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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 »
Just as Apple rolled out new MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs with USB 3.0 connectivity, Seagate Technology (http://www.seagate.com) introduced Backup Plus storage devices. Of course, other companies make USB 3.0 drives,... Read more »
By Jay Nelson Perfect Portrait 1 (US$99.95) from onOne Software (http://www.ononesoftware.com) is a huge timesaver for portrait photographers. It automatically identifies faces and features, and with a press of a... Read more »
Tired of removing your iPhone from its case to use it with certain docks and cradles? Then say hi to the Seidio Desktop Charging Cradle, which keeps an iPhone or iPhone 4S synced and charged without having to remove... Read more »
If you're a movie buff, you've probably heard of the Steadicam, one of those big harnesses videographers use to stabilize their shots while filming. Now for US$199, you can have a mini-version of the device for your... Read more »
Need to shoot interactive 360-degree video with your iPhone? Probably not, but it is fun with the US$49 Kogeto Dot (http://www.kogeto.com). The device's iCONIC lens works with the iPhone 4's HD video camera to capture... Read more »
No Starch Press' (http://www.nostarch.com) "My New iPad, 3rd Edition" by Wallace Wang is a great book for new iPad owners in need of guidance. The 312-page, book (US$24.95 for the print version, $19.95 for an ebook)... Read more »
By Steve Baczewski Ansel Adams was part of a group of San Francisco realistic landscape photographers who called themselves Group f/64. The name came from their desire to achieve maximum depth of field (DOF). However... Read more »
My biggest problem with the US$79.99 a-JAYS Four by JAYS of Sweden (http://www.jays.se ) was getting them out of their hard plastic case. That little sticker that says to remove it so you can press the tab beneath? Well... Read more »
If you need to record audio from just about any source on your Mac, Onde Audio Recorder from OndeSoft (http://www.ondesoft.com) is a good choice despite rudimentary editing features. Whether you need to record a Skype... Read more »
With Bento 4 for iPad, the new version of the database app, FileMaker, Inc. has added a feature that kicks the productivity tool to another level: you can now create your own personal productivity apps. Well, actually,... 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 »
Sometimes you run across a Mac app that's so well designed and executed you add it to your "gotta have" arsenal. Such is the case with Strophes (http://stroph.es/), a new lyrics app for Mac OS X Lion. It costs US$4.99... Read more »
Akitio's Cloud Hybrid -- a hybrid enclosure that combines a personal cloud network attached storage and USB 3.0 direct access storage -- is a solid solution for those looking to store and share large files across a... Read more »
By Danny Winget We love our iPads. We love using them in every way to consume daily media and touch our way into productivity. There was one thing I loathed using on the iPad 2 -- its abysmal rear camera. Since the... Read more »
If you're an IT professionals or in a market where accessibility to bare hard drives is essential, you should check out the US$279 UltraDock v5 from CRU-DataPort (http://www.CRU-DataPort.com). It's a versatile drive... 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 »
It's hard to find an iPad case that offers something different. HEX has accomplished this with its US$79.95. Code Folio (http://www.shophex.com/product/HX1080). It's not revolutionary, but it does offer a spin on the... Read more »
If you use external drives frequently with your Mac, The Alice Dev Team' USBMate 1.0 is an expensive tool for optimizing your file storage system and more. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available worldwide... Read more »
 
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