Sydnee Charging Station—Review

On April 30, 2013, in iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, Review, Stand, Tablet, by Curt Blanchard

Sydnee Charging Station
Manufacturer: Kanex
MSRP: $149.00 (Internet pricing: $126.00)
Sydnee Charging Station


Chargers for all of our various iDevices are a necessary evil. One is in the kitchen but it’s for the iPad, another is in the bedroom but it’s only for the iPhone. Then there’s a charger in the den but it’s already in use by another family member. Frustrating.

Kanex has a product to reduce your frustration level. Their oddly-named Sydnee is a robust charger that will handle up to four iDevices simultaneously. Find a location in your home for this charger and consider it a home base for all of your devices. It provides one place to charge everything—forget about all the individual chargers and instead, use this unit to charge everything.

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Chef Sleeve Disposable iPad Sleeves—Review

On April 29, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Chef Sleeve Disposable iPad Sleeves
Company: Chef Sleeve
Price: $19.99/25 sleeves


Anyone who cooks knows how messy the kitchen can get. Some people may be afraid to use their iPad in the kitchen for fear of ruining it. The folks at Chef Sleeve came up with a great solution to this problem: Chef Sleeve Disposable iPad Sleeves.

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Identity Crisis – TechFan #116

On April 27, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss the future of Windows, Intel, and Mickey Mouse.

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No Longer Boxy – TechFan #115

On April 24, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David runs without his partner in crime, after a short delay, and talks about pseudo-journalism and the tech gadgets modern Volvos run to nowadays!


Baby you can drive my iCar – MyMac Podcast #454

On April 23, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz couldn’t be on this week so Guy looked for another Brit to take his place. Will Green worked out so well 2 weeks ago so why not again? And it was just as great this time around with so many off-topic topics that you might forget this is a Mac show! Neither knew when to stop so it’s extra long as well (which should make Gary Apter happy!). Yeah they talked a bit about Apple going into your next car, but you should listen because it’s Will Green!

Also I misspelled Clive Hammett’s name last week in the show notes and I”m REALLY sorry Cliff

Guy’s App Pick: Animationist by Synium Software $29.99 at the Mac App Store
Gaz’s App Pick: No Gaz so no pick
Will’s App Pick: iOS: Yahoo Weather OSX: GrandPerspective

Baller’s Bag Sports Tech Basketball Backpack
Kross Precision
$130 to $230
Guest review user report by Sean O’Neil, tech-savvy athlete

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I really like this bag. I enjoy that it has so many pockets to carry things from my iPhone, keys, water bottle, notepads, laptop, shoes, and my basketball. I also appreciate how the inserts are there to help keep the bag from getting worn and torn and dirty from the ball after a few games out on the court.

This Baller’s Bag is light so it doesn’t add any extra weight to the items I have to carry. It feels really durable and strong from the material to the zippers down to the inside lining of the pack itself and the inserts. I’m very happy to have a versatile case that can be utilized for many — and I mean many different things. Plus it’s nice to have products you trust to have been made from good quality materials.

Sean Baller's Bag

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Across convertible iPad case
$99 for leather or $55 for synthetic (both are black)
Leather GL model was used for this review

Across lead photo Serge Strotter

Slip your iPad 2, 3, or 4 into Across, and tuck in the rear flap to snugly secure your iPad. Observe the precise cut-outs for all necessary port access in the premium black leather. Fold over the stiff cover segments with quick-release Velcro fasteners. Clip the included rotating 1 inch wide x 4 foot long adjustable quick-release nylon shoulder strap into two of the four exterior perimeter holes, and head out into the world with your iPad protected for travel and poised for usage.

Across is four things: slim tote, protective case, horizontal stand, and standing-position access porta-shelf. The latter is Across’s most notable feature. Additional photos are here.

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That’s Rich

On April 17, 2013, in Features, by Rich Lefko

Don't forget

Today I am annoyed.

