Partly out of necessity and partly out of curiosity, I seem to be addicted to YesterTech. That’s what I call previous versions of everything, including the AirPort Express router I just spent a week monkeying with.

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My guess is that most people who buy an AirPort Express router know more about it than I did. A lot of what I learned by poking around on the Internet probably is obvious to someone more attuned to the technology. I wanted to accomplish just one thing I had seen work at a friend’s house. I wanted to stream music from my computer or iPhone to my non-AirPlay living room speakers, using an Apple product called AirPort Express. I didn’t realize I was climbing into a big dark hole.

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Apple’s new iPhoto replacement, the Photos app, can be a little scary for some people. No more events. It looks different. Plus, what happened to the list on the left side of the screen with all of my Albums and my Library? Well, thankfully that is still there and it is easy to bring that back and a little familiarity to Photos.

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To bring back the sidebar go the “View” menu and click “Show Sidebar.” Instantly your list of albums, “Last Import,” etc. will appear on the left of the screen. You’ll also find projects like Books or Calendars here. If you imported an iPhoto library all of your events from iPhoto are now in a folder called “iPhoto Events.” The events have been converted to Albums, but they will all be there.

It may not be the same as iPhoto, but it will help make the transition to Photos a little easier and basic.

 

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Photos For Mac: A Take Control Crash Course
Author: Jason Snell

Publisher: TidBITS
Version 1.1
Price: $10.00 ebook
61 pages

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Have you left iPhoto or Aperture yet and moved to Photos? Still have some unanswered question about the process? Or maybe you’ve already jumped over but something just doesn’t look right. Let former Macworld editor Jason Snell lend a helping hand in his new book Photos For Mac: A Take Control Crash Course.

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MyMac Podcast 568: What are Old Macs good for?

On August 3, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Still no Gaz and Guy is getting weird. OK, he was already weird so no points for that, but Dave Hamilton from the Mac Geek Gab agrees to be on the podcast maybe without realizing just what that means. They have a long discussion about lots of things with tangents flying everywhere but eventually get back on track to talk about what to do with those Macs you might have lying around the house.

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Links
:
https://mypodcastreviews.com
Other stuff:
Guy’s App Pick: Acorn a cool image editor
Gaz’s App Pick: Gaz is walking so stop asking for a app pick!
Dave’s App Pick: MOS Organizer $20 for white or black plastic/$40 for the aluminum model

 

Pixave – Review

On August 3, 2015, in Photography, Picture Gallery, Review, by Donny Yankellow

 

Pixave
Company: 
Little HJ
App Store Link
Price: $9.99

Are you an artist who wants an iPhoto/Photos like way of organizing your art images, but you don’t want to mix your personal photos with your artwork? Maybe you are a writer and want to catalog screenshots and images for articles? Or perhaps you have a ton of miscellaneous images on your computer that you want to organize? If so Pixave, an app that costs just $9.99 in the Mac App Store, might be what you are looking for.

Pixave is an image organizer for the Mac that allows you to group your images into collections (or albums). These collection can also be further organized into folders containing various collections and/or smart collections. What is a smart collection? It is a collection that grabs imported images based on attributes you set. These attributes can be title, date, file type, or even color.

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Kensington SafeGrip Case for iPad Air 2 – Review

On August 3, 2015, in iPad, Review, by Rich Lefko

Kensington SafeGrip Case for iPad Air 2
Company: Kensington
Price: $69.95 USD

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When iPads first came out the thought of our kids grabbing our iPads and dropping them, such an expensive piece of electronics, left us in fear. However, as the iPad has evolved, their use in schools and at home has become generally accepted. Still, we are talking about an expensive piece of hardware, and no matter how well intentioned, or careful our kids try to be, accidents do happen.

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iRig Mic Cast
iK MultiMedia
MRSP €39.99 – $39.99 / $23.44 (Amazon) / £24.00 (Amazon)

 

iRig Mic Cast Box Shot

Being on the road and trying to keep up a schedule of recording a semi daily podcast with above average sound quality was proving a challenge, until the iRig Mic Cast landed on the doormat. An ultra compact, lightweight and an incredibly affordable microphone for your travel bag, the Mic Cast is ideally suited to the challenge. 

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MyMac Podcast 567: Bad Press

On July 29, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Gaz is off walk-about so Karl Madden from the Mac and Forth podcast joins Guy to keep the UK perspective going. Guy is supposed to keep Karl from Ranting, but nobody seems to be able to stop Guy from doing the same as they discuss the typical coverage for Apple news in the world today.

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Links:
Examples of Bad Press
bloomberg.com
nytimes.com

Other stuff:
Guy’s App Pick: Original Call of Duty from the Mac App Store. $20 is a little expensive for a game this old but it’s still pretty solid.
Gaz’s App Pick: Gaz is walking so stop asking for a app pick!
Karl’s App Pick: Opinion Podcasts – Record, Edit & Share

 

Macspiration Basics: Force Quit

On July 28, 2015, in Mac, Mac OS X, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

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Have you ever had a Mac App stop responding? Usually this leads to the spinning “beach ball.” If this has happened to you, there is a quick and easy way to fix it. It is called “Force Quit.”

To “Force Quit” an app go to the Menu in the top left of your screen with the Apple logo. Click the Menu and choose “Force Quit.” This will present a window with all of the open applications on your Mac. Normally, if one is stuck or not responding you will see “Not responding” next to the name. Click this app’s name or any other one that you are having issues with and then click the “Force Quit” button. This should force the application to it, as the name implies.

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You can then reopen it and try again.

