“Behold, the instrument of your liberation!” — Bane (The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition) X Mimobot
Company: Mimoco
Website: Bane (The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition) X Mimobot
Price: 16GB $29.99 USD; 32GB $39.99 USD; 64GB $69.99 USD

Nobody can argue the recent popularity and publicity surrounding Christopher Nolan’s final installment of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. While reviews about the film and its characters may be mixed, it’s hard to say that the merchandising of Batman-related products hasn’t been a success. Mimoco has just added the characters of Batman and Bane from The Dark Knight Rises to its popular line of character-themed USB 2.0 flash memory drives.

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Video Nation
Book Review

On July 30, 2012, in Book Review, Camcorder, Features, iMovie, Macintosh, Review, Video, by Roger Harmon

Video Nation
Author: Jefferson Graham
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Price: $29.95 US print edition, $13.95 Ebook
ISBN-13: 978-0321832870
239 Pages

Video Nation is a down to earth handbook for improving the production quality of your videos, without breaking the bank. Author Jefferson Graham knows what he is talking about because he has over 300 productions under his belt as producer, director, videographer, and talent. Many times he is wearing all these hats just like you may be doing when you start. He’s been there and is very generous in sharing what he has learned, the hard way, so you don’t have to.

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TFCNN
TechFan Podcast #87

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


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Tim and David ignore Mountain Lion, discuss the invention of the Internet, big media companies, Olympic coverage online, Mitt Romney, CNNs tech coverage headlines, Microsoft, Sparrow being taken over my Google, Flickr, and much more.

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WorldCard Mobile – Business Card Reader & Scanner
App Developer: Penpower Inc.
Version Reviewed: 4.0.0
License: US$6.99

In today’s high tech world, it is surprising to see just how many businesses still use the humble business card to exchange contact information.

During and prior to the 1980s, business cards were added to Rolodex systems, and by the 1990s personal assistants were frantically entering relevant information into database applications, such as FileMaker Pro. The millennium brought about the business card scanner, and until recently, not much has changed.

With the coming of smart phone and tablet devices, the traditional style business cards can now be easily entered in seconds into apps such as WorldCard Mobile.

WorldCard Mobile exceeds the usability of the traditional business card by the way it allows users to import and modify information. 

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Money for Nothing (and the kicks for free)
MyMac Podcast #413

On July 25, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Gaz is a bit late but it worked out for the best because we were actually able to talk about Apple’s financial results for 2012 quarter 3! And you thought talk about money would be boring? Not with the GMen!

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A nod to Macnatico for this video which is both techy and weird!
Guy’s App Pick: Cut the Rope by Chillango $1.99
Gaz’s App Pick: TextEdit by Apple Free with a Mac
People’s Pick: Tim Verpoorten Please Sleep from DragonOne Software FREE!

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Our Fav. Games Three Geeky Ladies Episode 5

On July 23, 2012, in Three Geeky Ladies, by Three Geeky Ladies


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The Ladies talk about their favorite games, with a little help from the MyMac.com writers. They also mention the release of Mountain Lion, and why Google is stopping production of the 16GB Nexus 7.

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Photo Booth Emergency
TechFan Podcast #86

On July 19, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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David and Tim discuss some fun new iOS games, Emergency and Field Runners 2. We get some audio feedback from Scott Wilsey to kick of the show to discuss Twitter, and David prepares to break his Olympic records. Also, what direction should Yahoo take now that they have a new CEO? And Nokia is not looking good.

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Emergency for iPad (2 or 3 only)
Field Runners 2
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Battery BANG!
MyMac Podcast #412

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

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Gaz’s daughter’s 3GS almost goes POP, so her pop gets her a new battery for it. Guy rediscovers music from the 70s that he had (unsurprisingly) almost forgotten about. They give some thought to a potential smaller iPad that so many seem in a tither about and ask the question, “Are iOS devices ready to become your only computer?”

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This may take awhile

Guy’s App Pick: Templates for iBooks Author from Graphic Node FREE!
Gaz’s App Pick: Bartender from MacBartender free right now while in Beta
A bonus Gaz Pick!: Diptic from Peak Systems Currently free

People’s Pick: From Macnatico it’s DownCast from Jamawkinaw Enterprises $1.99

Seagate Backup Plus
Review

On July 19, 2012, in Hard Drive, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive
Company: Seagate

Price: 500GB is $119.99; see web site for other sizes and prices. Prices vary among online retailers.
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3, USB 3.0 or 2.0 port

Seagate has long been a fixture in the world of internal and external hard drives. Recently, Seagate released a new type of drive—one that helps you share and save your digital media on social networks.

Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive is what you’d expect when thinking hard drive: it comes in various storage capacities and colors, and works with both Macs and Windows. The difference is the Backup Plus’ Dashboard, which users set up to upload pictures and videos to Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube, or download pictures from Facebook and Flickr.

