MyMac Podcast #494 – Doing it on the run

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

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Sponsored by OWC

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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MyMac Podcast #493 – Oh iPod, we hardly knew Ye!

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

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Sponsored by OWC

Both GMen are sick this week, well more so than usual so please excuse the occasional cough. So the iPod has dropped more than 50% year over year in sales. Will Apple start pruning or will it be kept around for sentimental reasons? Guy and Gaz have their favorites and which ones they would dump and how they would change some of them to be more relevant today. Don’t forget to send in your GMen bumpers to have a chance to win in the 500th podcast contest!

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OWC Product link
Link to a funny cartoon
Guy’s App PickAuria LE, a multi-track DAW for iOS. $24.99.
Gaz’s App PickKonvert IOS App $0.99 or £0.66 nice little conversion App also trying out Heyday a day to day journaling App.
People’s Pick: From Eric Stone RamDiscCreator

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MyMac Podcast #492 – Happy 30th Birthday Mac!

On January 28, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

The Macintosh is 30 years old and the GMen feel weird that they can remember that far back. They reminisce about first Macs and how they got started in all this stuff. Gaz talks about switching back to the Apple way of 2 monitors and Guy figures out a solution to recording 2 microphones on an iOS device. Maybe not the BEST way, but a way. The 500th Episode Bumper contest is in full swing, so make sure you contact them in all the usual ways and get them in for cool stuff!

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OWC Product link:
http://www.apple.com/30-years/
scottknaster.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.macnn.com/
Guy’s App PickSea Ray 650 from Ignition Digital Images free
Gaz’s App Pick: Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything
People’s Pick: From Paul Bartlett, mohiomap Visualize, navigate and search your Evernote documents in a really interesting way.

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MyMac Podcast #491 – Ready to be Connected?

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

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Sponsored by OWC

Gaz is BACK! Still not quite 100% but well enough to put with Guy for an hour or so. They go into how they feel not so much much about connectivity from us but TO us? Ready for every company in the world to know everything about you to save a little money? Don’t forget about the 500th show bumper contest! Get them is or you won’t win nothing.

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OWC Product linkNuguard KX from Newer Technology
Guy’s App Pick: Open Office free
Gaz’s App Pick: Netflix

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Sponsored by OWC

Gaz is not feeling well, so James Turner (from woodpad.co.uk fame) steps in to keep Guy in line (as if). BIG announcements regarding the 500th podcast! OWC is not only sponsoring some prizes to give to the best Bumper makers, but is also helping Guy go to the Macworld Expo this year! Woo Woo! James and Guy go through the usual stuff and then talk about Apple’s latest way to separate people from money (just not all to them), iBeacons. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it latest dance craze sweeping the nation? YOU decide!

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Guy’s App PickHandbrake by Handbrake.fr TOTALLY free
Gaz’s App PickAudio Book Builder, I’ve picked this before but I recently bought some audio books from a charity shop, and as iTunes does not import Audio CD’s I went straight back to my favored program. It’s available through the Mac App store in the UK at £2.99 this is a steal at that price. There is a free trial on the web site but to be honest just buy it. $4.99
Jame’s App PickLogitech Harmony 650 Remote $59.99 at Amazon
People’s Pick: The People want Gaz to get better soon

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MyMac Podcast #489 – It’s a NEW YEAR (same old podcast)

On January 8, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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New year, new times, new weather (cold), but the same old GMen. Sorry about that. However there is good news! First off it’s a shorter show than usual and we have a special interview with the woman that does the Siri voice (kinda). Lot’s of G+ stuff, and everything else you might expect from a MyMac Podcast and we are deeply and humbly apologetic about it.

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Guy’s App Pick: Not an App pick actually. The MOGA ACE POWER game controller for any 5th generation iPhone gives you that external controller you think you always wanted. PLUS it has a built-in 1800 mAh battery which will extend the life of your phone as well. $99

Gaz’s App Pick: OK as we went to London I prepared with a few Apps
I already owned it currently costs £2.49 Tube Map App by M X Data.
I also used CityMapper (which I think also do other cities around the world. this one is free from CityMapper Ltd.
I also had an App to pay for our Car Park at Stanmore Station, the App is of course free but the parking costs :) The App is DASH from Adaptis Solutions.

We also hired some of what are called the Boris Bikes, where you pay for the use of a Bike and then pay for the period you use it. I think again other cities use these I’ve put a link to the TFL website, and also to the App from Barclays but I think they will not be sponsoring the bikes in the future so the App may change. So I’ve also sent a link to a Bike App which is independent both Apps are free.

People’s Pick: Allister Jenks likes Triage by Southgate Labs. $1.99 for those people who get a lot of email and want to scan through it quickly.

