TechFan #215 – Entertainment Tax

On July 3, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim returns for a great conversation with David in which they guys discuss Chicago’s Entertainment Tax, Better Touch Tool for Mac OS X, Touch Arcade, Macstock, cool LED lights, Blu Life 8 XL, Braven BRV-Pro speaker, Apple Music, and much more.

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Chicago Tax
BLU Life 8 XL Smartphone – Unlocked – US GSM
BRAVEN BRV-Pro Wireless HD Bluetooth Speaker
Touch Arcade
Industrial robot death


It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ’n’ roll
If you think it’s easy doin’ one night stands
Try playin’ in a rock roll band
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ’n’ roll

 – AC/DC – “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ’N’ Roll)”

The recent kerfuffle between Taylor Swift and Apple regarding payments for streaming tracks during the company’s new Music service trial left me thinking about modern day recording artists. Can anyone make it big today or do they still have to rely on the old methods to do it?

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Parallels Desktop 10 – Review

On July 2, 2015, in Review, by Vicki Stokes

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac
Parallels Inc.
$79.99/Upgrade $49.99


Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is hardware virtualization software for Macintosh computers with Intel processors. It utilizes hypervisor technology. This software technology maps the host computer’s hardware resources directly to the virtual machine’s resources allowing the virtual machine to operate like a standalone computer.

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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY – The Art of Capturing the Candid Moment
by Gordon Lewis
Rocky Nook
ISBN 978-1-937538-37-8
144 pages
US $ 29.95, CAN $ 34.95


There are so many photography how-to books that the budding photographer hardly has time to catch his or her breath before embarking on another set of rules for this or that kind of image making. Whether it be fine art photography, fashion, or wedding photography there are tomes a-plenty to help with the chores of learning the ropes, and that’s a good thing.

For Street Photography there was nothing for fans of the genre before now. Gordon Lewis’ newly published book, Street Photography, The Art of Capturing the Candid Moment, is a first of its kind. He breaks down the art and craft of street photography in order to inform us as to what street photographers might encounter wherever their nose for photos takes them.

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OLALA G3 Power Bank – Review

On July 1, 2015, in Battery, Battery Packs, Review, by Donny Yankellow

OLALA G3 Power Bank
Price: $79.99 MSRP, but currently $18.99 at Amazon (where the company website points to for purchase.)



You can never have too many spare battery packs for travel, power outages, or just every day use. I have several in my house. Most give one full charge to my iPhone and a partial charge to my iPad and then they are done. The OLALA G3 Power Bank is one of these types of batteries. How does it stack up? Read on.

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Rebelle painting/drawing app – Review

On July 1, 2015, in Apps, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Developer: Escape Motions
Version 1.1.0
Download from developer’s site: $59.99
Rebelle app


Rebelle is a painting/drawing application for the Mac and Windows. Its interface will be familiar to many users as there are repositionable, rectangular palettes for Tools, Color, and Layers. The app includes impressive media possibilities: Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastels, Pens, and Pencils.


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Fotomagico 4.6 – Review

On July 1, 2015, in iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Fotomagico 4
Price: $99.99
Company: Boinx Software

Photographers like to show their work to people around them, and on the Internet. There are multiple ways of doing it, such as a web sites, image sharing, or social sites (Flickr, Google+, Facebook), but nothing comes close to a good slideshow. Read on to see how Fotomagico 4.6 can help you create good looking presentations.


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Macspiration Basics: EJECT!

On June 30, 2015, in Review, by Donny Yankellow


Whenever you have a disk in your drive, a USB thumbdrive, or any other external drive or media connected to your Mac, you can’t just pull it out. If you do you will get an error telling you could cause damage to your device. Here’s four methods to avoid that annoying error message.

1. Go to your Desktop. Depending on your settings the icons for the drives or discs will be on the Desktop. Just drag the icon to the Trash. The Trash will turn into an eject symbol. Let go of the icon. When it disappears from your Desktop you can remove it, or in the case of a disk it will eject from the computer.

2.  Click the Finder icon in your Dock. This is the icon with the two toned face all the way to the left. A window will appear. On the left of the window is the Sidebar. Again, depending on your settings, there will be a section called “Devices” with all the drives and discs connected to your computer. Ejectable items will have an eject arrow next to them. Click the arrow. When it disappears it is safe to remove the device.

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3. If you have a keyboard with an eject button and you have a disc in your drive press the eject button and hold it. The disc will eject.

4. Finally, if you see the icons on your Desktop you can control-click the icon. Choose “Eject…” from the menu that comes up. As in the options above, wait for the item to disappear before removing it from your computer.

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ThinkTank Photo Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack
Think Tank Photo
Price: $159 U. S.


Every ThinkTank Photo pack I’ve looked at in the past has been remarkable for attention to design, function and workmanship. The Trifecta 10 is no exception. This backpack is designed with serious amateur photographers and professionals in mind. It’s sleek and it’s sturdy. I make no apologies for my loyalty to the ThinkTank brand. They make good stuff.

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Backing Up Your Mac – Book Review

On June 30, 2015, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Backing Up Your Mac
Author: Joe Kissell

Publisher: Joe On Tech
Price: $9.99 Ebook, $14.99 paperback
202 pages


You’ve heard it time and time again: backup, backup, backup. Updating software? Backup first. Installing a new hard drive? Backup first. Sounds simply enough, but how many of us are really doing it, or if we are backing up, how many of us are doing it correctly? Never fear, Joe Kissell is here to help us with his latest book, Backing Up Your Mac.

