Trident AEGIS Series case for iPhone 5 – Review

On March 10, 2014, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

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Manufacturer: Trident
MSRP: $34.95
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The AEGIS Series case for the iPhone 5 (fits a 5S also) is a dual layer case for your iPhone made of a silicone inner shell and a polycarbonate outer shell. It is lightweight and provides great protection for your iPhone device.

The case is available in five colors and I was sent a red and black one to try. The read is a very strong red color, and I really like it. The case itself protects the iPhone on all sides, minus screen protection.While most dual layer cases I have tried have flaps that cover the open ports and do not stay in place, the flaps on this case seem to stay in place rarely well.

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Kraken A.M.S Case for iPad Mini
Manufacturer: Trident
MSRP: $59.95
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One of the big trends I am seeing these days in iOS cases is the dual layer approach. In these cases you have a silicone inner shell with a hard outer shell to go on top which is suppose to add extra protection for your device. The Trident Kraken is one of those types of cases with a little more. 

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MyMac Podcast #497 – Monkey in the Middle

On March 5, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

The SSL Exploit for both the Mac and iOS is absolutely nothing to worry about unless you don’t live in a cave, have a Mac newer than a PowerPC, or use the internet. Do or have any of that and you should probably be going for those updates. Gaz is doing a lot of traveling, but it’s Guy’s Maps program that seems to be stopping progress. All this and more this week on the MyMac Podcast.

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The OWC Elite Pro Qx2. 4 drive bays of AWESOME!
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Guy’s App PickThe Movies: Superstar Edition by Ferel Interactive $19.99
Gaz’s App PickAutomator. (from Apple) With Automator actions and support for AppleScript commands, Apple Remote Desktop 3 gives you the ability to create custom workflows designed to make your life easier. http://automatorworld.com
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

 

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SeV Pack Jacket – Review

On March 5, 2014, in Clothing, Review, by Curt Blanchard

SeV Pack Jacket
Manufacturer: SCOTTEVEST
MSRP: $75.00
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If you don’t know about SCOTTEVEST, you should. In 2000, Scott Jordan developed a multi-pocketed vest specifically for tech folks who tend to carry all kinds of gear. There are individual pockets for phones, a camera, memory cards, spare batteries, cables, wallet, passport, and many more. Here’s Scott Jordan wearing his newest offering, the SeV Pack Jacket.

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uNu Aero Battery Case for iPhone 5/5S
Manufacturer: uNu
MSRP: $99.95
uNu Battery Case

With your iPhone 5 or 5S in the uNu Aero Battery case, you simply place it on the aluminum charging mat and the device charges your iPhone as well as the backup battery. No wires, no connections.

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TechFan Podcast #152- Have a Seat

On March 2, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss some funny things to happen in the last week, as well as the importance of a good office chair, keyboard, and monitor. David watches the first episode of House of Cards finally! And Tim has a Kool-Aid incident.

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Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
HAG Capisco 8106 Chair (David’s Chair)
Staples Burlston Luxura Managers Chair (Tim’s Chair)

Esoterism Embrace 5 iPhone Bumper – Review

On February 27, 2014, in iPhone, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Esoterism Embrace 5 iPhone Bumper
Company: Esoterism
For iPhone 5/5S
Price: $89

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If you’ve watched or read my previous reviews on Esoterism iPhone Bumpers, you know I’m a big fan. The Esoterism Embrace 5 iPhone Bumper is no exception.

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Facetune App – Review

On February 26, 2014, in iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Facetune app for iPad/iPhone
Developer: Lightricks, Ltd.
Facetune for iPhone: $2.99
Facetune for iPad: $3.99

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Applications for portrait retouching on the Mac are often complex and quite expensive. Apps that perform similar functions in iOS are less expensive (or free) but usually aren’t as capable. A new competitor, Facetune, is now available for the iPhone and for the iPad.

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MyMac Podcast #496 – Nothing but net

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


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Ah it’s that time of year again where everything seems new! Yep, almost time for the Macworld Expo! What did you think I meant? While Guy makes T-Shirts, Gaz is looking for tech gear to keep track of how far he goes. ALL kinds of feedback this week too. Net neutrality seems to be under fire with Netflix on one side and Verizon on the other. You can bet if Verizon gets their way, the internet could be changed in the US for a long time.

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NewerTech MiniStack Max.
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Guy’s App PickCamtasia 2 on the Mac App Store. A really great screen capture and editor tool. Not cheap at $99, but is very flexible and capable of being a video editor all on it’s own too
Gaz’s App PickPedometer++ (iPhone 5S only): Heard about this on the Mac geek Gab.
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

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Allaire Bluetooth Wireless Premium Stereo Speakers

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$399 per pair in black or white; includes 30-day trial and free shipping both ways

This exciting new Allaire Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Speakers stereo system is priced midway into the $250 to $500 premium category. If you are tempted to save money and buy a competitor’s less expensive bookshelf product, consider first the added value Aperion provides. Keep reading; the news improves to match the stellar sound from the company’s new Aperion Allaire Bluetooth, referred to here as Allaire BT.

