Macally Aluminum USB 3.0 External 2.5” SATA Hard Drive / SSD Enclosure
Manufacturer: Macally
MSRP: $24.99

Even in the digital age I seem to have the ability to occupy all of the space available. Recently, I upgraded the hard drive in my laptop computer. This left me with a perfectly functional internal drive outside of my computer. Macally to the rescue. Their Aluminum USB Hard Drive Enclosure is just the ticket to turn the delicate, surplus hard drive into rugged, ready storage for the road warrior.

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Polaroid Panorama Pan Head – Review

On June 17, 2016, in iPhone, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

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Manufacturer: Polaroid
MSRP: $50

This cute pan head allows you to pan 360º continuously in either direction, sweep a 75º pan left and right, or take photos in 5º increments every 10 seconds. It can be mounted on a tripod or its three legs fold outward like the wings of a beetle so it will stand on its own. The unit is about the diameter of a billiard ball. Polaroid’s engineers and designers had fun with this. Not only does it look great, it performs well too.

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Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Brian and Austin, Co-Founders of RareSloth

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Xounts Up Premium Speaker and Ambient Light Tower – Nemo Memo Pre-order Preview
$269 U. S. and up (pre-order pricing) plus modest shipping cost

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Xounts Up is an audio and visual wonder for music lovers on a generous budget. The tower’s sound is excellent and its light show is infinitely variable. Add-on modules can be purchased for wireless Bluetooth audio, battery power operation, and multi-speaker surround sound for up to eight of them.

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MyMac Podcast 609: WW…TGMD

On June 12, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Two weeks in a row and the GMen manage to get another show out under an hour. Is it kismet? Fate? A lucid and tight conversation between two professionals who know EXACTLY what they’re talking about? You’re kidding right? They do all the usual stuff and give some thought (HA!) to the upcoming WWDC, because that’s what Apple podcasts are supposed to do.

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Guy’s App Pick: As much as I complained about intrusive and privacy reducing services last week, Amazon has one that’s really nifty for aspiring screenwriters with not much money (which can probably be said of ALL aspiring screenwriters). Amazon’s Storywriter cloud writing app has many features including built in elements for the different parts of your story. It keeps track of your characters and auto fills them in as you create them. Certainly not as fully featured as stand-alone applications, but for getting your feet wet it’s great. You can also submit your screenplay to Amazon for consideration for…something, since they now make their own content as well.
Gaz’s App Pick: The way in app purchases work Ripple Training, do some free lessons for you to test their full package before buying all or some of the lessons this is the way in apps work well.

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FileMaker Pro 15 – Review

On June 10, 2016, in Review, by Mark Sealey

FileMaker Pro 15
Company: FileMaker
Price: See Below

 

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Last May, Apple subsidiary, FileMaker, released version 14 of its market-leading multi-platform and cross-device application – now not so much a database as an app itself to create all manner of apps in their own right.

Data, applications built for and using that data, as well as its retrieval, manipulation and presentation are all dealt with seamlessly across web, handhelds, tablets, desktops, mobile devices and all common operating systems.

MyMac was impressed with this consolidation and integration of services in June last year; but wondered whether the high price asked was justified in view of the relatively small number of significant new features offered.

The same can be said of version 15.

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TechFan #258 – Bill Smith of CompuCraft

On June 9, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson takes TechFan on the road to Grand Rapids, Michigan, with an onsite visit with CompuCraft Technology and an interview with owner Bill Smith. Later, Tim tries to get his youngest daughter to talk on the podcast, but she is too cool and refuses.

This episode is sponsored by Macsales.com

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Apple Watch Glass Screen Protector (38mm)
Manufacturer: Belkin
Amazon price: $24.99

I’m always concerned about damaging my latest new, shiny thing. Scratching the screen on my Apple Watch is my most recent worry. Because the watch is fairly thick, it is easily bumped or scraped against things.

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Belkin’s Apple Watch InvisiGlass® Screen Protector offers good screen protection. It’s real glass with a 9H hardness rating — that’s high. The packaging includes a clever alignment structure making positioning the protector on your watch precise. This is necessary because the protector itself is the size of a postage stamp.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Dr. Jan Linxweiler

On June 8, 2016, in Spotlight, by Tim Robertson

Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Dr. Jan Linxweiler of appgineers

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Mini Bluetooth Keyboard
Company: Kanex
Price: $40

Kanex Mini USB Keyboard and StandI recently had the opportunity to review the Kanex Mini Bluetooth Keyboard with Stand Cover, and I am impressed. Inside the box are the keyboard itself, a magnetic cover (which doubles as a stand for your tablet or phone), and a USB charging cable.

