LEGO Marvel’s Avengers – Review

On May 10, 2016, in Review, Video Games, by Tim Robertson

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
Developer: Feral Interactive
Price:  $39.99

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It must have been six to eight months already, because it’s once again time for me to review a LEGO game on the Mac from Feral Interactive. Feral has been one of the best Mac developers for many years now, and they are really good at porting games from other platforms over to the Mac so we, too, can get our game on!

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MyMac Podcast 604: So you bought an Apple, now what

On May 10, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is back on the mic! The GMen discuss the kind of stuff they bought to support their Apple habit beyond the just the Apple stuff. Also college graduations, GoPo pictures, LOT’S of walking and Facebook lickers

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24/7 Messenger Bag
Adorama Camera
$79.95

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The 24/7 Traffic Collection is a line of similar-styled satchels and pouches sold exclusively through Adorama Camera. The urban-designed collection includes several holster pouches as well as a few over-the-shoulder bags. I got my hands on their larger 24/7 Messenger Bag, which is not a camera bag per se, but it can carry your camera, some ancillary gear, plus other stuff.

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EZQuest Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts Keyboard Cover
Manufacturer: EZQuest
MSRP: $29.95

Keyboard shortcuts are a proven productivity enhancement technique. The more work accomplished without lifting ones hands from the keyboard, the faster the job will be finished. EZQuest Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Cover is ready to help the Photoshop user learn how to use keyboard shortcuts to their best advantage.

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The EZQuest keyboard covers promise more than just a good way to improve your Adobe Photoshop efficiency. They also provide spill protection. This is something that I could use as evidenced by the coffee stain on my control key. Luckily, my slip didn’t cause shorting out of my keyboard and Mac. If I were to spill on my keyboard now, it would just be a matter of pulling the keyboard cover off, rinsing it in the sink and letting it dry.

The keyboard covers are thin, light weight, and do not hinder the touch typist. EZQuest advertises the fact that they also serve to quiet the noise of typing. The current Apple keyboards are nearly silent, so this is not a big feature for me.

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If you don’t need the prompting of the Photoshop keycaps the covers are also available in clear, various fun colors and with shortcuts illustrated for other highly complex applications such as Final Cut, Illustrator, and Logic Pro, among others.

Conclusions

The EZQuest Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Cover will be a valuable tool for those Adobe Photoshop CC artists who are not at the extremes of the learning curve. If all that the cover did for you is stop an event of the Pepsi Syndrome* it would be well worth the investment.

MyMac.com Review Rating: 9 out of 10

*Pepsi Syndrome

 

TechFan #253 – Time’s Top 50

On May 6, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Time posted a Top 50 Gadgets of All Time list, and David and Tim go through it selectively. Also, listener feedback and upgrade options for Nemo’s Macbook Pro.This episode of sponsored by MacSales.com

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Sponsor:
Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.7GHz
OWC 1.0TB Mercury Electra™ 6G SSD

Links:
The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time (Time)

 

Portectorz – Review

On May 5, 2016, in iPad, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Portectorz
RadTech
Price: $4.95 U.S. and up depending on type and model

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Whenever I go to the beach or pool I usually place my iPhone into a sealed bag to protect the ports from sand and/or water. Portectorz is a simple solution that might allow you to eliminate the need for that sealed plastic bag.

Portectorz consists of silicon port protectors that fit into the lightning port and headphone jack of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. There is even an Airport Express model that includes protection for the Ethernet port. The package I received contained covers for the iPhone 6 and 6s, standard or Plus. It consists of two strips that have the two port protections in one, and also individual headphone and Lightning plugs. The two strips are fitted for the 6/6s and the 6 Plus/6s Plus.

Each item easily fits into the ports and has a snug fit. I don’t see how water or sand would get in through them. They are also easily removed.

The only issue with the Portectorz I see is with cases on your device. Depending on the case you might not be able to use these. The strips can be cut to accommodate cases where the individual plugs will not fit, but it might cause an issue with removing them if they are cut too small. My iPhone case cannot accommodate the headphone jack plug no matter how small I cut it.

However, if your iOS device does not have a case or you case will work these are a fantastic, inexpensive, solution for protecting the ports on your iOS devices. There is even a model for older devices with dock connectors.

MyMac.com Review Rating: 9 out of 10.

MyMac.com Spotlight: Peter Maurer and Rob Griffiths

On May 4, 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 Peter Maurer and Rob Griffiths of Many Tricks
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iRig Mic Studio
IK Multimedia
$180 U.S.
Available in black or silver
Full manual PDF is here ikdownloads.com/irigmicstudio
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iRig Mic Studio is the best portable studio quality microphone we’ve used at MyMac. If the price tag is a bit steep for you today, save up and buy it tomorrow. This go-everywhere microphone works perfectly with a Macintosh via an included USB input cable. Even better — it works beautifully with your iPad and iPhone via an included Lightning cable and the audio input app of your choice.

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MyMac Podcast 603: HMS Appletanic

On May 2, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is off this week so Karl Madden of various other podcasts near and dear to our hearts graciously consented to join Guy on this week’s podcast. Karl, because of your dedication, the photos will not be released to the general public and your check is in the mail. They talk about Apple’s latest financials, butchers that perform eye surgery, how to turn Guy into a 3 year old (like anyone would notice), consumerism, Apple Watches, politics, and just how old can a Mac get and still be productive. Or in Guy’s case, stop being a cheapskate and get new stuff!

