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Action junkies, take note: Oprtix's US$129.95 Optrix HD5 lets you take action footage with your iPhone 5. It's a camera optimizing system for the Apple smartphone that lets you record wide-angle HD videos under... Read more »
While most people wouldn't admit to doing it at work or in public, there's no shame in spending some quality time in your "library" at home. When you'are sitting on the throne doing some digital reading on your iPad or... Read more »
Flaxus is described as world's first wearable stylus bracelet. And we know of no other. You may be wondering why you'd wearing a stylus. Carrying a conventional stylus is inconvenient because it can be easy to forget,... Read more »
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has given us version 3.0 of DocProtect, a nifty tool that lets you ensure that documents are only viewable on licensed computers. The new version can apply a computer unique... Read more »
If you're an iOS developer who needs a little polishing on the fundamentals of Cocoa Touch, you'll want to reach "Programming iOS 6, 3rd Edition" from O'Reilly Media. With this revised and expanded edition, readers... Read more »
If you want to take control of your Mac -- and learn lots of tips and secrets -- O'Reilly Media's "Mac Hacks" is the book for you. Subtitled "Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of OS X," the book helps you dig... Read more »
Apple doesn't make a 17-inch MacBook Pro anymore. But if you're the owner of one, travel a lot and pack lots of accessories (including, say, an iPad) the US$140 Hercule Laptop Backpack has storage space for all your... Read more »
If you're a science-fiction fan and want a kool speaker system for your Mac, the Predator by Edifier fills the bill. It's a 2.1 speaker system with an "alien" design. The system contains a 5-inch downward firing... Read more »
For those who need a concise and practical introduction to CoffeeScript, a progamming language that compiles into JavaScript and makes working with JavaScript easier, SitePoint has brewed up "Jump Start CoffeeScript."... Read more »
If you do sports photography -- or simply take lots of pics in extreme conditions -- the Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop/Camera backpack is worth looking into. The US$304.95 gadget features a protective divider... Read more »
Sonnet Technologies' Presto 10GbE 1-Port and Presto 10GbE Server 2-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) PCIe cards enable users to connect their computers and servers to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using... Read more »
GIMP is a full-featured, cross-platform, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Although it's one of the most popular open source programs, it can be tricky to use and even trickier to master. "The Book of GIMP" from (No... Read more »
By Greg Mills   I get offers to review books and hardware, but try to hold off reviewing books and products that don't really interest me. I got an email offer from No Starch Press, a company that specializes in... Read more »
Core Data is Apple's recommended way to persist data: it's easy to use, built-in, and integrated with iCloud. If you need help mastering it, check out "Core Data: Data Storage and Management for iOS, OS X, and iCloud,... Read more »
If you need a little assistance in delivering top-notch web sites, "The Web Designer's Roadmap" from Sitepoint can help. It's a full-color book about the creative process and the underlying principles that govern that... Read more »
Jeff Gothelf's "Lean UX "approach to interaction design is tailor-made for today's web-driven world. The 152-page book -- available in an US$19.99 ebook version or a $24.99 print version -- teaches principles, tactics,... Read more »
Apple gave iTunes a much-needed overhaul as of version 11. But there are several changes from previous versions and some users will need a guide. Enter "Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ" from TidBITS Publishing. The... Read more »
Intego (http://www.intego.com), the Mac security specialist, recently announced the availability of its new 2013 line of Mac antivirus and Mac security products. With the recent report of a hacking at Apple itself (see... Read more »
Magma's ExpressBox 1T is an expansion chassis with one PCIe 2.0 slot and a connection up to 10 Gbps through Thunderbolt. It's designed to enable professionals to use specialty PCIe cards with any Thunderbolt-equipped... Read more »
Consumers rank slow buffering, file uploading and web page viewing as some of their most frustrating smartphone moments, and also frequently report dead spots in common areas like their home or office. As we... Read more »
Business owners may want to check out KineticCloud Backup for Mac from KineticD, known for its cloud backup and data recovery services for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). It now supports end users who are looking... Read more »
Ferrari by Logic3 recently introduced the R300 noise-canceling headphones into the Scuderia Ferrari Collection. If you need high-end headphones and can afford them (they're US$349), the R300 is top of the line.   The... Read more »
If you need to expand your business but not your budget, if your group has an intense but short-term project, if you don't have the skill set to get a job done — well, it's time to think about outsourcing. And a new... Read more »
If you need to add subtitles to your finished movies in Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effect, you need the SUGARfx Subtitles plug-ins (US$49) from Noise Industries (http://tinyurl.com/a6mu52g... Read more »
If you're a user of Apple's Xcode, Localizator from Flying Pig (www.flyingpigcorp.com) is a tool that should interest you. An Xcode project's localizations tool, it's targeted to those who need to easily extract their... Read more »
 
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Dr. Panda Racers (Education)
Dr. Panda Racers 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: STEP ON THE GAS, RACE AND WIN!Fasten your seat belts and get ready to race! Speed your way to the finish line while doing cool tricks and jumps. Challenge your favorite Dr. Panda characters to win special prizes, unlock... | Read more »
ROMANCING SAGA 2 (Games)
ROMANCING SAGA 2 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $17.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Romancing SaGa 2, originally released only in Japan in 1993, has been completely remastered and now receives its first ever official English translation!■No two players will experience the story in the same way■ | Read more »
WRIO Keyboard (Utilities)
WRIO Keyboard 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Utilities Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: 40% OFF DURING LIMITED INTRODUCTORY OFFER | Read more »
Hatoful Boyfriend (Games)
Hatoful Boyfriend 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The hit PC game that everybirdie loves has now migrated to your mobile device! Now you are free to explore the wonders of St. PigeoNation’s Institute wherever you may be, which birdie will you meet while on your travels? | Read more »
Warp Shift (Games)
Warp Shift 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: [ CHECK YOUR HARDWARE: Warp Shift does NOT run on iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPod touch 4G or older devices! It requires at least iOS8 and runs on iPhone 4S to iPhone 6+, iPad mini 1 and 2, iPad Pro, iPad 2 (or newer) and iPod touch 5G... | Read more »
Lifeline: Whiteout (Games)
Lifeline: Whiteout 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: Alone in a frozen wasteland with no memory of how he got there, a lost adventurer’s only hope is his last line of communication – to YOU! Guide him to safety and help him find his identity in this gripping story of... | Read more »
Castles of Mad King Ludwig (Games)
Castles of Mad King Ludwig 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
How to command and conquer in Raid HQ
Raid HQ is a satisfyingly deep base building game with over-the-top macho action and explosions. This little free to play bundle gives you a lot to do from managing a squad to building the most powerful base you possibly can. [Read more] | Read more »
How to build a successful civilisation i...
GodFinger 2 grants you godlike powers, leaving you to raise a civilization of followers. In the spirit of games like Black & White, the GodFinger games will see you building bigger and better villages, developing more advanced technology and resources while keeping your followers happy. [Read more] | Read more »
How to get all the crabs in Mr Crab 2
Mr. Crab 2 may look like a cutesy platformer for kids, but if you're the kind of person who likes to complete a game 100%, you'll soon realise that it's a tougher than a crustacean's shell. [Read more] | Read more »
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