History in the (re) making

On February 16, 2015, in Review, by Guy Serle

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John Sculley former CEO of Apple says he regrets “The Apple Board” removing Steve Jobs from the company over the direction the company was going. Looking at history, how different would things be today if somehow Steve Jobs had been able to curb his (at the time) MASSIVE ego and continue to work in a diminished role at Apple under Sculley.

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MyMac Podcast 544: Aperature and iPhoto…DEAD

On February 16, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz gets his OWC Thunderdock and Guy rambles nearly incoherently (like we could tell the difference) of trying to get his book into Apple’s iBook Store. Amazon has it but it’s so easy that it isn’t like it’s THAT big of an accomplishment. Gaz talks about how he’s looking forward to the new Photo’s app from Apple and how he’s getting ready for it. Plus all the usual insanity you might expect from the GMen.

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Alister Jenks review of the OWC Thunderdock
Links to alternatives if you’re unhappy about Photos –
http://www.phaseone.com/Imaging-Software/Capture-One.aspx
http://www.photocritic.org/apple-aperture-alternatives/
Guy’s App Pick : iBooks Author free
Gaz’s Pick: Because I’m so excited I’m going for Apples not yet released Photo’s App
People’s Pick: Troy Muller Toggl App
Probably something like 3 years ago I was looking for something to help me log the time I take on client tasks. Something I could easily use to help populate timesheets that my clients always need me to fill out. I found https://toggl.com and I’ve been using it since.

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The Maltese Cube

On February 13, 2015, in Features, by MyMac

MyMac’s own Guy Serle has a new Kindle Book for sale! Check it out here!

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TechFan #197 – Induction Chicken

On February 13, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim, David, and Owen discuss the week of bad news, most self-inflicted, of Samsung. Nintendo drops the ball, again, while Apple seems to be doing something very right with iOS. Product features this week include the PlugDock from Fuse Chicken, and the Hamilton Buhl IND-DOCK3 Induction Speaker. Finally, David gives an update on his electric car (Nissan Leaf), and Tim talks about Hank and Jed.

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Your Samsung TV is listening to your private conversations
Samsung investigates why its TVs put ads in others’ apps
Apple’s iOS 9 to have ‘huge’ stability and optimization focus
Affinity Designer
Transferring games to your new 3DS XL?
Hank and Jed Show
Hamilton’s IND-DOCK3 Induction Speaker
PlugDock

Slingbox M1 – Review

On February 12, 2015, in Apps, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Slingbox M1
Company: Sling Media
Price: $149.99

Slingbox is a TV streaming media device that you attach to your cable or satellite box, allowing you to control and view live TV and DVR content via the SlingPlayer app on your mobile phone, iPad or SlingPlayer desktop on your computer. This is called place shifting. You can watch TV or recorded content on your DVR from anywhere in the world. Slingbox product offerings include the Slingbox 500/SlingTV, Slingbox 350, and my review unit, the Slingbox M1.

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MyMac Podcast 543: What if Steve Jobs had never left Apple?

On February 10, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is away and James Turner  jumps into the mix to discuss with Guy what might have been the outcome if Steve Jobs hadn’t left Apple back in 1985. Oh, and Guy talks about being old.

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Making eBooks with Pages.
Guy’s App Pick : Pages for the Mac. The application not the iCloud version.
James’s Pick: Sim City BuildIt for iOS – Loving it. Free with in app purchases
People’s Pick: Serenak Assassin. My daughter just bought Framed, it is a comic strip puzzle game – rearrange the page to get the protagonist out alive. £2.99 UK (no IAPs) Novel and clever.

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NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller – Review

On February 9, 2015, in Review, by MyMac

NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller
Company: 8Bitdo

Price: $34.99

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As someone who grew up playing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), I have very fond memories of this game controller. Remember, this came out right after the Atari Joystick so the NES controller was radically different. There have been many companies offering NES style controllers that work on modern computer gear for many years but the NES30 gets much of it right.

