Gaming on the new generation iPads

On November 1, 2014, in iPad, by MyMac

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On October 16, 2014, Apple fans all around the world braced themselves for the latest news and upgrades to be launched from Apple HQ in Cupertino. The reasons for this media event, which would include a keynote speech by CEO Tim Cook, were kept under wraps till the very last minute. But everyone, and his neighbour, knew that new generation iPads were just around the corner.

The rumours were finally confirmed when Cook unveiled the newer versions of the iPad Air and iPad Mini. These sleek and powerful tablets have particularly caught the eyes of Apple gamers, who are among the first users to upgrade to the latest models available and benefit from the best tablet gaming experience possible.

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How the iPad is Still Revolutionizing Business

On November 1, 2014, in Features, by MyMac

Have you ever stopped to think about how many times during your life things have drastically changed? Not the kind of change you experience when moving or when there’s a birth or death in your family, but the kind of change that affects you, your family, your friends, your work, and everyone else you know. These changes, like those created by technologies like cell phones, the Internet, and more recently tablets, affect all aspects of life for everyone, both at home and in business.

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TechFan #184 – Who’s Watching Me

On October 31, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim, David, and Owen discuss the brouhaha over Apple Pay. David finally gets his iPhone 6, Owen tells us about Verizon’s tracking of users, and Tim buys a couple cheap TVs and an iPad Air 2

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Somebody’s Already Using Verizon’s ID to Track Users

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“If only…” thoughts on iOS

On October 31, 2014, in A Few Words, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Opinion, by Curt Blanchard


Opinion by Curt Blanchard


If only…#1. Here’s a iPhone contradiction. One of the common complaints about the iPhone is that its battery doesn’t allow heavy users to get through a long day without recharging. Yet with each iteration, Apple makes the phone thinner. I think there is room in Apple’s line-up to make, let’s call it, an iPhone XL (Extended Life), or iPhone Pro. It would be a couple of millimeters thicker [gasp!] to accommodate a larger battery. Apple says that the iPhone 6 will yield up to 10 hours of internet use. How about an iPhone 6XL that will yield 16 hours? 20 hours? There are users who would gladly shell out additional cash for this and would not mind compromising a little extra thickness.

If only…#2. An iPad is, primarily, a one-user device. You set it up with your own app choices and preferences. Trying to share it with someone else is frustrating for both parties. Now that Touch ID has been added to the iPad line, here’s an idea that should be possible to engineer: separate user profiles. Using your fingerprint, you set up the iPad to suit your requirements and liking and, later, your partner can set things up to her tastes by accessing the iPad with her fingerprint. Better yet, your four-year old wants to play games on the iPad. You can set his profile with no internet access, no ability to change settings, and all of his favorite games.


Triple Charging FM Clock Radio – Review

On October 30, 2014, in Audio, iPad, iPhone, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Triple Charging FM Clock Radio
Manufacturer: iHome
Model: iDL 100
MSRP: $149.95
iHome iDL 100

Remember when we all had clock radios beside our beds? The iPhone has all but replaced the need for these nearly quaint devices. iHome has just introduced a product that updates the old standby: a bedside radio that charges your iPhone and/or your iPad while you sleep.


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Domke Chronicle Camera Bag
Price: $317-$350

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The Domke Chronicle is a rectangular camera bag made of heavy duty canvas. It comes with three detachable inserts than can be configured in a number of ways to accommodate a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (DSLR) and a couple of lenses. It also has four expandable pockets, two on the sides and two under the front flap, as well as a smaller storage pocket inside the main compartment, suitable for SD cards or filters. There’s a zippered pocket behind the front compartment for an iPad or other tablet.

