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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iCookbook – App Review

On May 15, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

iCookbook
Company: Publications International, Ltd.
Version: 3.1
Price: $4.99
Requires: iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch 3rd generation and above, iPad, iOS 4.3 or later.

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In March 2013 I reviewed the CrockPot Recipes App and was very pleased with the variety of recipes. The developers of the CrockPot Recipes App have another fabulous cooking app that contains recipes for crock pot, oven, and grill, simply named iCookbook.

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Fantastical for Mac and iPhone – Review

On February 21, 2013, in iOS, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Fantastical for Mac
Company: Flexibits
Mac requirements: 10.6.6 or later
Version: 1.3.6
Price: $19.99
Mac App Store link

Fantastical for iPhone
Company: Flexibits
Works with: iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch 3rd generation and above, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Version: 1.0.4
Price: $4.99
iTunes link

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I don’t use the built-in calendar apps on my MacBook or iDevices very much. I still love my paper calendar hanging in the kitchen. There was nothing compelling about the calendar apps that made me want to use them. Since I started using Fantastical I’ve had a change of heart.

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Macally Dual Size Tip Stylus with Ink Pen – Review

On January 16, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Macally Dual Size Tip Stylus with Ink Pen
Company: Macally
Price: $14.99
Works with: any touch screen device, including iPhone and iPad

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I’ve reviewed a few Macally products for MyMac.com, and have been pleased with all of them. The Macally Dual Size Tip Stylus with Ink Pen is no exception.

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Audiobooks.com – Review

On January 3, 2013, in Apps, Audio, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, by Julie Kuehl

Audiobooks
Company: Simply Audiobooks Inc.
Version: 1.25
Compatible with: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad. Optimized for iPhone 5.
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Price: Free

Audiobooks.com offers a quick and simple app to listen to books from your iOS device. It syncs with its website to offer an alternative way to keep up with your “reading” list.

The Audiobooks app is simple enough to understand. The Featured Books page gives some suggestions and a place to begin browsing. It’s also a place to login to your account, which can be set up on your device or on their website if you prefer to do it that way.

Audiobooks screenshot of Hot Books list

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mymosaic
Review

On December 13, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

mymosaic-photo mosaic maker
Company: MindTrip Studios

Version: 1.0
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. Optimized for iPhone 5.
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Price: 99 cents

Looking for a fun, inexpensive way to create mosaics on your iDevices? Take a look at mymosaic.

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Letterpress – Word Game For iOS
Review

On November 26, 2012, in Game, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Letterpress – Word Game
App Developer: atebits
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Licence: Free with in-app purchase. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Are you into Scrabble or Words With Friends? Then you will certainly enjoy this latest word game to come to iOS devices. Letterpress is an online social game that allows you to compete against friends via Game Center integration.

It is so popular that it broke Apple’s Game Center servers in its first week of release.

How many words do you know? I’ll take a guess: significantly fewer than you think you know. At least that is my experience with Letterpress.

Letters are presented on a board containing 25 letter combinations. Plenty of word opportunities, right? Not quite. You will see many challenging letters such as v, x, z, and q presented up to twice or even three times in a single game, plus not all vowels are included in each game. The result is a game that is significantly demanding and one that is highly addictive.

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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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David Ellefson Rock Shop App
Company: Pocketlabworks, Inc.
Price: $4.99 USD

Anyone who’s familiar with hard rock knows of Megadeth’s bassist, David Ellefson. David has been punching out intense bass tracks for years, and began sharing his wealth of guitar knowledge several years ago on his YouTube channel. David recently kicked up his game a notch with Pocketlabworks’ Rock Shop App.

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SkySafari 3 Pro
iOS App Review

On June 13, 2012, in iMac, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac OS X, Review, Tablet, by David M. Acklam

SkySafari 3 Pro
App Developer: Southern Stars
Version 3.5.1
License: US$59.99 (SkySafari Plus US$14.99, SkySafari 3 US$2.99) Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires IOS 4.0 or later.

 

As an amateur astronomer and a volunteer public observatory telescope operator, I regularly use astronomy related programs and applications. I have reviewed several of the iOS applications here on MyMac.com.

Southern Stars makes SkySafari for Mac OS X, and SkySafari 3 for iOS. It is available in three different performance and cost options: the basic, the Plus, and the Pro version. About a year ago I purchased the SkySafari Plus for my iMac through the Apple App Store. The performance and capabilities of this program on my iMac are excellent.

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Mars Globe HD
App Review

On April 17, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by David M. Acklam

Mars Globe HD
App Developer: Midnight Martian
Version 2.2.1
License:US$0.99 (Mars Globe Free) Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, iPhone4S, iPod (3rd and 4th generations) and iPad. Requires IOS 3.2 or later.

The Mars Globe HD app is an enjoyable astronomy tool that you can use to learn about the planet Mars and the many space missions that have landed on its surface. The application has been recently updated to run at full resolution on the new iPad.

I’m a volunteer telescope operator at the Flandrau Science Center in Tucson, Arizona. I, along with about a dozen other volunteer telescope operators, take turns several times a month showing the night sky to the public through the Center’s sixteen inch Cassegrain reflector telescope.

