MyMac Podcast 524: Bend it like Beckham

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

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Melissa Davis takes a chance in joining the GMen for an episode. Many tried to warn her against it, but she just didn’t believe them. They have a long talk about iPhone bending as well as iCloud issues, Family Sharing SNAFU’s, and general all around recent Apple problems. Doesn’t sound like much fun, but they manage to turn every issue into rainbows and sunshine! Well, they laughed a lot about it anyway.

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Guy’s App Pick: VideoGIF from PearlMountain Technology. $4.99 in the Mac App Store. Trim existing video or create your own with your webcam. Add text, determine how long you want it to be and post it in you favorite social media sites.
Gaz’s App Pick: Couch to 5K. Want to start running, want to back back into running well this podcast, Mrs G has found it great to get into some running with out making it a chore.
Mellisa’s App Pick: “How To Make An iPhone Wallet
NewerTech NuGuard KX
iROO Pouch
People’s Pick:
From Erick Diaz: Asphalt 8 free with in-app purchases, and takes advantage of all the latest graphics. Looks like a console game on iOS.

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OWC Mercury Pro External Blu Ray Burner – Review

On July 18, 2014, in Review, by Nick Rodriguez

OWC Mercury Pro External Blu Ray Burner
Manufacturer: OWC
MSRP $167.99

 

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Physical media is dead, right? Well, I think we should just wait a moment here. There are still tons of great uses for physical media today. One of the best I can think of is for backing up. However, with today’s large files CDs and DVDs don’t hold enough data. It’s now time to think about Blu-ray. Blu-ray may conjure up thoughts of the latest Hollywood films, but you can fit quite a few gigabytes on a Blu-ray disc.

These days, thanks to the shrinking size of MacBooks and iMacs Apple has decided to forego optical drives altogether. This is where OWC Mercury Pro external Blu-ray burner comes in. It works perfectly with Macs and PCs alike, and will read and write just about anything you can throw at it.
For this review, I was only able to test on a Mac as I do not personally own a PC. That being said, this drive comes supplied with every cable you ever need for both Mac and PC. Thank you! It is such a huge pet peeve of mine when the company does not include all of the cables you need to hook up your new gadget. Thankfully you need not worry about that here. OWC has you covered, even some free blank Blu-ray media is included!

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MyMac Podcast #503 – Same level of Stupid

On May 6, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC
No show last week because Guy can’t stop messing around with the sound of the show and managed to muck it up beyond all repair. The show this week takes all the things you missed us say last week and puts them here. So it’s like it never happened (waving arms mystically). We record all your bumpers from the contest and thanks again to everyone who participated. Then we just have fun. Same GMen time! Same GMen channel!

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Guy’s App PickSplashtop by Splashstop. Great way to view your Mac’s desktop and get some of those files you may have forgotten when you left home. $4.99 for the personal version on your iPad. If you need even more there are in-app purchases but it works great for me as is. 
Gaz’s App Pick: Not really a Mac or iPhone pick, but I use the IOS App because of the device. linked up with friends at work. About £40 ($60) quid in the UK. so ping me through all the usual methods we can link up and challenge each other get fitter.
People’s Pick: None this week

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MyMac Podcast #502 – Winner Winner! Chicken Dinner!

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

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Sponsored by OWC

Back to a regularly scheduled kind of show. Apple’s Home Sharing works great except when it doesn’t and Guy is more hopeful about his sound quality this week. We finally announce the winners of the Bumper contest (see below) and is Apple’s CarPlay hardware the next big thing that Apple doesn’t actually make?

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You know what’s there, go get it!

