TechFan #252 – Purple

On April 29, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim has had a horrible two weeks, which is why TechFan missed a week! David and Tim discuss USB-C as a replacement to the headphone jack, Microsoft stops making new Xbox 360’s, Sony H.ear on Wireless NC Headphone, Macstock Expo,
WoW servers, and Prince. This episode of sponsored by MacSales.com

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Intel wants USB-C to replace the headphone jack
Blizzard: Allowing pirate WoW servers would “damage [our] rights”
Microsoft ceases Xbox 360 production
Sony H.ear on Wireless NC Headphone
MyMac.com Newsletter for Macstock Expo Savings!

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Lantronix xPrintServer Office
Price: $200
Company: Lantronix
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With all the mobile devices surrounding us, the need to print documents is lower than what it used to be, as we can read on our device. But printing is still required, and sometimes you may want to print directly from your mobile device. Here is the issue: is your printer compatible with mobile and wireless printing? If not, the Lantronix xPrintServer Office may be what you’re looking for.

 

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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MobilePro Series Deluxe mini Folio for iPad mini 4
Price: $70
Company: Fellowes

MobilePro Series Bluetooth Keyboard with Case
Price: $65
Company: Fellowes

Updated April 21 Amazon.com USA pricing info from the company: Amazon has it at $61.99 right now and the keyboard is going for $57.37.

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For users of mobile devices on the go, it is required to have a case and protection for your device while traveling. The people that do long travels may want to be productive. People using a mobile device, such as an iPad, may find the onscreen keyboard annoying, in which case having a physical keyboard is necessary. Our friends at Fellowes have a few accessories for mobile users that are of interest to business travelers. I tested the MobilePro Series Deluxe mini Folio for iPad mini 4 and MobilePro Series Bluetooth Keyboard with Case for you.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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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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All that Jide! (1st look)

On January 18, 2016, in Android, First Look, Review, by Guy Serle

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No, MyMac has not become an Android site (unless Tim follows through on his threat to switch if Apple drops the headphone jack in the next iPhone), but while surfing around I found an article talking about a company called Jide. Never heard of them? Not surprised as they’re a small Chinese company that seems to be a relative newcomer. Like most other Chinese companies, the products they make are firmly rooted in the Android world. However Jide is doing something a little different from most of the rest. They’ve kinda forked Android and turned it into a desktop OS. How does it do? Surprisingly well, thank you very much.

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About Guy Serle

Guy is a long-time Mac user (since 1987) and insists on inflicting his opinions on technology even when others around him wishes he wouldn't. He's married and the father of two sons. He used to take Tae Kwon Do until the shame of being beaten up by teenagers became too great. He now gets his fix for personal humiliation each week as the co-host of the MyMac Podcast with GazMaz

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TechFan #238 – PineHead

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

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss the meaning behind PineHead, CES coverage, Quack Tech.
HumanCharger, VR, Oculus Rift, Google Play, Android, Russia, Space Flight, Star Wars, and much more!

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Russia Says Elon Musk is ‘Stepping On Our Toes’
I’m building a PC just so I can use an Oculus Rift
After 7-minute hearing, US Marshals raid a CES booth
Malicious apps in Google Play made unauthorized downloads, sought root

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Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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TechFan #219 – Punching Producers

On August 7, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Owen Rubin is back to chat with Tim and David. Topics include Sony selling 25 Million PS4’s, the Top Gear crew finding a new home on Amazon, Windows 10, Android’s massive security issues, original online content, ROKU, Ouya, Razer, and the terribleness that is the Pixels movie.

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Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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TechFan #206 – Naughty Google

On April 24, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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What Mac would you buy if your current Mac died? We asked Twitter that question, and this episode features the answers! Also, someone is naughty inside Google, Windows OEM explained, and GarageBand hates Tim this episode.

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Naughty Google (updated: see it here)

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Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Brydge + Keyboard with Speakers – Review

On July 22, 2014, in iPad, iPad Keyboard, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Brydge + Keyboard with speakers for iPad 2, 3, 4
Company: Brydge
Price: $99.00 MSRP

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The Brydge keyboard series has an interesting background. Begun over two years ago with a KickStarter campaign, the Brydge keyboard initially received favorable reviews by both consumers and reviewers. However, supply problems arose with the company and things faltered. Fast forward to this year and change came to the Brydge. New ownership took over and looked at what was good and made some changes to update the product line to keep up with the iPad and to provide much improved customer service.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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TechFan #170 – Beating a Dead Horse

On July 18, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Microsoft goes low-end PC, while also laying off 18,000 people. IBM and Apple announces a partnership, Manuel Noriega sues Activision, and we have two top ten list of most evil companies.

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Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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TechFan #165 – WWDC 2014 and More

On June 6, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss what WWDC means for Apple, rather than going over each new feature introduced this week. We also delve into how the announcements and new OS’s could have a profound impact on the home console market. All that, plus an email from John Nemo sparks a discussion on in-app purchasing and how Android and Window users are getting shafted by an OPEN system.

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Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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TechFan #158 – In-App Podcast

On April 21, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David spend a lot of time on iOS gaming, in-app purchasing, and more. Amazon is also rumored to be on the cusp of releasing an “Amazon Phone”, and the guys try to decide if that’s a good idea or not. Finally, Tim is sick of the allergies, so if you have a remedy, please let him know!

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Article David discusses from Edge
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Touch Arcade Review

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

TechFan #157 – The Techfan Soldier

On April 11, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David and Tim discuss OWC Radio launching next week, leadership in tech companies, the lack of history in the computer industry, the Samsung S5, Apple history, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, feedback from listener Michael Breed, and more on Office on the iPad.

