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
Alpha Glass Privacy Screen Protector for iPhone 6
Price: $34.95 USD
Apple’s iPhone 6 is a beautiful engineered and designed communication and entertainment device. Users want to protect it so they take the time to purchase cases to protect their investment. The one thing that worries a lot of iPhone users is the durability of the iPhone’s screen. How strong is it and how resistant to everyday wear and tear?
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The Case Show! Well, kinda. In answer to Neil’s question last week, FaceBook and Twitter weigh in on the case question for smart phones. Also, is Apple’s software getting worse? Apple also stopped the Single of the Week promotion, and Tim, David, and Owen discuss this and many other topics.
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.
Guy’s App Pick : ArtText 2 by Belight Software $19.99
Gaz’s Pick: Diptic both in the Mac and IOS App stores, basically create one image from multiple images within a set of frames. £0.79 with in app purchases for IOS not required and not bad prices to be honest.
People’s Pick: Rob Rait
Serial Podcast. This is like a serialised docu-drama about a murder 15 years ago where the narrator of the podcast is investigating the circumstances of the case. Still ongoing so I’ve no idea whether they’ll find the convicted perpetrator innocent or not. Gripping stuff
This is the podcast that has had the media going on about the re-birth of podcasting. Apparently it was the fastest growing podcast on iTunes ever.
So while Gaz is off spending time with his family, Karl Madden from the Mac & Forth Podcast was kind enough to fill in much to his later regret. They talk about their holidays,the Console Christmas hacks, and Kim Jong Un the Glorious Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or as we more commonly know it as…the bat&*#$ crazy Korea. Oh and Guy calls hackers bad names because he can.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
Apple’s Mac comparison table
Guy’s App Pick : No app picks from the GMen this week so we could talk about the contest
People’s pick: Serenak Assassin likes Instacast and wonders why they’re all called xxxxcast? FREE!
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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
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.
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
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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Beats? Bose? Which one is better or right in this current cat fight? Audiophilles don’t care for either one but the GMen look at the issue and soon decide they wish they had talked about something else. Guy takes the long way home in upgrading a friend’s laptop and they both are very excited about the next Apple event. New Macs? Maybe!
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Guy’s App Pick: FiLMiC Pro by Cinegenix. $4.99 in the iTunes app store. Awesome addition to filming video with your iPhone with great features like focus and exposure locks, speeded up and slow motion, three different aspect ratios as well as frame rates, audio options, many different uploaded options and a lot more. If you shoot video with your iPhone, this the the app you want to shoot it with.
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Commuter Series Case for iPhone 6
Price: $39.90 – $44.90 USD
Apple’s iPhone 6 is a beautiful piece of design and function. Thinner than previous iPhone models, larger in size, it just seems to fit one’s hand perfectly. However, that thinness and the iPhone’s material seem to make it something that does seem to move by itself at times, especially out of the users’ hand if they forget that they’re carrying it around. Add to that the tendency of most people to simply slide it into one’s pants pocket and you might have a recipe for messing up one’s brand new iPhone.
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The GMen attempt to answer the question, “Can an Operating System be put between two slices of bread?” Well, they really don’t because it’s a stupid question, but they do talk about how to prepare for Yosemite and whether or not it’s a good idea to do that full clean system install.
Melissa Davis takes a chance in joining the GMen for an episode. Many tried to warn her against it, but she just didn’t believe them. They have a long talk about iPhone bending as well as iCloud issues, Family Sharing SNAFU’s, and general all around recent Apple problems. Doesn’t sound like much fun, but they manage to turn every issue into rainbows and sunshine! Well, they laughed a lot about it anyway.
Guy’s App Pick: VideoGIF from PearlMountain Technology. $4.99 in the Mac App Store. Trim existing video or create your own with your webcam. Add text, determine how long you want it to be and post it in you favorite social media sites.
Gaz’s App Pick: Couch to 5K. Want to start running, want to back back into running well this podcast, Mrs G has found it great to get into some running with out making it a chore.
Mellisa’s App Pick: “How To Make An iPhone Wallet”
NewerTech NuGuard KX
From Erick Diaz: Asphalt 8 free with in-app purchases, and takes advantage of all the latest graphics. Looks like a console game on iOS.
The sound is good, the time is right, but it’s still the same GMen. Messages somehow confuses my son Peter AND Dave Hamilton for Apple. Yeah, I don’t get it either. The GMen are back to using Google Docs because Apple’s Pages and iCloud is completely hosed and they have a discussion about the many missteps lately from everyone’s (or maybe a few people anyway) favorite electronics company.
Guy’s App Pick: Time Machine. For probably the first time ever, a file got lost for me. It was a Canon MTS MPEG file that I tried to convert using a different program. Not only did it NOT convert, it made the file disappear. Time Machine went back in time (without those pesky morlocks) and put it back.
Gaz’s App Pick: ANTI PICK DON’T USE ICLOUD IT’S BIG FAIL OK that was because I’m upset I recently bought a pinball game for the iPad called PINBALL HD costs £1.49 and there are further in app purchases for more boards, this gives you 3 open boards but does give you access to a restricted board where you’ll need to buy the inApp purchase to access full functionality