The planet Mars has recently passed through opposition to the Sun, which means it is closer to Earth at this time as we orbit the Sun. Rising in the eastern evening sky it appears as a bright, rusty colored star-like object. Observing Mars through the Center’s telescope we can only see some of the subtle coloration details on the surface of this small planet that is roughly half the size of Earth and over seventy-seven million miles away. These subtle variations in color are associated with surface features such as craters, mountains, valleys, and surface materials.

This year is a special year for Mars exploration because we have the Mars Science Laboratory, a rover named Curiosity, en route to the planet and scheduled to land in early August. We can use the Mars Globe HD app to show what those surface details are and even check out where Curiosity is targeted to land.

Lost Little Zombie
iPhone Game Review

On April 16, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPhone, Review, by Mark Greentree

Lost Little Zombie
App Developer: Rockupied LLC
Version Reviewed: 1.0
License: Free App. Requires 4.3 or later.

Hmmm…brains…need more brains….

Zombies are always on the hunt for brains. It is surprising, that they never end up more intelligent, or less zombie-like.

Little Lost Zombie is the type of game that will turn you into a zombie. That is not necessarily a bad thing. We all like to zone out from reality, and a game that is simple in approach but challenging is always a good way to spend those few minutes of our spare time.

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Back In Time for iPhone
Review

On April 9, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Back In Time
App Developer: LANDKA
Version Reviewed: 1.2
License: US$4.99 for iPhone

In November 2011, I reviewed the iPad version of Back In Time. It was one of the most informative and beautiful apps I have ever had the chance to review.

Back In Time delivers history like you have never seen before. By placing the history of everything in the known universe within a 24 hour period users are able to navigate through mere minutes in time that represent thousands of years of evolution.

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Tap Alarm Clock
iOS App Review

On March 2, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Tap Alarm Clock
App Developer: AppAnnex, LLC
Version Reviewed: 1.3
License: US$0.99 — Compatible with all iOS 4.0 or later devices

Buzz…buzz…buzz. Time to rise and shine!

If you have problems getting up in the morning then Tap Alarm Clock may be the solution.

AppAnnex, makers of The Flashlight 4-in-1 and Speed Tracker, released an app that expands the humble alarm clock to be a little more colorful.

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Wonderful Day iPhone
App Review

On February 29, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Wonderful Day
App Developer: Tenmiles Technologies
Version Reviewed: 1.1
License: US$0.99 Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 4 or later

How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution, only to lose interest or put it in the forever pending basket?

Despair no more as the productivity app Wonderful Day will keep you accountable for your actions.

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Leading up to Macworld | iWorld 2012, reviews editor for MyMac.com, John “Nemo” Nemerovski contacted me with a sole purpose.

To collaborate like never before!

I was to find out that John had ideas far grander than simply remote editing and posting of articles and photographs. I love a challenge, and to be able to watch a master like John at work and assist in anyway possible is privilege.

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Visual QuickStart Guide: iCloud
Author: Tom Negrino
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Price: US $24.99
195 pages
ISBN-10: 0-321-81410-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-81410-4

 

When Lion and iOS 5 were released, I timidly stepped into the Apple iCloud experience and began using some of its offerings. Although I still do not use all of the iCloud features, what I have chosen to enable has been through my own trial and error approach. For those of you that have not yet ventured into the iCloud, the iCloud: Visual QuickStart Guide will definitely allow this to happen with ease.

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NuTouch Gloves Review

On January 23, 2012, in Features, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

NuTouch Gloves
Company: Newer Technology
Price: $19.99

 


I live in the Northeast region of the United States, where every winter, cold is a way of life. Using your iPhone or other smartphone outside is not a pleasant experience: either you’re unable to manipulate the screen with a gloved hand, or you need to remove your gloves to use the phone. Neither option is a good choice.

Enter NuTouch Gloves by Newer Technology, the perfect marriage of convenience and warmth.

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As our portable technology increases in performance and functionality we are forever looking for a power source. This trend is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future so we need to take additional measures to ensure we get a complete working day out of our devices.

Common sense power saving techniques are featured in this article. Some require too much compromise in functionality to be truly useful. The following guide aims to address all viable power saving techniques for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5.

External cases such as the Mophie Juice Pack or Mobius Solar iPhone Rechargeable Battery Case assist with on-the-run power requirements, albeit with additional size, weight, and cost.

The following information is not collated by level of importance or effectiveness. In many cases a combination of these techniques added together can significantly increase your available battery power.

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NuScribe 2-in-1 Stylus and Pen
Review

On December 5, 2011, in iPad, iPhone, iPod, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

NuScribe 2-in-1 Touch Screen Stylus and Pen
Company: Newer Technology
Price: MSRP $19.99, available at Other World Computing for $10.00

I hear you out there. You’re thinking, “Another stylus review. Whoopee.” But not every stylus is the same; some work better than others. Where does the NuScribe 2-in-1 Touch Screen Stylus and Pen fit in? Let’s take a look.

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