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If you need advanced file recover, Mac Data Recovery Guru 2.0 is an app you'll want to check out. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$99 and is available at http://macosxfilerecovery.com (a limited version can... Read more »
By David Creamer Most printers are familiar with FlightCheck from Markzware (www.markzware.com), an US$99 standalone preflight application; however, with less-experienced users doing more work in-house, the need for... Read more »
Apple has two hits on its hands with iOS 6 software and the iPhone 5; heck, even the much-maligned Maps app is slowly improving. There's a lot to love -- and learn -- about both products. "iPhone 5: The Missing Manual,... Read more »
By Laura Excell Nikon (www.nikonusa.com) has entered the mirrorless camera market with a strong start by introducing their new Nikon 1 system (which starts at US$649.95 in pricing), which includes the J1 and V1 cameras... Read more »
WordPress (https://wordpress.com) is the favorite web site design/content management system I've tried. The free and open source blogging tool has been incredibly successful, rising from a handful of users to the most-... Read more »
Now that the entire Mac line -- except for the long-in-the-tooth Mac Pro -- sports USB 3.0 connectivity, Mac users have access to a wide range of inexpensive, back-up/secondary drives. The Backup Plus portable from... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Beauty in a box? Believe it or not, here’s an interesting program that really allows you to do complete makeovers on your images with the click of a button and Intensity sliders. Perfect365 -- a free... Read more »
If you want to keep your files safe and in sync, GoodSync (www.goodsync.com) is a decent, if not great, option for doing so. Mac OS X and Windows compatible, it backs up and syncs music, photos, videos, email, text... Read more »
If you have a Mac laptop and an external display, Just Mobile (www.just-mobile.com) has two enticing accessories you should check out: the AluBase (top photo) and AluRack (bottom photo). The former is an upright MacBook... Read more »
By Mike Mackenzie The Nikon Coolpix AW100 (www.nikonusa.com) represents the company’s initial offering in the rugged compact camera market. As you'd expect from a camera in this category, it’s waterproof to 33′,... Read more »
zioVisions' (www.zioVisions.com) US$11.99 iStrip is a new take on Apple MacBook and iPad docking stations. Actually, it's not a docking station itself, but lets you turn the base of any Apple Cinema Display, Thunderbolt... Read more »
The Homecloud Digital Home Manager (www.homecloud.com) from Westell Technologies is cool enough that it might convince Apple fans it's a better choice than a Time Capsule. It's designed to create a personal computing "... Read more »
By Erick Vlientinck RadLab (www.gettotallyrad.com) is an US$149 Photoshop action set. With its own palette, you can start RadLab and decide whether you want it to work with your image on the same or a new layer, or as a... Read more »
The built-in speakers on Macs are serviceable but certainly don't provide audiophile-pleasing sound. If you want to enhance your Mac's audio, the US$249.99 Arcam rPAC (http://macte.ch/28EZW) offers an excellent way to... Read more »
In the late 90s I was the proud owner of an Apple PowerBook Duo, a subcompact notebook that could be complemented by the Apple Duo Dock, which turned the PowerBook Duo into a full-size, AC-powered, fully functional... Read more »
By Erick Vlientinck The US$229 RODE VideoMic Pro (www.rodemic.com) is a directional microphone for DSLR and video cameras. It has a range of 40–20,000 Hz, a –10 to 20 dB loudness switch, a signal-to-noise ratio of 74 dB... Read more »
By Jennifer Sellers Sena (www.senacases.com), a company known for -- among other things -- its classy iPhone cases -- have released two Galaxy Note cases: the Sena Folio Case Sena Folio Case When first using the US$69.... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell When I heard that the new version of Vue xStream from e-on Software (www.e-onsoftware.com) was ready, I was very curious to see what the folks at e-on software had come up with to make the computer... Read more »
Noise Industries' (www.noiseindustries.com) US$49 Slide Pop plug-in for Apple's Final Cut Pro X brings to mind a bit of nostalgia for those of a certain age. You have access to 20 customizable effects and transitions... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Some of you may already know about Filter Forge (www.filterforge.com) because it’s one of the most popular plug-ins in the industry today. For those who don’t, it’s a pretty robust plug-in for... Read more »
The Creativo iPhone case from Sena Cases (www.sencases.com) is an US$39.99 that offers light protection while allowing you to answer calls without removing an iPhone 4/4S from the case. It's also stylish and comes in... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Many of you know the PhotoTools plug-in from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com), but did you know it has been rebranded as Perfect Effects 3? The result is you get most of the same effects with a... Read more »
The Magia Zip from Sena Cases (www.senacases.com) is a bit pricey at US$119.95, but is a sturdy, great-looking case for the new iPad designed with a work environment in mind. However, the choice to use an adhesive pad... Read more »
By Chris Gannon Tokyo Split Animator (http://macte.ch/t7I75), an US$49 set of 19 templates designed exclusively for Apple's Final Cut Pro X, does exactly what it says it will do exactly like it's supposed to do it.... Read more »
By Jeff Gamet Perfect Layers 2 (US$69.95) from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com) is a Lightroom and Aperture plug-in, as well as a standalone Mac OS X and Windows application, for layer-based image editing outside... Read more »
 
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Kill the Plumber World guide - How to ou...
