$60
Cases

Cargo Works 13" MacBook EDC Kit

We liked what Cargo Works had to offer with its MacBook Module Sleeve last year, and now the company has pushed the envelope a bit further with its 13” MacBook EDC Kit ($60). Designed to be compact and lightweight, this latest bag lets you carry your Macbook, iPad, and iPhone while leaving room to organize your other stuff, with Molle webbing on the front that provides options for attaching other items that need to be quickly accessible. Four stash pockets are also included inside for storing accessories.

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Free*
Apps

Running with Crayons Alfred 2.6

For many Mac users, it’s much faster to keep fingers on the keyboard when it comes to launching apps, searching your Mac and the web, or performing other quick tasks. While OS X Yosemite has made some nice improvements to Spotlight, for those who still want even more flexibility and control, there’s Running with Crayons’ Alfred 2.6 (free). Designed to allow you to quickly find and launch apps on your computer, run workflows, and search the web all from your keyboard, the latest version provides a number of enhancements, with the most significant being a new iOS Alfred Remote app that lets you control your Mac from your iPhone or iPad.

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Free
Apps

Pushbullet Pushbullet for Mac

The Handoff and Continuity features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are a really handy addition to improving inter-device workflows, but the features are still somewhat limited to Apple’s own technologies and pairings of third-party apps specifically designed to support the features. For those looking for something that goes a bit beyond, there’s Pushbullet (free), a pair of iOS and Mac apps that provide many of the missing pieces for sharing data between your Mac and your iOS devices.

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$45
Mounts

Maclocks The Blade

While MacBooks used to come with slots for security locking cables as a standard feature, Apple’s move toward producing ultra-thin MacBook Air and Retina Pro models has eliminated the ability to include this locking feature – there’s simply no room for it anymore. So, what to do if you’re concerned about securing your $1,000+ laptop at your workspace? Enter The Blade ($45) from Maclocks.com, a company that has long specialized in physical security solutions for Macs. This latest universal bracket lock allows you to secure any sized MacBook while still providing a reasonably elegant and low-profile design.

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$50
Mounts

Twelve South ParcSlope for MacBook

Twelve South’s ParcSlope for MacBook ($50), named for both the Brooklyn neighborhood and as a Mac homage, is a desktop stand that angles a MacBook on a — you guessed it — slope. The titled aluminum workstation holds a MacBook at an 18-degree angle for an ergonomic typing angle and higher viewing angle. A gap in the back of ParcSlope acts as a cable management system. We received the stand recently, and have included our own photos here.

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$200
Apps

Apple Logic Pro X 10.1

Apple’s Logic Pro studio app has become a staple in the professional recording industry, and the debut of Logic Pro X a couple of years ago made some huge strides in making the app even more accessible and polished. With the release of the latest update, Logic Pro X 10.1 ($200), Apple adds a handful of new advanced features such as an intelligent beat profile for electronic and hip hop styles, as well as some handy Yosemite integrations such as MailDrop and AirDrop support.

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Free
Apps

LastPass LastPass for Mac

While we’ve generally been fans of more offline solutions for storing our passwords, there’s no disputing that the cloud-based password vault service LastPass service has a huge following, with a well-designed web portal and accompanying iOS apps. While the service has also long provided browser extensions to autofill passwords, a major missing piece – until now – has been an actual desktop app for Mac users. With LastPass for Mac (free), the company addresses this deficiency, providing a full-featured desktop client for managing your LastPass password database.

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$180 – $300
Mounts

iForte UNITI Stand

Having started out as a Kickstarter project last spring, iForte’s UNITI Stand ($180 – $300) is now available as a slick and modern way to keep your iMac or Thunderbolt display organized on your desktop alongside your iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device. The all-in-one stand is manufactured from aircraft-grade aluminum with a natural anodized finish that matches the Apple aesthetic, and it provides two viewing height options, along with a place to tuck away your keyboard and mouse. Two front USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack are located on the front to make connecting peripherals such as USB memory keys easy, and UNITI includes an integrated charging system for your mobile and tablet devices that’s designed to be case-friendly.

