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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 ( The device's iCONIC lens works with the iPhone 4's HD video camera to capture... Read more »
No Starch Press' ( "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 ( ) 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 ( 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 ( 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 (, 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 ( 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 ( 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 »
By Pete Collins I’ve been a huge fan of the US$2,599 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... Read more »
If you have electronic equipment and don't have a surge protector, you're playing with fire (perhaps literally). Surge protectors let you plug in multiple devices; more importantly, they protect your electronics against... Read more »
I don't use a lot of extra system utilities on my Mac, MenuMate and Default Folder X being the two main exceptions. So I was curious about how Speedy Mac from Apimac might change the way I work. Speedy for Mac is an... Read more »
By Daniel M. East The biggest advances in the latest incarnation of Ricoh’s GR series (, the 10-megapixel Digital IV (US$599), are in speed and usability. With regard to speed, the maximum ISO... Read more »
MacPaw's CleanMyDrive ( cleanmydrive) -- available free for a limited time at the Mac App Store -- is a new, tiny Mac utility that lets you clean up mounted drives, monitor their space usage and... Read more »
If you're tired of having to mouse back to the top of your Mac's screen to access an app's menu bar options, Alice Dev Team has the solution for you: MenuMate 1.0. The software -- available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher... Read more »
By 'Doctor' Dave Greenbaum As the weather starts turning nice , and we start shedding the layers of clothing and blankets, many of us have noticed some of the inevitable winter weight gain. The Fitbit is an affordable... Read more »
By Erick 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 miss Now Contact, you should take a look at BlackBook, an US$99, server-based contact management app from Autriv ( Made on the Mac for Mac OS X it offers a polished, attractive graphical... Read more »
By 'Doctor' Dave Greenbaum Apple's iOS devices are simple, elegant and just work. However, one flaw of their design is they lack an integrated stand: they simply can't stand up on their own.   Enter the Prizm Stand (... Read more »
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Camel Up (Games)
Camel Up 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
The Martian: Bring Him Home (Games)
The Martian: Bring Him Home 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Based on the best selling novel and critically acclaimed film, THE MARTIAN tells the story of Astronaut Mark Watney who finds himself stranded on Mars. Play as a NASA communications specialist and Mark’s sole... | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: September 21-30, 2...
Leap Into Fall 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 what we... | Read more »
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter (Social Networki...
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter 4.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Social Networking Price: $4.99, Version: 4.0 (iTunes) Description: *** 50% off for a limited time. *** | Read more »
Mori (Games)
Mori 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Stop, rewind and unwind with Mori.Time is always running, take a moment to take control. Mori is an action puzzle game about infinitely winding a clock, free from language or instruction. Become the hands that take control and move... | Read more »
100 Years' War (Games)
100 Years' War 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Tower in the Sky (Games)
Tower in the Sky 0.0.60 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 0.0.60 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
hocus. (Games)
hocus. 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: New, polished, mind-bending, minimal puzzle game with dozens of levels and extra-ordinary designFeatures:- Beautifully crafted minimal puzzle game- 50 mind bending levels (new levels coming...)Get ready for the new puzzle... | Read more »
Mos Speedrun 2 (Games)
Mos Speedrun 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Mos is back, in her biggest and most exciting adventure ever!Wall-jump to victory through 30 mysterious, action packed levels!This time Mos has learned some awesome new abilities: Swing on ropes, swim through jelly, push... | Read more »
3D Touch could be a game-changer, but it...
Were you one of the lucky/financially secure enough ones to buy a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus over the weekend? Yup, me too (I’m not convinced I was either of those two things, but let’s go with lucky for now), so I thought I’d delve into just what’s going to wow us about this upgrade. It turns out that so far, there’s a ton of untapped... | Read more »
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