Chalk Ink Wet Wipe Markers – Review

On July 13, 2016, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

Wet Wipe Markers
Chalk Ink
Price: Varies by pack

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In my over ten years at MyMac I have reviewed a variety of items. Whenever possible I try to review art related items like drawing tablets, painting apps, and similar creative stuff. When John Nemo, the MyMac reviews editor, asked me to review Chalk Ink Markers I thought why not? It isn’t tech specific, but it is related to my field of expertise. Plus, maybe someone has a tech business that is looking into having hand made signs.

Chalk markers are very popular these days. You see them used a lot at coffee shops and food stores on signage. They are suppose to be easy to clean off and look like paint, making it a great option compared to real chalk. I actually use them in my classroom for things I need on a chalkboard for a length of time. However, the ones I used this past year did not work very good and were difficult to use drawing on a vertical surface. I was anxious to see how the Chalk Ink markers worked.

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k5-jkt. by kiger — Premium Hooded Sweatshirt Jacket — Nemo Memo

$125 preview pricing

Editor’s note: This article is an update from our original posting in February, 2016, with an updated link plus photo and reference to an excellent article about the designer.

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k5-jkt. by kiger is the best hooded sweatshirt I have ever worn and used. It’s warm, comfortable, versatile, attractive, and unique in several ways. The sweatshirt fabric is thick and cozy. Construction is robust. Pockets are well-placed for both techie and traditional hoodie purposes, including extra-deep hand warmer pockets and a secret iPad mini pocket on the interior, in addition to iPhone and iPod pockets.

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 Symmetry Series Folio for iPad Mini 4
Company: OtterBox
Price: $59.95
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I recently had the opportunity to evaluate and review the Symmetry Series Folio for iPad Mini 4 from OtterBox. This is a protective, wrap-around folio style case. In keeping with their reputation, the case is not one of the slimmest you can get, but definitely offers a lot in the way of protection.
Installation is simple, but took me several seconds to get all of the corners tucked in properly. This was comforting, as I knew that, once snugly inside, my iPad was not coming out by accident.

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Eltima FlexiHub – Review

On July 11, 2016, in Macintosh, printer, Review, Windows, Wireless, by Jason Kube

FlexiHub
Flexihub
Price: $6.59/month Basic; $16.59/month Professional.

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Where has FlexiHub been all my life? This service is what has been missing from Windows forever: The ability to share between two USB or serial devices with three PCs, Macs, or Linux boxes (basic) and 10 devices and 20 nodes (professional).

Sharing my wife’s printer between my PC (Windows 7) and hers (windows 8.1) has been dreadful. I am not sure if this is everyone’s experience but it sure was mine. Using the printer for work I would just hook it directly to my PC and print paperwork from there. After moving houses, I have switched to my laptop for most of my work and also have upgraded to Windows 10 on the laptop and my wife’s PC. Even though everything looks okay, such as same network and same workgroup, I am still having problems reaching this printer.

Well no longer. All I have to do is have FlexiHub running on both PCs and voila — instant shared printer. I have not tried to attach any serial devices due to this being 2016 and neither of the PCs involved have any legacy ports.

I have used this to print from school to home and from my kitchen to my wife’s PC in the study area. Without hesitation I would continue to use this product and share USB ports across the Internet. The only minor criticism is you do need to subscribe and pay monthly but I can still award FlexiHub a 9 out of 10 MyMac.com review rating.

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MyMac Podcast 613: Macstock 2016 Preview

On July 11, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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No Gaz as he’s watching race cars go around in circles. However Guy soldiers on alone in the 1st and 3rd segment but has Mike Potter the creator of the Macstock Expo to talk about all the great speakers and fun coming up in just 5 days. Be there or be sorry you weren’t there.

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Guy’s App Pick: Deathspank in the Mac App Store. Silly fun for the sword swinger in all of us. $3.99
People’s Pick: Erick Diaz (Macnaticopr) Prisma, it’s a free app that turns your photos into art. Awesome. Prisma – Art Filters and Photo Effects for Images, Picture Editor for Instagram by Prisma labs, inc. Prisma – Art Filters and Photo Effects for Images, Picture Editor for Instagram

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TechFan #261 – Galloping Podcast

On July 9, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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A shorter episode as David and Tim prepare for Macstock Expo next weekend! Also, we will be at the Galloping Ghost Arcade at 1PM on Friday, July 15th, for anyone who would like to come. Hackintosh, geek culture, more on the Sony Xperia Xa phone, and more on this episode.

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SponsorMacSales – Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display

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1More Single Driver In-Ear Headphones
Company: 1More
Price: $29.99 USD

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Like most of us, I’ve owned a heck of a lot of headphones in my life, so for me to find a pair that grabs and holds my attention is a big deal. I’m also reluctant to drop several hundred of my hard-earned dollars on a pair of headphones. I was very happy to see that 1More’s Single-Driver In-Ear Headphones fits those criteria in a big way.

