Mobius Rechargeable Battery Case with Solar Panel for iPhone 4 and 4S
Company: Eton
Price: $80

The Eton Mobius is a charger for the iPhone 4 and 4S that offers two methods for extending the life of your phone’s battery. Slip your phone into the Mobius case and use the provided device connector to charge the Mobius’ lithium battery and your phone off a USB port. Or, flip the case over and let the sun recharge the battery using the Mobius’ solar panel.

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BlueAnt Embrace Stereo Headphones
Review

On November 15, 2011, in Audio, Headphones, Review, by Russ Walkowich

BlueAnt Embrace Stereo Headphones
Company: BlueAnt
Price: $199.99 MSRP

 

There are headphones and then there are just headphones. BlueAnt has set out to show how headphones should be done, and as far as I’m concerned, they have really succeeded with the Embrace Stereo headphones. Designed specifically for the iPod, iPhone and iPad, the Embrace Stereo headphones also do a fantastic job when plugged into your Mac or PC.

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Adobe Carousel
is a new paid subscription photo catalog, sharing, and editing service that works between a user’s Macintosh and iOS devices. For this first look Nemo Memo introduction, I tested Carousel on a pre-unibody MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo and an iPad 2.

Here is Adobe’s FAQ web site explaining Carousel and its pricing.

Macintosh OS X 10.7 Lion is required. For best results, upgrade your iPad to the latest iOS. Both of the above are available from Apple’s App Store. Carousel downloads are free, and installations are effortless on both computer and iPad.

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A Matter of Trust
TechFan #55

On November 11, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim and David discuss the looming price increase in Hard Drives, and what is driving it. Which online company do you trust more, Google or FaceBook? And finally, Adobe haults developement on Flash.

 

Alphabet – Learn and Play
Review

On November 11, 2011, in Apps, Game, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, by Steve Hammond

Alphabet – Learn and Play
Company: Aquafadas
Platform: This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
Price: $1.99 U.S.

Alphabet – Learn and Play is a learning program for children on iOS devices. The premise of the game is to help young kids learn their alphabet. The application is designed to work in both English and French languages from the application itself. To switch language, simply use the French or British flag buttons on the main screen of the application.  

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Playing in the Sandbox
MyMac Podcast #374

On November 10, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Gaz and Guy take a short trip back to their childhood to push silicate crystals around…what? OH! Not THAT kind of Sandbox, but the kind that keeps bad stuff out at the potential cost of keeping good stuff out too. The GMen have at least one idea as to why those Birds seem to be so angry. Gaz gets all Zombiefied while throwing his (paper) weight around and Rich Lefko wants to start a petition to bring back the “Save As” command to OS X Lion. Guy’s chair breaks in the middle of a segment which makes him sad.

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Fat Gecko Mount and Accessory for iPad
Review

On November 10, 2011, in Adapter, iPad, Review, Stand, by Steve Hammond

Fat Gecko Mount and Accessory for iPad 2
Company: Delkin
Price: $36.74 U.S. for the mount and $20.99 U.S. for the iPad accessory

Delkin Fat Gecko Mount is a suction cup arm that can be used to attach a small camera to a smooth surface. With the iPad Accessory mount (available for either iPad 1 or iPad 2), you can attach your iPad anywhere.

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Take Control of Your 802.11n Airport Network 2nd Edition
BY GLENN FLEISHMAN
TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Price: $20

In Take Control of Your 802.11n Airport Network, networking guru, Glenn Fleishman, provides advice on setting up wireless networks using Apple Airport Extreme and Time Capsule base stations. This second edition update includes support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Windows 7, and iOS devices. As the title suggests, the focus of the book is on the 802.11n standard but the author does provide techniques to address those users still attached to 802.11g gear.

 

Think Different … Or Not!

On November 9, 2011, in Apple, Opinion, by Owen Rubin

According to Reuters and posted on the Huffington Post, Apple gave six of its top executives around $60 million in company stock bonuses EACH after the company recorded a record revenue of $108.25 billion last fiscal year.

The executives include the chief of software Scott Forstall, CFO Peter Oppenheimer, and marketing lead Phil Schiller, and three others that the article did not name. Each received 150,000 restricted Apple shares that fully vest on 2016, or about $60 Million based on Friday’s closing share price of $400.24, or about $360 Million  going to just 6  people. These are not options that they have to buy, but restricted stock, that becomes fully theirs in 5 years.

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Jury Duty
Pocket Sized Podcast #40

On November 9, 2011, in Pocket Sized Podcast, Podcast, by Scott Willsey


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Scott takes a break from jury duty to edit a podcast. Suzé Gilbert blends pixels with Pixel Blend for iPad. John Nemo looks at the other side of university life and technology from the perspective of a professor. And Scott and Peter converse about Siri, contact relationships, and Verizon iPhones and AppleCare+.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10-A Beginner’s
Review Part 1

On November 8, 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

When Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 was released a number of years ago, I decided to buy it, even though I had no graphics experience whatsoever. I even bought a book to teach me how to use it. Sadly, I used PSE6 mainly to create coupons for my husband’s business, slightly edit screen shots I take for MyMac.com articles, and superimpose faces on other people’s bodies (Don’t ask. It’s silly.) So when the opportunity arose for me to review Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, I jumped at the chance to really sit down and learn about some of the fun and powerful techniques I could use with this software.

