TechFan Podcast #91

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

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Wrong is wrong, and it’s time to call theft, well, theft. Dishonesty is not rewarded. Tim and David discuss Samsung and the institutional theft that goes on there. Later the topic changes to Field Runners 2 and the all-new Activision Anthology app for iOS.
Activision Anthology
Field Runners 2

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OWC On-The-Go Pro 240GB SSD Triple Interface External Drive
Price: $295

OWC On-The-Go Pro 500GB Triple Interface External Drive
Price: $138

Seagate Backup Plus Portable External 1TB Drive for Mac
Price: $130

Adapters are available, sold separately, to convert this drive to FireWire 800 and/or Thunderbolt


LaCie Rugged Key 16GB
Price: $40 for 16GB, or $70 for 32GB

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Mix Master Premium Over-Ear DJ Headphones
Company: Skullcandy
Price: $300

Skullcandy is now in the upper bracket niche market with these high profile multi-purpose headphones. Mix Master Mike, a top-tier DJ, worked with the company to develop this colorful product lineup.

Reviews on the company’s web site and from independent reviewers are mostly positive. Read them in addition to this user report before you decide to purchase. If possible, buy from a store that has a generous return policy if the fit and sound are not to your liking.

One thing is guaranteed: Mix Master headphones are different. How will these differences appeal to you? Read our evaluation below.

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Trial? What trial?
MyMac Podcast #418

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

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It what might be a record, Gaz and Guy not only manage to keep the show under an hour, it’s under 50 minutes! Hold your applause though because you may miss the greatest Gaz’s Tip EVER…well we thought it was funny anyway. Samsung loses round one of the most watched patent trial since Edison won his against whoever that other person was! Some terrific feedback from you, our fantastic audience and apparently in some cultures, hippos equals horses.

Some Links:
When Apple sold clothes and wind-surfing boards, yes I said wind-surfing boards
Guy’s App Pick: TotalFinder from BinaryAge software $18.00
Gaz’s App Pick: RapidWeaver from RealMac software $79.00
People’s Pick: None this week, you guys are slacking!

Griffin Technology’s HELO TC Assault

On August 28, 2012, in iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Review, by Peter Nikolaidis

HELO TC Assault

HELO TC Assault
Company: Griffin Technology
Price: $59.99

Every now and then I get a chance to play with a cool new toy. Usually, by “new cool toy” I’m referring to some computer-related tool, self-defense weapon, firearm, or bicycle. This time, it’s a genuine toy. I’m referring to the Griffin HELO TC Assault remote control helicopter.

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On August 27, 2012, in Features, How-To, by Rich Lefko


Some of us who write reviews and articles here at MyMac like to think we’ve got this whole Mac computer, iPad, iPhone, iStuff thing pretty well nailed down, but the truth is many of us fly by the seat of our pants with this tech stuff.

For instance, I have been ripping the DVDs I own for quite a while now so I can play the content on my Apple TV. I was getting pretty smug about it. I’d tell people that watching DVDs at my house was a thing of the past. No more DVD boxes laying about from my kids. Nope, we just flip on the Apple TV and there it all is just waiting for you. Well, that was before last Friday.

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CordCruncher Headphones
Price: $25 US 

When taking a first look at the CordCruncher headphones you can tell they have unique style about them right off the bat. The headphones are a very versatile and are easy to use. With the function of being able to wear the headphones as a bracelet or necklace, you are able to conveniently carry these headphones on the go.

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Kona Project 2 Backpack

On August 23, 2012, in Back Pack, Features, iPad, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Kona Project 2 Backpack
Company: Brenthaven
Price: $149.95 MSRP


What do you get when you combine a bicycle company and a company that manufactures laptop bags and backpacks for computer users? What you get is a product that combines the knowledge of both companies designed to provide a great backpack that can carry up to a 16 inch laptop and your other necessary items in a unit that features an external water resistant Cordura fabric with a 100% waterproof internal dry bag.

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Scary Clowns
MyMac Podcast #417

On August 21, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Why do people find clowns so scary? Probably because they just seem creepy in general. Hands up, how many of you find the killer is a clown movies totally plausible? Yep, thought so. The GMen aren’t afraid of clowns…mostly, but tech behaving badly gives them the frights. Guy replaces an iPhone with poor Bluetooth and finds that iCloud was a bit of a fail and Gaz has yet to install Mountain Lion. A clown was the lead that broke the “Who broke into Steve Jobs house?” case and Gaz finds out that some people have a natural fear of our face-painted friends. The way back machine comes into play with a DashBoard Minute from 2005 and wonder of wonders! We now have a closing theme song for Gaz’s tips!

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For those times when you need to map your mind
Guy’s App Pick: Robot Riot from Cebturian games $1.99
Gaz’s Mind Node Free
Mind Node Pro $9.99
and Mind Node iOS $9.99
all from Ideasoncanvas
People’s Pick: From Peter on Twitter. Now two IOS app picks I would like to share. Nothing very special, but actually some apps I use regularly, the first one even multiple times a day:

FLIPBOARD: possibility to collect news from your favorite web sites, rss feeds or twitter and Facebook sites. Nice layout and easy to flip through the pages
DILBERT: your daily dose of famous Dilbert comic strip. Always a good laugh.



