MyMac Podcast #504 – And The Beats Goes On

On May 13, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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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
The Flip Side of that article from TechHive

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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
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Touch Arcade Review

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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MyMac Podcast #501 – Mittens

On April 16, 2014, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Sponsored by OWC

No Gaz this week as he gets his revenge on Guy for being gone for MacWorld. Or something like though it may actually just be spending time with the family someplace fun and not about Guy at all. Speaking of run on sentences, Owen joins Guy and they talk about Macworld (though in no great detail) in a very informative and revealing (where we find out why Guy is Gus and Owen is Opie! How exciting is that!). STILL no end to the podcast contest (next for maybe sure!) and lots of some of the interviews done by the MyMac Staff at some Expo or something.

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You know what’s there, go get it!
Air Display
1Password
Antec
Avatron
EverWeb
Korus
Prong
Rekonme

Guy’s App Pick: Uber, the alternate to bad cabs. Free though needs a credit card to work
Gaz’s App Pick: No, since he’s not here this week
Owen’s PickAir Display $9.99. Use your old iPad or really nearly any old thing and use it for another display for your Mac

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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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iRest Lap Stand for iPad – Review

On April 9, 2014, in iPad, Review, Stand, by Elisa Pacelli

iRest Lap Stand for iPad
Company: Rain Design Inc.
Price: $49.90
Works with: iPads and tablets up to .47 inches in thickness

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I’ve known about the iRest Lap Stand for iPad for a number of years, and I got to see it in person at Macworld/iWorld 2014. Most companies bring new products to Macworld, and Rain Designs is no exception. But the iRest is so popular with consumers that it was proudly on display next to newer items.

Why is the iRest so well-liked? Let me set the stage.

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MyMac Podcast #500 – About frigging time

On April 7, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC
You’ve waited, and waited, and waited some more for the 500th podcast and it’s finally here! No app picks or much about the Macworld Expo this week or stuff from Google + or Twitter. Gaz and Guy talk a little about playing with organs (the musical kind) on iPads and then things get REALLY interesting when we get all the former hosts together into one virtual room. Naturally they talk a lot about the history of the podcast and a lot of it will make you laugh. Stand by for action!

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OWC has lots of audio and video products
Guy’s App Pick: Nope
Gaz’s App Pick: Uh uh
People’s Pick: Not this time

From all the hosts throughout the years of the MyMac Podcast, thanks to every one of you for downloading the show. Stick around as there’s much more to come!

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TechFan Podcast #156 – Foursome

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

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Tim and David welcome two special guests this week, Guy Serle and Chad Perry, to discuss the 500th episode of the MyMac Podcast, the new Amazon Fire TV, developing apps for iOS and Android, and much more!

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Macworld Expo day 3 – The gang is all here

On April 2, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Second day of Macworld but the last day for us all being together. Join Guy, Vicki, Elisa Mark, Eric, and Owen as they yammer a lot about things mostly related to some kind of Tech event…maybe. Then Guy talks to the Jupiter crew at OWC about spaceships and massive storage, and a bunch of interviews we did on the Expo floor.

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Other World Computing
Developers we talked to:
Inspire Pro
Antec Mobile Products
AppPresser
City Hour
Cloak
Ergotron

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TechFan #155 – Banned!

On March 28, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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After a week off, David and Tim discuss the iPad release of Microsoft Office, and what it says about the future of Microsoft. Plus, FaceBook buys Oculus Rift, some guys kicks banned for life from Google, and more.

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Banned for Life (Medium.com)

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MyMac Podcast #499 – So close, yet so far away

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

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Sponsored by OWC

With this being show 499, you’d think the next one would be 500…or the one after that…nope. This IS however the last Gaz and Guy show before the Macworld Expo so get ready for fun. Guy has problems with multiple Apple IDs and has to go to Apple Support to get them fixed, Gaz has problems with Rugby, his Mac, and Airports, but it may have all been in hs head. Guy talks about the long journey ahead and Gaz tries in vain yet again to explain English money.

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Guy’s App Pick: Not so much an app but a service. BIG ups to Apple Support for taking at least 2-3 hours of time walking me through all the problems that I had caused myself over the years in regards to Apple IDs. They even scheduled a time with a higher support person at my convenience to finish fixing it.
Gaz’s App Pick: AudioEngine A2 Speakers
People’s Pick: Mark Sheppard recommends WaterLogue

Thank you everyone for staying with us over the years. It’s been wonderful and we hope you’ll stick around for however long the ride lasts.

