GoFlex Slim Performance USB Drive
Review

On June 30, 2011, in Hard Drive, Macintosh, Review, by John Nemerovski

GoFlex Slim Performance USB Drive
Seagate
$100 for 320GB

It’s not the least expensive or the highest capacity external hard drive, but it is the slimmest, and it does have good performance on both Mac and Windows computers. You need to reformat GoFlex Slim using an idiosyncratic NTFS method specified by Seagate to achieve optimum Mac/PC compatibility. MyMac recommends you do this immediately after purchase.

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Are You Lonesome Tonight
MyMac Podcast #356

On June 29, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Gaz is Joined by Peter from Upfold from as Guy is traveling and catching up on all his podcasts. We chat about the MobileMe demise and Peter mentions a possible, well partial paid for alternative in Fruux. It seems that the people have finally heard Guys calls for Bumper feedback and maybe they realize how valuable the iHubs could end up being.

Guy picks (well actually Gaz picks an iPhone game for him, yes it’s ZOMBIES. Gaz goes for some old favorite cloning Apps Carbon Copy Cloner Donation software SuperDuper from Shirt pocket $27.95 Peter comes up with a donation software app that keeps an eye on your battery.

Contact info: Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz and Guy on Twitter, guy@mymac.com and gaz@mymac.com, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback.

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Transcribe!
Review

On June 28, 2011, in Audio, Review, Video, by Mark Sealey

Transcribe! 8.1.0
Price: $50 for single users;
contact Seventh String for pro-rated discounts

Transcribe! claims to be the “world’s leading” tool to help musicians extract music from recordings. It can also be used to transcribe speech and even allow musicians to play along. Does British firm, Seventh String, get credit for trying what’s difficult to do well but really end up as little more than an “also ran”? Or do they have a winner that works in almost every way?

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Here, There, and Everywhere
MyMac Podcast #355

On June 23, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Gaz and Guy are ALL over the map tonight (well more so than usual). Guy had an interview with Allison Sheridan over at the Nosilla Podcast at Podfeet.com and Gaz did a video review over at the Tech Lounge. Guy’s Brother Bill comes on to talk about how he self-published his book called Stealing Ali. It started with Paper and pen, and finished on a Mac! Talk about a long strange trip. Apple releases Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor for simply ridiculous prices! Lastly some analyst writes a 49 page document saying the iPad will RULE FOREVER! Um…what?

App Picks:
Modern Combat Domination by GameLoft ($12.99)
Flare by the Iconfactory (9.99)

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Scott has a Wunderful idea for task lists that sync across the iPhone, iPad, and the Mac. Suzé Gilbert finds the right depth of field with iQuikD.o.F for iPhone. Sam Negri does not drop the new Gumdrop case for iPad 2, but thinks it would handle it just fine if he did. And John Nemo asks you to listen to something else for a bit, and picks The Tin Roof Blowdown as the book you should chose to listen to.

Pocket Sized Podcast is sponsored by MCE and the MCE Optibay Drive (http://mcetech.com)

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Location Location Location
TechFan Podcast #35

On June 17, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by David Cohen


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This week, David is joined by Darren Griffin, Co-founder and Editorial/Operations Director of PocketGPSWorld.com, a leading site for GPS gadgets and software. The conversation covers all things mapping, Darren’s computing preferences and the RIM/BlackBerry tailspin.

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Link:
http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/

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2011-06-16
Mark Sealey
Groove 3
Price: $49.99 for single users; contact Groove 3 for groups specials and (educational) discounts

MIDI Orchestration Explained, using strings

MIDI Orchestration Explained, using strings

Although an older technology and simple in conception, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) can be complicated to implement and make the most of; and particularly challenging to use in effective music making. But the clear explanations and expert perception of Eli Krantzberg and the Groove 3 team are well up to the task of making MIDI orchestration both plainer and pleasurable for users.

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Hey iTunes…Gotta Match?
MyMac Podcast #354

On June 16, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Skype seriously disliked us tonight with Volume issues and hisses. But we soldered on and had a great time talking about all kinds of stuff and LOT’S of great feedback from out terrific listeners! We got our 50th FaceBook Liker (is that even a word?), talked about DropBox, and Actor Richard Dreyfuss was kind enough to read the iTunes EULA for us…um what? iWeb may be history and Gaz is not happy about it. iTunes Match gets a going over and Guy can’t end the show worth a darn.

Links:
Dropbox
GoldFish web design software by Fishbeam
Wunderlist

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iRest Lap Stand for iPad
Review

On June 15, 2011, in iPad, Review, Stand, by Russ Walkowich

iRest Lap Stand for iPad
Company: Rain Design
Price: $49.90 USD

 

There are now tons of cases for the iPad that allow you to protect, carry or even type. The thing is that when all is said and done and you want to relax and read something or work on your iPad while you are reclining, not all cases allow you to do so comfortably. Enter Rain Design’s iRest Lap Stand for the iPad.

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Scott finds out that iCloud really stands for Never Ending List. John Nemo and Sheba talk about white iPhones, iPhone 4 photography, and shoes. Sam Negri does handstands for the Handstand Case for iPad 2. Suzé Gilbert brings us the King of iPhone photo apps, King Camera. And finally John Nemo returns to sing of his love for us with his iRig Mic for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

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FileMaker Go
App Review

On June 13, 2011, in Features, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

FileMaker Go
Company: FileMaker
$39.99 for iPad
Version 1.2.1
$19.99 for iPhone and iPod touch
Version 1.2.1
Both apps require iOS 4.2 or later

If you use a database for your job, chances are it’s a FileMaker database. And, chances are, you access the information from your desk. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the pertinent databases with you when you’re conducting business outside the office? FileMaker thought so too, and created FileMaker Go.

