The Mysteries of iOS 5 Wi-Fi Syncing

On October 18, 2011, in Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Macintosh, Opinion, by Scott Willsey

One of the many promises of iOS 5 was that it would lead us out of the wired wilderness and into the modern world of over the air updates, syncing, and backups. Anyone with iPhones and iPads knows the pain of constantly having to tether their devices to their computer just to update things like podcasts, and to make sure apps and settings are backed up. Now those things can be done over Wi-Fi, provided a few conditions are met.

Two of those elements, syncing and backups, do or can involve iTunes running on a Mac or PC. Unfortunately, how this works isn’t immediately clear. I noticed another person in my Twitter stream who was equally confused about the backup portion of the equation, specifically as to when backups would occur when syncing an iDevice over Wi-Fi. I’d also seen some comments that Wi-Fi sync would only happen when the device was connected to power, which I personally knew wasn’t true. So I decided to do some testing to figure out exactly what the requirements for Wi-Fi syncing and backups were.

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On September 22, 2011, in Apps, Photography, Review, by Mark Greentree

Available For Mac 10.6 or later with 64-bit processor
Mac Desktop Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Licence Reviewed: US$20.00 per month with 100 GBs of storage

Where do your memories live? MemoryCloud is a new online storage service. Their aim is simple. Assist people with their media storage needs.

The online cloud computing and associated storage industry is full of competition. MemoryCloud is separating itself from other cloud storage suppliers by specialising in storage of your memories: your photos and your videos.

Integration with iPhoto and iTunes assures an easy to use service. The way it works is unique. When in iPhoto users can select an event or series of photos they would like to have stored on the service. iTunes compatibility works in a similar manner but is limited to Movies and TV content.

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SpeakMyTunes App

On August 8, 2011, in Features, Macintosh, Review, by Mark Greentree

SpeakMyTunes available on the Mac App Store
App Developer: Riccardo Ettore
Version Reviewed: 2.0.1
License: Freeware, Compatible on PowerPC and Intel Macs with Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7

SpeakMyTunes is a small companion application for iTunes that will vocally announce the current track name, artist and album. The developer has the user in mind and has allowed customization of not only which song elements can be used but also the associated text you would like spoken around these elements.

You may assume that this application is only suited for users with visual impairments. I beg to differ. There is something about listening to your own music library and having the track and artist announced as if you were listening to a live radio show.

It also allows me to instantly say, no, I don’t wish to listen to that track and hence I will proceed to the next track. You therefore don’t need to have that constant argument in your mind as to who that artist is or what is the name of that song.

By default the application doesn’t burden the user with automatically launching at login, although this is available as an option in the preferences as seen below:

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Syncing the Ship
MyMac Podcast #353

On June 8, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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No Gaz tonight so Owen Rubin joins Guy and they discuss all the latest just announced at Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference. You get their takes on OS X Lion, iOS 5, the wireless syncing for iOS devices to come, the iCloud, and just what the heck is iTunes Match? Lastly, as it turns out, all this SoundBoard silliness is OWEN’S fault!

The Heist

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Adobe Goes All Marsupial
MyMac Podcast #342

On March 24, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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The Podcast urges all our listeners to please go to iTunes and make a donation to the Red Cross to help with their relief efforts.

JollyJap gives the GMen a couple of weird stories (as our unofficial Twitter Correspondent! Congrats Paul…I think) and Tom Engels from the Explorer’s Podcast has a question or two about iTunes and GarageBand problems that is certain to induce nightmares for Guy. China seems to hate juveniles, and Android beating iOS in web tests goes down in a Blaze! Old timers remember Bungie’s Myth and now it seems to be back! Lastly, Adobe makes a Flash to HTML 5 conversion tool called Wallaby (but apparently doesn’t carry around their employees in a pouch). If Flash is going to win out over Apple’s objections, why do they need it?

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iPad Theft, iTunes, and eBooks
TechFan #14

On January 14, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson
Tim and David discuss adventures in catching iPad thieves. Or, more appropriately, Tim’s stupidity on said subject. iTunes turns ten years old, and we look back on a decade of ups and downs with the venerable software. Finally, Tim falls in love with Kindle! Or at least the software and book selection, and even has a ebook recommendation for you!
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App Stores and ViPhones
MyMac Podcast 328

On January 13, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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A longer show than normal (normal being a relative term with the GMen) but filled with great stuff! We totally botch telling someone how to do a Nuke and Pave and can’t find a Spanish Dictation program to save our life. We LOVE the Mac App Store but have a very odd way of showing it, and talk about how the Verizon iPhone may be a big deal in the US, but it’s a been there and done that most other places.

The Macworld Expo is coming SOON and Tim and Guy will be on the Main Stage at 12 on Saturday the 29th of January! In the meantime start listening to Tim and Dave on the TechFan Podcast or ELSE!

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T4 Show’s Michael Manna
TechFan #10

On December 3, 2010, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and special guest Michael Manna from The T4 Show discuss the roll of government, Wiki Leaks, iTunes content, iPad, and much more.

T4 Show

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Tech & Government
TechFan #9

On November 24, 2010, in Podcast, TechFan, by The MyMac Podcast

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The most contentious episode of TechFan to date, as Tim Robertson, David Cohen, and special guest Owen Rubin discuss the role of government in Technology and the Internet. The debate then moves on to the music industry and the TSA, and hilarity ensues. The start of the show has Tim discussing a very odd iTunes problem, and maybe you have the answer!