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Hear – Review

On February 9, 2015, in Music, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Hear
Developer: Prosoft Engineering
Version: 1.2.2 (2015)
Price: $19.99
Hear by Prosoft

Hear is a powerful audio equalizer for the Mac (or PC). In my experience, it does more to improve sound output than any other audio product I’ve used. Hear has been installed on my Macs since its early versions. Whether you have a set of small speakers or a mighty powered system with a subwoofer, the sonic improvements you can make are genuinely impressive.

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TechFan #196 – Audioengine B2

On February 6, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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The Featured Product for this episode is the Audioengine B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker. Is this the $299 speaker you have been waiting for? Also, great feedback from listeners, as well as discussions on Pixelmator, Debalelizer, batch file processing, Alex’s Apple Orchard, Open Doc, and a lot more.

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Tim Robertson interview on The Podcast Digest
Pixelmator
Debabelizer – Now Free, no support, does not support after Lion
Audioengine B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker – $299

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MyMac Podcast 542: Apple Crumble

On February 3, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Who doesn’t like Apple Crumble? We sure do unless the crumble part is Apple hardware, software, or services. We talk about where we think nearly every part of Apple’s Empire is going and whether we like that direction or not.

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Guy’s App Pick : Duplicate Detective by Fiplab $2.99 at the Mac App Store. Finds all those pesky dup files and let’s you selectively delete them.
Gaz’s Pick: Free VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home used.

People’s Pick: Alexander Fox
Hi Guys & Gazz’s. A useful little app for photographers & website builders is JPEGmini.
What this does is to reduce the file size of the JPEG file. In most cases very dramatically. The skill in this app is the analysis of the image. It will keep the visible quality of the image whilst still reducing the size by up to 5x.
Especially useful for images where the visual quality shouldn’t be compromised.
We have all seem webpages selling something from an image which puts you off before you’ve even got as far as reading the bumph.
There are 3 versions. Free, £14.99, £109.99 All offering different levels of amounts of features.

 

TechFan #195 – Placement

On January 30, 2015, in TechFan Podcast, by Tim Robertson

tf195Extra-long show this week with Tim, David, and Owen discussing the shut down of TUAW and Joystiq by AOL, paid product placement, SEGA pulling out of PC gaming, Dave and Busters, AlienWare Alpha, Comcast, the FCC, Amazon, and more on Carbon Copy Cloner. Plus feedback from Donny, Tom, Erick, and Peter!

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Playlist for YouTube (music, cartoon, kids videos)

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What comes first? The chicken or the egg?

On January 30, 2015, in Opinion, by Guy Serle

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Don’t you just LOVE nonsensical phrases? Especially when it comes to tech. I mean, what could eggs and chicken and the order in which they appeared in nature have to do with technology outside of a certain Colonel’s automated deep fryer? Well my little chickadees, I’m here to tell you and it won’t be pretty.

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SmartScore NoteReader – Review

On January 29, 2015, in iPhone, Review, by Mark Sealey

SmartScore NoteReader
Company: Musitek
Price: Free (in-app purchase) 

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Optical Character Reading (OCR) software is tricky. Although it’s come a long way from the unreliable and inaccurate offerings of the 1980s (when it first became available for personal computers) if it doesn’t present you with a usable digital representation of your (scanned) hard copy which is also 99% accurate, it really has little more than curiosity value.

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Jackie Richards Tribute

On January 28, 2015, in Nemo Memo, Opinion, Original Blog, Review, Special Report, by John Nemerovski

MyMac contributor Jackie Richards died recently. She was a close friend to Suzé, Nemo, and many of our friends and family members. Jackie contributed to more than 20 of our articles and podcasts, including a major two-part feature on Adobe InDesign.

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Jackie was the original geeky lady. She purchased and devoured techie gear sooner and more intensely than anyone we knew. We first met Jackie after she retired, and she was going strong up to her last mouse click, digital photo edit, audio stream, and iOS app digital art creation.

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MyMac Podcast 541: Private Matters

On January 28, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Gaz and Guy are in rare form this time around…or maybe not, who can tell? They go into some of the buzz surrounding various governments talking about safe keys to private messaging because we all know that there’s no way if they could do it that no one else could…right? Right?

