Wonderful Day iPhone
App Review

On February 29, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Wonderful Day
App Developer: Tenmiles Technologies
Version Reviewed: 1.1
License: US$0.99 Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 4 or later

How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution, only to lose interest or put it in the forever pending basket?

Despair no more as the productivity app Wonderful Day will keep you accountable for your actions.

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Elisa Pacelli reviews the Eco Portabile Grande Laptop Bag and Eco Pad-iPad Sleeve for MyMac.com

The Last Ink Cartridge I Will Ever Buy

On February 28, 2012, in Features, by Owen Rubin

Inkjet printers are cool. In recent years, they have become very inexpensive, while at the same time, becoming high quality and very fast at printing. They come in various sizes and functions, with two to as many as eight ink cartridges needed. And therein lies the issue. Those damn ink cartridges always seem to run out of ink quickly.  I will tell you about a new company, Silo Ink, that cuts the cost of ink considerably, but first, some background.

HP Ink Cartridges. These are the last ones I'll buy.

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Mastering Landscape Photography DVD – Learn By Video Workshop
Peachpit Press
US $34.99 CAN $36.99 – Shop online for better prices
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-80833-2

This is a clear and useful video tutorial presented by landscape photographer Phil Hawkins. It is designed for the beginning photographer and, as you might expect, leaves very little to chance. The strongest compliment I can pay this particular tutorial is this: Once you start watching, you want to continue watching. It’s just under three hours long.

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CameraBag 2
Review

On February 27, 2012, in Apps, Camera, Features, iPhone, Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Artie Alinikoff

CameraBag 2
NEVERCENTER LTD. CO.
Price: $24 to $29

CameraBag began as an iPhone app in 2008. It was wildly successful. 2009 saw the release of the desktop version for Mac and PC, again, very successful. In 2012 CameraBag 2, “a total rewrite” as the company describes, has been freshly released. If anyone was waiting for this software the wait was  worth it.

CameraBag 2 is an ingenious photo editing program, offering a combination of cutting-edge filter technology with the clout of classic tools. Escalating the use of presets into a new dimension, Nevercenter has thought long and hard about the tools and presets photographers need in order to achieve almost boundless control over images at a price that is, in my opinion, a steal. What’s not to like with an interface as simple and elegant as this?

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Drive eRazer Ultra
Review

On February 27, 2012, in Adapter, Features, Hard Drive, Macintosh, Review, by John Nemerovski

Drive eRazer Ultra
CRU-DataPort
$212 to 249 online
Supplementary 1.8 and 2.5 inch combo adapters priced at $40 to $70

 

MyMac reviewed WiebeTech’s original Drive eRazer four years ago. This earlier model continues to work well here at Nemo’s MyMac Labs, but it has been discontinued. The new Ultra model adds functionality and versatility to a quest that is dear to every techie’s heart: I can’t wait to erase and reformat that annoying #$%^& hard drive.

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Bookle App
Review

On February 27, 2012, in Apps, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Bookle
Version 1.0.4
Price: $9.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Mac App Store link

Bookle is a newly released EPUB reading app created by Adam Engst of TidBITS Publishing and Peter Lewis of Stairways Software. Its simple interface and built-in Mac gestures make Bookle an excellent way to read on your Mac.

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Weather through the Windows
TechFan Podcast #67

On February 26, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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David is joined my MyMac alumni Tom Schmidt, filling in for Tim. The discussion is centred on Windows 8 for Arm, though there is a very British weather chat as well!

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Three Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 books reviewed

On February 24, 2012, in Book Review, Photography, by Elisa Pacelli

If you’ve been reading my reviews over the last several months, you may have noticed I’ve been on an Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (PSE10) kick. Today I present the finale of these reviews: three books that can help you learn and enjoy using PSE10. It’s truly amazing what you can do with PSE10 and a little knowledge!

Photoshop Elements 10 All-In-One for Dummies
Authors: Barbara Obermeier and Ted Padova
Publisher: Wiley
Price: $39.99 US, $47.99 CN, £27.99 UK
652 pages
ISBN: 978-1-118-10739-3

Photoshop Elements 10 All-In-One for Dummies can be considered the bible and “go-to” book for all things PSE10. Calling this book comprehensive is an understatement! Authors Barbara Obermeier and Ted Padova mention in the introduction that they asked the publisher for more space in the book so they could add even more information to an already jam-packed tome. I can’t imagine what more could be added!

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Snapseed for Mac Review

On February 24, 2012, in Apps, Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Snapseed
Company: Nik Software
iTunes link
Price: $19.99

When a photo editing application arrives for the Mac for the price of iPhoto I always ask the question “What does this do that I can’t do in iPhoto?” Usually, the answer is nothing and the program is not worth the money. In the case of Snapseed, the answer is “A lot.”