Solar Walk Version 2

On August 21, 2012, in Review, by David M. Acklam

Solar Walk – 3D Solar System model
App Developer: Vito Technology Inc.
Version 2.0
License: US$2.99 (on sale now for US$0.99 for the whole Back to School season) Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

This is an application that I reviewed in MyMac back in December of 2011. There were several changes and updates made in June of 2012 which included adding a new movie about the Cassini mission, changing Pluto to a dwarf planet, and adding its moon Charon. The application was optimized for the new iPad, and optimized the precision of orbits’ calculation for the moons of Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune. The developer improved the animation for the Sun and provided new images of planets and moons. They also changed the model of Hyperion, one of Saturn’s moons.

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OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide

On August 20, 2012, in Book Review, Mac OS X, by Peter Nikolaidis

OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide

The Ultimate Quick Guide to OS X
Author: Chris Seibold
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Released: July 2012
Pages: 272
Price: $14.99 US

I recently had the opportunity to review a copy of the OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide from O’Reilly media. In typical O’Reilly fashion, the book is well written with friendly, conversational jargon. At some points, I found the dialogue to be a little bit distracting, but not so much to be seriously bothered by it.

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David Weeks and John Nemo collaborated on this user report.

Products used for our testing and evaluation are:

Seagate GoFlex for Mac Ultra-portable Drive ($150)

Seagate GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-portable Drive ($130)

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Three Geeky Ladies – Episode 7

On August 19, 2012, in Three Geeky Ladies, by Three Geeky Ladies

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The Ladies suggest various apps, web sites, and items to help students heading back to school or college.

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Old School
TechFan Podcast #89

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

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It’s old school week as Tim sits down with Chad Perry and Guy Serle to discuss the Kindle, Apple HDTV, AppleTV, Twitter, and the purported seven-inch iPad, and much more.

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I LIke Turtles
MyMac Podcast #416

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

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No turtles were hurt (because we like them) in the making of this podcast, but brain cells could be an entirely different matter. We recording a few days earlier from now on which means you get all that GMen goodness a few days early too! Well until you get used to it and don’t think it’s a big deal anymore. Gaz watches the Olympics through the BBC on his iPad and Guy wipes Snowy off his Mac Pro. We’re both amused over the MASSIVE amounts of tablets Samsung sold last quarter (37,000) as well as other courtroom shenanigans from our friends from across the pond who never saw a good design they couldn’t steal! Dorothy Yamamoto asks us about iCloud and much much more!

Some Links:
The Mac Expo…no a DIFFERENT Mac Expo!
Happy birthday HyperCard!
Need to put Lion or Mountain Lion on a USB Stick? (/)
Guy’s App Pick: Tweetdeck from Twitter Free
Gaz’s App Pick: Guardian Eyewitness images from around the world, great pictures.
and Apple’s Preview ROCKS

People’s Pick: From Tenex on Twitter. AirPrint Activator can enable any networked printer to print from an iOS device running at least iOS 4.2 or later. Donationware from Netputting.com

Macally Suction Cup Mount

On August 14, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Macally Suction Cup Mount
Company: Macally
Price: $24.99 MSRP
Works with: iPhone, iPod, most cell phones, and GPS units

Many people use their smart phones for turn-by-turn directions while driving. Others like to listen to music or podcasts. The biggest problem is where to place the phone so it’s easily accessible. The Macally Suction Cup Mount solves the problem very nicely.

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GripBase/GripStand 3 Review

On August 13, 2012, in Cases, iPad 2, Review, Stand, Tablet, by Curt Blanchard

NuGuard GripStand 3 / GripBase bundle
Manufacturer: NewerTech
MSRP: $59.99 (Street: $39.99)
GripStand 3 / GripBase bundle

When you are out and about, your iPad requires a case or a protective sleeve of some kind. However, when you are home or at the office, your iPad lies unprotected on your desk or coffee table. NewerTech has a great solution for times like these. The GripStand 3 securely contains the iPad (3rd version*), offering excellent protection from scratches or even an occasional drop as it is lined with a rubbery foam to cushion blows.

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iBike Coach and iBike Phone Booth

On August 9, 2012, in Apps, Cases, iPhone Cases, by Peter Nikolaidis
iBike Phone BoothiBike Coach and iBike Phone Booth
Publisher: Velocomp
Price: $59.95

I had the opportunity to review the iBike Phone Booth, a bike mount for the iPhone, and iBike Coach, a cycling computer app for the iPhone.

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The House That Went On Strike Original Story For The iPad
App Developer: Jumping Pages, Inc
Version Reviewed: 1.0
License: US$2.99

Is your house frustrated?

Are you and your family messy, lazy, and generally disrespectful to your home?

What happens, and what would you do, if your house went on strike and turned on you?

Jumping Pages, developers of interactive books for the iPad, has delivered a spectacular book that deals with these very issues.

The story is delivered in a visually stunning presentation with a rhythmic feel. It is witty and unique in its tale of a house gone mad, thanks to the family living within. 

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