Under the Sea
TechFan Podcast #71

On March 30, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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David and Tim host an abbreviated TechFan this week due to technical difficulties and a storm moving in. Topics include Adobe advertising strategy, Dell departing from the cell phone business, the downward spiral of RIM, and Jeff Bezos finding the Apollo 11’s F-1 engine at the bottom of the ocean.

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Bezos reports finding Apollo 11’s F-1 engines deep in the Atlantic
Adobe’s latest critical security update pushes scareware
Dell Ends Smartphone Sales in the US

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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iZON Remote Room Monitor Review

On March 29, 2012, in Apps, Camera, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Review, Video, by Curt Blanchard

iZON Remote Room Monitor
(with Stem:Connect app v2.2.7)
Company: Stem Innovation
Priced: $130

The iZON Remote Room Monitor by Stem Innovation is an app-controlled device that becomes part of your Wi-Fi network. It watches and listens to room activity and sends the stream to your iOS device. Because your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is mobile, you can see and hear what’s happening wherever you are—on another Wi-Fi network or out and about on Edge or 3G.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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HTML Egg Web Page Creator for iOS
Review

On March 29, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, Review, by Donny Yankellow

HTML Egg Web Page Creator
Company: Aidaluu Inc
iTunes Link
Price $15.99

If you have a website and an iOS device wouldn’t it be great to be able to edit that website through an app on the iOS device? I’ve been looking for such an app, and I was very excited when I was given the opportunity to try the HTMP Egg Web Page Creator.

HTML Egg aims to be an iWeb type of app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. How does it work? Can you really create and maintain a website through the app? The answer to those questions are complicated and really depend on the type of website you have.

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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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Gaz is away so Elisa and Tom will Play
MyMac Podcast #396

On March 28, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Gaz couldn’t make it this week so Elisa Pacelli and Tom Schmidt agree (perhaps against their will) to keep Guy company on the show. Some of the topics include people who throw lawyers at glass doors and a new podcast done by the Tech women of the Stoplight Network. Elisa has a lot to say about Google Play and Tom has an app that falls somewhere between Halo and Microsoft Word. Qualified beta testers should contact him at betatest18@gmail.com. All this, PLUS an interview with Drew Domkus of the Dawn and Drew show!

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Express USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Enclosure
Review

On March 28, 2012, in Hard Drive, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Express USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Enclosure
Company: Other World Computing
Price: $19.79 MSRP

The years 2010 and 2011 saw the prices of hard drives drop continuously to where users everywhere could make a purchase without really breaking the bank. Then in October of 2011 disaster struck in the form of extreme flooding in Thailand where numerous people lost their lives and the flooding devastated the locations where hard drives were being manufactured. These losses resulted in soaring prices and a very limited supply of available products.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials (Avid Learning Series)
by James Humberstone
Course Technology PTR; 1st edition (February, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1133788823   ISBN-13: 978-1133788829
Paperback: 458 pages
$49.99
Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials cover

Avid’s Sibelius 7 is new enough for there still to be a dearth of supporting materials. But James Humberstone’s substantial new book in the Avid Learning Series, Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials, sets very high standards and is a welcome resource.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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NuCube Vertical Stand for Mac mini
Review

On March 26, 2012, in Mac mini, Review, Stand, by Russ Walkowich

NuCube Vertical Stand
Company: Other World Computing
Price: $35.99 MSRP

When I purchased a new 2011 Mac mini several months back, it replaced an older Mac that had to sit on the floor under the desk in my office at home. The new Mac mini was definitely smaller size-wise and was now proudly sitting on top of my desk. The one thing I soon discovered was that with everything else that I had on my desk, even the Mac mini was eating up space.

About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Diablo iPad Vita
TechFan Podcast #70

On March 23, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim and David both got the new iPad, and share their thoughts. Also up for discussion: PSP Vita, the lovely attitude cell phone carriers have of their customers, the Qmadix Portfolio, a dedicated MAME handheld, and David falls out of love with Blizzard over Diablo III.

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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iStopMotion for iPad
Review

On March 23, 2012, in iPad 2, iPhone, Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

iStopMotion for iPad
Price: $9.99 US
Company: Boinx Software

iStopMotion is an application to create time lapse movies or stop motion animation. Boinx provided this application for some years on the Mac, but this specific version is built to run on iPad 2 or the new iPad running iOS5. On the new iPad it supports the retina display and 1080p capture.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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Panda Tea? Sure, I’ll have a cuppa!
MyMac Podcast #395

On March 22, 2012, in Features, by Tim Robertson

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The GMen find a new sound that makes them laugh so naturally they play the heck out of it. Guy needs some solutions to arranging his laptop for his son going to college, Gaz gets his new iPad AND an Airport Express all in one week, and they have a lively discussion about Cloud file sharing/storage solutions. Oh, and apparently some guy in China makes tea from Panda Poop.

