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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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nvAlt: A Mac note taking text editor

nvALT lays somewhere between text editor and note-taking app; it's a free-to-use Mac app for web-heads.

The app is a fork of the open-source app Notational Velocity, an application designed to let you write notes on your computer. The idea is to let nvALT be the receptacle of whatever fragments of information you want to write down so that you can easily find them later.

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Go walletless with your iPhone 6 and the CandyShell Card

Looking to go walletless with the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay? This iPhone case can help!

One of the iPhone 6's key features is Apple Pay, which lets you effortlessly buy things using nothing more than Touch ID. But there are still times you might need a physical credit card, your ID or insurance card. To get the best of both worlds, pick up Speck's CandyShell Card case for iPhone 6 (also available for iPhone 6 Plus).

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Forge is an iPad storyboard for your creativity

Most sketching apps on the market focus on single projects and their underlying layers, rather than a canvas of ideas and suggestions. Forge is different.

I've long thought the iPad was perfect for rough storyboarding: It's not an artist's preferred medium for detail work, but it's portable, and easy to sketch on, and has plenty of storage space. Forge, built by the folks behind the Jot Touch stylus, invites you to explore a hundred different ideas and sketches in storyboard format, iterating and trashing and reinventing as you go. I've been testing Forge for months, and it's become one of my go-to tools for planning and messing around with creative ideas.

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Amzer Crüsta review: Superhero your iPhone 6 Plus

Crüsta sounds like something you'd find in Ikea, but it's actually the name of a case line from smartphone and tablet accessory maker Amzer. If you're looking to armor up your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus with comprehensive front and back protection, you might want to take a look.

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