Ergotron WorkFit-P for Apple - Nemo Memo
Professors, workshop leaders, trade show reps, and public speaking professionals now have the best possible movable platform available for their Macintosh laptop computers and iPads. Ergotron’s exceptional new WorkFit-P for Apple is priced just over $300 and is worth every penny. If you respect its few quirks, it will support your precious Apple portable gear for years during thousands of presentations.
I have many DSLR bags, and a few laptop bags, but when I need to leave my house with my computer and my camera, I need to have two bags with me all the time. This is where a bag such as the Timbuk2 Espionage Camera Backpack can be used to simplify your life.
earHero Earphones are unusual lightweight ini-ear headphones made with hearing aid speakers. Developed by audiologists Matt and Mali Murphy, they’re a comfortable and safe alternative to noise canceling earphones, but only if you’re listening to voice recordings such as podcasts and audio books. The tinny speakers make them inadequate for listening to music. Bass is almost undetectable.
Nemo Memo — Car Chargers and Lightning Cables Roundup
TaiChi 2in1 USB Car Chargers with Car Battery Tester
Highway Max and Duo USB Car Chargers
iBoltz Lightning Charge and Sync Cables
You can’t have too many Lightning cables and you can’t have too many USB car chargers.
Guy has his new iPhone 5S so everyone should be pleased that he’ll stop whining about it now. Gaz is VERY unhappy with iTunes and podcasts so we can rant about that. However he did make a framed picture so less unhappy. Not sure what the scale would be between happy or not at this point. Businesses in general seem to be pretty happy with iOS so that’s a good thing as lot’s of companies want to cater to that market. Gaz and Guy break it down a bit and say why in their opinion it’s the better platform than other mobile devices.
Guy’s Pick: An anti-app pic. DON’T get the new version of QuickOfficce as it no longer supports multiple cloud services but just Google Drive
Gaz’s App Pick: App Deleting. Either App Delete from our friend Reggie Ashworth for $7.99 or AppZapper $12.95
I also use Hazel ($28.00) to delete Apps but that app also does so much more which if you don’t need means you’re probably better off with certainly one of those above.
People’s Pick: None this week
At the beginning of last November, I purchased a new 13-inch MacBook Pro to replace my aged 2007 MacBook. I had decided to hold off on purchasing AppleCare, saved up, and this week figured that since I was going to be in the Mall where the Apple Store is located on Saturday, thought it would be the right time to make the purchase before the year was up. I wanted to purchase AppleCare with cash rather than a credit card, so when the store opened at 10 am, I was there. As I walked in with everyone else, staff members were at the entrance asking everyone what they were there for. When the guy at the door asked me, I told him I was there to purchase AppleCare for my MacBook Pro. He asked me when had I purchased it and I told him last November, November 4th, to be exact. The guy looks at me and says…
Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Macintosh
Price: $110 to $190, based on 2TB, 3TB, or 4TB online purchase
Seagate’s semi-modular external drives are versatile gems of design and engineering. With only a few companies now manufacturing good-quality consumer backup drives, the latest lineup of Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Macintosh models offers reliability, excellent value for money, and a secret hidden feature in the removable bottom power and interface port base unit.
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What does the English vs American way of saying deep fried thin potato slices, a 1950′s era western satire, the possession of current mobile phones, a conversation of potential new features in an operating system, and the regretted consumption of iced tea flavored vodka drinks have in common? This podcast
Guy’s Pick: 1Password4 by Agilebits $40 on the Mac App Store. Cream of the crop for password managers.
Gaz’s App Pick: Time-Lapse. May have mentioned it before but using it again to get those walking pictures finished and it’s a great little App. £2.99 or $4.99
People’s Pick: None this week
iFrogz Coda Forte Bluetooth Headphones with Mic
Price: $99.99 USD
With the dramatic increases in technology and the portability of the devices that we have come to depend upon in our daily lives, logic dictates that the capability to listen to music or to have a telephone conversation would also have to improve. Bluetooth headphones have quickly become a necessity for users as they don’t wish to be “tied” physically to their devices.
Mac users want products that are all about thinness, sleek design, minimal weight, and high quality. It’s obvious that ECBC took us into consideration when engineering the Harpoon Daypack. This ECBC daypack is worth a close look if you commute to work or to an institute of higher learning.