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CL On Ear Headphones
Company: Harman Kardon
Price: $200

User Report Q & A using our The Answer Is Yes — Now WTQ (What’s the Question?) format:

Do they sound good? [ Yes ]

Are they comfortable for extended wearing? [ Yes ]

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Poster Review

On July 17, 2012, in iPhoto, Photography, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Poster
Company: Reinvented Software
Price: $19.99
Mac App Store Link

If you use Flickr, Smugmug, or Facebook there are many ways to post photos and videos to your account. You can do it right through the websites of the company, you can get plug-ins for iPhoto, you can use iOS apps, or you can use an app like Poster. Poster, by Reinvented Software, is made to upload content to your account of one of the three mentioned services. How does it work? Read on.

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iStreamer
Company: HRT

Price: $199.99

I must admit it, I am a big cynic. I have seen so many advertising and marketing claims about self-proclaimed great products that turn out to be just outright lies and misrepresentations, I have a hard time believing such pitches any more. So when HRT (High Resolution Technologies, Los Angeles, CA.) talked about their iStreamer at the last Macworld | iWorld conference, I just rolled my eyes in disbelief.

I connect my iPhone and iPodTouch to my rather high-end audio system all the time with a simple headphone jack to RCA stereo cable, and for the most part, it sounds fine. Yet, here was this company telling me that I was not getting the full experience of my music from my iOS device. Really? Just how so? So when I was given the chance to borrow an iStreamer unit and test it, I jumped at the chance. I was ready to prove them wrong.

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A$$holery
TechFan Podcast #85

On July 13, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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How is the credibility of the tech blogs? Or, for that matter, journalism as a whole. Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss that at length this episode, as well as the sale of Digg, depressing family news for Tim, and a podcaster needs our help!

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66 South – Explorers Podcast

 

David Ellefson Rock Shop App
Company: Pocketlabworks, Inc.
Price: $4.99 USD

Anyone who’s familiar with hard rock knows of Megadeth’s bassist, David Ellefson. David has been punching out intense bass tracks for years, and began sharing his wealth of guitar knowledge several years ago on his YouTube channel. David recently kicked up his game a notch with Pocketlabworks’ Rock Shop App.

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Star Walk for iPad
Company: Vito Technology, Inc.
Price: $4.99 USD (iPad version);
$2.99 USD (iPhone version) – requires iOS 3.2 or later

I took a look at the original version of Star Walk some time ago, and at the time I liked the app a lot. Since then, Vito Technology hasn’t stopped improving the the app, with the latest version of Star Walk being the best iteration yet. Some of the new features that take advantage of the capabilities of the iPad 2 and the New iPad continue to make Star Walk a “must-have” app for any amateur astronomer or science teacher.

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iLuv Products Review

On July 12, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Portable Speaker for MP3 Players and iPod
Company: iLuv
Model: iSP100
Price: $24.99 (a little less on Amazon at press time)

If I’m driving more than 15 minutes I like to listen to podcasts on my iPhone. However, I don’t have a USB or auxiliary port in my car, therefore I need to attach a speaker to my phone. The speaker I used to use wasn’t loud enough, so I was very happy to have the opportunity to review the iLuv Portable Speaker for MP3 Players and iPod.

The iLuv Portable Speaker for MP3 Players and iPod (iLuv PS) is small enough to carry in a purse, bag, or backpack, but has surprisingly good sound. Granted, it’s not going to replace a stereo speaker system, but for casual listening in the car or by the pool, it’s a good choice.

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The Old College Try
MyMac Podcast #411

On July 11, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Another weird and fun week with the GMen as that ol Stick (or is that stuck?) in the mud Gaz has a good time watching fast cars go around a track and Guy gets a package with Crabs and Penguins. Just listen as it will all make sense soon. Guy talks about setting up an iPad and laptop for his college-bound son. TONS of feedback and suggestion from our great listeners and why Gaz and Guy don’t want you to act like Batman.

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Guy’s App Pick: Primo Kakuro HD from Jakro Soft LLC $2.99
Gaz’s App Pick: HP Photosmart Stitch but we can’t find a link for it!

People’s Pick from a lot of different people is EverNote from Evernote. And a great price which is free.

Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
Company: TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Price: $10.00 USD

Reading email is something everyone does with their iPad. The Mail app is arguably one of the most used apps on any iOS device. Most of the time, reading mail is a painless exercise. There are times when it can be downright aggravating too. TidBITS Publishing’s Take Control Series of eBooks has the answer to just about any question you may have about iOS Mail in Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, by Joe Kissell.

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3 Geeky Ladies Episode 4 – Tech Gadgets

On July 10, 2012, in Three Geeky Ladies, by Three Geeky Ladies


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The Ladies share some of their favorite tech gear. Tell us what techie gear YOU like to use. Leave a comment on our Facebook page, or send us an email or audio comment at one of the addresses below. Also, we’d love an iTunes review or rating!

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