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:

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta available for download

On March 22, 2012, in Features, by Steve Hammond

Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta
Price: Free download, beta software
Company: Adobe

On March 22th, Adobe announced the availability of the beta version of Photoshop CS6. Users who want to try the next version of Photoshop can point their browser to the Adobe labs web site to download a free trail.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

 

Photo Transformer
Review

On March 21, 2012, in Apps, Features, Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Photo Transformer
Company: Prosoft Engineering
License: $9.99 (available only from the Mac App Store)

What if you have a large folder full of vacation photos you’d like to share with your family or friends. However, all your photos are on your hard drive at full resolution and some are in RAW or Photoshop format so the file sizes are huge.

What you really want is to keep all the originals organized in your own folders or in your iPhoto albums, but put together a small selection of the best photos reduced to a manageable size so they can be sent easily. That can be a big, fussy, time-consuming task. Now’s the time for Photo Transformer from Prosoft Engineering.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Scrawl Mac
Review

On March 20, 2012, in Apps, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Review, by Mark Greentree

Scrawl
App Developer: Allen Dunahoo
Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
License: US$1.99 – Mac OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

Productivity apps, especially note taking apps, are the new craze sweeping the Mac universe.

Scrawl is one of the competitors for you time and money. How does this very simple, elegant, and iCloud compatible app stand out in the crowded marketplace?

The first thing you will notice about Scrawl is how minuscule it makes itself on your Mac. The only way you know it is currently activated is by looking for the pencil icon located in your Menu Bar.

There is no limit to the number of saved notes you can have or their length. As new notes are created they will automatically save and sync with iCloud. This is a perfect solution for anyone with more than a single Mac.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

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Food Fight
iPhone Game Review

On March 19, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Food Fight
App Developer: TomatoFlix, Inc
Version Reviewed: 1.1
License: Free with in-app purchases. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

Didn’t your mother tell you never to play with your food?

You can throw that advice out the window should you wish to accept the challenge that is Food Fight.

In its raw form Food Fight is a game that borrows many elements from the wildly popular Plants Vs. Zombies. Its gameplay is strikingly familiar to its competition, but if you are looking for a new series of characters and weaponry then this may appeal to you.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

Six iOS Apps Reviewed

On March 16, 2012, in iPad, iPhone, Review, by Tim Robertson

I love iOS apps, and felt like writing a review on six of the ones I have purchased as of late. I will try to keep it brief, giving you my opinion as terse as I can. Let’s begin!

Little Acorns. It’s fun. Get it.

The Lorax. My kids like it. Tad pricy at $3.99.

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration). Neat. Actually like it better on the iPhone. Worth the $2.99

The Simpsons: Tapped Out. Could never connect to the server. Deleted it. Turns out, so did EA from the iTunes Store. DOH!

RwK (Robot wants Kitty) Tight controls. Very enjoyable. Love it. My four year old also digs it.

Smash Cops. Fun, looks and plays rad on the iPad.

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

Apple is Cooking
MyMac Podcast #394

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


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Gaz orders an iPad while Guy gives away an iPod Touch to his sister. Arnie gets REAL tired of Guy being unable to pronounce his name and takes drastic measures. We know we know, you’ve heard ALL about the new iPad and AppleTV…well not yet you haven’t until the GMen give their view. Also why let technical details keep you from installing the new iOS iPhoto app on your iPad 1st gen? Confused? You won’t be after this episode of the MyMac Podcast.

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:

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Macspiration 117
Menubar Gems for Your Mac

On March 15, 2012, in Apps, Macintosh, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

Looking for some cheap little utility type of apps for your Mac? Here’s a few that are available in the Mac App Store for $1.99 or less.

Alfred (free) Alfred is a great Spotlight replacement. I have never been a fan of Spotlight, but I used to love Quicksilver. Alfred is more like Quicksilver for finding things on your Mac. It does a bunch more too, but personally I only use it to find and launch applications on my Mac.

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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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Converge Docking Station
Video Review

On March 14, 2012, in Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Pinball Shuffle
iOS Game Review

On March 13, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, by Mark Greentree

Pinball Shuffle
App Developer: Nuclear Nova Software
Version Reviewed: 1.01
License: US$0.99 This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad devices with iOS 4.3 or later

The Who sang about a Pinball Wizard, while generations of teenagers spent countless hours playing the latest selection of pinball machines.

As gaming and casual entertainment changed over the years we saw a shift from the traditional amusement hall to the home. Besides a few remaining establishments and a very lucrative collectors market, the humble pinball machine has almost faded into obscurity amongst this generation of gamers.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

Guerilla Podcasting
TechFan Podcast #69

On March 9, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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David and Tim partake in some Guerilla Podcasting, by which we mean Tim tries to podcast while at the MACUL event from a booth during the down times. The new iPad is discusses, as well as digital whiteboards, the new AppleTV, and much more.

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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