The problem with wearables

On September 15, 2014, in Opinion, by Guy Serle



My fundamental issue with all these wearables is that for more than really basic functionality (or less than that) you need it to be tied to a phone. Apple’s watch is no different in that regard. So how can it be better? From the mind that said Apple should stop making Macs and let others clone and that they would NEVER release two different sized phones at the same time! So be warned.

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Smartwatches and the Classroom

On September 15, 2014, in Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

watchWith the wearable tech market on the rise, and now that Apple is definitely entering the market, there is one place that I can see the smartwatch being a real problem- the classroom. Teachers already have it hard fighting the battle against cell phone and texting in class (of course texting can happen on computers now too). The smartwatch will only make that battle even harder.

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B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

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Bluetooth audio has arrived for serious music listeners. Connect Audioengine’s new B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver to your home stereo unit or other system and enjoy the best wireless music signal available. Use your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Macintosh to stream audio to B1. Your music never sounded this good before B1.

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Nemo’s 2014 Hardware Accessory Roundup, Part 1
Vector Anodized Aluminum Collapsible Cup Holder

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No drinks on the table! My students are really tired of hearing me say that at the beginning of each workshop. Now they tell new students that Nemo insists that no drinks can be on the table before I notice the offending bottles, cans, mugs, and cups.

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TechFan #177 – iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

On September 10, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

The Apple Event has come and gone, and Tim and David discuss the what’s what. Also, Amazon drops the Fire Phone in price, Samsung gets no press love for the Galaxy Note 4, and Tim discuss the Clash of Clans type of games on the App Store.

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MyMac Podcast 521: Breaking through the iClouds

On September 9, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Gaz and Guy talk about Apple’s iCloud nude celebrity problems and strangely enough, no one broke into THEIR iCloud accounts looking for naked pictures of the GMen. Bud Lite’s Real Men of Whatever ads make a horrible warbly comeback and you guys put a ton of stuff into the MyMac Podcast G+ page. It’s Guy’s Birthday on the announcement of Apple’s new iStuff and Guy finally gives up and switches to mostly hardware to record the podcast with hilarious results that you won’t find out about until next week…if he remembers to talk about it then.

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Guy’s App Pick: Image Capture by Apple FREE! Have a scanner or camera that you JUST can’t get to communicate easily. Chances are whatever driver was included is garbage. Remember to try Apple’s built-in Image Capture as it will provide basic functionality for practically everything out there.
Gaz’s Pick: Was looking around the Mac App store, as there are times I’d like a Lightroom or Aperture type application to adjust some of my RAW photo’s that perhaps deserve a little more love and more to the point selective editing, I came across what looks like a pretty good alternative, normally 40GBP’s but is currently free in the Mac App store, well it was over the weekend of the 6th and 7th Sep, I hope it’s still free by the time you all hear this.

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Skiva USBLink Duo sync and charge cables – Review

On September 9, 2014, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

Skiva USBLink Duo sync and charge cables
Manufacturer: Skiva Technologies
3.2 foot cable: $14.99
0.5 foot cable: $13.99

Plagued by too many cables? Here’s a creative cure. Skiva USBLink Duo cables have a standard USB plug on one end and on the other, a Lightning plug and a micro-USB plug. This sleight-of-hand is accomplished by stacking the two plugs, one inside the other.

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You sync or charge your iDevice via the Lightning plug as usual. When the need arises to charge a different device, pull off the Lightning plug and underneath it, there is a micro-USB plug. The small Lightning plug tip won’t get lost because it is securely tethered to the end of the cable. That’s thoughtful design.

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BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportsbuds – Review

On September 8, 2014, in Audio, Bluetooth, Headphones, by Russ Walkowich

PUMP HD Sportbuds Waterproof/Bluetooth Headphones
Company: BlueAnt
Price: $129.95 MSRP


I have been running and working out for many years now and since the advent of portable electronic devices, the one pet peeve that I’ve had is that I have never really found a set of headphones that will work properly once I’ve started to sweat during the workout. Apple’s earbuds or any major brand in-ear headphones always seem to have the same issue; sooner or later my sweat will cause one side or the other of the in-ear headphone to stop working properly until I’ve dried it out. So when BlueAnt said that they had a waterproof bluetooth headphone, I knew that I had to give them a try.

