Macstock 2015 Expo Photos – Part One

On June 20, 2015, in Review, by John Nemerovski

Thanks to John Biggers and Gazmaz for these first pictures from the Macstock Expo near Chicago.








TechFan #213 – Keyboard Mules

On June 19, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

E3, WWDC 15, and other events that took place over the last two weeks is the focus on the show. We also delve into problems with Tim’s iOS Music App, David’s solo show, who Google and FaceBook actually serve, Apple’s abysmal track record of online services, and much more.

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MX Anywhere 2 Mouse – Review

On June 18, 2015, in Bluetooth, Mouse, by Curt Blanchard

MX Anywhere 2 Mouse
Manufacturer: Logitech
MSRP: $79.99

I have used Logitech’s MX series mice since they were first introduced. These mice have weighted free-spinning scroll wheels that allow you to zip through a long document from start to finish with a flick of your finger. This isn’t the only feature of the MX mice, but for me, it’s the main reason I use them.


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Tenorshare Free ReiBoot for Mac Review

On June 16, 2015, in Advertiser, by Sponsor Post

Tenorshare Free ReiBoot for Mac
Company: Tenorshare

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    When You Need This Software
    How to Use This Software
    System Requirements

1. Features of ReiBoot for Mac
Tenorshare ReiBoot for Mac is free software to put iPhone, iPad and iPod into/out of Recovery Mode. It allows you to enter and exit from recovery mode so that you can normally boot your iDevices stuck at red iTunes logo, Apple logo, restart loop or with broken Home/Sleep button and other iOS problems.

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MyMac Podcast 561: It’s no WWDCCCZZZCCC

On June 15, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

No Guy as he’s off in Florida doing things a man his age should know better than doing. Gaz carries on with James Turner (of fame) and they talk about the just past WWDC (yawn!) and James Turner’s setup.

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Guy’s App Pick: The fact that he isn’t here should be enough :)
Gaz’s App Pick: Actually the Maps app on my phone helped us out several times and the more I use it the more I find it as good as any other mapping app I’ve used.
Jame’s App Pick: Livescribe+  (works with iPhone 4S, iPad 3 and higher) App is free, pen is £129 on Amazon uk (I got mine for under £110).


FileMaker Pro 14 – Review

On June 10, 2015, in Review, by Mark Sealey

FileMaker Pro 14
Company: Filemaker 
Price $329 Full version, $549 Advanced, $196 Upgrade
See more options on pricing at end of review!

When FileMaker Pro 13 appeared in the summer of 2013 we found it a good, stable and useful upgrade to the venerable database product family. FileMaker (which is celebrating its 30th year in business in 2015) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apple’s. It has millions of users, excellent 24 x 7 technical support and a vibrant and widespread network of consultancy and development specialists.

Now version 14 of the database and productivity suite, which runs on all major hardware platforms, mobile devices and the web, is available.

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iPhone is running like a slow snail? iPhone is slow to response after iOS updating? Apps take longer to open or run? After several years’ using, your device is full of junk, the Other, Apps, etc. you don’t need, which to a large extent take a toll on your iPhone. Does it mean you have to give up your old iPhone and buy a new iPhone 6? Of course not, Tenorshare iPhone Care Pro for Mac will clean up your device and fix all your iPhone slow problems without buying a new iPhone.

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Here we are with another Apple WWDC Keynote under our belts and we are all trying to take in, evaluate and ponder what Apple has shown us. Once again the many keynote speakers took to the stage and zipped (mainly) through a myriad of new services and features that we can all look forward to trying and hopefully enjoying ourselves a little later in the year.

For some observers this was not enough. Although the keynote was apparently well received (WWDC: Apple wins the Twitterverse) for some of us a Keynote needs to be more. It needs to sparkle, to dazzle or even just show plain old panache because long time loyalists see the conveyor belt of new/updated features as boring, dull, lacking creativity and lacklustre. Somehow these techies’ idea of what a keynote should be seems comparable to the showboating of a P.T. Barnum circus.

I think the problem is because Apple have now decided to stream these events live and people expect a show. They want the glitz, the razzmatazz, the showmanship of a variety show. How else can you explain the popularity of Britain’s Got Talent and X-Factor. We want to be entertained, dammit. The WWDC Keynote, unlike Robbie Williams, is not there to entertain you. It’s to inform you, show you new features, to give developers an insight into the new tools they will shortly have at their disposal, as well as advertise Apple.

The clue is right there in the title: the World Wide Developers Conference. Developers are the men and women that bring a new dimension to our Apple devices. Sure, Apple load our favourite computers and handhelds with some great software but it is the developers who take these often functional applications and design far greater ones. It is the Developers who have added significance and diversity to the iPhone once they had an App Store to sell their wares. Now that they have better access to the Apple Watch OS, they will be ones to discover new ways of utilising this little device.

