TechFan #159 – The E.T. Legend

On April 27, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss the Atari legend in which Atari buried tons of E.T. games, and what happened this week that confirmed the urban myth. Also, the iPhone 5 gets some love from Apple, and why is there not a Technology channel on television today?

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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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The Case by SlickWraps – Video Review

On March 10, 2014, in Cases, iPhone, Review, Video, by Vicki Stokes

The Case for iPhone 5/5S
Company: SlickWraps.com
Price: $34.95

About Vicki Stokes

Vicki is a IT professional working in the Silicon Valley. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co-hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Elisa Pacelli.

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Esoterism Embrace 5 iPhone Bumper – Review

On February 27, 2014, in iPhone, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Esoterism Embrace 5 iPhone Bumper
Company: Esoterism
For iPhone 5/5S
Price: $89

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If you’ve watched or read my previous reviews on Esoterism iPhone Bumpers, you know I’m a big fan. The Esoterism Embrace 5 iPhone Bumper is no exception.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Woodchuck Adventure Case for iPhone 5 – Review

On September 6, 2013, in Cases, iPhone, iPhone Cases, by Curt Blanchard

Personalized Adventure Case for iPhone 5
Company: Woodchuck Case
MSRP: $49.00 (plus $20 if laser engraved)
Woodchuck Cases

When it comes walking around with an iPhone, many friends and acquaintances prefer to go commando, but I always have a case on my iPhone. I want to protect my investment but I also want a slightly grippy case that is easy to grab out of my pocket and secure to hold. Cases are made in all kinds of materials from silicone (gummy) to aluminum (slippery), but have you ever considered wood? The folks at Woodchuck have.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Commando Screen Protector – Review

On July 1, 2013, in iPhone Cases, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Commando Screen Protector
Designed for iPhone 5
Lifeworks
$29.99

Commando is a military grade screen protector. The product consists of a polyurethane film, a durable material developed for military use. The original use was in protecting helicopter rotor blades from abrasive desert sand. The You Tube video demonstrating the ability of an iPhone protected by Commando  to withstand the impact of a hammer and scratches from nails is dramatic. A quick review of customer comments revealed many testimonials of how going Commando is the best method to protect an uncased iPhone.

 

Commando

 

The Commando screen protector has four layers of protection: scratch resistant, shock dissipation function, shock absorption, and silicon adhesion. The scratch resistant property includes a self healing capability.  Surface scratches on the screen protector miraculously disappears. Shock dissipation and shock absorption protect the phone from regular daily impact. Hence, the limited lifetime warranty which includes a disclaimer that the screen protector is not indestructible. Drops from less than tested heights on non-smooth surfaces may lead to a damaged phone.

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About Vicki Stokes

Vicki is a IT professional working in the Silicon Valley. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co-hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Elisa Pacelli.

Why Nick is Wrong – TechFan Podcast #124

On June 29, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen talk language, iTunes U, the new AppMinute, independent apps, modding, in-app purchase, Steam, Parenting, iTunes Radio, Nick Rodriguez, and more.

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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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Quirky Crossover iPhone 5 Case
Quirky
$34.95

The Quirky Crossover iPhone case has two silicone straps that cross over in the back of the phone. The silicone straps, 12mm diagonal length, intersect to protect the back and bumper areas.

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As a rabid fan of wallet cases, I was delighted to review the Quirky Crossover iPhone 5 case.  The case protects the iPhone and allows a few credit or business cards to be stored under the intersecting straps. Quirky offers 12 colors, allowing the buyer to select the color combination for the two straps. The gray and orange straps of my review case were a lovely choice. The top strap has a hole for the camera lens. The bottom strap has a hole for the power button at the top and earbud at the bottom.

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About Vicki Stokes

Vicki is a IT professional working in the Silicon Valley. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co-hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Elisa Pacelli.

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Marware rEVOLUTION case for iPhone 5 – Review

On December 20, 2012, in Cases, iPhone Cases, Review, by Russ Walkowich

rEVOLUTION case for iPhone 5
Company: Marware
Price: $34.99 MSRP

 

rEVOLUTION SHOT

 

The iPhone 5 is a beautifully designed and very lightweight phone that a lot of users don’t won’t to spoil by adding heavy cases to in an effort to protect them from normal everyday usage. Enter Marware’s rEVOLUTION case for the iPhone 5.

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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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Sena Walletbook for iPhone 5 – Review

On December 18, 2012, in Cases, iPhone Cases, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Sena Walletbook for iPhone 5
Company: Sena
Price: $54.95

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An upgrade to the iPhone 5 from a previous version means searching for a new case. The old iPhone cases will not fit because the iPhone 5 is longer and thinner. This is no problem for me because my only criteria, besides securely encasing the iPhone, is for the case to include pockets to store an ID, a couple of bills, and a credit card. The Walletbook is advertised as part designer wallet and part premium leather case with pockets, easy device access, secure snap closure, and a money compartment making it an excellent replacement case candidate. 

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About Vicki Stokes

Vicki is a IT professional working in the Silicon Valley. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co-hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Elisa Pacelli.

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Look Out – Blizzard
iOS Game Review

On November 19, 2012, in iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Look Out – Blizzard
App Developer: The App Company
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
License: US$0.99 – Universal App. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

If you like fluffy snow balls and maze games, then you are going to love Look Out – Blizzard.

You assume the role of the defenseless little snowball and it is your aim to guide it to safety. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? It would be, if it were not for fireballs and electrified obstacles doing their best to prevent you from succeeding. Not to mention droplets of water that will have you slipping everywhere, and rocks that will slow you down.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

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Drunk On The Apple Kool-Aid

On November 16, 2012, in Opinion, by Mark Greentree

Love them or loath them, the community of Apple users are passionate about upgrading their hardware on a regular basis. Although, it is often beyond reason and common sense. It is a sickness that borders on obsessive compulsive behaviors.

Every few months Apple will hold a press conference to announce the next big thing. For weeks before, and in some cases months, the rumor mill will work overtime in an attempt to pre announce the latest product. The aim is to win the blogger wars and maintain bragging rights.

Between the misinformation and the downright ludicrous stories, legions of people cling to every word. In essence it is propaganda and driven purely by advertising revenue. Break a few stories and your site can be self supportive. But of course, don’t worry about your integrity. That no longer exists in the realm of the bedroom blogger.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

BatMac
TechFan Podcast #93

On September 14, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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BatMac is no more. Listen to the harrowing story of a MacBook Pro’s last few minutes of life. Tim’s iPhone also attempts a swan dive in an Ikea parking lot to put the Zero Chroma Teatro-S case to the test. Plus, Tim and David look at the iPhone 5 and all-new iPod Nano.

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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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