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Price: $115 and slightly under, Internet pricing, USA

There are many online comments on this innovative little replacement laptop hard drive from Seagate, now in its third generation. Purchasers post remarks ranging from extreme satisfaction to total failure. I chose to evaluate this product for its splendid archive purposes, not as a new internal drive.

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YouTube to MP3 – Review

On September 4, 2014, in Apps, Mac, Review, by Greg Holdsworth

YouTube To MP3
Price: Free (Donationware)


YouTube To MP3


YouTube to MP3 is a classic example of an application designed to do one basic thing, and do it very well. Have you ever wanted to save the audio part of a YouTube video? The YouTube to MP3 converter app is just what you’re looking for.

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DuraFolio iPad Air case – Review

On September 3, 2014, in Cases, Cover, Review, by Curt Blanchard

DuraFolio iPad Air case
Manufacturer: Speck Products
MSRP: $69.95 (Internet prices are about $15.00 less)

I’m a fan of Speck iPad cases. I reviewed the terrific HandyShell cases here previously. Unfortunately, Speck still does not make a HandyShell case for the iPad Air so I decided to try their DuraFolio case.

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MyMac Podcast 520: You say it’s your Birthday

On September 2, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Another struggle with Guy and audio, but the GMen soldier on! What’s coming from Apple September 9? You have no idea and neither do they, but that doesn’t stop them from talking about it anyway. Guy tears apart a Mac Mini to add memory and a hard drive and much to his surprise it worked when he was done. Gaz buys an AppleTV for is daughter which naturally means they’ll be a new one very soon. Want to help out with the podcast? Check out the Patreon page for the show. Don’t have to if you don’t want to, we’ll keep making more podcasts regardless!

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Guy’s App PickTwistedWave Audio editor from TwistedWave $9.99. Record audio, add effects, use AudioBus to imort and export to other programs as well as export to others with lots of file options. If you record audio on your iOS devices, you should have TwistedWave
Gaz’s PickNot an App but a pick £40.00 GB, €49.00, $49.00, $69.00 NZ, $55.00 AU
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks likes Hyperlapse from Instagram. He thought he’d give this a go, even though he has a deep aversion to Facebook, including Instagram. It is a very simple app which takes a video and then speeds it up, with a little stabilisation for good measure. He was rather impressed with the results and once he saw that you can simply save the movies to your photo roll rather than be tied into Facebook & Instagram, he was sold. He uploaded one of his creations (apologies for the crooked horizon) to Vimeo.


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Popular Slot Games For iPhone and iPad

On September 2, 2014, in Opinion, by MyMac

This time we would like to recommend popular slot games available to play on your iPhone and iPad. Many online casinos are now offering a mobile version of their site, brands like Roxy Palace and All Slots have their own apps of their casino allowing you to enjoy their games anyplace, anytime. To play these games go to the  Apple App Store and use the search function great casinos apps available.

Three popular slot games that we especially recommend:

1 mega moolah
Mega Mollah - A 5-reel, 25 payline progressive slot game with great graphics for your iPhone.

2 Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider – 5-reel slot game, a must slot game for all of Tomb Raider fans with great jackpots.

3 Big Kahuna

Big Kahuna – The Hawaiian themed slot game that’s become one of the most popular online slot games

Before you start playing it’s a good idea to read some of the casino reviews, know what different payment methods you can use, get to know the different welcome bonuses on offer and check first to see if their app or mobile site can be played from your device. This Australian site is a useful resource providing: casino reviews, slot game reviews and  a players beginners guide.


