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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 »
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 »
 
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