Jony Ive The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products
Author: Leander Kahney

Published by: Portfolio/Penguin
ISBN: 978-1591846178 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0241001776 (Paperback)
Available from all good bookstores
Online Price: Variable but in the region of $16.75US or £12.00UK Hardback / $12.75US or £9.99UK Softback

Jony Ive

Jony Ive The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products is a handsome, silver and black jacketed, 320 page book that isn’t exactly a biography. It covers Sir Jonathan Ive’s early family life, schooling, higher education, and working life before Apple, as well as the products he is so well known for. It is, I would say, more a study of the man’s work history, methods, philosophy, accomplishments, and the challenges behind them. In as much as anyone can study such things relating to an intensely private individual who works at perhaps the most secretive company in the world!

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TechFan #176 – Overuse of Tech

On August 29, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen return for a talk about VMWorld, which David is attending in San Francisco this week, as well as the overuse of technology, the SteelSeries Stratus iOS game controller, Tim’s new MAME cabinet, and more. Plus, Guardians of the Galaxy, Xbox Gold, and robot printers!

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Robot printer comes to your desk
VMWorld
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s’ Success Raises a New Danger for Marvel | Variety
Xbox Games With Gold September 2014 Preview

 

MyMac Podcast 519 – A Tangled Web We Weave

On August 26, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Guy and Gaz have a nice almost not crazy talk about easy to use website development tools, but before that Gaz gets wet and cold and Guy realizes after the fact that his ISP gave him a cheap slow router with not so good Wifi. Guy takes his son back to college and it costs him a fortune, we get some great feedback from our listeners about last week’s show, AND we got a Skype call that is only mildly threatening! So it’s been a good week.

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Karelia Software’s SandVox 
RealMac Software’s Rapid Weaver 
Rage Software’s EverWeb 
Fishbeam Software’s Goldfish 
Softpress’s Freeway 
WordPress 
Flux

Guy’s App PickCorel’s Pinnacle Studio $9.99 in the iOS App Store. Just an awesome video editing app 
Gaz’s App PickiFixit IOS Repair App
People’s Pick: None this week

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TechFan #175 – The Boob Tube

On August 22, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Owen Rubin joins Tim Robertson to discuss their favorite television series, SSD’s in Macs, and much more!

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The World of Owen Rubin

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STM Sequel Bag – Review

On August 22, 2014, in Bag, Laptop Case, Messenger Bag, Review, by Simon Parnell

STM Sequel Small Laptop Bag
STM Bags
Online Price: approximately $80 US or £68 UK

 

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I chose to test and review the STM Sequel Small Laptop Bag suitable for 12” to 14” laptops. A medium version designed for the 14” to 16” laptop is also available. I opted for the graphite coloured one and the Sequel is also offered in a bright red or an olive colour scheme.

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Sibelius 7.5 – Review

On August 21, 2014, in Audio, Mac, Macintosh, Music, Review, by Mark Sealey

 

Sibelius 7.5
Company: Avid

Price: $599.95 ($49.95/$89.95 upgrade)

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Avid has received a lot of criticism from Sibelius users of late. Two years ago the Finsbury Park, London, HQ of the Sibelius development team was closed, many developers laid off, and the suite’s coding and maintenance operation relocated to the Ukraine. Rumors of serious financial trouble circulated and the company’s Vice President, CFO and CTO resigned. Yet the market-leading score-writing software did not disappear as some both predicted and feared. In fact, a new version has recently been released; here Sibelius 7.5.1 (a significant further milestone release for bug fixes and maintenance) is examined. It’s found to be as good as ever.

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Pi Dock-it Mini – Review

On August 21, 2014, in iPad, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Pi Dock-it Mini 
Company: Parle Innovation
Price: $59.00

Pi Dock-it Mini  is a iPad Mini case with a keyboard. The bluetooth keyboard has a battery life that is purported to be longer than most consumer-grade case and keyboard combinations. Dock-it Mini  is marketed for mobile users, educators, and students needing a light weight, productive, and protective solution for their on-the-go lifestyle.

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MyMac Podcast 518: Still need a Mac or PC?

On August 19, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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What do you use your Mac for? Or better yet, can an iPad do it as well? Guy and Gaz take a look at what most people use computers for and if they could do most of it on something simpler like an iPad. They also announce the winner of Boinx Software’s Fotomagico, Gaz’s use of Apple gear while on vacation, and Guy simplifies his home network.

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Guy’s App PickPako by TreeMen Games. .99 in the iOS App Store
How long can you last in a parking lot with the foot permanently down on the accelerator and an unending swarm of cops willing to sacrifice themselves to get to you? Pako will let you find out. Just two controls (left and right) and SO many obstacles in your way? Can you eventually escape? No. Can you ever truly win? No. Is it an incredibly fun waste of time? Most certainly
Gaz’s (not so App) Pick360 Panorama
Take stunning 360 panoramas everywhere. 360 Panorama turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a full featured 360 degree panoramic camera. Easily capture immersive panoramas in seconds and instantly share your 360 view with the world. Simply pan the camera and watch as images are stitched seamlessly. 360 Panorama captures the scene in a way you never could with a traditional camera.
People’s Pick: Link to Dorothy Yamamoto’s visit to the Petersen Automobile Museum which she did in the copy of Fotomagico she won in the last contest.

