BassJump 2
Review (and Conundrum)

On November 30, 2011, in Apps, Audio, Macintosh, Music, Review, Speakers, by John Nemerovski

BassJump 2 USB-Powered Sub Woofer Speaker
TwelveSouth
Price:$70

MacBook Pro, Air, and MacBook built-in speakers are lousy, especially on the low end of the audio spectrum, often called the bass range. TwelveSouth’s new BassJump 2 allows frustrated Mac laptop listeners to boost the bass range with simplicity.

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V-Moda Remix Remote Earphones and Arctic E461-BM Earphones
Companies: V-Moda & Arctic
Websites: V-Moda  &  Arctic
Price: V-Moda Remix Remote: $79.00 USD  /  Arctic E461-BM: $31.36 USD

 

One of the greatest assets to any iOS device is the ability to listen to your favorite music, audiobooks, or your favorite apps. There is nothing more annoying than trying to do so with earphones that simply ruin the experience with their shoddy qualities. Most of us aren’t in the market for expensive earphones that can cost over $200, so what’s out there for those of us who want to find a balance between sound quality and cost? V-Moda and Arctic each have earphones in their lineups that try to reach such a balance. How do they compare?

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To USB 3, or Not to USB 3. That is the question.
Part 2

On November 30, 2011, in Features, by Rich Lefko

To USB 3, or Not to USB 3. That is the question.

Part 2 (Read Part 1 )

 

 

Back in September, I decided to see if USB 3 was worth my time and money. I installed a USB 3 PCI card (CalDigit SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card – $79.00 USD) in my Mac Pro and set out to take a look at drives that offered USB 3 as an interface option.

As you can see in this chart, USB 3 is advertised as being much faster than USB 2 or Firewire 800, but much slower than Thunderbolt.

I do have a Thunderbolt port on my new Macbook Air but there are no drives out there yet, and there may not be any Thunderbolt drives for a while with the flooding in Thailand. Listen to Techfan Podcast #55 for more information.

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HP LaserJet CP1025nw Color Printer
Review

On November 29, 2011, in Macintosh, printer, Review, Wireless, by John Nemerovski

LaserJet CP1025nw Color
Company: HP
$179.00 US

HP LaserJet CP1025nw Color is the most affordable SOHO (small office, home office) color laser printer HP has ever produced, and the best printer in this category we have reviewed at MyMac. Unpacking takes a couple of minutes. Weight and bulk are minimal. Wireless software installation and setup take a few more minutes, without any glitches whatsoever. Color laser toner ships pre-installed, requiring no annoying and possibly messy acquaintance with the printer’s internal components. In a word, hallelujah.

The printer communicates with computers via USB, Ethernet cable, or WiFi. The latter is being used to test HP LaserJet CP1025nw Color because wireless printing is the SOHO trend. HP claims this model is the “world’s smallest color laser printer,” and it certainly has a tiny footprint and physical presence, plus attractive design.

A Macintosh sends its document info to the printer almost instantly, and completed prints emerge seconds later. When I click PRINT on my MacBook Pro, which is in my house, the printer completes basic print jobs before I can dash out to my studio office, thirty feet away, as fast as I can run.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10
A Beginner’s Review-Part 2

On November 28, 2011, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10
Company: Adobe
Requires: multicore Intel processor, Mac OSX 10.5.8 or higher, QuickTime 7
Price: $99.99, upgrade $79.99

In part 1 of this review I focused on the Adobe Elements 10 Organizer. Now we’ll talk about the Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor.

New to PSE10 is the ability to paint effects onto specific photo areas. Use the Smart Brush in the toolbox to create new ways to work with and visualize your photos. The first photo below is the original I took of a cruise ship. In the second photo I applied a Pencil Sketch to highlight the ship and give the photo a little interest. Since the sky was a bit overcast the day the photo was taken, I brightened it up in the third photo. Finally, just for fun, I gave the entire photo a fluorescent glow.

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iW1 AirPlay Wireless Audio System with Rechargeable Battery
iHome
Price: $300.00 US

iHome’s new iW1 speaker will change your life and the way you listen to music. Soon all speakers will be this versatile. For now, purchasers need relatively deep pockets and a modest grasp of technology to set up and use iW1 to its maximum capabilities.

