Rebel BT On-Ear Headphones EM-JH101-BK
House of Marley
Price: $70 U.S.
Available in three colors

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The Rebel Bluetooth Headphones allow you to listen to music from a mobile device wirelessly. The audio quality is not perfect but it is resonant and clear. My guess is that most consumers will find the sound perfectly acceptable. The middle range and bass are warm and luxurious, a real treat in a $70 set of BT over the ear headphones.

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Manufacturer: Audio-Technica
Prices: $80 to $250 (MSRP shown after model number; lower prices online)

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It’s not often we have the opportunity to test a range of headphones across any given manufacturer’s range. For this group test we received four sets. All model names are prefixed ATH- to identify them as Audio-Technica products, but omitted here for improved readability. Clockwise starting in the top left of the photo they are:

WS99BT over-ear; S700BT over-ear; CKS55XBT in-ear; SPORT4BK in-ear.

All are Bluetooth enabled and the sports designated model is washable (not waterproof) under running water. All are equipped with a microphone and controls that allow you to wirelessly answer/end calls, control music, and adjust the volume level on compatible Bluetooth devices. The two over-ear devices are cable-connectable to conventional outputting devices in the absence of a Bluetooth signal.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Sara Teare

On March 23, 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 Sara Teare, one of the founders at AgileBits Inc., the software company behind 1Password.
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iOS Desktop. Time for it happen.

On March 22, 2016, in Opinion, by Guy Serle

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I recently had the pleasure (yes I said pleasure) of reviewing quite a nifty little device from a small company called Jide. A quick recap; this is a relatively tiny computer (called the Mini) that uses the Android OS, a mobile operating system based on the Linux kernel, as its starting point. While certainly far from perfection, it has most of the capabilities that probably 90+ percent of people that use or need a computer from home actually require. All in a small case that costs a mere $70. I won’t bother to go over the reasons why the Jide Mini also fails as a great alternative here (and there are many) because it’s beside the point. The question isn’t whether this is a great idea for Android, but if it’s a good idea for iOS. At the end of it, my response isn’t why, but why not?

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Manufacturer: 1MORE USA
Price: $99.99 US dollars

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Have you watched in horror as the average price of high-end headphones has spiraled upwards? Prepare to be astounded! A new name, in the USA at least, 1MORE has come to the rescue. They do say they have sold 20 million units in three years in China. They now offer in the USA a pair of three-driver high quality in-ear headphone buds at an outstanding price that will not require you to take out a second mortgage on your home. “Aha”, we hear you murmur, “I can see the price tag, but will I be able to hear the value for money?” We share your skepticism: read on to find out what we discovered after using the 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones (referred to as 1MORE Triples hereafter) over several weeks of intensive listening.

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MyMac Podcast 598: Feeling Loopy

On March 21, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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One day before the next Apple event and Gaz and Guy spend some time talking about what might be coming up. Then a completely different topic about how (or why) iOS could be the next big desktop OS for Apple…wait. What?

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Guy’s App Pick: Need a photo or image editor but don’t want to spend a lot of money on photoshop? How about zero dollars? As long as you don’t need adjustable bezier curves, check out Pixlr, an online editor.
Gaz’s App Pick: Took Mrs G to London on Saturday as it was our 28th Anniversary, we know London and where to go but I tried out an App called London Official City Guide By London & Partners Ltd. Found it quite good so if your taking a trip to London certainly check it out, it’s free.

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Timeframe – Review

On March 21, 2016, in Apple Watch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Timeframe
Company: Ten 1 Design
Price: $24.95 for both 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch

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I’ll be honest: when the Timeframe arrived for me to review, my first thought was, “Why would anyone want this?” After a few weeks of use, I must admit, this is a very nice Apple Watch accessory.

The Timeframe protects your precious Apple Watch from scratches, dings, and drops, with a tough rubber shell where the watch slides in, and a strong back casing to protect the charger. But that’s not the main reason why I like it; I’ll explain with the photos below.

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Data Rescue 4 – Review

On March 21, 2016, in Apps, Hard Drive, Macintosh, Review, Security, by Peter Nikolaidis

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Company: Prosoft Engineering
Price: $0 – $299

Data Rescue AwardI recently had the opportunity to review Data Rescue 4.2 from Prosoft Engineering, including a branded copy of their Bootwell USB thumbdrive.

From the publisher’s website: Data Rescue is hard drive recovery software that can recover your photos, videos, documents from:

  • crashed, corrupted or non-mounting hard drives.
  • accidentally reformatted hard drive or reinstalled OS.
  • previous deletion, damaged or missing files.

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TechFan #247 – Ad Networks and Super Heroes

On March 18, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Only two main topics for the episode: advertising networks and websites that use them, and discussing some of the bigger movies coming out this year.

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BBC, MSN hit by malicious ad attack

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iOS Lighting Card Reader CR-8800 — Nemo Memo
PhotoFast
$40 U.S.

