Get Snow Leopard For Free!

On April 30, 2012, in Features, How-To, iOS, Mac OS X, by Mark Greentree

Generally when a deal is too good to be true, it often is.

In this case the deal is legitimate and helps many MobileMe users take the next step to becoming iCloud users. The offer does not extend to non-MobileMe subscribers. It is interesting to note that even though I have already made the transition to iCloud from MobileMe, Apple is still willing to send me a free copy of Snow Leopard.

“iCloud stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Automatic, effortless, and seamless – it just works.”

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Just Mobile Highway
Review

On April 29, 2012, in Review, by Vicki Stokes

Just Mobile Highway
Company: Just Mobile
Price: $34.99


Just Mobile Highway is a car charger for iPhone, iPad and other USB-powered devices. The Highway plugs into the cigarette lighter, delivering 2.1A output to rapidly charge your mobile devices and a fuse to protect from power surges.

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Acropolis
TechFan Podcast #74

On April 27, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Topics detour this week as Tim Robertson and David Cohen go into detail on Skydrive, Pixel Of Ink, The Geekiest Show Ever, the Samsung Wake Up promotion, Sony and the PSVita, and how you can get David to send you something for free.

Links!
TechFan Podcast Page
Pixel of Ink 
Ze Frank is back! 
Geekiest Show Ever #59

 

Twist360
Review

On April 27, 2012, in Cases, iPad, Stand, Tablet, by Curt Blanchard

Twist360
Company: Bracketron, Inc.
Price: $39.95
Bracketron Twist360

Bracketron’s Twist360 has four spring clips to securely grip the iPad (as well as many other tablets and e-readers). With the device attached, the iPad can be propped up on a table or other flat surface. The 4-inch ring on the back can be adjusted to a comfortable viewing angle. This ring also rotates so that the iPad can be viewed horizontally or vertically. It is encased in silicone so it doesn’t slide and it also serves as a comfortable carrying handle.

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About Freaking Time!
MyMac Podcast #400

On April 26, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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After all the build up and all the hype, the 400th Podcast is FINALLY here! However this is not the ONLY thing we have to celebrate as Gaz’s Daughter playing with the renowned Youth Brass 2000 group won the National Youth Championships 2012 over 17 other also very good brass bands! They sounded so great that we used it for all the music (almost) this week. Wowsers there was a lot of feedback this week from all the usual places and we announce all the contest winners! Sorry, you’ll have to listen to the show to hear them. Also, Tom Schmidt comes to us LIVE! from somewhere in Minnesota.

Some links:
N.O.V.A. 2 by Gameloft $6.99
iGlasses from eCamm Software $19.95
The Mad Magazine iPad App (Cheap!)

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Universal Tablet Cup Holder Mount
Review

On April 26, 2012, in Adapter, iPad, iPad 2, Review, Stand, Tablet, by Curt Blanchard

Universal Tablet Cup Holder Mount
Company: Bracketron, Inc.
Price: $49.95
Universal Tablet Cup Holder Mount

Bracketron’s tablet mount is a multi-part device that fits into your car’s cup holder. It does a nice job in spite of its complexity. In addition to holding your iPad, there are small compartments underneath for a mobile phone and some pens. Bear in mind that this is a review for iPad users even though the device is described as being universal.

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Universal Tablet Headrest Mount Review

On April 25, 2012, in Adapter, Cases, iPad, by Curt Blanchard

Universal Tablet Headrest Mount
Company: Bracketron, Inc
Price: $39.95
Universal Tablet Headrest Mount

Bracketron provides a clever way to securely mount an iPad (or other tablet) to the headrest of one of the forward seats in your car. A big screen HD TV in the back seat of a car? Well, pretty close! Most car DVD players have fairly small, low resolution screens. The 10 inch iPad retina screen seems gloriously huge and crisp by comparison. It’s certainly big enough for everyone in the back seat to see it clearly.

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Passware Password Kit Forensic 11.5 Review

On April 25, 2012, in Forensics, Review, Security, Windows, by Peter Nikolaidis

Passware Password Kit Forensic 11.5
Publisher: Passware, Inc.
Price: $995
Product Page

This month, I obtained a review copy of Passware’s “Passware Password Kit Forensic 11.5″. For brevity’s sake, I’ll refer to it as “Passware” for the rest of this review. Passware is a password recovery/cracking system which has the ability to work on multiple file types. The Forensic Kit version adds more features, such as cracking of filesystem passwords and resetting Windows user account passwords.

