Losing Innovation – TechFan Podcast #135

On September 28, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Is the Tech sector loosing innovation? Tim and David discuss that on this episode of the TechFan Podcast.

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MyMac Podcast 475: iOS 7, NOT quite a bit of heaven

On September 25, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

It seems both GMen are getting new iPhones. Guy will be seeing his probably sooner than Gaz due to Apple’s unofficial US first policy. Gaz has a tale of woe about Apple’s AppleTV update which seems to have disappeared. They talk about some of their likes and dislikes about iOS 7 and if you like the after show stuff, you’ll LOVE this episode! Big thanks to all our G+ fans for all their contributions.

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Guy’s Pick: Storyist by Storyist Software $59 download, $79 for boxed copy. Companion iOS app $9.99 for Mac and for iOS
Gaz’s App Pick: LibreOffice is an offshoot from the old OpenOffice.org application suite, now renamed Apache OpenOffice.
People’s Pick: From Karl Madden -:- Stickman Downhill for IOS £0.69 ($0.99 Guess)
Possible People Pick? There are games and then there are GAMES that suck away hours of your life! Stickman Downhill is a simple premise, just control your little guy on the bike as he powers down various hillsides while jumping over gaping gaps and petrifying plummets. It might not be the most original game but it’s darn addictive and highly entertaining.

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Mirrorless Mover i30 Camera Bag Review

On September 25, 2013, in Camera, iPad, by Russ Walkowich

Mirrorless Mover i30 Camera Bag
Company: ThinkTank Photo
Price: $69.75 USD


A long time ago, when I first became interested in photography, there was a lot to carry around if you were really interested in doing things the right way. You had your camera, the flash attachment, spare canisters of film, filters, lenses, more film and even a tripod to set your camera up on. Oh, and let’s not forget the camera bag itself which was about the size of a small foot rest (15”x8”x11”), made of leather or faux leather and weighing a ton when all was said and done.

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TechFan Podcast #134 – Owen Rubin and iPhone 5s

On September 21, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Owen Rubin joins Tim Robertson this week to talk about the Penguin Browser, iOS 7, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, Robot wants Kitty, GTA 5, and much more.

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There are three ways product reviewers respond to all the gadgets and gizmos we receive: dislike and send them back promptly, use them for a while but not long-term, or keep them forever even if it means parting with hardly-earned cash. The new and favorite items discussed below can be proud to be in the latter group.

Apotop AP-U2 32GB USB2 External Storage Tiny Drive — available in five colors
Price: $40 Internet price


As I write this article, Apotop’s exceptional new AP-U2 barely-external flash drive is inserted into one of my MacBook Pro’s USB ports. I am copying my entire 21.4 Music Folder from my Home Folder onto the remarkably small AP-U2, with its 32GB capacity.

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Balanced – Get More Out of Life – Review

On September 19, 2013, in iOS, Review, by Peter Nikolaidis

Balanced – Get more out of life

Price: Free
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For the last few weeks, I’ve been playing with a new iOS app called Balanced – Get more out of life. Balanced is good for reminding you to perform recurring tasks, but it is not a traditional “todo” list. You would not, for instance, put a reminder to “buy milk,” or do something that is time-sensitive into Balanced — it’s for recurring tasks that you want to accomplish. Balanced seeks to help you keep your life in balance, and rewards you for doing so with some motivational feedback.

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MyMac Podcast #474 – 2 Phones…1 OS

On September 18, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

It’s almost all about the new phones. Guy doesn’t necessarily want one as his 4S is still working well, but ropes his son into the equation so he (sigh) has no choice. Gaz wants one now because of the better camera but ALSO wants a new iPad Mini that he has no choice about either because his family is always (sigh) on the full sized one. What are GMen to do except just bite the bullet and (sigh) go ahead and buy new iPhones. Because they really have no choice as was reasoned above.