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Available in four colors

PhotoFast’s versatile iOS Lighting Card Reader CR-8800 is the smallest and most affordable solution to add the largest quantity of external storage to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You will never again be short on capacity on your iDevice when you have this clever Lightning tip accessory plus an inexpensive, high-capacity micro SD card.

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Abby iPhone Case
Company: Peralta Bags
Price: $89.00

Peralta is a line of bags developed by WaterField Designs, a San Francisco design company. This design company has a number of products for tech-savvy customers such as the Staad Backpack and Bolt Briefcase. The Peralta line was created for professional women “juggling life’s many responsibilities.” I had the pleasure to review the Abby iPhone Case for the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy and other phones of similar or larger sizes. As advertised it is an all in one elegant phone case and stylish purse.

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Adventures of Poco Eco: Lost Sounds for iOS
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Price: $2.99 USD

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Once upon a time, games in iOS were deeply criticized for being bad, annoying, In-App-Purchase generating machines. This was largely accurate, and remains largely true today. But in 2014, a game called Monument Valley punched a hole right through the theory that iOS games had to be this way to succeed. Instead, it focused on beautiful art, deeply rich audio effects and music, outstanding logic puzzles, and inscrutable yet intensely relatable characters.

It may seem strange to you that the first paragraph of a review about a game released in March, 2015 called Adventures of Poco Eco: Lost Sounds is about a different game released almost exactly one year earlier, but there’s a logical connection. Monument Valley showed the world that art and playability were not exclusive to each other, and that people would respond to being stimulated mentally with challenging puzzles, visually with gorgeous art, and audibly with rich, emotional sound effects and music. Adventures of Poco Eco: Lost Sounds is a game that very much exists in the tradition of Monument Valley, and one that seems clearly influenced by it.

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STM Atlas case for iPad Pro – Review

On March 17, 2016, in Cases, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Atlas case for iPad Pro
Manufacturer: STM Bags
Price: $70.00

The iPad Pro is awkwardly large so designing a case for it is a challenge for accessory manufacturers. The Australian firm, STM has addressed this challenge with their new Atlas case. I love my iPad Pro, but it’s not an item to casually carry about unprotected.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Alexandre Amato

On March 16, 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 Alexandre Amato, Vascular Surgeon and Geek!

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MyMac Podcast 597: Backup or not 2 backups

On March 14, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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So let’s get serious here, no wait it’s Guy and Gaz who don’t usually do serious. However they are talking about a serious subject which is backing up your Mac. You AREN’T backing up your Mac? Good God man Why? Also they get a Skype phone call AND an iTunes review in the same week!

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Guy’s App Pick: Call Recorder for Mac eCamm Software $30.
Gaz’s App Pick: iTubedownloader Free 1 day full featured Trial cost = $5.99

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TechFan #246 – Tecmo

On March 11, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim finds a site that brings him back to one of his old-style favorite video games, Tecmo Bowl. There is a vibrant community around older video games, and David joins in with news that Blizzard is still updating Diablo II. Plus, is VR going to outprice itself to become as big as it can be?

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Myth: The Fallen Lords
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Blizzard just updated Diablo II for Windows 10
Sony finally gives free games 5 years after the data breach!
Is VR going to be too expensive?

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iB37 Color Changing Over Ear Headphones
iHome Audio
$50 U.S.

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I love iHome Audio. They have built themselves a nice brand. I admit I had a slightly negative bias against them as “budget” — always finding their stuff on clearance at Big Lots. But I have been pleasantly surprised in the recent past with their speaker and headphone offerings, such as the iHome iB37 over ear headphones.

I have used quite a few headphones in my life and these are some of the better ones that I have owned.

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MyMac.com Spotlight: Krishna M. Sadasivam

On March 9, 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 Krishna M. Sadasivam, creator of the PC Weenies

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1 – How did you get your start in technology?

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MyMac Podcast 596: Pick up the Mike

On March 7, 2016, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Soooo, yeah more Skype issues with Gaz (does his voice sound naturally deep to you too?) but the GMen don’t let it get in the way (much) with their interview with Mike Potter! Mike is not only the host of the For Mac Eyes Only podcast, but he’s also the creator of the Macstock Conference and Expo which will be taking place for round 2 on July 16th and 17th this year in Woodstock, Illinois. Guy WILL be there, Gaz MAY be there, will you?

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Guy’s App Pick: Clipgrab for grabbing YouTube videos FREE!
Gaz’s App Pick: PayPal 20% discount Codes for iTunes and the App store.
Mike’s Pick: Calendar 366 Plus by Nspector $6.99 US 4.99 UK

 

Apple MFI Certified Car and Home Chargers with Detachable Lightning Cable for iPad & iPhone
Macally
$30 each U.S.

Car charger

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Home charger

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When I received these two items I figured “It’s going to be tough to review these as separate units.” And I was right. The cables are exactly the same, except for color. They both work perfectly interchangeably and also in your computer of choice. The real difference between the two products is the charger. And the color — we can’t forget the color.

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