Bumper Contest winners!
Paul Bartlett
Steve Green
Erick Diaz
Karl Madden
Nicholas Riley

Guy’s App PickCall of Duty 2 from Aspyr $19.99 
Gaz’s App Pick: Charades from FatChicken Studios

 

 

 

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MyMac Podcast #501 – Mittens

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

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Sponsored by OWC

No Gaz this week as he gets his revenge on Guy for being gone for MacWorld. Or something like though it may actually just be spending time with the family someplace fun and not about Guy at all. Speaking of run on sentences, Owen joins Guy and they talk about Macworld (though in no great detail) in a very informative and revealing (where we find out why Guy is Gus and Owen is Opie! How exciting is that!). STILL no end to the podcast contest (next for maybe sure!) and lots of some of the interviews done by the MyMac Staff at some Expo or something.

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You know what’s there, go get it!
Air Display
1Password
Antec
Avatron
EverWeb
Korus
Prong
Rekonme

Guy’s App Pick: Uber, the alternate to bad cabs. Free though needs a credit card to work
Gaz’s App Pick: No, since he’s not here this week
Owen’s PickAir Display $9.99. Use your old iPad or really nearly any old thing and use it for another display for your Mac

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MyMac Podcast #500 – About frigging time

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

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Sponsored by OWC
You’ve waited, and waited, and waited some more for the 500th podcast and it’s finally here! No app picks or much about the Macworld Expo this week or stuff from Google + or Twitter. Gaz and Guy talk a little about playing with organs (the musical kind) on iPads and then things get REALLY interesting when we get all the former hosts together into one virtual room. Naturally they talk a lot about the history of the podcast and a lot of it will make you laugh. Stand by for action!

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OWC has lots of audio and video products
Guy’s App Pick: Nope
Gaz’s App Pick: Uh uh
People’s Pick: Not this time

From all the hosts throughout the years of the MyMac Podcast, thanks to every one of you for downloading the show. Stick around as there’s much more to come!

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Macworld Expo day 3 – The gang is all here

On April 2, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Second day of Macworld but the last day for us all being together. Join Guy, Vicki, Elisa Mark, Eric, and Owen as they yammer a lot about things mostly related to some kind of Tech event…maybe. Then Guy talks to the Jupiter crew at OWC about spaceships and massive storage, and a bunch of interviews we did on the Expo floor.

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Other World Computing
Developers we talked to:
Inspire Pro
Antec Mobile Products
AppPresser
City Hour
Cloak
Ergotron

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MyMac Podcast #499 – So close, yet so far away

On March 20, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

With this being show 499, you’d think the next one would be 500…or the one after that…nope. This IS however the last Gaz and Guy show before the Macworld Expo so get ready for fun. Guy has problems with multiple Apple IDs and has to go to Apple Support to get them fixed, Gaz has problems with Rugby, his Mac, and Airports, but it may have all been in hs head. Guy talks about the long journey ahead and Gaz tries in vain yet again to explain English money.

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OWC Product link: OWC has lots of audio and video products

Guy’s App Pick: Not so much an app but a service. BIG ups to Apple Support for taking at least 2-3 hours of time walking me through all the problems that I had caused myself over the years in regards to Apple IDs. They even scheduled a time with a higher support person at my convenience to finish fixing it.
Gaz’s App Pick: AudioEngine A2 Speakers
People’s Pick: Mark Sheppard recommends WaterLogue

Thank you everyone for staying with us over the years. It’s been wonderful and we hope you’ll stick around for however long the ride lasts.

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MyMac Podcast #498 – You won’t like me when I’m angry

On March 13, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

Just two…to five or more episodes until the 500th show! Can you feel the excitement in the air? If you can you should most likely go see a doctor since solid emotions in your nostrils is probably not a good thing. A certain group’s proposal (number 9, number 9,number 9,) seemed to really hack off Tim Cook at the last shareholder’s meeting, so Guy has a little chat with the founder of the NCPPR, Amy Ridenour to ask her about it. Please check the links below for the proposal itself and another to Ms. Ridenour’s blog about the incident. Gaz is looking for some better way to keep an iOS device on him to keep track of how much exercise he does and also a way to mount one in the kitchen. If only he could combine the two…

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OWC ALSO sells well maintained used Macs.
Link for the main story:
http://www.nationalcenter.org/Apple_Proposal_Statement_2014.pdf

