TechFan #205 – A lot of Apple’s

On April 17, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss the Apple Watch, NAB, Digital Camcorders, Virtual Pinball, the state of Apple’s Professional customers, buying Windows 7 to get a free copy of Windows 10, and much more.

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Infamous “podcasting patent” knocked out

NuGuard Laptop Snap On Colour Covers 
By: Newertech
Price: Newertech $17.99 – $39.99 US
Internet pricing $12.50 – $20.00 US

NuGuard Red two part snap on cover

Newertech NuGuard Laptop Snap On Colour Covers two part snap on covers. These are available for MacBook Airs and MacBook Pro Retina models. They come in a range of 11 colours plus clear and the United States Flag.

A separate but compatible keyboard cover is also available but only for users with a 78 key US layout.

For this review I asked my wife to choose a colour as it was her MacBook Air that would be wearing it. She chose the red one you see in the photos.

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VisionTek Wallet Drive – Review

On April 14, 2015, in Dock, Hard Drive, Review, by Simon Parnell

VisionTek Leather Wallet Drive

By: VisionTek
Price: $19.99 US
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Portable USB 3.0 2.5” Drive Leather Enclosure with Built-In USB Cable For PCs and Macs.

The VisionTek Wallet Drive is a 4.72” D x 3.14” W x .78” H leather wallet enclosure with an integral 7” USB 3.0 cable. It is designed to accept any 2.5” SATA hard disk or SSD and turn it into a pocket drive.

The internal fixing has a screwless snap-in design so you can easily insert (or remove) a drive without tools. There is a small blue LED that shows solid for power and flickers during drive activity just like almost any other drive. The whole enclosure is bus powered and so needs no extra cables or power supply.

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Remember how last week it was a short show? This week, not so much. Guy really likes Photos from OS X 10.10.3, but Gaz hasn’t yet pulled the trigger. But Gaz HAS seen an Apple Watch and Guy hasn’t which makes him a jealous boy. They also talk about the Star Wars movies now in iTunes, MacBooks, and how PC sales seem to keep falling as Mac sales go up. Weird.

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Mac BBQ:
Guy’s App Pick : Tomb Raider by Feral Interactive. $39.99 on the Mac App Store though I picked it up for half price during a special.
Gaz’s Pick: Accountz £39.00
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks: Oh, and no people’s pick? I don’t recall hearing my mention of MindNode.

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CF/SD + Battery Wallet – Review

On April 13, 2015, in Review, by Bob Wood

CF/SD + Battery Wallet
Manufacturer: Think Tank Photo
MSRP: $9.99

With today’s digital cameras using more and more power it is always a good idea to bring an additional battery. That is where the Think Tank CF/SD + Battery Wallet can save the day. Having the right tool for the job can make or break the envisioned photo shoot or just about any project. People rarely credit the camera bag as a photographic tool. Sometimes you want the camera and only one lens. I find that it is best to bring only those things that you will need. Bringing a lot of extra equipment, just because it was in the case, will slow you down.


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Astropad – Review

On April 10, 2015, in Apps, iOS, iPad, Mac, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Company: Astropad
Price: $49.99 (currently on sale at $29.99 as of this writing) $19.99 educational pricing

Astropad icon

As an artist, and art teacher, who has been using my computer to create artwork for over two decades, one tool that I have always wanted is a Wacom Cintiq. If you don’t know what a Cintiq is, it is basically a drawing tablet that doubles as your computer monitor. Therefore, you draw on your monitor making it more like a true drawing experience than drawing on a non monitor type of tablet where you draw on the tablet but have to look up for your results on your display. I have never gotten a Cintiq because of price. However, thanks to a new Mac and iPad app called Astropad I can have a Cintiq-like experience on my iPad.

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Sound Blaster Roar Megastereo Cable
Company: Creative
$10 U.S.
Hint: Read this review first.

roar cable rear speakers

I continue to use Creative’s Sound Blaster SR20 Roar Wireless Speaker daily for personal listening and music teaching. It is the best one piece speaker I have ever heard for the combination of clarity, volume, and price. I recommend it to my students and friends. Many of them purchase it, and they are immediately amazed at how good it sounds at all volume levels.

Now I have a second Roar speaker, plus Creative’s $10 Sound Blaster Roar Megastereo Cable. Wow and double wow. Read the procedure below to learn how they work together for maximum stereo delivery.

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MyMac Podcast 551: April Fools!

On April 6, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

A short show this week recorded early (actually on April Fools day) with not much going on. Guy helps his brother Bill, the Maltese Cube script is complete, and Mike Potter of the For Mac Eyes Only podcast asks Guy to possibly put together a talk for a mini-conference while he’s at the Mid West Mac BBQ in June. WHAT was he thinking?

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Guy’s App Pick : Moonlight Mahjong by Midnight Martian 99 cents
Gaz’s Pick: Find the Easter Bunny, it’s free
OK OK how about a sort of Flappy bird type side scroller Yes then go for Mr Jump

mBase for iMac – Review

On April 6, 2015, in iMac, Review, Stand, by Curt Blanchard

mBase for iMac
Manufacturer: Rain Design
MSRP: $69.90 ($59.50 for 21.5” iMac)
27” version
21.5” version

mBase is a rock-solid, two-inch stand that is exactly the shape of the iMac’s foot. There is an mBase available for both iMac sizes. The sandblasted and anodized aluminum finish matches the iMac and looks like an accessory by Apple. As a bonus, I find that raising my iMac this way puts it at a surprisingly comfortable viewing/working height.


The Rain Design catalog is not large, but every product they make is designed to precisely match and accessorize Apple products. There are very few manufacturers that succeed in engineering their products with Apple’s design aesthetic in mind. Rain Design gets it. mBase is an excellent example.

