Touch Mini Boombox Speaker

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This little giant is the easiest external wireless speaker in the world to use with your iPhone, iPod touch, or other compatible audio source equipment. Charge the lightweight speaker using the included USB micro cable with your iOS or other charger unit and switch on the speaker’s power. Place your iWhatever in Touch Mini Boombox Speaker’s slot, and either stand the combo pair upright or lay them down on your table or desk or dresser or night stand. Done.

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MyMac Podcast 546: Live Long and Prosper

On March 3, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Both the GMen are sad about the death of Leonard Nimoy and dedicate this podcast to his memory. More stuff about the Maltese Cube, Guy’s son Peter is an extra on House of Cards, Gaz’s mail is still messed up, and Apple is opening two new green data centers in Europe! OK, a bit of an eclectic mix but that’s what we do.

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Differences in English!
Guy’s App Pick: Space Miner Platinum Edition By Venan Entertainment, Inc. $3.99. No stupid in-app purchases, no fighting to get through really hard levels to avoid spending more money, straightforward fun 2-D space shoot-em-up.
Gaz’s Pick: My girls have been using it a lot, and although some podcast functionality have been taken away Garageband is still a wonderfully powerful mini audio studio App. Apple have started to interlink the interface with Logic Pro, I hope this isn’t a process to get rid of one or the other, I hope and think it’s just a clever way of encouraging people to be able t easily make the move from one the the other.
People’s Pick: none this week

Muvo Mini Portable Water-Resistant Wireless Speaker
Company: Creative
Price: $60 U.S.
Available in red, blue, white, or black


Muvo Mini Creative 4 colors

Creative’s new Muvo Mini go-anywhere speaker is the best new audio product MyMac has reviewed so far this year. It looks good, sounds great, has decent Bluetooth wireless range, and is water resistant. You can take a shower with Muvo, bring it when you go camping, and use it everywhere you want full spectrum personal audio. The low price is remarkable, and four colors are available.

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Bamboo Bluetooth Keyboard

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Available in four colorful combinations, this exceptional Bluetooth wireless keyboard from Impecca adds style and renewable materials to the staid universe of input devices. Pairing is easy with Macintosh, iPad, and iPhone. Key response and performance are excellent. A built-in battery holds its charge for weeks, and goes into sleep mode when dormant. Rubber feet keep the lightweight keyboard in place while in use.

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Take Control of iCloud – Book Review

On March 2, 2015, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Take Control of iCloud
Version 3.0
Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher : TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $15.00
175 pages, ebook format
ISBN: 9781615424467


If you’re in a hurry, here’s the one sentence review of Take Control of iCloud: if you have any confusion or questions about iCloud, buy this book.

For those of you with a few extra minutes, here’s why you should buy Take Control of iCloud.

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TechFan #199 – The Dan Lizette Show

On February 27, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Dan Lizette from The Podcast Digest show joins Tim and David to discuss a variety of topics, including the FCC’s new rules on Net Neutrality, what tech companies are doing with all those profits, and ends the show with a discussion, finally, of the Apple Car rumors.

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MyMac Podcast 545: It’s all about me (Well Guy at least)

On February 24, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

We’re doing the NosillaCast Podcast for Allison on the 15th of March! How will it go? Anyone’s guess, but the smart money is on funny train-wreck. Apple’s instructions for the iBook Store still confuses Guy, but what doesn’t? Gas is super excited about the new Photos app still. Somehow or another a discussion off air about Captain Scarlett and the Mysterions leads to an on-air talk about the rumored Apple iCar or whatever the heck people are calling non-existent products from Apple these days.

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Captain Scarlett and the Mysterions!
Guy’s App Pick : Audio Converter Pro 6.99. Great app for converting audio from one format to another. I needed it to convert a bunch of MP3s/ AACs to Apple’s CAF format for inclusion into GarageBand. Drag and drop simplicity. I’m sure there’s other free ways to do the same thing, but I had over 500 files to do it with and didn’t want to do them one at a time.
Gaz’s Pick: Color Strokes
People’s Pick: none this week

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TechFan #198 – Arcade Audiophile

On February 20, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim, David, and Owen discuss the new ploy by Sony to milk audiophiles out of more money. Square Enix is in hot water with some of their customers. Owen has a major Mac problem the guys try to fix to start the show. And the featured tech for the week is a 25 year old arcade cabinet?

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Sony will sell a “premium sound” microSDXC card to audiophiles in Japan
Square Enix Flip Flops Again

Tales from Video Hell

On February 17, 2015, in Features, by Rich Lefko



Note: There are many possible solutions/paths to what I am about to discuss below. Those solutions will be based on your knowledge, circumstances, and hardware.

The equation: Add a long marriage, plus three kids, then divide by a video camera and you come up with a whole mess of video on tape. Then the question becomes what do you do with all of that tape?

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History in the (re) making

On February 16, 2015, in Review, by Guy Serle



John Sculley former CEO of Apple says he regrets “The Apple Board” removing Steve Jobs from the company over the direction the company was going. Looking at history, how different would things be today if somehow Steve Jobs had been able to curb his (at the time) MASSIVE ego and continue to work in a diminished role at Apple under Sculley.

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MyMac Podcast 544: Aperature and iPhoto…DEAD

On February 16, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Gaz gets his OWC Thunderdock and Guy rambles nearly incoherently (like we could tell the difference) of trying to get his book into Apple’s iBook Store. Amazon has it but it’s so easy that it isn’t like it’s THAT big of an accomplishment. Gaz talks about how he’s looking forward to the new Photo’s app from Apple and how he’s getting ready for it. Plus all the usual insanity you might expect from the GMen.

