Soundhawk Smart Listening System – Review

On December 9, 2014, in Bluetooth, Earphones, Headset, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Soundhawk Smart Listening System
Manufacturer: Soundhawk
MSRP: $299.00
Soundhawk

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Soundhawk is a listening system to help you hear with better clarity in noisy restaurants, in crowds, at meetings, and even while speaking one-to-one. You set individual Sound Scenes with your iDevice (or Android smartphone) depending on your surroundings.

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B2 Bluetooth Speaker
Audioengine
$299

B2 FRONT

Audioengine’s new B2 Bluetooth Speaker is the best single-cabinet AC powered speaker you have never heard, with the best Bluetooth range you have never experienced. B2’s design is as retro classic as its engineering is advanced. Two powerful speakers are shielded and mounted in a natural wood cabinet that is available in three finishes. Audio output is studio reference quality for flat frequency response, and maximum volume will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls.

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Mobile Tech Trends for 2015

On December 7, 2014, in Features, by MyMac

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Thanks to cheap, fast and utterly advanced mobile computing technology, smartphones and tablets are now truly a part of the mainstream. Walk through any busy town centre or café and you’ll see people tapping away at their devices, communicating, doing business and enjoying entertainment products to their heart’s content. However despite the excellence of current technology, there’s always room for improvement in the mobile realm, and there are a number of trends set to rise to prominence in 2015 that will make today’s crop of tech look decidedly archaic.

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TechFan 188 – Are You Blue

On December 5, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David and Tim talk about a few different BlueTooth audio products, including the LuguLake Portable Wireless Speaker, the Genius headset, and more. Tim talks more about his iPhone 6 Plus, and David took the plunge on a iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. And Owen is flying to Hawaii, so we hate him now.

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Genius HS-920BT Bluetooth Headset – Review
LuguLake Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Review
Nemo’s 2014 Hardware Accessory Roundup, Part 4
8Bitdo Bluetooth Wireless Classic NES Controller
Shure SRH145 Portable Collapsible Headphones

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iPhone 4S on Tracfone, a Personal Experience

On December 5, 2014, in Apple, iOS, iPhone, Opinion, Review, by David M. Acklam

 

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You may be wondering why I am writing about an old iPhone 4S. Isn’t everyone rushing out to get a new iPhone 6 or 6 plus? You are probably asking what the heck is this Tracfone thing? This is just another one of my personal experiences that I felt was worth sharing with our MyMac reader audience.

I’m a retired senior citizen trying to enjoy these golden years. When it came to owning a cell phone, I originally didn’t feel there was a need to add one these to our budget. The phones are expensive, especially an iPhone, and so are the monthly fees associated with the various service providers.

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Mio Alpha Heart Rate Sport Watch and iHomeAudio iBN10 Executive Music Station – Nemo Memo


 

Mio ALPHA Heart Rate Sport Watch
Company: Mio
Price: $199 U.S.

ALPHA

Mio’s ALPHA is a stylish, rugged, easy to use fitness watch that is as versatile as it is light weight. Within seconds of opening its carton you will be charging its battery via the dedicated, custom USB cable, and within hours you will be using this attractive watch to its optimum capability.

An insufficient written manual is included. The full manual is online as a PDF. If you have never before used a fitness watch you may be confused by the terms and features described, plus the device itself. One helpful phone call to the toll free USA phone number will have you fully acquainted with Alpha’s modes of operation. Email and web support are available.

ALPHA provides two basic statistics: heart rate and workout timing. That’s it, in addition to a digital clock. Users can monitor or record this information as desired, including synched Bluetooth iOS app record keeping (not tested).

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NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad -Review

On December 3, 2014, in iMac, Review, by Donny Yankellow

NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad
Company: Newertech
Price: $54.95

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When I first got an iMac with an Apple Bluetooth keyboard I instantly loved the keyboard. I preferred the size and I appreciated not having the wires. The one thing I missed was the number pad from my old USB keyboard. I used that number pad a lot. I am not a number cruncher, but the number pad made entering numbers into the computer a lot easier and faster.

I haven’t had a number pad for years, but I still missed it, until I was given the opportunity to try out NewerTech’s Wireless Aluminum Keypad. It gave me back my number pad and it matches my Apple keyboard perfectly. It has the white keys and an aluminum finish (also available with black keys). In fact, it looks like something Apple would have made.

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MyMac Podcast 533: How did Apple Survive? (Part 2)

On December 1, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz has trouble with Pages, iMac and Mac Pro envy, and Guy just has…trouble. They talk about Apple coming back from near death and how in the second section and generally there’s just more GMen tomfoolery on both sides.

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Guy’s App Pick: Apple’s very own “Grab” program. Nothing to buy or link to since it’s built in the Mac OS and lives in the Utilities folder. Can’t remember the keyboard shortcuts to do screen or window captures? Grab makes it easy.
Gaz’s Pick: Hyperlapse from Instagram free IOS Pick

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iLevel 2 from Rain Design and 6TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 from Seagate – Nemo Memo
iLevel 2 – adjustable MacBook aluminum riser stand
Rain Design
$69

iLevel

Sit up straight! Good posture! Hands on keyboard at table height! Where have you been all my life, iLevel 2 from Rain Design?