Are you getting tired of apps reminding you to update them?

How about reminders? What about email notifications?

Sure, you can turn most of that stuff off, but really, are we that feeble minded nowadays, that we need all those reminders?

It would appear so.

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Jump into the Mosh(er) pit – MyMac Podcast #453

On April 17, 2013, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Listener Craig Mosher joins the GMen in a discussion of hardware and software for audio because if ANYONE needed advice for audio it’s the GMen. Guy gets a bunch of new SoundBoard clips and makes everyone pay dearly for it. Also if you ever wanted to know what goes on between the segments for this podcast, THIS is the show you want to listen to.

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To contact Craig about any audio work in the New York region

More Stuff:
Apple script to switch to the login screen: do shell script “/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\\ Extras/ -suspend”
Terminal command to always show both system and user Library folders:
“chflags nohidden ~/Library/”

Guy’s App Pick: FastScript by Red Sweater Software Free for up to 10 scripts only $15 if you need more
Gaz’s App Pick: DM1 – The Drum Machine By Fingerlab $4.99 (£2.99)
Also available on the iPad also $4.99 (£2.99)
Also available on the iPhone also $1.99 (£1.49)
Craig’s App Pick: DJ by Algoriddem Software
Alfred by Running with Crayons Ltd
People’s Pick: From Clive Hammond it’s iDropcopy!


ATARI Inc, Business is Fun – Book Review

On April 16, 2013, in Apple, Book Review, Review, by David M. Acklam

ATARI Inc. Business Is Fun
Authors: Marty Goldberg & Curt Vendel
Publisher: Syzygy Company Press
Price: US $39.99
800 pages
ISBN 978-0-9855974-0-50

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Nolan Bushnell has always been a name that was synonymous with Atari for me. As to Ted Dabney, I didn’t have a clue until reading Atari Inc, Business is fun. There are plenty more individuals, like Nolan and Ted, in the book that played very important and sometimes critical rolls in the the story of Atari.

Besides individuals, you will learn about Apple connections that, like myself, you were probably not aware of. Wait a minute, some may ask; why in the heck is this guy doing a book review about Atari here on I’m fairly sure that like myself, there are many others who were in the Atari ecosystem before settling in our Apple community.

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xPrint Server – Review

On April 15, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

xPrint Server Home Edition
Company: Lantronix
Works with: Macs and Windows computers, iOS devices
Price: $99.99


My HP printer is almost five years old. I am of the philosophy, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I have it plugged into my Airport Extreme so everyone in the family can print wirelessly from this printer if they don’t want to use their own printers. However, printing from iOS is another story; more on that later. Seeing a problem to be solved, the good folks at Lantronix came up with an elegant solution: the xPrint Server.

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iPhone: The Missing Manual, 6th edition
Company: O’Reilly Media
Author: David Pogue
Price: $24.99




As an iPhone user I long ago got used to not having a manual with the iPhone. But I’m not your average user, and have had iPhones since the 3GS. But some people really need help with learning about their iPhones, and how to use them. So I was interested to see how the iPhone: The Missing Manual, 6th edition would succeed.

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Angle & Curve MKII Classic Headphones
Distributor: MobileFun
Price: $18.99
MKII Headphones

NOW—Live from London’s Old Covent Garden! Here are Angle & Curve’s MKII Classic Headphones! Headphones (Check!), Inexpensive (Check!), Hip and Cool (Check!)—Great sound? (Oh, yes indeed. Check!)


Angle & Curve’s MKII Classic Headphones are stylishly retro in design while producing a stylishly contemporary sound. They are from a firm based in the Old Covent Garden section of London and are engineered there by a group of designers, audio specialists, and DJs. These headphones deliver impressive sound at a remarkable price.