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Guy’s Pick: Art Text by Belight software. Easy to use layer based art program. $19.99 on the Mac App Store
Gaz’s App Pick: With Spider in da house, spiders spiders are everywhere, well in the UK anyway. Download this App and help a survey :)
People’s Pick: No People’s Pick this week…sigh

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Corel Painter X3 – Review

On September 16, 2013, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

Corel Painter X3
Company: Corel
Price: $429 new $229 upgrade

About every two years Corel releases a new version of Painter, their fantastic natural media program for artists. I’ve been fortunate enough to review the last few releases and each time I have been happy to say the wait was worth it. Once again Corel has released a new version of Painter- X3, and I once again I can say the wait was worth it. I’m also happy to say they have decided to stay away from the subscription bandwagon for this release.

Painter X3 is packed with new features that make Painter better, easier to use, and makes the life of a digital artist even easier. In fact, there are  too many to cover in this article. I’ll just cover some of my favorite new features.

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Think Tank Photo — Two Very Different Recommended Camera Bags


Sling-o-Matic 10 Sling Camera Bag

Price: $137.75



Airport Takeoff Rolling Camera Bag

Price: $349.75

If you want a bulletproof camera bag, either of these exceptional products from Think Tank Photo will serve you well. There are major functional differences between the two, but the build quality for both is remarkable for the strength of the materials used and the thought that went into the designs.

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TechFan #133 – It’s The Pictures

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

While the new iPhones look cool, David and Tim look deeper and find the really important takeaway from the announcement. Plus, David spends time in the electronic isles that is Hong Kong, and Tim gets a new SSD in his iMac.

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ZAGGkeys PROfolio+ Keyboard Case Review

On September 13, 2013, in Review, by Nick Rodriguez

ZAGGkey PROfolio_ Keyboard Case
Company: Zagg
Price: $129.99

This review, was written on the Zagg Keys Profolio+

Let me start by saying that I am usually against these keyboard cases. In my mind and in Apples the iPad is the first post PC computer. Post PC means that having a keyboard and mouse attached to your device is no longer a must. When you put your iPad into a keyboard case like this, you are not using the most elegant solution. Not to mention these things usually have a cheap keyboard parts that really don’t work well. Lets see if Zagg can change this.


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Logitech UE Mobile Boombox – Review

On September 12, 2013, in Review, by Nick Rodriguez

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox
Company: Logitech
Price: $99.99

The mobile Bluetooth boombox product category is really popular as of late. I totally understand why. How awesome is it to be able to bring a small, portable device with you and get some great sound out of it to listen to some of your favorite tunes. No doubt the Jawbone Jambox is the king of this product category, but it is a bit pricy, and there is a ton of competition out there. Let take a look at what Logitech has to offer.


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MyMac Podcast 473: Brightening Everyone’s Day

On September 10, 2013, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

The GMen are back and just before an Apple event that will no doubt delight and astound us all! Or maybe it’ll just be a phone or two. Anyway Gaz and Guy have a good time catching up on Guy’s Florida trip and his attempts as pitiful as they were at surfing. They look at some issues of the day and continuously get sidetracked away from what they started talking about. In other words, just as it ever was!

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Guy’s Pick: The Google+ app for keeping up with all you do on G+. Free
Gaz’s App Pick: Delectable Wine Free. 17 year old + rating
People’s Pick: From Gary Apter If it hasn’t been mentioned previously, I recommend Bubble Fever for iOS. The warning is that I’m finding it totally addictive – so user beware! I think it is free and I haven’t been tempted for in-app purchases…

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Seagate Central Shared Storage Device – Review

On September 10, 2013, in NAS, Review, by Larry Grinnell

Seagate Central Shared Storage Device
Manufacturer: Seagate
MSRP: $169 (2 TB), $229 (4 TB), available at discount pricing online.
Seagate Central

As reported on this site in some of my reviews over the last few years, I’m a huge fan of NAS (Network Attached Storage) technology. At present, I own a large RAID 5 NAS, with a slave unit to back up the first unit. Why? I have this much storage to support my media server. All my movies, TV shows, music, etc., are stored on my NAS, and its manufacturer keeps adding interesting new tools to keep their devices up to date, such as cloud support (the buzzword du jour), making it easy to connect to my NAS from anywhere in the world.