This beautiful and functional brushed aluminum stand from the fashion forward folks at Rain Design keeps your laptop Mac cool and high at the same time. Set your MacBook Pro onto iLevel 2’s angled base plate, slide the front silver knob to the desired height for optimal screen viewing position, tilt the display-half of your computer to best viewing angle, and consider $69 U.S. a modest price for such ergonomic style and convenience.

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Genius HS-920BT Bluetooth Headset
Company: Genius
Price: $49.99

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Ah, such promise. I like the idea of the Genius HS-920BT Bluetooth Headset. It is available in a variety of colors (black, white, blue, pink, yellow) and can be used for music or phone calls, and it works with any Bluetooth device. 

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Ibira Backpack – Review

On November 26, 2014, in Back Pack, Bag, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Ibira Backpack
Manufacturer: Case Logic
Price: $29.99

There is no such thing as the Perfect Backpack. Many are either underwhelming or trying too hard to accommodate every conceivable situation. This often results in a backpack with too many pockets, zips, hooks, and Velcro closures. Case Logic has hit a sweetspot with the Ibira Backpack. It is comfortable, economical, and just falls within airline carry-on and underseat size limits.

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LuguLake Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Company: LuguLake 
Price: $34.99 (Limited Amazon Price, see end of review for details) $89.99

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You can’t walk ten feet in any electronics store without running into another Bluetooth speaker. They come in so many varieties, colors, shapes, and price ranges that it is confusing trying to figure out what’s good or bad. The LuguLake Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is good, with a few caveats.

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MyMac Podcast 532: How did Apple Survive? (Part 1)

On November 25, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is mad at Apple and iTunes and Guy is mad at McIntosh County. Guy can’t manage to spend money with TMobile for an iPhone 5 and Gaz’s daughter has a lovely voice. What you can’t see how this all ties in with Apple?

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Guy’s App Pick: eCamm’s Skype Recorder $29.95. Not just for how well it works in recording Skype calls and messages, but for the great tools they include for splitting the calls and converting them into other formats.
Gaz’s Pick: Not Bloody iTunes! Selfish You tube Link

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Macally iPhone 6 Plus Cases
Company: Macally
Price: $8.99 – 16.99

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Having released iPhone cases going back to the original iPhone, Macally has a rich history and a deep knowledge of making protective and decorative cases for the iPhone. They were one of the first companies this time around with a full line of cases for the all-new iPhone 6 Plus. We will be looking at five different models, which come in a variety of colors.

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TechFan #187 – Fire TV Stick 6 Plus

On November 24, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson goes solo and discusses two topics: his iPhone 6 Plus and the new Amazon Fire TV Stick.

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BitTorrent Sync file transfer software – Review

On November 21, 2014, in Network, Review, by Ian Scott-Parker

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Caption: All images and graphics are courtesy of the BitTorrent GetSync website.

BitTorrent Sync: a first look at an alternative to file sharing in the cloud
Publisher: BitTorrent, Inc.
GetSync
Price: FREE download

Commonly abbreviated to BTSync, BitTorrent Sync is software that implements file sharing across computer networks using the peer-to-peer protocol. This means each computer doing the sharing can act as a server for the others, allowing shared access to files without the need for a cloud computing central server.

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MyMac Podcast 531: But it involves goats!

On November 19, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Goats? Yes…goats. We’re not “kidding”. Deal with it. Most of the past technical issues seems to be dealt with, though we’ve all thought that before haven’t we? The GMen give a lecture on what NOT to do when updating and how to clean up iTunes after CERTAIN people who may or may not be on this podcast thoroughly hosed his library.

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PageMeUp – Review

On November 19, 2014, in Apps, Review, by Simon Parnell

PageMe Up Desktop Publishing and HTML design and layout application
Softobe
Price: $24 USD

Page Me Up

PageMeUp describes itself as designed for print documents and websites. At the price it is pitched against applications like Pages, SwiftPublisher, and iStudio Publisher rather than the big guns like Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress.

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MyMac Podcast 530: Next Week will be AMAZING!

On November 15, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy updates to Yosemite which turns out to NOT be a great idea since his recording layout got hosed. Gas is in top form however and teases Guy about his lack of having SoundBoard by using…well…SoundBoard. They talk about Microsoft 365 and options available free or otherwise and it turns out that the more expensive option could be the best one.

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Guy’s App Pick: Duplicate Detective by FIPLAB ($2.99). Drop a folder on it and watch it find the duplicates. Then watch as it deletes them for you. That’s about all it does but it does it well.
Gaz’s Pick: Rambling’s Podcast BBC with Clare Balding.
People’s Pick: From Serenak (twitter) how about the Open University free Introduction to Cyber Security MOOC here

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Biologic Bike Mount Weathercase
Biologic
Price: $34.95

BioLogic updated

 

The Biologic Bike Mount Weathercase allows you to safely carry and view your iPhone on your bike’s handlebars. If you already have your iPhone in a case, you’ll have to remove it. My iPhone 5S lives in an Otterbox case that is too large to fit into the zippered Biologic case.

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