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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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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Antec 4 Port USB Charging Station – Review

On August 9, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Antec 4 Port USB Charging Station
Company: Antec Mobile Products
Price: $29.99 on We Love Macs. Available soon on Amazon.

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Many of us have multiple electronic devices that need daily charging: iPhone, iPad, Kindle, spare batteries, and the like. Who wants to have these devices charging in different areas of the house? The Antec 4 Port USB Charging Station solves this dilemma nicely.

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JBL Flip – Review

On May 1, 2013, in Review, by Asher Weisberger

JBL Flip-Review
Company: JBL
Price: $99.95

JBL has been trying to get into the market of portable wireless speakers with several different types of products. These products include ones like the Micro Wireless and the Flip Wireless Speaker. The JBL Flip gets its name from its unique design to either be set horizontally or vertically in a small package while packing enormous, clear sound.

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The Traveler – Review

On April 2, 2013, in iPhone, iPod, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

The Traveler
Company: Insanely Great Products
Price: $10
Works with: iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S, and most smooth-backed devices

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More and more people are using their phones as their GPS devices. It’s difficult—and in many places, illegal—to use your phone while driving. The best solution is to mount your phone on the windshield where it’s easy to see and hear your route directions. The Traveler by Insanely Great Products fits the bill nicely.

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Flashback – TechFan Podcast #113

On March 30, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss Carbon Copy Cloner, Atari Flashback 4, Apple Game Controllers, Apple TV, getting back to work, Sleeping Dogs, iPods, FiiO Headphone Amplifier, and much more!

Links:
Atari Flashback
OWC Radio interview with Mike Bombich
FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier

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ALL tech companies copy. It’s all built on what came before. It’s how it’s implemented and the infrastructure built around it that matters and few companies out side of Apple, Google, and possibly Samsung seem to do it very well.

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iPod Evolution – Book Review

On January 28, 2013, in Book Review, by Mark Greentree

iPod Evolution
Author: Timothy Chaten
Pricing: Pre-Order/Macworld iWorld Release Week US$7.99 ($9.99 afterwards)
273 pages
ISBN: 9780988824805

The iPod is an intriguing device. It was once the poster child of Cupertino, and whilst sales per annum are still extraordinarily strong, they are somewhat overshadowed by the iPhone and iPad. That doesn’t make the iPod or the history of the world’s favorite music player obsolete.

Timothy Chaten, author of iPod Evolution, believes the time is perfect for a book that takes a look at how the humble music player evolved and changed the way we listen to music. I agree with him.

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PicIT24 – Review

On January 2, 2013, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, Photography, Picture Gallery, by Julie Kuehl

PicIT24 -
share photos & quotes, 
app & website
Company: Frederick Sachs
Version: 1.0
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

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with social media, and especially photo sharing, PicIT24 has an idea for you. What if you could only share the best photo and thought of the day? What if your friends/followers were limited to the same? Only one photo. Only one quote. Once a day.

PicIT24 is a response to the tidal wave of incoming information that many of us suffer from. Rather than watching a stream of text and photos go sliding by, PicIT24 allows folks to share only the day’s best. As a user, it forces you to think before posting, delay your decision until later in the day, and be intentional in what you share.

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THE APPLE EVENT IS HERE! THE APPLE EVENT IS HERE! Things are going to start happening to me now! Putting aside “The Jerk” quotes for a moment, what can we expect from Tim Cook and his Apple cohorts today? Now with after events comments about all the things Apple got wrong as compared to what I said they would do!

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iStreamer
Company: HRT

Price: $199.99

I must admit it, I am a big cynic. I have seen so many advertising and marketing claims about self-proclaimed great products that turn out to be just outright lies and misrepresentations, I have a hard time believing such pitches any more. So when HRT (High Resolution Technologies, Los Angeles, CA.) talked about their iStreamer at the last Macworld | iWorld conference, I just rolled my eyes in disbelief.

I connect my iPhone and iPodTouch to my rather high-end audio system all the time with a simple headphone jack to RCA stereo cable, and for the most part, it sounds fine. Yet, here was this company telling me that I was not getting the full experience of my music from my iOS device. Really? Just how so? So when I was given the chance to borrow an iStreamer unit and test it, I jumped at the chance. I was ready to prove them wrong.

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Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
Company: TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Price: $10.00 USD

Reading email is something everyone does with their iPad. The Mail app is arguably one of the most used apps on any iOS device. Most of the time, reading mail is a painless exercise. There are times when it can be downright aggravating too. TidBITS Publishing’s Take Control Series of eBooks has the answer to just about any question you may have about iOS Mail in Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, by Joe Kissell.