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TechFan #204 – Victor Cajiao

On April 3, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Victor Cajiao joins David and Tim to discuss his new show, Artechulate! With new technologies popping up every day, how do old business models change and adapt? Tim breaks his iPhone and does not have the best experience at an Apple Store. All this, and much more, on this episode of TechFan!

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Victor Cajiao on Twitter
Artechulate Podcast
Log In – Log Out Fail

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ScreenFlow 5 – Review

On April 3, 2015, in Apple, Mac, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

ScreenFlow 5
Company: Telestream
Price: $99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later,
iOS recording requires iOS 8 + Mac OS X 10.10 + lightning connection to USB


Recently I was given the opportunity to review ScreenFlow 5 for, so I jumped at the chance. I had bought a previous version of ScreenFlow in a bundle, then did nothing with it. Now I would have to take some time and learn how to use the application. I’m so glad I did.

When most people think of recording screencasts, ScreenFlow comes to mind, and with good reason. While iMovie or QuickTime are adequate for simple projects, ScreenFlow offers extra features that will bring your recording to another level.

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MyMac Podcast 550: TV and Bumpers

On March 31, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Yes, FINALLY Gaz and Guy get to all the great bumpers you people made and pick their favorites. They give a bit on the AppleTV and potential changes for everyone (eventually) in picking the shows and channels you watch, and Guy gets a Drobo while Gaz is done moving his pics around.

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Mac BBQ:
Guy’s App Pick : Transmit by Panic software $34
Gaz’s Pick: BBC iPlayer Radio App


Manufacturer: Macphun
MSRP: $14.99
Available in the Mac App Store

There is a long history of monochromatic images created by humans. Chauvet Cave in France is credited with having some of the earliest, dating back 30,000 years or more. Tonality by Macphun works to bring this longstanding artistic practice forward into the current century. The easy to discover and use tools available in Tonality will assist photographers and graphic artists of all skill levels to explore this age-old tradition.


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TechFan #203 – Meerkat

On March 27, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim and David test out Meerkat while recording this weeks TechFan Podcast. They also have a new Twitter account, and one email address for contacting the show! Is TxK ripping off T2K? Why such a disparity between Xbox One and 360 in free games? Amazon updates the Fire TVs! All that, and your feedback on this weeks TechFan!

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TxK dev on Atari legal threats
From “Xbox Games With Gold April Preview: Double Games!”
Amazon Announces New Features for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick


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Cases for your iPhone 6 Plus

On March 23, 2015, in Review, by Rich Lefko

BookBook for iPhone Plus (Reviewed)
Twelve South
Price: iPhone 6/iPhone 6Plus – $59.99 – Red or Black

two sizes

Twelve South is the maker of the “BookBook” line of cases for MacBooks, iPads, and now iPhones. I personally own BookBooks for my iPad and MacBook Air, and I do love them.  These cases are designed to look like old, worn, books. I have handed various BookBook cases to unsuspecting friends and watched (with a grin) as they tried to open the case as if it really was a book. At first glance, they really do look like books. The BookBook for iPhone 6 plus is more than just a case and incorporates the functionality of a wallet.

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So there’s the thing called the Maltese Cube

On March 21, 2015, in Opinion, by Guy Serle


OK, in the VERY FIRST thing I wrote for my site the for my eventual new book, I mentioned a story I wrote called the Maltese Cube and that I wasn’t particularly proud of it. Meanwhile back in the real world, I now have it in Apple’s iBook Store, in Amazon’s Kindle eBook Store, and now available as well as a paperback through Amazon. Karl Madden of the Mac & Forth podcast and I are rewriting it as an audio play that should be released at some point this year as a podcast. So what happened?

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TechFan #202 – No Host Show No Solo

On March 21, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

This week, regular hosts Tim and Owen no shows – but rather than do a solo show, David pulls in an less traditional guest to give us his perspective on being a TechFan.

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MyMac Podcast 548: Best of the MyMac Podcast 1-100

On March 17, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Gaz and Guy are doing Allison Sheridan’s NosillaCast Podcast for her this week so we’re bringing you something special! It’s the Best of the MyMac Podcast shows 1-100 and there’s some great stuff here. There’s the original MyMac Podcast theme, Tim and Chad talking about the OTHER podcast that has MyMac in its name, also them talking about the Motorola ROKR phone, and Sgt Perry makes his first appearance insisting Mac users install Window XP without protection. After that it’s Tim and Chad’s interview with Dr. Gil Amelio former CEO of Apple. In the last segment we’ve got an early bumper by David Cohen, one of the last Dashboard Minutes by Guy, John Parr singing about what makes the Mac great for him, Tim and Guy alive at the Grand Rapids Apple Store, and lastly a Dashboard Minute with Guy (not surprisingly) screwing up.

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Universal USB 3.0 4K Laptop Docking Station w/4K DisplayPort
Company: StarTech
Price: $222.99 U.S.

Portable computers are very popular, sometimes more popular than their desktop equivalent. The counterpart of using a portable computer is that you are limited in number of ports and extensibility. Thanks to USB 3.0 and StarTech Universal USB 3.0 4K Laptop Docking Station w/4K DisplayPort you can eliminate some of those limitations.

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TechFan #201 – On A Shelf

On March 13, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim and David look at the new MacBook. David is more enamored with it than Tim is, which leads to a nice conversation. Tim get’s a nice compliment from one of his favorite authors and does not let it go to his head AT ALL. And in the product spotlight, the PowerGistics 8 Shelf Desktop Tower is featured.

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8 Shelf Desktop Tower by PowerGistics
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