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The inclusion of Apple's ebook-reading software, iBooks, in OS X 10.9 Mavericks is big news for anyone who reads ebooks. Although iBooks seems relatively simple, it turns out to be more involved once you start loading... Read more »
Dane-Elec USA's Media Streamer is a handy peripheral for your iDevices. It combines four solutions in one — expanded storage, content sharing, mobile device charging and backup of contacts. Designed for use on the go,... Read more »
The 10th anniversary edition of "A Theory of Fun for Game Design, 2nd Edition" is now in color, but, as before, it takes readers deep into the influences that underlie modern video games, and examines the elements they... Read more »
Miraizon's Cinematize Pro HD. Cinematize Pro HD, a HD clip extractor for Blu-ray and AVCHD on the Mac, is designed to meet the needs of even the most demanding audio and video professionals. It can extract clips of any... Read more »
Want to make your own games? Even if you're an absolute beginner, "3D Game Programming for Kids: Create Interactive Worlds With JavaScript" from Pragmatic Bookshelf will teach you how to make your own online games with... Read more »
As laptops are becoming more portable and lightweight they are losing many of their interface options. This where CalDigit's US$199 Thunderbolt Station comes in. The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station brings back those... Read more »
Orange Software recently updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 11. The upgrade sports a new user interface and over 120 features and improvements. A new three-column layout in version... Read more »
With all the time they spend playing video games, it's only natural that some kids want to learn to make their own. But where do they begin? Some parents get their kids started with Scratch, a popular (and free)... Read more »
equinox's Spot Maps for Mac OS X lets you find networked devices and localize them on an interactive map via drag and drop. With Live Monitoring, Spot Maps retrieves the current status of all devices in real time, and... Read more »
Promise Technology's Pegasus2 is the world's first storage solution with Thunderbolt 2, the technology from Intel that delivers speeds of 20Gbps. The Pegasus2 line of hardware RAID solutions provides fast transfer... Read more »
If you're an iMac or Apple Cinema Display owner, Twelve South's HiRise offers a kool addition to your workspace. It's an US$79.99, height-adjustable stand that's both functional and good-looking. 
It's crafted from... Read more »
With version 7, Apple gave iOS a radical makeover. Fortunately, author David Pogue is back with an expanded edition (the seventh) of "iPhone: The Missing Manual." The 600-page book (which costs US$27.49 for the print... Read more »
If you need to transfer numerical lPDF data into perfectly formatted Excel spreadsheets or editable Word documents, you need Able2Extract PDF Converter 8 from Investintech.com, a PDF solutions provider. It's a cross-... Read more »
"Practical Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science Using Python 3" from Pragmatic Bookshelf is a good read for anyone who wants to understand computer programming. The book is available in an US$38 paperback... Read more »
iHome's new US$99.99 Type Pro Bluetooth Keyboard with Swivel Case lets you convert your iPad into a notebook computer, even as it provides protection. It's Bluetooth-enabled for wireless connectivity. The swivel... Read more »
Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) US$34.95 HiRise is a pedestal that lets your iPhone or iPad mini sit on your desk in style. The adjustable stand works exclusively with the Apple Lightning cable. The metal pedestal... Read more »
With Ruby on Rails you can produce web applications quickly. A great way to learn Rails is with "Agile Web Development with Rails" from Pragmatic Bookshelf. It costs US$43.95 for the paperback version and $27 for the... Read more »
Livescribe's Livescribe 3 smartpen, which lets you take handwritten notes useful on a tablet or smartphone, is a handy accessory for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners. To use it you simply twist a ring on the black... Read more »
Approximately 65% of middle school students use a laptop, and more than 36% use a tablet. In addition, nearly 90% of college students own and use laptops on a daily basis.   So what, you ask? Well, there's mounting... Read more »
Amped Wireless has launched the US$189.99 APA20 High Power 700 milliwatts (mW) Dual Band AC Access Point, a wireless access point designed to deliver long range, "ultra-fast" wireless access for existing home and... Read more »
plasq's Comic Life 3, an update of its photo comic creation software for Mac OS X, makes a good product even better. It introduces a new collection of parametric image filters that boosts image processing -- and more.... Read more »
LaCie and Porsche Design teamed up for the cool Porsche Design USB Key. It's the latest inclusion to Porsche Design's exclusive electronics line and melds design, performance and technology. The LaCie Porsche Design USB... Read more »
As more individuals and companies realize the health, comfort and productivity implications of sitting at desks during working hours, the demand for standing desks has increased enormously. Now, Apple users have a sit-... Read more »
Managing your Web passwords gets easier with a copy of 1Password 4 by AgileBits, coupled with Joe Kissell's latest book, "Take Control of 1Password." The 148-page ebook costs US$10 and is available on its own and in a... Read more »
Boinx Software recently updated iStopMotion for Mac OS X and iOS (on the iPad), making its stop motion animation tool for Mac OS X, even better In iStopMotion 3.2 for Mac, you can save any sequence of up to 200 frames... Read more »
 
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