STM Drifter Medium Laptop Backpack
Company: STM
Price: $139.95 MSRP

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It seems that the backpack is now becoming the favorite means of carrying one’s laptop and other electronic devices around, be it to work or while traveling. Once you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Besides carrying your laptop, you still have enough room to carry any documents that you may need, power supply and cables, water bottle, and dependent upon your state of physical fitness, running shoes and gear.

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MyMac Podcast 515: Apple’s Fading Secrecy

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

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Gaz is off doing fun family things and Guy managed to grab Karl Madden on to talk about Apple’s policy of secrecy surrounding their upcoming products. They also talk about Apple’s last financial quarter but more importantly, who were the winners of the Feral Interactive Lego Marvel Super Heroes give-away!

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Guy’s App PickComicLife 3 by Plasq $29.99
Gaz’s App Pick: He wasn’t here so why would he have one?
Karl’s App PickOvercast by Overcast Radio

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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MyMac Podcast 514: New or Used

On July 21, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Took longer than usual since we had to start over because SOMEONE (or just Guy) said something inappropriate and in poor taste though not on purpose. He’s (Guy) just an idiot sometimes. This is the last week to enter the contest for a copy of LEGO MARVEL Super Heros so send your email to enter to “contest@mymac.com” and don’t forget to say LEGO MARVEL and MyMac in the header. Gaz and Guy debate whether to be buy new, refurbished, or used when you need that next Mac.

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Guy’s App PickRedLaser QR scanner from eBay free as in give us personal info free
Gaz’s App PickSnapSeed
People’s PickPaperama a recommendation from Michael Cassel free with in app purchases

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Link for iPad Shoulder Bag – Review

On July 17, 2014, in Bag, iPad, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Link for iPad Shoulder Bag
Company: STM
Price: $59.95 on ebags.com

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Do you like to carry your iPad or tablet with you wherever you go, along with iPad accessories and other items, but hate using a large backpack or briefcase? Well, have I got a bag for you!

The STM link for iPad Shoulder Bag has become my new favorite bag. That’s not surprising, as I love the STM Cable Wrap, reviewed here last summer by my son. If you need or want a bag with numerous pockets, you’ll be thrilled with the link.

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MyMac Podcast #512: Future Apple

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

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Gaz is off watching cars race that DON’T belong to NASCAR (the HORROR!) but Karl Madden comes on to talk about the future of various Apple products and lots of tangents that Guy went off on (because that’s what he does). You can find Karl’s probably more rational podcast Mac and Forth here.

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Guy’s App Pick: BeLight’s Printfoloio bundle include Swift Publisher, Business Card Composer, Disc Cover, Label and Addresses, Image Tricks Pro – $70 
Karl’s App PickAudio Hijack Pro (Digital Amoeba) in conjunction with Soundflower (Cycling 74) – These two apps make my podcast so much easier.
People’s Pick: From Allister Jenks…Monty Python’s The Ministry of Silly Walks By Boondoggle Studios $1.99 I’m sure Gaz will appreciate this one. It’s a hit in our household. Simple enough to operate, hard enough to master, voiced by John Cleese!

MyMac Podcast #511: Stormy Clouds

On June 30, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz and Guy talk about different cloud options for you and at the end you’ll COMPLETELY understand how the cloud works and certainly know what service you want….sha right!

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Guy’s App PickActiveCloud Pro from Pocket Watch. $3.99 Syncs and provides access to many different cloud services including DropBox, Box, and Apple’s iCloud services and makes it easy to open files in the apps of your choice. Have lot’s of cloudy goodness? Check out ActiveCloud. 
Gaz’s App PickPocket. When you find an interesting article, video or web page that you want to read, watch or view later, put it in Pocket. Once it’s in Pocket, it automatically syncs across to your phone, tablet and computer so you can view it anytime on any device, even without an internet connection.

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MyMac Podcast #510: The Eff Eye Are EEE Phone

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

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Just like we didn’t talk about the World Cup last week, the GMen don’t talk about Amazon’s Fire phone this week. Which means they did but not much. They do talk about the new iMac and what that might mean going forward for the Mac and get lost in old Podcast art…eventually.

