MyMac Podcast 558: A(pple)MD

On May 27, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Apple already designs their own ARM processors for their mobile devices, could they do the same for the Mac? The GMen have a bit of chat about this with lots of pre-show feedback from our listeners. The Macstock Expo is on the way and get $10 off the already silly price of $69 with this code, MyMac10Off]

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Custom SLR AirStrap – Review

On May 27, 2015, in Camcorder, Camera, Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Custom SLR AirStrap
Price: $19.95
Company: Custom SLR

Custom SLR released a new camera accessory last year named the Air Strap. It is a totally different iteration from their Glide One Strap I reviewed a few years ago.

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Apalon Apps Apple Watch Apps – Review

On May 27, 2015, in Apple Watch, Apps, Review, by Mike Edwards

Apalon Apps Apple Watch Apps
NOAA Radar Pro : $1.99
Weather Live: $1.99
Speak & Translate: $9.99
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The three Apalon Apps apple watch apps: Speak and translate; Weather Live; and NOAA Radar pro are some of the first released for the Apple Watch and highlight the Apple Watch’s utility for convenient interactions and useful notifications.

With the launch of the Apple Watch, there has been a slew of watch apps released. By design, third-party apps are currently only capable of functioning as companions to an iPhone app, providing quick notifications or a simple interface for interactions, but ultimately being driven by the iPhone. Unfortunately, this means third party apps launch slowly and can take many seconds to engage. Nevertheless, there is an exciting opportunity for developers to identify useful features and define the best methods for interacting with watch apps, with apps still in their infancy.

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Macspiration Basics: Empty the trash

On May 26, 2015, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

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Are you running out of hard space on your computer? One of the problems is that the trash can might be overflowing. Putting something in the trash on your computer doesn’t remove it from your hard drive. It is taking up space until your empty the trash.

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iKlip Grip – multi function iPhone/iPod stand – Nemo Memo
IK Multimedia
$60

I nominate iKlip Grip from IK Multimedia for Most Innovative and Versatile iPhone/iPod Accessory of 2015. iKlip Grip is four products in one package at a reasonable price: table top tripod, selfie stick, extension handle, and tripod adapter, in order of probable usage. As a bonus, a Bluetooth remote control shutter release is provided.

iKlip Grip tripod

The single best feature of iKlip Grip is its most basic, but not immediately obvious, ability to position your iPhone in front of you in stable vertical/portrait orientation. There are hundreds of stands and cases for horizontal/landscape viewing, but very few to none that work in portrait mode. iKlip Grip does both beautifully.

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OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock – Review

On May 26, 2015, in Audio, Camcorder, Camera, Headphones, Network, OWC, Review, by Steve Hammond

OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock
Price: $249.99
Company: OWC

Thunderbolt is probably the most interesting technology that came to our Macintoshes in recent years. Since I bought a 15” MacBook Pro with retina display, I have been following the market for Thunderbolt docks. In the first years, they were slow to come to market. Then, with Thunderbolt 2 released, they removed some ports. OWC has a new accessory that has Thunderbolt 2 connectivity with a FireWire port: the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock.

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TechFan Podcast 210 – Updates and New Stuff

On May 22, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim has an update on the mini-Arcade project. David purchased an Apple Extended Keyboard II and explains how to get it to work with a modern Mac. Adobe makes a business decision, more on streaming services and car audio, and David plays with the new MacBook.

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MyMac Podcast 557: It’s a short one

On May 19, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Gaz is feeling right! Guy is, well, Guy so we all know how that usually works out. They have a great second section topic is which they talk about whether or not Apple doesn’t seem all that concerned about their high-end users. The Macstock Expo is on the way and get $10 off the already silly price of $69 with this code, MyMac10Off

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Guy’s App Pick: Podtrans by imobie. Need to transfer a lot of content from an iPod or iPhone that you don’t have synced through iTunes? Podtrans works easily and is free for just transferring stuff. Need more functionaility? There’s a pro version that also does conversion and a few other tricks
Gaz’s App Pick: With the usual caveats that come along with an Angry Birds title I’ve found myself playing the series again, but one that I didn’t have was Angry Birds Star Wars II

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If you like organizing files and folders on your Mac, one way to do that is with colored tags. Tags allow you to color code your folder and files and then you can easily find items by that color if you need to. In older versions of OS X and Mac OS this used to be known as labels.

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Cherry JD-0700EU Entry Level Wireless Desktop Set
Black keyboard and mouse with white keys
$30 to $46 online U.S.
See Amazon U.S. store link

CHERRY KEYBOARD ENTRY SET

I am typing this text on a very pleasant black wireless keyboard with white laser-made characters. Cherry’s new JD-0700EU Entry Level Wireless Desktop Set (abbreviated below as JD7) ships with batteries for both keyboard and mouse. A single USB receiver inserts into your Macintosh and connects instantly with both pieces of equipment. This receiver stows in the bottom of the mouse when not in use.

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TechFan #209 – The Project

On May 15, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss Verizon buying AOL and what they really want out of the deal. Also up: problems with Plex, videogame publishers harsh business tactics, Sega pulling iOS games, Spotify, and Tim has a new tech project for his kids!

