MyMac Podcast #468: General Mishmash

On July 31, 2013, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Gaz is off this week, so Guy roped in…I mean got Paul Shadwell to volunteer to step up to the microphone. Lot’s of diverse topics including different ways to use your AppleTV, a bigger iPad, the iWork/iCloud beta, and the distinct possibility that Gaz’s Wombles song almost killed John Nemo! Also using a network attached storage device to create your own personal cloud and Hogs are motorcycles.

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Guy’s App Pick: WD 2go by Western Digital Free at the iOS App Store
Paul’s App Pick: GolfSense App
GolfSense Products
Pauls’ Podcast and website

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TechFan #128 – Roger Hector – Seriously?!

On July 26, 2013, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss Pacific Rim, the business of hollywood films, feedback about Android, and a special interview with video game pioneer Roger Hector to discuss Seriously?!

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Seriously?! on KickStarter

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MyMac Podcast 468..I mean 467: Uncle GMen’s Holiday Camp!

On July 24, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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OK, we said 468 a bunch of times but it’s really 467. Blame it on the heat, us being tired, really ANYWHERE other than us personally. Lot’s of good stuff in this show. We go over the tech we bring on holiday, switching to a new ISP, when NOT to use PhotoStream, and much, much more!

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Guy’s App Pick: Tiny Troopers by Chillango. $2.99
Gaz’s App Pick: VideoStar FREE!
People’s Pick: Levelator picked by Dorothy Yamamoto. It’s from The Conversations Network

 

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foxLv2 Platinum Bluetooth Speaker
Manufacturer: Soundmatters
MSRP: $279.00 (Internet price: $229.00)
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“Big sound from a small Bluetooth speaker!” It’s a claim made by countless manufacturers. Most of their products fail to live up to their claim while others try hard, but the results are usually disappointing. Soundmatters has beat them all with the foxLv2 Platinum Bluetooth Speaker.

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Crayola Light Marker – Review

On July 23, 2013, in Apps, Features, iPad, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Crayola Light Marker
Company: Griffin Technology
Price: $29.99

 

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For a while now Griffin and Crayola have been teaming up on iOS accessories from apps to cases to interactive drawing accessories. The Light Marker is one of these interactive accessories. It is a “marker” for the iPad that interacts with your iPad through the front facing camera and a specific Crayola app available for free in the App Store.

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TechFan Podcast #127 – OUYA

On July 19, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David returns to chat with Tim about Android, Office 365, Outlook, problems with iOS and email, digital currency mining, and Tim’s new OUYA.

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MyMac Podcast 466: Just how FABulous is Apple?

On July 16, 2013, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Apple needs to step it up because the GMen have actually starting talking about serious tech issues and we’ll have none of THAT thank you very much. It looks like Apple may be weaning themselves off of Samsung for parts, but just how serious are they? Step one MAY be getting someone other than you know who to make their special processors.

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Guy’s App Pick: DeTune from Headlightsoft. FREE!
Gaz’s App Pick: 5 years of the App Store Apps FREE!

People’s Pick: No People’s pick this week (sad face)

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Zagg Sparq 6000 – Review

On July 16, 2013, in Battery Packs, Review, by Nick Rodriguez

Zagg Sparq
Company: Zagg, Inc.
Price: $69.99

Man, if only I could get my iPhone to last just a couple of hours more. There are cases for iPhone and other smartphones that will keep your devices lasting much longer than they usually do. But, if you’re like me you usually carry more than one device that could use a little more juice to get you through the day. For example in my bag I’ve got two phones, a kindle, an iPad, PS Vita, and Bluetooth headphones. All these things need power, and while some of them are less crucial to getting through the day, it would be nice to have everything powered. Enter the Zagg Sparq.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Zagg for a while. The only protection I keep on my iPhone and iPad is the Zagg Invisible Shield on front and back. I’ve always been really happy with them, so I was not hesitant to pick up another product from the company. The model I purchased is the 6000 mAh version. It is their top of the line battery pack claiming 4 iPhone charges before you’d have to recharge it. They also offer a 1220 mAh and 3100mAh version that will give you 1 and 2 charges respectively. I went for top of the line mainly because this is the only one that has two USB ports and has the ability to charge the iPad and iPhone at the same time. Which is a huge plus for someone who travels as much as I do.

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The Photoshop Darkroom, Creative Digital Post-Processing
by Harold and Phyllis Davis
Focal Press
Price: $39.95

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The Photoshop Darkroom 2, Creative Digital Transformations
by Harold and Phyllis Davis
Focal Press
Price: $39.95

Published roughly two years apart, these companion books are the equivalent of a one semester crash course in Photoshop. Both books are lavishly illustrated on quality stock. Both provide step-by-step instructions for achieving a wide range of effects in Photoshop. The tutorials do not cover everything there is to know in Photoshop. The focus appears to be a mix of simple tasks, like moving images from the camera to the computer, to the more complex, such as using LAB channel adjustments to change colors.

