WiFi Maximizing Router Dock
Influx
Price: $60 U.S.

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Before I started using the Influx WiFi Maximizer Router Dock two weeks ago, I could not do what I am doing at this moment. I am now using my laptop in my dining room, about 40 feet away from my router and modem, and I am getting a strong and constant WiFi connection despite various walls and 90 degree obstructions between me and the router.

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TechFan #257 – Self Driving Episode

On June 3, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Owen Rubin joins Tim Robertson again this week to discuss self-driving cars, Microsoft trying to trick people into upgrading to Windows 10, living in a simulated reality, Al Alcorn, and the best ways to speed up your Mac. This episode is sponsored by Macsales.com

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Travel Tips for Techies (And Everyone Else) by Nemo and our MyMac staff

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I just returned from my fourth weekend trip taken during the past two months. Two journeys were by car and two were by airplane. I live in Tucson in southern Arizona. One trip each was to Nevada and northern Arizona, and two were to Marin County, north of San Francisco, California. The California flights were for family occasions, and both Nevada and northern Arizona were for sightseeing. Only the Arizona trip included other people: daughter and son-in-law. We took our small family dog with us on the sightseeing trips and also on the first California flights.

Note: This combo article was originally written in March, but it was not posted then. I wanted to wait until the winter travel season was over. Now that summer travel is here, some winter references are best to consider later in the year. Airport delays are front and center, so plan accordingly.

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ZTE Axon 7 – Review

On June 1, 2016, in Review, by MyMac Administrator

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The mobile market seems to become more saturated with high-end devices with each passing year, and 2016 looks to be no different. We’ve already seen very impressive releases with the powerful Samsung Galaxy S7, and whilst details around the Apple iPhone 7 are still murky, there’s been one company who are seeking to make a big statement on the mobile scene and that’s ZTE.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Mark Allan

On June 1, 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 Mark Allan of Canimaan Software Ltd
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Tenda AC15 Smart Dual-band Gigabit AC1900 WiFi Router
$80-$85 U.S. Internet price range

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This new WiFi and Ethernet router has excellent performance at an affordable price. The physical unit is attractive, and the setup process is the quickest I’ve ever done. An included paper instruction sheet will be easy to understand for techies, and somewhat less so for ordinary people. Phone support is available, and the product carries a generous three-year warranty.

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MyMac Podcast 607: 53 Errors but a Phone ain’t one

On May 30, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Back to the usual shenanigans for the GMen who can’t quite figure out one week from another. Then they talk about the ongoing saga of the dreaded Error 53 that some people who have had their iPhone parts replaced and whether Apple’s seemingly lack of focus could be to blame.

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TechFan #256 – Bad Graphics

On May 27, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Owen Rubin joins Tim Robertson for a long and lively discussion on Classic Macs, Arcades, HP, Freedom of the Press, Peter Thiel and Gawker, Magic Eraser, PS4, and much more. This episode of sponsored by MacSales.com

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Nemo Memo — Creative’s iRoar Mic and Sound Blaster Roar Pro, plus (Original) Sound Blaster Roar

IROAR MIC

iRoar Mic — Wireless Bluetooth Portable Microphone
Creative
$80 U.S.

ROAR PRO

Sound Blaster Roar Pro — 5-driver Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Wireless Personal PA System
Creative
$200 U.S.

(Original) Sound Blaster Roar — Compact Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Creative
$100
Speaker Comparison link

The versatile new iRoar Mic is a career-changing gem for educators, musicians, lecturers, and presenters everywhere. In conjunction with Creative’s Sound Blaster Roar Pro, this battery-powered Bluetooth wireless microphone fills rooms with voice and music. The audio source can be either direct via live voice, direct via external microphone into the iRoar’s AUX port, or remote using the LINE input. The microphone is on the top of the small unit, and the two ports are on the bottom.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Peter Borg

On May 25, 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 Borg from Peter Borg Apps

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Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball
Company: Kensington
Price: $99

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First off a confession. I hate Apple’s Mice. They have come in all shapes and sizes over the years and they give you one for free with almost (except the Mac Mini) every desktop computer they sell. I look at them with contempt. I know there are those misguided people that like, love, or endure them, but they end up in a dusty drawer that I view with loathing each time I think about them. So what do I use instead? Trackballs. I prefer the precision of them and the fact that I don’t have to jerk my hand all over my workspace each time I need to use it. I typically use the Logitech M570 for my day to day use, but there are some things that it just isn’t capable of. Enter Kensington’s Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball, which is like a trackball on steroids. A really BIG trackball on steroids in fact.

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Curo Dopp Kit – Review

On May 24, 2016, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

Curo Dopp Kit
Manufacturer: WaterField Designs
Retail: $89.00

This ain’t your father’s Dopp Kit, you say? It may not be, but it represents the quality and attention to detail of another time. This bag is carefully made by hand in San Francisco from distressed full-grain leather with a water-resistant woven lining and meticulous stitching throughout.

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A quality Dopp Kit is the quintessential manly accessory. It is an object that separates men’s shaving kits from women’s cosmetics cases. The Curo Dopp Kit is roomy enough for shaving gear, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, some hair and skin product, and a few other essentials without excessive bulkiness. It measures 11 inches (28cm) by 5 inches (13cm) by 6 inches (15cm) height.

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The interior lining is a bright golden jacquard fabric. Small objects are easy to find. There are two interior pockets along each side. If you travel with a couple of bulkier items such as an electric toothbrush or hair brush, don’t worry, they’ll fit. The soft but sturdy leather flexes enough so that everything is secure.