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MyMac Podcast 528: Apple’s Cash Machine

On October 29, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Guy’s still in Florida? No probe for Gaz as he gets Karl Madden from the Mac & Forth Podcast to join him. They talk about Apple’s fiscal year and their seemingly unstoppable cash generating machine

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Gaz’s Tip: ctrl + eject brings up a submenu to put the Mac to sleep
ctrl + shift + eject instantly puts the Mac to sleep
cmd + Option (alt) + power instantly also instantly puts the Mac to sleep (for MacBooks)
Now to add a message to the lock screen you can
Right if you go to the Security & Privacy preference pane, then under the General tab, you then tick the checkbox Show a message when the screen is locked and add your message. I don’t think the message shouldn’t be longer than about 200 so make your message short and sweet.
Guy’s App Pick: Who cares he’s not here.
Gaz’s Pick: Can’t help myself Yosemite
Karl’s Pick: City Planner from Karl for the IOS
Karl’s Pick Tip Pick: Camera+ Via the IOS App Store.
People’s Pick: From MacTopics over Twitter both for the Mac and IOS devices
£23.99 UK €29.99 Euro $42.99AUD & $33.99 For the Mac Version
IOS £6.99 UK €8.99 Euro $12.99AUD & $9.99 For the IOS Version

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iBN6 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker + Speakerphone
iHome Audio
Price: $99

iHome Audio iBN6

This versatile and compact one-piece speaker from iHome Audio has the potential to be a holiday and summertime success, in spite of a few unfortunate design elements. Sound performance is acceptably loud and midrange-focused for personal or small group indoor and outdoor listening.

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ArtRage 4 for OS X – Review

On October 29, 2014, in Apps, Features, iMac, Mac, Mac OS X, Review, by Suzé Gilbert

ArtRage for OSX
Company: Ambient Design, Ltd
Price: $49.90



When I purchased my first iPad several years ago, the first art painting app I installed was ArtRage. At the time it offered, and yet continues to have, the most realistic oil painting brushes of any painting app for the iPad or iPhone. As I use it so frequently on my iPad, I was eager to use the Mac OS X version on my new iMac.

The Mac version provides a good selection of art tools but ArtRage is not as complex or as robust an art application as Corel’s Painter, nor does it have as steep a learning curve as Painter. For ArtRage 4 users, there is a free upgrade to the 4.5 version and that is the version I am reviewing. ArtRage 4.5 is 64-bit and supports Mac (Intel only) OS X 10.6 or later and Windows 7, 8, and Vista (not Windows XP). 

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Custom SLR Camera Hand Strap – Review

On October 28, 2014, in Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Custom SLR Camera Hand Strap
Price: $14.95
Company: Custom SLR

I always use a hand strap on my DSLR camera. Up until now, I never found any hand strap for DSLR that was totally satisfying. I used to buy some from eBay that were uncomfortable and made of cheap material. That’s going to change today with the Custom SLR Camera Hand Strap.Screen_Shot_2014-02-18_at_12.22.58_AM_grande

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Binary Formations Home Inventory – Review

On October 28, 2014, in Apps, iOS, iTunes, Macintosh, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Home Inventory
Company: Binary Formations
Price: $19.99


Home Inventory for the Mac keeps an inventory of your valuables, storing important information about each item and making it easy to provide documentation for insurance claims in the event of loss or property damage. The app allows the addition of photos and receipts to identify, assess value, and provide proof of ownership.

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Take Control of Your Paperless Office, second Edition
Price: $10
Authors: Joe Kissell
Company: Take Control
ISBN: 978-61542-424-5, 146 pages

I remember in the late 70’s and early 80’s there were predictions about our society becoming more and more paperless in the future with the revolution of the personal computer. But at the same time, huge companies were investing more and more into faster printers and fax machines that were in total contradiction of the predictions.paperless-office-review

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Mastering the Nikon D700 – Book Review

On October 27, 2014, in Book Review, Camera, by Steve Hammond

Mastering the Nikon D700 – Book Review
Price: $39.95
Authors: Darrell Young, James Johnson
Company: Rocky Nook
ISBN: 978-1-933952-23-9, 256 pages

DSLR cameras are the top choices for professional photographers. The provided owner’s manual is great reading to familiarize yourself with your camera. But is there a better book to get you started? Let’s evaluate Mastering the Nikon D700.


