TechFan Podcast #83
IO

On June 29, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Busy week for us Technology fans, with the Google IO event, new podcasting apps for iOS, and RIM makes a comeback! (One of those things is not true, we will let you guess which it is) All that, and some GreenTree feedback!

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All by myself, well not quite
MyMac Podcast #409

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


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At some point in-between about a zillionn other podcasts, Gaz manages to do this one. this is very good because Guy couldn’t make it and who wants to listen to an hour of silence? Tim Verpoorten formally of the Mac Review Cast joins Gaz for the last two segments for a little bit of back and forth. For once, Guy isn’t interrupting Gaz! Except in these show notes which Guy wrote so it’s kinda like…(GET ON WITH IT!).

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a -JAYS Four Earbuds
Review

On June 27, 2012, in Audio, Earphones, Headphones, iPhone, Review, by Curt Blanchard

a-JAYS Four (White) Earbuds
Manufacturer: JAYS
MSRP: $79.95 ($70.00 street price)
a-JAYS Four Earbuds

The promotional tagline for these a-JAYS Four earbuds is: Walk, Talk, Listen. This is because they are designed for use with the iPhone—a mic as well as great sounding ear pieces are included. They are from Jays, a Swedish firm that specializes in quality headphones and earbuds. Sleek, functional Scandinavian design, and warm, natural sound are the highlights of these beautifully made earbuds.

The $79.95 price is quite reasonable considering the pleasing sound quality. Bass is not over-emphasized as it is in so many other mobile headphones. Treble is a bit strong but the manufacturer claims this is because the sonic profile has been tweaked a bit to make voice sound clear and natural—after all, these earbuds are made for use with the iPhone.

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Bento 4 for iPad
Review

On June 26, 2012, in Apps, Features, iOS, iPad, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Bento 4 for iPad
Company: FileMaker
Version: 4.0.0
Price: $4.99 until July 31, 2012, then increases to regular price of $9.99
Requires: any version of iPad and iOS 5.0 or later
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Organizational apps are a big category in the iTunes Store. There’s multiple app choices for contacts, expenses, projects. Why use all those different apps when Bento 4 for iPad can handle all those tasks, plus much more.

Bento 4 for iPad (Bento 4), recently released by FileMaker (of FileMaker Pro fame), has been totally redesigned from the ground up. Bento 4 boasts 25 new templates and 40 retina-ready themes. Now it’s easier than ever to design a database from scratch on the iPad. No Mac needed.

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Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet
Manufacturer: Newer Technology
MSRP: $29.95 (Street price about $25)
Power2U Wall Outlet

Tired of having charging bricks blocking your power outlets? Most of us have a crowded spot in the kitchen or living room where we charge our iPhones and iPads. NewerTech has a solution, Power2U. This outlet replaces one of your power receptacles and provides two USB sockets in addition to the two standard USA 110V power outlets.

The power supplied by the USB outlets is technically 5.2V DC, 2000mA (10W). This is equivalent to the output of an Apple iPad power adapter so that the Power2U will charge iPads, iPods, or iPhones. To save power, the USB outlets are only powered when their covers are open and a cable is plugged in.

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3 Geeky Ladies Episode 3

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

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The Ladies discuss various travel apps. Suze´is still unpacking from her move to Dallas, Vicki is almost done with school, and Elisa talks about her recent trip to Chicago.

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Dragon Dictate for Mac Review

On June 25, 2012, in Apps, Mac OS X, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Dragon Dictate for Mac version 2.5.2
Company: Nuance
Price: $199.99 MSRP Boxed Set, $179.99 Electronic Download

I learned how to type when I was a freshman in high school. Of course, that was on a manual typewriter. Now, decades later, I’m still typing and just as good and as fast as I did in high school. The only fly in the ointment is the fact that arthritis has raised its ugly head.

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The Bet
TechFan Podcast #82

On June 22, 2012, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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David gets a new television while Tim plays some lego video games. An argument breaks out thanks to feedback from John Nemo with fifty-bucks on the line, and the guys look at both Windows Phone 8 and the Surface from Microsoft.

Links:
Some Thoughts On 3D
David’s new TV

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Surface Surface
MyMac Podcast #408

On June 20, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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OK, we promise not to make many more shows this long, but we did have a guest! Tom Schmidt from First Tech and MyMac.com joins the GMen for a lively discussion on WWDC and Microsoft’s new Surface Tablets. Guy deals with graduations, Gaz deals with a angry iPhone, and they both deal with new ways to possibly get podcasts in the future. You just have to deal with an extra long show.

Some Links
Guy’s App Pick: Commentcast by Martica. $5
Gaz’s App Pick: Colloquy IRC chat client for the Mac And £1.49 (likely $1.99) for your iOS device
People’s App Pick: Steve Hammond’s pic of Whatsize Mac by whatsizemac. $12.99 at the website and $14.99 at the Mac App Store

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WWDC 2012 Keynote Recap

On June 20, 2012, in Features, by Darrin Waggoner

Apple kicked off last week’s annual developer conference with the company’s customary keynote address. Here is my take on the WWDC presentation’s content.

MacBook
I think the majority of the Apple rumor crowd was caught off guard by the MacBook announcements. The consensus seemed to be that all MacBooks from the Air up to the 15″ MacBook Pro would be receiving Retina Displays.