Keep in mind that this review is coming from a novice’s perspective. Even though I have used PSE6 in the past, my experience is so limited that I’m still considered a newbie. For a more in-depth review of PSE10 from a user who has an extensive Photoshop background, check out MyMac.com writer Donny Yankellow’s article.

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The Adventures Of Timmy: Run Kitty Run 
App Developer: CB Labs, LLC
Versions Reviewed: 1.1.0
License: US$0.99 – Introductory Price

Platform gamers can rejoice as the old school style gaming is reaching a new audience in the format of The Adventures Of Timmy: Run Kitty Run.

Many gamers love the simplicity and challenge of platform games and this iOS app does not disappoint. You will become frustrated, stressed, and you may even want throw you iPhone out a window as a result replaying a level over and over again. This is certainly not a letdown and nor it is due to bad implementation of the controls. The controls are some of the best ever in a touch screen game.

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OS X Lion Support Essentials

OS X Lion Support Essentials (Apple Pro Training Series)
by Kevin White
Peachpit Press
ISBN-10: 0-321-77507-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77507-8
Price: $64.99

Lion (Mac OS 10.7) is still too young – even nearly four months after its launch in July 2011 – to have the usual clutch of high quality books which attend each major update to arguably the best operating system for a personal computer yet developed.

One excellent and comprehensive title is the Mac OS X Lion Bible by Gruman (ISBN-10: 1118023765   ISBN-13: 978-1118023761) from Wiley at nearly 900 pages. Less ambitious in some ways, more focused in others – and certainly every bit as useful – is Kevin White’s OS X Lion Support Essentialsin the Apple Pro Training Series from Peachpit.

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Underwater
TechFan Podcast #54

On November 4, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Owen Rubin joins Tim Robertson for an hour-long discussion on a bevy of topics, including the integrity of product reviewers, the problem with Sony, the TRS 80, Ready Player One, Macworld Expo – iWorld 2012, Parallels for Mac, and more!

Links:
David Weeks OWC Review from 2009
Dungeons of Daggorath

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Macspiration Quick Tip: iCloud and iWork on Your Mac

On November 4, 2011, in Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

One of the biggest complaints and surprises about iCloud is the fact that Apple did not update its suite of iWork applications to be iCloud compatible. iWork is long overdue for an update and I, like many, thought an iCloud update was coming with a new version of the apps (Keynote, Pages, Numbers).

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Sick AND Tired
MyMac Podcast #373

On November 3, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Well originally with Guy being sick and Gaz being very busy at work it looked like there wasn’t going to be a podcast this week. However Gaz delegated and Guy crawled in front of a microphone and got it done. A lot of MyMac articles to do and listeners pointing out some mistakes that they HAD to be mistaken about. Big thanks for peanut Butter Buckeyes (YUM!) and more feedback from Twitter and FaceBook made it a show.

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InDesign CS 5.5
Company: Adobe
Upgrade, single application, suite, and academic pricing available

I begin the second part of the review of Adobe InDesign 5.5 covering Interactive PDFs and ePubs with the same caveat as in the  Review Part 1. Adobe builds this application to fit the needs of the most demanding professional author and graphic artist. My review is from the standpoint of a casual user, someone who wants to learn the software to build an ePub or delve into the world of interactive PDFs.

You may even have something you can turn into an ePub right off the bat. I did! Since I had worked with InDesign for print publishing, I was excited about venturing into the digital publishing world. I imported some pictures into the program, added a bit of text, saved it as an ePub onto my Desktop, dragged it into iTunes, and then synced it onto my iPhone and iPad! I could not believe it when I had my own ePub with turning pages, bookmarks, and more! If you are not sure whether this program is for you, here is my review that I hope will explain a lot of information and encourage you to go forth and publish.

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Exoplanet for iOS
Review

On November 3, 2011, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by David M. Acklam

Exoplanet 
App Developer: Hanno Rein
Version Reviewed: 5.6
License: Free (US $0.99 without ads). Universal app compatible with all iOS 3.1.3 or later devices.

As a member of the front end of the “baby boomers” I can still remember learning that our sun was just an average star and we were one of nine planets orbiting it. I also learned that our Milky Way was one of several hundred billion galaxies that made up our known universe, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. That begged the question: if our star had planets then should the rest of the stars have planets too? It seemed like the obvious answer was yes, but until the end of the twentieth century, the question remained unanswered. Due to the advancement of technology, astronomers have confirmed the existence of nearly 700 planets orbiting around nearby stars in our own galaxy and have currently identified over 600 additional possible planets; and the number continues to grow.

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Steve Abernathy of SquareTrade joins us to take the fear out of Halloween iPhone Busting. John Nemo goes back to school, with more technology than most of us old timers had when we were in college. And Suzé Gilbert talks about the state of iPhonography with the iPhone 4S.

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