Universal Podcast
TechFan Podcast #79

On May 31, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David Cohen has some big problems with Diablo III, the first part of our discussion on the future of television, the ethics of network and cable news, and why some of our one-time favorite podcasts are no longer that.

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iPazzport Fly/Air Mouse Keyboard
Review

On May 31, 2012, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

iPazzport Fly/Air Mouse Keyboard
Manufacturer: Pazzport
Model: KP-810-16
MSRP: $40.00
iPazzport Fly/Air Mouse Keyboard

Despite its unconventional name and odd concept, this Air Mouse actually works. Plug the included USB dongle into your Mac (or Windows, Android, Linux machine), turn it on, and your cursor moves around the screen following the movement of your hand courtesy of the built-in “3 axial Gyro-sensor.”

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You’re not Nuts
MyMac Podcast #405

On May 30, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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More (and I promise the last) talk about the VW Bug and how it indirectly made Guy sick. The GMen start a little later than usual because of the meeting from heck that Gaz had to attend to first, and his monitors are driving him crazy. Some great feedback from our listeners and someone who was supposed to be here…wasn’t. Gaz thinks it’s his fault though. He makes up for it with some great new Finder tips including one that floats that Guy thinks is cool and makes him think of Tim Curry for some odd reason.

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Guy’s App Pick: DLC Quest by Benjamin Kane $1.99 (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dlc-quest/id523285644?mt=12)
Gaz’s Pick: SCOTutor for the Mac and SCOTutor for the iPad both from the great Don McCallister and they’re FREE!

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Portable Stereo Gaming Speakers
Review

On May 30, 2012, in Audio, Game, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod, Music, Review, Speakers, by Curt Blanchard

Portable Stereo Gaming Speakers
Model number: SP-i250G
Manufacturer: GeniuMSRP: $49.95
Genius Portable Gaming Speakers

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Recently, my family and I took a road trip to an area amusement park that is about 90 minutes away from our house. My son was in the backseat with my iPad connected to the headrest in front of him. This setup worked great until the show he was watching ended. Then came the blind tapping to figure out how to get a new show playing for him. He can’t reach the headrest from his carseat and can’t read to find what he wants. We figured it out, but wouldn’t it be great if the iPad video player could be controlled from the front seat with an iPhone or iPod Touch? Even better,is this possible without jailbreaking?
Well, after a long search I found the solution! There is an app called My Remote Kids for $2.99 in the App Store and it works great!
 

 

Watch this video. It is fun and informative. You will learn everything about SCOTTEVEST’s new Transformer Jacket. Is it a jacket? Is it a vest? Yes to both.

Our voices are slightly offset from the video. Just watch and listen and you will soon be comfortable.

During the nineteen minute lively conversation, Nemo pulls several hundred items from the pockets of his bright red Transformer Jacket, while keeping up a lively banter with CEO Scott Jordan.

Is $160 a load of money to pay for a combo jacket/vest? Yes, but Transformer is worth every penny, and it is fully guaranteed with a 30 day return policy.

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3 Geeky Ladies!
Episode 1

On May 25, 2012, in Three Geeky Ladies, by Three Geeky Ladies


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The Ladies-Elisa Pacelli, Suze´Gilbert, and Vicki Stokes-introduce themselves and discuss how they came together to start this podcast. Suze´doesn’t want to leave France and return home to the States, Elisa uses the web to get organized, while Vicki has an app to help her with her college classes.

 

Because We Podcast
TechFan Podcast #78

On May 25, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss David’s week-long love affair with his Greece Stomach Virus, the iHome Genuine Fit Case for the iPad, HP and the Enyo team, SpaceX, Airfoil, Facebook stock, the confusing state of PSP games on the PSVita, and the wonderful Because We May sale. Wow, what a long sentence!

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Because We May

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Almost Lifelike
MyMac Podcast #404

On May 24, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Gaz doesn’t buy an iPhone 3GS for himself and Guy doesn’t buy a Classic Car…because we’re all about the giving. Some great feedback from you our listeners and Gaz has some fun floaty-like tips that he shares. Guy’s attempts fail miserably at first, but he get’s the hang of it eventually. Sound like a normal MyMac Podcast? It truly wasn’t, but it was weirdly wonderful.

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Guy’s App Pick: 1Password Pro for iOS by 1Password $14.99
Gaz’s Pick: Piezo by Rougue Amoeba for $9.99

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The Complete Historically Brewed
Book Review

On May 23, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Mark Greentree

The Complete Historically Brewed
Author: David Greelish
Publisher: Classic Computing Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-615-53812-9
Price: US$26.95 | 198 pages

David Greelish is known to many in the computing community as an evangelist of classic computing.

The extent of his interest has garnered such projects as the Classic Computing blog, Retro Computing Roundtable podcast, Stan Viet’s History Of The Personal Computer podcast, and the Classic Computing Show podcast.

Clearly David has many achievements to his name but his main achievement is his magazine publication; Historically Brewed.

Historically Brewed started out as a bi-monthly (every other month) “zine” (newsletter / magazine). It was published to a subscriber based audience from 1993 to 1997.

