Ibira Backpack – Review

On November 26, 2014, in Back Pack, Bag, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Ibira Backpack
Manufacturer: Case Logic
Price: $29.99

There is no such thing as the Perfect Backpack. Many are either underwhelming or trying too hard to accommodate every conceivable situation. This often results in a backpack with too many pockets, zips, hooks, and Velcro closures. Case Logic has hit a sweetspot with the Ibira Backpack. It is comfortable, economical, and just falls within airline carry-on and underseat size limits.

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LuguLake Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Company: LuguLake 
Price: $34.99 (Limited Amazon Price, see end of review for details) $89.99

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You can’t walk ten feet in any electronics store without running into another Bluetooth speaker. They come in so many varieties, colors, shapes, and price ranges that it is confusing trying to figure out what’s good or bad. The LuguLake Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is good, with a few caveats.

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MyMac Podcast 532: How did Apple Survive? (Part 1)

On November 25, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is mad at Apple and iTunes and Guy is mad at McIntosh County. Guy can’t manage to spend money with TMobile for an iPhone 5 and Gaz’s daughter has a lovely voice. What you can’t see how this all ties in with Apple?

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Guy’s App Pick: eCamm’s Skype Recorder $29.95. Not just for how well it works in recording Skype calls and messages, but for the great tools they include for splitting the calls and converting them into other formats.
Gaz’s Pick: Not Bloody iTunes! Selfish You tube Link

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Macally iPhone 6 Plus Cases
Company: Macally
Price: $8.99 – 16.99

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Having released iPhone cases going back to the original iPhone, Macally has a rich history and a deep knowledge of making protective and decorative cases for the iPhone. They were one of the first companies this time around with a full line of cases for the all-new iPhone 6 Plus. We will be looking at five different models, which come in a variety of colors.

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TechFan #187 – Fire TV Stick 6 Plus

On November 24, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson goes solo and discusses two topics: his iPhone 6 Plus and the new Amazon Fire TV Stick.

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BitTorrent Sync file transfer software – Review

On November 21, 2014, in Network, Review, by Ian Scott-Parker

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Caption: All images and graphics are courtesy of the BitTorrent GetSync website.

BitTorrent Sync: a first look at an alternative to file sharing in the cloud
Publisher: BitTorrent, Inc.
GetSync
Price: FREE download

Commonly abbreviated to BTSync, BitTorrent Sync is software that implements file sharing across computer networks using the peer-to-peer protocol. This means each computer doing the sharing can act as a server for the others, allowing shared access to files without the need for a cloud computing central server.

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MyMac Podcast 531: But it involves goats!

On November 19, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Goats? Yes…goats. We’re not “kidding”. Deal with it. Most of the past technical issues seems to be dealt with, though we’ve all thought that before haven’t we? The GMen give a lecture on what NOT to do when updating and how to clean up iTunes after CERTAIN people who may or may not be on this podcast thoroughly hosed his library.

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PageMeUp – Review

On November 19, 2014, in Apps, Review, by Simon Parnell

PageMe Up Desktop Publishing and HTML design and layout application
Softobe
Price: $24 USD

Page Me Up

PageMeUp describes itself as designed for print documents and websites. At the price it is pitched against applications like Pages, SwiftPublisher, and iStudio Publisher rather than the big guns like Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress.

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MyMac Podcast 530: Next Week will be AMAZING!

On November 15, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Guy updates to Yosemite which turns out to NOT be a great idea since his recording layout got hosed. Gas is in top form however and teases Guy about his lack of having SoundBoard by using…well…SoundBoard. They talk about Microsoft 365 and options available free or otherwise and it turns out that the more expensive option could be the best one.

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Guy’s App Pick: Duplicate Detective by FIPLAB ($2.99). Drop a folder on it and watch it find the duplicates. Then watch as it deletes them for you. That’s about all it does but it does it well.
Gaz’s Pick: Rambling’s Podcast BBC with Clare Balding.
People’s Pick: From Serenak (twitter) how about the Open University free Introduction to Cyber Security MOOC here

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Biologic Bike Mount Weathercase
Biologic
Price: $34.95

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The Biologic Bike Mount Weathercase allows you to safely carry and view your iPhone on your bike’s handlebars. If you already have your iPhone in a case, you’ll have to remove it. My iPhone 5S lives in an Otterbox case that is too large to fit into the zippered Biologic case.

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Think Tank Photo
Price: $129.75 US,  £99.00 UK

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Think Tank My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13
is unashamedly a briefcase and designed as a working bag. Whether you are a dedicated “road warrior” or just someone like me who feels they need to carry more than just their laptop and charger, consider it seriously. Think Tank Photo describes it as a mobile office for Apple power users. It is manufactured in good quality, water resistant, rip-stop type nylon, padded with a good closed cell foam, and lined with heavy duty silver toned nylon.

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Presenter Expert Green laser, cursor control and memory
Kensington
Model Number: K72427AM
MSRP: $99.99 (US), £89.99 (UK)
Presenter Expert

An all-in-one wireless laser pointer, slide changer and USB memory card, the Kensington Presenter Expert is a simple to use as it is stylish, and contains many excellent built in features.

