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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 »
TRENDnet's US$59.99 N150 Wireless Travel Router is a convenient device for road warriors. It allows them to share a single Internet connection with multiple users while on the go. The TEW-714TRU comes in a compact form... Read more »
WD recently introduced its new My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions. They're compelling storage solutions. They provide a complete solution for users to organize, centralize and secure the digital content from... Read more »
Epson America recently introduced the Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in-One. It's a snazzy machine that lets you print professional-quality photos up to 11 x 17 inches. It's space-saving design makes it a great... Read more »
Tenba has expanded its Messenger collection with the Messenger DNA bags, which are available in two sizes. They're made of weatherproof materials and durable hardware, and lightweight yet protective padding. Messenger... Read more »
Libratone's Loop is new, funky though pricey (US$499.95) stereo system that provides wireless audio streaming and works great with Apple products. It can be mounted to a wall or placed on a table or shelf thanks to its... Read more »
WD has redesigned its popular My Book and My Book for Mac lines of external desktop drives to provide as much as 4TB storage capacity and enhanced data protection. It's great for those who create and/or collect large... Read more »
The recently released Photoshop Elements 12 isn't hard to use. However, if you want to learn all its bells and whistles, you'll want "Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual" from O'Reilly Media.

The 648-page book... Read more »
Former LEGO designer Nathanaël Kuipers is back with a second volume in his LEGO Build-It Book series, "More Amazing Vehicles" from No Starch Press. Readers of the 152-page, US$19.95 book will learn to make cars, trucks... Read more »
Need protection for your portable computer? The Pelican ProGear 1070CC HardBack Case is a crushproof, watertight and dustproof case designed to safeguard 13-inch MacBook Pros or similar sized laptops. The Pelican... Read more »
Other World Computing (OWC) has expanded its already impressive Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini portable hardware-RAID storage product line with two new 3.0TB models, available as 3.0TB RAID-1 (for robust data protection)... Read more »
Markzware's latest version of its preflight solution, FlightCheck 7 Mac, adds support to preflight Adobe documents created with InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, and Photoshop CC graphic software for Adobe Creative Cloud.  ... Read more »
 
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HELMUT Review
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Walkr Review
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Zombie Commando Review
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Swords & Poker Adventures Review
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Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy: Drop...
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A Life Worth Dying For Review
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