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This one runs a bit long as in our longest show ever, but it’s chock full of great! Some terrific Twitter feedback that leads into a discussion about microphones and Application deletion software. Some email talking about why Reb WON’T buy an iPad, and Bill Palmer checks in and even stays for the third segment to talk about the upcoming 100th issue of BeatWeek Magazine! Guy gets his battery changed and annoys everyone with the theme song from the place that did it and lastly, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference is coming but maybe no new hardware? Bummer.
Sennheiser CX 680i Adidas Sport In-Ear Stereo Headphones
Price: $79.95-$99.95 USD — depending upon vendor
Ever since my first iPad, I’ve been using Apple’s traditional white earbuds. When I got the opportunity to take a look at Sennheiser’s CX 680i Adidas Sport In-Ear Stereo Headphones, I suddenly realized what I’ve been missing all these years. Priced at around $100, these headphones aren’t Sennheiser’s highest-end headphones, but anything I take a look at is going to sound great compared to the white earbuds I’m accustomed to.
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Peter returns with his thoughts on an app called Noteminder. Scott reflects on the benefits of a well done racing game, and John Nemo has some excellent reading material for helping pass the time while you wait for your iPad 2 to ship from Apple.
Star Walk for iPad
Company: Vito Technologies
Price: $4.99 USD (iPad), $2.99 USD (iPhone/iPod Touch)
Some of the best apps in the iTunes Store are apps that deal with astronomy. Astronomy is one of those branches of science in which we all tend to take an interest. Just think of how many television series, novels, and movies have been devoted to adventures in outer space. It is natural for us to see apps devoted to this most pervasive and yet enigmatic of scientific disciplines.
Twelve South Compass Mobile Stand for iPad: Elegant and Useful – Guest Review by Howard Nemerovski
Compass Mobile Stand for iPad
Last December 7th, I complimented the people at Twelve South for their creativity. The subject then was The Book Arc, a very appealing and well made not-so-portable stand for the iPad. Since then, those folks haven’t lost their creativity mojo, as evidenced by The Compass, their new gem of a very portable stand for the iPad.
Think of an elegant easel for a fastidious Lilliputian artist, and you’re half-way home to picturing the quality, configuration and size of The Compass: seven inches tall with a five inch lower leg span. Let’s be honest: it’s fun to play with it! It needs to be held and manipulated to show off the elegance of its design, construction, and finish.
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The MyMac.com Podcast urges all our listeners to please go to iTunes and make a donation to the Red Cross to help with their relief efforts.
JollyJap gives the GMen a couple of weird stories (as our unofficial Twitter Correspondent! Congrats Paul…I think) and Tom Engels from the Explorer’s Podcast has a question or two about iTunes and GarageBand problems that is certain to induce nightmares for Guy. China seems to hate juveniles, and Android beating iOS in web tests goes down in a Blaze! Old timers remember Bungie’s Myth and now it seems to be back! Lastly, Adobe makes a Flash to HTML 5 conversion tool called Wallaby (but apparently doesn’t carry around their employees in a pouch). If Flash is going to win out over Apple’s objections, why do they need it?
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Peter is AWOL, drinking wine and probably beating his neighbor’s dog again. Scott talks about Find My iPhone, FlickStackr, and and iOS device power requirements for charging. John Nemo is not AWOL, and reviews Macally DUALUSB10 dual USB charger, Kensington Powerbold Duo Car Charger, and Tekkeon TekCharge MP1860A dual USB charger.
LogMeIn Remote Access
Company: LogMeIn, Inc.
Price: Free for LogMeIn Free
$29.99 for LogMeIn Ignition iPhone/iPad app
My favorite applications and services are ones that do one thing and do it very well. Even better is if they have a great name that’s simple and descriptive of what they do. LogMeIn Free and LogMeIn Ignition from LogMeIn, Inc. are just such products. They allow you to remotely login to a computer that you have installed the LogMeIn software on either through the web (LogMeIn Free) or from your iPhone or iPad (LogMeIn Ignition).