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Powerocks – Review

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

Stone3 Dual USB Powerbank
Company: Powerocks
Works with: iPad, iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, plus various other phones and tablets
Price: $99.99

Magic Cube
Company: Powerocks
Works with: iPod, iPhone, most smart phones, and other small devices
Price: $74.99

We use our iDevices on a regular basis: reading and sending email, checking our Facebook page and Twitter stream, searching for driving directions or the closest pizza parlor. As a result the battery drains quicker than we’d like. A spare battery pack would be quite a useful purchase. I was recently sent two battery packs for review. The first one is the Powerocks Stone3 Dual USB Powerbank.


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Flux In-Ear Pro Headphones
$130 U.S.

Flux In Ear Pro

If you are agreeable with in-ear headphone cables looped behind your ears, and if you require a delicious neutral audio response without obnoxious and overpowering bass, then save your nickels and dimes and put these new Flux In-Ear Pro Headphones at the top of your wish list. When they arrive, don’t look at them and try to figure out their quirky physical design. Insert them into your left and right ears, as marked, with cables over and behind, and enjoy the best sound for the money we have experienced.

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Did you ever listen to a podcast that you thought was going to go one way but went in another? This one goes in a third, fourth, and possibly tenth direction before never actually settling down. Will Green of the brilliant BritishMac Podcast joins the GMen in a very long, but never drags (not even for a minute) podcast and they talk about…well it’s kinda hard to describe. Go and listen.

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Also don’t forget to send an email or Twitter message to enter to get Donny Yankellow’s books and app!

Guy’s App Pick: Artboard by Mapdiva $29.99
Gaz’s App Pick: Gaz likes System Preferences built into Mac OS X
People’s Pick: Steve McShane likes Flipboard by Flipboard Inc FREE!

Koala Mount for Tablets – Review

On April 9, 2013, in iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, Review, Stand, Tablet, by Curt Blanchard

Koala Mount for Tablets – Review
Manufacturer: Dockem
MSRP: $24.99 (Internet price: $14.99)
Koala Mount


Koala Mounts are inexpensive devices permitting you to hang your iPad or tablet on a wall. Put a pair in your kitchen, your office, or your bedside. The mount consists of two brackets that allow horizontal or vertical mounting of any tablet or phone that is thinner than 20mm. This includes an iPad with its Smart Cover attached.

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Always On – Techfan Podcast #114

On April 5, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discus the closure of LucasArts, the new Facebook phone, april fools jokes, always on video games systems, the third anniversary of the iPad, the Microsoft Surface, and much more.

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C’mon Apple! We want stuff! – MyMac Podcast #451

On April 4, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz and Guy actually have a semi-serious conversation about Apple, Microsoft, Google, and people’s perception of them as enemies. See if you can guess how long the serious part lasted? There’s also a new quick contest in support of fellow MyMac writer Donny Yankello. You can win a copy of his Book or App by sending an email to Guy or Gaz saying you want in. That’s about as hard as it gets. Lot’s of terrific feedback from all of you great listeners and for that we thank you. Hope you had a wonderful Easter

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Kim Jong Un Uses an iMac…what?

Guy’s App PickRobot wants Kitty free, but get the kitty connect app purchase for access to a lot of new levels. Recently updated with new monsters. More fun couldn’t be had this side of a grumpy cat.
Gaz’s App PickBackdrop declutters your screen to concentrate (doesn’t actually declutter) or to clear all those desktop items if your doing a screencast.
People’s Pick: From Ryan Waldon. This is the best calendaring option available for the iPad!Week Calendar HD $2.99

The iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit Meets All Your iOS Connection Needs
Company: IK Multimedia
Price: $59.99 USD for entire kit; individual cables range from $14.99 to $24.99 USD

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IK Multimedia is releasing a new line of 6 high-quality cables today. Aptly named the iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit, the cables provide musicians and audiophiles with nearly every possible cable to connect your iOS devices to speakers, headphones, stereos, amplifiers, or your vehicle. The Italian-made cables feature a level of craftsmanship seldom met by other manufacturers. IK Multimedia coins the kit as the “Swiss Army Knife” of the cable world.

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