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W3 Premium Wireless Audio Adapter
Audioengine
$149 plus $89 each for additional receivers

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Wireless audio anywhere and everywhere in your home, place of work, or studio, without compression or signal reduction. Strong and clear signals at up to 100 feet from sender to receiver. Effortless setup for up to three receiving sets of speakers. 30-day trial to audition the units. Reasonable price for reliable 16-bit digital audio.

Audioengine’s excellent W3 Premium Wireless Audio Adapter is a send/receive two-module system that uses proprietary wireless technology to play your music to any speaker with mini audio or RCA ports. The modules can be powered from either AC or USB sources, including iPhone power plugs and external USB-output batteries, plus many others. Audio quality is superior to Bluetooth.

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MyMac Podcast 608: Customer or Product?

On June 6, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Free stuff is always great right? Except for when it isn’t. Gaza and Guy discuss some of the pluses and minuses-es-es of free online services. The only price you pay for this podcast is listening to it! OH! And there’s a now Patreon link in case you DO want to pay for it, but you don’t have to.

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WiFi Maximizing Router Dock
Influx
Price: $60 U.S.

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Before I started using the Influx WiFi Maximizer Router Dock two weeks ago, I could not do what I am doing at this moment. I am now using my laptop in my dining room, about 40 feet away from my router and modem, and I am getting a strong and constant WiFi connection despite various walls and 90 degree obstructions between me and the router.

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TechFan #257 – Self Driving Episode

On June 3, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Owen Rubin joins Tim Robertson again this week to discuss self-driving cars, Microsoft trying to trick people into upgrading to Windows 10, living in a simulated reality, Al Alcorn, and the best ways to speed up your Mac. This episode is sponsored by Macsales.com

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Travel Tips for Techies (And Everyone Else) by Nemo and our MyMac staff

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I just returned from my fourth weekend trip taken during the past two months. Two journeys were by car and two were by airplane. I live in Tucson in southern Arizona. One trip each was to Nevada and northern Arizona, and two were to Marin County, north of San Francisco, California. The California flights were for family occasions, and both Nevada and northern Arizona were for sightseeing. Only the Arizona trip included other people: daughter and son-in-law. We took our small family dog with us on the sightseeing trips and also on the first California flights.

Note: This combo article was originally written in March, but it was not posted then. I wanted to wait until the winter travel season was over. Now that summer travel is here, some winter references are best to consider later in the year. Airport delays are front and center, so plan accordingly.

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ZTE Axon 7 – Review

On June 1, 2016, in Review, by MyMac Administrator

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The mobile market seems to become more saturated with high-end devices with each passing year, and 2016 looks to be no different. We’ve already seen very impressive releases with the powerful Samsung Galaxy S7, and whilst details around the Apple iPhone 7 are still murky, there’s been one company who are seeking to make a big statement on the mobile scene and that’s ZTE.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Mark Allan

On June 1, 2016, in Spotlight, by Tim Robertson

Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at MyMac.com, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Mark Allan of Canimaan Software Ltd
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Tenda AC15 Smart Dual-band Gigabit AC1900 WiFi Router
$80-$85 U.S. Internet price range

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This new WiFi and Ethernet router has excellent performance at an affordable price. The physical unit is attractive, and the setup process is the quickest I’ve ever done. An included paper instruction sheet will be easy to understand for techies, and somewhat less so for ordinary people. Phone support is available, and the product carries a generous three-year warranty.

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MyMac Podcast 607: 53 Errors but a Phone ain’t one

On May 30, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Back to the usual shenanigans for the GMen who can’t quite figure out one week from another. Then they talk about the ongoing saga of the dreaded Error 53 that some people who have had their iPhone parts replaced and whether Apple’s seemingly lack of focus could be to blame.

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TechFan #256 – Bad Graphics

On May 27, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Owen Rubin joins Tim Robertson for a long and lively discussion on Classic Macs, Arcades, HP, Freedom of the Press, Peter Thiel and Gawker, Magic Eraser, PS4, and much more. This episode of sponsored by MacSales.com

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