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TechFan #29

On April 29, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by David Cohen

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On this week’s show, David needs a fill in as Tim is doing his corporate mojo, and so Gaz joins the party. The ramifications of the Sony PSN security breach are dissected, and Gaz’s large photo library gets due consideration!

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PowerLift Back-up Battery and Dock
For iPad and iPhone

On a recent trip to France I decided to ditch my digital SLR’s and do the unthinkable. I brought only my iPhone and a point and shoot camera instead of my heavy digital SLR’s. I was worried about the battery life of my phone as I didn’t want to be running to the hotel frequently to charge it up using the European adaptor. Instead, I brought the nifty PowerLift Back-up Battery, Dock and Stand by Kensington. It turned out to be a very wise decision. The item contains a lithium-ion polymer battery and has 4.0 Wh (watt hours). Kensington offers a two year limited warranty on the charger.

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Elisa Pacelli
MyMac Podcast 347

On April 28, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Elisa agrees (silly girl!) to come on and try again to record a podcast with not one, but TWO GMen. Guy apologizes (again) for all the screw ups with the audio and as it turns out it WAS entirely his fault to absolutely no one’s surprise. We get some great Twitter and email feedback from JollyJap and Klaus from Germany leaves an audio comment from our Skype number about the Google defamation lawsuit in Italy. Steve McShane records a review for the Samson Go Mic, and we talk about updates, and quarterly’s, and location privacy (oh MY!)

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iHome iA63 App-Enhanced Alarm Clock FM Radio Stereo Speaker System
Company: iHome
Price: $99 US
Compatible with all versions of iPod touch, iPhone 3, 3GS, 4

iHome has a history of creating functional, multi-purpose products. The iHome iA63 is the latest in the series. Combining an alarm clock, iPod/iPhone dock, FM radio, and speakers into one sleek unit is no easy task, but iHome found a way to do it, and do it well, with a few exceptions.

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Composition – From Snapshots to Great Shots
by Laurie Excell
Peachpit Press
272 pages,
SBN-10: 0-321-74132-3, SBN-13: 978-0-321-74132-5
$24.99 US, $29.99 CN

This is an odd “how to” book that purports to teach the amateur photographer the skill of arranging shapes and elements in a scene to create better pictures. The book is a collection of essays by wildlife photographer Laurie Excell and four other professional photographers. Based on the mission described in the introduction and the level of information in subsequent chapters, the book is clearly aimed at the amateur or hobbyist. What makes it odd is that it seems to quickly lose sight of its intended audience.

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We have a contest! Listen for details on how to win a copy of LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad! John Nemo interviews Peter Segal about his experiences with his iPhone on the Verizon network. Scott and Peter talk about LogMeIn Ignition, and then become paranoid about privacy and technology. John Nemo reviews the Ultimate Ears 500 Noise-Isolating Earphones.

LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Ultimate Ears 500 Noise-Isolating Earphones
Why You Should Care about the iPhone Location Tracking Issue by Wired

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Groove 3
Price: $39.99 for single users. Contact Groove 3 for groups, specials and (educational) discounts

Although Logic began as music notation software, its Score Editor has recently been overshadowed – outpaced even – by its other features; and outshone by the richer feature set of the dedicated music notation software, Sibelius. We’ve looked previously at Johannes Prischl’s excellent book covering the Score Editor. Now Groove 3 has released an equally useful, well-structured and expertly-written and presented set of nearly 60 video tutorials on the subject.

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In this third part of our ongoing series on MOG subscription Internet radio, the Web interface and experience are featured.

MOG’s  home page provides immediate access for searching, browsing, or choosing a playlist. The initial time you encounter this home page, you won’t know where to click first. Choices appear to be overwhelming, and slightly out of focus.

Subsequent visits clarify the MOG Web experience, which is wide, deep, and rich beyond expectations. The company’s two week free trial period will be sufficient for newbies to become familiar with how personal or generic, and always satisfying, is this service. The monthly subscription fee is a bargain for even casual listening, because all tracks are available on demand.

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Enough Beta
TechFan #28

On April 22, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David have a few too many laughs this week. Portal 2 is out on the Mac, but why can’t Tim play it? Listener feedback, Beta Hardware, more on the Flip, Linux, and PSN round out the show. And Tim uses more adult language than usual.

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The Best of Guy & Gaz
MyMac Podcast #346

On April 21, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Technical difficulties pretty much destroyed the podcast recorded with Elisa Pacelli so as a stopgap, we present what thousands of you have asked for! OK, a couple of hundred…OK, alright! NO ONE asked for this but it’s a fun listen anyway.