GoFlex for Mac
GoFlex and GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-portable Drive – speed, capacity, pricing:
GoFlex 5400RPM: 1TB ($190) or 1.5TB ($220)
GoFlex Pro 7200RPM: 500GB ($140) or 750GB ($170)
Formatted for TimeMachine, with Windows compatibility possible, these two new bus powered external backup and storage portable hard drives from Seagate are fine products. A generous three year warranty is provided.
Unusual non-standard FireWire800 and USB2 cable adapters connect directly into a GoFlex’s rear SATA port for live plug and play swappable access. Don’t lose those cable segments! Exterior silver outer shell material is pleasant to touch with a gentle and soft tactile feel. There is no carrying case or protective cover.
Bento 4 for Mac
Cost: $49 individual, $99 family pack of 5 licenses, $20 instant upgrade rebate for existing Bento users
Requires: Mac OS 10.5.7 or higher; support goes back as far as Power PC G4 Macs
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If you ask a Mac user about database software, most will reference FileMaker, the standard for creating business databases. However, FileMaker may be more than what’s necessary for a small business or home user. That’s where Bento 4 comes in.
Bento 4 is an easy-to-use, dare I say fun, database application for the Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Recently upgraded, Bento 4 includes many new features users have asked for that make creating libraries in Bento 4 easier than ever.
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With all that’s happening right now in Japan, the MyMac.com Podcast urges all our listeners to please go to iTunes and make a donation to the Red Cross to help with their relief efforts, or any other relief organization that is helping the people of Japan right now. Every little bit helps.
The new iPad 2 from Apple gets quite a going over with a discussion started with an email from John Nemo. Lots of feedback from Twitter and JollyJap calls Guy a big Yank Tank. Was Gaz able to get himself an iPad while in Nashville? Ding Dong the Zune looks to be dead and Safari lasts for about 5 seconds at Pwn2Own. Lastly, AT&T thinks that putting on a 150GB cap for broadband service is a great idea because of the alleged online habits of 2% of their customers…Really?
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While MyMac typically does not publish press releases, I thought the information from one I received today to be important enough to post here, given the crisis in Japan.
The international calling iPhone app ChatTime today announced that they are making all calls to Japan, from all the countries that they support, free until the end of March in response to the international crisis.
While AT&T and Verizon have announced that they are also allowing free calls, the ChatTime app is not just for US users, but for users all over the world that have friends and family there that they are worried about.
ChatTime is a unique third party calling app for the iPhone that allows you to call international numbers at drastically reduced rates. ChatTime does not use VoIP, a system plagued with connection problems, but rather uses the carrier networks themselves. This means that the call has the same quality as one placed directly through your carrier, at a fraction of the price. It does this by making a local call instead of an international one, and then passing it through a private high speed network to the country of origin, where it makes another local call. In countries that incoming calls are free, the outbound call can be converted to an incoming one in order to prevent minute usage.
Olympus LS-7 PCM Pocket Recorder
If you want more functionality, capacity and quality for your on-the-move sound recordings than are offered by the several (excellent) “memo” systems available on your iPhone, yet do not want to stretch to the hi-fi quality of a unit like the Edirol R-09HR, which is almost in a class of its own, Olympus has a number of offerings. The new LS-7 “Pocket” Linear PCM recorder may well fit the bill.It’s compact, was reliable in testing and has a lot of easy-to-use features, offering better-than-average quality.
Folio with Keyboard for iPad
Company: Sena Cases
Price: $149.99 USD
There are cases for the iPad, and then there are “cases” for the iPad. Sena Cases has decided to produce one of the latter ones for the iPad. The Sena Folio with Keyboard is a handsomely designed and executed iPad case that provides the best possible case for the iPad and includes the additional bonus of a bluetooth keyboard that just fits beautifully into the unit and provides the user with the best possible working unit.
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Jason Hiner of CBS Interactive and the Editor in Chief of the TechRepublic joins Tim and David! Topics include Intel’s move from USB 3 to LightPeak (Thunderbolt), Wireless USB, Tablets, the MyMac Podcast Network, and the future of how we will get our content.
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