iOS at the Macworld Expo

On January 24, 2012, in Apps, Features, iOS, iPad, iPhone, by Guy Serle

As said previously, I’m going all iOS this year. That means all audio, blogging, and video editing must be done strictly with the hardware and software only available through Apple’s iOS ecosystem and nothing else.

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The future, what do you mean? How can we be in the future?


For decades many of us have been in awe of the possibility of the future. Not that long ago the thought of carrying a single panel computer capable of presenting music, film, books, and games was nothing more than science fiction.

I live by the belief that if man can envisage it, people can create it.

Of course, there is the possibility of going too far, as is famously shown in Planet Of The Apes, circa 1968.

For now we can sit back and relax with a small and hopefully harmless portion of technology that seemingly has the effect of enhancing our lives.

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

On January 24, 2012, in Features, by Rich Lefko

 

Part 3 (Read Part 1 here, or Part 2 here)

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.

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NuTouch Gloves Review

On January 23, 2012, in Features, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

NuTouch Gloves
Company: Newer Technology
Price: $19.99

 


I live in the Northeast region of the United States, where every winter, cold is a way of life. Using your iPhone or other smartphone outside is not a pleasant experience: either you’re unable to manipulate the screen with a gloved hand, or you need to remove your gloves to use the phone. Neither option is a good choice.

Enter NuTouch Gloves by Newer Technology, the perfect marriage of convenience and warmth.

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WiPNET Cable Ethernet Adapter Review

On January 23, 2012, in Adapter, Mac OS X, NAS, Network, Review, by Larry Grinnell

WiPNET Cable Ethernet Adapter
Company: Wi3 Inc.
Price: about $175 each (at least two required), available now

This review is pretty long, but I wanted to share with you, dear reader, the thought process that went into my home network architecture, and how wrong I was about a lot of things. I also wanted you to see a few of the challenges you may or may not experience when performing network surgery. Maybe you can learn from my (expensive) mistakes.

I don’t know about your situation, but my home network is a wreck. It’s a mishmash of 2.4 and 5 GHz systems, some power line Ethernet, and some long stretches of CAT5 cable running under my carpet, etc. I have tried almost everything in an effort to get better throughput to and from my media server, a 7.5 terabyte Synology DS-509+ NAS that I use to back up the main NAS, to my 1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini (and my HDTV) without dropped frames and jittery display. Likewise I wanted better performance maintaining a large iTunes media collection.

If only it were easy.

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Five Photo Books Review

On January 23, 2012, in Book Review, Photography, by Steve Hammond

In every work or passion you want to pursue, there is a chance you need external influences to get better. In photography, books are a great resource. Most of the time they are written by professional photographers, then you learn from their experience. Here are five photography books for you to discover.

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Tether
Review

On January 23, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Tether Stemware Saver
Company: Quirky
Price $14.99/4 pack

Maybe this has happened to you: you have a glass of wine for dinner. After dinner you load and run the dishwasher, which includes the above-mentioned wine glass. When you open the dishwasher at the end of the cycle, you find the wine glass has tipped over, or worse, broke when hitting another glass. If this scenario looks familiar, the Tether Stemware Saver (Tether) may be what you need.

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It’s always an adventure going to the Macworld Expo. At least it is the way I do it. It’s been said that the fastest way between two points is a straight line. I rarely take a straight line anywhere. I prefer to meander between those two points, stopping to smell the flowers or if the opportunity presents itself a good steak and cheese sub.

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Choice TidBits from Tonya Engst
MyMac Podcast #384

On January 20, 2012, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson


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If you like Listener Feedback and interviews you’ll LOVE this show. Guy’s wife has a bit of an incident but she’s OK now (which means Guy is cleared for MacWorld!), Gaz has OCD or does OCD have Gaz? Guy and Gaz prove without a shadow of a doubt that neither have Polyphobia and Tonya Engst from TidBits comes on to talk a bit about Tids and ePublishing

Some links:
The TidBits website  and Take Control books

The Movies Ferel Interactive $29.99 at the Mac App Store

Coversutra by Sophiestication Software 2.99 Pounds UK or $4.99 US

The Music:
Nightwalker – Negativa Please visit and check out the artists that supply great music to our podcast!

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. Also don’t forget our FaceBook Page!

 

Kensington Virtuoso Metro Stylus & Pen
Review

On January 18, 2012, in iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, Review, Tablet, by Russ Walkowich

Virtuoso Metro Stylus & Pen for Tablets
Company: Kensington
Price: $17.99 MSRP

The ease of use of touch screens on iPhones, iPads and other similar products that utilize capacitive materials that allow the user to simply touch the screen to make changes or allow input have really changed the communications landscape in the past several years. Yet, there are still limitations that occur, especially when it is cold outside and the user is wearing gloves or other instances where, for whatever reason, that “human” capacitive touch is not occurring.

