MyMac Podcast 545: It’s all about me (Well Guy at least)

On February 24, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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We’re doing the NosillaCast Podcast for Allison on the 15th of March! How will it go? Anyone’s guess, but the smart money is on funny train-wreck. Apple’s instructions for the iBook Store still confuses Guy, but what doesn’t? Gas is super excited about the new Photos app still. Somehow or another a discussion off air about Captain Scarlett and the Mysterions leads to an on-air talk about the rumored Apple iCar or whatever the heck people are calling non-existent products from Apple these days.

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Captain Scarlett and the Mysterions!
Guy’s App Pick : Audio Converter Pro 6.99. Great app for converting audio from one format to another. I needed it to convert a bunch of MP3s/ AACs to Apple’s CAF format for inclusion into GarageBand. Drag and drop simplicity. I’m sure there’s other free ways to do the same thing, but I had over 500 files to do it with and didn’t want to do them one at a time.
Gaz’s Pick: Color Strokes
People’s Pick: none this week

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MyMac Podcast 544: Aperature and iPhoto…DEAD

On February 16, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz gets his OWC Thunderdock and Guy rambles nearly incoherently (like we could tell the difference) of trying to get his book into Apple’s iBook Store. Amazon has it but it’s so easy that it isn’t like it’s THAT big of an accomplishment. Gaz talks about how he’s looking forward to the new Photo’s app from Apple and how he’s getting ready for it. Plus all the usual insanity you might expect from the GMen.

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Alister Jenks review of the OWC Thunderdock
Links to alternatives if you’re unhappy about Photos –
http://www.phaseone.com/Imaging-Software/Capture-One.aspx
http://www.photocritic.org/apple-aperture-alternatives/
Guy’s App Pick : iBooks Author free
Gaz’s Pick: Because I’m so excited I’m going for Apples not yet released Photo’s App
People’s Pick: Troy Muller Toggl App
Probably something like 3 years ago I was looking for something to help me log the time I take on client tasks. Something I could easily use to help populate timesheets that my clients always need me to fill out. I found https://toggl.com and I’ve been using it since.

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MyMac Podcast 543: What if Steve Jobs had never left Apple?

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

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Gaz is away and James Turner  jumps into the mix to discuss with Guy what might have been the outcome if Steve Jobs hadn’t left Apple back in 1985. Oh, and Guy talks about being old.

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Making eBooks with Pages.
Guy’s App Pick : Pages for the Mac. The application not the iCloud version.
James’s Pick: Sim City BuildIt for iOS – Loving it. Free with in app purchases
People’s Pick: Serenak Assassin. My daughter just bought Framed, it is a comic strip puzzle game – rearrange the page to get the protagonist out alive. £2.99 UK (no IAPs) Novel and clever.

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MyMac Podcast 541: Private Matters

On January 28, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Gaz and Guy are in rare form this time around…or maybe not, who can tell? They go into some of the buzz surrounding various governments talking about safe keys to private messaging because we all know that there’s no way if they could do it that no one else could…right? Right?

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Guy’s App Pick : Audio Hijack Pro 3 from Rogue Amoeba. $49 or $25 upgrade. If you work with audio on your Mac in any way, this should be something you have. Awesome new interface
Gaz’s Pick: Argh it’s a Microsoft product, but just hang on a minute you might find this quite useful :)
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks Enter MailSteward. I pointed it at my four email accounts that are configured in OS X/Mail and said get me everything before 2007. Done. “I found 147 emails, 32 duplicates.” And there they were. Listable, searchable and looking like real email again.

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VisionTek High Power Seven Port USB Charging Hub
Company: VisionTek
Price: $49.99 US

 

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The VisionTek High Power Seven Port USB Charging Hub (which I will hereafter refer to as the “VisionTek Charging Hub” for brevity) is a small 0.9” x 1.8” x 4.3”  silver anodized aluminium rectangular hub with a press on/off power switch, a sensibly diffused orange LED on indicator and seven powered USB charging ports. It is built solely for the purpose of plugging in your USB chargeable devices such as mobile phones, tablets, music players, Bluetooth earpieces/headphones, satellite/GPS navigators and any other USB chargeable items you may have. If you prefer a “sync and charge” hub then VisionTek have that covered too with their VisionTek Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub

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MyMac Podcast 539: Hobbits beaten by Windows

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

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Peter Jackson couldn’t do it, Tolkien himself couldn’t do it, but Microsoft could and did. They stopped the Hobbits…temporarily anyway. Guy and Gaz finish their discussion on the best time to buy Apple stuff and so much more.

