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By Erik Vlientinck GoPro’s US$299.99 HD Hero2 camcorder ( packs video-recording capabilities of 1080p/30, 960p/30, 960p/48, 720p/30, 720p/60, WVGA/60, and WVGA/120, as well as photo-capture capabilities (... Read more »
"Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide" is a 232-book by Daniel J. Barrett designed to help you unlock the secrets of the Mac OS X Terminal and discover how this tool solves problems the Finder can’t handle and lets you... Read more »
One of the drawbacks of the MacBook Air, the Retina display MacBook Pro, and, well, most other laptops is their small storage capabilities. Especially if you're ordering a portable with a flash drive, you'll have... Read more »
By Pete Collins I’ve been a huge fan of the 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 using it for an extended period of... Read more »
Sometimes you don't need a big manual, just a compact technical guide for quick reference. If that's what you need for Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, check out the "OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide" from O'Reilly Media.... Read more »
Wouldn’t it be great if that computer keyboard sitting on your desk also worked with your iPhone? That's the idea behind the US$199.95 Tactile One Keyboard from Matias. Mac and PC specific versions of the keyboard are... Read more »
It's a wireless keyboard. No, it's a security anchor. Actually, the Kensington Computer Products Group's ( KeyFolio Secure is both: an US$129.99 security case for the iPad 2. It extends... 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 is... Read more »
Kensington's ( US$79.99 Folio Trio Mobile Workstation for the iPad 2 and new iPad isn't for everyone. However, its target audience should find it indispensable The Workstation is designed for... Read more »
If you're looking for a sleek, stylish-but-not-gaudy (though expensive) case for your iPhone 4S, the Vapor Pro Elite from Element Case ( fills the bill. However, you should note that this... Read more »
By Erik 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're not using St. Clair Software's Default Folder X ( with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), you should be. It’s an US$34.95 tool that enhances Open and Save dialogs in... Read more »
Just as Apple rolled out new MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs with USB 3.0 connectivity, Seagate Technology ( introduced Backup Plus storage devices. Of course, other companies make USB 3.0 drives,... Read more »
By Jay Nelson Perfect Portrait 1 (US$99.95) from onOne Software ( is a huge timesaver for portrait photographers. It automatically identifies faces and features, and with a press of a... Read more »
Tired of removing your iPhone from its case to use it with certain docks and cradles? Then say hi to the Seidio Desktop Charging Cradle, which keeps an iPhone or iPhone 4S synced and charged without having to remove... Read more »
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 »
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World of Tanks Generals guide - Tips and...
World of Tanks Generals is a brand new card game by the developer behind the World of Tanks shooter franchise. It plays like a cross between chess and your typical card game. You have to keep in consideration where you place your tanks on the board as well as when, and how, to use them. [Read more] | Read more »
TruckSimulation 16 guide: How to succeed...
Remember those strangely enjoyable truck missions in Grand Theft Auto V whereit was a disturbing amount of fun to deliver cargo? TruckSimulation 16 is reminiscent of that, and has you play the role of a truck driver who has to deliver various containers to their destinations in Europe. [Read more] | Read more »
The best GIF making apps
Animated GIFs have exploded in popularity recently which is likely thanks to a combination of Tumblr, our shorter attention spans, and the simple fact they’re a lot of fun. [Read more] | Read more »
The best remote desktop apps for iOS
We've been sifting through the App Store to find the best ways to do computer tasks on a tablet. That gave us a thought - what if we could just do computer tasks from our tablets? Here's a list of the best remote desktop apps to help you use your computer on the go. [Read more] | Read more »
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade guide - How...
Warhammer 40,000: Freebladejust launched in the App Store and it lets you live your childhood dream of blowing up and slashing a bunch of enemies as a massive, hulking Space Marine. It's not easy being a Space Marine though - and particularly if you pride yourself on achievements - so we've spent some time as one to bring you these few tips to... | Read more »
Gopogo guide - How to bounce like the be...
Nitrome just launched a new game and, as to be expected, it's a lot of addictive fun. It's called Gopogo, and it challenges you to hoparound a bunch of platforms, avoiding enemies and picking up shiny stuff. It's not easy though - just like the retro platformers that inspired it. [Read more] | Read more »
Sago Mini Superhero (Education)
Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights, powers up on carrots and makes things right in the city. Whether he is helping ducks cross the street... | Read more »
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes guide - How...
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it isn't explained all that well in the tutorial. [Read more] | Read more »
The best cooking apps (just in time for...
It’s that time of year again, where you’ll be gathering around the dinner table with your family and a huge feast in front of you. [Read more] | Read more »
Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »
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