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$1
Apps

Raffael Hannemann DockPhone

The new Handoff feature that debuted with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite provides a great way to answer incoming iPhone calls using your Mac, but it’s a little bit more complicated for those who want to use their Mac to handle all of their iPhone calling needs, including placing outgoing speakerphone calls from their desk. Raffael Hannemann’s DockPhone ($1) provides an answer in the form of an inexpensive little OS X app that makes better use of the Handoff feature, providing a Mac-based dialer that allows you to place calls through your iPhone while sitting at your Mac.

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$50
Apps

Algoriddim djay Pro

Algoriddim’s djay app has pretty much set the standard for digital DJ’ing, having debuted for the Mac back in 2006 and then of course, it later morphed into impressive iPad and iPhone versions. Now, however, Algoriddim has taken its flagship app to the next level with djay Pro ($50), a landmark update and redesign that brings the Mac version more in-line with the highly popular iOS versions, while aiming to take advantage of the full power available on the latest Mac platforms and build a user interface that is powerful enough for pros, yet accessible enough for the average consumer. The new version, rewritten as a native 64-bit application, provides a 60fps graphics engine and is optimized for the Retina Displays on the MacBook Pros and new iMacs. A $50 price tag is the 40 percent-off launch price for an unestablished amount of time.

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$15
Apps

MacPhun Snapselect

One of the mixed blessings about digital photography is that without dealing with the costs of film and development, it’s really almost too easy to collect a huge amount of photos. If you’ve been in the digital photography game for more than a couple of years, chances are that unless you’re meticulously organized, you’ve got folders full of photos that have just been transferred onto your computer and left for later because it just takes too much time to sort and organize everything. MacPhun’s Snapselect ($15) is a new app designed to help you clean up that mess, and take much of the headache out of getting your photos into some semblance of order.

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$15
Apps

Global Delight Boom 2

While Apple’s media devices – the iPhone, iPad, iTunes and Apple TV – have become popular platforms for listening to music and watching videos, there’s still a lot to be said for using your Mac, especially in light of Apple’s new high-resolution iMac and MacBook Pros. However, while Macs provide decent enough sound for average use, there’s arguably room for improvement if you’re looking for truly high-quality sound. Enter Boom 2 ($15) from Global Delight, the next generation of the acclaimed system-wide volume booster and equalizer for OS X.

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$30
Apps

DigiDNA iMazing

It was only five months ago that we were impressed by DigiDNA’s DiskAid, which went past Apple’s iTunes with the ability to back up individual iOS apps, including settings and files — to keep or transfer to other devices — as well as completely clone one iOS device to another. Now DiskAid has become iMazing ($30), as what would have been DiskAid 7.1 is now iMazing 1.1. Redesigned with an iTunes 12-style UI, iMazing boasts complete iOS 8 compatibility, super-simple backups, and the ability to navigate your iPhone, iPad, or iPod’s hidden file system without the use of jailbreaks or other hacks. That means it’s capable of some really neat tricks that users in need of iOS device file management or recovery tools will really appreciate.

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Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

It was only a half year ago that we were writing about Elgato’s original Thunderbolt Dock, a handsome little hub designed to connect a bundle of peripherals to any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac. Now Elgato’s back with the Thunderbolt 2 Dock ($230), a remixed version that looks mostly the same but adds throughput to accommodate Thunderbolt 2-equipped Macs and accessories. Still made from aluminum with a black plastic core, the Thunderbolt 2 Dock rearranges and enhances its predecessor’s ports, shipping with a power supply, 1.6-foot Thunderbolt cable, and either one U.S. or two European wall plugs, depending on where it’s purchased. Read on for our hands-on impressions.

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$160-$400
Peripherals

G-Technology G-Drive USB

G-Technology continues to produce great hard drives with Mac-inspired designs, always sold at premiums due to their superior materials and reliability. Now there’s an option if you’re looking for an external hard drive that won’t break the bank: the company’s new G-Drive USB ($160-$400). Available in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, and 6TB capacities, these new models provide a much more affordable alternative to the standard G-Drive by focusing solely on USB 3.0 and eliminating the more expensive and increasingly niche connectivity options such as Firewire 800, eSATA, and Thunderbolt.

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