LifeCard
PlusUS
Price: $60 U.S.

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The LifeCard is a slim, stainless steel power supply that will recharge most of a Smart Phone’s battery quickly. It’s thicker and heavier than a credit card, contrary to what the advertising says. It is skinny and will indeed fit in a wallet but it’s not as unobtrusive as an ordinary credit card. Considering the price, it’s also light on capacity.

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Back in December 2014 I wrote about my personal experience of installing my iPhone 4S on the TracFone 3G wireless system. You are welcomed to read this article in our MyMac archives. Last month Apple released the new and smaller iPhone SE and I elected to purchase the unlocked 64 gigabyte model to replace my still functioning but somewhat dated iPhone 4S.

Since I have been enjoying the non-contract freedom the TracFone system offers I naturally needed to move my new phone into their system, but this time using 4G LTE. I knew this works well because late last year I assisted a fellow Tucson Mac User Group member get his iPhone 5C into the TracFone 4G LTE and he has been very satisfied with their service.

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Power Dash  6.6
LAUT
Price: $25 U.S.

Available in white or black

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The LAUT Power Dash 6.6 is a 3-port USB charger that plugs into a car’s 12 volt accessory lighter receptacle to charge or revive cell phones, tablets and other iOS devices. Because of its 6.6. amp output, far stronger than my other portable power devices, it recharges the batteries in mobile devices quickly and effortlessly. As soon as the charger is plugged in, a blue light appears to indicate that charging is activated.

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There are hundreds of similar chargers available with prices starting at $2 but many of them lack the quality build that’s evident in the sturdy feel of the Power Dash 6.6.

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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 Shawn King, Host/Executive Producer Your Mac Life

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HDE-300 In-ear Noise-isolating Genuine Wood Headphones with Microphone
ZealSound
$22 U.S.

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ZealSound’s new HDE-300 In-ear Noise-isolating Genuine Wood Headphones with Microphone are the best value in-ear monitors you can purchase. Sound reproduction is exceptionally clear and accurate across the audio spectrum, including a smooth and powerful bass that supports both traditional fidelity and current ultra-bass recordings. Passive external noise isolation is impressive, without needing to jam these earbuds into your skull or crank up the volume to death-defying levels.

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SportEar M-4 Electronic Hearing Protection Earmuffs
Company: Axil
Price: $110 on Amazon U.S.

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Some people like decibels, the more the merrier. but eventually we learn that loud sounds lead to hearing impairment, which is why Axil’s SportEar M-4 head muffs can come in handy. The heavy duty ear cups are well padded and connected to a taught headband that’s also soft. There are volume knobs with tactile ridges on each side of the ear cups that make it possible to control the amount of sound that comes through.

The head muffs also have audio inputs in the frame on the back of each ear cup but you’ll need an a 3.5mm stereo audio splitter (not included) to make use of this feature. I connected the head muffs to my iPad and found the sound quality disappointing. To be fair, these are sound deadening muffs, not really designed for music entertainment.

The company says they provide the best digital hearing protection for hunters, target shooters and people working in noisy industrial settings. They seem as though they’d be useful in those situations. SportEar M-4  are powered by four included AAA batteries and they’re not wireless Bluetooth.

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Guy wrote a MyMac opinion piece about the iOS Desktop: Time for it (to) happen(?)

I have some thoughts of my own on the matter and so I decided I would put them down and see what you all make of them. I will point out that his original title is at the least missing the word to, and possibly a question mark.

Rather than write a complete article discussing it from my own point of view I thought it is more relevant to put forward my thoughts on particular comments from his piece.

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AT-LP60BK-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
Audio-Technica
$180 MSRP in USA (Check Internet for possible discounts)

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I definitely did not think I would ever review a Bluetooth turntable but after seeing the release list from CES by Audio-Technica with their wireless turntable I knew I wanted to review it. It is the AT-LP60BK-BT Wireless Turntable, and it is almost identical to the AT-LP60-USB unit I reviewed earlier, with the exception of color. The wireless AT-LP60BK-BT is black and also comes in blue and white.

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TechFan #250 – Heroes

On April 8, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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It turns out, Tim is at fault for Star Wars not working on his computer, not Apple. Also, Sony released the PS4 Remote Play app for Mac, Tim follows David’s lead and starts using uBlock, bogus surveys, and Superman V Batman is reviewed

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Data Rescue ONE
Company: Prosoft Engineering
Price: $59 to $419, depending upon storage and subscription plan

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We’ve all been there. You know you’ve made the mistake of accidentally deleting files that you desperately needed; and even though you were running Time Machine backup and an off-site backup solution, you still couldn’t recover the files you thought you lost.

That’s where the good people at Prosoft Engineering come in. Prosoft has been creating data recovery solutions since 2002.