So for the many out there who take to Twitter and bemoan the WWCD keynote for being boring please just take a moment and realise you are not really the intended audience. Within a few short months you will be the ones to benefit from the thousands of developers who were the intended audience. Hopefully they are the ones who didn’t find it boring, or we might all be in real trouble.

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Macspiration Basics: Rename a file

On June 9, 2015, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow



Have you ever wanted to change the name of a file on your Mac? Maybe it is a screenshot and you want to remove the generic name to a name that helps you identify the file better. Renaming a file on your Mac couldn’t be easier.

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MyMac Podcast 560: Wandom Wooties Dwibble Cocktails

On June 8, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

OK a silly title for a silly show. However if you think about how that title MAY fit in with a event that could be taking place (or may have already taken place by the time you hear this) then it all makes sense! Well, not really but the GMen talk about about the upcoming (to them) WWDC, the Macstock Expo, the Midwest Mac BBQ, and so much more.

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Guy’s App Pick: A TOTAL cheat but I’m picking Keynote by Apple. $19.99
Gaz’s App Pick: Online Ordnance Survey Mapping UK Users only. (Well any relevance anyway) 1 month subscription £7.99, 3 month £15.95 12 month £19.99 or auto renew subscription £17.95 per year.
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks AeroWeather Pro by Lakehorn AG
As an aviation enthusiast Allister loves many things about this app, but if you live near an airport this app (the pro version) offers a really good Today widget to show current weather conditions.
Note, not all airports publish their info so your mileage may vary, but the USA and UK seem well represented. If anyone wants to know if their local is represented, just ask and he will look it up.


TechFan #212 – We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Cables

On June 6, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

TechFan 212 Show Graphic
Tim is traveling for work so David’s in lone wolf mode this week, talking up his Apple Watch and dropping the charging cables in favor of some wireless power packs.

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MyMac Podcast 559: Sir Jonny’s now a Chief

On June 2, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Jonny Ive is a chef at Apple! Wait, not chef…Chief! There it is. He’s Chief Design Officer with all the new responsibilities that come with that long distinguished office! Well, hasn’t been around THAT long, and he’s still doing pretty much what he was doing before so what’s up with that? The Gmen break it down and promise to fix it later. The Macstock Expo is on the way and get $10 off the already silly price of $69 with this code, MyMac10Off and send Guy an email for the chance to win a free Expo pass!

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Guy’s App Pick: Backgammon from GrowlyBird Software. FREE!
Gaz’s App Pick: Chemist by THIX £3.99 $4.99
People’s Pick: From Serenak, less pick, more “could be good” – iPhoto replacement that looks very good and several others and all free


iRig 2 from IK Multimedia – Guitar Interface for Mac, iOS, and Android device
iRig 2 from IK Multimedia
Price: $39

iRig 1
IK Multimedia continues their wave of innovation with the release of iRig 2, an analog guitar interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and select Android users. iRig 2 adds an adjustable input gain control, 1/4” output, and a new direct passthrough mode, making it a worthy successor to the original iRig from 2010. IK’s ability to add these new features while maintaining the same affordable price make the iRig 2 a must-have for any musician interested in mobile music production.


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Macspiration Basics: Screenshots

On June 2, 2015, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow


Have you ever noticed the screenshots in articles here at MyMac? Have you ever wanted to do something similar? Here’s how.

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MindShift Gear rotation180° Panorama – Review

On June 1, 2015, in Bag, Camera, Review, by Steve Hammond

MindShift Gear rotation180° Panorama 
Price: $199.99
Company: MindShift Gear

MindShift Gear is the branch of Think Tank Photo that specializes in outdoor gear for photographers. In this review I will look at the rotation180° Panorama camera backpack.


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TechFan #211 – iCade and Keyboards

On May 29, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim finishes (kinda) the mini Arcade! David has an Apple Watch waiting for him to open! Google IO is going on, and keyboards, Amazon shipping, Facebook, and much more are all topics of discussion on this episode of TechFan!

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Retrobrite base product – hair lightening cream

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Prosoft Drive Genius 4 – Review

On May 29, 2015, in Apps, Hard Drive, Macintosh, Review, by Sam Negri

Drive Genius 4
Prosoft Engineering
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.

Drive Genius flash drive

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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.

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Pivot Desk Mount & VESA Adapter for iMac – Review

On May 28, 2015, in Adapter, iMac, OWC, Review, by Curt Blanchard

NuMount Pivot Desk Mount
NuMount VESA Adapter for iMac
Manufacturer: NewerTech
Desk Mount: $119.00
VESA Adapter: $99.00

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.


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