How Would Spaces Look on an iOS Device?

On April 21, 2011, in iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

If you are a person who reads the news, speculation, and rumors about any Apple product you know that iOS 5 rumors and speculation is in full swing. One of these rumors I saw (and I don’t remember where) was that Spaces is coming to iOS 5. When I first heard this I thought this was a stupid idea. However, now that I have thought about it I think I have figured out a way it might work.

Spaces on the Mac allows you to have additional desktop “spaces” with certain applications. You could have a space for productivity applications, a space for internet/email, etc. When you run a certain application it will only be visible in its assigned space.

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 4

On April 21, 2011, in iPhone, iPod Touch, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Day Four

Remember The Milk
iTunes link
Developer Web Site
Version 1.5.0
Free; Upgrade to Pro $24.99/year or $2.99/month
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

Remember The Milk (RTM) is a popular note and to-do app for iPhone that, surprisingly, doesn’t have a dedicated iPad app. An online account is needed to use the app.

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Mousepose 3
Video Review

On April 21, 2011, in Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

Mousepose 3
Boinx Software
Mac App Store link
Price: $16.99

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 3

On April 20, 2011, in iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Day Three

iTunes link iPhone
Version 1.2.1
Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
iTunes link iPad
Version 1.01
Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Developer Web Site

Wunderlist is a list/task manager available for Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It’s clean and streamlined user interface makes it easy to learn and easy to keep your life in order.

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Whither Thou Tablet?

On April 20, 2011, in Apple, iPad, Opinion, Tablet, by Scott Willsey


It’s no secret that I like Apple products. The only computers in our house are Macs, my wife and I both have iPhones, and I was in line to buy an iPad 2 the day it was released.

I don’t consider myself an unthinking Apple fanboy, however. Sometimes Apple products have problems. Sometimes Apple wants to protect me more than I want them to. And I will admit, as much as I love my iPad now, when I first tried my Dad’s original iPad, I was slightly underwhelmed. I didn’t need one right away.

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 2

On April 19, 2011, in iPad, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Day Two

Infinote Free
iTunes link
Developers web site
Version 1.6.5
Works with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

All of us have used sticky notes at one time or another. They’re simple to use, and come in some great colors. If you’d like a note app that has the familiarity of sticky notes, take a look at Infinote Free.

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Pocket Sized Podcast #13

On April 19, 2011, in Pocket Sized Podcast, Podcast, by Scott Willsey

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Scott talks to himself this week, as Peter is hanging out with friends, something Scott will never have. Scott talks about StackPad for iPad, and Apple’s AirPlay, built into iOS 4.2 and higher. John Nemo updates on on his experience with the Nocs NS200 earphones.

StackPad Wallpaper Designer for iPad
Hulu Plus for iPhone and iPad
iOS Airplay
Nocs NS200 Aluminum earphones

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Otterbox Latch

On April 19, 2011, in Cases, Cover, iPad, Review, by Mike Breed

Otterbox Latch for the iPad 1
Company: Otterbox
Price: $ 49.95 USD

Otterbox is no slouch in making accessories for iPads, iPhones, and iPods. I’ve been using an Otterbox Defender case on my original iPad ever since I wrote a review about it last summer. It’s an amazing case, so when I saw that Otterbox recently released the Latch, an accessory that adds even further levels of functionality to your Otterbox Defender or Commuter cases, I knew I had to take a look at it for our MyMac.com readers.

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 1

On April 18, 2011, in iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

The iTunes app store is loaded with note apps, almost as many as fart apps. But unlike fart apps, note apps serve a real purpose: they help keep us organized. Yet how do you know which note app is worth your time and money? Over the next four days I’ll be reviewing four different note apps that offer different features that appeal to different users.

This is by no means an exhaustive or “best-of” list; it’s just four apps I’ve recently been using. If you’ve been using a note app that you just can’t live without, please share it by leaving a comment below.

And now, without any further ado…

Day One

RainbowNote Lite
iTunes link
Developer Web Site
Version 2.3
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

RainbowNote Lite is a great note app if you need a lot of customization in your note organization. With each note created you can change the background, font size, style and color, and text size.

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TechFan Podcast #27

On April 15, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David delve into Amazon’s Android App store and disagree, then a short rant on the TSA performing pat downs on children. Also, Cisco has killed off the Flip, and Tim and David spend just a few moments on ideas that no one had at Cisco to rescue the produce, apparently. Finally, Nintendo is rumored to be releasing a new home console system very soon, so the topic turns to the Wii and what Nintendo should have in the next system.

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