A thorough written manual is included that makes the process relatively straightforward. A dedicated and full-featured web site for this product and its technology is here, including FAQs and how-to video. Web-based and telephone tech support are available too.

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Photo Effect Studio Pro Mac
App Review

On November 27, 2011, in Apps, Macintosh, Review, by Mark Greentree

Photo Effect Studio Pro is available on the Mac App Store
App Developer: Liqing Jiang – Everimaging Ltd
Version Reviewed: 2.0.1
License: US$7.99 Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Photo Effect Studio Pro is a digital photography application specializing specifically in altering your photographs. It’s not a replacement or a competitor for Adobe’s Photoshop or Pixelmator but it does offer some very compelling options to be a very good companion to both these applications.

Many times users may not need the complete feature set available with higher end applications, and with that in mind Photo Effect Studio Pro fills the void. 

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The Zombies Make a Comeback
MyMac Podcast #376

On November 25, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Stoplight Network goes LIVE for the MyMac Podcast in this episode. Guy gets an iPhone 4S and has syncing problems not resolved without goats, Zombie games make a splash in a big way, why big PC makers are getting out of the tablet business, and Tim Vining creator, animator of Star Trek: Aurora comes on the show to talk about how he did an hour long fully animated Star Trek show in ONLY six years!

Some links:
Star Trek: Aurora
Scotch Tape X-Rays
DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue by Hothead Games $9.99
Flight Control by Firemint
Naturalpoint Optitrack Motion Control System $4999 

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Moon Globe HD iOS
App Review

On November 25, 2011, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by David M. Acklam

Moon Globe HD 
App Developer: Midnight Martian
Version 2.1.1
License: US$0.99 (Moon Globe Free)
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, iPhone 4S, iPod (3rd and 4th generations) iPad 1 and 2. Requires IOS 3.2 or later.

As an amateur astronomer, I volunteer as an astronomy partner with a local elementary school science teacher in a program called Project ASTRO. Recently my teacher partner and I introduced her fifth grade students to the changing phases of the Moon. As part of this exercise, the students are teamed into groups and are given set of randomly arranged photographs of the Moon in its various phases and are asked to arrange them in the sequence they think the phases change. Since this is accomplished in the classroom, without being able to see the Moon, the students have to work as a team to best recall what they each remember about how the Moon changes phases.

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Magical
TechFan Podcast #57

On November 23, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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With Tim needing to record a night show, and a day early, David had to miss this episode, so Mark Greentree from Not Another Mac Podcast joined in. Topics include the Stoplight Network, Podcasting, the need for innovation in technology, website needs, how magical our world of tech is, and much more!

Contact the show
feedback@mymac.com and leave a message at 1-801-938-5559
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Mark on Twitter 

Link:
Not Another Mac Podcast
Everyday Mac Support 

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Back In Time iPad
App Review

On November 22, 2011, in Apps, iPad, Review, by Mark Greentree

Back In Time
App Developer: LANDKA
Version Reviewed: 1.1
License: US$7.99 for iPad only

Imagine the universe started 24 hours ago…

Back In Time will take you all the way back to the Big Bang and lead you through the formation of the Solar System, Jurassic period, the commencement of human evolution, and deliver us to the present day.

This app is unique in the way it presents what many would regard as general knowledge topics into a very concise and easy to follow process. People at all ages yearning to know more about the genesis of our universe and corresponding procession through time will be thoroughly engrossed with this app.

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The Perfect Disguise? BookBook for Air
Review

On November 21, 2011, in Cases, Macintosh, Review, by Rich Lefko

BookBook for Air
$79.99

Twelve South   Back in December of 2010 I reviewed the BookBook for iPad. I still use that case because of the construction and protection it gives my iPad as well as the way it disguises it. The BookBook for MacBook Air brings that same protection to Apple’s lightweight portable line of computers.

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Larry travels a dark, dark road, going to a remembered but unpleasant, and what most dedicated Mac users might even say, scary place. Read on.

Windows command-line window.

I recently received a desperate email from a friend. In spite of his vow to never own one of those infernal Windows PCs, one apparently flew into his hands and he was unable to let go. Unfamiliar as he was with whichever operating system was running on it (an older Sony Vaio, so probably Windows XP), he needed to know how to locate the MAC (media access control) address in order to perform some operation with it that I now can’t recall.