Prosoft’s latest product, Data Rescue ONE, is unique to the marketplace because it combines their fantastic data recovery software with to a cool-looking bootable hard drive. The drives come in several capacities.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Greg Scown, co-Founder of Smile

On April 6, 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 Greg Scown, co-Founder of Smile

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Fantastical for Mac – Review

On April 5, 2016, in Apps, Macintosh, Review, by Nick Rodriguez

Fantastical for Macintosh
Manufacturer: Flexibits
MSRP $49.00 U.S.

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Why in the world would you want anything other than the Mac’s built in Calendar? It does a pretty great job, right? Hold on. Fantastical can shake your world up. At least that’s what Flexibits says they can do with Fantastical 2 for the Mac.

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Macally USB Keyboard and Mouse Combo – Review

On April 4, 2016, in Keyboard, Review, by Curt Blanchard

USB Keyboard and Optical Mouse Combo
Model: MKEYECOMBO
Manufacturer: Macally
MSRP: $30.00 (Internet: $28.00)

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A full-size 103-key keyboard plus an optical mouse for $30.00? That’s not only a good deal but it’s a good product as well. We’ve used Macally keyboards for more than a decade. A white Macally Ice Keyboard remains Mrs. Reviewer’s favorite.

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MyMac Podcast 600: Serenak Asassin’s Flying Circus

On April 3, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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APRIL FOOL’S! No really, those two April fools Gaz and Guy record the 600th MyMac Podcast and the whole center section is devoted to two very detailed emails from Serene Asassin. Plus hijinks and general tomfoolery AND (wait for it) a deeply enlightened and well written piece of drama at the very end. Sure, let’s go with that answer.

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TechFan #249 – Angry

On April 1, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim is angry again. What else is new, right? David has a new computer! Topics include not being able to play the new Star Wars movie on a Macbook Pro, the 16GB iPhone argument continues, the FBI dropping the Apple court case, Apple blocking the music iPhone app with ads, and much more. Also, Tim and David completely forget to talk about Dawn of Justice after mentioning it at the top of the show.

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MSATA to IDE Adapter
iFixit guide to Powerbook G4 15″ Hard Drive access
TenFourFox – Modern Firefox browser for PPC
Hack Skype 2.8 (last PPC version) to keep it working
Ublock.org
Adobe Jumps the Shark
Google’s Gmail April Fool prank backfires in spectacular style

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AT-LP60-USB and Analog Fully Automatic Belt Drive Turntable
Audio-Technica
$150 USA (Internet pricing may be lower)

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Who would have thought in 2016 you have multiple turntable options — not just from multiple manufacturers but multiple options from just one manufacturer. Audio-Technica has a range from simple home use to pro level equipment. The AT-LP60-USB is their automatic USB turntable. This is a belt-drive turntable with a USB output that allows you to convert your vinyl to digital, or play records through what most likely is your digital audio system. It comes with a USB cable, two RCA to mini-plug cable (one male, one female), 45RPM adapter, and cartridge with stylus.

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ATH-ANC40BT QuietPoint Active Noise-Canceling Wireless In-Ear Headphone
Audio-Technica
$180 U.S. MSRP —Internet pricing may be lower

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ATH-ANC40BT is Audio-Techica’s only noise-canceling wireless in-ear headphone. Their QuietPoint technology claims to reduce environmental noise by 90 percent. It runs on Bluetooth 3 and can connect to two devices simultaneously and can remember up to eight devices. Estimated battery life is eight hours with Bluetooth and noise-canceling activated, 13 with just Bluetooth, 24 for just noise-canceling, and 100 hours standby time.

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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 Jose Adan Ramirez, Founder & Developer, Jozemite Apps

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MyMac Podcast 599: 1 before 600

On March 28, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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So even after nearly an entire show talking about good backup strategy, Guy manages to hose his main user account because he’s…Guy. They talk about that, new Apple stuff, and more bitterness with iPads going to 256GB of storage not all that long after Guy bought a 128GB iPad Pro.

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Guy’s App Pick: For budding podcasters that don’t want to spend a lot of time and money with gear and set up, take a look at Cast. You can bring in guests to also chat without using Skype or other VOIP services, they save files either together or separately, and have some basic post-editing (VERY basic) along with ways to drop in prerecorded ads and whatnot after the fact. Their plans start at $10 a month which gives you 10 hours of recording time, unlimited editing and storage, and an RSS feed. Also basic analytics

Gaz’s App Pick: Affinity Photo for Mac, Photo’s extensions and lots of photo editing goodness. 39.99 but it was on offer for a while at 29.99 so I grabbed it with my 20% vouchers I have in iTunes so it only cost me 24 gbp, see I told you keeping an eye out for the 20% iTunes vouchers is a good tip. But this is still a great App even at 39.99

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TechFan #248 – 16GB?

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

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Tim and David discuss the Apple event this week, and one of them is really unhappy with Apple still marketing a 16GB iPhone. Also discussed is the iPad Pro, the passing of Andy Grove, and… PeeWee Herman?

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