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MyMac Podcast #498 – You won’t like me when I’m angry

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

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Sponsored by OWC

Just two…to five or more episodes until the 500th show! Can you feel the excitement in the air? If you can you should most likely go see a doctor since solid emotions in your nostrils is probably not a good thing. A certain group’s proposal (number 9, number 9,number 9,) seemed to really hack off Tim Cook at the last shareholder’s meeting, so Guy has a little chat with the founder of the NCPPR, Amy Ridenour to ask her about it. Please check the links below for the proposal itself and another to Ms. Ridenour’s blog about the incident. Gaz is looking for some better way to keep an iOS device on him to keep track of how much exercise he does and also a way to mount one in the kitchen. If only he could combine the two…

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OWC ALSO sells well maintained used Macs.
Link for the main story:
http://www.nationalcenter.org/Apple_Proposal_Statement_2014.pdf

Guy’s App PickNiceCast from Rogue Amoeba $59.99. A way to shift your audio from place to another…theoretically. It has a really simple layout, the tools will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever played with Audio Hijack Pro, and if I ever get it to work properly I think it will be…(wait for it) AMAZING!
Gaz’s App PickEveTV. Watching recording TV on your Mac with extra options to do the same on your IOS devices (particularly the iPad)
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

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MyMac Podcast #497 – Monkey in the Middle

On March 5, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

The SSL Exploit for both the Mac and iOS is absolutely nothing to worry about unless you don’t live in a cave, have a Mac newer than a PowerPC, or use the internet. Do or have any of that and you should probably be going for those updates. Gaz is doing a lot of traveling, but it’s Guy’s Maps program that seems to be stopping progress. All this and more this week on the MyMac Podcast.

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The OWC Elite Pro Qx2. 4 drive bays of AWESOME!
Link to the main story:
Guy’s App PickThe Movies: Superstar Edition by Ferel Interactive $19.99
Gaz’s App PickAutomator. (from Apple) With Automator actions and support for AppleScript commands, Apple Remote Desktop 3 gives you the ability to create custom workflows designed to make your life easier. http://automatorworld.com
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

 

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MyMac Podcast #496 – Nothing but net

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


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Ah it’s that time of year again where everything seems new! Yep, almost time for the Macworld Expo! What did you think I meant? While Guy makes T-Shirts, Gaz is looking for tech gear to keep track of how far he goes. ALL kinds of feedback this week too. Net neutrality seems to be under fire with Netflix on one side and Verizon on the other. You can bet if Verizon gets their way, the internet could be changed in the US for a long time.

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NewerTech MiniStack Max.
Link to the main story:
Guy’s App PickCamtasia 2 on the Mac App Store. A really great screen capture and editor tool. Not cheap at $99, but is very flexible and capable of being a video editor all on it’s own too
Gaz’s App PickPedometer++ (iPhone 5S only): Heard about this on the Mac geek Gab.
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

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MyMac Podcast #495 – Why buy when you can rent?

On February 18, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Don’t you just HATE buying software and having that feeling of a one time price? Wouldn’t you rather just have to pay less for it each month or it stops working? Gaz and Guy debate this topic with their usual thoughtfulness so you probably shouldn’t expect a hard and definitive answer…or should you? Also the weather takes a hard beating or perhaps it’s the other way around, ISPs suck, Captain Kirk should sound like Curly, and Guy needs a more typical Press hat for Macworld. All this week on the MyMac Podcast.

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Guy’s App Pick: Mixlr by Mixlr.com. A free service with paid for add ons for creating live podcasts that people can listen to and contribute to in an included chat room. Available on the Mac App Store.
Gaz’s App Pick: PopClip from Pilotmoon Software. PopClip appears when you select text with your mouse on your Mac. Instantly access context-specific actions including copy and paste, plus extensions like Send to Evernote. Try it free from their website or buy from $4.99 US, £2.99 GB or €4.49 in Europe
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

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MyMac Podcast #494 – Doing it on the run

On February 12, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Because absolutely no one asked, Guy goes over in detail how he’s going to podcast using just iOS at the Macworld Expo. You’d think he’d have the process pretty much worked out by now. Meanwhile Gaz is excitedly testing rechargeable batteries in Apple devices that don’t have Apple’s logo, that rebel! While it all sounds rather mundane, this was a pretty funny show.

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Kanex SimpleDock
Company: Kanex
Price: $119.95 USD

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Nowadays most Mac users are looking to make their life run more smoothly and faster when they are working with their computers. Thankfully Apple finally decided to provide users with USB 3.0 ports which PC users had been enjoying for some time. When you are using a MacBook however, you are limited to just two ports. Most users can quickly utilize both ports with peripherals or as charging ports for their iPhones or whatever else.

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