Airport Roller Derby
ThinkTank Photo
Price: $389.75

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There are several rolling suitcase-like camera packs on the market, but I’ve yet to see one that can match the Airport Roller Derby for smoothness and durability. The pack is slim enough to roll through the aisle in an airplane and will easily fit into most overhead compartments. Unlike a similar ThinkTank product I reviewed about 18 months ago, this one comes with four dual wheel sets instead of single wheels. These wheels are so responsive you can move this pack, fully loaded, with one finger.

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Jony Ive The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products
Author: Leander Kahney

Published by: Portfolio/Penguin
ISBN: 978-1591846178 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0241001776 (Paperback)
Available from all good bookstores
Online Price: Variable but in the region of $16.75US or £12.00UK Hardback / $12.75US or £9.99UK Softback

Jony Ive

Jony Ive The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products is a handsome, silver and black jacketed, 320 page book that isn’t exactly a biography. It covers Sir Jonathan Ive’s early family life, schooling, higher education, and working life before Apple, as well as the products he is so well known for. It is, I would say, more a study of the man’s work history, methods, philosophy, accomplishments, and the challenges behind them. In as much as anyone can study such things relating to an intensely private individual who works at perhaps the most secretive company in the world!

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TechFan #176 – Overuse of Tech

On August 29, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim Robertson and David Cohen return for a talk about VMWorld, which David is attending in San Francisco this week, as well as the overuse of technology, the SteelSeries Stratus iOS game controller, Tim’s new MAME cabinet, and more. Plus, Guardians of the Galaxy, Xbox Gold, and robot printers!

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Robot printer comes to your desk
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s’ Success Raises a New Danger for Marvel | Variety
Xbox Games With Gold September 2014 Preview
Stratus Steel Series Controller 

MyMac Podcast 519 – A Tangled Web We Weave

On August 26, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Guy and Gaz have a nice almost not crazy talk about easy to use website development tools, but before that Gaz gets wet and cold and Guy realizes after the fact that his ISP gave him a cheap slow router with not so good Wifi. Guy takes his son back to college and it costs him a fortune, we get some great feedback from our listeners about last week’s show, AND we got a Skype call that is only mildly threatening! So it’s been a good week.

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Karelia Software’s SandVox 
RealMac Software’s Rapid Weaver 
Rage Software’s EverWeb 
Fishbeam Software’s Goldfish 
Softpress’s Freeway 

Guy’s App PickCorel’s Pinnacle Studio $9.99 in the iOS App Store. Just an awesome video editing app 
Gaz’s App PickiFixit IOS Repair App
People’s Pick: None this week

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TechFan #175 – The Boob Tube

On August 22, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Owen Rubin joins Tim Robertson to discuss their favorite television series, SSD’s in Macs, and much more!

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The World of Owen Rubin

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STM Sequel Bag – Review

On August 22, 2014, in Bag, Laptop Case, Messenger Bag, Review, by Simon Parnell

STM Sequel Small Laptop Bag
STM Bags
Online Price: approximately $80 US or £68 UK



I chose to test and review the STM Sequel Small Laptop Bag suitable for 12” to 14” laptops. A medium version designed for the 14” to 16” laptop is also available. I opted for the graphite coloured one and the Sequel is also offered in a bright red or an olive colour scheme.

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Sibelius 7.5 – Review

On August 21, 2014, in Audio, Mac, Macintosh, Music, Review, by Mark Sealey


Sibelius 7.5
Company: Avid

Price: $599.95 ($49.95/$89.95 upgrade)

Avid has received a lot of criticism from Sibelius users of late. Two years ago the Finsbury Park, London, HQ of the Sibelius development team was closed, many developers laid off, and the suite’s coding and maintenance operation relocated to the Ukraine. Rumors of serious financial trouble circulated and the company’s Vice President, CFO and CTO resigned. Yet the market-leading score-writing software did not disappear as some both predicted and feared. In fact, a new version has recently been released; here Sibelius 7.5.1 (a significant further milestone release for bug fixes and maintenance) is examined. It’s found to be as good as ever.

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