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Mint for iPhone and iPad
Review

On February 21, 2012, in Features, by Steve Hammond

Mint for iPhone and iPad
Price: Free
Company: Intuit

Mint.com is a free web site that allows users to aggregate their financial information in one place. After creating an account on Mint.com, you can add all of your bank or credit card accounts. From there, Mint.com will combine the transactions of all of your accounts into a single view. Mint.com provides the possibility to clarify each transaction with customizable categories.

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PhotoPresenter 4
App Developer: Boinx Software Ltd
Version Reviewed: 4.1.6
License: US$9.99 – Requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

If you like showing off your photo collection to family and friends but want something more entertaining than the traditional slideshow then PhotoPresenter may be for you.

PhotoPresenter takes the idea of a slideshow collation of photographs and changes the way it is conceived, developed, and presented.

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BlueAnt Embrace Stereo Headphones
Review

On November 15, 2011, in Audio, Headphones, Review, by Russ Walkowich

BlueAnt Embrace Stereo Headphones
Company: BlueAnt
Price: $199.99 MSRP

 

There are headphones and then there are just headphones. BlueAnt has set out to show how headphones should be done, and as far as I’m concerned, they have really succeeded with the Embrace Stereo headphones. Designed specifically for the iPod, iPhone and iPad, the Embrace Stereo headphones also do a fantastic job when plugged into your Mac or PC.

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Turbo.264 HD
Review

On October 17, 2011, in Apple, Apps, Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

Turbo.264 HD
Company: Elgato
Version: 1.2
Requires: 512 MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, QuickTime 7.6 or later
Price: $49.99
Mac App Store link

Turbo.264 HD Software Edition is a simple application that can convert almost any type of video on your Mac to a high quality H.264 file in standard or HD format. The resulting video can be played on iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Sony PSP, or sent to YouTube.

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Out of the Amazon
Pocket Sized Podcast #35

On September 28, 2011, in Pocket Sized Podcast, Podcast, by Scott Willsey


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Scott and Tim continue their conversation, this time talking about who will rise out of the jungle of iPad would-be competitors. John Nemo plugs his iOS gadgets into your TV with the Macally HDMI Audio/Video Adapter for iPod, iPhone, and iPad. And Peter sends his regards while neither eating donuts nor gravel.

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Dexim Visual Green Charger Review

On August 16, 2011, in Adapter, Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, Review, by Mike Breed

Dexim Visible Green Charger
Company: Dexim
Price: $34.90 USD

Charging cables are the most heavily used pieces of equipment that users of iOS devices take completely for granted. How exciting can chargers be, right? Dexim may change that perception with their new Visible Green Charging Cable — a system that is not only cool to use, but is also environmentally friendly.

The Dexim Visible Green Charger is designed to eliminate the “vampire” power draw that accounts for close to 10% of the energy consumption in the U.S. This is electricity that is being drawn from the grid by devices that are simply plugged in but are not being used. Maybe it’s a game console that’s turned off or a battery charging cable that’s simply plugged into a fully-charged device. Either way, there is a needless usage of electricity that not only adds to your monthly electrical bill, but also harms the environment with the extra power that’s forced to be generated.

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Guy and Gaz FINALLY end all the iHub stuff with feedback from many of our winners AND we record live some of their entries! Saudi Arabians know Red Dwarf quite well it seems and do you want to know what the original Mac ALMOST  looked like? Google + gets compared to other currently more popular social media sites and is the iPod on life support? OH, and apparently Apple made a lot of money last quarter YAWN!

App Picks:
Videator from the Stone Design Group $9.99
Backdrop from John Haney Software

Contact info: Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz and Guy on Twitter, guy@mymac.com and gaz@mymac.com, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback.

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Toddy Smart Cloth
Review

On July 5, 2011, in Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Review, Tablet, by Mike Breed

Toddy Smart Cloth
Company: Toddy Gear
Price: $9.99 USD (2 or more for free shipping, 3 or more for $5 off)

Apple’s iOS products look sleek and just beg to be handled. Of course we as Apple fans do this, and as anyone who’s ever been to an Apple Store can attest, these products get dirty faster than Steve Balmer breaks into a sweat. As a biology teacher, I always cringe when I pick up an oily, fingerprint-laden handheld product because I know what sorts of microbes live on these devices for up to a month. Todd Gabel thought similarly when he came up with the Toddy Cloth, an antimicrobial screen cleaning cloth for any handheld device or laptop screen.

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