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Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

TechFan Podcast #149 – Crazy Woz

On February 7, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss CRAZY WOZ, Sony exiting the PC business and LG thinking about it, Satya Nadella as the new CEO of Microsoft, Bitcoin booted from the Apple App Store, and what is Sapphire-Crystal and how could it change everything?

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Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Star Wars: Tiny Death Star – Review

On January 8, 2014, in Game, Review, by Tim Robertson

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star
Company: Disney Mobile and NimbleBit
Price: Free (In-App Purchases)
For iOS, Android, Windows Mobile
iTunes Link
Google Play Store

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I must be on a Star Wars kick as of late, and didn’t even realize it. This is my second Star Wars game review in the last week. I’m fine with that, as the Star Wars universe lends itself to many different gaming types, and the latest is Star Wars: Tiny Death Star.

Based on the Tiny Tower game from NimbleBit in which the player is tasked with building and maintaining a Tower, in Tiny Death Star, the goal is to build and expand the Death Star, one floor at a time, attracting virtual people (Galactic Bitizens) to move in and work in the Death Star. I don’t like to think about the fate of all my little Bitizens after the first Star Wars movie! Maybe they were all evicted before the end came for the Death Star? One can only hope!

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

MyMac Podcast 486: Android winning market-share…losing the future

On December 10, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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There’s a lot said about Android devices gaining all the market-share, but very little about what kinds of devices these are, or what people use them for. As it turns out, mostly cheap, old, and not all that good for much. Gaz and Guy look deeper into it while still managing their usual shenannigans.

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Guy’s App Pick: Card Shark Collection from Easy 8 Software $2.99. Fun multi game solitaire game with Klondike, FreeCell, Golf, Pyramid, and many more
Gaz’s App Pick: IOS Banking Apps, one for Barclays GB users is the Barclays App, I use it all the time and think it’s a really good App
People’s Pick: From Eric Stone. Here is a great people’s pick for everybody.  Sonic Dash is an excellent endless runner, like Temple Run.  You get to play as Sonic the hedgehog and run through a colorful world full of baddies, spikes, bombs, you will even loop upside down on occasion.  It is free in the App Store as a universal app for iPad and iPhone.  It has in-app purchases but you definitely don’t need to purchase any of them to play or enjoy the game.

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Losing Innovation – TechFan Podcast #135

On September 28, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Is the Tech sector loosing innovation? Tim and David discuss that on this episode of the TechFan Podcast.

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Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Seagate Central Shared Storage Device – Review

On September 10, 2013, in NAS, Review, by Larry Grinnell

Seagate Central Shared Storage Device
Manufacturer: Seagate
MSRP: $169 (2 TB), $229 (4 TB), available at discount pricing online.
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As reported on this site in some of my reviews over the last few years, I’m a huge fan of NAS (Network Attached Storage) technology. At present, I own a large RAID 5 NAS, with a slave unit to back up the first unit. Why? I have this much storage to support my media server. All my movies, TV shows, music, etc., are stored on my NAS, and its manufacturer keeps adding interesting new tools to keep their devices up to date, such as cloud support (the buzzword du jour), making it easy to connect to my NAS from anywhere in the world.

central-right-500pxBut wait a minute! This review is all about the Seagate® Central. For under $170.00 for the 2 TB model and under $230.00 for the 4 TB model, it’s competitive with any number of NAS devices. One thing they don’t have, however, is the killer brand of Seagate. Seagate has been around for a long time, because they make superior products and because they’re quick to innovate with appropriate new technology, and they back their products up. My experiences with Seagate go back to my first office PC (sorry, Mac users…) that had a Seagate ST-225 20 megabyte (yes, megabyte) hard drive. It was built like a tank and never failed me. But I digress…

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About Larry Grinnell

Larry Grinnell has been a Mac user since before there were Macs, first being exposed to his brother-in-law's Apple Lisa 7/7 office system, in 1982 or 1983. After a nine year stint in the US Air Force, he took an electronics technician job at Motorola, Inc., where he stayed for almost 27 years. In that time, he held additional diverse positions from manufacturing engineering technician to technical writing to print production consultant to department webmaster. Currently, he's the sole technical writer for a small communications/electronics firm in Davie, FL. He is a member of the MyMac.com writing staff, and recently completed a two-year stint writing a weekly Macintosh and Apple-oriented column for the Palm Beach Business website (http://www.pbbusiness.com). In his copious free time, he does layout and prepress work for the Grinnell Family Association's quarterly newsletter, and runs their website at http://www.grinnellfamily.org. In 2013, one of his photographs was published in the New York Times. He just finished editing, layout, and prepress work for an all new Grinnell family genealogy, which promises to be roughly 2,800 pages in size. Publication date is tentatively scheduled for late 2015 or early 2016. Larry collects jazz guitar recordings, and is currently trying, for the fifth time, to learn to play the guitar. He lives in Greenacres, FL.

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TechFan #130 – Android vs Windows

On August 9, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Forget Apple, is Android the biggest problem for Windows? Tim and David go an hour discussing the future of Android and Windows. Will we see a serious push from Android on laptops, and what would that mean to the future of Windows? Do people still want Window laptops? Do people want Android laptops? We go behind the numbers, and look to the future with varying degrees of agreement and disagreement. A fast, opinionated show.

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Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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TechFan #129 – MAME, ROMS, and Crappy Products

On August 2, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss KickStarter, disappointing products, the legality of ROMS, Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600, Wii breakage, more on Pacific Rim, Wolverine, and some television shows David MUST  watch.

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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