Looty Dungeon – Review

On April 19, 2016, in Game, iPad, iPhone, Review, by Tim Robertson

Looty Dungeon
Developer: Taco Illuminati
Free (In-App Purchases)

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I know you saw the In-App Purchases above, but don’t worry. Looty Dungeon is not one of those games that claims to be free, when in reality to do anything worthwhile you have to spend ten bucks “unlocking” something via an In-App Purchase. Looty Dungeon’s IAP is simply characters you may want to buy, although I think you can actually earn them all just by playing the game and earning the in-game currency.

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MyMac Podcast 601: The Whole sort of General Mishmash

On April 18, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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The GMen take the lazy way out and instead of having one topic to focus on, kinda jump around to talk about odd bits and pieces. Because having an entire extra week to come up with a decent topic apparently wasn’t long enough. Guy talks a lot about cats (as if the show graphic wasn’t enough of a clue) and rowing while Gaz is busy actually with tech. They wrap up the whole FBI vs Apple case, Apple’s increasing marketshare in an otherwise down industry, Safari now has a silver medal, and don’t click hacked links. Because, just don’t.

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Guy’s App Pick: Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Platinum Edition by Aspyr. Currently 50% off in the Mac App Store. $4.99
Gaz’s App Pick: Did you know you can buy Machinarium in the Mac App store for £7.99? Well you can it’s a great classic game, if you haven’t played this game you must.
People’s Pick: From Troy Muller
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MyMac.com Writers App Picks

On April 18, 2016, in Opinion, by Mark Chappell

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There are almost a bajillion apps for the Mac app store so how do you cut through all the cruft and get to the good ones. Let the MyMac.com team guide you as we give you our essential app list rundown. A list of apps we use on a daily basis and couldnt do without

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TechFan #251 – Trust

On April 16, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David and Tim have a great argument in the second half of the show about streaming first run movies. Also, do you trust the technologies that require an online connection? Did you know that NES games are still being made? There is a new campaign to recreate the Commodore 64. And look at our links to get an Xbox 360 USB controller to work with a Mac!

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Xbox 360 Controller Drivers for Mac OS X
Crowdfunding new Commodore 64
Big Trouble in Little China for NES
Google deliberately disabling some old smart-home devices
Retro Gaming Table
Sean Parker’s streaming service

H277HU Display for USB-C and HDMI
Acer
$500 U.S.

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The future has arrived. USB-C ports are here to stay. Acer’s impressive new H277HU Display for USB-C and HDMI solves several problems and leaves only one or two unanswered. Owners of Apple’s diminutive 12 inch MacBook can use this external display for accurate enlargement of their built in visual content. All other computers and devices with HDMI ports are welcome also.

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LifeCard
PlusUS
Price: $60 U.S.

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The LifeCard is a slim, stainless steel power supply that will recharge most of a Smart Phone’s battery quickly. It’s thicker and heavier than a credit card, contrary to what the advertising says. It is skinny and will indeed fit in a wallet but it’s not as unobtrusive as an ordinary credit card. Considering the price, it’s also light on capacity.

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Back in December 2014 I wrote about my personal experience of installing my iPhone 4S on the TracFone 3G wireless system. You are welcomed to read this article in our MyMac archives. Last month Apple released the new and smaller iPhone SE and I elected to purchase the unlocked 64 gigabyte model to replace my still functioning but somewhat dated iPhone 4S.

Since I have been enjoying the non-contract freedom the TracFone system offers I naturally needed to move my new phone into their system, but this time using 4G LTE. I knew this works well because late last year I assisted a fellow Tucson Mac User Group member get his iPhone 5C into the TracFone 4G LTE and he has been very satisfied with their service.

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Power Dash  6.6
LAUT
Price: $25 U.S.

Available in white or black

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The LAUT Power Dash 6.6 is a 3-port USB charger that plugs into a car’s 12 volt accessory lighter receptacle to charge or revive cell phones, tablets and other iOS devices. Because of its 6.6. amp output, far stronger than my other portable power devices, it recharges the batteries in mobile devices quickly and effortlessly. As soon as the charger is plugged in, a blue light appears to indicate that charging is activated.

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There are hundreds of similar chargers available with prices starting at $2 but many of them lack the quality build that’s evident in the sturdy feel of the Power Dash 6.6.

MyMac Review Rating: 9 out of 10

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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 Shawn King, Host/Executive Producer Your Mac Life

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HDE-300 In-ear Noise-isolating Genuine Wood Headphones with Microphone
ZealSound
$22 U.S.

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ZealSound’s new HDE-300 In-ear Noise-isolating Genuine Wood Headphones with Microphone are the best value in-ear monitors you can purchase. Sound reproduction is exceptionally clear and accurate across the audio spectrum, including a smooth and powerful bass that supports both traditional fidelity and current ultra-bass recordings. Passive external noise isolation is impressive, without needing to jam these earbuds into your skull or crank up the volume to death-defying levels.

