MyMac Podcast #506: Stupid App Tricks

On May 29, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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We have another guest this week as Allister Jenks joins in to talk about all kinds of stuff and all three go into what THEY think are stupid apps. Even bad Skype delay couldn’t deter them.

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Guy’s App PickStar Wars TSG free! FREE! Ever want to make a title sequence like they have at the beginning of every Star Wars film? Ever think “That’s WAY too hard!” Well Star Wars TSG to the rescue. You can specify the size, number of frames per second, the studio name, the film name, and what you want said in the opening crawl.Then save it to an empty folder. Why? Because It makes a series of BMP image files that you then have to string together in QuickTime Player 7 with File -> Open Image sequence. The newer version of QuickTime won’t do it.
Gaz’s App PickFlow $4.99 or £2.99 UK or NZ$6.49. Flow is an FTP + SFTP client. With URL Copying, Droplets, a built-in editor, and QuickLook. Reviews are mixed but I’ve used it for a while and I like it, it may not be as good or have the features of other more sophisticated FTP clients, but I’m not sophisticated.
Allister’s App PickRipit! From the little app factory $24.95. DVD ripping software

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Dragon Dictate for Mac V4 Review

On May 29, 2014, in Review, by Russ Walkowich

Dragon Dictate for Mac version 4
Company: Nuance
Price: $199.99 MSRP

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Times have finally changed for Mac users when it comes to dictation on the Mac. It seems that the Mac has always been the Johnny-come-lately to the party as far as dictation was involved. The first time that Mac users could finally say that proper dictation had arrived was when Nuance offered Dragon Dictate for the Mac. Since then Apple finally provided their own version of dictation when they offered up Dictation in the Mountain Lion version of OS X.

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Picture Rescue 2
Prosoft Engineering
Price: $20.

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There are many ways to lose your digital photos. The easiest way is to format your camera’s memory card, which erases everything and makes room for new images. You can also lose files when something goes awry while transferring file from your camera to your computer. Sooner or later, many of us discover that we want some of those erased photos back. That’s when you should reach for Picture Rescue 2, a utility that scans your SD card and reconstructs any files that haven’t been overwritten by new files.

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iBN26 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Speaker with Speakerphone and USB Charging
Available in white with wood top or all black. Review unit is the white + wood, and is attractive.
iHome Audio
Price:$80

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This versatile, small, round, powerful speaker does it all. Room-filling music delivery is crisp and distortion-free. Midrange and treble performance are very good. Bass is minimal, but is acceptable.

iBN26’s design is attractive and compact, with easy-access top deck music controls. A comprehensive printed manual is included, with instructions that users quickly will memorize. The rear USB charging port is handy, as is the speakerphone feature (see below).

A very short 3.5mm audio cable is provided for situations if Bluetooth is not possible. Remember to unplug this cable when using Bluetooth, because the AUX cable overrides wireless audio.

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Hoodini – Video Review

On May 27, 2014, in Features, iPad, Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

Hoodini
Company: HoodiVision
Price: $36.95
Works with all flavors of iPad

 

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TechFan #163 – XBOX Surface Pro One

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

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Tim and David discuss the Microsoft decision to dump the Kinetic in the XBOX One, the new Surface Pro laptop – tablet, the HP 7-Plus, Samsung and Apple, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

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Vanatoo Transparent One powered speakers – Review

On May 20, 2014, in Review, Speakers, by Curt Blanchard

Vanatoo Transparent One powered speakers
Manufacturer: Vanatoo
MSRP: $499.00
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There was a time when we listened to music in our living rooms. Out loud. That enjoyable experience is making a welcome return because it is fun and because of advances in digital technology. Traditional stereo receivers seem almost quaint these days. Speakers with built-in amplifiers are becoming the leading edge in home music appreciation.

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Elvis Costello once said, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. It’s a stupid thing to try to do.” Read on, you’ve been warned.

Listening to the Vanatoo Transparent One speakers for the first time is mesmerizing: they produce a very wide sound stage, and they have astonishing presence with deep, rich bass, and silky smooth clarity. Imaging is uncannily accurate. Solo singers are dead center while you can actually sense the position of the surrounding musicians. With closed eyes it’s hard to believe that all that sound is coming from speakers that measure 10 inches tall, 6.5 inches wide, and 8 inches deep. (28cm x 16.5cm x 20.3cm)

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MyMac Podcast #505: Red vs Blue (or Black or Green)

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

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James Turner joins the GMen in a rollicking show that quickly and somewhat willfully gets completely out of control practically from the very start. Gaz has problems with a Time Machine, Guy has a blank screen, and James is questioning his life choice of coming on to podcasts with weirdos. OH and there was some useful bit and hard drives.

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Guy’s App PickVideo Editor Pro by David Team. $29.99. Looking for a multi-track video editor with a small footprint that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? If your needs are relatively light, give Video Editor Pro a try. Multi-track drag and drop editing, crop tools, some text tools, and so on. Nothing too fancy, but it works well. Lacking in some of the basic onscreen tools (like splitting a clip which requires a keyboard shortcut) but for $30 it will most likely meet all your basic needs PLUS it accepts a lot of different formats without the need to convert them first.
Gaz’s App PickWhatSize £10.49.There are alternatives, go to this link if you want to try some
James PickMonument Valley $3.99. A puzzler of “monumental” proportions! (yeah I went there)

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Audioengine’s D1 Saved My Marriage
Audioengine D1 Premium 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter)
Price: $169

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My Panasonic digital television does not have a headphone port. Why have TV manufacturers removed headphone ports from our equipment? How are people supposed to use headphones now? Why are we suddenly not interested in using them?