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Tontec 10 Inches High Resolution Screen
URBEST Inlet Module Plug Fuse Switch Male Power Socket
Jamma 60-in-1 KIT Classic Arcade Multigame Multicade – JAMMA PCB Arcade game conversion kit

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Volo Guardian Case for iPhone 6 – Review

On May 15, 2015, in Cases, iPhone, iPhone Cases, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Volo Guardian case for iPhone 6
Manufacturer: Volo
Retail price: $29.99
Volo Case

The Volo Guardian case for iPhone 6 is slim, rugged, and stylish. It increases the thickness of the iPhone 6 a bit, but not excessively.

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The frame (Volo calls it an exoskeleton) is polycarbonite, a very tough plastic most often used when strength is important. The one-piece inner lining and bezel is made of TPU, thermoplastic polyurethane. It is flexible and provides a comfortable grippiness along the edges. In production, these two materials are molded together with an antimicrobial ingredient. It weighs a mere 1.1 oz. (32g).

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Extra-Long Adjustable Automobile Cup Holder Mount
Manufacturer: Macally
MSRP: $19.99

We are now entering the summer driving season and it is time to reassess our automotive safety. Macally is ready to help with their mCupXL. This is a mount that sits in a cup holder in your car and secures a phone or even a small GPS unit. This item does it right.

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MyMac Podcast 556: Macstock 2015

On May 12, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Because we haven’t talked about it enough, Gaz and Guy devote the entire second section of the show to the Macstock Conference and Expo which is taking place on June 20th in Woodstock, Illinois. This is followed by them also talking about the Midwest Mac BBQ taking place on the same day. They MUST be sick or something. Hang on a moment…they were! However in a moment of lucidity, they’ve included a great recording of Gaz’s daughter Sarah singing at the end of the show.

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Guy’s App Pick: itubedownloader from Alpha Software. Download quickly and easily any YouTube video with this app. $4.99
Gaz’s App Pick: Radiation Island: Not one of the best Survival sims you’ll find and I think this has been transferred from a version on the iPad, graphics could do with a tweak but overall I’m had fun playing this one, 2.99$ or 2.29£

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Here’s an old favorite. How to set a screen saver on your Mac.

To set a screen saver start by clicking the Apple in the top left of the screen (the Apple Menu). Choose System Preferences. From the window that opens click “Desktop & Screen Saver.”

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Next click the tab labeled “Screen Saver.” The other tab is for setting a desktop picture. I’ll get to that another day.

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olloCase for iPhone 6/6 Plus – Review

On May 11, 2015, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

olloCase for iPhone 6/6Plus
Manufacturer: olloclip
MSRP: Both sizes are $29.99
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The new olloclip lenses for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are superb. See MyMac’s Macro 3-in-1 lens review and the 4-in-1 review. If you use a case on your iPhone, it must be removed before sliding the lenses into place. Good news for olloclip fans—a new olloCase is just being introduced in two colors (gray and black) and two sizes.

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This ingenious case is carefully crafted so that the new olloclip lenses will slide on without having to remove it. You may even consider adopting this as your everyday case. It’s that nice. The protective, rubberized bezel extends just enough so that it keeps the screen from touching flat surfaces when the phone is placed facedown. The plastic back is translucent so your iPhone is visible and textured so that scratches won’t show.

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TechFan #208 – Lost and Found

On May 8, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss being on the front page of iTunes, The Mac App store, losing tech gear and the cost of replacement, Nintendo making a profit, Plex media service, and much more!

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Samsung VU10H3021PY/AA VU3000 Lift and Clean Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Yellow

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USB Pocket SSD External Pocket Drive – Nemo Memo
VisionTek
120GB capacity ($100) or 240GB capacity ($175)

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The future is here. You can copy large quantities of data from a computer onto fast, small, external SSD thumb drives that can be shuttled between home, work, school, and everywhere else. VisionTek’s affordable and rugged models come in two capacities and prices. Never again will lack of space or slow transfer speeds inhibit data portability.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC/6 – Review
Company: Adobe
Price: $149.00 standalone version, upgrade $79
$9.99 per month in the Creative Cloud Photography Program
$49.99 per month in the Creative Cloud Complete Program

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Adobe just released a new version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to photographers. We were waiting for a new version last year, when Adobe released Photoshop 2014, but it never came. The wait is over and it was worth the wait. This new version is named Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 if you buy the standalone version, or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC if you subscribe to it from one of the Creative Cloud programs. For this review, we’ll simply call it Lightroom CC.

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iRig Mic Field – stereo field mic for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch – Nemo Memo user report
IK Multimedia
Price: $100

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This high quality compact and versatile iOS Lightning port microphone is much better than the built-in mic on Apple’s iOS equipment. Recordings are clear and crisp. Audio fidelity is very impressive at all sound levels. A turn knob on the side of the unit adjusts input volume. This microphone works with all Apple and third party iOS recording apps. Thick-edged iDevice cases may obstruct the Lightning tip’s insertion.

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