Leisure Suit Rubin
TechFan Podcast #66

On February 17, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim sits down with Owen Rubin to discuss giving up caffeine, lending institutions not taking money, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and lastly Innovative Leisure. Unfortunately, outside matters take hold and we had to cut the last segment shorter than we had hoped. Look for Owen again soon on TechFan!

Innovative Leisure

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Gaz’s 32-inch Mac Mini
MyMac Podcast #390

On February 16, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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On this show, Gaz has to do a bit of an end-around since his daughter took his beloved Mac Mini away, so it’s off to the Mini Media server with it’s 32-inch HDTV. Some 1Password love from Guy (who FINALLY bought it after saying for who knows how long he was going to) for it’s web services, and the GMen talk about online Photo services, bee stings, running CAT6 cable, and Flipper?

The contest sponsors for the 400th episode of the MyMac Podcast are lining up and you guys are going to get some great stuff. Here’s what’s there so far:

Snapheal by MacPhun LLC
ALK Technologies Co-Pilot iOS GPS App
BusyMac’s BusyCal
Splasm Software’s AudioBook Builder and CheckBook Pro
ZeoBIT’s MacKeeper 2012
Boinx Software’s iStopMotion Pro, FotoMagico Pro, and BoinxTV
Publications International, Ltd. iCookBook

Just go to FaceBook and like the MyMac Podcast page and…that’s it! No other barrier to entry.

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Gems and Jewels Is A Real Dazzler

On February 15, 2012, in Apple, Apps, iPad, iPad 2, Review, by Mike Breed

Gems and Jewels eBook
Company: Touch Press

Price: $13.99 USD

If you’re a fan of Touch Press’s initial eBook offerings in the iTunes App Store, The Elements  and The Solar System, then you’ll appreciate their next contribution to the App Store, Gems and Jewels. As we saw with Touch Press’s first two eBooks, Gems and Jewels provides a sensory-loaded and informative experience in the world of gemstones, jewelry, and minerals.

Gems and Jewels is an interactive eBook that explores the impressive collection housed in the Grainger Hall of Gems in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. If you’re interested in mineralogy or jewelry, you won’t be disappointed.

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Leading up to Macworld | iWorld 2012, reviews editor for MyMac.com, John “Nemo” Nemerovski contacted me with a sole purpose.

To collaborate like never before!

I was to find out that John had ideas far grander than simply remote editing and posting of articles and photographs. I love a challenge, and to be able to watch a master like John at work and assist in anyway possible is privilege.

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Mac OS Ken
TechFan Podcast #65

On February 12, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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With David out, Tim records and interview with Ken Ray of Mac OS Ken fame.
Mac OS Ken 


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Apple’s January 19th education event brings the iPad to the forefront as an educational tool to replace textbooks and classroom computers.  Apple is once again focusing on the K-12 education market, a market it dominated in the early 1980’s with the Apple II.  But is the iPad really the device Apple is focusing on here?  Or is there another device in Apple’s future that this event is paving the way for?  I think Apple needs a new device, I call the ePad.



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Review Vienna Instruments PRO 2 Review

On February 10, 2012, in Audio, Music, Review, by Mark Sealey

Vienna Symphonic LIbrary
North American distributors:

Vienna Instruments Pro 2

VI Pro 2

When we looked at Vienna Solo Strings a few months ago, mention was made of the ways in which its audio samples can be controlled… parameters changed; presets configured and saved; sound properties experimented with, and so on. By default VSL’s bundled Vienna Instruments usually handles such control; you are referred to that review for this context..

If you want greater flexibility and more features, though, VSL also has the very reasonably-priced Vienna Instruments PRO, the recently-released version 2 of which is examined here.

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Speedliter’s Handbook  –  Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites
By Syl Arena
Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-71105-2
391 pages
US $49.99, CAN $59.99


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It’s the Chiroptophobia Show
MyMac Podcast #389

On February 9, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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You’ll have to listen to find out what Chiroptophobia is, but the why they called the show that is still a mystery. Maybe they have a fear of naming things (no that would be Nomatophobia).The big 400th Podcast is coming up and Gaz and Guy can’t WAIT to give you people stuff for being so wonderful about listening to the show! However they seem to be able to make you wait until the 400th podcast actually happens. So far they have three companies willing to pony up some great prizes including BusyCal from BusyMac Software, the Co-Pilot iOS app from ALK Technologies , and MacKeeper 2012 from ZeoBIT Software. Then they go over a big list (but not a conclusive list) of the software they like on their Macs and why.

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Fuego’s River Adventure
iPad 2 App Review

On February 9, 2012, in Apps, iPad 2, Review, by Mark Greentree

Fuego’s River Adventure
App Developer: Crimson Apps – Omri Argaman
Version Reviewed: 1.2
License: US$0.99 on iPad 2 only. Requires iOS 4 or later.

If you are looking for a game with a difference on iOS then Fuego’s River Adventure may just the solution.