You already know how to hop around like Mario, but do you know how to defeat him? Those are your marching orders in Kill the Plumber, and it's not always as easy as it looks. Here are some tips to get you started. This is not a seasoned platform player [Read more] | Read more »
Planar Conquest (Games)
Planar Conquest 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $12.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: IMPORTANT: Planar Conquest is compatible only with iPad 3 & newer devices, iPhone 5 & newer. It’s NOT compatible with iPhone 4, iPad 2 and earlier devices. | Read more »
We talk to Cheetah Mobile about its plan...
Piano Tiles 2 is a fast-paced rhythm action high score chaser out now on iOS and Android. You have to tap a series of black tiles that appear on the screen in time to the music, being careful not to accidentally hit anywhere else. Do that and it's game over. [Read more] | Read more »
Ultimate Briefcase guide - How to dodge...
Ultimate Briefcase is a simple but tricky game that’s highly dependent on how fast you can react. We can still offer you a few tips and tricks on how to survive though. Guess what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do now. Take it easy [Read more] | Read more »
SoundPrism Link Edition (Music)
SoundPrism Link Edition 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ***Introductory price for a the first few days after launch - if you're reading this, get it while it's fresh out of the oven!*** | Read more »
Pre-register now for hack and slasher An...
Fincon, which won Facebook's Studio to Watch award in 2015, has announced that pre-registration is now open for the massive 3.0 update for its award-winning hack and slasher Angel Stone. Angel Stone is a post-apocalyptic action RPG in which the angels have fallen and you have to join The Resistance and face-off against hordes of demons trying to... | Read more »
Google has named Piano Tiles 2 as its Be...
Google has named Piano Tiles 2, which launched back in August last year, as its Best Game of 2015. If you're yet to play it, now's a good time to do so. It's a sequel to the hugely successful viral hit Piano Tiles (Don't Tap the White Tile) but includes all new gameplay, enhanced visuals, a huge variety of new songs, and improved sound quality. [... | Read more »
Sago Mini Trucks and Diggers (Education...
Sago Mini Trucks and Diggers 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Drive a dump truck with Rosie the hamster! Pile dirt high and dig deep in the ground with diggers, cranes and bulldozers. Build a home for a new friend! Choose a barn, a castle or even a cupcake-house. Don’t... | Read more »
Day One 2 Journal + Notes (Lifestyle)
Day One 2 Journal + Notes 2.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Lifestyle Price: $4.99, Version: 2.0 (iTunes) Description: **New Release Sale—50% off for a Limited Time!**Capture life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One's elegant interface makes journaling about your life a simple pleasure. | Read more »
Pull My Tongue (Games)
Pull My Tongue 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Meet Greg. A hungry little chameleon that loves popcorn! Help feed Greg by pulling his tongue through a series of fun puzzles that include, zappers, spikes, chewing gum, balloons and more!Key Features:- 5 worlds with 90 levels-... | Read more »
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