StarTech.com Wireless Travel Router for iPad – Review

On April 3, 2014, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

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StarTech.com Wireless Travel Router for iPad
Company: StarTech
Price: $66.99

Have you ever been in a hotel that only had a wired connection for the Internet? Maybe the hotel had Wi-Fi , but only the wired connection was free? Believe it or not, there are still hotels and resorts that are like this. I recently took a trip to such a resort where the only free Wi-Fi was in the lobby. You either had to pay for Wi-Fiby the day or use a wired connection in your room.

This is where the StarTech.com Wireless Travel Router for iPad comes in.

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Macworld Expo day 3 – The gang is all here

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

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Sponsored by OWC

Second day of Macworld but the last day for us all being together. Join Guy, Vicki, Elisa Mark, Eric, and Owen as they yammer a lot about things mostly related to some kind of Tech event…maybe. Then Guy talks to the Jupiter crew at OWC about spaceships and massive storage, and a bunch of interviews we did on the Expo floor.

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Other World Computing
Developers we talked to:
Inspire Pro
Antec Mobile Products
AppPresser
City Hour
Cloak
Ergotron

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Highlights of Macworld/iWorld 2014

On April 1, 2014, in Features, Macworld Expo 2014, by Elisa Pacelli

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You plan and you plan, and then it’s over in a flash. Macworld/iWorld 2014 is now just a fading memory.

This was my second year attending the Mecca for Mac enthusiasts. There were a lot less iPhone/iPad cases (though there were some) and a lot more unique and inventive products on display, especially apps. Here are a few that caught my eye. Look for reviews by various writers on MyMac.com in the coming months of some of the products we found at Macworld/iWorld.

Noteology
Noteology is an iPad app that allows users to record or playback video while taking notes at the same time. It integrates with Dropbox and is compatible with Bluetooth keyboards and microphones.

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Sponsored by OWC

It’s day 1 so the gang is in full swing covering the Expo. We complain about hotel WiFi, Guy’s problem remembering things that prevent him from actually doing work, and we talk about some of the developers we saw. Another conversation with Larry from OWC and floor show interviews! It’s just like being here except without the long flight and bad food!

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Developers we talked to:
In1 Case
Bakbone
Drobo
Kamino
Bear Extender
Sdock

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The World’s Oldest Apple Dealer’s Final Day

On March 30, 2014, in Features, by Tom Schmidt
The last day.

The last day.

It all started in 1941. Maury and Betty Zuckman opened a little radio repair shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1977 a brand new company named Apple Computer struck its first ever dealership agreement for sales of the Apple II with the then-named Team Electronics. By 1987 FirstTech, which switched names two years before, dropped sales of stereo equipment in favor of becoming a full time Apple dealer. Now, on March 29, 2014, FirstTech’s doors have closed forever. A victim of increasing pressure from national retailers and service providers. 37 years as an Apple Specialist, 73 in total, was a pretty darn good run.

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Apple VR

On March 29, 2014, in My Turn by Tim Robertson, by Tim Robertson

In the battle of Virtual Reality, there are now two major players: Sony and Facebook. In the last week the landscape for VR has had a major shift, moving from a potential to a reality.

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Sony’s “Project Morpheus”

Last week Sony announced and showcased their upcoming PS4 attached “Project Morpheus” VR system. While they are not committing to any release date or even a price point, there is no doubt in anyones mind that Sony is both serious and going to move quickly into the space.

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Macworld/iWorld 2014-End of Day 2

On March 28, 2014, in Apple, Features, Macworld Expo 2014, by Elisa Pacelli

Day 2 of Macworld/iWorld 2014 is coming to a close, and for me, it's the end. I've met some wonderful people, and discovered some new and interesting products.

 

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Sponsored by OWC

Guy is joined by Elisa Pacelli, Vicky Stokes, and Curt Blanchard at the pre show press event the night before the Expo actually opens. We’re all psyched up about being here which will most likely give way to tirred feet and backs before too much longer, but enjoy us now before we get all jaded and stuff.

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Developers we talked to:
WeCam
Nite Ize
Fujitsu ScanSnap
Fleksy
Rain
Drobo

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Macworld/iWorld 2014 Day 2

On March 28, 2014, in Apple, Features, Macworld Expo, by Elisa Pacelli

The MyMac gang is getting ready for Day 2 of Macworld/iWorld 2014. Here are some photos taken in the media room before the floor opens. Please forgive my tired eyes!

 

Steve Sande of TUAW

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TechFan #155 – Banned!

On March 28, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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After a week off, David and Tim discuss the iPad release of Microsoft Office, and what it says about the future of Microsoft. Plus, FaceBook buys Oculus Rift, some guys kicks banned for life from Google, and more.

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Macworld/iWorld-End of Day 1

On March 27, 2014, in Apple, Features, Macworld Expo, by Elisa Pacelli

 

And the masses descend...

Day 1 is about to wrap up, and frankly, I'm exhausted! So, rather than describe my day, I'll share a few pictures. The audio interviews I did, and will do tomorrow, will be in the next few MyMac podcasts, in addition to the 3 Geeky Ladies podcast. Enjoy!