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TechFan #174 – TechFan United

On August 15, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Manchester United, Premier League, Arcade Games, FotoMagic Contest Winner, Etherpad fail, and Tech-Ninjas! All that and more on TechFan Podcast 174

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Klassic Arcade
Manchester United bans tablets and laptops at home matches
Premier League warns about posting goal videos online
FotoMagico
EtherPad
WhiteD00r

Pako (the unwinnable game) – Review

On August 15, 2014, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, Review, by Guy Serle

Pako
Price: 99 cents

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So here’s the premise. Take a car with no brakes and an accelerator stuck to the floor in a parking lot filled with obsticles. Now add insane police that have absolutely no sense of self-preservation when it comes down to their one goal…to get you. That’s the basics for an iOS game called Pako by Tree Men games.

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iHome Lightning Clock Radio for iPhone and iPod
Company: iHome
Price: $69.99

The iHome Lightning Clock Radio features an FM clock radio with six preset channels, and a Lightning dock connector for iPhone/iPod allowing you to charge and play. You can wake up to FM radio or music from your iPhone playlist. The small footprint (4.81” W x 5.12” H x 5.12” D) of the unit makes this ideal for the bedroom nightstand or an office desk.

 

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Take Control of Podcasting On The Mac, 3rd Edition
Author: Andy Affleck
Publisher: TidBITS
Ebook Price: $10
ISBN: 9781615424375

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Beginning to produce a podcast can be a little intimidating. Which software do I use to record? How do I choose a mic? Should I use GarageBand, Audacity, or another program for editing? Those questions, and many more, are answered in Take Control of Podcasting On The Mac.

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MyMac Podcast 517: A Potpourri of Stuff

On August 11, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Well for better or worse, Gaz and Guy are back this week together after a 2 show break with them doing stuff OTHER than the podcast. They’re very sorry but may or may not do it again so there! Being away for so long they had lots of important stuff to say or at least they just had things to say. An interesting conversation about their opinion on whether or not Apple will ever go to the ARM Processor for the Mac, Gaz’s Tip, Listener feedback, and Guy has an app pick that he’s actually never used. That might sound odd, but remember we ARE talking about Guy.

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Guy’s App Pick: Popclip from Pilotmoon software $4.99 Mac App Store. Haven’t used it yet but I just like the IDEA of it.
Gaz’s (not so App) Pick: Not really my pick for various reasons but the idea behind this is what I’m looking at

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TechFan #173 – It’s Too Big

On August 8, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss the GoPro, Bioshock coming to iOS, the upcoming Apple event and if a variety of iPhone sizes is in the works, and more. Don’t forget, this is the last week to enter the FotoMagico contest, which ends Aug. 14th!

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GoPro
OWC Radio and Blog post
Miami Cop in Trouble after Pulling Over Speeding Driver (YouTube link)
The OTHER 173, MyMac Podcast
The TechHive.com BioShock article
FotoMagico 
EtherPad

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Griffith Park Plus Backpack
Case Logic
Price: $85

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When I think of Case Logic I usually think of briefcases, luggage, and lots of different kinds of sleeves for iPads and laptops. Perhaps it’s inevitable that a company with that history and a good reputation would also make a backpack. This Griffith Park Plus is the first one I’ve encountered.

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Automatic – Review

On August 5, 2014, in Bluetooth, iPhone, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Automatic
Manufacturer: Automatic Labs
MSRP: $99.95
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Under the dash of most cars made since 1996, there is an OBD II port (Onboard Diagnostics port). When your car is serviced, a technician plugs in a diagnostic computer to this port and retrieves data about your car and its health, engine, compression, exhaust, oil levels, and more.

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Guy is off this week and it’s Gaz’s turn to have a guest on. James from woodpad.co.uk joins him and they chat about Gaz fitting an SSD into his Mini, if design has overtaken function, and lots of other craziness. This week there is yet another wonderful giveaway this time it’s Fotomagico from Boinx.

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Guy’s App Pick: He wasn’t here so why would he have one?
Gaz’s App Pick: WHAT WHAT a SAMSUNG PRODUCT, what am I thinking
Jame’s App Pick: Word Lens 
People’s Pick: None this week
Apple Financing
UK http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/finance/loan?aid=uk-finance
USA http://store.apple.com/us/browse/finance/instant_credit

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Bye Bye Standby Remote Power Switch – Review

On August 4, 2014, in Features, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Bye Bye Standby Remote Power Switch
Manufacturer: Bye Bye Standby, Inc.
MSRP: $16.95 as reviewed
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This is not a new product. It is a very good one that I have used successfully for a couple of years. Many MyMac readers will find it useful.

Have a collection of power-hogging devices plugged in under your desk? How about all the audio/video appliances in your living room entertainment center? Instead of rooting around on your hands and knees to unplug a device, consider the convenience of being able to simply press a button on a remote. The awkwardly-named Bye Bye Standby is made specifically for this purpose.

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TechFan #172 – Out of the Closet

On August 1, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen are back with a fun episode after David nukes the show notes. Is iCloud and Pages really ready for online collaboration? A new contest this week, as we are giving away a copy of FotoMagico from Boinx Software! Changes to OWC Radio and Tim’s new job, Chinese takeout, contest winner feedback, Raspberry Pi, EA, Xfinity TV Go, Expendables 3, and much more!

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Enter the FotoMagico Contest Here
Boinx Software
OWC Radio

STM Drifter Medium Laptop Backpack
Company: STM
Price: $139.95 MSRP

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It seems that the backpack is now becoming the favorite means of carrying one’s laptop and other electronic devices around, be it to work or while traveling. Once you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Besides carrying your laptop, you still have enough room to carry any documents that you may need, power supply and cables, water bottle, and dependent upon your state of physical fitness, running shoes and gear.

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