$3
Apps

Space Inch Lost Photos

Twitter and Facebook may be the main ways we share photos now, but it wasn’t too long ago that people sent pictures back and forth primarily over email. Back then, images may never have been downloaded or added to your photo library, so they’ve all but disappeared. Space Inch wants to help you find them again with Lost Photos ($3). This straightforward Mac App Store title downloads all the pictures from your e-mail account—both to you and from you—that it can find. Sharing options are built in, too.

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$35
Extras

Twelve South BackPack 2

Twelve South is back at it again. This time, the Mac-only accessory maker has updated one of its first accessories to version two: BackPack 2 ($35) can now be ordered from the company’s website. It’s not a dramatic departure from the original iMac shelf, but has been tweaked and tailored enough to stand out on its own. Whether you’re using it for an external hard drive, MacBook Air, or even just your wallet, Twelve South outdid itself in renewing one of its signature products. Updated August 6, 2012 with comparison shots and hands-on details!

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$170
Cases

Incase Pathway Field Bag

Incase has impressively designed and built plenty of bags in the past, but none have looked quite like the new Pathway Field Bag ($170). Just rolling out beyond Apple’s online store this week, Pathway Field Bag is a great-looking way to tote around an 11” or 13” MacBook. As is the case with prior Incase designs, the material quality matches the appearance: it’s made of cotton twill fabric with leather accents and a canvas shoulder strap.

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$2
Apps

Xeleh Software Vitrun

There’s a whole backstory behind Vitrun ($2) from Xeleh Software involving space exploration in a post-apocalyptic future, and yeah, a story can add flavor to the game, but it’s not really necessary for a roll-a-ball-through-obstacles title. Vitrun winds up standing tall thanks to really nice graphics, fun gameplay, and hectic pacing, so even if the idea isn’t totally fresh, it’s done really well here.

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$40-$70
Peripherals

LaCie RuggedKey

Perhaps you’ll never be in a position to drop your flash drive from 300 feet above the ground—but wouldn’t it be nice to know that it would survive if you did? That’s LaCie’s pitch with the new RuggedKey ($40-$70). Styled after the company’s popular Rugged hard drives, this USB 3.0 flash drive comes in 16 or 32GB, and can really take a beating.

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Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet + FireWire 800 Adapters

After a slow, expensive start, Thunderbolt might finally be picking up some steam. Apple doubled its line of accessories that take advantage of the high speed accessory at today’s WWDC keynote: joining the ranks of the Thunderbolt Cable and Thunderbolt Display are the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter ($29) and Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 Adapter ($30).

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$60
August 20, 2012
Cases

Hex Academy Convertible Laptop Sleeve for 13" MacBook Pro

Hex has released nice multi-device bags in the past, but Academy Convertible Laptop Sleeve for 13” MacBook Pro ($60) is the first transformer-style design we’ve received for testing: not only does it have space for your Mac and iPad, but it can also be used as a sleeve, backpack, or cross body-style bag. As always, the materials are nice, and the extra pocket is helpful. Check out more details and hands-on pictures below.

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$100
Available for Pre-Order
Extras

Kensington SafeStand iMac Keyed Locking Station

While the chances of someone waltzing into your house and leaving with your iMac are probably pretty low, security can be a real concern in schools and business settings. Kensington is now offering what it calls its ultimate iMac lock for those who need it, with a particular focus on those institutions. SafeStand iMac Keyed Locking Station ($100) comes in 21” and 27” variations, ready to keep your all-in-one from moving an inch.

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$25

Feral Interactive Tomb Raider: Underworld

To any long-time gamer, the name Lara Croft should be immediately recognizable—the franchise is now over 15 years old. Now you can play as Lara as she takes on a new adventure in Feral Interactive’s Tomb Raider: Underworld ($25). While the general premise might be old, the action is as fresh as ever.

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$60
September 2012
Cases

Hard Candy Cases Hard Shell Case for 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display

So you’ve got this new, state-of-the-art MacBook Pro, and you want a way to protect it without totally destroying the look of its ever-so-thin industrial design. Well, Hard Candy Cases’ Hard Shell Case for 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($60) is a good start. Available in black, red, lime, and blue, it offers more protection than your typical hard shell while still allowing the laptop’s design to shine through.

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$20
July 2012
Apps

Apple OS X Mountain Lion

So much for Lion being the last major release of OS X. All but out of nowhere, Apple dropped a preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion ($20) on us a few months back, along with a promise that the new operating system will be released in late summer. If you thought Lion was bringing the iPad back to the Mac, well, you haven’t seen anything yet: Mountain Lion is even more iOS-influenced, replacing a collection of old Mac apps with renamed and improved editions akin to iPad versions. The 4.34GB download is now available in the Mac App Store. Below is our initial feature list, as well as the updated we posted after this year’s WWDC.

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€65/~$79
Cases

Mujjo Sleeve for 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display

If you’re dropping $2200 or more on a new 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display, spending a few more bucks on a quality case is probably a good investment—after all, the new machine’s outside is as fancy as the high-resolution display. One of the first solutions to make it to market is thankfully classy: Mujjo’s Sleeve (€65/~$79) combines leather and wool felt to create a sharp-looking option.

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$800
Camera

Canon EOS M

Call it photography’s holy grail or marketing hype, but companies have spent years trying to create “DSLR-quality compact cameras.” EOS M ($800) is Canon’s first official entry into the category, distilling its entry-level T4i/650D DSLR into a mirrorless body only modestly larger than the widely-admired S100, an engineering feat Canon once suggested was impossible. Designed to compete with mirrorless cameras already released by Nikon and Sony, EOS M offers enthusiasts the key advantages of DSLRs—interchangeable lenses and a mid-sized 18-Megapixel APS-C sensor—while streamlining the user interface, adopting a 3-inch touchscreen for most of its controls.

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Free
Apps

Handbrake Project Handbrake

Ask the team behind HandBrake (Free) what their software is all about and they’ll tell you it’s “an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.” In simpler terms, it converts DVDs into videos you can store on your Mac and watch on all of your Apple devices, at no cost. There’s no better way to get videos ready for your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, and the latest version’s freshly released with bug fixes that make this awesome app even better.

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$25
Extras

Master Lock dialSpeed 1500eDBX Electronic Combination Lock

While the rest of the world is evolving rapidly, padlocks haven’t changed much in decades. Thankfully, Master Lock has found a cool way to incorporate modern technology within a classic shell: its dialSpeed 1500eDBX ($25) is a unique digital combination lock—and a cool way to confound thieves familiar with traditional lock-picking techniques. Gone are the days of turning right, left, and then right again: dialSpeed instead relies on a code of your choosing, set with a four-way directional pad on its face; if you forget the combination and need access to the lock, you can use your Mac to retrieve a code to open it.

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