Snapseed started as an iOS app and has become the photo editor of choice on my iOS devices. It is fantastic (especially since I picked it up when it was on sale for the price of FREE). No other app edits photos as easily, smoothly, and great as Snapseed. I am happy to report it is just as good on the Mac.

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Guy apologize’s for last week’s sponsor screwup that he would LOVE to blame on Gaz or possibly overindulgences from the 70’s but can’t. This week’s phobia word of the day is especially good for those who fear their mom or dad or possibly a racecar or radar. Terra Knoble from Splasm Software (one of our 400th podcast sponsors) joins the GMen for a fun chat, and why is Guy planting the seeds of doom for the Mac because of Mountain Lion? Gaz tries to set him straight, but when did THAT ever work?

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Developer: Genius
OS Support: Mac OSX 10.6+, WIndows 7/Vista/XP
Price: US$69.99

The Ring Presenter is a clever wireless, multi-function, five button mouse and laser pointer, all packaged into a small, light-weight, soft natural rubber finger ring. Powered by a thin, built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the 2.4 GHz wireless mouse has an operating range of more than thirty feet. There is even a built-in blue LED that flashes when the battery needs to be recharged. A three position slide switch on the side of the mouse controls the modes and power on/off. The device is available in seven colors.

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The Path to Data Privacy and Security

On February 22, 2012, in Opinion, by Scott Willsey


The advent of social networks and cloud computing have brought with them questions about privacy and security, both from technical and ethical standpoints. This was brought to the forefront again this past week, as many iOS users might know, when a social network called Path was found to be uploading its users’ contact information without notifying them that it was doing so.

The reaction in the online media was pretty much one of condemnation. Certainly Path made several mistakes. First, they should have alerted users that they were going to upload contact information, request permission to do so, and inform them as to exactly why they were doing this and what they were doing with this information. They also should not have sent the information to their servers in plain text rather than as encrypted data, because doing so allows anyone on a public Wi-Fi network to potentially gain access to your contact data if they are sniffing network traffic at the time the contact information is sent to Path’s servers.

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SpiderArm for iPad 2
Review

On February 22, 2012, in iPad, iPad 2, by Steve Hammond

SpiderArm for iPad 2
Company: SpiderArm
Price: $79.99 US

The SpiderArm is a stand with three articulated arms for iPad. When you order it, you can choose your model of iPad so the secureSnap case fits your model of iPad.

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Mint for iPhone and iPad
Review

On February 21, 2012, in Features, by Steve Hammond

Mint for iPhone and iPad
Price: Free
Company: Intuit

Mint.com is a free web site that allows users to aggregate their financial information in one place. After creating an account on Mint.com, you can add all of your bank or credit card accounts. From there, Mint.com will combine the transactions of all of your accounts into a single view. Mint.com provides the possibility to clarify each transaction with customizable categories.

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ZooGue BinderPad Pouch Review

On February 21, 2012, in Apple, Cases, iPad, iPad 2, Review, by Mike Breed

ZooGue BinderPad Pouch for the iPad 2
Company: ZooGue
Price: $29.99 USD

 

As a high school science teacher, I’m seeing a real turning point in education with the ever increasing numbers of iPads in our schools. In our moderately-sized district alone, we are well past 150 iPads in our inventory. Teachers and students are seeing the benefits of using iPads in the classroom, just as Apple’s ads imply. One of my biggest concerns with the iPads used by my students is keeping them safe from damage. ZooGue has come out with a tablet case that may be an answer for anyone using an iPad 2 in an academic setting.

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Learn My Mac episode 7

On February 20, 2012, in How-To, Learn My Mac, Video, by Elisa Pacelli


QuickTime X-use it for more than watching videos.

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Macally’s SmartMate Case and MagStand2 Cabinet Mount
Company: Macally
Price: SmartMate Case  $29.99 USD
MagStand 2  $39.99 USD

 

Macally has always been one of the first companies to get iOS device accessories onto the market. Their products tend to be simple, yet extremely functional. Their latest offerings for the iPad 2, the SmartMate Protective Case and the MagStand2 Cabinet Mount and Viewing Stand, do what they do and they do it well.

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Pioneer Elite N-30 Front View

Pioneer Elite N-30 Networked Audio Player
Company: Pioneer Electronics
Price: $499.00 USD

Pioneer, a venerable name in home audio, has come up with a pair of interesting devices to better integrate the audio part of the internet and your own digital music library into your home audio system, the N-30 and N-50 Networked Audio Players. The Networked Audio Players are part of Pioneer’s Elite product line, noted for their excellent construction and superb audio quality. Pioneer foolishly loaned me an N-30 to evaluate. I say foolishly only because I seem to attract products for review that have fundamental flaws that cause me to write far too many negative reviews. Sadly, this is one of them.

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