Flashback – TechFan Podcast #113

On March 30, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss Carbon Copy Cloner, Atari Flashback 4, Apple Game Controllers, Apple TV, getting back to work, Sleeping Dogs, iPods, FiiO Headphone Amplifier, and much more!

Links:
Atari Flashback
OWC Radio interview with Mike Bombich
FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier

Crock-Pot Recipes App – Review

On March 28, 2013, in Apps, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Crock-Pot Recipes App
Company: iCookbook.com
Version: 1.0.1
Price: $3.99
Requires: iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch 3rd generation and above, iPad, iOS 4.3 or later.

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In my house, when the smoke alarm goes off it means Mom cooked and dinner’s ready. Translation: I’m a lousy cook. But making dinner is a necessary evil. I can use the crock pot but I only have two recipes. We can’t live on beef stew and pulled pork for the rest of our lives, so I needed more crock pot recipes. Crock-Pot Recipes App to the rescue.

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Clone Wars begun they have (almost) – MyMac Podcast #450

On March 26, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Can a Mac be a Mac if it doesn’t come from Apple? Quo Computers would like you to test this personally. Guy and Gaz go over the pros (and cons) of having a computer running OS X that doesn’t have an fruity logo. Also TONS of feedback regarding our 3rd anniversary show. So much in fact that this being our 450th episode almost gets lost in the shuffle…almost

Some links
Funny or Die’s iSteve biopic info
Quo Computers
Quo’s Kickstarter page
About Hackintoshes

Vendor Links:
Guy’s App Pick: Pizza Boy by Acne Games $1.99
Gaz’s App Pick: UK Map 7.99 pounds
Ordance Survey
People’s Pick:From Gary in Boise Stitcher Radio Free

The Story Behind Junior Typer for iPad

On March 26, 2013, in Apps, Features, iOS, iPad, by Donny Yankellow


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What does a father do when he can’t find the app he wants for his child in the App Store? Well, there are three choice: pay someone to make the app, make the app himself, or forget it for now and hope someone makes it. In my case, I attempted the second choice and that decision was the start of Junior Typer.

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A Different Kind of Crazy – TechFan #112

On March 23, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Topics include Tim getting a Wii U, North Korea, social change, feedback, Google Reader, Google Notes, and migrating your old data.

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iPad in Education for Dummies—Book Review

On March 20, 2013, in Book Review, Features, by Elisa Pacelli

iPad in Education for Dummies
Author: Sam Gliksman
Publisher: Wiley
Price: $24.99 for softcover book, $16.99 for Ebook
416 pages
ISBN: 978-1-1183-7538-9

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Elisa’s note: Today’s guest reviewer is my son, Shane Pacelli. Shane is a certified 1st-6th grade teacher, currently running the computer lab at a local elementary school.

iPad in Education for Dummies by Sam Gliksman is a must read for any teacher that has, or plans on having a classroom full of iPads. Gliksman breaks up the book into seven parts, with several chapters within each part. Within each chapter, he has numerous subtitles, step-by-step directions on how to use a certain app, and many pictures showing you what the app looks like. The book is set up so that you don’t have to read each chapter sequentially. Look at the table of contents, find a subject you are interested in, and read about the numerous apps that the author describes how to use in great detail.

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3 Years of the GMen – MyMac Podcast #449

On March 19, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz and Guy have been at it for 3 years and no signs of slowing down. What is it about these two people that keep you coming back each week? Their charm? Their intelligence? Their ever so thoughtful insights into the world of Apple? Nah, must be the larfs. This week however, they have a discussion about the seriousness of keeping your Mac secure and what are some of the things to look out for.

Links:
Guy’s App Pick: Vizzywig by i4software free!
Gaz’s App Pick: SCOtutor For Mac
People’s Pick: From Troy Muller PrivacyFix

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SnuggBuds SB-X Ear Buds – Review

On March 19, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

SnuggBuds SB-X Ear Buds
Company: SnuggBuds
Price: $39.95
Works with: any device that accepts a 3.5mm audio jack

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When I went to Macworld 2013 I didn’t have a shopping list. I didn’t need anything. Once I got there, I remembered that I could use a new pair of earbuds. I stopped at the SnuggBuds booth to find out if their product would suit my needs.

I was greeted by Marivic Schaefer, Vice President of Sales & Operations for SnuggBuds. I defy you to find anyone who believes in her product more than Marivic! After she explained how the different earbud models worked and let me listen for myself, I was still unsure about buying. “You’ll be back!” she told me confidently.

At the end of the day I went back.

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Perfect Diet Tracker Mac OS X App – Review

On March 19, 2013, in Apple, Apps, iMac, Mac OS X, Review, by David M. Acklam

Perfect Diet Tracker
App Developer: Byoni Ltd.
Version 3.7.1
License: US$24.99 OS X 10.6.7 or later

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I typically review applications that relate to my scientific, engineering, and astronomy background. However, after using this OS X application and its mobile companion iOS application Tracker2Go (US$2.99)  for the past couple of months, I realized I should review, rate, and share this with you.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Desktop Scanner for PC and Mac
Company: Fujitsu
Price: $495.00

I have been a fan of Fujitsu scanners since my first ScanSnap, the S500 model. It was my workhorse scanner for over four years. After giving it away with my old laptop with plans to purchase another ScanSnap, I began using the flat bed scanner of my multi-function printer. It worked after much trial and error but wasn’t as simple as my ScanSnap. It lacked the OCR software and ABBY FineReader which converted scanned documents into editable and searchable formats. Needless to say I was excited to review the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner.

