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EarthDesk adds new satellite cloud imagery

Xeric Design (www.xericdesign.com) has launched a new cloud image service for EarthDesk Data subscribers.  The cloud image is now precisely geo-located and parallax-corrected, contains data from up to 23 satellites, and includes polar coverage. The folks at Xeric...

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Opinion

Bluetooth Low Energy market to triple by 2023
Bluetooth Low Energy market to triple by 2023

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices are forecasted to reach over 1.6 billion annual shipments by 2023 according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). The research group says increasing opportunities in smart home, beacons and asset tracking, emerging IoT [Internet of...

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Reviews & KoolTools

Recommended reading: ‘Linux Command Line, 2nd Edition’

Linux powers players like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, as well as 80% of the world's smartphones in the form of Android. But the real power of Linux lies at the command line—a DOS-like prompt with a direct window into the core of the operating system. With over...

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Kool Tools: UAG MIL-Spec iPad cases

Urban Armor Gear (urbanarmorgear.com) has launched the Metropolis case for Apple’s latest iPads, the iPad Air and iPad Mini. UAG’s bestselling Metropolis case offers enhanced usability and the ultimateMIL-SPEC protection. A smart folio cover provides 360-degree...

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MacTech Pro Seattle
MacTech Pro Seattle

Join us at MacTech Pro Seattle About the Event Date: March 13, 2019 Time: All Day. See Detailed Schedule. Registration at 8:30am Sessions start at 9am. Day ends by 6pm. Location: Arctic Club Seattle Sessions Chair: JD Strong

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Showcase

CameraBag 2 lets you quickly apply filters, effects in 32-bit color

By Erik Vlietinck

CameraBag 2 is standalone application with a collection of filters and effects for editing images. It’s easy to use, comes with a huge collection of presets, and offers total control over adjustments and effects. Although it can be used for applying just one of the many presets — called styles — users can create their own styles from scratch.

Wacom Intuos5 is top notch, multitouch pro tablet

By Pete Collins

About 10 years ago I borrowed (stole) my sister’s Intuos2 tablet and I’ve rarely used a mouse since. I almost can’t work without my tablets.

When I heard that Wacom was coming out with the Intuos5, I couldn’t figure out how they were going to add anything that the Intuos4 didn’t already have since it was so good. Boy, was I naive. There are a couple of new functions that make this upgrade a no-brainer.

Akvis Sketch 13 offers pro quality art creation

By Jay Nelson

Photographers and other creative people have many reasons to convert a photo into a sketch or painting. Let’s say that the subject of a photo is important, but poor lighting makes it unsalvageable as a photo.

By converting it to a sketch you can make it an object worth keeping. Or maybe you’re given several photos to use in a layout, but they’re too different from each other to harmonize; just convert them all to pencil sketches for instant harmony! Or maybe a client simply requests a hand-painted effect but you have 10 untrained thumbs.

Recommended Reading: ‘iPod: Missing Manual, 11th Edition’

The iPod may be “old news” in the Apple world, but it’s still the best selling MP3 player in the universe. And it has lots of features you may not be aware of.

Enter “iPod: The Missing Manual” from O’Reilly Publishing. It shows you how to play music, movies, and slideshows; shoot photos and videos; and navigate Apple’s redesigned iTunes media-management program. Topics include:

° Fill it up. Load your iPod with music, photos, movies, TV shows, games, ebooks, and podcasts.

° Manage your stuff. Download media and apps from the iTunes and App Stores, then organize your collection.

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