Should you buy digital content from your cable provider?

On October 24, 2014, in Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

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Recently, I was at my aunt and uncle’s house for a family gathering. They had purchased Disney’s Frozen through FIOS OnDemand for the kids to watch. The kids loved it, but it made me consider the question of whether or not you should purchase video content through your cable provider. Why? Isn’t it the same as buying through iTunes or Amazon? I would argue it is not. Here’s why.

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MyMac Podcast 527: Apple Event (Mini Minimised)

On October 21, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Guy is enjoying himself somewhere in the State of Florida this week and just gives Gaz time to recompose himself, and a recent guest has kindly accepted the invitation back on. YAY TheMacMommy. Sad Face Gaz as he thinks this might be the last Mac Mini he buys, well we all know like that’s going to be the case ;) Not updated to YoSeme yet, not because of all the issues, hang on what issues ;) but because of time. We will get back to the event later.

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Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case – Review

On October 20, 2014, in Cases, Review, by Steve Hammond

Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case
Price: $16.56
Company: EZ Buys Direct

I was looking at a protecting case for my iPad with Retina Display (4th gen), I’ve been testing the Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case from EZ Buys Direct. The case is designed like Apple’s Smart Case series.

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The case is easy to install on your iPad and is also compatible with the iPad 2 and the iPad 3 (aka the New iPad). You slide your iPad into the pocket and flip the tab on its back to secure it inside the case. The case has holes where it is necessary to access buttons and ports on the iPad. But overall I find it unsatisfactory.

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Painter 2015 – Review

On October 20, 2014, in Features, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Painter 2015
Company: Corel

Price: $429.99 Upgrade $229

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I have had the pleasure of reviewing the past few releases of Corel Painter for MyMac.com and the one thing I always applauded Corel for was the fact that they didn’t release a new version every year, but they waited about two years. This allowed the software to have more features due to the longer gap between releases. It also makes it easier on the wallet. However, with Painter 2015, Corel has strayed from that pattern and released a new version within about a year. When I read they had a new version I had to reread and check the website because I didn’t believe it. Is it still worthy of the high praise and your money? Read on.

First, and foremost, Painter has been and still is the best natural media painting program on the market. There are other great apps out there, but Painter has always been my favorite when it comes to realistic painting on the Mac. With that in mind, I am going to focus on the new and/or enhanced features for the purpose of this article.

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TechFan #182 – Been Too Long

On October 17, 2014, in TechFan Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss the news from the Apple event this week, including the release of Yosemite, a new iMac and Mac mini, iPads, and much more. Plus, Tim has a new blog!

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MyMac Podcast 526: Bose gets the hose on the nose

On October 14, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Beats? Bose? Which one is better or right in this current cat fight? Audiophilles don’t care for either one but the GMen look at the issue and soon decide they wish they had talked about something else. Guy takes the long way home in upgrading a friend’s laptop and they both are very excited about the next Apple event. New Macs? Maybe!

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Guy’s App Pick: FiLMiC Pro by Cinegenix. $4.99 in the iTunes app store. Awesome addition to filming video with your iPhone with great features like focus and exposure locks, speeded up and slow motion, three different aspect ratios as well as frame rates, audio options, many different uploaded options and a lot more. If you shoot video with your iPhone, this the the app you want to shoot it with.

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Commuter Series Case for iPhone 6 – Review

On October 13, 2014, in Cases, Features, iPhone Cases, by Russ Walkowich

Commuter Series Case for iPhone 6
Company: Otterbox
Price: $39.90 – $44.90 USD

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Apple’s iPhone 6 is a beautiful piece of design and function. Thinner than previous iPhone models, larger in size, it just seems to fit one’s hand perfectly. However, that thinness and the iPhone’s material seem to make it something that does seem to move by itself at times, especially out of the users’ hand if they forget that they’re carrying it around. Add to that the tendency of most people to simply slide it into one’s pants pocket and you might have a recipe for messing up one’s brand new iPhone.

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TechFan #181 – The Sony That Was

On October 10, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and Owen Rubin discuss Sony, BetaMax vs VHS, older HDTVs, early cable boxes, video games, Window’s iTunes problems, and much more!

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MyMac Podcast 525: Vegemite Sandwich? No Yosemite Sandwich!

On October 7, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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The GMen attempt to answer the question, “Can an Operating System be put between two slices of bread?” Well, they really don’t because it’s a stupid question, but they do talk about how to prepare for Yosemite and whether or not it’s a good idea to do that full clean system install.

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Griffith Park Deluxe Backpack – Review

On October 6, 2014, in Back Pack, Review, by Tim Robertson

Griffith Park Deluxe Backpack
Company: Case Logic

Price: $89.99
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In need of a new backpack to carry my new 15” MacBook Pro around in, our reviews editor John Nemo suggested the Griffith Park Deluxe Backpack by Case Logic. I think I have owned and used a Case Logic backpack in the past, but I honestly can’t remember, so I was game!

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TechFan #180 – Windows 10

On October 3, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim, David, and Owen kick off the show talking about Tim’s visit to L.A. Windows 10 is talked about, before Amazon Reviews and Kindles, self-driving Tesla’s, Facebook, Destiny, and Android apps running on PCs.

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USB 3 to HDMI/DVI Video Display Adapter
Company: NewerTechnology
Price: $62

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This innovative and versatile new video adapter falls into the category of Where have you been all my life, and where were you when I really needed you? In five minutes you can unpack its three component pieces, download the necessary free software, and be viewing your Mac’s content on an external display that has either an HDMI or DVI interface.

