MyMac Podcast 611: Update Upgrade

On June 27, 2016, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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The old question pops up again. Is it better to update your Mac for a new (or newer) one or upgrade your existing one? Apple seems to be making that choice easier these days but in an odd way. Many Macs just simply can’t be upgraded at all. The Gmen talk about this serious question, but in their own way. So that means the question remains.

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TechFan #259 – Brexit

On June 25, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David Cohen joins Tim Robertson to discuss his absence, Brexit, gadgets, storage, and much more.

This episode is sponsored by Macsales.com

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Vimtag P1 Smart Cloud IP Camera
Company: Vimtag
Price: $129.95

Vimtag Smart Camera P1 Series is a 720P smart cloud camera with remote control and two-way audio for home security and monitoring. The camera can connect to WiFi directly without using a computer. It provides audio video application services which include real-time monitoring and recording storage meeting the consumer needs for monitoring elder, babies, pets and home security. The easy installation taking only minutes to complete and provided high definition video via tablet, smartphone, or computer from anywhere.

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Atelier iPad Gear Case for iPad Pro 9.7″- Review
Manufacturer: WaterField Designs
MSRP: $69

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When I purchased my Apple Pencil to use with the new iPad Pro 9.7″, I was apprehensive about losing not only the Pencil, but the extra Pencil tip and the small Lightening port adaptor. Apple Inc., doesn’t offer any viable storage solution to keep all of the Apple Pencil and the new iPad Pro accessories in one safe place. Enter WaterField Designs; a San Francisco company that designs and manufactures stylish cases, sleeves, and bags for tech devices. Their Atelier iPad Gear Case is the perfect answer to keep your iPad Pro 9.7″ and Apple Pencil accessories in one handy place.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Josh Laase from Desktop Intercom

On June 22, 2016, in Spotlight, by Tim Robertson

Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Josh Laase from Desktop Intercom
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OWC Aura SSD
Company: Other World Computing
Pricing:
480GB SSD alone – $347.99 USD
480GB Upgrade Kit – $399.00 USD
1.0TB SSD alone – $594.99 USD
1.0TB Upgrade Kit – $649.00 USD (Reviewed below)

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I have owned a Mid 2013 13” MacBook Air (MBA) since 2014. I bought the MacBook Air for several reasons. I needed something light to carry since I also lug around a MacBook Pro issued to me from the company where I work. While I have a Mac Pro at home (Cheese grater version) I needed something portable so I could update my website while mobile, and quite frankly, something that would get me out of the home office. I do love working from my back porch during the summer.

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The following long essay was written in response to recent TechFan episodes in which the new Star Wars film was discussed.

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Hey Tim & David,

After watching “The Force Awakens” a number of times and having listened to recent episodes of TechFan where you’ve discussed the film, I’ve had a bit of time to reflect upon my thoughts about the new film.

Let me preface my comments by stating for the record that I am an unabashedly huge Star Wars fan. I attended opening day for “A New Hope” in 1977 and have been hooked ever since. Even my science lab/classroom is filled with Star Wars memorabilia. I’ve included a couple of pictures of my desk at school so you can see just how important it is to me.

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If you are like me, you probably have old iPhones, iPod touches, or maybe even iPads laying around the house collecting dust. Did you know those dust collectors can be repurposed as security cameras for your home? With a free app and your current iPhone or iOS device you can do just that!

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MyMac Podcast 610: So how did we do?

On June 20, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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No short show this week, but the center section is filled with WWDC goodness as LIVE right from event, Guy recorded a conversation with Mac to the Future (It’s on FaceBook) Warren Sklar! Also in the first section Guy and Gaz give their own takes on Apple’s latest developmentally goodness. So, long show then.

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Guy’s App Pick: Picked this before but I’m apparently on a movie editing app kick at the moment. Camtasia 2 by TechSmith $99.99 on the Mac App Store. Not only a great presentation and screen capturing tool, it’s also really good as a multitrack movie editor.

Gaz’s App Pick: Not an IOS App, not MAC OS App it’s a movie, well not a movie an interview Steve Jobs the lost interview, this popped up in my Netflix selection, I hadn’t seen it so I watched it, what I like if no cheering crowds, no silly background music, not audience clapping at the end of every section, just the interview, with a little bit of added comments, I enjoyed it.
It’s on YouTube but you may also find it in Netflix.

 

Macally Aluminum USB 3.0 External 2.5” SATA Hard Drive / SSD Enclosure
Manufacturer: Macally
MSRP: $24.99

Even in the digital age I seem to have the ability to occupy all of the space available. Recently, I upgraded the hard drive in my laptop computer. This left me with a perfectly functional internal drive outside of my computer. Macally to the rescue. Their Aluminum USB Hard Drive Enclosure is just the ticket to turn the delicate, surplus hard drive into rugged, ready storage for the road warrior.

