TechFan #131 – Retirement and Game Changers

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

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Tim and David return after a two week hiatus to discuss Steve Ballmer retiring from Microsoft and the Nintendo 2DS.

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Ember for Mac – Review

On August 30, 2013, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

 

Ember
Company: Realmac Software
Price: $49.99 in the Mac App Store

 

 

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As a writer here at MyMac and other sites, I am constantly taking screenshots for articles. Normally I take a screenshot and use an app called Sharpshooter to rename it and then I save it right to my desktop. Eventually, my desktop is a screenshot mess. Ember, by Realmac Software, is a screenshot taker/organizer to avoid that desktop mess. Think of it as iPhoto for screenshots.

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OK Gaz is BACK and the tow GMen will NEVER ever take a week off again! Until next week when Guy won’t be here. Never mind great, very eclectic kind of show this week. Guy and Gaz talk about Fiji, Florida, Surfing, new kids on the block at G+, the ways our great listeners think we can improve the show, amongst many topics. Guy finished out his conversation with Erick Diaz (thanks again Erick!) from last week talking about what they think is coming up at Apple’s next event, and so much more!

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Guy’s App PickCoPilot Live Premium HD by ALK Technologies. $14.99 at the iTunes App Store. I use this over both Apple Maps and Google Maps.
Gaz’s App Pick: Popclip from Pilotmoon. $4.99 or £2.99 with a  Free Trial.
People’s Pick: From Paul Bartlett,  iThoughts by toketaware software

 

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You can take this headline one of two ways. Either Apple stock is going to nose dive again, or Apple is going to announce some great products this Fall. Unfortunately, the way Wall Street works, both are probably true.

I expect some really great products from Apple heading into the holiday season, but it probably won’t be enough for Wall Street, who seem to expect Apple to release a new earth shattering product every three years. I don’t think we will see an iWatch or an Apple television set this year. Here’s what I think we will see this Fall.

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Powerocks Magic Cube Universal 6000mAh Extended Battery
Manufacturer: Powerocks
MSRP: $74.99, Amazon $50.48 (purple)
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Power on the Go — Peace of Mind in a sack!

Our inventory of battery operated, USB charged, personal devices grows longer and longer. This situation translates into a greater likelihood of finding one of these running out of power at a critical moment. This could prevent you from keeping the kids entertained on a long trip or from getting that message from your spouse to pick up a gallon of milk on the way home from work.

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MyMac Podcast #470 – Don’t PANIC

On August 21, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz takes off a week so Guy ropes in Erick Diaz, a long time listener and contributor to all things great and wonderful about the MyMac Podcast. They have a great conversation about Apple buying Matcha, what the AppleTV could be like if content providers had brains, and much more!

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Guy’s App Pick: PipeRoll HD by Navigation-Info Kit $1.99
Erick’s App Pick: Archy for the Mac. This app lets you organize, delete, and create documents in Google Drive. FREE!

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Click on the link below to listen to our four-minute interview with Barbie, book artist.

Be patient while the clickable audio page link and actual audio file load.

Handmade Books and Masters Book Arts

Books discussed:

500 Handmade Books

Handmade Books

Masters Book Arts

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Photo Transfer WiFi app
Developer: Simplex Solutions
Price: $2.99 (App Store)
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Transferring photos between your Mac and your various iDevices via iTunes, email, or iCloud is often more complicated than it should be. A new app called Photo Transfer WiFi eases the pain.

Open the Photo Transfer WiFi app on your iPhone, for example, and it will recognize your Wi-Fi network and produce a URL that you enter in your Mac’s browser. Once this link is established, you can drag and drop photos in either direction wirelessly.

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New Portable Battery Chargers from Powerocks, Just Mobile, and Lepow — Nemo Memo Comparison 

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Lepow Moonstone 6000 (comes in several attractive colors)
$70

Just Mobile Gum++ (comes in black, white, and silver)
$90

Powerocks Stone 3 (white only)
$100

Portable USB battery chargers are getting smaller, smarter, and better looking. Everyone needs at least one when you are away from AC or USB power sources, and when the power grid in inaccessible.

Lepow’s 6000mAh Moonstone is gorgeous, priced to sell, and has both a standard and a quick charge output port. Just Mobile’s 6000mAh Gum++ is tiny, with one output. Powerocks’ 7800mAh Stone 3 has a very clever power status indicator, plus two ports each capable of sending power to an iPad. Which one should you buy, and why?

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Three New Wireless Media Sharing Units — Nemo Memo Comparison

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Macally WIFISD
$80

IOGEAR MediaShair
$100

Kanex meDrive
$80

How low can you go? Does it make sense to save money and purchase a low-capacity iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, then extend its capacity using a wireless remote storage solution? With fast and cheap flash drives and USB external drives available, is it preferable to be thrifty when buying iOS hardware, and extravagant when considering the new types of remote and wireless personal file servers that are being released monthly?

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NX-ECO Battery-Free Wireless Notebook Mouse—Review

On August 19, 2013, in Mouse, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

NX-ECO Battery-Free Wireless Notebook Mouse
Company: Genius
Price: $39.99

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I find it easier to use a mouse with my laptop rather than use the trackpad. I’ve tried a few different mice over the years with varying degrees of success. I was excited to try the NX-ECO Battery-Free Wireless Notebook Mouse, mostly because I wouldn’t have to worry about having spare batteries on hand. Was my excitement justified? Read on.