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FocalPoint 2
Review

On January 17, 2012, in Review, by Mark Rudd

FocalPoint 2
Company: OnONe Software
Price: $99.95

As an avid photographer who has spent a great deal of time and money on equipment, software, and training, I was somewhat leery of a software solution to accomplish something so fundamental within photography. Could this software solution revolutionize the time consuming and arduous post production process of digital photography? Read on and discover the answer.

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Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW
Review

On January 16, 2012, in Back Pack, Features, Photography, Review, by Mark Rudd

Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW
Company: Lowepro
Price: $199.99
Product Page
Additional Product Information

As an industry leader, Lowepro produces some of the best portable storage solutions for camera gear on the market. With their new Photo Sport AW line of products, Lowepro has focused its considerable experience on the adventure sport athlete interested in capturing those extreme moments with their trusty DSLR. Read on and discover if this new product is up to the challenge and adventure.    

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MyMac Podcast #383
Happy 5th Birthday iPhone

On January 15, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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We wish the iPhone a happy birthday with a non-copyright version of a disjointed birthday song and barely mention it again. A couple of technical problems get mentioned and the MacParrot coffee mug makes a spectacular comeback…if someone buying one to make a grand total of two made can be considered a sales success. We had some feedback concerning last week’s complaints and Tom Schmidt believes he’s taking over for Gaz (Not going to happen unless he changes his name to start with a “G”). We have TWO Skype calls and discuss an unnatural fear of Celine Dion. iTunes gets a working over and with the Macworld Expo right around the corner, Guy talks about gearing up (or down as the case may be) for it.

Some links:
Action Movie FX by Bad Robot Interactive Free
FotoMagico by Boinx Home $29.99

The Music:
Bruce H. McCosar – Evolution

Please visit and check out the artists that supply great music to our podcast!

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. Also don’t forget our FaceBook Page!

Copy Cats
TechFan Podcast #62

On January 13, 2012, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Just how bad is copying in the tech industry? While there should be no debate that everyone seems to be borrowing design ideas from everyone else, is it becoming a pandemic? Tim and David chat about this, and a variety of other topics I would remember better if it were not twelve long hours ago that we recorded the show and when I am typing this up. Oh, and Mr. Cohen never did send me that link for Dungeon Raid, so I had to spend at LEAST forty-five seconds looking it up myself! I know, right?!?

Links:
Dungeon Raid
Kingdom Rush

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

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Lowepro Pro Messenger 160AW Review

On January 12, 2012, in Bag, Camera, Cases, Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Lowepro Pro Messenger 160AW
Price: $159.95 US
Company: Lowepro

The Lowepro Pro Messenger AW series are camera shoulder bags. They are suitable for traveling light or for small photography assignments. They store a minimum of equipment, but just enough for this kind of photo shoot. Like many photographers, I am a bag freak and I am glad I had the chance to review the 160AW model.

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One item I’ve been struggling over with my Plex-based Media Center is how to control Mac mini functions from the comfort of my comfy chair (1). I tried an $89.99 Adesso Bluetooth keyboard sold by my local CompUSA that had decent-sized keys and a trackpad, but in spite of online comments that it was Mac-compatible, I found that it was jumpy, erratic, and in the end, completely unusable.

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Take Control of Your iPad
Book Review

On January 11, 2012, in Book Review, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, by Elisa Pacelli

Take Control of Your iPad
Author: Tonya Engst
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $15.00
170 pages, ebook-PDF format
ISBN: 9781615423989

 

Did you get a new iPad for the holidays? Congratulations! Still learning how to use this wonderful device? Make it easy on yourself and pick up a copy of Take Control of Your iPad (TCYi) by Tonya Engst.

I have a number of Take Control ebooks, and they all have one thing in common: the writers focus on one topic and they do it very well. In TCYi, Engst concisely, yet thoroughly (as well as humorously), explains the ins and outs of using an iPad running iOS5.

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“Stuff” for your MacPro

On January 10, 2012, in Features, by Rich Lefko

If you own a MacPro, like me, then you know that this is Apple’s most expandable Macintosh computer though there have been rumors as of late as to whether or not Apple will continue to manufacture them. I think not building some kind of expandable Macintosh computer would be a mistake. Apple needs one model of computer that can be customized by the user.

The current MacPro model can hold up to four internal hard drives, you can add PCI Cards, and you can even install a second optical drive. The geek in me loves to play with all of these options, if for no other reason, just because you can.

Today we are going to look at a variety of “stuff” for our MacPro.

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WordPress on an iPad

On January 7, 2012, in Features, iOS, iPad, iPhone, by Guy Serle

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As I’ve been moaning about for the last year on the MyMac.com Podcast, I’m not taking a Mac laptop to the Macworld Expo this year. I’ve decided to do everything on my 1st generation iPad to include audio, video, and blogging. All edited with a trusty iOS device. Oh I’ll have my iPhone 4S too to actually record the audio and video, but everything else will be done with my iPad.

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