Guy’s App PickNiceCast from Rogue Amoeba $59.99. A way to shift your audio from place to another…theoretically. It has a really simple layout, the tools will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever played with Audio Hijack Pro, and if I ever get it to work properly I think it will be…(wait for it) AMAZING!
Gaz’s App PickEveTV. Watching recording TV on your Mac with extra options to do the same on your IOS devices (particularly the iPad)
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

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MyMac Podcast #497 – Monkey in the Middle

On March 5, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

The SSL Exploit for both the Mac and iOS is absolutely nothing to worry about unless you don’t live in a cave, have a Mac newer than a PowerPC, or use the internet. Do or have any of that and you should probably be going for those updates. Gaz is doing a lot of traveling, but it’s Guy’s Maps program that seems to be stopping progress. All this and more this week on the MyMac Podcast.

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The OWC Elite Pro Qx2. 4 drive bays of AWESOME!
Link to the main story:
Guy’s App PickThe Movies: Superstar Edition by Ferel Interactive $19.99
Gaz’s App PickAutomator. (from Apple) With Automator actions and support for AppleScript commands, Apple Remote Desktop 3 gives you the ability to create custom workflows designed to make your life easier. http://automatorworld.com
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

 

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MyMac Podcast #496 – Nothing but net

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


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Ah it’s that time of year again where everything seems new! Yep, almost time for the Macworld Expo! What did you think I meant? While Guy makes T-Shirts, Gaz is looking for tech gear to keep track of how far he goes. ALL kinds of feedback this week too. Net neutrality seems to be under fire with Netflix on one side and Verizon on the other. You can bet if Verizon gets their way, the internet could be changed in the US for a long time.

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NewerTech MiniStack Max.
Link to the main story:
Guy’s App PickCamtasia 2 on the Mac App Store. A really great screen capture and editor tool. Not cheap at $99, but is very flexible and capable of being a video editor all on it’s own too
Gaz’s App PickPedometer++ (iPhone 5S only): Heard about this on the Mac geek Gab.
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

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MyMac Podcast #495 – Why buy when you can rent?

On February 18, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

Don’t you just HATE buying software and having that feeling of a one time price? Wouldn’t you rather just have to pay less for it each month or it stops working? Gaz and Guy debate this topic with their usual thoughtfulness so you probably shouldn’t expect a hard and definitive answer…or should you? Also the weather takes a hard beating or perhaps it’s the other way around, ISPs suck, Captain Kirk should sound like Curly, and Guy needs a more typical Press hat for Macworld. All this week on the MyMac Podcast.

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Why Microsoft thinks you should rent software:
Guy’s App Pick: Mixlr by Mixlr.com. A free service with paid for add ons for creating live podcasts that people can listen to and contribute to in an included chat room. Available on the Mac App Store.
Gaz’s App Pick: PopClip from Pilotmoon Software. PopClip appears when you select text with your mouse on your Mac. Instantly access context-specific actions including copy and paste, plus extensions like Send to Evernote. Try it free from their website or buy from $4.99 US, £2.99 GB or €4.49 in Europe
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)

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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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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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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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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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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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Newer Technology miniStack Max – Review

On June 14, 2013, in Features, Review, by Asher Weisberger

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Newer Technology miniStack Max
Company: Other World Computing
Price: $319.19

There are many types of products on the market that help you cope with your storage, DVD/CD playback, or connection needs. You can easily go to a local store and pick up a few pieces of hardware like a Blu-ray player so you can view movies ,or a hard drive to store extra files of backups, or possibly a USB hub so you can meet your demand of USB connections.

Or instead you could use a product called the miniStack Max. The miniStack Max packs a whopping amount of hardware in a sleek aluminum body. You have many options when purchasing a miniStack Max. In total, 20 options. There are four different kits; within the first three kits there are six different storage size options from zero GB all the way to 4.0 TB.

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