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Guy’s App Pick : ArtText 2 by Belight Software $19.99
Gaz’s Pick: Diptic both in the Mac and IOS App stores, basically create one image from multiple images within a set of frames. £0.79 with in app purchases for IOS not required and not bad prices to be honest.
Mac
iOS
People’s Pick: Rob Rait
Serial Podcast. This is like a serialised docu-drama about a murder 15 years ago where the narrator of the podcast is investigating the circumstances of the case. Still ongoing so I’ve no idea whether they’ll find the convicted perpetrator innocent or not. Gripping stuff :-)

This is the podcast that has had the media going on about the re-birth of podcasting. Apparently it was the fastest growing podcast on iTunes ever.

 

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TechFan #192 – Twenty

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

tf192Tim talks about the iPhone 6 Plus, driving with the GPS, 2014 and looking ahead to 2015, the 20th anniversary of MyMac.com, a Samsung Wireless Printer, SimCity BuildIt, and audio feedback from Mike Breed on technology in education.

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MyMac Podcast 537: The “Un” Interview

On December 31, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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So while Gaz is off spending time with his family, Karl Madden from the Mac & Forth Podcast was kind enough to fill in much to his later regret. They talk about their holidays,the Console Christmas hacks, and Kim Jong Un the Glorious Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or as we more commonly know it as…the bat&*#$ crazy Korea. Oh and Guy calls hackers bad names because he can.

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Guy’s App Pick : Roller Coaster 3 Tycoon from the Mac App Store $19.99
Karl’s Pick: Workflow by DeskConnect? $2.99/£1.99 –
People’s Pick: Serenak Assassin

Minbox.com – great free to use send unlimited size files (ok so Mail can do that now on Yosemite.. but I don’t like or use Mail) Copy.com (Dropbox type service that gives you a lot more space for free). The charge station I just got for review… awesome item http://bit.ly/1rFONWL. Skype – not new, not cool, but what would we do without it? My favourite podcast catchers Downcast on iOS and Podkicker on Android (both simple and elegant and do exactly what I want). Not much of a games guy but I just love Hillclimb racer… silly, no need to use the IAPs and has that “one more try” factor.

MyMac Podcast 536: Merry Whatevers or BAAA Humbug!

On December 23, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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It’s Christmas (or name your preferred holiday title here) and the GMen are grateful for your continued support and downloads. It’s makes them confused but regardless they do appreciate it. All the usual stuff, plus Christmas tales from years past so enjoy!

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It’s the longest day EVER! Or is it? Vox.com
Guy’s App Pick : Piezo by Rouge Amobea. $14.99 from the Mac App Store. Record nearly any audio from any program (except Safari which is weird)
Gaz’s Pick: Flixster
People’s Pick:
Troy Muller: Just picked up ProCam 2 to try my hand at some more serious camera settings with the ability to save in TIFF format. My intention is to be able to enlarge photos for printing without losing too much detail. I had the first ProCam, which I kind of treated just as a novelty really, but this new version has a lot more to keep me interested.

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MyMac Podcast 535: The 250th GMen Show

On December 16, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Can you believe that nearly 5 years ago, Gaz and Guy started their version of the MyMac Podcast! Can you believe that Tim hasn’t wrestled away the show back from? We sure can’t. However it wouldn’t be a MyMac anniversary show without at least SOMETHING going wrong and sure enough, Guy’s SoundBoard program is somehow hosed. Didn’t stop the GMen though as they finished the conversation they started last week about PC to Mac switchers. Don’t forget about their Bumper contest with as yet undefined prizes! Or as yet undefined length!

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Guy’s App Pick : Parallels 10 by Parallels $79.99 new or a $49.99 upgrade from version 8 or 9
Gaz’s Pick: Insanity! particularly app(lly) named for this show.
People’s pick: VainGlory Fantastic game: 3vs3. Was featured in the iPhone keynote. Graphics are terrific. Free to play.

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MyMac Podcast 534: So why Switch? (Part 1)

On December 9, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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A quiet week filled with no drama beside house burglaries, busted MacBook Pros, and Uni’s that want to close down schools. The GMen begin a multi-part discussion of why people switch from PCs to Macs and we have a new contest! YEAH!

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Apple’s Mac comparison table
Guy’s App Pick : No app picks from the GMen this week so we could talk about the contest
Gaz’s Pick:
People’s pick: Serenak Assassin likes Instacast and wonders why they’re all called xxxxcast? FREE!

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MyMac Podcast 533: How did Apple Survive? (Part 2)

On December 1, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz has trouble with Pages, iMac and Mac Pro envy, and Guy just has…trouble. They talk about Apple coming back from near death and how in the second section and generally there’s just more GMen tomfoolery on both sides.

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Guy’s App Pick: Apple’s very own “Grab” program. Nothing to buy or link to since it’s built in the Mac OS and lives in the Utilities folder. Can’t remember the keyboard shortcuts to do screen or window captures? Grab makes it easy.
Gaz’s Pick: Hyperlapse from Instagram free IOS Pick

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MyMac Podcast 532: How did Apple Survive? (Part 1)

On November 25, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is mad at Apple and iTunes and Guy is mad at McIntosh County. Guy can’t manage to spend money with TMobile for an iPhone 5 and Gaz’s daughter has a lovely voice. What you can’t see how this all ties in with Apple?

