Noteology – Review

On April 18, 2014, in Apps, iOS, iPad, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Noteology
Company: RHP Multimedia
Price: $4.99
Version: 1.0
Requires: iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini Gen 1 and 2, iOS 6.0 or later

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One of the great things about going to Macworld is discovering new apps. With some, you think, why didn’t I think of that? Noteology is one of those apps.

Noteology is an iPad-only app that lets users record video, and, at the same time, take notes and set bookmarks. You can play back the video with or without the notes, and even edit or add notes and bookmarks. No more missing what the speaker is saying because you’re too busy writing things down.

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Rdio Streaming Music Service
Price: $10/month (USA) for unlimited device single user plan

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Rdio is the best streaming music service you’ve never heard or seen. Album selections are plentiful, sound is very good, user interface experience is pleasant, and value for money is high. A free two-week trial is available to help potential customers experience everything that is Rdio. There is a thorough Help Center.

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foxL DASH A Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone
Soundmatters
Price in USA: $149 online (new product; shop for competitive pricing)

DASH A

This premium thin, versatile micro-soundbar goes everywhere and does everything. Bluetooth wireless connectivity with Apple and other devices is quick and secure. Music sounds good within DASH A’s midrange-focused sonic spectrum. Hands-free phone, Skype, and FaceTime conversations in close range of the speaker are among the best we’ve tested. Included written instructions are concise and complete.

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MyMac Podcast #501 – Mittens

On April 16, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Sponsored by OWC

No Gaz this week as he gets his revenge on Guy for being gone for MacWorld. Or something like though it may actually just be spending time with the family someplace fun and not about Guy at all. Speaking of run on sentences, Owen joins Guy and they talk about Macworld (though in no great detail) in a very informative and revealing (where we find out why Guy is Gus and Owen is Opie! How exciting is that!). STILL no end to the podcast contest (next for maybe sure!) and lots of some of the interviews done by the MyMac Staff at some Expo or something.

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You know what’s there, go get it!
Air Display
1Password
Antec
Avatron
EverWeb
Korus
Prong
Rekonme

Guy’s App Pick: Uber, the alternate to bad cabs. Free though needs a credit card to work
Gaz’s App Pick: No, since he’s not here this week
Owen’s PickAir Display $9.99. Use your old iPad or really nearly any old thing and use it for another display for your Mac

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Capturing Light: The Heart of Photography by Michael Freeman
Focal Press
Price: $20 to $30 in USA (Internet and retail)

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In this exhaustive analysis of different types of natural light, the British photographer Michael Freeman illuminates essential principles that will have you looking for photographic subjects in a different way. His thesis in this lavishly illustrated book is that to capture the best light you need to do three things: wait, chase the light, and sometimes help nature with gear, like diffusers, that have been around a long time.

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Macro 3-in-1 Lens kit for iPhone 5/5s
Manufacturer: olloclip
MSRP: $69.99
Macro 3-in-1 Lens

The folks at olloclip have developed a wide assortment of precision lenses that clip onto your iPhone or iPod Touch. There are telephoto, fisheye, macro, and wide angle lenses in a variety of strengths as well as 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 combo kits available. These lenses add versatility to the already very good iPhone cameras. This company maintains a lead in optics for the iPhone with high quality ground, coated, multi-element glass lenses, engineered aircraft aluminum frames, and careful attention to detail.

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TechFan #157 – The Techfan Soldier

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

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David and Tim discuss OWC Radio launching next week, leadership in tech companies, the lack of history in the computer industry, the Samsung S5, Apple history, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, feedback from listener Michael Breed, and more on Office on the iPad.

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iRest Lap Stand for iPad – Review

On April 9, 2014, in iPad, Review, Stand, by Elisa Pacelli

iRest Lap Stand for iPad
Company: Rain Design Inc.
Price: $49.90
Works with: iPads and tablets up to .47 inches in thickness

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I’ve known about the iRest Lap Stand for iPad for a number of years, and I got to see it in person at Macworld/iWorld 2014. Most companies bring new products to Macworld, and Rain Designs is no exception. But the iRest is so popular with consumers that it was proudly on display next to newer items.

Why is the iRest so well-liked? Let me set the stage.

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UltraLight Camera Cover
Mindshift Gear
Price: $29.99

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The UltraLight Camera Cover is a waist pack perfectly designed for carrying a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera and lens. Use it on a day hike or any time you’re wandering around outdoors. It’s simple to use, reasonably priced, and will protect your camera from the elements. I wish I’d had it with me on a recent trip to Oregon when it rained seven out of nine days.

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MyMac Podcast #500 – About frigging time

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

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Sponsored by OWC
You’ve waited, and waited, and waited some more for the 500th podcast and it’s finally here! No app picks or much about the Macworld Expo this week or stuff from Google + or Twitter. Gaz and Guy talk a little about playing with organs (the musical kind) on iPads and then things get REALLY interesting when we get all the former hosts together into one virtual room. Naturally they talk a lot about the history of the podcast and a lot of it will make you laugh. Stand by for action!

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OWC has lots of audio and video products
Guy’s App Pick: Nope
Gaz’s App Pick: Uh uh
People’s Pick: Not this time

From all the hosts throughout the years of the MyMac Podcast, thanks to every one of you for downloading the show. Stick around as there’s much more to come!