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Polaroid Panorama Pan Head – Review

On June 17, 2016, in iPhone, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

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Manufacturer: Polaroid
MSRP: $50

This cute pan head allows you to pan 360º continuously in either direction, sweep a 75º pan left and right, or take photos in 5º increments every 10 seconds. It can be mounted on a tripod or its three legs fold outward like the wings of a beetle so it will stand on its own. The unit is about the diameter of a billiard ball. Polaroid’s engineers and designers had fun with this. Not only does it look great, it performs well too.

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Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Brian and Austin, Co-Founders of RareSloth

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Xounts Up Premium Speaker and Ambient Light Tower – Nemo Memo Pre-order Preview
$269 U. S. and up (pre-order pricing) plus modest shipping cost

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Xounts Up is an audio and visual wonder for music lovers on a generous budget. The tower’s sound is excellent and its light show is infinitely variable. Add-on modules can be purchased for wireless Bluetooth audio, battery power operation, and multi-speaker surround sound for up to eight of them.

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MyMac Podcast 609: WW…TGMD

On June 12, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Two weeks in a row and the GMen manage to get another show out under an hour. Is it kismet? Fate? A lucid and tight conversation between two professionals who know EXACTLY what they’re talking about? You’re kidding right? They do all the usual stuff and give some thought (HA!) to the upcoming WWDC, because that’s what Apple podcasts are supposed to do.

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Guy’s App Pick: As much as I complained about intrusive and privacy reducing services last week, Amazon has one that’s really nifty for aspiring screenwriters with not much money (which can probably be said of ALL aspiring screenwriters). Amazon’s Storywriter cloud writing app has many features including built in elements for the different parts of your story. It keeps track of your characters and auto fills them in as you create them. Certainly not as fully featured as stand-alone applications, but for getting your feet wet it’s great. You can also submit your screenplay to Amazon for consideration for…something, since they now make their own content as well.
Gaz’s App Pick: The way in app purchases work Ripple Training, do some free lessons for you to test their full package before buying all or some of the lessons this is the way in apps work well.

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FileMaker Pro 15 – Review

On June 10, 2016, in Review, by Mark Sealey

FileMaker Pro 15
Company: FileMaker
Price: See Below

 

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Last May, Apple subsidiary, FileMaker, released version 14 of its market-leading multi-platform and cross-device application – now not so much a database as an app itself to create all manner of apps in their own right.

Data, applications built for and using that data, as well as its retrieval, manipulation and presentation are all dealt with seamlessly across web, handhelds, tablets, desktops, mobile devices and all common operating systems.

MyMac was impressed with this consolidation and integration of services in June last year; but wondered whether the high price asked was justified in view of the relatively small number of significant new features offered.

The same can be said of version 15.

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TechFan #258 – Bill Smith of CompuCraft

On June 9, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson takes TechFan on the road to Grand Rapids, Michigan, with an onsite visit with CompuCraft Technology and an interview with owner Bill Smith. Later, Tim tries to get his youngest daughter to talk on the podcast, but she is too cool and refuses.

This episode is sponsored by Macsales.com

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Apple Watch Glass Screen Protector (38mm)
Manufacturer: Belkin
Amazon price: $24.99

I’m always concerned about damaging my latest new, shiny thing. Scratching the screen on my Apple Watch is my most recent worry. Because the watch is fairly thick, it is easily bumped or scraped against things.

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Belkin’s Apple Watch InvisiGlass® Screen Protector offers good screen protection. It’s real glass with a 9H hardness rating — that’s high. The packaging includes a clever alignment structure making positioning the protector on your watch precise. This is necessary because the protector itself is the size of a postage stamp.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Dr. Jan Linxweiler

On June 8, 2016, in Spotlight, by Tim Robertson

Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Dr. Jan Linxweiler of appgineers

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Mini Bluetooth Keyboard
Company: Kanex
Price: $40

Kanex Mini USB Keyboard and StandI recently had the opportunity to review the Kanex Mini Bluetooth Keyboard with Stand Cover, and I am impressed. Inside the box are the keyboard itself, a magnetic cover (which doubles as a stand for your tablet or phone), and a USB charging cable.

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W3 Premium Wireless Audio Adapter
Audioengine
$149 plus $89 each for additional receivers

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Wireless audio anywhere and everywhere in your home, place of work, or studio, without compression or signal reduction. Strong and clear signals at up to 100 feet from sender to receiver. Effortless setup for up to three receiving sets of speakers. 30-day trial to audition the units. Reasonable price for reliable 16-bit digital audio.

Audioengine’s excellent W3 Premium Wireless Audio Adapter is a send/receive two-module system that uses proprietary wireless technology to play your music to any speaker with mini audio or RCA ports. The modules can be powered from either AC or USB sources, including iPhone power plugs and external USB-output batteries, plus many others. Audio quality is superior to Bluetooth.

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