central-right-500pxBut wait a minute! This review is all about the Seagate® Central. For under $170.00 for the 2 TB model and under $230.00 for the 4 TB model, it’s competitive with any number of NAS devices. One thing they don’t have, however, is the killer brand of Seagate. Seagate has been around for a long time, because they make superior products and because they’re quick to innovate with appropriate new technology, and they back their products up. My experiences with Seagate go back to my first office PC (sorry, Mac users…) that had a Seagate ST-225 20 megabyte (yes, megabyte) hard drive. It was built like a tank and never failed me. But I digress…

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Musemini DBoom Speaker – Review

On September 9, 2013, in Audio, Battery, Bluetooth, Music, Review, Speakers, by Curt Blanchard

Musemini DBoom speaker
Manufacturer: Musemini
MSRP: $129.99
Musemini DBoom

Wireless Bluetooth speakers have proliferated to the point where they have become an entire category unto themselves. There are literally hundreds of styles available currently. They vary widely in price and quality. Let’s look at one that sounds terrific and is priced accordingly—Musemini’s new DBoom.


At seven inches wide, the DBoom is midway between a pocketable and a tabletop size speaker. The room-filling sound quality, however, is much bigger than either. The larger physical size allows Musemini to include a pair of high quality drivers and passive sub-woofers that really put the boom in DBoom. The unit has a huge dynamic range with six watts of stereo power from two upward-firing speakers. Volume levels can reach an astonishing, distortion-free 95db. The upper and lower ends of the sound spectrum stay evenly balanced from soft volume levels all the way up to seriously loud ones.

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TechFan #132 – Exotic Locations

On September 7, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Want a chance to win a $25 iTunes Gift card? Listen to this episode of TechFan to find out how! Microsoft buys part of Nokia and SamSung releases the Galaxy Gear, plus your feedback, all on this week’s episode of TechFan Podcast.

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Woodchuck Adventure Case for iPhone 5 – Review

On September 6, 2013, in Cases, iPhone, iPhone Cases, by Curt Blanchard

Personalized Adventure Case for iPhone 5
Company: Woodchuck Case
MSRP: $49.00 (plus $20 if laser engraved)
Woodchuck Cases

When it comes walking around with an iPhone, many friends and acquaintances prefer to go commando, but I always have a case on my iPhone. I want to protect my investment but I also want a slightly grippy case that is easy to grab out of my pocket and secure to hold. Cases are made in all kinds of materials from silicone (gummy) to aluminum (slippery), but have you ever considered wood? The folks at Woodchuck have.


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Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad
Company: Kensington
Model K39785US
Works with iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4
Price: $79.99 MSRP, less on Amazon and other online stores


I have an iPad 4 that lives in a Kensington KeyFolio with Bluetooth Keyboard that I absolutely love. But, it can be bulky at times, especially when traveling. When the opportunity arose for me to review the Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad I grabbed it.

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I-Sight Dual Light – Review

On September 4, 2013, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

I-Sight Dual Ear Light
Manufacturer: RadTech
MSRP: $14.95
I-Sight Dual

RadTech’s new Personal Illuminator slides comfortably over your ear and contains two very bright lens-focused LEDs for use in the dark: white for general purpose work and green to maintain your night-vision. This model is called the I-Sight Dual. A single light version is also available.


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MyMac Podcast #472: iPhoto Vs Aperture or A N Other

On September 3, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Guy is in Florida and Gaz is joined by Bart Busschots, the normal items remain with lots of G+ chat and a few MyMac articles discussed. There’s a middle section where we have a chat about moving from iPhoto to Aperture or maybe another programme. Now will Guy be back next week who’s knows maybe he’ll come back with a tan and pictures of him standing on a board.

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Guy’s Pick: No pick as he’s away.
Gaz’s PickiTunes Festival especially the App on the Apple TV
Bart’s PickOmni Graffle – need to create diagrams?
People’s Pick: From Clive Hammett (TruckTrekker) DeskConnect

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