There are no pesky onscreen controls to deal with. So how do you play this game?

Like the Xbox Kinect, the game utilizes the in-built camera in the iPad 2. The camera picks up your body movements in order to interact with the game and control Fuego.

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Plateaus and Canyons — Impressions of the American Southwest
By Bruce Barnbaum
Rocky Nook
ISBN: 978-1-933952-8, 220 pages
Price: US $44.95, CAN $45.95

The Colorado Plateau, where Bruce Barnbaum made many photos over a period of roughly 30 years, is a place where water, silt, wind, and time have created a landscape of swirling sandstone cliffs, nearly impenetrable slot canyons, and a vast expanse of sage colored hills. People in the Western United States know the area as the Four Corners region because it’s the place where Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado meet.

Photography enthusiasts know Barnbaum mainly for his artistic black and white pictures. This is his first published book of color images, most of them shot with film. These photos, technically superior though they may be, revisit terrain that has been well traveled by photographers and artists since the turn of the 20th century.

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Just Mobile Gum Max Power Pack

On February 8, 2012, in Battery Packs, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, Review, by Guy Serle
Just Mobile Gum Max Power Pack
$$105-120 (depending on retailer)


Writing reviews for good products is easy…usually. However when writing about a battery pack capable of recharging an iPad like the Just|Mobile Gum Max Power Pack, the hardest part may be draining your iPad enough to need it.

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Video Review

On February 8, 2012, in Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

Company: Rogue Amoeba
Price: $9.99 US
Version: 1.1.1
Requires: Mac OSX 10.6.0 or higher
Mac App Store link

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Visual QuickStart Guide: iCloud
Author: Tom Negrino
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Price: US $24.99
195 pages
ISBN-10: 0-321-81410-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-81410-4


When Lion and iOS 5 were released, I timidly stepped into the Apple iCloud experience and began using some of its offerings. Although I still do not use all of the iCloud features, what I have chosen to enable has been through my own trial and error approach. For those of you that have not yet ventured into the iCloud, the iCloud: Visual QuickStart Guide will definitely allow this to happen with ease.

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The Twitter Book, Second Edition
Book Review

On February 7, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Mark Greentree

The Twitter Book, Second Edition
Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein

Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Print ISBN: 978-0-596-80281-3 | ISBN 10: 0-596-80281-1
EBook ISBN: 978-0-596-80410-7 | ISBN 10: 0-596-80410-5
Price: eBook: US$15.99 | Print: US$19.99

How complex could Twitter be? After all the service condenses messages into 140 characters!

Twitter is one social network service that you shouldn’t judge solely by its outwards appearance. It is incredibly versatile.

The Twitter Book, Second Edition will take you deeper into the inner workings of Twitter than you ever thought was possible.

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Mac OS X Lion, The Missing Manual
Book Review

On February 6, 2012, in Book Review, Mac OS X, by Sam Negri

Mac OS X Lion, The Missing Manual
By David Pogue
O’Reilly Media
ISBN: 978-1-449-39749-4
US $34.99, CDN $36.99
909 pages

David Pogue’s latest “missing manual” has much in common with the many other “how-to” computer books he’s produced. Like the others, it is written in plain English, it’s readable, at times mildly entertaining, plus comprehensive and marginally useful to the novice user.

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Leggo my Eggo
TechFan Podcast #64

On February 3, 2012, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss the hotest topic of the year: is an Eggo a Waffle? Plus, thoughts and stories from Macworld Expo, IT departments distain for Mac users, and upgrading DropBox.

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(With thanks to Tony Bennett, who sang at the 2009 Macworld Expo to conclude the final Apple keynote address.)

This week’s Macworld|iWorld Expo was my tenth one, all of them for MyMac. I got a real stinker of a cold at the end of day one, Thursday, that put me on the disabled list for the duration of the 2012 conference. Nemo not happy.

Our other attending staff covered my appointments. Super thanks to them.

I was a solo act for most days of the first few years at previous Macworld January events. I ran around the enormous showroom floors in Moscone’s South and North halls like a maniac, then dashed back to the press room to submit my articles and photos. Later, after dinner with San Francisco relatives, I would stay up late planning the next day’s version of what I had just done.

Using the first-in-last-out method, I was the earliest early bird and the latest night owl in the bowels of Moscone press room every morning and night.

Three photos in this Nemo Memo are from those pre-2012 Macworld Expos

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The Return of the GMen
MyMac Podcast #388

On February 3, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy and Gaz finally get back together after the Macworld Expo and go over all the major events as seen through the eyes of Guy (No guarantees about accuracy). Gaz in withdrawal does about a billion other podcasts. There was a lot of listener feedback which they only kinda half-answer (they’ll get back to it, promise!). A longer show because Guy doesn’t when to stop TALKING!

TwistedWave audio editor for iOS $9.99
1password password Manage $49.99

The Music:
Narkaor – Souviens-Toi

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!

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