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LapDawg X4 Laptop Table Review

On April 24, 2012, in Features, iPad, iPad 2, Macbook, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, Stand, by Curt Blanchard

Manufacturer: LapDawg
MSRP: $89.00
LapDawg

The LapDawg X4 is a lot more than just a laptop table. It’s a bed tray, an iPad tray, laptop tray, a TV table, and because of its flexibility, it can serve many other functions.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 Review

On April 20, 2012, in Features, by Steve Hammond

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 Review
Price: $149 Full Version; $79 upgrade US
Company: Adobe

Adobe announced on March 6 the new Photoshop Lightroom 4.0. This version of Lightroom adds many new features. In this full review, we will explore the major ones.

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Liquid Metal
TechFan Podcast #73

On April 20, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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What the heck is Liquid Metal? You will have to listen to this episode of TechFan to find out. Also, is digitizing archived materials actually good? The original Prince of Persia for the Apple II has it’s source code released, and it’s David’s birthday!

Links
Archives digitize 19th century materials for 21st century access
Original Apple II Prince of Persia source code published by creator
How ‘Liquidmetal’ Could Give the Next iPhone Its Special Swagger

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FileMaker Pro 12 Beginner’s Review

On April 20, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

FileMaker Pro 12
Company: FileMaker
Price: $299, $179 upgrade
Requires: Mac OSX 10.6 or higher, Windows XP SP3 or higher. See web site for FileMaker Server 12 requirements and pricing

FileMaker GO 12 for iPad and iPhone
Price: Free
Version: 12.0.2
Requires: iOs 4.3 or later
iPad link
iPhone link

FileMaker Pro is used by thousands of businesses, universities, government agencies, and non-profits, and is available in 15 languages. Yet, even with all this success, FileMaker continues to improve their product to make it as easy-to-use and attractive as possible for anyone interested in creating and maintaining a database.

FileMaker Pro 12 was recently released, with new themes and starter solutions, including layouts tailored for iPad and iPhone. Add new design capabilities, design tools, chart styles, enhanced container fields-including drag and drop, and you have an application that even a newbie like me can use.

Or can I?

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FileMaker Pro 12
Review

On April 20, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Macs at Work, Review, by Mark Sealey

 


FileMaker Pro 12
This page has a useful table to help you choose the version that’s right for you.
Site Licenses: see https://store.filemaker.com/US/ENG/LIC/#close
Education and Non-Profit: see http://store.filemaker.com/US/ENG/EDU/entry/form
Company: FileMaker, Inc.

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and above; Intel processor with at least 1GB RAM; 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution. DVD player for boxed product.

FileMaker Pro is the most venerable, probably the most used, and certainly the best established relational database management system for the Mac (Windows versions are available).

Earlier reviews on MyMac (towards the foot of this page (version 10) and here (11) have been very favorable. You are referred to these reviews for an overview of the product and the FileMaker product line.

Now FileMaker Pro (and the Advanced and Server versions) has reached version 12. At first glance the feature list doesn’t seem to suggest much major that’s really new. But look more closely…

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99 nerves? Not with the G-Men!
MyMac Podcast #399

On April 19, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Poor Gaz has the worst luck with iPhones, but the tale may have a happy ending! Guy is home alone with two teenagers and he can’t wait for the wife to et home so they can’t double-team him anymore. There is a lot of feedback on various topics from you, our great listeners and we really appreciate it. Apple seems to be in hot water for allegedly colluding with eBook publishers but it’s really not that simple.

This is your LAST chance to enter the 400TH podcast contest. After this week we close the door. Here’s what’s there so far:

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Back-iT iPad Hard Case
Review

On April 17, 2012, in Cases, iPad, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Back-iT iPad Hard Case
Bracketron, Inc.
MSRP: $29.95


Apple’s Smart Cover for the iPad is a brilliant piece of engineering and design but it only covers the iPad’s screen. The aluminum back is exposed to all the scratches and dings of everyday life. Bracketron’s Back-iT solves this problem with a very simple, if fairly expensive, cover for the iPad’s back.

The Back-iT is made of thin, precision-molded polycarbonate that has a nice grippy, soft-touch finish. Polycarbonate is a very strong, stable material that will withstand tough abuse. The Back-iT snaps onto the back of the iPad with a satisfying click on all four corners. It is so thin that it doesn’t perceptively add to the size or weight of the iPad yet is securely attached. This thinness is important because it permits using the Back-iT with Apple’s Smart Covers.

