iOS App Review

On January 31, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

App Developer: Maplekey Company, LLC
Version Reviewed: 1.3.2
License: Free with in-app purchasing. Universal app.

Bedtime stories have been passed down through generations. You may find that the story you tell your child is the story that was told to you.

With the introduction of the Picturebook app you can now magically create these stories and share them with friends and family. 

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It’s the last day of the Macworld/ iWorld Expo and I feel like I owe you website readers an apology. I haven’t written much this trip and while I have a pretty good reason for it, it still doesn’t feel right. This was the “Take as little as possible to the Expo with just iOS devices to do everything I needed to” experiment.

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Once again, Tim, Guy, Tom, and I trudged down to MyMac.com Central (yeah, Mel’s…) for another tasty breakfast. We were joined by Owen Rubin, who, having worked in this industry for as long as he has, had some interesting comments about the show and the state of the high tech industry (I will let Owen comment in his own blog).

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Cirque du Mac Party

Wednesday morning marked another fine breakfast at, yes, you guessed it, Mel’s Diner. It’s good, wholesome (fattening) food, well-prepared, and reasonably priced. What more can you ask of a diner?

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Confessions of a Macworld Rookie

On January 28, 2012, in iWorld 2012, Macworld Expo 2012, by Tom Schmidt

The 2012 Macworld | iWorld show is nearly over. Today is the last day and the floor has just opened. As I sit in the press room thinking through the past days there are still a few things to look forward to, like dinner with an old friend and a ride to the airport tonight.

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A Podcast with a Twist
MyMac Podcast #386

On January 27, 2012, in iWorld 2012, Macworld Expo 2012, Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Shorter than usual but taking probably twice as long as it needed to since nearly everything was created and edited on iOS. Tim and Guy run through the latest stuff found at the Macworld/iWorld Expo before Guy has four recorded bits with various show vendors.

Some links:
Office(2)HD by Bytesquared
Mackeeper 2012 by Zeobite
BusyCal by Busymac Software
RapidWeaver 5 by Realmac Software.


Vicki Stokes, Ron Wayne, Larry Grinnell at the TUAW Party, 26 January 2012

Thursday started with the traditional MyMac.com breakfast at Mel’s Diner. From there, we walked to Moscone West and set up camp in the media room. Again, copious quantities of lukewarm Starbucks coffee and a selection of soft drinks were available.

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Awesomo Show
TechFan Podcast #63

On January 26, 2012, in iWorld 2012, Macworld Expo 2012, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson sits with a variety of guests for the first Macworld Expo iWorld show of 2012. Guests include Steve Sande of TUAW as well as Guy, Larry, Nemo, Sam, Vicky, and Tom of MyMac.com! This is day one, so look for two more shows this week, and be sure to catch Tim on the MyMac Podcast all week long


Yet Another Macworld Expo Photo Album

On January 26, 2012, in iWorld 2012, Macworld Expo 2012, by Tim Robertson

The Art of SouthPark at Macworld Expo

On January 26, 2012, in iWorld 2012, Macworld Expo 2012, by Tim Robertson
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Appalooza: Productivity Apps 10AM TODAY at Macworld Expo

On January 26, 2012, in Features, by Tim Robertson

10AM at room 2020, Moscone West!

 Appalooza: Productivity Apps
Sam Levin, Host, AppMinute
Tim Robertson, Founder, MyMac.com
Watch, listen and engage with Sam & Tim as they show the coolest ways to be productive on your iOS devices!
What kind of Apps and what do they do?


– Draw/type notes while recording an audio note.. and that the audio is synced to your notes on the fly.


Snap a photo or draw over it to design your new room. Share on the fly or watch it on a large screen.


Take notes on the fly, save favorite web pages, work/share with colleagues, share content seamlessly with friends/family.. it’s your iOS digital storage locker!

Baby Monitor:

– Watch live video from any iPad/iPhone/touch. Baby Monitor will even send a text if your child moves around!
…and possibly other really cool apps…

BONUSwe have several surprises! Attend this special presentation and see what Sam and Tim have up their sleeves!

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I got in to San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon following a lovely flight. I had accumulated a sufficiently large number of miles thanks to traveling a great deal for my former employer, and decided to cut the final cord by cashing in these miles to make the flight from West Palm Beach (Florida) to San Francisco sitting in the relative comfort of the first class cabin. Frankly, the seats, wide and recliney as they were, were still somewhat uncomfortable on a long cross-country flight. Like a lot of American males, I suffer from a severe lack of fat cells in my posterior region (think Hank Hill from the cartoon King of the Hill), so I lack the necessary cushioning for extended seating. Instead, all the fat cells that should have been in the posterior are in my expansive belly, but that is clearly too much information.

But this was supposed to be a blog about Macworld, no?

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Pre-Macworld Expo 2012
MyMac Podcast #385

On January 25, 2012, in iWorld 2012, Macworld Expo 2012, Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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We are off to the races before the Macworld Expo – iWorld 2012 show even officially kicks off. A large contengent of MyMac.com writers and podcasts are on hand to kick off the event on a shorter than normal podcast!


iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
Book Review

On January 25, 2012, in Book Review, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, by Mark Greentree

iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
Author: J.D. Biersdorfer

Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Print ISBN: 978-1-4493-1616-7 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1616-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4493-1676-1 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1676-X
Price: eBook US$19.99. Print US$24.99

Besides death and taxes, the only other guarantee in life is Apple will never incorporate a printed manual with any release of the iPad.

Experienced users see the benefit of no longer having a manual, while new users to the platform can be left perplexed.

Luckily O’Reilly Media and author J. D. Biersdorfer have collaborated to release iPad 2: The Missing Manual for all those consumers who wish to know more about their iPad 2.

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