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Loop Fob – Review

On February 24, 2014, in Apps, iPhone, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Loop Fob
Manufacturer: LoopPay, Inc.
MSRP: $39.00
Loop Fob

LoopPay’s Fob provides a way to wirelessly transmit your credit card information to a payment terminal. Just hold the Fob close to the slot where you would normally swipe your card and press its button. Transaction complete.

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TechFan Podcast #151- Guy Plus

On February 23, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Guy Serle from the MyMac Podcast joins Tim and David for a spirited episode of TechFan. WhatApp is now owned by FaceBook, we discuss Google+, advertising during online videos, Cortana from Halo coming to Windows Phone, Tesla and Apple, and much more!

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Anomaly by Peter Cawdron
Feedback by Peter Cawdon
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DataColor SpyderCAPTURE Pro – Review

On February 21, 2014, in Camera, Features, Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

SpyderCAPTURE Pro
Price: $399.00
Company: DataColor

Photography is an art, and in art colors matter. Say you are taking product shots in a controlled lighting environment. There are tools that can help you gather the right color information while you shoot. If your workflow requires this, you may want to take a look at the SpyderCAPTURE Pro from DataColor.

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WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, 3rd Edition
Authors: Matt Beck and Jessica Neuman Beck
Publisher: Peachpit
Price: $27.99 for either Book or eBook; $40.24 bundled
276 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-95761-0
ISBN-10: 0-321-95761-X

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Are you thinking of starting a blog, but are unsure of how to begin? WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide by Matt Beck and Jessica Neuman Beck would be a good place to start.

One of the big questions people ask about WordPress is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. This question is answered in the book’s introduction, along with an explanation of why you might chose one service over the other.

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MyMac Podcast #495 – Why buy when you can rent?

On February 18, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

Don’t you just HATE buying software and having that feeling of a one time price? Wouldn’t you rather just have to pay less for it each month or it stops working? Gaz and Guy debate this topic with their usual thoughtfulness so you probably shouldn’t expect a hard and definitive answer…or should you? Also the weather takes a hard beating or perhaps it’s the other way around, ISPs suck, Captain Kirk should sound like Curly, and Guy needs a more typical Press hat for Macworld. All this week on the MyMac Podcast.

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Guy’s App Pick: Mixlr by Mixlr.com. A free service with paid for add ons for creating live podcasts that people can listen to and contribute to in an included chat room. Available on the Mac App Store.
Gaz’s App Pick: PopClip from Pilotmoon Software. PopClip appears when you select text with your mouse on your Mac. Instantly access context-specific actions including copy and paste, plus extensions like Send to Evernote. Try it free from their website or buy from $4.99 US, £2.99 GB or €4.49 in Europe
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

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Fuz Designs EverDock for iPhone – Review

On February 18, 2014, in Adapter, Dock, Features, iPad, iPhone, Review, by Sam Negri

EverDock
Fuz Designs
Price: $49.99

The EverDock is a docking stand used for recharging practically all smart phones and tablets. It doesn’t matter whether your device connects with a lightning, 30-pin, or micro-USB cable. The EverDock accommodates all of them. The 30-pin and lightning cables are not included.

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The dock is made from a heavy piece of aluminum with plenty off suction on the bottom to hold it in place on a glass or wood surface.

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W3 Wireless Audio Adapter
Company: Audioengine
Price: $149.00

The W3 Wireless Audio Adapter enables you to send music wirelessly from your computer to speakers in other parts of your house. The kit comes with three pieces: a send unit, a receiver, and a power supply that you’ll plug into a wall outlet.

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There’s also a Y cable with RCA phono plugs at one end and a headphone connector at the other. I plugged the RCA plugs into my stereo receiver and the headphone connector into the W3 receiver, which was connected to the electrical plug via USB. In a minute or two I was streaming music from my an older MacPro to the speakers in my living room. My speakers are good, but they are neither wireless nor Bluetooth enabled. With the W3 adapter, none of that matters.

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TechFan Podcast #150 – House of Cards

On February 14, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss Time Warner Cable being potentially purchased by Comcast, rudeness of content owners over their own creation, Apple overtaking Microsoft in PC sales, TouchID not working correctly on an iPhone 5s, House of Cards, and much more.

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MyMac Podcast #494 – Doing it on the run

On February 12, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

Because absolutely no one asked, Guy goes over in detail how he’s going to podcast using just iOS at the Macworld Expo. You’d think he’d have the process pretty much worked out by now. Meanwhile Gaz is excitedly testing rechargeable batteries in Apple devices that don’t have Apple’s logo, that rebel! While it all sounds rather mundane, this was a pretty funny show.

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TechFan Podcast #149 – Crazy Woz

On February 7, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss CRAZY WOZ, Sony exiting the PC business and LG thinking about it, Satya Nadella as the new CEO of Microsoft, Bitcoin booted from the Apple App Store, and what is Sapphire-Crystal and how could it change everything?

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