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Guy’s App Pick : Audio Hijack Pro 3 from Rogue Amoeba. $49 or $25 upgrade. If you work with audio on your Mac in any way, this should be something you have. Awesome new interface
Gaz’s Pick: Argh it’s a Microsoft product, but just hang on a minute you might find this quite useful :)
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks Enter MailSteward. I pointed it at my four email accounts that are configured in OS X/Mail and said get me everything before 2007. Done. “I found 147 emails, 32 duplicates.” And there they were. Listable, searchable and looking like real email again.

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VisionTek High Power Seven Port USB Charging Hub
Company: VisionTek
Price: $49.99 US

 

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The VisionTek High Power Seven Port USB Charging Hub (which I will hereafter refer to as the “VisionTek Charging Hub” for brevity) is a small 0.9” x 1.8” x 4.3”  silver anodized aluminium rectangular hub with a press on/off power switch, a sensibly diffused orange LED on indicator and seven powered USB charging ports. It is built solely for the purpose of plugging in your USB chargeable devices such as mobile phones, tablets, music players, Bluetooth earpieces/headphones, satellite/GPS navigators and any other USB chargeable items you may have. If you prefer a “sync and charge” hub then VisionTek have that covered too with their VisionTek Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub

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The LEGO Movie Video Game – Review

On January 26, 2015, in Review, Video Games, by MyMac

The LEGO Movie Videogame
Company: Feral Interactive
Price: $29.99

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It was hard to ignore The LEGO Movie in 2014. The film, as of this writing, has grossed over $257 million dollars in the U.S., and over $211 million dollars in foreign markets. The song Everything Is Awesome almost became the theme song for 2014, much like the music from Frozen was the year before. And as soon as the first trailers for the movie were released, I knew it was only a matter of time before there would be a video game based on the movie.

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Best 2015 New Audio Gear – RIVA Turbo X Speaker and thinksound rain2 In-Ear Headphones – Nemo Memo
RIVA Turbo X Premium Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Riva Audio
$349 U.S.

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$100

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The best new audio gear is produced by small, independent companies that develop innovative approaches to the sonic experience.

RIVA Turbo X Premium Portable Bluetooth Speaker is the size of a small loaf of bread, but weighs a lot more and sounds great. Its rectangular edges are rounded and contoured, with magnificent attention to detail in the physical product. Design is stellar, and functionality is effortless. The unit is available in either all black or all white.

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MyMac Podcast 540: Scummy Scammers

On January 21, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gas is away this week so Jodi Spangler from Lakeshore Mac steps in to talk about the types of scams some people try to pull on her clients. Gas
did phone in a Gaz’s tip so officially the is STILL a GMen show!

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Guy’s App Pick : MyFitnessPal Free!
Gaz’s Pick: Well although I’m not here I thought I’d send in the fact that I’ve been using the Apple Maps App, and as Guy is recording this show it should be helping me drive home after guiding me to the places I’ve visited in Belgium. There again I might be having a rant so watch this space :)
Jodi’s Pick: Vidgets: This free iOS 8 App takes advantage of Notification Center and actually gives it some functionality. Once you install it from the App store you can quickly and easily choose functions like weather, barometer, battery usage, memory usage, altitude, sunrise, sunset and much more. What ever you select within the App becomes available in Notification Center with a quick downward swipe. Even from the lock screen. Get it here:
People’s Pick: Erick Diaz B
Chrome Remote Desktop released yesterday for iOS. Universal app. Free remote connection to mac, pc, Linux. You install an extension in chrome on the computer, allow it to control it, set a passcode or password and you have unlimited computers as far as I know. Works perfectly. And it’s free.

 

Seagate 1TB Wireless Plus – Review

On January 21, 2015, in Hard Drive, Review, Wi-Fi, Wireless, by Guy Serle

Seagate Wireless Plus
Company:
Seagate
Price: 500GB ($150), 1TB ($160), 2TB ($200)

 

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People love their iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, and will most likely love whatever new iThings Apple comes out with in the future. They’re fast, efficient, portable, capable of nearly anything you might want a desktop or laptop computer for, but there’s a basic need in which they’re sorely lacking. No, it isn’t multiple user support, or better multi-tasking, or its lack of a usable file system (though it sure would be nice if they included some of those). It’s storage. Seagate has something that will give you that storage and a lot of it!

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