Bonus tip: Hold the “Shift” key while clicking the Apple menu and you will see the name of the app you are in after “Force Quit.” Instead of choosing from the list you can just do everything from one step.

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Instead of waiting for the “beach ball” to stop spinning the next an app goes crazy on your you can force it to quit.

Basic.

 

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Lucidpress is top Publisher for Mac alternative

On July 27, 2015, in Sponsor, by Sponsor Post

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Replacing Microsoft Publisher for Mac isn’t easy. You could download something expensive like InDesign, but it’s not nearly as straightforward to use. We suggest you try a web app called Lucidpress instead. It’s intuitive, Mac-friendly, and there’s even a free option.

Lucidpress employs drag-and-drop technology, which makes it simple to design posters, business cards, brochures, and flyers. Like Publisher, Lucidpress has a large library of templates that can quickly be customized to create original content. There are even templates for creating online collateral like Facebook cover photos or blog header images.

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TechFan #218 – Hacking

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

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Fire TV Stick, evernote, onenote, RCSAndroid, Plexconnect, Microsoft, Google, Apple Music, and much more are discussed by Tim Robertson and David Cohen

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Did you know that you can do a screen recording of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using your Mac? Not only is this possible, but it is very easy to do!

First, you need your iOS device with iOS 8 (or later) installed connected to your computer with OS X Yosemite (or later) installed. Next, open the application called QuickTime Player.

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Next, in the File menu choose “New Movie Recording.”

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This will open a window for recording your movie and activate your computer’s camera.

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In that screen is a control bar with a red record button. Next to that button is a little arrow with a drop down menu. In that menu will be a lot of items, including your connected iOS device. Choose the iOS device and the display in the recording window will go from your camera to your iOS screen!

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Screenshot of my iPhone via my iMac and Quicktime

All you have to do now is click record and the application will record whatever you want to do from your iOS device. This is also a great way to show an iOS device through your Mac without recording.

When you are done you can save the recording from the File Menu.

A very cool, very simple, and basic technique.

 

MyMac Podcast 566: Apple Music Demystified

On July 20, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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The GMen answer every single question you might have about Apple Music. Or at least every question you might think they could answer, so your confusion may still remain after listening. No matter, a fun packed show that you’ll be sorry it’s over, or maybe begun, but only you as a listener can answer THAT question.

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Links
:
http://www.malpastowers.com/blog/
Finder Tag links:
https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202754
http://www.maclife.com/
Macosxtips.co.uk

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BugPlug
Manufacturer: twelve south
MSRP: $34.99

Road warriors are always looking for that trick, tip, or gadget to make their travels easier. The PlugBug is that new thing that makes life less complicated and lessen their load. At first glance it looks like an oversized power adapter for an iPad painted red.

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TechFan #217 – Dinosaur Turkeys

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

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David and Tim discuss theme parks, Apple Music, driverless cars, Reedit, dinosaurs, and the fact that social media and the like can and do bring out the best and worst in people.

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MyMac Podcast 565: Do iPods still make sense?

On July 14, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz and Guy are back in studio (on two different continents but in studio) and have a lot to talk about. Like car races, past tech conferences, using binoculars to take pictures with phones, and some Apple tech stuff which works out well since that’s what they’re supposed to talk about anyway. With phones now so ingrained in our lives and performing multifunctional roles, does it matter much when Apple releases new music players? That’s the main topic for the GMen this week.

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Links:
Gaz’s Pics (mostly clean)
Phone mount for binoculars
Fixing that pesky duplicate name problem in the Finder
Guy’s App Pick: Quip. Free from the Mac App Store and online
Gaz’s App Pick:Downcast $2.99

 

Macspiration Basics: Add a URL link in your Dock

On July 14, 2015, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

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If you ever wanted to have a link to a website without bookmarking it in Safari, here’s a way to add it to your Dock. From the desired webpage go to the website field at the top of Safari. A “+” will appear to the left of the website. Click and drag that “+” to your Dock.

Make sure you are on the far left side of the Dock.

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Drop it onto your Dock and a globe icon will appear. Now whenever you click that icon Safari will open and go to that page. world

Basic!

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Nighthawk Stereo Headphone
Company: Audioquest
$599 U.S.

Audioquest Nighthawk

YouTube review

Sources: iPhone6+ with Oppo HA-2/Beyer A200p DAC/amps, various computers using the HRT Microstreamer/Audioquest Dragonfly/FiiO E17k/FiiO E07k DAC/amps.

How to describe the sound of the Audioquest Nighthawk? The term liquid comes to mind, as a smoothness that’s like water on a plate. As I’ve been listening the past few days I thought “This is like listening to average solid-state amps for years, and then hearing a highly-regarded tube amp for the first time.” That’s an imperfect analogy, since I’m dealing with the complexities of sound, and audiophile sound at that.

There are aspects of audiophile sound that fall into a hierarchy of sorts – frequency response, balance, signature – those three terms describe the thing that’s most obvious to beginners and advanced users alike. There are theories and there are preferences. My personal take says that the Nighthawk is both warmer and softer (less harsh) than the classic hi-fi flagships from Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic, to name some examples. But that’s also my impression of good tube sound, so the question then is “How much does the Nighthawk actually differ from those ‘flagship’ headphones?”

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TechFan #216 – Gridz

On July 12, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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What’s the difference between Marvel and DC movies? Tim Robertson and David Cohen explore that, as well as discuss the Asus X205TA, iPad sales, Apple Music, cheap Apple Watch bands, writing, Gameloft, and an old PowerPC game, Gridz.

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Links:
Asus X205TA
Starfront: Collision (Mac)
Gameloft shuts down NYC studio
Gridz and Tim’s 1998 MyMac.com Review

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