Macspiration Basics: Those three window buttons

On May 5, 2015, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

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I started writing for MyMac about ten years ago. At the time I wrote how-to articles which eventually became the Macspiration series. Over the past few years I have been focussing more on reviews and the occasional Thumbnails cartoon and haven’t written to many how-to articles. Well, that is about to change. This is the first “relaunch” of Macspiration and will be a series of short and basic how-to articles for the Mac. The series come with a rebranding and a new logo and might reteach some of the older Macspiration articles for the modern Macs.

I’m going to start the series with something simple, or basic.

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MyMac Podcast 555: iLife 15

On May 5, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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LOT’S of links this week because Gaz and Guy are talking about the NEW iLife 15 or would if it actually existed. It doesn’t, but they talk about programs that you can use that does most of the same stuff and in some cases even more. Guy almost lets his Drobo get the better of him (like that’s really hard) and Gaz is about ready to kill whoever signed off on the Photos app. Well, perhaps maim a little bit.

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iLife-like apps: Must be easy to use, under $100, not in beta

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Cintiq 13HD Touch
Company: Wacom
Price: $999.95

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I have owned at least a half a dozen drawing tablets though the years. Most of them have been made by Wacom and I have enjoyed drawing with all of them. Each one was better than the next. I have even had drawing tablets in my classrooms (elementary through high school). They have been the best, and most affordable, option for drawing on my iMac and mimicking actual drawing on paper or painting on a canvas, until I was asked to review a Cintiq by Wacom.

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TechFan #207 – Neo Madness

On May 1, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim does some major upgrades to his NeoGeo Cabinet, David is stuck on mobile, Microsoft reveals new Windows features, and a all-new Mac conference is coming, Macstock!

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Holland Computer
161-in-1 NeoGeo MVS Multigame Cartridge Multicade 
Macstock
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Happy Anniversary, Mariner!

On May 1, 2015, in Opinion, by MyMac

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We here at MyMac.com have been reviewing and Mariner software for two decades. A great company with great products, supporting the Apple community for twenty five years. Congratulations, Mariner! Here’s to another 25!

 

MightyShell + Faceplate Review

On May 1, 2015, in iPhone, iPhone Cases, Review, by Donny Yankellow

MightyShell + Faceplate for the iPhone 6
Company: Speck Products
Price: $59.95 iPhone 6 $69.95 iPhone 6 Plus

mightyshellAre you looking for a strong case for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus that protects the body of the phone and also protects the screen and looks great? The MightyShell + Faceplate from Speck might be the case you are looking for. Starting at $59.95 for the iPhone 6 you get a great case that comes with a screen protector.

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Aerospace Aluminum iPhone Bumper (iPhone 6 Plus)
Designed by Many
Model Number: AL13 v3
MSRP: $79.99

AeroSpace iPhone Bumper

A robust yet sleek bumper case and screen protector that provides some added protection against accidental scrapes and dings. Available in silver, black, grey, champagne, space grey and green, the silver bumper particularly compliments the design of the iPhone 6/6 Plus without detracting from the design of the phone.

The aerospace aluminum iPhone bumper is presented in a stylish metallic case that fully houses the bumper case and shows off its contents nicely. Along with the two-piece bumper case a screen protecting mPact Film is also included to protect the glass display. It is worth noting that this is a case designed to protect the vulnerable edges and display from incidental scratches, scarring and the everyday damage that might accrue, but it will not protect against the breakage of the glass that can result from dropping onto a hard surface.

 

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MyMac Podcast 554: BIG news

On April 28, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz and Guy are back this week with special guest Mike Potter of the For Mac Eyes Only Podcast. They’re all about the upcoming Macstock Conference and Expo on June 20th in Woodstock, Illinois. Guy has a presentation scheduled and for the first time ever, Gaz and Guy will meet and do a podcast from the conference!

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Guy’s App Pick : Extraction from Chillingo $2.99 with in app purchases for those not patient enough to work through the game.
Gaz’s Pick:  Free, simple and life-saving. Know what to do in an emergency with the British Red Cross’ official first aid app. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice, it’s never been easier to know first aid.

 

Macro 3-IN-1 Lens Kit for iPhone 6/6 Plus
Manufacturer: olloclip
MSRP: $69.99
Macro 3-in-1 Lens Kit

olloclip makes a wide variety of quality lenses for use on mobile phones and tablets. Their latest entry is a Macro Lens kit for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. With these lenses, you can magnify subjects 7x, 14x, and an astonishing 21x. Apple’s obsession with creating thinner phones with each iteration requires olloclip to develop new lens kits on a regular basis. It’s hard on them, but we are the beneficiaries.

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TechFan #206 – Naughty Google

On April 24, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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What Mac would you buy if your current Mac died? We asked Twitter that question, and this episode features the answers! Also, someone is naughty inside Google, Windows OEM explained, and GarageBand hates Tim this episode.

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iBattery Case for iPhone 6 – Review

On April 24, 2015, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

iBattery Case for iPhone 6
Manufacturer: LifeCHARGE
MSRP: $79.99 (Internet pricing: $69.99)
LifeCharge

The LifeCHARGE iBattery case for iPhone 6 charges your phone and provides you with plenty of extra power for long days, plane trips, or weekends off the grid. An iPhone case is a personal choice since your phone is in your pocket or purse all day, every day. This is particularly true with a battery case as it provides power as well as scratch protection. If the case is wrong in any way, you’re unhappy.