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Listener Invite John Blagden
MyMac Podcast 320

On November 17, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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A long and winding show across the universe of Mac Topics. John Blagden joins the G-Men and gives us quite a lesson on what Mac Pros want from their hardware, ESPECIALLY the now-canceled XServe. Gaz seeks and finds some help for his MacBook and Guy has grown to hate his current iMac for NOT running GarageBand properly. The Beatles are now on iTunes and after all this time, how big a deal is it really?


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Don McAllister – Mac App Store
TechFan #8

On November 5, 2010, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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This week on TechFan, David Cohen, Tim Robertson, and special guest Don McAllister from ScreenCastOnline!Topics include The Mac App Store, product reviews, Screen Casting, and much more.

Special for TechFan Listeners! Save 30% at ScreenCastOnline by entering the code… HA! Listen to the show for the code, then click here to save!

MOG is a life changing experience for serious and casual music lovers who want to hear precise tracks, albums, and artists — when and where and how they desire to hear them. MOG’s web site and iApp are works in progress, that requires a modest paid monthly subscription for an astonishing quantity of top quality audio selections.

It is tempting to distinguish MOG by comparing it to other established Internet music services, and by concentrating on what MOG is not, instead of what it is. The company rep says that “MOG is not a radio service. MOG is an on-demand service and offers radio, but to compare it to only a radio service such as Pandora which ONLY provides streaming radio is not accurate.”

This MyMac first look and listen will introduce readers to some of MOG’s best features. Subsequent articles and podcasts will go deeper, with additional praise and criticism.

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It’s MY Idea (The Train Wreck Show!)
MyMac Podcast 314

On October 8, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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is back from being ill but it doesn’t seem to make things easier for Gaz. It starts off a little rough (but Guy doesn’t edit it out because it’s funny) and gets crazy from there. Gaz thinks he may still need an AppleTV and Guy builds a RAID 1 for his iTunes content. Are Netbooks getting killed by the iPad or are they victims of their own crappiness? Android tablets are on the way (eventually), but should Apple be concerned? Would you be interested in a smartphone app that helps you through a museum, art gallery, or other attractions? The Eiffel Tower rents out iPads to do just that. Microsoft is finally putting out Windows Phone 7, some three years after the iPhone.

Tim’s new podcast is ALSO now out. If you liked OWCRadio, you’ll love TechFan and you’ll find it in the MyMac iTunes feed.
Lastly, use the code MyMac15 to get 15% off ANY software at the Ambrosia Software.
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MyMac Podcast 310: Gaz is Touchless

On September 9, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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orders and then cancels a new iPod Touch because he loves animals more than technology. Guy runs Ethernet cable which messes up the house (and doesn’t please his wife) and we have a Listener Invite this week with Roman Woznik of the MacCoreTV Podcast. We have a bit of a gab about if Apple should actually reign IN some of the less well thought out apps in iTunes for iOS as it passes over 250 thousand available. Also some talk if Apple is holding the iPod Touch back to make the iPhone look even better. There’s a couple of birthdays and believe it or not, Guy accepts cash (or if you can’t swing that, call the Skype number 703-436-9501 and wish him a happy birthday!)
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Arctic Sound S111 Portable USB-powered Speakers
Company: Arctic Cooling
Price: $15.45 US

USB powered speaker are lousy, right? Wrong! The chilled-out company Arctic Cooling just released a hot pair of stereo speakers that can play anywhere, and they mean anywhere. No sound panel preference settings or software drivers are necessary. Plug the audio cable for this high-performance pair of stylish gray speakers into your audio device, then provide a USB power source and blast off. Stereo separation is terrific.

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Gaz is not feeling well, so it’s Guy and Owen Rubin this week talking about iTunes security and protecting your passwords. Guy has a long talk with founder Tim Robertson about how, the history of the podcast, and what’s new with OWCRadio. Owen talks about his experience with getting (and maybe not keeping) two iPhone 4s.

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LALA no more! Maybe Good news for iTunes?

On June 3, 2010, in Macintosh, Opinion, by Owen Rubin

In December 2009, Apple bought Lala. On June 1st, 2010 Apple closed down the cloud-based Lala music service and no reasons were given by Apple. (Lala music subscribers should go to the old lala site location for more info.)

Lala used to sell streaming versions of a song for 10 cents. For that dime, you could stream those songs to a number of devices. You could also buy and download an MP3, and those prices were closer to what Apple charged.

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Moderna MS-400 Folding Headphones – Review

On January 4, 2010, in Headphones, Review, by John Nemerovski

Moderna MS-400 Folding Headphones
Company: Phiaton

Price: $249

MS-400 are the best compact, folding, DJ-style headphones we have reviewed at MyMac. Personal listening is their purpose, and they can be used in a DJ or studio environment with an extension audio cable.

The first things you notice about the MS-400 Moderna over-ear headphones is they are remarkably comfortable. Their light weight and anatomically correct design allow them to fit well even when you are wearing glasses. The next feature that captures your attention is the powerful but not overpowering bass. There is more punch and clarity at the low end than you ever have experienced.

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MyMac Podcast 173
The Kitchen Sink Show

On February 28, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Last week, we interviewed Lee Givens from America Online. He was so much fun to talk to, Lee returns as a co-host this week with Tim, Owen, and David to chat about older Macs, AppleTV, headphones, iTunes passing Best Buy in music sales, the future of broadband, and much more. John Nemo returns with Part Two of his AppleCare Switcher interview. A good resolution? Listen to find out.

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