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Guy’s App PickBorderland 2 from Asphyr for $9.99 at the Mac App Store but probably not at that price anymore by the time you hear this. Having a lot of fun with this game.
Gaz’s App PickThe Championships, Wimbledon 2014 for iPhone New for the Championships 2014. A fully redesigned visually rich experience (like hitler)that can be personalised allowing the fan to control the type of information they want to see for the players, event or country of their choice, and also share all content across a variety of social media platforms.

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Mac Podcast #509: Soccerless

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

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Neither Guy nor Gaz talk about the World Cup or soccer except for where they do. Skype as usual acts up in each segment of this week’s show, but that doesn’t stop Gaz and Guy from their usual hijinks. Greg Holdsworth is bringing back his podcast, “Your Own Victory Garden after a nearly 4 year absence! Why did he stop? What will the new show be like? You’re going to have to listen to find out.

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Contributing blogger/writer at VegetableGardener.com
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Guy’s App PickModern Conflict by Gaijin Entertainment $1.99 
Gaz’s App PickMines ordered :) $199 or £159 UK
Greg’s PickYouTube To MP3 Converter (OSX) From MediaHuman, Free Garden Compass Plant, Pest & Disease Identifier (iOS) From TeamSOA, Inc., Free

MyMac Podcast #508: Apple is the Knight who says BING!

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

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We get caught up on Guy’s adventure buying a car in Florida and how Gaz gets his iTunes for cheaps! The GMen go over some of what they thought was great from WWDC and then realize they forgot to mention a whole bunch of other things that they SAID they’ll get back to but probably won’t. Gaz’s language skills takes a horrible beating with Swahili and so much more!

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Guy’s App Pick: Flat Out 2 by Virtual Programming .99 cents
Gaz’s App Pick: Pages for the win, created some templates for Invoice creation. Pages is so much easier (in my opinion) than Word on the Mac to do this sort of stuff.
People’s Pick: Erick Diaz likes the new Weather Channel app, newly refreshed to iOS 7 goodness JUST in time for iOS 8

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MyMac Podcast #507: No Guy, but we have a special guest!

On June 4, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy is off doing weird Guy things like buying a car in Florida so Gaz tricks…invites Alex Fox on to the show. Lot’s of Google Plus and other listener feedback along with a good discussion on Amazon’s little tiff with Hatchette Press. A bit of talk about Alex’s Mac experiences and generally everything you’ve come to expect from a MyMac Podcast!

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Guy’s App Pick: He’s not here so he doesn’t get one.
Gaz’s App Pick: SSD’s go an update your system if you can.
Coconut Battery Check
Battery Health Check
Netflix searching
@NewOnNetflixUK
People’s Pick: Karl Madden People’s pick here. I was a little bored the other day and saw this table Tennis game at the top of the iOS games charts. I thought what the heck and decided to spend a few quid to give it a top spin.
Alex LinksAirWaves

 

MyMac Podcast #506: Stupid App Tricks

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

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We have another guest this week as Allister Jenks joins in to talk about all kinds of stuff and all three go into what THEY think are stupid apps. Even bad Skype delay couldn’t deter them.

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Guy’s App PickStar Wars TSG free! FREE! Ever want to make a title sequence like they have at the beginning of every Star Wars film? Ever think “That’s WAY too hard!” Well Star Wars TSG to the rescue. You can specify the size, number of frames per second, the studio name, the film name, and what you want said in the opening crawl.Then save it to an empty folder. Why? Because It makes a series of BMP image files that you then have to string together in QuickTime Player 7 with File -> Open Image sequence. The newer version of QuickTime won’t do it.
Gaz’s App PickFlow $4.99 or £2.99 UK or NZ$6.49. Flow is an FTP + SFTP client. With URL Copying, Droplets, a built-in editor, and QuickLook. Reviews are mixed but I’ve used it for a while and I like it, it may not be as good or have the features of other more sophisticated FTP clients, but I’m not sophisticated.
Allister’s App PickRipit! From the little app factory $24.95. DVD ripping software

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Hoodini – Video Review

On May 27, 2014, in Features, iPad, Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

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Company: HoodiVision
Price: $36.95
Works with all flavors of iPad

 

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MyMac Podcast #505: Red vs Blue (or Black or Green)

On May 20, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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James Turner joins the GMen in a rollicking show that quickly and somewhat willfully gets completely out of control practically from the very start. Gaz has problems with a Time Machine, Guy has a blank screen, and James is questioning his life choice of coming on to podcasts with weirdos. OH and there was some useful bit and hard drives.