The luxurious full-grain letter has a sueded finish that will develop its own character over time. It is strong and will withstand the indignities of scuffs, scratches, and the occasional TSA snoop. I expect this bag to grow and age with me.

If you are considering the perfect Father’s Day gift for a deserving man (or yourself), look no further than a WaterField Curo Dopp Kit.

MyMac Review rating is a manly 10 out of 10

 

TimePorter for Apple Watch
Manufacturer: twelvesouth
MSRP: $49.99

That new Apple Watch will be going on your next trip, be it business or pleasure.You will need to take along an extra band or two and the charger and perhaps even a small USB battery pack to keep the watch and phone topped off with charge power. The TimePorter for Apple Watch can do all that and more.

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OtterBox Symmetry Series Hybrid Vital Protection iPad Pro Case
Developer: OtterBox
Price: US $130

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Since the original iPad Pro is so large, I have been using a portfolio style case similar to a laptop case to lug around my personal device. After reviewing this OtterBox case I may change my mind. This new OtterBox Symmetry Series Hybrid Vital Protection iPad Pro Case offers very good front, back, and side protection to the full size 12.9-inch iPad Pro and is still slim and reasonably light in weight. Let’s look closer at what this case is all about.

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Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC SonicPro High-Resolution Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation
User Report Review
Audio-Technica
$300 U.S.

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These new headphones add active noise cancellation to an outstanding and award-winning over-ear model from Audio-Technica. The sound is exceptional in the midrange through the treble, with a tight and accurate bass that supports the primary frequencies above. Comfort, weight, and build quality are very good, with decent passive sound isolation when active external sound abatement isn’t necessary.

Audio delivery is identical when cancellation is off and on. Hooray! A rechargeable internal battery powers the very subtle noise cancellation system. Because the active effect is so minimal, there are no perceptual auditory black hole or deep tunnel effects, unlike some competitors’ products.

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MyMac Podcast 606 – Apple Transport?

On May 22, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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No Guy this week. Gaz talk’s to Karl Madden about the investment into DiDi by Apple in China and whether this could lead to Apple Transport

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Gaz’s App Pick: iNet Network Scanner, available through the App Store at £7.99 it gets a good percentage of 4-5 star reviews in the App store go take a look.

Karl’s App Pick: Splice – Free

Karl’s Twitter: claw0101
Karl’s podcast 

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TechFan #255 – Google IO

On May 20, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David and Tim discuss the news out of Google this week, including Daydream, Chrome, Due and Allo, and what it all means. Tim also decided to tweet one of his arcade machines and gives and update on that. Finally, David looks at picking up a used MacBook Air from our sponsor, OWC!

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PhotoFast CR-8800 iOS Card Reader – Review

On May 20, 2016, in iPad, iPhone, iPod, Review, by Suzé Gilbert

PhotoFast CR-8800 iOS Card Reader
PhotoFast Co., Ltd.
$49.90 at Amazon.com

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It seems that no matter how much storage an iPhone or an iPad offers, you still end up wanting more than you purchased. Although there are myriad Cloud solutions for backups and more storage space, a more affordable and portable option is now available. PhotoFast CR-8800 iOS Card Reader for the iPod (6th generation), iPhone( 5-6S Plus), and iPad ( Air, Air 2, Mini, Pro) allows you to to have up to 128g extra storage space for your device.

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UltraLight Dual 36L Multipurpose Camera Backpack
MindShift Gear
$200 U.S.
Available in blue or black. Two smaller capacity packs are also available.

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This unusual medium-size daypack from MindShift Gear has a split personality. The included removable dedicated camera and lens with strap insert is large enough to carry a jumbo six-pack of your favorite beverage plus cold block and a few sandwiches when it’s not being used to hold your photo gear. You can use it separately or stow in in the bottom half of the UltraLight Dual 36L, with access to the insert from a side zipper. A folding trap door panel divides the interior of the main pack into two compartments, whether or not the camera/drink insert is in place.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: John Seward from PubBlog

On May 18, 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 John Seward from PubBlog

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1 – How did you get your start in technology?

I took a programmer’s aptitude test at the Iowa State Highway Commission in 1967 and scored 100%, got a job there as a programmer trainee, and taught myself IBM 360 Basic Assembler Language.

2 – What is your favorite computer of all time?

It’s gotta be a Mac running OS X. For a long time all I wanted was a UNIX machine with a Mac interface, the best of both worlds.

3 – Tell us about your latest product

Our main product is MailSteward (MailSteward.com), which archives your email in a relational database and provides extensive functionality for searching, exporting, analyzing, and generally managing your email.

4 – What was your first job?

Well, I had a paper route when I was 11, and I had a number of jobs, washing dishes, working in a Heinz ketchup factory, working in a prefab housing factory, janitor on the night shift a a newspaper pressroom. But my first tech job was as a computer operator at the Iowa State Highway Commission.

5 – What advice would you give to younger people just getting into technology?

Learn Swift. And be prepared to continuously be learning new things forever.

6 – Who was your inspiration?

I’ve never really had a mentor, but I would say that the man who has most inspired me is Bob Dylan, for his unwavering insistence on wearing his own kind of hat.

7 – Where can people follow you online, and what is your website?

The main website is pubblog.com. My twitter handle is pubblog. Blog at Nick’s Tech Blog.

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