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VisionTek Wallet Drive review: Great looking, great storing

Having a 2.5-inch hard drive/SSD sled comes in really handy. When it looks great, it's even better.

Whether you're a field tech or an armchair computer mechanic who occasionally has to do some triage on a hurting system, having a 2.5-inch USB drive sled in your tool kit is mandatory. VisionTek's new Wallet Drive combines plug-and-play simplicity with executive looks.

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iOS 8 review: Six months later

Six months ago Apple released iOS 8, the biggest update to the company's mobile operating system since the advent of the App Store in 2008.

Six months ago Apple released iOS 8, the biggest update to the company's mobile operating system since the advent of the App Store in 2008. We reviewed iOS 8 when it went live in September, and took a second look at iOS 8 three months later in our roundtable. Now it's been half a year, iOS 8.2 has been released, iOS 8.3 is already in beta, and adoption is inching close to 80 percent. So, it's time to take another look, six months later…

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Fantastical 2 for Mac review: The calendar app you've been waiting for

Fantastical 2 by Flexibits is a full screen calendar replacement for Mac with an all new design for OS X Yosemite and all new features that you won't find anywhere else.

A Notification Center widget, faster and more reliable sync, full time zone support, and "calendar sets" round out the highlights. Taken together, they make Fantastical 2 far more than a menu bar companion to OS X's built in Calendar app — they make it a full-on calendar app in its own right.

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Google Calendar for iPhone review

Google Calendar for iPhone is off to a decent start, but it isn't pulling me away from Fantastical 2 any time soon.

Google Calendar has finally come to iPhone by way of a native app. And not only can it sync your Google calendars, it can also grab your local calendars, including iCloud and Exchange. Use Gmail? Google Calendar can even import events right from your email automagically. There's no denying Google's got some fancy tricks up its sleeve. That doesn't mean there isn't still work to be done.

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Animate to your heart's desire with Hype 3 and Hype Pro

I'm not a big fan of WSIWYG editors for the web. But Hype is something special.

Tumult's Hype — an HTML5 WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web and animation editor — is approaching its four-year anniversary in May, and what a way it has chosen to celebrate: The company is releasing a major update for its professional and prosumer users in the form of Hype Pro, packaged inside the all-new Hype 3 as a $49.99 upgrade.

I've had so much fun testing Hype Pro over the last few months: It's an excellent upgrade for longtime Hype users, and I suspect it may draw in quite a few new pro users, as well.

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Spotlight: PowerSkin Spare for iPhone 6

I'd love an iPhone 6 with double the battery life. PowerSkin's Spare battery case gets me there.

Since I got my iPhone 6 I've been trying to find an iPhone 6 battery case I can live with. Enter the PowerSkin Spare.

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Ulysses for iPad: The go-to text editor for long form writing

Ulysses 2.0 lets serious writers get things done on iPad with a gorgeous layout, great Markdown support, iCloud sync, and lots more!

Ulysses has long been a staple on the Mac, especially when it comes to long form writing, and today Ulysses comes to the iPad. I've been using Ulysses exclusively on my iPad Air 2 for the past week in the place of my regular text editing app. Complete with iCloud sync, Markdown support, and a beautiful 3 pane interface, Ulysses feels right at home on the iPad.

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Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mac review

The latest Das Keyboard for the Macintosh: Is it the mechanical keyboard you've been waiting for?

Computer keyboards can use electronic or mechanical switches under the keys. I'm a big fan of mechanical keyboards, because I can type faster and more accurately on them. Metadot makes some of the best Mac-specific mechanical keyboards out there, and today they've released the Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac. Here's my review.

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Hands on with Apple's unbelievably-thin, battery-packed MacBook

The Mac is back and thinner than ever.

We got some hands-on time with Apple's new battery-packed, taptically-enhanced, Retina-quality laptop after Monday's Spring Forward event, and boy, is it pretty. Here's what Rene and I thought about Apple's newest Mac — where it's going, what it's doing for the laptop space, and the accuracy of that Force Touch trackpad.

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How to manage two-factor authentication on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac with Authy

Passwords are weak and often cracked. Two-factor authentication, which uses your phone number to send a secondary code you have to enter, is much stronger.

I know first-hand how scary password hacks can be, but I still put off two-factor authentication for years — relying instead on a strong multi-digit 1Password-generated password — because it felt clunky and hard to set up. What if I lost access to my phone number because I was restoring my iPhone? What if I couldn't get network access for my two-factor code? Too much hassle, I thought.

Authy changed my opinion on two-factor authentication: The app makes it far less terrifying to deal with; it also lives on both my Mac and iOS devices, so I don't have to worry about losing access to my accounts while my phone is restoring.

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