us.kensington.com/html/17866.html) is a relatively compact (2.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 inch and about 1.8 ounces) combo that adds about 20 hours of music, five... Read more »
By David Creamer Packaging InDesign files takes up valuable time and computer resources -- simply put, Package Central (US$499.95) from Zevrix (http://www.zevrix.com) offloads the actual collection of the graphic files... Read more »
Slip your iPad or iPad into the Summit from iSkin (http://www.iskin.com) and it looks as if it's ready to go mountain climbing -- or perhaps double as an extra in "Cliffhanger 2." That, I guess, is the inspiration of... Read more »
 
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