TechFan #197 – Induction Chicken

On February 13, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim, David, and Owen discuss the week of bad news, most self-inflicted, of Samsung. Nintendo drops the ball, again, while Apple seems to be doing something very right with iOS. Product features this week include the PlugDock from Fuse Chicken, and the Hamilton Buhl IND-DOCK3 Induction Speaker. Finally, David gives an update on his electric car (Nissan Leaf), and Tim talks about Hank and Jed.

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Your Samsung TV is listening to your private conversations
Samsung investigates why its TVs put ads in others’ apps
Apple’s iOS 9 to have ‘huge’ stability and optimization focus
Affinity Designer
Transferring games to your new 3DS XL?
Hank and Jed Show
Hamilton’s IND-DOCK3 Induction Speaker
PlugDock

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TechFan #192 – Twenty

On January 2, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

tf192Tim talks about the iPhone 6 Plus, driving with the GPS, 2014 and looking ahead to 2015, the 20th anniversary of MyMac.com, a Samsung Wireless Printer, SimCity BuildIt, and audio feedback from Mike Breed on technology in education.

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TechFan #178 – Self-Flushing Podcast

On September 19, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss iOS 8, the lines of people waiting to buy an iPhone, and the craziness surrounding Apple pushing the new U2 album out to every iTunes user. Microsoft shuts down their Silicon Valley research lab, Tim does a mini review of the Braven 705, and we have feedback from Andre, Peter, and Mike.

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TechFan #177 – iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

On September 10, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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The Apple Event has come and gone, and Tim and David discuss the what’s what. Also, Amazon drops the Fire Phone in price, Samsung gets no press love for the Galaxy Note 4, and Tim discuss the Clash of Clans type of games on the App Store.

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TechFan #170 – Beating a Dead Horse

On July 18, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Microsoft goes low-end PC, while also laying off 18,000 people. IBM and Apple announces a partnership, Manuel Noriega sues Activision, and we have two top ten list of most evil companies.

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TechFan #163 – XBOX Surface Pro One

On May 26, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss the Microsoft decision to dump the Kinetic in the XBOX One, the new Surface Pro laptop – tablet, the HP 7-Plus, Samsung and Apple, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

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TechFan #133 – It’s The Pictures

On September 13, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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While the new iPhones look cool, David and Tim look deeper and find the really important takeaway from the announcement. Plus, David spends time in the electronic isles that is Hong Kong, and Tim gets a new SSD in his iMac.

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TechFan #132 – Exotic Locations

On September 7, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Want a chance to win a $25 iTunes Gift card? Listen to this episode of TechFan to find out how! Microsoft buys part of Nokia and SamSung releases the Galaxy Gear, plus your feedback, all on this week’s episode of TechFan Podcast.

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Pinball Wizard – TechFan Podcast #110

On March 1, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss micro-transactions, the music industry and engineering for earphones, Star Wars Pinball, and much more.

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So Here We Go Again
MyMac Podcast #429

On November 13, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Apple gives to Hurricane Sandy relief maybe not until it hurts, but generously. On the home front, Guy might not go to the Macworld Expo and is unable to find his Time Machine. Gaz’s Finder issues may have been solved by NOT turning off his Mac Mini. Guy’s hatred of analysts persists with every stupid they say, Samsung sells more Galaxy SIII’s than Apple sells iPhone 4S’s in a single quarter, and Foxconn may build a plant in the US…sheyeah right!

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Gaz’s App Pick: Tiny Troopers from Chillango $2.99
Guy’s App Pick: MightyMonitor Dashboard Widget by Starmerville FREE!

Elite Dialog
TechFan Podcast #92

On September 7, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim and David discuss the Nokia PR disaster from this week, the new Kindle’s from Amazon, SamSung, Activision Anthology, Grant Theft Auto San Andreas, Elite, StarCraft 2, and much more.