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Solar Lighted Cover for Kindle Touch
Review

On June 19, 2012, in Features, by Curt Blanchard

Solar Lighted Cover for Kindle Touch
Manufacturer: SolarFocus Technology
MSRP: $89.95
Solar Lighted Cover for Kindle Touch

Having devices run out of battery power when you are away from home is an increasing problem. You set out on a trip with your baggage full of chargers and hope for the best. For your Kindle, SolarFocus has your back. The Solar Lighted Cover for Kindle is a fitted case with a solar panel built into its cover.

The Kindle Touch snaps into the fitted base with a satisfying click. The solar panel charges a built-in 1500mAh reserve battery. Since this is an extra battery with plenty of power, a pop-up LED light is built in that permits reading at night or on a dimly lit plane. The solar panel is flexible, softly textured, and is framed in leather. A Kindle 4 version is also available.

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Nomadbrush Compose Short Tip (iOS stylus)
Review

On June 18, 2012, in Features, iPad, iPad 2, by Curt Blanchard

Nomadbrush Compose Short Tip (iOS stylus)
Manufacturer: Nomadbrush, LLC
MSRP: $26.00
Nomadbrush Compose Short Tip

Styli for iOS devices abound these days—big tips, small tips, plastic tips, metal tips, spongy tips, and even some with brushes. If you are a writer or a note taker, a fine rubber tip is probably going to be best for you. If you use a stylus mostly for casual games such as Draw Something, almost any stylus will be better than your finger.

However, if you’re an artist, the right stylus is a very personal choice. For you, it’s a tool, not a gadget. Ultimately, the best stylus is the one that suits you and your style of drawing or painting.

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Wifi Safari
TechFan Podcast #81

On June 15, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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A huge week of Apple related happenings on both the Macintosh and iOS fronts. Tim and David discuss that, Vizio making a push into the computer market, and the possibility of the XPad!

Links:
TV Maker Vizio Launches First Laptops and All-in-One PCs
Microsoft to Build Its Own Windows 8 Tablet?

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rePLAY Retractable Audio Cable
Manufacturer: Scosche Industries
MSRP: $14.99
rePLAY Retractable Audio Cable

 

If you have an audio or headphone jack in your car, this little retractable audio cable will do a nice job of simplifying your cable clutter. It’s a simple device: two 3.5mm audio plugs at either end of a thin, flat cable. The feature that makes this different from a plain cable is a spring-loaded spool in the middle. Pull both ends and the cable extends from a few inches to nearly three feet in length. There are stops along the way so this cable can be adjusted to whatever length fits your car and your needs.

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SkySafari 3 Pro
iOS App Review

On June 13, 2012, in iMac, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac OS X, Review, Tablet, by David M. Acklam

SkySafari 3 Pro
App Developer: Southern Stars
Version 3.5.1
License: US$59.99 (SkySafari Plus US$14.99, SkySafari 3 US$2.99) Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires IOS 4.0 or later.

 

As an amateur astronomer and a volunteer public observatory telescope operator, I regularly use astronomy related programs and applications. I have reviewed several of the iOS applications here on MyMac.com.

Southern Stars makes SkySafari for Mac OS X, and SkySafari 3 for iOS. It is available in three different performance and cost options: the basic, the Plus, and the Pro version. About a year ago I purchased the SkySafari Plus for my iMac through the Apple App Store. The performance and capabilities of this program on my iMac are excellent.

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Learn how easy it is to change the desktop background picture or screen saver on your Mac.

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Connection Rejections
MyMac Podcast #407

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


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Guy and Gaz record early because of some timing issues later in the week but circumstances almost make it impossible to record at all! It all gets straightened out though. WOOTies are proven to exist in the wild, Gaz packs extra bags for his gadgets on vacation, we get lots of feedbagck from you people (thanks for that), and the GMen go over their WWWDC predictions that will all be settled by the time you hear this. Tips, app recommendations, and a whole lot of hilarity makes this a not to be missed show!

Some Links
360 Panorama app from Occipital .99
Gaz’s Panorama Pics
Guy’s App Pick: Swift Publisher 3 $19.99 on the Mac App Store
Gaz’s App Pick: Apple’s Map-Compass App Free
People’s App Pick: Weather Zombie by Lycos Free

3 Geeky Ladies Episode 2

On June 12, 2012, in Three Geeky Ladies, by Three Geeky Ladies



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The Ladies discuss various health and fitness apps and web sites, despite Vicki’s aversion to exercise apps!
Please leave a review or rating on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @geekyladies

Links:
Web MD
Medscape App
All in One Yoga: 300 Poses App
Lose It! App
YOGAmazing Podcast
Lolofit
Boot Camp Challenge App
Sparkpeople

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Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 250
Manufacturer: Lowepro
MSRP: $89.95
Urban Photo Sling 250

Lugging cumbersome photo gear when you are out and about usually involves a conventional camera bag with carrying handles or a backpack. The former requires finding a clean surface to rest your bag while you access your gear, while the latter requires taking the backpack off every time you need even the smallest item.

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Rukus Solar Bluetooth Sound System works with smart phones, tablets, laptops, and computers that have Bluetooth connectivity.

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