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Golden Ears?

On June 11, 2011, in Audio, Headphones, Headset, iPod, Macbook, Macbook Pro, NAS, Original Blog, Speakers, by Larry Grinnell


MyMac.com’s very own John Nemo dared me to blog by sending me a link to an article in the New York Times about someone who wanted to build a music server, one of the very highest possible quality. He wanted to rip his CDs at full, uncompressed resolution, and use a fairly high-end digital to analog converter in the playback stream in order to extract the very best from his music collection.

Very interesting, and very admirable. The technology is sound (pun unintended for a change), and if ultimate quality is the goal, it’s great. I guess I’m not quite so hidebound about ultimate quality anymore, and based upon the crappy quality of many of the audio playback devices on the market today, fewer and fewer people are. Frankly, I’m not a “golden ear,” and never was. I’ve owned some decent music reproduction gear over the years, but, I don’t know…maybe it’s my near-57 year old ears that have been damaged by numerous flights in the back of uninsulated C-141 and C-130 aircraft, loud playback on earphones/earplugs beginning with the original Sony Walkman (purchased in 1980), and so on, which have lowered the bar on what is acceptable music reproduction quality.

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Movie Draft’s Mark O’Neill
TechFan Podcast #34

On June 10, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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David Cohen sits in a car, with his iPad, to participate in TechFan this week. That’s dedication! Tim Robertson and David welcome special guest Mark O’Neill, the developer behind Movie Draft. If you have ever thought of writing a screenplay, this is the software for you! Also covered is WWDC 2011 and E3 2011. Wii U anyone?

Contact TechFan at feedback@mymac.com and leave a message at 1-801-938-5559

Link:
Movie Draft

 

Otterbox Reflex iPhone 4 Case
Review

On June 9, 2011, in Apple, Cases, Headphones, iPhone, Review, by Mike Breed

Otterbox Reflex iPhone 4 Case
Company: Otterbox
Price: $44.95 USD

I’ve never been disappointed with any of Otterbox’s products. It’s well-known among fans of Apple’s iOS platform that the cases Otterbox makes are some of the toughest you can buy. Whenever my iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone is protected in an Otterbox case, I feel much more secure in using my expensive toys. Once again, Otterbox doesn’t fail to impress with the Reflex, the latest addition to its growing line of iPhone cases.

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Syncing the Ship
MyMac Podcast #353

On June 8, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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No Gaz tonight so Owen Rubin joins Guy and they discuss all the latest just announced at Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference. You get their takes on OS X Lion, iOS 5, the wireless syncing for iOS devices to come, the iCloud, and just what the heck is iTunes Match? Lastly, as it turns out, all this SoundBoard silliness is OWEN’S fault!

Links:
The Heist

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Level8 Backpack & MacBook Protective Sleeve
Company: Level8
Atlas Backpack15″ Protective Sleeve
Price: 15″ & 17″ Atlas Backpack – $99.99 USD, 15″ Protective Sleeve – $49.99 USD

 

As a teacher who carries his MacBook Pro and iPad 2 to school each day, finding a decent laptop bag is a real priority for me. Without a doubt, the readers of this article are fans of Apple’s amazing, yet pricey products. Protecting that investment while maintaining functionality is important for people who want to maximize their productivity. I think I’ve finally found my solution after using Level8’s Atlas Backpack and 15″ Protective Sleeve for the past month.

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Apple announces a lot of things in their iCloudy vision of life, and Scott and Peter share their thoughts on why it matters. John and Jim have a nano-sized special report. Suzé gets Stuck in Customs with 100 Cameras in 1. And John Nemo reviews the Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator Black headphones for those times you want to listen to all the iTunes music in your iCloud.

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Finally!

On June 7, 2011, in Apple, Features, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Opinion, by Scott Willsey


It’s hard to express the sense of relief I feel after the 2011 WWDC keynote by Steve Jobs today. FINALLY. Apple does get it.

For months (years?), many of us have been increasingly impatient for untethered syncing for our iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. We’ve seen tantalizing glimpses of the potential that iOS devices that do not require a computer for full functionality could provide. For years, many people have been wishing for an easier way to manage our media and make it easier to get it on the devices that we are going to take with us, whether that be our laptops, iPods, iPhones, or iPads.

Now, thanks to some much overdue and needed features coming in OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud, my daughter will never know a time when media was cumbersome to move around, or when a portable computing device required a less portable computing device for activation, backups, and updates. And that’s good. I have experienced all that, and can’t see why anyone else should. There’s no way that a forward looking computing future could continue on such a clunky, outdated model.

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The Guardian MAXimus mini
Review

On June 7, 2011, in Hard Drive, RAID, Review, by Rich Lefko

Guardian MAXimus mini
Company: newertechnology
Price as tested: $229.99
NewerTech – Other World Computing

Are you backing up? Do you have enough storage for your laptop, or your Macintosh computer? How about portable storage? Can you move your storage around if you need to?

I have a solution for all of these and it it is called the NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini (Abbriviated here as GMM) from NewerTechnology.

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Dreamweaver CS5.5Review

On June 6, 2011, in Macintosh, Review, by Neale Monks


Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5
Price: $399 (upgrade $119)
www.adobe.com

Dreamweaver is arguably the standard against which all WYSIWYG web design applications are compared against. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best application out there for this sort of thing, but Dreamweaver does offer all the essential features together with a reasonably intuitive interface and lots of sophisticated extras. So while some serious web designers do prefer to hand-craft their HTML from scratch, it’s probably fair to say those most commercial web sites will have been produced, at least in part, with some version of Dreamweaver.

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