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By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum When you want true power, power to dominate your iDevices, look no further than the Miccus ChargeBlock for iPad (http://www.miccus.com/products/chargeblock-for-ipad).   Not only will it charge... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum Mophie’s Juice Pack (http://www.mophie.com/product-p/1135_jpu-reserve.htm)reserve gives you a few extra ounces of courage, or, in this case battery, to top off your day, but lacks the power... Read more »
By David Creamer Considering Acrobat 9 has been out for almost two and a half years (a long time -- software years are like dog years), Acrobat X is surprisingly short of new features. Granted, Acrobat X (read ten) is a... Read more »
SkySafari 3 is a major version upgrade to Southern Stars' (http://www.southernstars.com) iOS astronomy apps. SkySafari is a "planetarium that fits in your pocket." It puts thousands of stars and planets at your... Read more »
Gasket from id America (http://www.id-case.com) is a funky looking, brushed aluminum case for the iPhone 4. But it's funky looking in a manly sort of way. Gasket -- inspired by the shape of a head gasket on an engine... Read more »
Sanho Corp.'s HyperShield (http://www.hypershield.com) Back Cover for the iPad 2 makes a great companion for the iPad 2 and the popular Smart Cover -- if you're not looking for a hard protection option for the backside... Read more »
By Mike Mackenzie Car shows are notoriously terrible places to take decent photos. They’re almost always held during the middle of the day when the light is harsh, but the worst part is it’s nearly impossible to... Read more »
Cinematize 3 Pro -- there's also a non-Pro version, but more on that later -- lets you extract audio and video clips off of any unencrypted DVD and save them in formats compatible with applications such as iMovie,... Read more »
Would you like a little "jam" with your iOS device? If so, iConnectivity's iConnectMIDI (http://www.iconnectmidi.com/) lets you connect your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to digital musical instruments. It supports Mac OS... Read more »
Sena's Collega for the iPad 2 case (http://www.senacases.com/apple/ipad-2-cases/collega-cases/) isn't cheap at US$150, but it defines the word luxurious. I feel as if I should wear a top hat and tails when I use it. But... Read more »
By Jay Nelson I’ve used Pantone’s swatch books for more than 25 years, and I’m more excited about the new Pantone Plus Series (http://www.pantone.com) than any previous update to the Pantone Matching System. In... Read more »
With David Pogue as co-author (along with the talented Lesa Snider), "iPhoto '11: The Missing Manual" (http://macte.ch/v8Q3G) has a lively, tongue-in-cheek approach that keeps things lively. But it's also packed with... Read more »
Building on the success of its iA5, 2010’s inaugural app-enhanced alarm clock speaker system, iHome's (http://www.ihomeaudio.com) iA63 is a slick, US$99 device that includes an FM Radio (with six presets) and a... Read more »
O'Reilly Media has published "iPad 2: The Missing Manual" (http://macte.ch/inWjg). "New York Times" tech columnist and iPad expert J.D. Biersdorfer shows you how to get the most out of the second gen iPad tablet. An... Read more »
Want huge storage? Western Digital (http://www.wd.com) provides it with its My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage system, which has a massive 6 terabytes (TB) of storage. The manufacturer's suggested retail price... Read more »
If you're going to use your iPad 2 with any accessories and are planning a trip, WaterField Designs' iPad Travel Express (http://sfbags.com/products/ipad-cases/travelexpress-ipad.php) is worth the US$69 investment. The... Read more »
If you've ever found yourself dealing with low audio output on a Mac (more common on laptops with their small speakers than desktops such as the iMac), Global Delight's Boom will boost the audio volume. Significantly,... Read more »
"iLife '11 Portable Genius" (http://macte.ch/c9ADj) by Guy Hart-Davis is a breezy read, filled with good info, tips and tricks and slick, appropriate graphics pertaining to one of Apple's crown jewels, the iLife suite.... Read more »
By Daniel East Topaz Labs’ (http://www.topazlabs.com) reputation for easy-to-use and effective plug-ins for Photoshop makes them a favorite developer for a lot of photographers and designers -- myself included -- but... Read more »
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 »
 
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