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SportEar M-4 Electronic Hearing Protection Earmuffs
Company: Axil
Price: $110 on Amazon U.S.

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Some people like decibels, the more the merrier. but eventually we learn that loud sounds lead to hearing impairment, which is why Axil’s SportEar M-4 head muffs can come in handy. The heavy duty ear cups are well padded and connected to a taught headband that’s also soft. There are volume knobs with tactile ridges on each side of the ear cups that make it possible to control the amount of sound that comes through.

The head muffs also have audio inputs in the frame on the back of each ear cup but you’ll need an a 3.5mm stereo audio splitter (not included) to make use of this feature. I connected the head muffs to my iPad and found the sound quality disappointing. To be fair, these are sound deadening muffs, not really designed for music entertainment.

The company says they provide the best digital hearing protection for hunters, target shooters and people working in noisy industrial settings. They seem as though they’d be useful in those situations. SportEar M-4  are powered by four included AAA batteries and they’re not wireless Bluetooth.

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Guy wrote a MyMac opinion piece about the iOS Desktop: Time for it (to) happen(?)

I have some thoughts of my own on the matter and so I decided I would put them down and see what you all make of them. I will point out that his original title is at the least missing the word to, and possibly a question mark.

Rather than write a complete article discussing it from my own point of view I thought it is more relevant to put forward my thoughts on particular comments from his piece.

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AT-LP60BK-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
Audio-Technica
$180 MSRP in USA (Check Internet for possible discounts)

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I definitely did not think I would ever review a Bluetooth turntable but after seeing the release list from CES by Audio-Technica with their wireless turntable I knew I wanted to review it. It is the AT-LP60BK-BT Wireless Turntable, and it is almost identical to the AT-LP60-USB unit I reviewed earlier, with the exception of color. The wireless AT-LP60BK-BT is black and also comes in blue and white.

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TechFan #250 – Heroes

On April 8, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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It turns out, Tim is at fault for Star Wars not working on his computer, not Apple. Also, Sony released the PS4 Remote Play app for Mac, Tim follows David’s lead and starts using uBlock, bogus surveys, and Superman V Batman is reviewed

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Data Rescue ONE
Company: Prosoft Engineering
Price: $59 to $419, depending upon storage and subscription plan

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We’ve all been there. You know you’ve made the mistake of accidentally deleting files that you desperately needed; and even though you were running Time Machine backup and an off-site backup solution, you still couldn’t recover the files you thought you lost.

That’s where the good people at Prosoft Engineering come in. Prosoft has been creating data recovery solutions since 2002.

Prosoft’s latest product, Data Rescue ONE, is unique to the marketplace because it combines their fantastic data recovery software with to a cool-looking bootable hard drive. The drives come in several capacities.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Greg Scown, co-Founder of Smile

On April 6, 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 Greg Scown, co-Founder of Smile

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Fantastical for Mac – Review

On April 5, 2016, in Apps, Macintosh, Review, by Nick Rodriguez

Fantastical for Macintosh
Manufacturer: Flexibits
MSRP $49.00 U.S.

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Why in the world would you want anything other than the Mac’s built in Calendar? It does a pretty great job, right? Hold on. Fantastical can shake your world up. At least that’s what Flexibits says they can do with Fantastical 2 for the Mac.

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Macally USB Keyboard and Mouse Combo – Review

On April 4, 2016, in Keyboard, Review, by Curt Blanchard

USB Keyboard and Optical Mouse Combo
Model: MKEYECOMBO
Manufacturer: Macally
MSRP: $30.00 (Internet: $28.00)

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A full-size 103-key keyboard plus an optical mouse for $30.00? That’s not only a good deal but it’s a good product as well. We’ve used Macally keyboards for more than a decade. A white Macally Ice Keyboard remains Mrs. Reviewer’s favorite.

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MyMac Podcast 600: Serenak Asassin’s Flying Circus

On April 3, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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APRIL FOOL’S! No really, those two April fools Gaz and Guy record the 600th MyMac Podcast and the whole center section is devoted to two very detailed emails from Serene Asassin. Plus hijinks and general tomfoolery AND (wait for it) a deeply enlightened and well written piece of drama at the very end. Sure, let’s go with that answer.

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TechFan #249 – Angry

On April 1, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim is angry again. What else is new, right? David has a new computer! Topics include not being able to play the new Star Wars movie on a Macbook Pro, the 16GB iPhone argument continues, the FBI dropping the Apple court case, Apple blocking the music iPhone app with ads, and much more. Also, Tim and David completely forget to talk about Dawn of Justice after mentioning it at the top of the show.

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MSATA to IDE Adapter
iFixit guide to Powerbook G4 15″ Hard Drive access
TenFourFox – Modern Firefox browser for PPC
Hack Skype 2.8 (last PPC version) to keep it working
Ublock.org
Adobe Jumps the Shark
Google’s Gmail April Fool prank backfires in spectacular style

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