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Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Pierre Bernard from Houdah Software


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Kanex MultiSync Mini Bluetooth Keyboard
Manufacturer: Kanex
MSRP: $50  (Internet: $43)

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The Kanex MultiSync Mini Keyboard is thin, lightweight, and portable. It can be paired with up to four devices simultaneously via Bluetooth 3.0. It’s the same size as the Apple wireless keyboard but even lighter in weight — a mere 12 ounces (340g). It is also thinner — only about 1/8 inch (3.2mm) at the front edge.

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MyMac Podcast 612: David Coulthard’s Jaw

On July 5, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Mark Chappell of the Essential Apple Podcast joins Gaz and Guy for a little more than a hour of confusion. This may be the first time they’ve actually recorded more “not in the show” than “show”! They go all over the map about Siri on the Mac, on the iPhone, and on the AppleTV. Fun, fun!

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Guy’s App Pick: iTube Studio from iSkysoft. $29.00 lifetime license. Free trial available.
Gaz’s App Pick: Still use for photo’s (not to write comics) and I still like this App, ComicLife, a different way to put a photo set together. £22.99 or there is an upgrade price £17.50 if you have a previous version, but that’s from the website only, but they do give you a multiple users option
Mark’s App Pick: Workflow $2.99 £2.29

 

TechFan #260 – Not Professional

On July 2, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tons of feedback this week, which makes Tim and David very happy! Also,
Freebooksy, Sony Xperia Xa, Motorola Verve Ones, Social Media proposal by the US Customs and Border Protection, Evernote, Disney cancelling Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, and The Essential Apple Podcast.

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Sponsor: OWC USB-C Dock

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Social media accounts subject to inspection
Evernote Announces Price Hikes
Apple granted patent for way to stop iPhones from taking photos at concerts or sensitive locations
‘Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions’ Pulled from App Store

NEC MultiSync E245WMi 24” Widescreen Monitor
Manufacturer: NEC
MSRP: $319

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To paraphrase an old adage: One cannot be too rich, too thin, or have too much screen real estate. This is especially true for me when working in multiple applications with many windows and tool palettes. The benefits of working with a second monitor became apparent as soon as the NEC 24” Widescreen Monitor came to life when connected to my MacBook Pro.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Ken Winograd from TinyBooks Pro

On June 29, 2016, in Spotlight, by Tim Robertson

Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Ken Winograd from TinyBooks Pro
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Kensington Presenter Expert – Review

On June 28, 2016, in Mouse, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Presenter Expert
Company: Kensington
$59.99 (red laser model) $79.99 (green laser model)
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If you give a lot of presentations on your computer the last thing you want to do is have to flip through slides using the arrow keys on the keyboard. Wouldn’t it be better the have something that can allow you to stand away from the computer and wirelessly switch through the presentation? The Presenter Expert by Kensington might just be the tool you are looking for.

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MyMac Podcast 611: Update Upgrade

On June 27, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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The old question pops up again. Is it better to update your Mac for a new (or newer) one or upgrade your existing one? Apple seems to be making that choice easier these days but in an odd way. Many Macs just simply can’t be upgraded at all. The Gmen talk about this serious question, but in their own way. So that means the question remains.

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TechFan #259 – Brexit

On June 25, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David Cohen joins Tim Robertson to discuss his absence, Brexit, gadgets, storage, and much more.

This episode is sponsored by Macsales.com

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Vimtag P1 Smart Cloud IP Camera
Company: Vimtag
Price: $129.95

Vimtag Smart Camera P1 Series is a 720P smart cloud camera with remote control and two-way audio for home security and monitoring. The camera can connect to WiFi directly without using a computer. It provides audio video application services which include real-time monitoring and recording storage meeting the consumer needs for monitoring elder, babies, pets and home security. The easy installation taking only minutes to complete and provided high definition video via tablet, smartphone, or computer from anywhere.

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Atelier iPad Gear Case for iPad Pro 9.7″- Review
Manufacturer: WaterField Designs
MSRP: $69

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When I purchased my Apple Pencil to use with the new iPad Pro 9.7″, I was apprehensive about losing not only the Pencil, but the extra Pencil tip and the small Lightening port adaptor. Apple Inc., doesn’t offer any viable storage solution to keep all of the Apple Pencil and the new iPad Pro accessories in one safe place. Enter WaterField Designs; a San Francisco company that designs and manufactures stylish cases, sleeves, and bags for tech devices. Their Atelier iPad Gear Case is the perfect answer to keep your iPad Pro 9.7″ and Apple Pencil accessories in one handy place.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Josh Laase from Desktop Intercom

On June 22, 2016, in Spotlight, by Tim Robertson

Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Josh Laase from Desktop Intercom
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OWC Aura SSD
Company: Other World Computing
Pricing:
480GB SSD alone – $347.99 USD
480GB Upgrade Kit – $399.00 USD
1.0TB SSD alone – $594.99 USD
1.0TB Upgrade Kit – $649.00 USD (Reviewed below)

Aura Envoy

I have owned a Mid 2013 13” MacBook Air (MBA) since 2014. I bought the MacBook Air for several reasons. I needed something light to carry since I also lug around a MacBook Pro issued to me from the company where I work. While I have a Mac Pro at home (Cheese grater version) I needed something portable so I could update my website while mobile, and quite frankly, something that would get me out of the home office. I do love working from my back porch during the summer.

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