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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 »
Let me say upfront that the US$99.99 iD9 (http://www.ihomeaudio.com/iD9SVC/) from iHome has the best sound of any speaker system its size that I've tested. Volume is substantial, bass is deep and music tones are vibrant... Read more »
The Stellar Drive Toolbox from Stellar Information Systems (http://www.drivetoolbox.com/) is an "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to optimizing the performance of your Mac's hard drive. It's an all-in-one, pre-... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell It feels like déjà vu. As you may know, I’ve been fortunate enough to review Poser products from Smith Micro (http://www.smithmicro.com) for many versions now, and with each one I can honestly say that... Read more »
The McTiVia (http://www.awindinc.com/mctivia/), unveiled at January's Macworld Expo, sounds like a certain health food promoted on TV by Jamie Lee Curtis. But it's not. 
The McTiVia is an US$199 device that lets you... Read more »
A couple of weeks ago, tired of Comcast's ever-rising cable TV prices, I ditched their cable TV (but kept the Internet package) and went with DISH TV. Their pricing is cheaper and I was intrigued by their TV Everywhere... Read more »
By Marcus Geduld FxFactory 2 from Noise Industries (http://www.noiseindustries.com) may be the future of Adobe After Effects plug-ins. The concept will be familiar to anyone who has tried the Apple iTunes Store. First... Read more »
Sometimes when you're listening to your tunes or using your iPhone, you want to feel isolated. Sound isolated, that is. Enter the US$199.95 SE315 earbuds (http://www.shure.com/americas/products/earphones-headphones/se-... Read more »
Editing PDF files on Mac OS X can be tough, but a new product from AnyBizSoft, a Wondershare company focused on PDF solutions, simplifies the process. PDF Editor for Mac, now in beta testing, integrates AnyBizSoft's... Read more »
Data Backup 3 (http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_backup.php) from Prosoft Engineering is an utility for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) that lets you back-up, restore and synchronize your data easily. And it's a step (... Read more »
 
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