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This is cool for DiRT 3 Mac gamers!

 

Lumix ZS50 – A Camera With iOS Integration

On April 23, 2015, in Camera, iOS, Wi-Fi, by Curt Blanchard

Lumix ZS50—A Camera With iOS Integration
Commentary by Curt Blanchard

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This is not meant to be a full camera review. It is published to highlight Panasonic’s new iOS integration. I see this as the beginning of an exciting chapter in digital photography.

The Panasonic Lumix ZS50 was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, 2015. It is a feature-rich, compact, superzoom camera that you can carry in your pocket. These features match my requirements for the ideal camera. I don’t want to lug around a heavy bag and lots of gear, but I still want a great camera.

The new ZS50 has some remarkable improvements and enhancements over previous models. The three new features that convinced me were: a 30X (thirty times!) optical zoom, a new, 12.2-megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor for enhanced low-light photography, and a 2.0-inch live viewfinder allowing you to look through the camera’s lens instead of squinting at the LCD screen when out in the bright sun.

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Drive Genius 4 — First look user report for BootWell disk repair
Prosoft Engineering
$99 U.S. for personal license; $15 U.S. for USB3 BootWell flash drive; professional and enterprise licenses are available

Utilities

Drive Genius 4 is a suite of repair, performance, and protection utilities for the Macintosh and connected hard drives. Its software resurrects Macs that will not start under their own steam. The first time you need Drive Genius 4, its $99 U.S. price will be a bargain because you will be desperate and you will be overjoyed to have your Mac back in service pronto. Stuff happens, and when it happens without warning your computer will be sick and you won’t know how to make it healthy.

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MyMac Podcast 553: Just a Quick One

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

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No Gaz this week as he deals with some family stuff (don;t worry, he’s OK), but Guy is joined by Peter Bird of the Deeper Look Podcast and they have a nice chat about why Guy is SO tired, WWDC,your thoughts, and feedback! So much cool stuff that it couldn’t be contained! Well, it was and all within this show

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Resolving Finder Problems in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite | OSXDaily
In case you get this bug too.
Mac BBQ
Guy’s App Pick : Easy Envelope from Ambrosia Software $9.99
Peter Bird’s App Pick: Photos for OSX Free with 10.10.3 Peter78@twitter

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SLIMCase Ultra Thin Polycarbonate Case for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
Manufactured by: Designed by Many
Price: $19.99

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The SLIMCase from Designed by Many is a polycarbonate “ultra thin” snap on rear shell cover for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. It is available in Space Gray, Gold, White, Black, Translucent Smoke and Clear Translucent. It comes complete with an mPact film screen protector.

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Secūr Auto Emergency Tool & LED Flashlight

On April 20, 2015, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Secūr Auto Emergency Tool & LED Flashlight
Company: Secūr
Price: $29.99, less than $20 on Amazon at time of publication

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We’ve all seen the stories on the news: a vehicle is stranded and can’t signal for help; there’s a car accident and the driver is trapped in his car because the seat belt won’t unbuckle or he can’t break the glass to get out. The Secūr Auto Emergency Tool & LED Flashlight can help with those scenarios.

The Secūr Auto Emergency Tool & LED Flashlight is a flashlight-warning beacon-seatbelt cutter-window breaking tool all in one small package. It also claims to charge cell phones, which I’ll discuss at the end. No batteries are needed; it charges strictly by hand crank. The flashlight charges very quickly: one minute of cranking gives 40 minutes of light, and holds a charge for days. There are three magnets that secure the tool on a car so other drivers can see the flashing red light.

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TechFan #205 – A lot of Apple’s

On April 17, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss the Apple Watch, NAB, Digital Camcorders, Virtual Pinball, the state of Apple’s Professional customers, buying Windows 7 to get a free copy of Windows 10, and much more.

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Infamous “podcasting patent” knocked out

NuGuard Laptop Snap On Colour Covers 
By: Newertech
Price: Newertech $17.99 – $39.99 US
Internet pricing $12.50 – $20.00 US

NuGuard Red two part snap on cover

Newertech NuGuard Laptop Snap On Colour Covers two part snap on covers. These are available for MacBook Airs and MacBook Pro Retina models. They come in a range of 11 colours plus clear and the United States Flag.

A separate but compatible keyboard cover is also available but only for users with a 78 key US layout.

For this review I asked my wife to choose a colour as it was her MacBook Air that would be wearing it. She chose the red one you see in the photos.

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VisionTek Wallet Drive – Review

On April 14, 2015, in Dock, Hard Drive, Review, by Simon Parnell

VisionTek Leather Wallet Drive
By: VisionTek

Price: $19.99 US
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Portable USB 3.0 2.5” Drive Leather Enclosure with Built-In USB Cable For PCs and Macs.

The VisionTek Wallet Drive is a 4.72” D x 3.14” W x .78” H leather wallet enclosure with an integral 7” USB 3.0 cable. It is designed to accept any 2.5” SATA hard disk or SSD and turn it into a pocket drive.

The internal fixing has a screwless snap-in design so you can easily insert (or remove) a drive without tools. There is a small blue LED that shows solid for power and flickers during drive activity just like almost any other drive. The whole enclosure is bus powered and so needs no extra cables or power supply.

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