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MyMac Podcast 563: LIVE! From Barry’s House

On June 29, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Faucets! BBQ! Kittehs! The after party from Barry Fulk’s house from Macstock 2015 was amazing! So many people there and even severe thunderstorms and heavy rain couldn’t dampen (see what I did there?) people’s spirits. The GMen have a talk with lots of people and a particularly long conversation with Pilot Pete from the awesome Mac Geek Gab and then they not only lose control of the show, they weren’t even there! Big thanks to Barry and his wife Bobbi for allowing the whole gang in. I’m sure Barry will pay and pay dearly for all this.

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TechFan 214 – Edited on the iPad

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

TechFan 214 Show Graphic
This week, Tim is traveling for work again, so David takes the opportunity to break our normal podcast workflow by attempting to do the show completely on his iPad. Topics under discussion include the poor management decisions made by some Tech companies, and a retro look at the Alphasmart Neo.

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AudioCopy by Retronyms Inc
Alphasmart on Wikipedia
Alphasmart writer’s discussion group


Capture One Pro 8 – Review, Part II

On June 29, 2015, in Photography, Review, by Mark Sealey

Capture One Pro 8 logo


Capture One Pro 8: $299 (or $15 per month subscription)

Phase One USA

Last time, Phase One’s Capture One Pro 8 (version 8.3) was introduced as an alternative to Apple’s outgoing Digital Asset Management (DAM) and photo editing software, Aperture. Capture One Pro 8’s functionality was described and some equivalents with Apple’s effectively discontinued and potentially defunct software touched upon.

Now – to conclude – the actual process of transitioning from Aperture to Capture One Pro is considered; photo adjustments in Capture One Pro are described; and an overall evaluation of the product is offered.

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Macstock 2015 and Midwest Mac BBQ – A Rookie’s Perspective

Barry Gaz Mike

A huge round of applause to Mike Potter, Barry Fulk, and the entire Macstock/BBQ crews for all their hard work and hospitality. From start to finish, the conference proceeded with the efficiency of a well-oiled machine—especially lunch. As someone allergic to everything except air and water, the team went out of their way to make me a special lunch accommodating all my dietary restrictions. Not only was it dairy and gluten free, it was absolutely delicious—a near-impossible feat with all those limitations.

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Telephoto and Ultra-Wide Active Lens set for iPhone 6/6 Plus
Manufacturer: olloclip
MSRP: $99.99
Active Lens

olloclip makes a wide variety of lenses for use with the cameras on mobile devices. Their latest product is the Active Lens. It is a two-lens set for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that has been developed for people on the move, who travel, or who want extra flexibility when taking photos.

Three ViewsLens

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Capture One Pro 8 – Review, Part I

On June 26, 2015, in Photography, Review, by Mark Sealey

Phase One

Capture One Pro 8: $299 (or $15 per month subscription)

Phase One USA 

Apple’s Digital Asset Management (DAM) and photo editing software, Aperture, was released in 2005 priced $499. Three years later, Aperture 2 came out at $199; and in 2010 Aperture 3 appeared with the price reduced yet again – to $79. Last year (2014) Apple announced that Aperture 3 would be the last version; and that the company would no longer be updating the product. Apple’s support for Aperture will also eventually end. A final maintenance release (3.6) appeared in October 2014 for compatibility with Yosemite (10.10), the last OS with which Aperture is guaranteed to work. Users are on borrowed time, which is a pity because Aperture is an excellent product and has a mature and dedicated support structure.

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Top iPhone Photo Recovery Software (review)

On June 25, 2015, in Sponsor, by Sponsor Post

Perhaps one of the most fascinating characteristics of iPhone, for most of the users, is its continuously increasing camera performance. Though iPhone gets things which cannot do compared with SLR cameras, many people enjoy the convenience it has brought to daily photography. Light, quick, and multi-filtered, and qualified, iPhone cameras caught many customers’ eyes.

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MyMac Podcast 562: LIVE! From Macstock 2015

On June 23, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

A historical event! Or maybe hysterical. Guy and Gaz do a podcast together…uh…together for the very first time at Macstock 2015. A few guests, a lot of laughs, and frankly it’s just the beginning as next week’s show will be from the Midwest Mac BBQ which was completely off the hook! Or whatever the kids say now.

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Guy’s App Pick: No pic this week
Gaz’s App Pick: No pic here either


Macspiration Basics: Add an app to your Dock

On June 23, 2015, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow


Have you ever wanted to add an app to your Dock for quick access? If so, here are two easy ways to accomplish this.

1. Open the app. Go to your Dock and control click the app’s icon. Go up to “Options” and choose “Keep in Dock.” To remove the app from your Dock do the same process and select “Keep in Dock” to uncheck it.


2. The second method is even easier. Drag the app’s icon from your Applications folder to the Dock. A space will be made. Unclick and the icon will appear in the Dock. To remove it from the Dock click and drag the icon off of the Dock until it turn transparent and has “Remove” above it. Unlock and it will turn into a cloud and disappear.



It’s as basic as that!

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Bluedio M2 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Sports Running Headphones Black
Price: $15.89 (US), £12.95 (UK)

It would be easy to dismiss a set of headphones costing less than $20 as basic, even if those headphones feature Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluedio Melody M2 Bluetooth headphones set aside that notion, providing great functionality at a great price in the form of a competent set of headphones that equal those white buds from the fruity based company. 

Bluedio M2 Sports Bluetooth Headphones

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