The Harpoon Daypack is 18.5″ by 12.1″ and is a slim 6.2″ thick. A 15 inch MacBook Pro plus an iPad in a case measure less than two inches in thickness. They both fit snugly in their own compartments in the daypack. That leaves ample room to spare for paperwork, a book or two, and the usual collection of necessary cables and peripheral devices.
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OK (I hear you asking). Just HOW does Guy create the MyMac Podcast each week with such incredible skill, good taste, and handsome features? I may be projecting a bit on that last one…and maybe the others too, but with a little help (and by little I mean almost all the credit) from Dave Hamilton from the Mac Geek Gab I managed to finally get it working consistently. What is “IT” exactly? It’s the ability to record my microphone, everything from Gaz and any guests on Skype, and SoundBoard on three different tracks in GarageBand. All without an external mixer or any other hardware besides my Rode Podcaster microphone and my Mac.
Wacom Intuos Tablet
Price: $99 for small/ $199 for medium
I have been a long time user of the Wacom drawing tablet line. I have been using the tablets all the way back to the Graphires and they have alway worked great. In the past there were two lines of tablets. Graphire, and most recently Bamboo, for the consumers/hobbyists, while the Intuos line was the line targeted at the pro market.
Recently, Wacom rebranded their tablets yet again using Intuos as the name in the entire line. The Intuos line is now the consumer line, replacing what was the Bamboo tablet line, and the pro market now gets the appropriately named Intuos Pro branding.
When I was offered the opportunity to try out the new Intuos tablet I jumped at the opportunity. The Wacom rep told me I would love the new form factor of the redesigned tablet, and he was right! The Intuos tablet has been completely redesigned for the better. It has a sleeker and more professional look to it. With a silver and black design, it looks like it was made to be used with a Mac. It is the nicest looking drawing tablet I have seen and definitely worthy of the Intuos name.
Special Guest Nick Rodriguez from The Mac Gist Podcast joins Tim Robertson and David Cohen for a fun episode. We discuss GTA 5 Online, the changes technology has made in our entertainment lives, the democratization of technology between the rich and poor, the culture of Apple, tablets and iPads, and much more!
Billy Borradaile’s pertinent entry in his Thing of Purpose weblog:
Every time I looked out of the window the evening light looked even more tempting. As the sun set, I could contain myself no longer; I grabbed a camera and headed up to the corner of the street, where picture taking without the intrusion of festoons of neighborhood electrical distribution hardware is possible.
Is taking snaps of sunset scenes art? Probably not. You may have my picture for free: really. Take it with no strings attached; do whatever you want with it.
So STILL no new iPhones for either GMan, but it’s looking like Gaz will get his first. Not that Guy is bitter or anything. They can’t remember what the bet was they made that if Guy loses, Gaz punches him in the nose so Guy lucks out there. A discussion into what the next iPad might be like and then it ALL goes wrong in a hilarious way.
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Guy’s Pick: Goldfish by Fishbeam software $109.00 at the Mac App store for the Pro version or $59.99 for the standard version.
Gaz’s App Pick: Onyx
People’s Pick: Eric Diaz: Angry Birds Star Wars II $0.99
It seems both GMen are getting new iPhones. Guy will be seeing his probably sooner than Gaz due to Apple’s unofficial US first policy. Gaz has a tale of woe about Apple’s AppleTV update which seems to have disappeared. They talk about some of their likes and dislikes about iOS 7 and if you like the after show stuff, you’ll LOVE this episode! Big thanks to all our G+ fans for all their contributions.
Guy’s Pick: Storyist by Storyist Software $59 download, $79 for boxed copy. Companion iOS app $9.99 for Mac and for iOS
Gaz’s App Pick: LibreOffice is an offshoot from the old OpenOffice.org application suite, now renamed Apache OpenOffice.
People’s Pick: From Karl Madden -:- Stickman Downhill for IOS £0.69 ($0.99 Guess)
Possible People Pick? There are games and then there are GAMES that suck away hours of your life! Stickman Downhill is a simple premise, just control your little guy on the bike as he powers down various hillsides while jumping over gaping gaps and petrifying plummets. It might not be the most original game but it’s darn addictive and highly entertaining.