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Flux On-Ear Headset
Company: SteelSeries
$70 to $100 Internet pricing

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I tested these new versatile on-ear Flux headphones with inline microphone against four different under-$200 on-ear competitors. Each of the two more expensive headsets has slightly superior music playback audio than does Flux, but both of them are far less comfortable than Flux.

The sonic music experience with Flux is essentially identical to the two headsets in its immediate price category of roughly $100. One of the other two has a much worse fit than does Flux, and the final competitor has a similar fit but is not as full-featured as Flux.

Jump to the head of the class, Flux by SteelSeries! Its audio cable can be attached to either right or left earpiece, and either earpiece can serve as an audio source for connected slave headphones. Flux’s microphone is among the very best ever for FaceTime or similar spoken conversations.

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Private Matters – MyMac Podcast #448

On March 14, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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You got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time (it can’t get no worse)! Yep, slowly but surely we’re sorting it out and eventually we’ll really have something…that sounded like it did before it got all screwed up. This week along with our usual nonsense, Gaz and Guy talk about the expectation of privacy on the internet and especially from some of the various social networks.

Links:
Guy’s App Pick: Marvel Unlimited iOS App 1 year subscription about $60
Gaz’s App Pick: Real Racing 3.
People’s Pick:Empty this week (sad face)

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Genius SP-U115 USB Speakers — Review

On March 13, 2013, in Audio, Review, Speakers, by Julie Kuehl

Genius SP-U115
Company: Genius
Version: SP-115
Compatible with: any computer (or device) with a 3.5mm audio jack
Requires: USB port for power
Price: $12.99 (on Amazon)

Proving once again that you get what you pay for, the Genius SP-115 speakers are a low-cost set of speakers for your computer. While these will work with the Mac on your desk, I think they are better suited to being travel companions where the price makes them almost disposable.

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Airbac AirTech backpack
Company: Airback
Price: $89.99

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The Airbac AirTech backpack looks like any other well-made daypack. It has well-padded shoulder straps, mesh compartments on the sides for water bottles, and plenty of space for a laptop, books and office supplies. But go beyond the obvious and you’ll see that the Airbac has some characteristics that set it apart from similar products and make it a little easier to carry heavy loads.

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Embrace iPhone Bumper – Review

On March 12, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Embrace iPhone Bumper
Company: Esoterism
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
Price: $89

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Elisa’s note: Vicki Stokes and I were each given an Embrace iPhone Bumper at Macworld 2013 to review. Mine is for iPhone 4S, and Vicki’s is for her iPhone 5. Since the only difference is based on the phone size, we’re combining our review.

Elisa: There were many vendors at Macworld/iWorld 2013 displaying their iPhone cases. For most, it was pretty much more of the same: customized cases with photos on the back, simple bumpers, and cases made with bright and neon colors. At this point, an iPhone case needs to be quite different in order to get noticed.

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It Suits the Suits – TechFan Podcast #111

On March 11, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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This week, David runs the TechFan audio board himself, and discusses a cheap netbook alternative and why businesses should not run online cities

 

RHA MA-350 Earphones – Review

On March 11, 2013, in Audio, Earphones, Headphones, Review, by David Cohen

RHA MA-350 Earphones
Company: RHA
Price: £29.95/$49.95

I love a bargain. And, as a Brit, I love British engineering. So when I get an opportunity to review a product that combines both I am always very intrigued. The product that piqued my interest is the MA-350 in-ear headphones from RHA, a specialist audio product manufacturer based in Glasgow, Scotland.

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SmartKlear and SideKick – Review

On March 11, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

SmartKlear
Company: LensPen
For: iPhone, iPod, and other smartphone brands
Price: $9.95

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SideKick
Company: LensPen
For: iPad and other tablet brands
Price: $19.95

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Everyone who owns an iDevice, or any other brand of smartphone or tablet, knows how hard it is to keep the touch screen clean of fingerprints, oil, and any other “ick” that makes its way onto the screen. Instead of fighting the never-ending cleaning battle with messy sprays and cloths, why not try the SmartKlear and SideKick by LensPen?

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Johnny Winter — Review

On March 8, 2013, in Apps, iPad, Music, Review, by Julie Kuehl

Johnny Winter – Follow a Legend
Company: G-Men Productions
Version: 1.3
Compatible with: iPad
Requires: iOS 5.1 or later
Price: $7.99

The Johnny Winter app for iPad is an impressive collection of information on the legendary guitar player and his music. This app is for experienced guitar players or general fans of the performer. While it will teach you how to play in Johnny’s legendary style, it isn’t intended to teach the basics of guitar playing.

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CamCard — Review

On March 8, 2013, in Apps, Camera, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Review, Scanner, by Julie Kuehl

CamCard – The Professional Business Card Reader
Company: IntSig
Version: 3.2.0.0
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Price: $2.99

CamCard home screen

I had a problem and CamCard was the solution. My problem was that I had collected a large handful of business cards at Macworld that I wanted to keep on file, but I didn’t want to keep the cards lying around gathering dust. I also didn’t want to enter them into my usual Address Book and mix them in with more personal contacts. CamCard gave me a really quick and easy way to capture the cards and their info, and clear off my desk.

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