100 – TechFan Podcast #100

On November 30, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim and David discuss 100 episodes of TechFan, the iPad mini, and Windows Surface Pro

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Maxell AirStash
Review

On November 29, 2012, in iOS, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, Review, Video, by Donny Yankellow

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AirStash
$149.99 for 8gb model (currently $125.95 at Amazon)
Company: Maxell

Have you ever wished you had more space on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch for more music, movies, podcasts, photos, or files? Maybe you have the 16gb model and could really use the 32gb model, but you can’t afford a new device. Maybe you have the 64gb iPad and have no larger storage option. If this sounds like you, the AirStash by Maxell might be the device you are looking for. At a retail price starting at $149.99 you can add a minimum of 8gb to your device and you are only limited by the size of a 32gb card and how many cards you want to carry.

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Macally Holster Case with Belt Clip & Stand for iPhone 5
Macally
Price: $29.99

When it comes to iPhone cases they are a dime a dozen. One thing you rarely see in an iPhone case is a belt clip attachment. At least, I have rarely seen any- until I learned about the Macally Holster Case with Belt Clip & Stand for iPhone 5. Why would you want a belt clip? There are times you might want to leave the house in pants that don’t have pockets, possibly while exercising. There might be times when your pockets are too full and you don’t want to squezee you phone in there. I’m sure you could come up with reasons. Anyway, this Macally case for $29.99 is a great option.

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Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW
Lowepro
Price: $99.99

If you’re searching for a product with the best camera and tablet device storage on the market, you have come to the right review. The Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW is an exceptional case for either a rookie or pro photographer who is looking for simple and easy access to all his gear on the go. The Lowepro Photo Hatchback has all the capabilities of any ordinary backpack, but it has been infused with hidden pockets and convenient storage compartments to fit all the accessories for your DSLR and also the body of your DSLR, while incorporating space to fit any 10″ tablet or ultra book with ease.

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Comic Life 2.0 for iOS
Review

On November 28, 2012, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Comic Life 2.0
Company: plasq
Price: $4.99

Years ago the iMac came with several third party apps preloaded. One of these apps was Comic Life. Comic Life, while no longer preloaded on Macs, is still a great Mac app that is available today. In simplest terms it is a program for making comic book pages. It has templates, speech bubbles, photo access, etc. it is probably one of the easiest ways to make a comic book or comic strip on the Mac. Well, it is also available on iOS, and version 2.0 was just released with a bunch of new features.

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Nemo’s 2012 Holiday MyMac Gift Guide for Techies

Backup and archive. Daily. No exceptions.

If you are reading this and you are not fully backed up using Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper, stop immediately and order a new external multi-interface bus-powered backup drive or two. Keep one drive handy for daily updates, and the other offsite for safety and security. Email the G-Men on the MyMac Podcast if you need advice on how to use Time Machine and the other two backup applications.

I have been using and testing OWC’s Mercury On-The-Go Pro Triple Interface acrylic-encased FireWire 800/400 + USB 3 SSD and HDD solutions for several months, and I recommend them highly. They are versatile, sturdy, affordable, efficient, fast, and have the best guarantee in the business. Obtain an OWC unit with more storage than you think you need, because soon you will be glad you have the extra capacity. Get an SSD if max speed is your top priority, or choose an HDD if cost and max GB are paramount.

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Genius LuxePad 9100 Bluetooth Keyboard
Review

On November 27, 2012, in Bluetooth, iOS, iPad Keyboard, Keyboard, Review, by Peter Nikolaidis

Genius LuxePad 9100 Bluetooth Keyboard
Price:$69.99 US
Company: Genius


I was recently sent a LuxePad 9100 Bluetooth Keyboard by Genius to review. In a nutshell, if you’re going to use a physical keyboard with your iOS (or other) device, this is a decent unit. However, there are shortcomings, not necessarily of the hardware, that you should be aware of.

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The “Un” Apple Show
MyMac Podcast #431

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


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So you ask a question on Twitter and FaceBook and what happens? LOTS of listener feedback! Is Apple doing things a little bit different (as in changed from what they themselves were doing before) or is it a product of the GMen’s imagination? Apparently not based on your responses. iTunes, and iMacs, and fuzzy kittens gets discussed. Well not fuzzy kittens. Maybe next week.

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Find your own darn phobias!
Barclay’s Bank discovers iPads
Gaz’s App Pick: Pixelmator tutorials FREE!
Guy’s App Pick: Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day concert in iTunes

People’s Pick from Steve McShane: BossJock Podcasting app for iOS

Letterpress – Word Game For iOS
Review

On November 26, 2012, in Game, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Letterpress – Word Game
App Developer: atebits
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Licence: Free with in-app purchase. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Are you into Scrabble or Words With Friends? Then you will certainly enjoy this latest word game to come to iOS devices. Letterpress is an online social game that allows you to compete against friends via Game Center integration.

It is so popular that it broke Apple’s Game Center servers in its first week of release.

How many words do you know? I’ll take a guess: significantly fewer than you think you know. At least that is my experience with Letterpress.

Letters are presented on a board containing 25 letter combinations. Plenty of word opportunities, right? Not quite. You will see many challenging letters such as v, x, z, and q presented up to twice or even three times in a single game, plus not all vowels are included in each game. The result is a game that is significantly demanding and one that is highly addictive.