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Kensington has some new, and not so new products for iPhone and iPad that I think are worth a closer look. I am sorry Kensington did not make Macworld/iWorld again this last show, because despite what Apple claims, you cannot see every iPhone or iPad product in an Apple store (and these products are not in the store either), and once you get your hands on them, you might actually want to buy some.

Kensington has a few keyboard cases for the iPad2 (and new iPad), which make typing easier, and almost turn your iPad into a small computer. (Note that Guy used a similar keyboard case and his iPad2 in lieu of a computer this year at Macworld|iWorld.)

KeyFolio™ Pro Performance Keyboard Case for iPad 2

 

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Take a Stand

On May 22, 2012, in Macbook Air, Review, Stand, by Rich Lefko

Take a Stand.

If your home office is anything like mine you never have enough desk space. When I finally get around to clearing things off my desk it doesn’t take very long before new things appear. Sometimes I think empty space on my desk becomes magnetic and attracts new stuff that accumulates. My problem is where do I put my MacBook Air, iPad, and iPhone, when I get home from work or travel? Maximizing the desk space you have is key to getting the most use. Laying my MacBook Air, or iPad flat takes up a lot of valuable space. So why not stand them up?

Here are products that might help you reclaim some of your valuable desktop space.

For your MacBook Air:

BookArc for MacBook Air
Company: Twelve South
Price: $39.99

The BookArc is an aluminum stand that holds your MacBook Air (MBA) in a closed upright position. The slot that holds your MBA is covered in soft silicon and is a snug fit as you slip your MBA into the slot.

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Genius Facecam 3000
Review

On May 21, 2012, in Review, by Steve Hammond

Genius Facecam 3000
Price: $59.99 US
Company: Genius

The Genius Facecam 3000 is an HD (1280×720 or 720p) web cam. It is equipped with a 3 MP camera sensor that can deliver a 30 frame per second video chat or recording.

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Two Macally Cases for the new iPad
Review

On May 21, 2012, in Cases, iPad, by Donny Yankellow

 Magnetic Snap-On Case
Company: Macally
$49.99

Whenever Apple releases a new idevice Macally is always one of the first to release some great accessories for that product. The release of the new iPad is no different. I was given the opportunity to try out two of the many cases they have released for the new iPad. The first is the Magnetic Snap On Case and the second is the Protective Case.

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Old School Tech

On May 20, 2012, in Opinion, Special Report, by Guy Serle

When we talk about tech on this site it’s usually of a relatively recent vintage. Certainly few people want to read about computers from 30 to 50 years ago and that’s understandable. Life is short and we want our tech to be sleek and fast and able to slice through a Photoshopped image with 20 filters in less time than it took for me to write this sentence. There is one kind of tech that many of us will stop and admire no matter how much out of date it is. Even more than the space program, techies love old cars.

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Selling Out
TechFan Podcast #77

On May 18, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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David returns from Greece to join Tim in a lively number of topics, including ASMC, iPad cases, the Zagg Keys Solo, Square, Adobe, stands for your portable devices, the Quirky Converge, USB Charging cables, PadPivot, and much more. Plus, listener feedback!

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OfficeMax Mesh 4-Shelf Desk Sorter
Square
Zagg Keys Solo
How Yahoo Killed Flickr
PadPivot
Qmadix USB Charging-Data Sync Cable

iW2 AirPlay Speaker System
Company: iHome Audio
Price: $200

User Report

iHome Audio continues to innovate as the company expands its impressive lineup of AirPlay speakers. The new model iW2 is just like the original iW1, reviewed here, except iW2 is smaller, not quite as loud, and is AC powered only, instead of being also battery powered.

In form and function both iW1 and iW2 are identical, except iW2 spent too much time in the clothes dryer and shrunk down in size. For a hundred dollars less, $200 compared to $300, iW2 lacks some of the larger unit’s audio power and all of its portability.

iHome’s full retail price tags are being used here. Internet pricing is inconsistent for both products, so shop at a reliable local or online merchant for optimum value and customer service.

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Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo Review

On May 17, 2012, in iPad, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Bamboo Stylus Duo
Company: Wacom
Price: $39.95

The Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo combines two products in one and is such a simple concept that you wonder why more companies aren’t doing it. It is just as the name implies. One side is a rubber stylus for the iPad and the other side is a ball point pen. Why carry a stylus and a pen when you can just carry both in one tool?

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Guy Goes Android…Kinda
MyMac Podcast #403

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


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By Kinda, we mean he bought a cheap Android tablet and seems to hate it. Let’s hear it for positive reinforcement and how a good experience leads you to buy tech items again! YAY! Gaz makes it back from Turkey alive, but the worst part seems to be getting home. Also his daughters are hell on their iPhones. The little cloner that couldn’t Psystar is finally dead and the GMen continue their discussion over how to make an iPad you main portable device. This week it’s external storage options.

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The AirStash
Seagate GoFlex Satellite
The HyperShop 
Guy’s App Pick: Temple Run by Imangi Studios free with in-app purchases.
Gaz’s Pick: No Menu Bar Utility free

Quirky Plug Hub
Review

On May 15, 2012, in Review, by Vicki Stokes

Plug Hub
Company: Quirky
Price: $29.99

Quirky Plug Hub is designed to exterminate the rat’s nest of cables from multiple electronic products. The Plug Hub can be hidden underneath a desk or mounted on the desk or wall to keep your cables organized.

 

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