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Guy’s App PickVideo Editor Pro by David Team. $29.99. Looking for a multi-track video editor with a small footprint that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? If your needs are relatively light, give Video Editor Pro a try. Multi-track drag and drop editing, crop tools, some text tools, and so on. Nothing too fancy, but it works well. Lacking in some of the basic onscreen tools (like splitting a clip which requires a keyboard shortcut) but for $30 it will most likely meet all your basic needs PLUS it accepts a lot of different formats without the need to convert them first.
Gaz’s App PickWhatSize £10.49.There are alternatives, go to this link if you want to try some
James PickMonument Valley $3.99. A puzzler of “monumental” proportions! (yeah I went there)

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MyMac Podcast #504 – And The Beats Goes On

On May 13, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Rough week for Guy but he did manage to soup up his son Peter’s new (or old rather) laptop with more memory and an SSD drive. Gaz has apps just made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do. The GMen discuss the Beats maybe deal and what Apple could or should buy instead. The whole Dusty story is at the very end so if you don’t want to hear it (it’s rather sad) then just stop after the closing theme.

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Guy’s App PickCarbon Copy Cloner which is a great Mac app for cloning your entire hard drive to another AND making it bootable. This should be on every Mac user’s system. $39.95 for all the extra features like scheduling backups and more.
Gaz’s App PickLittle Inferno £6.99 Reminded me a little bit of Machinarium $10  and World of Goo 
People’s Pick: Gary Apter likes the Apple Store iOS app and thinks it’s the best way to make a Genius Bar appointment and to check in when you arrive. You can see what classes and events are scheduled and make a reservation. There have been FREE offers for music and apps. There are other things to look at promoting products and deals. Take a look. There are versions for the iPad and iPhone.

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MyMac Podcast #503 – Same level of Stupid

On May 6, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC
No show last week because Guy can’t stop messing around with the sound of the show and managed to muck it up beyond all repair. The show this week takes all the things you missed us say last week and puts them here. So it’s like it never happened (waving arms mystically). We record all your bumpers from the contest and thanks again to everyone who participated. Then we just have fun. Same GMen time! Same GMen channel!

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Guy’s App PickSplashtop by Splashstop. Great way to view your Mac’s desktop and get some of those files you may have forgotten when you left home. $4.99 for the personal version on your iPad. If you need even more there are in-app purchases but it works great for me as is. 
Gaz’s App Pick: Not really a Mac or iPhone pick, but I use the IOS App because of the device. linked up with friends at work. About £40 ($60) quid in the UK. so ping me through all the usual methods we can link up and challenge each other get fitter.
People’s Pick: None this week

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TechFan #160 – Diablo III and ComiXology

On May 2, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss Diablo III and David’s off-line experience, and the news of ComiXology getting purchased by Amazon, and the changes to the comic book seller.

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Gerry Conway ComiXology Article
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MyMac Podcast #502 – Winner Winner! Chicken Dinner!

On April 22, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

Back to a regularly scheduled kind of show. Apple’s Home Sharing works great except when it doesn’t and Guy is more hopeful about his sound quality this week. We finally announce the winners of the Bumper contest (see below) and is Apple’s CarPlay hardware the next big thing that Apple doesn’t actually make?

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You know what’s there, go get it!

Bumper Contest winners!
Paul Bartlett
Steve Green
Erick Diaz
Karl Madden
Nicholas Riley

Guy’s App PickCall of Duty 2 from Aspyr $19.99 
Gaz’s App Pick: Charades from FatChicken Studios

 

 

 

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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
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Noteology – Review

On April 18, 2014, in Apps, iOS, iPad, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

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Company: RHP Multimedia
Price: $4.99
Version: 1.0
Requires: iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini Gen 1 and 2, iOS 6.0 or later

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One of the great things about going to Macworld is discovering new apps. With some, you think, why didn’t I think of that? Noteology is one of those apps.

Noteology is an iPad-only app that lets users record video, and, at the same time, take notes and set bookmarks. You can play back the video with or without the notes, and even edit or add notes and bookmarks. No more missing what the speaker is saying because you’re too busy writing things down.

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