MyMac Podcast 543: What if Steve Jobs had never left Apple?

On February 10, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is away and James Turner  jumps into the mix to discuss with Guy what might have been the outcome if Steve Jobs hadn’t left Apple back in 1985. Oh, and Guy talks about being old.

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Making eBooks with Pages.
Guy’s App Pick : Pages for the Mac. The application not the iCloud version.
James’s Pick: Sim City BuildIt for iOS – Loving it. Free with in app purchases
People’s Pick: Serenak Assassin. My daughter just bought Framed, it is a comic strip puzzle game – rearrange the page to get the protagonist out alive. £2.99 UK (no IAPs) Novel and clever.

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TechFan #195 – Placement

On January 30, 2015, in TechFan Podcast, by Tim Robertson

tf195Extra-long show this week with Tim, David, and Owen discussing the shut down of TUAW and Joystiq by AOL, paid product placement, SEGA pulling out of PC gaming, Dave and Busters, AlienWare Alpha, Comcast, the FCC, Amazon, and more on Carbon Copy Cloner. Plus feedback from Donny, Tom, Erick, and Peter!

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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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SmartScore NoteReader – Review

On January 29, 2015, in iPhone, Review, by Mark Sealey

SmartScore NoteReader
Company: Musitek
Price: Free (in-app purchase) 

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Optical Character Reading (OCR) software is tricky. Although it’s come a long way from the unreliable and inaccurate offerings of the 1980s (when it first became available for personal computers) if it doesn’t present you with a usable digital representation of your (scanned) hard copy which is also 99% accurate, it really has little more than curiosity value.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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MyMac Podcast 541: Private Matters

On January 28, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz and Guy are in rare form this time around…or maybe not, who can tell? They go into some of the buzz surrounding various governments talking about safe keys to private messaging because we all know that there’s no way if they could do it that no one else could…right? Right?

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Guy’s App Pick : Audio Hijack Pro 3 from Rogue Amoeba. $49 or $25 upgrade. If you work with audio on your Mac in any way, this should be something you have. Awesome new interface
Gaz’s Pick: Argh it’s a Microsoft product, but just hang on a minute you might find this quite useful 🙂
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks Enter MailSteward. I pointed it at my four email accounts that are configured in OS X/Mail and said get me everything before 2007. Done. “I found 147 emails, 32 duplicates.” And there they were. Listable, searchable and looking like real email again.

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VisionTek High Power Seven Port USB Charging Hub
Company: VisionTek
Price: $49.99 US

 

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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

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About Simon Parnell

I am British, and now the "wrong" side of 50 years old, I am married and have 3 children. I started working in a design studio in the early 80's back in the days of Cow Gum, Rotring Pens and Scalpels. I moved on to using Macs in about 1989 (way back when 40MB Hard Drives were BIG and 8MB RAM was a top end spec, System 6.0.3 was the cutting edge and the IIcx I worked on set me back about £5000... eek!). Since then I have worked on pretty much every generation of Macintosh and every Mac OS Apple have released. I have done design and pre-press work with a wide variety of "DTP" applications old, new, well known and obscure. I have a fascination with finding cheaper alternatives to the "big guns" so DTP can be accessible to everybody! For the last 15 years I have worked in a small print works close to my home doing design and pre-press work.

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Alpha Glass Privacy Screen Protector – Review

On January 20, 2015, in iPhone, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Alpha Glass Privacy Screen Protector for iPhone 6
Company: Otterbox
Price: $34.95 USD

Alpha Glass Privacy

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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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.

TechFan #194 – The Case

On January 16, 2015, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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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.

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Google 60
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Photo Problems on iPhone

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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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MyMac Podcast 539: Hobbits beaten by Windows

On January 12, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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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.

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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.
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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.

 

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MyMac Podcast 537: The “Un” Interview

On December 31, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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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.

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Guy’s App Pick : Roller Coaster 3 Tycoon from the Mac App Store $19.99
Karl’s Pick: Workflow by DeskConnect? $2.99/£1.99 –
People’s Pick: Serenak Assassin

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.

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MyMac Podcast 536: Merry Whatevers or BAAA Humbug!

On December 23, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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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!

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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
People’s Pick:
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.

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MyMac Podcast 535: The 250th GMen Show

On December 16, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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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!

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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.

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MyMac Podcast 534: So why Switch? (Part 1)

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

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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!

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Apple’s Mac comparison table
Guy’s App Pick : No app picks from the GMen this week so we could talk about the contest
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People’s pick: Serenak Assassin likes Instacast and wonders why they’re all called xxxxcast? FREE!

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MyMac Podcast 533: How did Apple Survive? (Part 2)

On December 1, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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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.

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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

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MyMac Podcast 532: How did Apple Survive? (Part 1)

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

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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?

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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

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MyMac Podcast 531: But it involves goats!

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

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Goats? Yes…goats. We’re not “kidding”. Deal with it. Most of the past technical issues seems to be dealt with, though we’ve all thought that before haven’t we? The GMen give a lecture on what NOT to do when updating and how to clean up iTunes after CERTAIN people who may or may not be on this podcast thoroughly hosed his library.

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MyMac Podcast 530: Next Week will be AMAZING!

On November 15, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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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.

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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

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MyMac Podcast 529: Quick Thoughts

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

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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.

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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

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MyMac Podcast 528: Apple’s Cash Machine

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

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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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MyMac Podcast 527: Apple Event (Mini Minimised)

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

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Guy is enjoying himself somewhere in the State of Florida this week and just gives Gaz time to recompose himself, and a recent guest has kindly accepted the invitation back on. YAY TheMacMommy. Sad Face Gaz as he thinks this might be the last Mac Mini he buys, well we all know like that’s going to be the case 😉 Not updated to YoSeme yet, not because of all the issues, hang on what issues 😉 but because of time. We will get back to the event later.

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MyMac Podcast 526: Bose gets the hose on the nose

On October 14, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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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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