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HP Laserjet Pro MFP M521dn – Review

On August 16, 2013, in printer, Review, by Vicki Stokes

HP Laserjet Pro MFP M521dn
Company: HP
Price: $899.99

The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M521dn  is a high-end home office laser printer. The printer features duplex printing, ePrint, automatic document feeder, as well as, the typical multiple function features, fax, copy, and scan. Additional features include touch screen access to business apps and HP ePrint. HP ePrint allows printing by sending an email attached document to the printer’s email address. It should be noted that this model prints black only.

 

 

HP Laserjet Pro MFP M521dn

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Allaire ARIS Speaker System
Aperion Audio
$334 with Bluetooth adapter

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Aperion Audio hits another home run with its innovative Allaire ARIS powerful one-piece speaker. The well-designed physical unit is heavy and loud, and the sound quality is impressive. If you have been shopping for a premium plug-in speaker that works either with an audio cable or Bluetooth wireless connection, stop looking and start listening to ARIS.

ARIS is not battery powered, there is no remote control unit, and no wireless audio capability is built-in. You will need to plug ARIS into an AC outlet. With the optional and modestly priced Avantree Roxa Bluetooth Music Receiver,  your audio source can be anywhere within an enormous range of ARIS and perform at top quality using iOS or other device’s Bluetooth signal.

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MyMac Podcast #469: This podcast sponsored by…

On August 15, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Hoo HAH! A longer than usual podcast which is great for some of you and not great for others. Sorry or congratulations are in order for either one reason or the other. However it is just smack dab filled with Gaz and Guy shenanigans and tomfoolery. We talk about Google adding ads to their Map application in iOS because apparently that’s what they think people want and what Guy and Gaz are looking forward to in OS X Mavericks when Apple releases it.

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Guy’s App Pick: Apple’s very own Messages program. Sure it has it’s quirks, but it’s relatively easy to use and serves across a variety of other chat services. If you have an AIM account you can do screen sharing easily. It’s what I typically use to help out a few friends online like my Brother Bill where we’ve collaborated on his website using SandVox
Gaz’s App PickBento is going Long live creating your own Database ;)
Ouistee AE Database Editor
People’s Pick: Peter Bird suggests Dialogue by Emiel Jansen $6.99 at the Mac App Store. This app connects your iPhone to your Mac over BlueTooth and then you can make calls from your Mac.

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Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers – A professional image editor’s guide
by Martin Evening
Focal Press
ISBN 978-0-415-71175-3,  792 pages
$55 US, £30 UK

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There is Martin Evening and there is everyone else when it comes to learning and understanding the professional version of Adobe Photoshop. From his 16 page detailed table of contents to his 17 page equally detailed index, Martin provides everything essential for newcomers and experienced users of Adobe’s new CC photo enhancement software.

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TechFan #130 – Android vs Windows

On August 9, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Forget Apple, is Android the biggest problem for Windows? Tim and David go an hour discussing the future of Android and Windows. Will we see a serious push from Android on laptops, and what would that mean to the future of Windows? Do people still want Window laptops? Do people want Android laptops? We go behind the numbers, and look to the future with varying degrees of agreement and disagreement. A fast, opinionated show.

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Antec 4 Port USB Charging Station – Review

On August 9, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Antec 4 Port USB Charging Station
Company: Antec Mobile Products
Price: $29.99 on We Love Macs. Available soon on Amazon.

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Many of us have multiple electronic devices that need daily charging: iPhone, iPad, Kindle, spare batteries, and the like. Who wants to have these devices charging in different areas of the house? The Antec 4 Port USB Charging Station solves this dilemma nicely.

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Guest review by Sarah Hazelrigg

Kensington Keyfolio Keyboard Case
REVIEWED: Bluetooth keyboard for iPad mini
Other models also available are compatible with full size iPads

Hazelrigg iPad mini Kensington

This Bluetooth keyboard case is very easy to set-up right out of the box. The iPad slides into a windowed sleeve on one side and is held in place by a flap. The outer shell protects the iPad mini nicely with a thin but hard scratch resistant synthetic leather surface. In the three weeks I’ve used the Kensington Keyfolio Keyboard Case for iPad mini, and I used it pretty roughly, surprisingly it did not get any scuffs. One of the keys did break off the keypad.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Company: Adobe
MSRP:  $149, upgrade $79

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
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A First Look by a Lightroom Novice

My earliest copy of Photoshop (version 3) was bundled with a SCSI scanner purchased many years ago. During the ensuing years I have had many versions of Photoshop and almost as many image archiving schemes. Most recently I have been using iPhoto for casual family snapshots and a file and folder based strategy for my commercial and fine art images. I have been using Adobe Bridge to access these images. For the past couple of years I have been telling myself to give Adobe Photoshop Lightroom a try as it would seem to offer a blend of the most positive aspects of Bridge and iPhoto with enough of the power of Photoshop to handle much of the day to day image manipulation.

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TechFan #129 – MAME, ROMS, and Crappy Products

On August 2, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss KickStarter, disappointing products, the legality of ROMS, Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600, Wii breakage, more on Pacific Rim, Wolverine, and some television shows David MUST  watch.

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