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Alister Jenks review of the OWC Thunderdock
Links to alternatives if you’re unhappy about Photos –
Guy’s App Pick : iBooks Author free
Gaz’s Pick: Because I’m so excited I’m going for Apples not yet released Photo’s App
People’s Pick: Troy Muller Toggl App
Probably something like 3 years ago I was looking for something to help me log the time I take on client tasks. Something I could easily use to help populate timesheets that my clients always need me to fill out. I found and I’ve been using it since.

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The Maltese Cube

On February 13, 2015, in Features, by MyMac

MyMac’s own Guy Serle has a new Kindle Book for sale! Check it out here!

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TechFan #197 – Induction Chicken

On February 13, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim, David, and Owen discuss the week of bad news, most self-inflicted, of Samsung. Nintendo drops the ball, again, while Apple seems to be doing something very right with iOS. Product features this week include the PlugDock from Fuse Chicken, and the Hamilton Buhl IND-DOCK3 Induction Speaker. Finally, David gives an update on his electric car (Nissan Leaf), and Tim talks about Hank and Jed.

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Your Samsung TV is listening to your private conversations
Samsung investigates why its TVs put ads in others’ apps
Apple’s iOS 9 to have ‘huge’ stability and optimization focus
Affinity Designer
Transferring games to your new 3DS XL?
Hank and Jed Show
Hamilton’s IND-DOCK3 Induction Speaker

Slingbox M1 – Review

On February 12, 2015, in Apps, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Slingbox M1
Company: Sling Media
Price: $149.99

Slingbox is a TV streaming media device that you attach to your cable or satellite box, allowing you to control and view live TV and DVR content via the SlingPlayer app on your mobile phone, iPad or SlingPlayer desktop on your computer. This is called place shifting. You can watch TV or recorded content on your DVR from anywhere in the world. Slingbox product offerings include the Slingbox 500/SlingTV, Slingbox 350, and my review unit, the Slingbox M1.


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MyMac Podcast 543: What if Steve Jobs had never left Apple?

On February 10, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Gaz is away and James Turner  jumps into the mix to discuss with Guy what might have been the outcome if Steve Jobs hadn’t left Apple back in 1985. Oh, and Guy talks about being old.

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Making eBooks with Pages.
Guy’s App Pick : Pages for the Mac. The application not the iCloud version.
James’s Pick: Sim City BuildIt for iOS – Loving it. Free with in app purchases
People’s Pick: Serenak Assassin. My daughter just bought Framed, it is a comic strip puzzle game – rearrange the page to get the protagonist out alive. £2.99 UK (no IAPs) Novel and clever.

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NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller – Review

On February 9, 2015, in Review, by MyMac

NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller
Company: 8Bitdo

Price: $34.99

As someone who grew up playing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), I have very fond memories of this game controller. Remember, this came out right after the Atari Joystick so the NES controller was radically different. There have been many companies offering NES style controllers that work on modern computer gear for many years but the NES30 gets much of it right.

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Hear – Review

On February 9, 2015, in Music, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Developer: Prosoft Engineering
Version: 1.2.2 (2015)
Price: $19.99
Hear by Prosoft

Hear is a powerful audio equalizer for the Mac (or PC). In my experience, it does more to improve sound output than any other audio product I’ve used. Hear has been installed on my Macs since its early versions. Whether you have a set of small speakers or a mighty powered system with a subwoofer, the sonic improvements you can make are genuinely impressive.


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TechFan #196 – Audioengine B2

On February 6, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

The Featured Product for this episode is the Audioengine B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker. Is this the $299 speaker you have been waiting for? Also, great feedback from listeners, as well as discussions on Pixelmator, Debalelizer, batch file processing, Alex’s Apple Orchard, Open Doc, and a lot more.

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Tim Robertson interview on The Podcast Digest
Debabelizer – Now Free, no support, does not support after Lion
Audioengine B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker – $299

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MyMac Podcast 542: Apple Crumble

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

Who doesn’t like Apple Crumble? We sure do unless the crumble part is Apple hardware, software, or services. We talk about where we think nearly every part of Apple’s Empire is going and whether we like that direction or not.

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Guy’s App Pick : Duplicate Detective by Fiplab $2.99 at the Mac App Store. Finds all those pesky dup files and let’s you selectively delete them.
Gaz’s Pick: Free VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home used.

People’s Pick: Alexander Fox
Hi Guys & Gazz’s. A useful little app for photographers & website builders is JPEGmini.
What this does is to reduce the file size of the JPEG file. In most cases very dramatically. The skill in this app is the analysis of the image. It will keep the visible quality of the image whilst still reducing the size by up to 5x.
Especially useful for images where the visual quality shouldn’t be compromised.
We have all seem webpages selling something from an image which puts you off before you’ve even got as far as reading the bumph.
There are 3 versions. Free, £14.99, £109.99 All offering different levels of amounts of features.


TechFan #195 – Placement

On January 30, 2015, in TechFan Podcast, by Tim Robertson

tf195Extra-long show this week with Tim, David, and Owen discussing the shut down of TUAW and Joystiq by AOL, paid product placement, SEGA pulling out of PC gaming, Dave and Busters, AlienWare Alpha, Comcast, the FCC, Amazon, and more on Carbon Copy Cloner. Plus feedback from Donny, Tom, Erick, and Peter!

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