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TechFan #183 – Nothing Lasts Forever

On October 25, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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This week, Tim is out grafting for the Man, so Dvid and Owen are in the TechFan chair. Topics randomly turning up include Ebola, electric cars and the fickle longevity of the technology giants.

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Every death in the Star Wars trilogy (WARNING – Sweary lyrics in the soundtrack) 

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Should you buy digital content from your cable provider?

On October 24, 2014, in Opinion, by Donny Yankellow


Recently, I was at my aunt and uncle’s house for a family gathering. They had purchased Disney’s Frozen through FIOS OnDemand for the kids to watch. The kids loved it, but it made me consider the question of whether or not you should purchase video content through your cable provider. Why? Isn’t it the same as buying through iTunes or Amazon? I would argue it is not. Here’s why.

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MyMac Podcast 527: Apple Event (Mini Minimised)

On October 21, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Guy is enjoying himself somewhere in the State of Florida this week and just gives Gaz time to recompose himself, and a recent guest has kindly accepted the invitation back on. YAY TheMacMommy. Sad Face Gaz as he thinks this might be the last Mac Mini he buys, well we all know like that’s going to be the case ;) Not updated to YoSeme yet, not because of all the issues, hang on what issues ;) but because of time. We will get back to the event later.

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Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case – Review

On October 20, 2014, in Cases, Review, by Steve Hammond

Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case
Price: $16.56
Company: EZ Buys Direct

I was looking at a protecting case for my iPad with Retina Display (4th gen), I’ve been testing the Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case from EZ Buys Direct. The case is designed like Apple’s Smart Case series.


The case is easy to install on your iPad and is also compatible with the iPad 2 and the iPad 3 (aka the New iPad). You slide your iPad into the pocket and flip the tab on its back to secure it inside the case. The case has holes where it is necessary to access buttons and ports on the iPad. But overall I find it unsatisfactory.

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Painter 2015 – Review

On October 20, 2014, in Features, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Painter 2015
Company: Corel

Price: $429.99 Upgrade $229


I have had the pleasure of reviewing the past few releases of Corel Painter for and the one thing I always applauded Corel for was the fact that they didn’t release a new version every year, but they waited about two years. This allowed the software to have more features due to the longer gap between releases. It also makes it easier on the wallet. However, with Painter 2015, Corel has strayed from that pattern and released a new version within about a year. When I read they had a new version I had to reread and check the website because I didn’t believe it. Is it still worthy of the high praise and your money? Read on.

First, and foremost, Painter has been and still is the best natural media painting program on the market. There are other great apps out there, but Painter has always been my favorite when it comes to realistic painting on the Mac. With that in mind, I am going to focus on the new and/or enhanced features for the purpose of this article.

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TechFan #182 – Been Too Long

On October 17, 2014, in TechFan Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Tim and David discuss the news from the Apple event this week, including the release of Yosemite, a new iMac and Mac mini, iPads, and much more. Plus, Tim has a new blog!

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Not New Video Games (Tim’s new blog)

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MyMac Podcast 526: Bose gets the hose on the nose

On October 14, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Beats? Bose? Which one is better or right in this current cat fight? Audiophilles don’t care for either one but the GMen look at the issue and soon decide they wish they had talked about something else. Guy takes the long way home in upgrading a friend’s laptop and they both are very excited about the next Apple event. New Macs? Maybe!

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Guy’s App Pick: FiLMiC Pro by Cinegenix. $4.99 in the iTunes app store. Awesome addition to filming video with your iPhone with great features like focus and exposure locks, speeded up and slow motion, three different aspect ratios as well as frame rates, audio options, many different uploaded options and a lot more. If you shoot video with your iPhone, this the the app you want to shoot it with.

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