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Guy’s App Pick: Audio Converter Pro $6.99 in the Mac App Store
Gaz’s App Pick: Not this week
Karl’s App Pick: Jabra Move Bluetooth Headphones $85 & £53
Macstock Expo codes: mymacsentme

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u-Jays On-ear headphones
Jays of Sweden
$230 U.S. with free worldwide shipping (See web site for worldwide pricing)

Available in two different white models and two different black models, depending on the trim

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Looking for premium wired on-ear headphones for airplane travel? u-Jays from Sweden are worth considering. They are darn good for home listening too.

On a recent airplane trip of over three hours I listened to samples from 220 tracks on my classic iPod with these stylish new headphones. They are comfortable but the round cushioned earpieces are not super squishy for long listening sessions. This is an issue but not a problem; over time you make peace with the earpieces.

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TechFan #252 – Purple

On April 29, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim has had a horrible two weeks, which is why TechFan missed a week! David and Tim discuss USB-C as a replacement to the headphone jack, Microsoft stops making new Xbox 360’s, Sony H.ear on Wireless NC Headphone, Macstock Expo,
WoW servers, and Prince. This episode of sponsored by MacSales.com

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SponsorAura SSD from MacSales.com. The first and only upgrade for your Mid-2013 and later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro!

Links:
Intel wants USB-C to replace the headphone jack
Blizzard: Allowing pirate WoW servers would “damage [our] rights”
Microsoft ceases Xbox 360 production
Sony H.ear on Wireless NC Headphone
MyMac.com Newsletter for Macstock Expo Savings!

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Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2 – Review

On April 29, 2016, in Cases, iPad, iPad 2, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2
Thule
Price: $70 U.S.

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A few months ago I learned that Thule, a company I always knew for cycling gear, makes iPhone and iPad cases. I ordered a case for my iPhone 6 and loved it. When I decided to get an iPhone SE I didn’t have to think hard about a case — it was a Thule Atmos. It has become my number one iPhone case. Based on my iPhone experience I was very excited for the opportunity to review the Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2.

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CHANGEdesk portable standing-sitting computer desk
Uncaged Ergonomics
Price: $250 U.S.

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To stand or to sit, that is the question. Most office furniture allows you to do one or the other but not both. Uncaged Ergonomics thinks you have a choice so they’ve come up with the CHANGEdesk. Three metal shelves expand and contract like an accordion. If you’re tired of typing standing up, lift the lever on the right  and push down on the desktop.

The CHANGEdesk smoothly moves between a height of 21” down to 4” and automatically locks in place at five positions as you raise or lower it. The top shelf is designed to hold a monitor, up to 30 pounds.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Matt Hovey

On April 27, 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 Matt Hovey of Weird Kid Software
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MyMac Podcast 602: ARM-y Macs

On April 25, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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So there’s Rugby, Broadway shows, messed up MyMac articles, and iTunes rants. That’s just in the first section. The GMen then go on talk about Macs and if there’s the slightest chance of the platform moving to ARM processors. PHEW, I’m exhausted just writing it down.

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Lantronix xPrintServer Office
Price: $200
Company: Lantronix
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With all the mobile devices surrounding us, the need to print documents is lower than what it used to be, as we can read on our device. But printing is still required, and sometimes you may want to print directly from your mobile device. Here is the issue: is your printer compatible with mobile and wireless printing? If not, the Lantronix xPrintServer Office may be what you’re looking for.

 

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BT5200 Bluetooth Stereo Headphone Review
Puro Sound
$130 U.S. Available in black or tan.

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Sources: iPhone6s+ with Oppo HA-2/FiiO E17k DAC/amps, various computers using the Audioquest Dragonfly-2 DAC/amp.

Going right to the sound. In Bluetooth mode, the BT5200’s bass is not especially emphasized as are many popular headphones, but that bass goes ultra-deep with a strong weight, even to 16 Hz. The mids aren’t forward, and are slightly soft, as is the treble (slightly, with good detail).

When you read the comments in the 25 music selections below, you’ll understand how good this sound is. For portable use, it couldn’t be better, and many audiophiles can be willing to use the BT5200 at home as-is, or with minor tone control adjustments to suit their personal taste.

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Life is not simple. Despite what Apple wants us to believe, computers are not simple. And if you thought printers were among the simplest devices in the technology kingdom, you’re overly optimistic.

For nearly four years I’ve had an HP8600 all-in-one printer that worked fine. Until the day it it did not. Suddenly I found that once the printer entered Sleep Mode, it would no longer accept any print jobs.

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MobilePro Series Deluxe mini Folio for iPad mini 4
Price: $70
Company: Fellowes

MobilePro Series Bluetooth Keyboard with Case
Price: $65
Company: Fellowes

Updated April 21 Amazon.com USA pricing info from the company: Amazon has it at $61.99 right now and the keyboard is going for $57.37.

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For users of mobile devices on the go, it is required to have a case and protection for your device while traveling. The people that do long travels may want to be productive. People using a mobile device, such as an iPad, may find the onscreen keyboard annoying, in which case having a physical keyboard is necessary. Our friends at Fellowes have a few accessories for mobile users that are of interest to business travelers. I tested the MobilePro Series Deluxe mini Folio for iPad mini 4 and MobilePro Series Bluetooth Keyboard with Case for you.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Peter Skinner

On April 20, 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 Peter Skinner from Ten One Design
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