The Presenter Expert comes in a material carrier pouch that matches the color of the device and keeps it both secure and waterproof. An unobtrusive USB controller fob that can be connected to any computer, Mac or PC, also doubles as a 2GB memory key to store all the files needed on-the-go, including the presentation to be given! The controller itself is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand but is neither slippy or awkward to use. Power is provided by two AAA batteries (included), and so efficient is the device that months of use can be had before replacements are required.

 

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TechFan #186 – Disney Meh

On November 11, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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With a client meeting in progress, David can’t make the show, so Tim and Owen talk about Meh, 99 iPhone marriage proposal, ChromeBox, the Internet Archive Arcade, President Obama’s talk of making the Internet a utility, and much more.

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Domke Next Generation Director Camera Bag
Manufacturer:
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Price: $329.99 – Internet: $244.74

Photographers are so focused on the hardware and the image that the importance of a camera bag to transport and protect this costly and delicate the gear can be overlooked. Domke has these objectives squarely in its sights. My first impression of this bag was that it can withstand being dragged for several kilometers across the Serengeti tied to the bumper of your Land Rover. The Domke Next Generation Director is a tough little bag with many good features and few flaws.

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TechFan #185 – RansomNote

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

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This week’s show came together in an unexpected manner as David managed to track Tim down in LA when he had his mic plugged in to his computer; just in time for him to vent his spleen about holding data to ransom. Also, we get to enjoy listener Tim Clark’s review of the Amazon Fire TV.

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MyMac Podcast 529: Quick Thoughts

On November 7, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Guy is back from the Sunshine State and quickly makes up for lost giggles as he and Gaz discuss CurrentC, GamerGate, Dead Product lines, and why speeding through Georgia at the end of the month is just a bad idea.

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Guy’s App Pick: Angry Birds Transformers by Rovio More than meets the eye.
Gaz’s Pick: Numbers and iCloud/iCloud drive yay it’s working now :) Free with New Mac’s if you don’t have it it costs 13.99 gbp ot $19.99
People’s Pick: From Mark Sheppard (twitter)
I pick the iOS app called Clips. Clipboard on steroids. Works as a:
1. Notifications widget
2. Share extension
3. Keyboard 4. App

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Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course – Book Review

On November 6, 2014, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course
Author: Scholle McFarland
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00
77 pages, ebook-PDF format
ISBN: 9781615424443

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When I want to learn, really learn, about a single technology topic, I turn to Take Control books. Each book dives deep into its subject; for example Dropbox, online privacy, or 1Password. Many other readers prefer a quick overview of the topic, a “get in, get out” philosophy if you will. For that reason, TidBITS has released a new type of Take Control series called Crash Course. The books are divided into small segments that allow readers to quickly check just the section they need at the moment, then get back to what they were doing.

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Macally iPhone 6 Cases – Review

On November 5, 2014, in Cases, iPhone, iPhone Cases, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Flexible Protective Frame for iPhone 6
Company: Macally
Price: $10.99
Available in five colors

Metallic Snap-On Case for iPhone 6
Company: Macally
Price: $8.99
Available in five colors

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Apple recently released new iPhones, which means there’s a whole lot of new cases, covers, and bumpers on the market. Today I’ll be reviewing two products from Macally for the iPhone 6: the Flexible Protective Frame and the Metallic Snap-On Case.

The Flexible Protective Frame is a polycarbonate bumper that protects the edges of the iPhone. Raised buttons make it easy to use the volume rocker and on/off/sleep switch. The openings for the speaker, lightening connecter, and headphone jack are large and easily accessible. If you frequently use the ring/mute button grow out your fingernails, as you’ll need them to reach that button. Not a deal breaker, but something to keep in mind.

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Commuter Series Wallet Case for iPhone 6 – Review

On November 3, 2014, in Features, iPhone, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Commuter Series Wallet Case for iPhone 6
Company: Otterbox
Price: $39.90 – $49.90 USD

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Having just evaluated and reviewed Otterbox’s Commuter series case for the iPhone 6, it’s also time to take a look at the Wallet case for the iPhone 6. Similar in design and build as the Commuter case, there is one striking difference. The Commuter Wallet series case is designed to be your all-you’ll-ever need iPhone case.

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Gaming on the new generation iPads

On November 1, 2014, in iPad, by MyMac

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On October 16, 2014, Apple fans all around the world braced themselves for the latest news and upgrades to be launched from Apple HQ in Cupertino. The reasons for this media event, which would include a keynote speech by CEO Tim Cook, were kept under wraps till the very last minute. But everyone, and his neighbour, knew that new generation iPads were just around the corner.

The rumours were finally confirmed when Cook unveiled the newer versions of the iPad Air and iPad Mini. These sleek and powerful tablets have particularly caught the eyes of Apple gamers, who are among the first users to upgrade to the latest models available and benefit from the best tablet gaming experience possible.

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