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MyMac Podcast #488 – iOX FaceMessages

On December 26, 2013, in Podcast, by MyMac

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So like chocolate and peanut butter, what could Apple shmoosh together from OS X and iOS to make either better? Oh and apparently Guy and Gaz say some funny stuff. Geez what did you expect? It’s almost Christmas.

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Guy’s App PickCall Recorder by eCamm software $30. If you need to record anything related to Skype, this is the software to have. It just works. I could quibble about recording as a MOV file instead of pure audio, but they include tools for conversion. It’s what I use to record those huge amounts of calls to our Skype line.
Gaz’s App Pick: One Game to rule them all. Lego Lord of the Rings for the Mac.
£10.49. Curently on a holiday offer at half price. Some typical great comedic cut scenes.
Holiday Bonus PickiStat Menu £10.10 Single User £15.15 5 User License
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks likes Triage by Southgate Labs. $1.99 for those people who get a lot of email and want to scan through it quickly.

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MyMac Podcast #487 – Random Stuff

On December 18, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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OK, so not a lot of things going on Apple-wise so the GMen talk about their FEELINGS. Well not really, but their kids did get a good going over with what they’re up to. Lots of great stuff from you guys over on Google Plus, so they talk about that too. Yep, Pretty random.

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Guy’s App PickArt Studio for the iPad $4.99 by Lucky Chan studios. Great art app for iOS giving you lots of tools and options. Used it at last year’s MacWorld Expo.
Gaz’s App Pick: At last this year Apple are giving everyone access to their 12 Days of Gifts App, not just a lucky few countries around the world. So my pick is the 12 Days of Gifts iTunes App, which you need to get the gifts.

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MyMac Podcast 486: Android winning market-share…losing the future

On December 10, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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There’s a lot said about Android devices gaining all the market-share, but very little about what kinds of devices these are, or what people use them for. As it turns out, mostly cheap, old, and not all that good for much. Gaz and Guy look deeper into it while still managing their usual shenannigans.

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Guy’s App Pick: Card Shark Collection from Easy 8 Software $2.99. Fun multi game solitaire game with Klondike, FreeCell, Golf, Pyramid, and many more
Gaz’s App Pick: IOS Banking Apps, one for Barclays GB users is the Barclays App, I use it all the time and think it’s a really good App
People’s Pick: From Eric Stone. Here is a great people’s pick for everybody.  Sonic Dash is an excellent endless runner, like Temple Run.  You get to play as Sonic the hedgehog and run through a colorful world full of baddies, spikes, bombs, you will even loop upside down on occasion.  It is free in the App Store as a universal app for iPad and iPhone.  It has in-app purchases but you definitely don’t need to purchase any of them to play or enjoy the game.

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We reach our big 200th anniversary is which we do exactly what we do each week! YAY! We finish the interview with Larry O’Connor from OWC, answer some listener feedback, and generally have a good time. The bit at the end is X-Tra (snickt) long this week just because it was kinda goofy.

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Guy’s App Pick: Swift Publisher 3 by BeLight Software $14.99
Gaz’s App PickReal Racing 3 Free
People’s Pick:  Eric Stone likes Art Text 2. Was for sale half off on Cyber Monday but probably isn’t anymore! WOO!

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MyMac Podcast 484: With Larry O’Connor from OWC

On November 29, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Larry O’Connor joins the GMen in a chat about Apple products, what OWC can do to make them better, and what we all think Apple could do to make them easier to upgrade. Not that we’re trying to sell you anything. The interview went on so long we split it up into two! Next week for show 485 (which will be our 200th show) we’ll have the second half of the interview. Stand by to stand by!

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Guy’s App Pick: Airport Madness from Fluik .99 cents
Gaz’s App Pick: RailMaze I have Railmaze original and now there is Railmaze2 Enjoyable little game and i’s free :)
People’s Pick: None this week

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MyMac Podcast #483: Trying to do without

On November 18, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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All sorts of tech related problems that have nothing to do with Apple, but are funny so we talked about them. This show is about doing stuff without the normal hardware or software you may think of to do that stuff. Got it?

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Firefox browser
Chrome Browser
Bodega
Audacity free
Ardour free
Reaper $60 for individual license
Photoshop Elements from $79
Graphic Converter $40
PixelMator $30
Gimp free
Acorn $50
Art Text from $19.95
Roku from $59
VideoLAN’s VLMC free
Adobe’s Premiere Elements $99
HyperEngine-AV free

Guy’s App Pick: Want a quick fun distraction? Check out Doodle Bowling free
Gaz’s App Pick: Camtasia For Mac. Screen recording and video editing.
People’s Pick: From Mark Sheppard. Mark and Friends Wallpapers , for computer and devices. Browse, Download, Enjoy! 400+ pics and growing!

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MyMac Podcast 482 – Where is that EUREKA moment?

