Snapheal App
Review

On December 11, 2012, in Mac OS X, Macintosh, Photography, by Curt Blanchard

Snapheal
Developer: MacPhun
Version: 2.1
Price: $19.99 – Mac App Store (Introductory price for a limited time $9.99)
Snapheal App

One of Photoshop’s many features is the ability to remove unwanted objects or people from a photo with a fancy-sounding technique called Content Aware Fill. For a fraction of the cost, you can achieve the same result with Snapheal from MacPhun. In addition, you can also fix old scanned photos, erase text, adjust exposure and saturation, and more.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Exodus On-Ear Headphones with 3-Button Apple Control and Microphone — User Report
The House of Marley
Price: $100 to $150 online (This link is from Amazon’s USA product page.)

Note #1: This review product appears to be out of stock on the company’s web site, although it is available from Internet and retail merchants.

Note #2: You are advised to read other longer and more detailed online reviews of these headphones. These reviews present a fascinating profile of Exodus and additional competitive premium headphones. Some of the reviews have lively writing and caustic reader feedback.

Note #3: Exodus headphones will be too tight on your skull upon removal from House of Marley’s exceptionally recyclable packaging. Stretch the ear pieces length-wise across and onto a large box of Kleenex or other household tissue to stretch out the too tight metal spring outer C-frame for as many days as possible before attempting to wear Exodus with comfort. You can connect the audio cable during this frame-stretching period and play a variety of music at medium volume to condition the headphones’ speaker drivers, which we recommend for all listening equipment.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

Our Favorite Things – 3 Geeky Ladies 15

On December 9, 2012, in Three Geeky Ladies, by Tim Robertson


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The Ladies, along with their guest, 4th Geeky Person Tom Schmidt, share their favorite things.

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

iOS Gaming
TechFan Podcast #101

On December 7, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Owen Rubin joins Tim and David to discuss gaming on iOS, the new iMacs, a better electronics duster, and much more.

(lots of) Links
DAS Keyboard
Vice City
Emergency
Orcs Vengeance
Baulur’s Gate
Tiny Wings
Arc Squadron
The Creeps!
Jelly Defense
Atari Greatest Hits
Into The Dead
ED500 DataVac 500-Watt 0.75-HP Electric Duster 120-Volt

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

Less is more, really?!?
MyMac Podcast #432

On December 6, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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SPORTS! Well we did talk about sports, but then ventured off into Mac stuff. Who would have guessed? We kinda love the new iTunes, but we REALLY love your questions and feedback! This week Chuck asks the GMen about a good backup strategy for all the Macs in his life, a winner from our 400th Podcast finally checks his email (and Plasq software came through for him…thanks guys!), and FaceBook still makes poor Guy crazy. All this and more on the MyMac.com Podcast!

Some Links:
How many Legos can lego go go until it breaks…ohs. Find out here
Gaz’s App Pick: Zombie Tsunami from Mobigame Free!
Guy’s App Pick: Frontline Commando by Glu Games Free!
People’s Pick: None this week (sad face)

 

OS X Support Essentials (Apple Pro Training Series)
by Kevin M White and Gordon Davisson
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Peachpit Press
Pearson Education
ISBN-10: 0321887190
ISBN-13: 978-0321887191
Price: $64.99

OS X Support Essentials, Cover

Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8) has matured remarkably quickly. As has now become the norm, printed guides, tutorials, reference books and introductions of all sorts have appeared equally speedily in the months following Mountain Lion’s release. Indeed, we have already reviewed Galen Gruman’s “Bible” (Wiley).

Most of these titles reflect the fact that, good and stable though it is, Mountain Lion has few startling or groundbreaking aspects. It hardly contains enough new features to fill a substantial book of its own. So it is with this Mountain Lion volume in the Apple Pro Training Series, OS X Support Essentials, by Kevin M White and Gordon Davisson.

Actually, it’s only in the subheading, “Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Mountain Lion”, that you know that this is indeed a book for users of the latest Apple OS. But it is; and it does its job extremely well. So well, in fact, that it should be considered a leader in the couple of dozen or so books available now.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words
Book Review

On December 4, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Mark Greentree

I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words
Collator And Editor: George Beahm
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
US$6.95 (Paperback) US$5.59 (Kindle)
192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1742703589

Immediately following the death of Steve Jobs in October 2011, book publishers world wide started releasing a plethora of books about the much revered CEO we simply knew as Steve.

I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words is one of these books. Whilst I personally don’t agree with publishers cashing in on the death of someone famous, this book was given to me as a gift and it turns out to be an interesting read, that is, if you like reading quotations and excepts from speeches.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

CitySlicker iPad and iPad Mini Case
Review

On December 3, 2012, in Bag, Cases, Features, iPad, iPad mini, Review, by John Nemerovski

Guest review by Howard Nemerovski

CitySlicker iPad and iPad Mini Case
WaterField Designs
Price: $99 and $89

This CitySlicker can be trusted!

WaterField Designs of San Francisco has created a lush, fashionable, and utilitarian carrying case for the iPad that makes its owner feel like a — CitySlicker! That’s the appealing name WaterField has given to this upscale mobile home for the iPad.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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HMDX Jam Bluetooth Speaker
Review

On December 3, 2012, in Audio, Bluetooth, iPad, iPhone, Speakers, by Curt Blanchard

HMDX Jam Bluetooth Speaker
Manufacturer: HMDX (HoMedics)
MSRP: $49.95 (Street: $35-$40)
Jam Bluetooth Speakers

 

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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