TechFan 240 – You Don’t Know Jack

On January 31, 2016, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David has car problems while Tim races a snow storm. Did you know the LEAF does not have a spare tire? Tim revisits the Fire HD 8 vs the Hire HD 7, and both of the guys are fed up with Apple’s online services. Finally, more on the Apple Watch and DC’s TV and movies.

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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 #236 – Post Holiday Tech

On December 27, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss dialects, warm winter weather, flooding, bio-medical tech, a little bit of Star Wars (no spoilers!),  Wells TA5005 GoTech Bluetooth Mobile OBDII Diagnostic Tool, Circut design cutting tool, video game, and the design of Apple products.

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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 #234 – May The Force Be With You

On December 11, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Star Wars hype, Star Trek, more on the Apple headphone jack rumor, the new Amazon Fire HD 8, iPhone 6s Battery Case, Google Pixel C, and more!

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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.

TechFan #226 – Flatulence

On October 2, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Amazon sends Tim the new Fire TV for review, but he only just got it so too early for that yet. Amazon also refuses to sell either the Apple TV or the Chrome Stick for not supporting Amazon Prime Video, and David thinks it is anti-competitive, while Tim is just confused by it. Will there be a PS Vita successor? What happened with iFixIt? And Tim gets a free breakfast!

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TechFan #225 – Digital Download Shock

On September 25, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David go on a one-topic rant about digital downloads. David has a chat with Apple about getting a refund for BioShock, and they act out the transcript. If you have ever wanted to hear Tim do a falsetto, and who hasn’t?, this is the episode for you. Plus, Tim finds an inexpensive arcade, David is getting an iPhone 6s, and more.

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TechFan #224 – Pluto Fire

On September 18, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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New Amazon Fire tablets and Fire TVs, upgrading to a new iPhones,  iOS 9 upgrades, and Pluto is discussed.

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My Mac Apple Event Predictions

On September 8, 2015, in Apple, iMac, iPhone, by Mark Chappell

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With the Apple event just a few days away I’ve gathered up the collective brain trust of the MyMac.com writers and asked them for their predictions for September 9th. After the event I’ll rundown the responses and see who had the most correct predictions.

In no particular order:

Michael Breed.

  • New Apple TV with app integration and better remote.
  • iPhone 6s – force touch, 12 megapixel camera with bigger CCD, better front camera, very slightly thicker body and better battery life, A9 processor, 3 models (6s, 6s+, 6c).
  • iPad Pro.
  • New iPads – force touch (maybe… not sure if it can be done on larger screen size), camera upgrades, processor upgrade. Upgrades will depend on model.
  • I WANT the glass phone/PDA Tony Stark uses in the Avengers movie. LOL.

Steve Hammond.

  • Same as Michael, except that there will be no iPad announcement at this event. Only iPhones and Apple TV.
  • An iPad event will be set later this fall, maybe at the end of October, where Apple will also announce the launch of El Capitan and probably an update to the Mac line as well.

David Acklam

  • iPhone 6s, 6s plus, 6c.
  • Apple TV.
  • iOS 9, and OS X El Capitan at September 9 event.
  • New iPad, Mini iPad and iPad Pro in October.

Vicki Stokes

  • If the new iPad doesn’t have multitasking, USB, and microSD ports it will remain a cute but expensive tablet for kids to play with. I hate Microsoft but their Surface 3 makes the iPad look like a toy.

Richard Lefko

  • I’d toss in a new Airport Extreme, simply because I just had to replace one.  : – )

Owen Rubin

  • No iPads this time. Both S phones with Force touch.
  • Better camera, better processor, and the biggest change for me will be the expected RAM upgrade to 2GB in the phones which will help support better multi-tasking.
  • I’m also not sure about Apple TV. This may need more time.
  • Who cares about a Retina TV? And Roku, Chrome Stick and FireStick have all pushed my AppleTV to the side lines. I hardly ever use it any more. It really needs to support ALL standards.
  • Would love to see an Echo like product from Apple, but that’s not going to happen.