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Guy’s App Pick: eCamm’s Skype Recorder $29.95. Not just for how well it works in recording Skype calls and messages, but for the great tools they include for splitting the calls and converting them into other formats.
Gaz’s Pick: Not Bloody iTunes! Selfish You tube Link

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MyMac Podcast 531: But it involves goats!

On November 19, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Goats? Yes…goats. We’re not “kidding”. Deal with it. Most of the past technical issues seems to be dealt with, though we’ve all thought that before haven’t we? The GMen give a lecture on what NOT to do when updating and how to clean up iTunes after CERTAIN people who may or may not be on this podcast thoroughly hosed his library.

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MyMac Podcast 530: Next Week will be AMAZING!

On November 15, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy updates to Yosemite which turns out to NOT be a great idea since his recording layout got hosed. Gas is in top form however and teases Guy about his lack of having SoundBoard by using…well…SoundBoard. They talk about Microsoft 365 and options available free or otherwise and it turns out that the more expensive option could be the best one.

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Guy’s App Pick: Duplicate Detective by FIPLAB ($2.99). Drop a folder on it and watch it find the duplicates. Then watch as it deletes them for you. That’s about all it does but it does it well.
Gaz’s Pick: Rambling’s Podcast BBC with Clare Balding.
People’s Pick: From Serenak (twitter) how about the Open University free Introduction to Cyber Security MOOC here

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MyMac Podcast 529: Quick Thoughts

On November 7, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Guy is back from the Sunshine State and quickly makes up for lost giggles as he and Gaz discuss CurrentC, GamerGate, Dead Product lines, and why speeding through Georgia at the end of the month is just a bad idea.

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Guy’s App Pick: Angry Birds Transformers by Rovio More than meets the eye.
Gaz’s Pick: Numbers and iCloud/iCloud drive yay it’s working now :) Free with New Mac’s if you don’t have it it costs 13.99 gbp ot $19.99
People’s Pick: From Mark Sheppard (twitter)
I pick the iOS app called Clips. Clipboard on steroids. Works as a:
1. Notifications widget
2. Share extension
3. Keyboard 4. App

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MyMac Podcast 528: Apple’s Cash Machine

On October 29, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy’s still in Florida? No probe for Gaz as he gets Karl Madden from the Mac & Forth Podcast to join him. They talk about Apple’s fiscal year and their seemingly unstoppable cash generating machine

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Gaz’s Tip: ctrl + eject brings up a submenu to put the Mac to sleep
ctrl + shift + eject instantly puts the Mac to sleep
cmd + Option (alt) + power instantly also instantly puts the Mac to sleep (for MacBooks)
Now to add a message to the lock screen you can
Right if you go to the Security & Privacy preference pane, then under the General tab, you then tick the checkbox Show a message when the screen is locked and add your message. I don’t think the message shouldn’t be longer than about 200 so make your message short and sweet.
Guy’s App Pick: Who cares he’s not here.
Gaz’s Pick: Can’t help myself Yosemite
Karl’s Pick: City Planner from Karl for the IOS
Karl’s Pick Tip Pick: Camera+ Via the IOS App Store.
People’s Pick: From MacTopics over Twitter both for the Mac and IOS devices
£23.99 UK €29.99 Euro $42.99AUD & $33.99 For the Mac Version
IOS £6.99 UK €8.99 Euro $12.99AUD & $9.99 For the IOS Version

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MyMac Podcast 527: Apple Event (Mini Minimised)

On October 21, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Guy is enjoying himself somewhere in the State of Florida this week and just gives Gaz time to recompose himself, and a recent guest has kindly accepted the invitation back on. YAY TheMacMommy. Sad Face Gaz as he thinks this might be the last Mac Mini he buys, well we all know like that’s going to be the case ;) Not updated to YoSeme yet, not because of all the issues, hang on what issues ;) but because of time. We will get back to the event later.

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Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case – Review

On October 20, 2014, in Cases, Review, by Steve Hammond

Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case
Price: $16.56
Company: EZ Buys Direct

I was looking at a protecting case for my iPad with Retina Display (4th gen), I’ve been testing the Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case from EZ Buys Direct. The case is designed like Apple’s Smart Case series.

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The case is easy to install on your iPad and is also compatible with the iPad 2 and the iPad 3 (aka the New iPad). You slide your iPad into the pocket and flip the tab on its back to secure it inside the case. The case has holes where it is necessary to access buttons and ports on the iPad. But overall I find it unsatisfactory.

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TechFan #182 – Been Too Long

On October 17, 2014, in TechFan Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss the news from the Apple event this week, including the release of Yosemite, a new iMac and Mac mini, iPads, and much more. Plus, Tim has a new blog!

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Not New Video Games (Tim’s new blog)

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