The packaging currently states that the Back-iT fits the iPad 2, but it also nicely fits onto the new iPad as well. It is available in five colors matching the Apple Smart Covers. This is stylish, elegant protection and should you want to sell your iPad sometime in the future, the back will be as pristine as it was when you first opened the box.

MyMac rating 9 out of 10

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Mars Globe HD
App Review

On April 17, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by David M. Acklam

Mars Globe HD
App Developer: Midnight Martian
Version 2.2.1
License:US$0.99 (Mars Globe Free) Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, iPhone4S, iPod (3rd and 4th generations) and iPad. Requires IOS 3.2 or later.

The Mars Globe HD app is an enjoyable astronomy tool that you can use to learn about the planet Mars and the many space missions that have landed on its surface. The application has been recently updated to run at full resolution on the new iPad.

I’m a volunteer telescope operator at the Flandrau Science Center in Tucson, Arizona. I, along with about a dozen other volunteer telescope operators, take turns several times a month showing the night sky to the public through the Center’s sixteen inch Cassegrain reflector telescope.

The planet Mars has recently passed through opposition to the Sun, which means it is closer to Earth at this time as we orbit the Sun. Rising in the eastern evening sky it appears as a bright, rusty colored star-like object. Observing Mars through the Center’s telescope we can only see some of the subtle coloration details on the surface of this small planet that is roughly half the size of Earth and over seventy-seven million miles away. These subtle variations in color are associated with surface features such as craters, mountains, valleys, and surface materials.

This year is a special year for Mars exploration because we have the Mars Science Laboratory, a rover named Curiosity, en route to the planet and scheduled to land in early August. We can use the Mars Globe HD app to show what those surface details are and even check out where Curiosity is targeted to land.

AmpliVision
iOS App Review

On April 17, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

AmpliVision
App Developer: AppAnnex, LLC
Version Reviewed: 1.0
License: US$1.99 – Universal App. Requires 4.0 or later.

Do you have difficulties reading or identifying things? Perhaps you need the assistance of a magnifying glass?

If this is the case you may find AmpliVision is the solution you have been looking for.

AmpliVision, as with all apps from AppAnnex, are designed with simplicity and elegance in mind.

In its most basic form AmpliVision is a magnifying glass that utilizes many of the iPhone’s features such as the front and rear facing cameras, the LED light, and digital zoom. As a universal app it is also natively supported on the iPad second and third generations.

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Lost Little Zombie
iPhone Game Review

On April 16, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPhone, Review, by Mark Greentree

Lost Little Zombie
App Developer: Rockupied LLC
Version Reviewed: 1.0
License: Free App. Requires 4.3 or later.

Hmmm…brains…need more brains….

Zombies are always on the hunt for brains. It is surprising, that they never end up more intelligent, or less zombie-like.

Little Lost Zombie is the type of game that will turn you into a zombie. That is not necessarily a bad thing. We all like to zone out from reality, and a game that is simple in approach but challenging is always a good way to spend those few minutes of our spare time.

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And now a word from our Sponsors
MyMac Podcast #398

On April 12, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Wowsey wow wow! What a busy and long show this week. Guy performs minor surgery on hard drive enclosures and is SHOCKED he can’t buy stuff on Easter Sunday. Gaz goes to the Looe with friends (Sounds like an app to me) and wants to know what’s going on with F1. The Contest sponsors get some loving with Guy and Gaz reading marketing script but unable to do it with a straight face. Oh, and in minor news, some half a million plus Mac users have been hit by malware and are part of a bonnet…WHAT?!? No worries though because the GMEN are here to help (God help us all). Find scripts at the following links to check your Mac.

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Adobe Photoshop Touch
Review

On April 11, 2012, in Apps, Features, iPad 2, Photography, Review, Tablet, by Suzé Gilbert

Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad
Developer: Adobe, Inc.
Platform: iPad 2 and New iPad
Version 1.1.0
$9.99US
 Many photographers, myself included, have been patiently waiting for Adobe to develop a powerful photo-editing app for the iPad to compare with Photoshop. Adobe launched Photoshop Touch last year for the Android platform and Photoshop Touch is now available for the iPad. It is compatible with the iPad 2 and New iPad but the iPad 1 is not supported. As an image editor Adobe included several terrific features gleaned from Photoshop that are not currently found in other photo-editing apps.

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