Simon Parnell

  • iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are givens
  • A9 increased RAM. Not that Apple will say as they don’t usually mention RAM.
  • 12MP camera and improved FaceTime camera.
  • Possibly 4K Video on the iSight.
  • Force Touch.
  • Maybe a new colour – not sure on that one.
  • iOS 9.
  • iPads will be held back for October.
  • Apple TV IF it features HomeKit.
  • More watch stuff – wOS 2 probably and maybe even hints about the watch 2 itself.
  • External 5K monitor and retina 4K 21″ iMac.
  • Updated iMacs.
  • Force touch Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse?

Mark Chappell

  • New keyboards and force touch track pad available as peripherals.
  • HomeKit released – Available this fall ;-).
  • iPads to be big part of HomeKit.
  • New iPhones, increased Ram, slightly smaller.
  • Apple TV released. Two versions but limited to only the USA for streaming services to start with.
  • Expect much more emphasis to be placed on Metal for gaming.

Apple’s event can be watched on almost any device. OS X, iOS and Apple TV users can watch via the Apple.com/live website. Windows 10 users can also watch via the site using the Edge browser. Or install VLC and go here 

About Mark Chappell

Mark’s a guy who lives in a shack by the sea in far western England, binge watching Netflix series in between reviewing tech and Mac related goodies. The switch to Macintosh was easy when using dreaded WinVista and adding a printer proved nigh on impossible. That tipped him over the edge and since getting a Mac he’s never looked back, including the Hackintosh years. Wanna be guitar player, intermittent podcaster, and a Taylor Swift fan.

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TechFan #222 – OO0

On September 4, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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It’s Force Friday, so of course Tim and David are up to discussing Star Wars toys at the start of the show. (And sorry, Kenny, if you’re out there somewhere listening!) The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a pretty big design flaw, Game Center, Hot iPhones, BB-8 and OO-0, SteelSeries Stratus XL Wireless Gaming Controller, and the Dell XPS 13 are all topics for discussion.

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TechFan #221 – Den of Thieves

On August 21, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Ashley Madison hack and the privacy and relationship repercussions are on the top of the show. Also,  
Pac-Man is back in a big, bad way with  Pac-Man 256 from developer Hipster Whale. Apple Music is once again a big topic thanks to feedback, as well as privacy.

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TechFan #220 – Private Eyes

On August 14, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Privacy is back as a big topic for Tim and David this week, as well as Apple Camp for kids, Tim losing music thanks to iTunes, Lenovo installing crapware, and David’s woes with WayTools.

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MyMac Podcast 557: It’s a short one

On May 19, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is feeling right! Guy is, well, Guy so we all know how that usually works out. They have a great second section topic is which they talk about whether or not Apple doesn’t seem all that concerned about their high-end users. The Macstock Expo is on the way and get $10 off the already silly price of $69 with this code, MyMac10Off

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Guy’s App Pick: Podtrans by imobie. Need to transfer a lot of content from an iPod or iPhone that you don’t have synced through iTunes? Podtrans works easily and is free for just transferring stuff. Need more functionaility? There’s a pro version that also does conversion and a few other tricks
Gaz’s App Pick: With the usual caveats that come along with an Angry Birds title I’ve found myself playing the series again, but one that I didn’t have was Angry Birds Star Wars II

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MyMac Podcast 556: Macstock 2015

On May 12, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Because we haven’t talked about it enough, Gaz and Guy devote the entire second section of the show to the Macstock Conference and Expo which is taking place on June 20th in Woodstock, Illinois. This is followed by them also talking about the Midwest Mac BBQ taking place on the same day. They MUST be sick or something. Hang on a moment…they were! However in a moment of lucidity, they’ve included a great recording of Gaz’s daughter Sarah singing at the end of the show.

