TechFan #206 – Naughty Google

On April 24, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

What Mac would you buy if your current Mac died? We asked Twitter that question, and this episode features the answers! Also, someone is naughty inside Google, Windows OEM explained, and GarageBand hates Tim this episode.

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Naughty Google (updated: see it here)

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iBattery Case for iPhone 6 – Review

On April 24, 2015, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

iBattery Case for iPhone 6
Manufacturer: LifeCHARGE
MSRP: $79.99 (Internet pricing: $69.99)

The LifeCHARGE iBattery case for iPhone 6 charges your phone and provides you with plenty of extra power for long days, plane trips, or weekends off the grid. An iPhone case is a personal choice since your phone is in your pocket or purse all day, every day. This is particularly true with a battery case as it provides power as well as scratch protection. If the case is wrong in any way, you’re unhappy.


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This is cool for DiRT 3 Mac gamers!


Lumix ZS50 – A Camera With iOS Integration

On April 23, 2015, in Camera, iOS, Wi-Fi, by Curt Blanchard

Lumix ZS50—A Camera With iOS Integration
Commentary by Curt Blanchard

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This is not meant to be a full camera review. It is published to highlight Panasonic’s new iOS integration. I see this as the beginning of an exciting chapter in digital photography.

The Panasonic Lumix ZS50 was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, 2015. It is a feature-rich, compact, superzoom camera that you can carry in your pocket. These features match my requirements for the ideal camera. I don’t want to lug around a heavy bag and lots of gear, but I still want a great camera.

The new ZS50 has some remarkable improvements and enhancements over previous models. The three new features that convinced me were: a 30X (thirty times!) optical zoom, a new, 12.2-megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor for enhanced low-light photography, and a 2.0-inch live viewfinder allowing you to look through the camera’s lens instead of squinting at the LCD screen when out in the bright sun.

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Drive Genius 4 — First look user report for BootWell disk repair
Prosoft Engineering
$99 U.S. for personal license; $15 U.S. for USB3 BootWell flash drive; professional and enterprise licenses are available


Drive Genius 4 is a suite of repair, performance, and protection utilities for the Macintosh and connected hard drives. Its software resurrects Macs that will not start under their own steam. The first time you need Drive Genius 4, its $99 U.S. price will be a bargain because you will be desperate and you will be overjoyed to have your Mac back in service pronto. Stuff happens, and when it happens without warning your computer will be sick and you won’t know how to make it healthy.

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MyMac Podcast 553: Just a Quick One

On April 21, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

No Gaz this week as he deals with some family stuff (don;t worry, he’s OK), but Guy is joined by Peter Bird of the Deeper Look Podcast and they have a nice chat about why Guy is SO tired, WWDC,your thoughts, and feedback! So much cool stuff that it couldn’t be contained! Well, it was and all within this show

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Resolving Finder Problems in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite | OSXDaily
In case you get this bug too.
Guy’s App Pick : Easy Envelope from Ambrosia Software $9.99
Peter Bird’s App Pick: Photos for OSX Free with 10.10.3 Peter78@twitter

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SLIMCase Ultra Thin Polycarbonate Case for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
Manufactured by: Designed by Many
Price: $19.99

SLIMCase Translucent  Clear and Smoke variants

The SLIMCase from Designed by Many is a polycarbonate “ultra thin” snap on rear shell cover for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. It is available in Space Gray, Gold, White, Black, Translucent Smoke and Clear Translucent. It comes complete with an mPact film screen protector.

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Secūr Auto Emergency Tool & LED Flashlight

On April 20, 2015, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Secūr Auto Emergency Tool & LED Flashlight
Company: Secūr
Price: $29.99, less than $20 on Amazon at time of publication


We’ve all seen the stories on the news: a vehicle is stranded and can’t signal for help; there’s a car accident and the driver is trapped in his car because the seat belt won’t unbuckle or he can’t break the glass to get out. The Secūr Auto Emergency Tool & LED Flashlight can help with those scenarios.

The Secūr Auto Emergency Tool & LED Flashlight is a flashlight-warning beacon-seatbelt cutter-window breaking tool all in one small package. It also claims to charge cell phones, which I’ll discuss at the end. No batteries are needed; it charges strictly by hand crank. The flashlight charges very quickly: one minute of cranking gives 40 minutes of light, and holds a charge for days. There are three magnets that secure the tool on a car so other drivers can see the flashing red light.

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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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Windows 10
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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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


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