TechFan #241 – The Printing Conundrum

On February 6, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Do you still need to print documents or pictures? If so, this is the episode for you. Plus, usable older iPhones, the eye of Sauron, email from Owen, Error 53, suing Apple, and much more.

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Samsung Wireless Monochrome Printer
There’s a new “-gate” brewing on the Internet – Error 53
Aberystwyth man wins Apple Watch warranty court battle  


Loopback by Rogue Amoeba – Review

On February 4, 2016, in Apps, Audio, Review, by Guy Serle


Company: Rogue Amoeba
US $75 introductory price; $99 regular price

People who deal with audio on a regular basis are a persnickety bunch. They want everything to work in just a certain way and sometimes try to cram functionality with hardware and software to do things neither was meant to do. Or perhaps I’m projecting my own idiosyncrasies on everyone. No matter, if you have to deal with audio from various sources, you probably are already aware of Rogue Amoeba and some of their applications like Audio Hijack and NiceCast to name just a few. Well a little while ago, they also took control of a free program that a lot of podcasters have a love/hate relationship and that’s Soundflower. This program allows you to create virtual feeds to move audio around in your computer. It also is persnickety and boy I wish someone would make something easier to use. Well Rogue Amoeba did and it’s called Loopback.

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MyMac Podcast 591: Is Apple TV on AppleTV?

On February 1, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

We know Apple wants to bundle a selection of television channels, but what if they not only served the content, but owned it too? Guy and Gaz talk about this, as well as recent Apple financials (boring!), megasnowpocolypse (YAWN!), a Skype call (woo!), multiple languages (wha???), a some kind of malady affecting Guy (eww).

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Guy’s App Pick: Quake 4. $19.99 on the Mac App Store. Quake has come a long way from it’s origins of essentially being a Doom Clone which is ironic since ID Software is the maker of both games and they both used the same graphics engine for a time. Still a great shoot-em-up even 10 years later.
Gaz’s App Pick: Not an App pick But an iPhone 6 6/s add-on!!!!


TechFan 240 – You Don’t Know Jack

On January 31, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

David has car problems while Tim races a snow storm. Did you know the LEAF does not have a spare tire? Tim revisits the Fire HD 8 vs the Hire HD 7, and both of the guys are fed up with Apple’s online services. Finally, more on the Apple Watch and DC’s TV and movies.

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FlexiShield Gel Case for iPad Pro – Review

On January 29, 2016, in Cases, Review, by Curt Blanchard

FlexiShield Gel Case for iPad Pro
Manufacturer: Olixar
Price: $15.49 plus $2.99 shipping
More info here


The new iPad Pro is big, thin, and slippery. I’ve owned mine for a month so far and have had several heart-stopping Oops! moments while nearly dropping it. Since discovering the FlexiShield iPad Pro Gel Case by Olixar, I’m breathing easier.

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Learn Japanese with Tako for iOS – Review

On January 28, 2016, in iOS, iPad, iPhone, Review, by Scott Willsey

Learn Japanese with Tako for iOS
Company: Grogshot Games
Price: $2.99 USD


A couple of years ago, I recommended some great iOS apps for learning Japanese on my website. I still like and use most of those apps regularly, especially Midori and Japanese.

Recently I found another Japanese study app for iOS that I’ve been using on a daily basis to learn and remember more kanji. It’s called Learn Japanese with Tako, and it’s a fun and novel app for learning hiragana, katakana, and kanji, as well as basic pronunciation.

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FINALLY got the show to under an hour but Skype problems and Virgin Media UK makes life hell for thee GMen. Hey why should it only be the listeners that have to suffer? The GMen also talk about the UK, New York, and now California initiatives to force mobile device makers to add a back door into our devices so they can see what stuff we’re doing. Sure, because how could THAT go horribly wrong?

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Guy’s App Pick: Full Deck Solitaire by GRL Games Free with in-app purchases
Gaz’s App Pick: Zeitraffer an alternative to Time-Lapse the App I used to use that now seems to have become well useless!
People’s Pick: Karl Madden Advent Mechanically Textured Edition. An iPhone case for a mere $1000. That’s right, for just $1000 this bumper could be yours. If you are in the market for such an item I also know of a bridge across the Thames that is for sale at a very reasonable price.

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David Cohen is joined this week by friend of the show Owen Rubin, who has a serious tech-related injury to share. After discussing the joys of returning to direct IT Support, they geek out in a discussion about electric car vehicles pros and cons.

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Bicep Tendon Rupture
UK Health Service-supplied disability car
Toyota Prius-C


Audio Hijack – User Report Review

On January 25, 2016, in How-To, Mac, Review, by Mark Chappell

Audio Hijack 3
Price: $25 (upgrade) $49 (full version)

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Audio Hijack in its most basic sense is a way to capture audio from your Mac. If you want to record audio from a microphone, a website or an application, you can do that and a whole lot more. It looks so simple to use yet can also do many complex and rewarding audio tasks.

Audio Hijack’s new interface is a lot like playing with Lego. You start with one block, join them together, add more blocks and hopefully you end up with something at the end. For this article I will mix the review and my usage experiences together and share the results.