 

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And So It Begins…Macworld/iWorld 2014

On March 27, 2014, in Apple, Features, Macworld Expo, by Elisa Pacelli
 

It's here! It's here! Macworld/iWorld 2014 officially kicks off right now.

After an extremely long flight yesterday, filled with delays and a lot of “hurry up and wait”, I met up with Vicki Stokes, a fellow MyMac.com writer and one of my co-hosts of the 3 Geeky Ladies podcast.

We registered at Moscone, then attended the media reception with more MyMac.com writers Guy Serle and Curt Blanchard.

Yup, that's Guy with his mouth open.

 

It was great seeing some familiar faces, like Allison Sheridan from the Nosillacast podcast.

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Macworld/ iWorld – Day 1

On March 26, 2014, in Features, iWorld, Macworld Expo, Opinion, by Guy Serle

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Yes Virginia, the Macworld Expo is alive and well and living at the Moscone North. Nice to be back here after a few years over at the West building.

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iPad Animation – iBook Review

On March 24, 2014, in Book Review, iMovie, Review, by Donny Yankellow

iPad Animation How to Make Stop Motion Movies On The iPad with iStopMotion, GarageBand, and iMove
Author: Craig Lauridsen
iBookstore
Publisher: Acumen
Price: $9.99
328 Pages

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At first glance iPad Animation How to Make Stop Motion Movies On The iPad with iStopMotion, GarageBand, and iMove by Craig Lauridsen looks like a giant advertisement or manual for the iPad app iStopMotion by Boinx Software. However, as you get further into the book it is much more. It is a great book on stop motion animation that has tips and techniques that can be used with any software, even though iStopMotion is the software used and explained in the book.

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MyMac Podcast #499 – So close, yet so far away

On March 20, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

With this being show 499, you’d think the next one would be 500…or the one after that…nope. This IS however the last Gaz and Guy show before the Macworld Expo so get ready for fun. Guy has problems with multiple Apple IDs and has to go to Apple Support to get them fixed, Gaz has problems with Rugby, his Mac, and Airports, but it may have all been in hs head. Guy talks about the long journey ahead and Gaz tries in vain yet again to explain English money.

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OWC Product link: OWC has lots of audio and video products

Guy’s App Pick: Not so much an app but a service. BIG ups to Apple Support for taking at least 2-3 hours of time walking me through all the problems that I had caused myself over the years in regards to Apple IDs. They even scheduled a time with a higher support person at my convenience to finish fixing it.
Gaz’s App Pick: AudioEngine A2 Speakers
People’s Pick: Mark Sheppard recommends WaterLogue

Thank you everyone for staying with us over the years. It’s been wonderful and we hope you’ll stick around for however long the ride lasts.

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DOES Apple need to release an actual Apple TV?

On March 19, 2014, in Features, by Guy Serle

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The quick answer is no. The longer answer is HELL no! However that rarely stops bloggers with little else to do (apparently) from talking incessantly about how Apple should not only release an actual Apple-branded Television set, but it should be 4K! And sparkly! With rainbows shooting out of its butt!

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Just Mobile HoverPad – Review

On March 19, 2014, in Mouse, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Just Mobile HoverPad
Company: Just Mobile
Price: $29.95 USD plus S&H

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I know, I know… a mouse pad is just a mouse pad. Yet how many of you have gone through pad after pad because you were just a bit frugal in your thought process or your budget and you bought the one that was on sale or the one that had that cute picture that grabbed your attention?

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Korus Wireless Speakers – Review

On March 18, 2014, in Audio, Features, Music, Review, Speakers, Wireless, by Curt Blanchard

Korus Wireless Speakers
Manufacturer: Korus
MSRP: V600 – $449.00, V400 – $349.00
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There was a time, before iPods, when we would put a CD in our big home stereo, sit down, relax, and listen to music. What a concept—listening to music, out in the open. That has mostly gone away. We listen to music with earphones, in our cars, at the gym, in the background, whenever time permits. We lead busy lives without enough time to relax.

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The Hub – Review

On March 17, 2014, in Review, by Rich Lefko

MACALLY 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub +
Price: MACALLY website:
$59.99 – Amazon.com – $48.08

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Are you a MacBook Air owner like me? Then I’m sure you’ve come across a deficit of ports when you need them. You plug in a USB drive, then you use the Apple E-Net (Ethernet) connector to connect to the web (because it is faster than wireless), and then you want to copy to a second external drive. What do you do? Well, the only thing you can do is copy from one drive to your Air and then plug and unplug the externals until you’ve made the copies you wanted. Only having two USB ports, and no built in E-Net port, on the Air can certainly limit some activities.

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Pro Roller x100 Camera Bag
Manufacturer: Lowepro
MSRP: $369.99
Amazon: $267.95

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Current DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera systems are smaller and lighter than their professional 35mm film counterparts. This does not mean that the need for a camera bag has disappeared. When you move a significant fraction of your gear to the photo shoot location, the Lowepro Pro Roller series is the way to travel.

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