MyMac Podcast #512: Future Apple

On July 9, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is off watching cars race that DON’T belong to NASCAR (the HORROR!) but Karl Madden comes on to talk about the future of various Apple products and lots of tangents that Guy went off on (because that’s what he does). You can find Karl’s probably more rational podcast Mac and Forth here.

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Guy’s App Pick: BeLight’s Printfoloio bundle include Swift Publisher, Business Card Composer, Disc Cover, Label and Addresses, Image Tricks Pro – $70 
Karl’s App PickAudio Hijack Pro (Digital Amoeba) in conjunction with Soundflower (Cycling 74) – These two apps make my podcast so much easier.
People’s Pick: From Allister Jenks…Monty Python’s The Ministry of Silly Walks By Boondoggle Studios $1.99 I’m sure Gaz will appreciate this one. It’s a hit in our household. Simple enough to operate, hard enough to master, voiced by John Cleese!

FileMaker Go 13 – Review

On July 9, 2014, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

FileMaker Go 13
Developer: FileMaker, Inc.
Free from the App Store (works with FileMaker 12 and/or 13)
FileMaker Go 13

FileMaker Pro is the database manager for the Mac; there is also a PC version making it dual platform capable. I have used FileMaker since [gasp] its Claris origins. It is my go-to app for organizing contacts, projects, inventory, organizations, including my reviews for MyMac. I have successfully run corporate product development departments using FileMaker.

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FileMaker Go 13 is a companion app to FileMaker Pro 13 that allows the use of your FileMaker databases on iOS devices. As an example, I have a 900-record contacts file called ROLO that I use daily on my Mac. When I travel, I am able to take that file along for instant reference on my iPhone and iPad. My ROLO has twenty-two different layouts and all of them function on my iPad as expected. The Find commands work well as do all of the buttons. Below is the Mac file (left) and the same file on the iPad (right).

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iHome FIT Sport Ear Buds – Review

On July 9, 2014, in Features, Review, by Vicki Stokes

iHome FIT Sport Ear Buds
Company: iHome
Price: $24.99

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The iHome Fitness Innovation Technology, FIT, is a line of audio products for active use or while lounging on your sofa. The iB11 2-in-1 sport ear buds that I reviewed are on the lower end of the line which made me curious about the higher end ear buds.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - Review

On July 8, 2014, in Game, Review, Video Games, by Tim Robertson

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Company: Feral Interactive, Inc.

Price: $29.99
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Mac App Store link

As the resident “LEGO Video Game Reviewer” here at MyMac.com, it’s my job to review all the new LEGO video games that come out on the Mac. The best part? They are some of my favorite games. The problem? I usually already own the game on the Play Station months before it is released on the Mac. But that’s okay, I will suffer through playing again for the sake of our readers. 

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VersaStand – Review

On July 5, 2014, in iPad, iPad mini, Review, Stand, by Curt Blanchard

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Model: FDM-UNIV-VSDS
Manufacturer: Ergotech
MSRP: $29.95
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MyMac Podcast #511: Stormy Clouds

On June 30, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Gaz and Guy talk about different cloud options for you and at the end you’ll COMPLETELY understand how the cloud works and certainly know what service you want….sha right!

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Guy’s App PickActiveCloud Pro from Pocket Watch. $3.99 Syncs and provides access to many different cloud services including DropBox, Box, and Apple’s iCloud services and makes it easy to open files in the apps of your choice. Have lot’s of cloudy goodness? Check out ActiveCloud. 
Gaz’s App PickPocket. When you find an interesting article, video or web page that you want to read, watch or view later, put it in Pocket. Once it’s in Pocket, it automatically syncs across to your phone, tablet and computer so you can view it anytime on any device, even without an internet connection.

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Kloqe
Company: Kloqe
Price: $69.95

 

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TechFan #168 – Chromebook and IO

On June 26, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss distracted driving, sugar-less soda, Google IO, the Verizon and Google kerfuffle, and Chromebook Pixels.

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Problem #1: Closeup and macro photography is difficult and annoying using an iPhone, due to the small size of the self-focusing phone camera relative to the proximity to the subject when working at extremely close range.

Problem #2: The fixed focal length of the iPhone’s camera is too wide for any attempts at distance photography, requiring pixel-reducing zooming and cropping that lessen the image content.

Solution #1: Use an iPad for closeups! olloclip’s new $70 iPad 4-in-1 Photo Lens has fisheye, wide-angle, 10mm-macro, and 15mm-macro lenses, all contained in a single two-sided slip-on housing that is easier to use than describe.

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MyMac Podcast #510: The Eff Eye Are EEE Phone

On June 25, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Just like we didn’t talk about the World Cup last week, the GMen don’t talk about Amazon’s Fire phone this week. Which means they did but not much. They do talk about the new iMac and what that might mean going forward for the Mac and get lost in old Podcast art…eventually.

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Guy’s App PickBorderland 2 from Asphyr for $9.99 at the Mac App Store but probably not at that price anymore by the time you hear this. Having a lot of fun with this game.
Gaz’s App PickThe Championships, Wimbledon 2014 for iPhone New for the Championships 2014. A fully redesigned visually rich experience (like hitler)that can be personalised allowing the fan to control the type of information they want to see for the players, event or country of their choice, and also share all content across a variety of social media platforms.