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Guy’s App Pick: itubedownloader from Alpha Software. Download quickly and easily any YouTube video with this app. $4.99
Gaz’s App Pick: Radiation Island: Not one of the best Survival sims you’ll find and I think this has been transferred from a version on the iPad, graphics could do with a tweak but overall I’m had fun playing this one, 2.99$ or 2.29£

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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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MyMac Podcast 553: Just a Quick One

On April 21, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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No Gaz this week as he deals with some family stuff (don;t worry, he’s OK), but Guy is joined by Peter Bird of the Deeper Look Podcast and they have a nice chat about why Guy is SO tired, WWDC,your thoughts, and feedback! So much cool stuff that it couldn’t be contained! Well, it was and all within this show

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Resolving Finder Problems in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite | OSXDaily
In case you get this bug too.
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Guy’s App Pick : Easy Envelope from Ambrosia Software $9.99
Peter Bird’s App Pick: Photos for OSX Free with 10.10.3 Peter78@twitter

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TechFan #205 – A lot of Apple’s

On April 17, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss the Apple Watch, NAB, Digital Camcorders, Virtual Pinball, the state of Apple’s Professional customers, buying Windows 7 to get a free copy of Windows 10, and much more.

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Remember how last week it was a short show? This week, not so much. Guy really likes Photos from OS X 10.10.3, but Gaz hasn’t yet pulled the trigger. But Gaz HAS seen an Apple Watch and Guy hasn’t which makes him a jealous boy. They also talk about the Star Wars movies now in iTunes, MacBooks, and how PC sales seem to keep falling as Mac sales go up. Weird.

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Mac BBQ: http://www.midwestmacbbq.com
Guy’s App Pick : Tomb Raider by Feral Interactive. $39.99 on the Mac App Store though I picked it up for half price during a special.
Gaz’s Pick: Accountz £39.00
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks: Oh, and no people’s pick? I don’t recall hearing my mention of MindNode.

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MyMac Podcast 551: April Fools!

On April 6, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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A short show this week recorded early (actually on April Fools day) with not much going on. Guy helps his brother Bill, the Maltese Cube script is complete, and Mike Potter of the For Mac Eyes Only podcast asks Guy to possibly put together a talk for a mini-conference while he’s at the Mid West Mac BBQ in June. WHAT was he thinking?

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http://www.macosxautomation.com/automator/
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Guy’s App Pick : Moonlight Mahjong by Midnight Martian 99 cents
Gaz’s Pick: Find the Easter Bunny, it’s free
OK OK how about a sort of Flappy bird type side scroller Yes then go for Mr Jump

TechFan #204 – Victor Cajiao

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

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Victor Cajiao joins David and Tim to discuss his new show, Artechulate! With new technologies popping up every day, how do old business models change and adapt? Tim breaks his iPhone and does not have the best experience at an Apple Store. All this, and much more, on this episode of TechFan!

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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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MyMac Podcast 548: Best of the MyMac Podcast 1-100

On March 17, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz and Guy are doing Allison Sheridan’s NosillaCast Podcast for her this week so we’re bringing you something special! It’s the Best of the MyMac Podcast shows 1-100 and there’s some great stuff here. There’s the original MyMac Podcast theme, Tim and Chad talking about the OTHER podcast that has MyMac in its name, also them talking about the Motorola ROKR phone, and Sgt Perry makes his first appearance insisting Mac users install Window XP without protection. After that it’s Tim and Chad’s interview with Dr. Gil Amelio former CEO of Apple. In the last segment we’ve got an early bumper by David Cohen, one of the last Dashboard Minutes by Guy, John Parr singing about what makes the Mac great for him, Tim and Guy alive at the Grand Rapids Apple Store, and lastly a Dashboard Minute with Guy (not surprisingly) screwing up.

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MyMac Podcast 547: It’s all the little things

On March 10, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Fun show this week if a little obsessed with owls. Guy plays with Photos, Gaz plays records…what? Then they discuss the March 9th Apple event which should already be over by the time you hear this. Also Microsoft’s Office for Mac 2016 and why Java isn’t good for you. Don’t believe us? Just Ask.

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Where to get your owl groove on!
Guy’s App Pick : Not an App but a service. CreateSpace for creating books is pretty straightforward as compared to other services I’ve looked at. They give you templates for the content and helpful tips for making covers all for free. Also pretty quick about getting back to you on any issues. http:www.createspace.com
Gaz’s Pick: Blackmagic Disc Speed Test. Yep finally used the App and have been using it to test the speed of disks when connected to different ports USB etc. It’s FREE. All sorts of results from 30MB over USB2 to 100MB on USB3 pretty much the same as the internal data doubler disk I added, to my SSD internal at over 500MB.

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