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Foscam Wireless IP Camera – Review

On January 22, 2016, in Review, Security, Wireless, by Curt Blanchard

Foscam Wireless IP Camera
Model: R2
Manufacturer: Shenzhen Foscam Intelligent Technology, Ltd.
Price: $149.99


Surveillance cameras are often considered creepy, but there are many uses that are not sinister at all. Keeping an eye on a sleeping infant, monitoring an elderly parent, or checking your home while traveling can all put your mind at ease. Foscam makes a number of monitoring cameras. Their new R2 Wireless IP camera is packed with useful features.


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Case Logic Huxton Laptop Sleeve – Review

On January 22, 2016, in Laptop Case, Review, by Vicki Stokes

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Huxton 15.6” Laptop Sleeve

Company: Case Logic
Price: $30

The Case Logic Huxton Laptop Sleeve is a case made of heathered fabric designed for protecting your 15.6” laptop  when traveling to the office, school, or local cafe.

The Huxton Laptop Sleeve is designed to protect a laptop with a 15-16 inch screen. The sleeve dimensions, 15.9 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches, can fit devices sized 15.2 x 1.2 x 10.5 inches. There is a zippered pocket to store smaller electronics such as an iPad or Kindle. Though well padded, the polyester material weighs less than a pound. Color options are black or midnight navy.

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MyMac Podcast 589: Ch-Ch-Changes

On January 18, 2016, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Well we lost some good people last week namely David Bowie and Alan Rickman but we don’t give in to being Under Pressure and turn to page 394. Sorry do podcast 589 anyway. Guy talks a bit about the Remix Mini he got last week and Gaz talks about trying to return his broken one. A few short topics in the middle section and we call it a show.

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All that Jide! (1st look)

On January 18, 2016, in Android, First Look, Review, by Guy Serle



No, MyMac has not become an Android site (unless Tim follows through on his threat to switch if Apple drops the headphone jack in the next iPhone), but while surfing around I found an article talking about a company called Jide. Never heard of them? Not surprised as they’re a small Chinese company that seems to be a relative newcomer. Like most other Chinese companies, the products they make are firmly rooted in the Android world. However Jide is doing something a little different from most of the rest. They’ve kinda forked Android and turned it into a desktop OS. How does it do? Surprisingly well, thank you very much.

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Secūr SP-2000 Digital Solar Radio & LED Flashlight 

Company: Secūr

Price: $50 USD


I am currently the advisor of the Environmental Club at the high school where I teach. As a result, I’m always on the lookout for ways to minimize the impacts upon the environment that our technology inevitably causes. Our club recycles hundred of pounds of batteries each year in an effort to reduce pollution in our landfills. When I discovered Secūr’s line of solar powered devices, I was intrigued and eager to take a look at them.

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PhotoFast’s MAX Extreme and Hello Kitty Lightning USB External iOS Storage
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$88 to $270 USA — See company web store for pricing and capacity options from 16GB to 128GB

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Attention — owners of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices that are full or nearing capacity. Help has arrived. Stop deleting a movie here or some video podcasts there or a few hundred photos elsewhere to free up a bit of space. PhotoFast’s MAX Extreme and Hello Kitty Lightning USB External iOS Storage mini-drives are the solutions to your storage crisis.

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MyMac Podcast 588: Remixing it AGAIN

On January 10, 2016, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Gaz and Guy speculate about the future of iOS by talking about a unique version of Android from a company called Jide. What the fork?

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TechFan #238 – PineHead

On January 8, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss the meaning behind PineHead, CES coverage, Quack Tech.
HumanCharger, VR, Oculus Rift, Google Play, Android, Russia, Space Flight, Star Wars, and much more!

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Russia Says Elon Musk is ‘Stepping On Our Toes’
I’m building a PC just so I can use an Oculus Rift
After 7-minute hearing, US Marshals raid a CES booth
Malicious apps in Google Play made unauthorized downloads, sought root

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Presence Free smart home motion detector webcam for security, surveillance, and energy
People Power Company.
Price: Free / £1.49 7 days / £3.99 1 month / £39.99 1 year pro subscription (UK pricing)

Have you got a spare iOS or Android device kicking around that’s just gathering dust? An older and now discarded iPhone perhaps? Why not turn it into a security device instead? Presence is an App and a service that turns your old iOS or Android device into a security camera with all the features you’d expect, such as motion detection, two way way video calling and even the ability to turn plugs or lights on or off with the right accessory.

Prescence Pro iPad

Getting started with Presence couldn’t be simpler. Download the app to your devices, run it, and choose whether your device is a viewer or sender / camera. If you only have one device to use streams can be viewed online via a browser.

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iRig Acoustic
IK Multimedia
$50 U.S.

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The iRig Acoustic by IK Multimedia is a mobile microphone interface designed for acoustic instruments. This is the first such device for acoustic guitars. This interface has been designed to work with most acoustic guitars, classical guitars, and ukuleles.

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Satechi 10 Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub
Company: Satechi
Price: $60 USD


As much as I love my iMacs and MacBooks, the number of USB ports included on my favorite computers leaves a bit to be desired. Minimalism is “in” at Apple, but that’s not necessarily practical for the rest of us. As a result, I’m always looking for a newer, bigger, and better USB hub to accommodate all of my flash drives, printers, and other USB-powered devices. I recently had an opportunity to take a closer look at the Satechi 10 Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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