On November 14, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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New TVs, automobile accidents, HUGE watches that control scoreboards, and iCloud solutions make up quite a bit of this week’s show. The GMen also talk about what’s Cooking (oh so clever seque) over at Apple. Of course a lot of your comments as well along with a lot of Guy and Gaz nonsense. So buckle up, sit back, and enjoy the ride!

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Guy’s PickiMovie from Apple
Gaz’s App Mac app PickSnapheal
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks Fontastic iOS  and Rob Rait selects My Talking Pet app for iOS

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MyMac Podcast 481: Gaz is in the Air!

On November 5, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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If you prefer short, concise, well prepared and documented shows, you are gonna HATE this week’s episode. We badger Reggie Ashworth into joining us and that made for a longer than usual podcast. Gaz has a new iPad Air and Guy is VERY jealous (but trying hard not to show it so why he’s writing that in these show notes in the third person perspective is a mystery). Plus LOTS of feedback from our listeners and just the usual insanity of the GMen.

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Guy’s PickWordPress for creating websites
Gaz’s App PickPixelmater for doing stuff like Photoshop without the insane cost
Reggie’s Pick: His newsletter for letting you know about…his news

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MyMac Podcast 480: Mavericks the new OS…OK

On October 31, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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So much NEW stuff that Apple has released! So much recorded stuff the GMen can’t play for you! What do these things have in common? Not much really, but it seemed like hype sells and we wanted in on the action! Gaz likes certain things and Guy likes other certain things. Listen to find out who liked what and why.

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Guy’s Pick: The new Maps program really works well on the Mac. I needed directions to go pick up my son from a school function at an unknown area and it worked exactly as advertised. One button push to the phone in a much easier to navigate package!
Gaz’s App Pick:Not sure it’s available for people outside the UK but the BBC iPlayer and BBC’s iPlayer Radio. iPlayer (Video TV).
iPlayer Radio (& BBC Podcasts).
People’s Pick: From Erick Diaz Tweetbot 3.0, completely redesigned for iOS 7, with lots of nice features and a great new look. Only thing I don’t like is no iPad version yet. $2.99

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iFrogz Coda Forte Bluetooth Headphones with Mic
Company: ZAGG
Price: $99.99 USD

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With the dramatic increases in technology and the portability of the devices that we have come to depend upon in our daily lives, logic dictates that the capability to listen to music or to have a telephone conversation would also have to improve. Bluetooth headphones have quickly become a necessity for users as they don’t wish to be “tied” physically to their devices.

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Logitech UE Mobile Boombox – Review

On September 12, 2013, in Review, by Nick Rodriguez

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Company: Logitech
Price: $99.99

The mobile Bluetooth boombox product category is really popular as of late. I totally understand why. How awesome is it to be able to bring a small, portable device with you and get some great sound out of it to listen to some of your favorite tunes. No doubt the Jawbone Jambox is the king of this product category, but it is a bit pricy, and there is a ton of competition out there. Let take a look at what Logitech has to offer.

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Seagate Central Shared Storage Device – Review

On September 10, 2013, in NAS, Review, by Larry Grinnell

Seagate Central Shared Storage Device
Manufacturer: Seagate
MSRP: $169 (2 TB), $229 (4 TB), available at discount pricing online.
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As reported on this site in some of my reviews over the last few years, I’m a huge fan of NAS (Network Attached Storage) technology. At present, I own a large RAID 5 NAS, with a slave unit to back up the first unit. Why? I have this much storage to support my media server. All my movies, TV shows, music, etc., are stored on my NAS, and its manufacturer keeps adding interesting new tools to keep their devices up to date, such as cloud support (the buzzword du jour), making it easy to connect to my NAS from anywhere in the world.

central-right-500pxBut wait a minute! This review is all about the Seagate® Central. For under $170.00 for the 2 TB model and under $230.00 for the 4 TB model, it’s competitive with any number of NAS devices. One thing they don’t have, however, is the killer brand of Seagate. Seagate has been around for a long time, because they make superior products and because they’re quick to innovate with appropriate new technology, and they back their products up. My experiences with Seagate go back to my first office PC (sorry, Mac users…) that had a Seagate ST-225 20 megabyte (yes, megabyte) hard drive. It was built like a tank and never failed me. But I digress…

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Powerocks Magic Cube Universal 6000mAh Extended Battery
Manufacturer: Powerocks
MSRP: $74.99, Amazon $50.48 (purple)
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Power on the Go — Peace of Mind in a sack!

Our inventory of battery operated, USB charged, personal devices grows longer and longer. This situation translates into a greater likelihood of finding one of these running out of power at a critical moment. This could prevent you from keeping the kids entertained on a long trip or from getting that message from your spouse to pick up a gallon of milk on the way home from work.

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