Drive Genius 4
Price: $99 U.S.
Drive Genius 4 (DG4) is the latest version of Prosoft Engineering’s popular utility designed to fine tune your Mac and head-off technical catastrophes. If you’ve used an earlier version, you’ll find a new and improved user interface and someadditional features.
Apple Watch for Older Adults – Nemo’s 3-Minute Interview with Mike Tannenbaum
Mike gave himself a big gift for a big birthday. Listen to our 3-minute conversation at the link below to learn how an older adult appreciates the revolutionary future of this remarkable wearable technology.
NewerTech’s NuMount Pivot Desk Mount lets you float your iMac above the surface of your desk. It’s liberating to be able to swing the whole computer out of the way while using your laptop or when paperwork demands more space than you have. This is convenient for people who like a clean, tidy workspace but it is especially useful on a cluttered desk because your iMac doesn’t even touch the surface.
Apple already designs their own ARM processors for their mobile devices, could they do the same for the Mac? The GMen have a bit of chat about this with lots of pre-show feedback from our listeners. The Macstock Expo is on the way and get $10 off the already silly price of $69 with this code, MyMac10Off]
The three Apalon Apps apple watch apps: Speak and translate; Weather Live; and NOAA Radar pro are some of the first released for the Apple Watch and highlight the Apple Watch’s utility for convenient interactions and useful notifications.
With the launch of the Apple Watch, there has been a slew of watch apps released. By design, third-party apps are currently only capable of functioning as companions to an iPhone app, providing quick notifications or a simple interface for interactions, but ultimately being driven by the iPhone. Unfortunately, this means third party apps launch slowly and can take many seconds to engage. Nevertheless, there is an exciting opportunity for developers to identify useful features and define the best methods for interacting with watch apps, with apps still in their infancy.
Are you running out of hard space on your computer? One of the problems is that the trash can might be overflowing. Putting something in the trash on your computer doesn’t remove it from your hard drive. It is taking up space until your empty the trash.
iKlip Grip – multi function iPhone/iPod stand – Nemo Memo
iKlip Grip from IK Multimedia
I nominate iKlip Grip from IK Multimedia for Most Innovative and Versatile iPhone/iPod Accessory of 2015. iKlip Grip is four products in one package at a reasonable price: table top tripod, selfie stick, extension handle, and tripod adapter, in order of probable usage. As a bonus, a Bluetooth remote control shutter release is provided.
The single best feature of iKlip Grip is its most basic, but not immediately obvious, ability to position your iPhone in front of you in stable vertical/portrait orientation. There are hundreds of stands and cases for horizontal/landscape viewing, but very few to none that work in portrait mode. iKlip Grip does both beautifully.
Thunderbolt is probably the most interesting technology that came to our Macintoshes in recent years. Since I bought a 15” MacBook Pro with retina display, I have been following the market for Thunderbolt docks. In the first years, they were slow to come to market. Then, with Thunderbolt 2 released, they removed some ports. OWC has a new accessory that has Thunderbolt 2 connectivity with a FireWire port: the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock.
Tim has an update on the mini-Arcade project. David purchased an Apple Extended Keyboard II and explains how to get it to work with a modern Mac. Adobe makes a business decision, more on streaming services and car audio, and David plays with the new MacBook.
Not New Video Games
Gaz is feeling right! Guy is, well, Guy so we all know how that usually works out. They have a great second section topic is which they talk about whether or not Apple doesn’t seem all that concerned about their high-end users. The Macstock Expo is on the way and get $10 off the already silly price of $69 with this code, MyMac10Off
Guy’s App Pick: Podtrans by imobie. Need to transfer a lot of content from an iPod or iPhone that you don’t have synced through iTunes? Podtrans works easily and is free for just transferring stuff. Need more functionaility? There’s a pro version that also does conversion and a few other tricks
Gaz’s App Pick: With the usual caveats that come along with an Angry Birds title I’ve found myself playing the series again, but one that I didn’t have was Angry Birds Star Wars II
If you like organizing files and folders on your Mac, one way to do that is with colored tags. Tags allow you to color code your folder and files and then you can easily find items by that color if you need to. In older versions of OS X and Mac OS this used to be known as labels.
I am typing this text on a very pleasant black wireless keyboard with white laser-made characters. Cherry’s new JD-0700EU Entry Level Wireless Desktop Set (abbreviated below as JD7) ships with batteries for both keyboard and mouse. A single USB receiver inserts into your Macintosh and connects instantly with both pieces of equipment. This receiver stows in the bottom of the mouse when not in use.
Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss Verizon buying AOL and what they really want out of the deal. Also up: problems with Plex, videogame publishers harsh business tactics, Sega pulling iOS games, Spotify, and Tim has a new tech project for his kids!
Volo Guardian case for iPhone 6
Retail price: $29.99
The Volo Guardian case for iPhone 6 is slim, rugged, and stylish. It increases the thickness of the iPhone 6 a bit, but not excessively.
The frame (Volo calls it an exoskeleton) is polycarbonite, a very tough plastic most often used when strength is important. The one-piece inner lining and bezel is made of TPU, thermoplastic polyurethane. It is flexible and provides a comfortable grippiness along the edges. In production, these two materials are molded together with an antimicrobial ingredient. It weighs a mere 1.1 oz. (32g).
Extra-Long Adjustable Automobile Cup Holder Mount
We are now entering the summer driving season and it is time to reassess our automotive safety. Macally is ready to help with their mCupXL. This is a mount that sits in a cup holder in your car and secures a phone or even a small GPS unit. This item does it right.
Because we haven’t talked about it enough, Gaz and Guy devote the entire second section of the show to the Macstock Conference and Expo which is taking place on June 20th in Woodstock, Illinois. This is followed by them also talking about the Midwest Mac BBQ taking place on the same day. They MUST be sick or something. Hang on a moment…they were! However in a moment of lucidity, they’ve included a great recording of Gaz’s daughter Sarah singing at the end of the show.
Guy’s App Pick: itubedownloader from Alpha Software. Download quickly and easily any YouTube video with this app. $4.99
Gaz’s App Pick: Radiation Island: Not one of the best Survival sims you’ll find and I think this has been transferred from a version on the iPad, graphics could do with a tweak but overall I’m had fun playing this one, 2.99$ or 2.29£
Here’s an old favorite. How to set a screen saver on your Mac.
To set a screen saver start by clicking the Apple in the top left of the screen (the Apple Menu). Choose System Preferences. From the window that opens click “Desktop & Screen Saver.”
Next click the tab labeled “Screen Saver.” The other tab is for setting a desktop picture. I’ll get to that another day.
olloCase for iPhone 6/6Plus
MSRP: Both sizes are $29.99
The new olloclip lenses for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are superb. See MyMac’s Macro 3-in-1 lens review and the 4-in-1 review. If you use a case on your iPhone, it must be removed before sliding the lenses into place. Good news for olloclip fans—a new olloCase is just being introduced in two colors (gray and black) and two sizes.
This ingenious case is carefully crafted so that the new olloclip lenses will slide on without having to remove it. You may even consider adopting this as your everyday case. It’s that nice. The protective, rubberized bezel extends just enough so that it keeps the screen from touching flat surfaces when the phone is placed facedown. The plastic back is translucent so your iPhone is visible and textured so that scratches won’t show.
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Tim and David discuss being on the front page of iTunes, The Mac App store, losing tech gear and the cost of replacement, Nintendo making a profit, Plex media service, and much more!