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TechFan Podcast #156 – Foursome

On April 6, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David welcome two special guests this week, Guy Serle and Chad Perry, to discuss the 500th episode of the MyMac Podcast, the new Amazon Fire TV, developing apps for iOS and Android, and much more!

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PhotoProX iPhone 5/5S case with lenses
Manufacturer: Optrix
MSRP: $149.95
PhotoProX

The PhotoProX is a rugged, waterproof case for the iPhone 5 and 5S that accommodates four included lenses. The case is designed for the outdoors and is built to withstand serious abuse—it can even be used for underwater photography. Your iPhone fits into a plastic “sled” which, in turn, slides into the clear plastic case. The top door, where the phone slides in, has a tight-fitting gasket and a strong latch. There is also a bottom door that permits access to the 3.5mm audio jack, the Lightning charging port, and the phone’s mic and speaker. This little door snaps shut with effort and is very difficult to open due to the necessary waterproofing gasket.

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Penclic Mouse – Review

On April 4, 2014, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

Penclic Mouse
Company: Penclic
Price: $73 – $99 depending on wired, wireless, or Bluetooth model

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The Penclic mouse is a mouse that looks like a pen. When I first heard about it I wasn’t sure what to expect. A mouse that is in the shape of a pen? I had to try one and see how it worked. Would it be better than a traditional mouse? Would it be better than a drawing tablet for drawing? Read on to learn more.

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StarTech Thunderbolt Docking Station versus Akitio Thunder Dock: And The Winner Is? – Nemo Memo
StarTech Thunderbolt Laptop Docking Station with HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and Gigabit Ethernet
Price: $250 U.S.

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Akitio Thunder Dock Thunderbolt Docking Station

$249 U.S.

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Your life just changed for the better. You purchased and put into service one of these newest-generation of hardware docks that are compatible with the Thunderbolt ports on your recent MacBook Pro. It’s time to party as if SCSI, FireWire, and USB docks are ancient history, which they are, thanks to StarTech and Akitio.

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StarTech.com Wireless Travel Router for iPad – Review

On April 3, 2014, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

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StarTech.com Wireless Travel Router for iPad
Company: StarTech
Price: $66.99

Have you ever been in a hotel that only had a wired connection for the Internet? Maybe the hotel had Wi-Fi , but only the wired connection was free? Believe it or not, there are still hotels and resorts that are like this. I recently took a trip to such a resort where the only free Wi-Fi was in the lobby. You either had to pay for Wi-Fiby the day or use a wired connection in your room.

This is where the StarTech.com Wireless Travel Router for iPad comes in.

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Macworld Expo day 3 – The gang is all here

On April 2, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

Second day of Macworld but the last day for us all being together. Join Guy, Vicki, Elisa Mark, Eric, and Owen as they yammer a lot about things mostly related to some kind of Tech event…maybe. Then Guy talks to the Jupiter crew at OWC about spaceships and massive storage, and a bunch of interviews we did on the Expo floor.

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Other World Computing
Developers we talked to:
Inspire Pro
Antec Mobile Products
AppPresser
City Hour
Cloak
Ergotron

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Highlights of Macworld/iWorld 2014

On April 1, 2014, in Features, Macworld Expo 2014, by Elisa Pacelli

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You plan and you plan, and then it’s over in a flash. Macworld/iWorld 2014 is now just a fading memory.

This was my second year attending the Mecca for Mac enthusiasts. There were a lot less iPhone/iPad cases (though there were some) and a lot more unique and inventive products on display, especially apps. Here are a few that caught my eye. Look for reviews by various writers on MyMac.com in the coming months of some of the products we found at Macworld/iWorld.

Noteology
Noteology is an iPad app that allows users to record or playback video while taking notes at the same time. It integrates with Dropbox and is compatible with Bluetooth keyboards and microphones.

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Sponsored by OWC

It’s day 1 so the gang is in full swing covering the Expo. We complain about hotel WiFi, Guy’s problem remembering things that prevent him from actually doing work, and we talk about some of the developers we saw. Another conversation with Larry from OWC and floor show interviews! It’s just like being here except without the long flight and bad food!

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Other World Computing
Developers we talked to:
In1 Case
Bakbone
Drobo
Kamino
Bear Extender
Sdock

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The World’s Oldest Apple Dealer’s Final Day

On March 30, 2014, in Features, by Tom Schmidt
The last day.

The last day.

It all started in 1941. Maury and Betty Zuckman opened a little radio repair shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1977 a brand new company named Apple Computer struck its first ever dealership agreement for sales of the Apple II with the then-named Team Electronics. By 1987 FirstTech, which switched names two years before, dropped sales of stereo equipment in favor of becoming a full time Apple dealer. Now, on March 29, 2014, FirstTech’s doors have closed forever. A victim of increasing pressure from national retailers and service providers. 37 years as an Apple Specialist, 73 in total, was a pretty darn good run.

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Apple VR

On March 29, 2014, in My Turn by Tim Robertson, by Tim Robertson

In the battle of Virtual Reality, there are now two major players: Sony and Facebook. In the last week the landscape for VR has had a major shift, moving from a potential to a reality.

Sony's  "Project Morpheus"

Sony’s “Project Morpheus”

Last week Sony announced and showcased their upcoming PS4 attached “Project Morpheus” VR system. While they are not committing to any release date or even a price point, there is no doubt in anyones mind that Sony is both serious and going to move quickly into the space.

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