Tim has an update on the mini-Arcade project. David purchased an Apple Extended Keyboard II and explains how to get it to work with a modern Mac. Adobe makes a business decision, more on streaming services and car audio, and David plays with the new MacBook.
Not New Video Games
Gaz is feeling right! Guy is, well, Guy so we all know how that usually works out. They have a great second section topic is which they talk about whether or not Apple doesn’t seem all that concerned about their high-end users. The Macstock Expo is on the way and get $10 off the already silly price of $69 with this code, MyMac10Off
Guy’s App Pick: Podtrans by imobie. Need to transfer a lot of content from an iPod or iPhone that you don’t have synced through iTunes? Podtrans works easily and is free for just transferring stuff. Need more functionaility? There’s a pro version that also does conversion and a few other tricks
Gaz’s App Pick: With the usual caveats that come along with an Angry Birds title I’ve found myself playing the series again, but one that I didn’t have was Angry Birds Star Wars II
If you like organizing files and folders on your Mac, one way to do that is with colored tags. Tags allow you to color code your folder and files and then you can easily find items by that color if you need to. In older versions of OS X and Mac OS this used to be known as labels.
I am typing this text on a very pleasant black wireless keyboard with white laser-made characters. Cherry’s new JD-0700EU Entry Level Wireless Desktop Set (abbreviated below as JD7) ships with batteries for both keyboard and mouse. A single USB receiver inserts into your Macintosh and connects instantly with both pieces of equipment. This receiver stows in the bottom of the mouse when not in use.
Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss Verizon buying AOL and what they really want out of the deal. Also up: problems with Plex, videogame publishers harsh business tactics, Sega pulling iOS games, Spotify, and Tim has a new tech project for his kids!
Volo Guardian case for iPhone 6
Retail price: $29.99
The Volo Guardian case for iPhone 6 is slim, rugged, and stylish. It increases the thickness of the iPhone 6 a bit, but not excessively.
The frame (Volo calls it an exoskeleton) is polycarbonite, a very tough plastic most often used when strength is important. The one-piece inner lining and bezel is made of TPU, thermoplastic polyurethane. It is flexible and provides a comfortable grippiness along the edges. In production, these two materials are molded together with an antimicrobial ingredient. It weighs a mere 1.1 oz. (32g).
Extra-Long Adjustable Automobile Cup Holder Mount
We are now entering the summer driving season and it is time to reassess our automotive safety. Macally is ready to help with their mCupXL. This is a mount that sits in a cup holder in your car and secures a phone or even a small GPS unit. This item does it right.
Because we haven’t talked about it enough, Gaz and Guy devote the entire second section of the show to the Macstock Conference and Expo which is taking place on June 20th in Woodstock, Illinois. This is followed by them also talking about the Midwest Mac BBQ taking place on the same day. They MUST be sick or something. Hang on a moment…they were! However in a moment of lucidity, they’ve included a great recording of Gaz’s daughter Sarah singing at the end of the show.
Guy’s App Pick: itubedownloader from Alpha Software. Download quickly and easily any YouTube video with this app. $4.99
Gaz’s App Pick: Radiation Island: Not one of the best Survival sims you’ll find and I think this has been transferred from a version on the iPad, graphics could do with a tweak but overall I’m had fun playing this one, 2.99$ or 2.29£
Here’s an old favorite. How to set a screen saver on your Mac.
To set a screen saver start by clicking the Apple in the top left of the screen (the Apple Menu). Choose System Preferences. From the window that opens click “Desktop & Screen Saver.”
Next click the tab labeled “Screen Saver.” The other tab is for setting a desktop picture. I’ll get to that another day.
olloCase for iPhone 6/6Plus
MSRP: Both sizes are $29.99
The new olloclip lenses for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are superb. See MyMac’s Macro 3-in-1 lens review and the 4-in-1 review. If you use a case on your iPhone, it must be removed before sliding the lenses into place. Good news for olloclip fans—a new olloCase is just being introduced in two colors (gray and black) and two sizes.
This ingenious case is carefully crafted so that the new olloclip lenses will slide on without having to remove it. You may even consider adopting this as your everyday case. It’s that nice. The protective, rubberized bezel extends just enough so that it keeps the screen from touching flat surfaces when the phone is placed facedown. The plastic back is translucent so your iPhone is visible and textured so that scratches won’t show.
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Tim and David discuss being on the front page of iTunes, The Mac App store, losing tech gear and the cost of replacement, Nintendo making a profit, Plex media service, and much more!
USB Pocket SSD External Pocket Drive – Nemo Memo
120GB capacity ($100) or 240GB capacity ($175)
The future is here. You can copy large quantities of data from a computer onto fast, small, external SSD thumb drives that can be shuttled between home, work, school, and everywhere else. VisionTek’s affordable and rugged models come in two capacities and prices. Never again will lack of space or slow transfer speeds inhibit data portability.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC/6 – Review
Price: $149.00 standalone version, upgrade $79
$9.99 per month in the Creative Cloud Photography Program
$49.99 per month in the Creative Cloud Complete Program
Adobe just released a new version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to photographers. We were waiting for a new version last year, when Adobe released Photoshop 2014, but it never came. The wait is over and it was worth the wait. This new version is named Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 if you buy the standalone version, or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC if you subscribe to it from one of the Creative Cloud programs. For this review, we’ll simply call it Lightroom CC.
iRig Mic Field – stereo field mic for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch – Nemo Memo user report
This high quality compact and versatile iOS Lightning port microphone is much better than the built-in mic on Apple’s iOS equipment. Recordings are clear and crisp. Audio fidelity is very impressive at all sound levels. A turn knob on the side of the unit adjusts input volume. This microphone works with all Apple and third party iOS recording apps. Thick-edged iDevice cases may obstruct the Lightning tip’s insertion.
LOT’S of links this week because Gaz and Guy are talking about the NEW iLife 15 or would if it actually existed. It doesn’t, but they talk about programs that you can use that does most of the same stuff and in some cases even more. Guy almost lets his Drobo get the better of him (like that’s really hard) and Gaz is about ready to kill whoever signed off on the Photos app. Well, perhaps maim a little bit.
Cintiq 13HD Touch
I have owned at least a half a dozen drawing tablets though the years. Most of them have been made by Wacom and I have enjoyed drawing with all of them. Each one was better than the next. I have even had drawing tablets in my classrooms (elementary through high school). They have been the best, and most affordable, option for drawing on my iMac and mimicking actual drawing on paper or painting on a canvas, until I was asked to review a Cintiq by Wacom.
Tim does some major upgrades to his NeoGeo Cabinet, David is stuck on mobile, Microsoft reveals new Windows features, and a all-new Mac conference is coming, Macstock!
MightyShell + Faceplate for the iPhone 6
Company: Speck Products
Price: $59.95 iPhone 6 $69.95 iPhone 6 Plus
Are you looking for a strong case for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus that protects the body of the phone and also protects the screen and looks great? The MightyShell + Faceplate from Speck might be the case you are looking for. Starting at $59.95 for the iPhone 6 you get a great case that comes with a screen protector.