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TechFan #126 – Samsung Galaxy Ring

On July 13, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson goes Han Solo to discuss the Samsung Galaxy Ring from Virgin Mobile, and a quick peek at the Kodak ScanMate i940M Scanner for Macintosh.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 – Review

On July 10, 2013, in Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Price: $149 US, upgrade $79 US
Company: Adobe

Adobe just released the new version of its photo management and editing software, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. The software comes with many improvements to help photographers in their work. In this review we will explore them so you can judge if the upgrade is worth it.

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MyMac Podcast 465: Playing Devil’s Advocate

On July 9, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz and Guy are back on the job and this show proves it. So much craziness it almost can’t be contained. Guy doesn’t want to hear about the iWatch, but is interested in a possible less expensive iPhone. Gaz thinks he’s nuts but no real big change there. Out great G+ Community people gives us lots to work with too and of course all the usual of what you might expect from a G&G MyMac Postcast.

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Guy’s App Pick: MPEG Steamclip from Squared 5 software.
Gaz’s App Pick: iStopmotion3 for the Mac
People’s Pick: From Karl Madden we get Photoful from Photosocial LLC, an albums & instant camera roll organization

Blazing a New Trail with the Blazer

On July 9, 2013, in Bag, Cases, Review, by Rich Lefko

STM blazer sleeve
Company:  STM.com
Price: Available from ebags.com: $40 with Free Shipping

Here at MyMac.com you can be sure you’ll get solid information and insight on the usefulness and quality of all sorts of items for your Apple gear. When it comes to carrying your 13” MacBook Pro/MacBook Air there are only 4,000,000 or 5,000,000 bags out there to choose from. Instead of spending hours of time searching through a dizzying array of websites looking for that perfect bag, read about the hours we spent searching for that perfect bag so you don’t have to.

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Today I want to tell you about the blazer from STM.

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Apotop Wi-Reader DW09 – Review

On July 8, 2013, in Features, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Apotop Wi-Reader DW09
Company: Carry Technology
Price: $79.99 on newegg.com. Curiously, not available on Carry Technology web site, or anywhere else I could find.
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The Apotop Wi-Reader DW09 is a portable wireless reader/router that can help with iDevice storage capacity. It uses either USB flash drives or SD/SDHC/SDXC cards in FAT/FAT32/NFTS/exFAT file formats to transfer data to and from iPads or iPhones. No computer is needed. Think of it as your own personal storage cloud.

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In-App Podcasting – TechFan #125

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

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Tim and David discuss more in-app purchasing after feedback from Owen Rubin. Also discussed, Windows Phone 8, Doug Engelbart, and more.

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Guy is Tanned, Rested, and Ready! – MyMac Podcast #464

On July 2, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy is back from Florida a little early so was able to get the wherewithal to do a podcast. Gaz however is still exhausted from last week’s show with Will Green so wasn’t able to be here. Bart Busschotts from too many podcasts to list (OK we COULD list them but few people read these notes) agreed to fill in and the result was not only a very fun podcast, but the LONGEST after-show recordings we’ve ever done. We talked about how Mavvericks won’t mean the end for some well known and vital software, lots of off-topic tangents (surprise), and how to get out of a speeding ticket in Tel Aviv.

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Guy’s App Pick: Store News by Christian Kienle Free at the Mac App Store
Gaz’s App Pick: None, but Guy didn’t leave a pick for last week so Gaz is entitled…so there!
Bart’s Pick: Sequel Pro – a donationware OS X MySQL client
People’s Pick: None this week

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Magicstick Powerbank 2800
Model number: PS-PR-1A
Manufacturer: Powerocks
MSRP: $49.95
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Ever been on a long plane trip and reluctantly felt you had to turn off your iDevice to conserve your battery? There are several iPhone cases with built-in batteries available but they are expensive and add bulk to your phone. Powerocks now offers an attractive alternative: Magicstick.

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Commando Screen Protector – Review

On July 1, 2013, in iPhone Cases, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Commando Screen Protector
Designed for iPhone 5
Lifeworks
$29.99

Commando is a military grade screen protector. The product consists of a polyurethane film, a durable material developed for military use. The original use was in protecting helicopter rotor blades from abrasive desert sand. The You Tube video demonstrating the ability of an iPhone protected by Commando  to withstand the impact of a hammer and scratches from nails is dramatic. A quick review of customer comments revealed many testimonials of how going Commando is the best method to protect an uncased iPhone.

 

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The Commando screen protector has four layers of protection: scratch resistant, shock dissipation function, shock absorption, and silicon adhesion. The scratch resistant property includes a self healing capability.  Surface scratches on the screen protector miraculously disappears. Shock dissipation and shock absorption protect the phone from regular daily impact. Hence, the limited lifetime warranty which includes a disclaimer that the screen protector is not indestructible. Drops from less than tested heights on non-smooth surfaces may lead to a damaged phone.

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