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in:play App
Review

On November 26, 2012, in iOS, iPhone, iTunes, Music, Review, by Curt Blanchard

in:play
Developer: Bigbluecouch, LLC

Version: 1.0
Price: $1.99 (iTunes App Store)
in:play App

in:play is a music player app that accesses your iTunes music library—but the big differentiator between the iOS Music player and in:play is its beautifully designed, typographic interface. The clean, minimalist design is spare but includes all the features you’d expect and some clever extras you wouldn’t.

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What’s Old Is New Again
MyMac Podcast #430

On November 22, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Extra long show this week because Gaz and Guy had lots of important things to say…actually we just wouldn’t shut up. There were big doings though as Guy finally replaces his old worn out Mac Pro for a newer worn out Mac Pro but one that will run Mountain Lion and Gaz also upgrades his Macs to the new King of the Jungle. They take you through the steps they used and some of the pitfalls they discovered.

Some Links:
Making a Mountain Lion Bootable USB stick –
Gaz’s App Pick: Star Wars Knights of the Republic £2.99 ($4.99)
Guy’s App Pick: Store News by Christian Kienle Free
People’s Pick from Macnatico: Angry Birds Star Wars. The name says it all.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
Review

On November 22, 2012, in Bluetooth, iPad, Keyboard, Review, Tablet, by Steve Hammond

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
Price: $99.99 US
Company: Logitech

Many iPad owners find the onscreen keyboard suitable for their usage, but when it comes to writing long emails or documents, a Bluetooth keyboard is welcome. While you can buy and use any standard Bluetooth keyboard, when traveling with your iPad, not all of them are very practical. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover may be the solution.

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ThinkTank Photo Accessories
Review

On November 21, 2012, in Features, Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

ThinkTank Photo
Company: ThinkTank Photo

There are many companies providing photo gear, and some of them have unique items. It this review, I’ll look at three accessories from ThinkTank Photo.

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POP Phone Bluetooth — six colors are available
Native Union
$50

The clever designers at Native Union missed an opportunity to name their unusual new Bluetooth handset the HeadTurnerBT, or the DoubleTakeBT, or, even better, HoldThePhoneBT. POP Phone Bluetooth is fine, but it doesn’t approach a name that describes the looks people give you when they see and hear you talking on a colorful retro handset that has no curly cable or actual telephone attached.

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The Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder — High Quality Sound On The Go
Company: Olympus
Website: Olympus America
Price: $199.99 USD

For most of us who are fans of iOS devices, the recording features in GarageBand for iOS or the built-in Voice Memos App suits our needs just fine. There are some people for whom the quality of recorded audio needs to be at a level that exceeds the capabilities of your favorite Apple gear. One possible solution lies with the Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM recorder. The quality of recorded audio is beyond CD-quality, all in a portable handheld form factor.

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Look Out – Blizzard
iOS Game Review

On November 19, 2012, in iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Look Out – Blizzard
App Developer: The App Company
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
License: US$0.99 – Universal App. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

If you like fluffy snow balls and maze games, then you are going to love Look Out – Blizzard.

You assume the role of the defenseless little snowball and it is your aim to guide it to safety. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? It would be, if it were not for fireballs and electrified obstacles doing their best to prevent you from succeeding. Not to mention droplets of water that will have you slipping everywhere, and rocks that will slow you down.

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EarPods
TechFan Podcast #99

On November 16, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Feedback, headphones, iPad mini, and more feedback are on tap for this episode with Tim Robertson and David Cohen

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Drunk On The Apple Kool-Aid

On November 16, 2012, in Opinion, by Mark Greentree

Love them or loath them, the community of Apple users are passionate about upgrading their hardware on a regular basis. Although, it is often beyond reason and common sense. It is a sickness that borders on obsessive compulsive behaviors.

Every few months Apple will hold a press conference to announce the next big thing. For weeks before, and in some cases months, the rumor mill will work overtime in an attempt to pre announce the latest product. The aim is to win the blogger wars and maintain bragging rights.

Between the misinformation and the downright ludicrous stories, legions of people cling to every word. In essence it is propaganda and driven purely by advertising revenue. Break a few stories and your site can be self supportive. But of course, don’t worry about your integrity. That no longer exists in the realm of the bedroom blogger.

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Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual
Author: Barbara Brundage

Publisher: O’Reilly
$44.99 US, $47.99 CAN, $35.99 Ebook
630 pages
ISBN 978-1-449-31613-6

Adobe recently released Photoshop Elements 11, a consumer level version of their industry-standard photo editing software, Photoshop. PSE11 can still be a little intimidating to the new user, which is why a reference like Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual is so valuable.

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Chasing Yello iOS Game
Review

On November 15, 2012, in Apps, Game, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Chasing Yello
App Developer: dreamfab
Version Reviewed: 1.1.0
License: FREE – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Chasing Yello is by far the most addictive game I have ever come across, on any platform. At first I looked upon it as a quick game to pick up when I had a few spare minutes. The reality is those few minutes turned into hours, and then days. Before I knew it I was thoroughly consumed with a game that features a demonic girl, named Mathilda, and her goldfish Yello.

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