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Justin Portable Power Packs and Cases – Affordable Excellence – Nemo Memo

Justin trio

5,200mAh Power Bank with LCD Display
$30
10,000mAh Power Bank
$50
3,000mAh iPhone Power Case
$70

Innovative Technology’s exceptional portable power units are among the best MyMac has evaluated. When you consider their design, engineering, and price, each of these three products receives our recommendation.

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DrawBerry Vector Drawing App – Review

On June 23, 2014, in Apps, Review, by Simon Parnell

DrawBerry 0.8.1
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Free/Donationware

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DrawBerry is a free/donationware vector drawing application for the Mac that can be downloaded from the developer or any number of reputable sites such as MacUpdate, CNET or Softpedia.

In order to write this review I actually used this program to create this simple graphic so I could really test out the product and not just repeat what the developer’s website says. (I am sure that doesn’t happen here on MyMac.com, but I have read far too many factually inaccurate reviews of programs I know and use professionally where it is obvious the “journalist” responsible just regurgitated a press release.)

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Over-ear Headphones by Share Brands – available in five colors
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Price: $65

Share Brands headphones are cushioned, comfortable, and stylish. Sound is decent, but quality drops off at the lower end of the spectrum. Adequate for non-audiophiles and listeners not fussy about superior bass and crisp highs, these headphones come with a 5.7 foot cable and standard 3.5mm plug. They can be used with any iOS device or desktop computer. There’s an inline control button on the cable that allows users to switch between music and phone calls when a call comes in.

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TechFan #167 – Retron5 and Fire Phone

On June 20, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss the new Amazon Fire Phone, Retron5, a new iMac, and much more.

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Mac Podcast #509: Soccerless

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

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Neither Guy nor Gaz talk about the World Cup or soccer except for where they do. Skype as usual acts up in each segment of this week’s show, but that doesn’t stop Gaz and Guy from their usual hijinks. Greg Holdsworth is bringing back his podcast, “Your Own Victory Garden after a nearly 4 year absence! Why did he stop? What will the new show be like? You’re going to have to listen to find out.

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Contributing blogger/writer at VegetableGardener.com
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Guy’s App PickModern Conflict by Gaijin Entertainment $1.99 
Gaz’s App PickMines ordered :) $199 or £159 UK
Greg’s PickYouTube To MP3 Converter (OSX) From MediaHuman, Free Garden Compass Plant, Pest & Disease Identifier (iOS) From TeamSOA, Inc., Free

TechFan #166 – Solar Powered Roads

On June 13, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss Solar Powered Roars, more on Amazon playing hardball with suppliers, Tesla and their patients, E3, and email from Guy Serle of MyMac Podcast fame, and the Atari 2600.

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MyMac Podcast #508: Apple is the Knight who says BING!

On June 9, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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We get caught up on Guy’s adventure buying a car in Florida and how Gaz gets his iTunes for cheaps! The GMen go over some of what they thought was great from WWDC and then realize they forgot to mention a whole bunch of other things that they SAID they’ll get back to but probably won’t. Gaz’s language skills takes a horrible beating with Swahili and so much more!

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Guy’s App Pick: Flat Out 2 by Virtual Programming .99 cents
Gaz’s App Pick: Pages for the win, created some templates for Invoice creation. Pages is so much easier (in my opinion) than Word on the Mac to do this sort of stuff.
People’s Pick: Erick Diaz likes the new Weather Channel app, newly refreshed to iOS 7 goodness JUST in time for iOS 8

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CrazyTalk7 – Review

On June 9, 2014, in Cartoon, Features, by Vicki Stokes

CrazyTalk7 Standard
Company: Reallusion
Price: $29.99

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Have you seen videos of animals talking like humans? Have you ever wondered how that is done? Reallusion has created a family of animation products, CrazyTalk, for beginners and pro animators that makes creating a video of your dog speaking like Hannibal Lecter an easy process. Crazy Talk7 is used to create audio-driven facial animation. CrazyTalk Animator 2 is a complete 2D animation product. At this year’s 2014 Macworld Expo, I had the opportunity to meet one of the CrazyTalk developers and see a demo of the CrazyTalk7 Standard product. I was given a copy to evaluate and it was an absolute pleasure.

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TechFan #165 – WWDC 2014 and More

On June 6, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss what WWDC means for Apple, rather than going over each new feature introduced this week. We also delve into how the announcements and new OS’s could have a profound impact on the home console market. All that, plus an email from John Nemo sparks a discussion on in-app purchasing and how Android and Window users are getting shafted by an OPEN system.

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EverWeb – Review

On June 6, 2014, in Features, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

EverWeb
Company: RAGE Software
Price: $79.95 for software only; $99.95/year for software and web hosting
Version 1.3.1
Requires: Mac OSX 10.6 or higher

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EverWeb is a drag and drop web site builder that appeals to the experienced web designer as well as the occasional user. Create a web site from scratch, or start from a built in template. No coding knowledge or experience is required, though the more adventurous can add HTML or CSS on individual pages.

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