When I stream audio/video content from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, or the iPad/iPhone, using an AppleTV or Roku box, there needs to be a straightforward way to listen with headphones without disturbing my wife reading in the living room. Audioengine’s D1 digital-to-analog converter is the solution and marriage saver.

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FaceFilter3 Pro for the Mac – Review

On May 19, 2014, in Mac OS X, Review, by Vicki Stokes

FaceFilter3 Pro - The Ultimate Photo Beauty Kit
For Mac OS X 10.7 above
Company Reallusion
 Price $79.95

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FaceFilter3 Pro is a photo retouching toolkit that allows you to enhance your portraits utilizing a multi-layer makeup system. The software package has tools for skin color tone adjustment, skin smoothing, and blemish removal. It also includes hundreds of templates for one-click make up applications.

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TechFan #162 – No Power

On May 16, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Should a company sue over an honest, though negative, review? David and Tim discuss Apple buying Beats. A long email from Neil Worton to discuss more on GTA V Online gaming, and then the power goes out on Tim to wrap up the show. And yes, Tim say’s the wrong show number for this episode.

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Kensington SecureBack M Series Modular Enclosure

Manufacturer: Kensington
MSRP: $69.99

The ability to process credit card sales on an iPhone or iPad has been a boon to small businesses. Kensington and their SecureBack M Series Modular Enclosure for iPad has made the Point of Sale process even more friction free. The bonus is adding enhanced security.

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Seagate Central – Review

On May 15, 2014, in Hard Drive, NAS, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Seagate Central
Manufacturer: Seagate
Capacity: 2TB
MSRP: $149.95 (Internet price $128.00)
Seagate Central with 2TB capacity

Are you worried about your documents, precious photos, music library, and data stored in The Cloud? Ever thought about how secure your personal information is when it is all sitting in a data center somewhere? Instead of trusting your stuff to someone else’s cloud, how about putting it in your own cloud?

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Quick Switch Bluetooth Keyboard for Up to Five Devices
Macally
Price: $70
Guest review by Ron Staub

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I am a recent new owner of an iMac with a 21″ screen (replacing an old PC laptop). This Mac has its place on my desk next to my iPad, my printer, and in front of my 26″ television. I had a wired, full-sized keyboard for the Mac and a smaller, Bluetooth keyboard for the Pad, leaving very little room for mouse travel, note taking, and other desk tasks.

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iHome Wireless Bluetooth headphones
Model: iB75
Manufacturer: iHome
MSRP: $99.99
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In 2001, Earbuds were introduced with the iPod. They were not particularly good at the gym or when walking. Recently Apple developed improved EarPods, but even with a better fit, they disappoint when you are physically active. The biggest problem is the dangly cord that gets caught on clothing, and its weight can pull the Earbuds or EarPods out of your ears.

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M-100 Premium Headphones with Microphone
Company: V-Moda
Price: $310

VModa M100

If I had to describe a quality headphone, it would be the V-Moda M-100. When I first received this product I was in awe of how well the packaging and headphone were put together, just as I was with the V-Moda LP2. I feel a sense of quality when I come in contact with V-Moda’s products.

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MyMac Podcast #504 – And The Beats Goes On

On May 13, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Rough week for Guy but he did manage to soup up his son Peter’s new (or old rather) laptop with more memory and an SSD drive. Gaz has apps just made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do. The GMen discuss the Beats maybe deal and what Apple could or should buy instead. The whole Dusty story is at the very end so if you don’t want to hear it (it’s rather sad) then just stop after the closing theme.

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Guy’s App PickCarbon Copy Cloner which is a great Mac app for cloning your entire hard drive to another AND making it bootable. This should be on every Mac user’s system. $39.95 for all the extra features like scheduling backups and more.
Gaz’s App PickLittle Inferno £6.99 Reminded me a little bit of Machinarium $10  and World of Goo 
People’s Pick: Gary Apter likes the Apple Store iOS app and thinks it’s the best way to make a Genius Bar appointment and to check in when you arrive. You can see what classes and events are scheduled and make a reservation. There have been FREE offers for music and apps. There are other things to look at promoting products and deals. Take a look. There are versions for the iPad and iPhone.

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“I don’t buy apps”

On May 13, 2014, in Apps, Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

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“I don’t buy apps.”

That’s the phrase I am hearing more and more from people when discussing apps on the iPad. I bring up a cool app that costs a couple of dollars and the person immediately states the above sentence. It seems as if buying apps is becoming more and more of the thing not to do. It is as if buying apps is a sin. Why buy apps when there are hundreds of free ones?

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TechFan #161 – Greatest Video Games

On May 9, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Due to a last minute meeting, Tim records a solo show. What is the greatest video game ever? Lego Marvel Super Heroes on the Mac. Apple looking to buy Beats Music. Nintendo’s future looking more bleak. And John Nemo and Tim share some painful memories.

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Nintendo Probably Can’t Save the Wii U (Time)
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iDL46 Dual Alarm Clock, Radio and Dock for iPad, iPhone, and iPod
iHome Audio
Price: $100.00

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If you stayed in a motel in recent years, you probably bumped into this or a similar product on your nightstand. The iDL46  has some useful features, such as the ability to listen to and charge an iPhone, iPad, or iPod with either a 30-pin or lightning cable. The lightning connector is built into the top of the unit and the 30-pin connects uses a USB port on the back. The 30-pin cable is not included.  Many similar units I’ve evaluated had substandard audio but the IDL46 is well-modulated, resonant, and on the whole quite respectable for a small radio. There’s also an AUX-in port if you want to connect a CD player or some other device to play through the unit’s speakers.

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