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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 »
MacUpdate rolled out its Spring 2011 software bundle, featuring a collection of 10 Mac apps, including Parallels Desktop 6, for just US$49.99. The limited-time bundle represents a savings of 87% includes: ° Parallels... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greebaum The US$59.99 Technocel PowerPak XT (http://technocel.com/) is a combination USB charger and external battery pack that I highly recommend as a great combination for anyone who travels and needs... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum When Google suffered a major outage recently and temporarily lost customer files, I, like others, saw the signs of a storm coming. Cloud Pull helps you weather the storm and keep your cloud-... Read more »
Wrapsol (http://www.wrapsol.com) is offering two different types of film for the Verizon iPhone 4 including the Ultra film (US$29.95) that offers clear protection for front to back scratch and drop protection. There's... Read more »
By Marcus Geduld Toon Boom Animate 2 from Toon Boom Animation (http://www.toonboom.com) is the gold-standard tool for creating Flash animations. As there’s some confusion surrounding the word “Flash,” you should know... Read more »
I finally got my iPad 2 on Tuesday, after days of my local Apple Specialist, the Mac Authority, the Nashville Apple retail store, Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart being sold out. I liked the original iPad, but the sequel... Read more »
When it comes to capturing, copying and converting digital media and entertainment -- and burning disks -- Roxio Toast Titanum from Rovi Corp. has long been the leader. And with the just-launched Roxio Toast 11 Titanium... Read more »
I've always found database programs to be a necessary evil. However, when FileMaker Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com) debuted Bento they offered a database app "for the rest of us" that almost makes creating a database... Read more »
By Steve Baczewski On the heels of the E-P1, Olympus (http://www.olympusamerica.com) has released its latest Micro Four-Thirds camera, the Olympus PEN E-P2 (US$1,099.99). Like the E-P1, the E-P2 is an homage to their... Read more »
 
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One Tap RPG Review
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They Need To Be Fed 3 (Games)
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