As a regular Windows user in my day job, and having held a now-lapsed MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer – Windows 2000) certification, I immediately knew the easiest way to get that information: with the infamous command line.

To make sure I remembered, I went to the Start button, selected Run from the window that popped up, typed CMD in that window and clicked the OK button. Suddenly it was 1985, and there was a lovely DOS (disk operating system) window — the thing nightmares are made of. But I digress. There it was, the lovely and much-maligned C:\ prompt. With quivering fingers (it had been a rough night), I typed in the arcane command from memory: ipconfig /all. Immediately the screen displayed a bunch of information about my network cards and network connections, including the elusive MAC address.

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Heated Topics
TechFan Podcast #56

On November 18, 2011, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim and David have a heated discussion on the merit and fairness of comparing the Kindle Fire to the iPad in reviews. What the tech industry needs to do to get competitive and make better products is also discussed. Plus, David asks the question: with Modern Warfare 3, has the Xbox 360 reached it’s zenith? And Tim goes through a major change with his entertainment system. And if all that is not enough, some big changes are discussed about the MyMac Podcasting Network, and what is the Stoplight Network?

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feedback@mymac.com and leave a message at 1-801-938-5559
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Tim on Google+ 

Flash is Dead Jim
MyMac Podcast #375

On November 17, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Just as most reasonable people believed, Adobe has given up on Mobile Flash and naturally blames Apple instead of it being because it sucked. Guy gives iTunes Match a go but Gaz can’t yet (however he has an iPhone 4S and Guy doesn’t so Guy is sad). It may seem sacrilegious, but you CAN sync Android devices to your Mac, Apple becomes a top 5 vendor in Europe, and why we’d prefer a side order of Google.

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NB639 Fitness Evolved Headphones
Review

On November 17, 2011, in Audio, Earphones, Features, Review, by John Nemerovski

Guest review by Jim Dicker, Ironman Triathlete
NB639 Fitness Evolved Headphones
Company: iHome Audio
Price: $99.99

iHome’s New Balance Heart Rate Monitor and Pedometer, officially called NB639 Fitness Evolved Headphonescomes with earbuds, a combination heart rate monitor/pedometer/chronograph, and a USB dongle that uploads data and recharges the heart rate monitor. The monitoring device must be connected to an iPod or other MP3 player. Also included in the package is a CD containing the user manual and the installer for the Internet based Heart Balance software that stores and graphs the uploaded data. The NB639 retails for $99.99.

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Offers three AC outlets.
Dual port USB charger to charge multiple devices.
Ultra compact design for maximum portability.
Built-in surge protection and indicator LED.
Hidden swivel plug.

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Fire Phone
Pocket Sized Podcast #41

On November 16, 2011, in Pocket Sized Podcast, Podcast, by Scott Willsey


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Peter commandeers App Folder to talk about Bookman, Scott and Tim talk about the mythical Fire Phone, and whether or not it might someday be revealed, and John Nemo brings the Just Mobile AluPen + AluCube and the Bracketron Style-iT 2-in-1 stylus and ballpoint pen. Scott also talks briefly about the new iTunes Match service.

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iAudition iOS
App Review

On November 16, 2011, in Audio, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Microphone, Review, by Mark Greentree

iAudition
App Developer: Everyday Giants LLC
Version Reviewed: 2.0
License: US$5.99

iAudition allows you to record vocal statements no matter where you are. Voice over artists, podcasters, and journalists alike will rejoice at the simplicity and control this app has to offer.

The first thing you will notice upon launching the app is the large record button placed squarely in the middle of the display. Simply tap and start recording. It is really that quick! 

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Tom Bihn Bags – Made in the USA

On November 16, 2011, in Cases, Review, by Rich Lefko

Tom Bihn Bags and Accessories
Tom Bihn
See the links below for specific item links and prices
Tom Bihn, bags made in the USA

Would you like to buy a bag made in the USA? Look no further.
Tom Bihn has been designing and making bags for over 20 years in the Seattle, Washington area. All of the bags sold by Tom Bihn are made in their Seattle factory. These wonderful bags caught my eye on a website I was viewing and they looked so good I just had to get a closer look.Tom Bihn manufactures many different styles of bags for a large variety of computers and other devices. These include Messenger, Briefcases, Backpacks, and Travel Bags, to name a few.

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