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MyMac Podcast 524: Bend it like Beckham

On September 29, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Melissa Davis takes a chance in joining the GMen for an episode. Many tried to warn her against it, but she just didn’t believe them. They have a long talk about iPhone bending as well as iCloud issues, Family Sharing SNAFU’s, and general all around recent Apple problems. Doesn’t sound like much fun, but they manage to turn every issue into rainbows and sunshine! Well, they laughed a lot about it anyway.

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Guy’s App Pick: VideoGIF from PearlMountain Technology. $4.99 in the Mac App Store. Trim existing video or create your own with your webcam. Add text, determine how long you want it to be and post it in you favorite social media sites.
Gaz’s App Pick: Couch to 5K. Want to start running, want to back back into running well this podcast, Mrs G has found it great to get into some running with out making it a chore.
Mellisa’s App Pick: “How To Make An iPhone Wallet
NewerTech NuGuard KX
iROO Pouch
People’s Pick:
From Erick Diaz: Asphalt 8 free with in-app purchases, and takes advantage of all the latest graphics. Looks like a console game on iOS.

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Lemur BlueDriver
Developer: Lemur Monitors http://www.lemurmonitors.com
Requires: IOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch) running IOS 7 or newer, or an Android device (phones, tablets) running Android 4.0 or newer.
Price: $99.95

Have you ever been ripped off by an auto mechanic? Have you paid an exorbitant fee to clear your Check Engine light when all that happened was that you forgot to tighten your gas filler cap until it clicked? Would you like to know more about how your car or truck is running? Are you an amateur mechanic who wants to know more about their car’s inner workings without having to buy an expensive diagnostic computer? If so, the Lemur BlueDriver Advanced Scan Tool may just be what you’re looking for.

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TechFan 179 – Bendghazi

On September 26, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Owen Rubin joins Tim and David this episode. David comes up with the most clever iPhone 6 bending term yet: Bendghazi! Tim and Owen try to get iOS 8 working correctly for 20 minutes during the show, and Logoist 2 is discussed.

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iMovie The Missing Manual – Review

On September 26, 2014, in Apps, Audio, Book Review, iMovie, iOS, iWork, Review, Video, by Mark Sealey

iMovie The Missing Manual
Author: David Pogue
O’Reilly Press
ISBN-10: 1491947322
ISBN-13: 978-1491947326
Price: Ebook: $33.99
Print: $39.99
Print and Ebook: $43.99

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The “Missing Manual” series, of course, aims to fill gaps that many pieces of software (may) leave by having no – or an inadequate – manual. iMovie The Missing Manual (O’Reilly) looks at Apple’s venerable movie editing software.

The status (in and out of the iLife suite), pricing, versioning, naming, scope, purpose and popularity of Apple’s own iMovie have all varied significantly since the software’s introduction in 1999.

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Photoshop Elements 13 – Review

On September 25, 2014, in Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
Developer: Adobe Systems
MSRP: $99.00 (Upgrade $79.99)
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Photoshop Elements 13 isn’t exactly a consumer version of Adobe’s Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). However, it’s wrong to think of Elements as a watered-down version of Photoshop. It’s easier to use, but its feature set is vast, very powerful, and does not require a subscription. Elements provides all of the editing capabilities most users will ever need.

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MyMac Podcast 523: Sad Face

On September 23, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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The sound is good, the time is right, but it’s still the same GMen. Messages somehow confuses my son Peter AND Dave Hamilton for Apple. Yeah, I don’t get it either. The GMen are back to using Google Docs because Apple’s Pages and iCloud is completely hosed and they have a discussion about the many missteps lately from everyone’s (or maybe a few people anyway) favorite electronics company.

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Guy’s App Pick: Time Machine. For probably the first time ever, a file got lost for me. It was a Canon MTS MPEG file that I tried to convert using a different program. Not only did it NOT convert, it made the file disappear. Time Machine went back in time (without those pesky morlocks) and put it back.
Gaz’s App Pick: ANTI PICK DON’T USE ICLOUD IT’S BIG FAIL :( OK that was because I’m upset I recently bought a pinball game for the iPad called PINBALL HD costs £1.49 and there are further in app purchases for more boards, this gives you 3 open boards but does give you access to a restricted board where you’ll need to buy the inApp purchase to access full functionality

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TechFan #178 – Self-Flushing Podcast

On September 19, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss iOS 8, the lines of people waiting to buy an iPhone, and the craziness surrounding Apple pushing the new U2 album out to every iTunes user. Microsoft shuts down their Silicon Valley research lab, Tim does a mini review of the Braven 705, and we have feedback from Andre, Peter, and Mike.

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MyMac Podcast 522: Shawn King just takes the fun out of everything

On September 16, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy can’t leave well enough alone and has (yet again) changed his recording setup. This was nearly a disaster which means that even MORE changes are afoot (so give him a hand…gold clap). Shawn King comes on to talk to the GMen about all the new Apple stuff, the death of Macworld as a print magazine, and Canadian Football…wait really?

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Guy’s App Pick: Netflix app for iOS
Gaz’s Pick: Wind Tunnel Pro
People’s Pick Mini Review: From Michael Cassel
Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac
Pro’s:
Rechargeable!!!
It’s flat.
Supports all Apple gestures etc.
Slightly larger surface area.
As sensitive as the Apple version
Con’s:
May appear to be slightly less sensitive – but it isn’t

Simply in terms of the angle alone he prefers this to my Apple trackpad. All the functionality is there too.

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