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Picnic
TechFan Podcast #91

On August 31, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Wrong is wrong, and it’s time to call theft, well, theft. Dishonesty is not rewarded. Tim and David discuss Samsung and the institutional theft that goes on there. Later the topic changes to Field Runners 2 and the all-new Activision Anthology app for iOS.
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Trial? What trial?
MyMac Podcast #418

On August 28, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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It what might be a record, Gaz and Guy not only manage to keep the show under an hour, it’s under 50 minutes! Hold your applause though because you may miss the greatest Gaz’s Tip EVER…well we thought it was funny anyway. Samsung loses round one of the most watched patent trial since Edison won his against whoever that other person was! Some terrific feedback from you, our fantastic audience and apparently in some cultures, hippos equals horses.

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When Apple sold clothes and wind-surfing boards, yes I said wind-surfing boards
Guy’s App Pick: TotalFinder from BinaryAge software $18.00
Gaz’s App Pick: RapidWeaver from RealMac software $79.00
People’s Pick: None this week, you guys are slacking!

Potter-rific
TechFan #75

On May 4, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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We owe Samsung an apology! And a firm finger-shaking Shame On YOU to RIM. In iOS new is RockBand, Robot Wants Kitty, and Lego Harry Potter Years 5 – 7. We wrap things up with the Kindle Fire. It all seems to be Mobile this week!

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Copy Cats
TechFan Podcast #62

On January 13, 2012, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Just how bad is copying in the tech industry? While there should be no debate that everyone seems to be borrowing design ideas from everyone else, is it becoming a pandemic? Tim and David chat about this, and a variety of other topics I would remember better if it were not twelve long hours ago that we recorded the show and when I am typing this up. Oh, and Mr. Cohen never did send me that link for Dungeon Raid, so I had to spend at LEAST forty-five seconds looking it up myself! I know, right?!?

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Super WriteMaster Slim External DVD Writer
Company: Samsung

Price: $74.99
www.samsung.com

The popularity of netbooks seem to be exploding over on the PC side of the computer world, but for Mac users, every laptop Apple ships comes with a DVD Superdrive, which both reads and writes to the optical discs. All, that is, save the MacBook Air. And while I don’t have an Air for use in this review, I believe performance will be the same on that machine.

The first question you have to ask yourself is, if you already own a DVD burner in your Mac (and chances are you do) do you need an external USB model? If so, then the Super WriteMaster Slim External DVD Writer from Samsung is a good choice. It is, as the name implies, very slim. It is also very light-weight, attractive to look at, and works well. It handled both expensive blank DVDs and the el-cheapo media equally well.

It does not sport it’s own power supply, but draws power via the USB plug. So if you are running your laptop via the battery, this external DVD burner will kill your battery life in no time flat.

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Add a Mac to Your Home Theater on the…Well…Kinda Cheap

On November 6, 2007, in How-To, by Larry Grinnell

This article is a work in progress, as is my home theater installation. I also intend for this article to spawn several product reviews as I go along. Be warned.

I’ve been playing with HDTV, ever since I got a really nice bonus from work a few years ago. I mean a REALLY NICE BONUS. Being the foot loose and fancy free single guy that I am (and not having a “finance committee” to control my expenditures), I had no intention of doing practical things like paying bills with that money–noooo, it was time to build a home theater with a big screen high definition TV!

Basically defined, a home theater integrates various electronic components to provide an experience not unlike what you might have at a movie theater, but without all the negatives. Please refer to the block diagram below (licensed through Creative Commons, source: teques.com):

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About Larry Grinnell

Larry Grinnell has been a Mac user since before there were Macs, first being exposed to his brother-in-law's Apple Lisa 7/7 office system, in 1982 or 1983. After a nine year stint in the US Air Force, he took an electronics technician job at Motorola, Inc., where he stayed for almost 27 years. In that time, he held additional diverse positions from manufacturing engineering technician to technical writing to print production consultant to department webmaster. Currently, he's the sole technical writer for a small communications/electronics firm in Davie, FL. He is a member of the MyMac.com writing staff, and recently completed a two-year stint writing a weekly Macintosh and Apple-oriented column for the Palm Beach Business website (http://www.pbbusiness.com). In his copious free time, he does layout and prepress work for the Grinnell Family Association's quarterly newsletter, and runs their website at http://www.grinnellfamily.org. He also serves on the board of directors for the Palm Beach Phoenix Apple User Group. His next big assignment is to perform the editing, layout, and prepress work for an all new Grinnell family genealogy, which promises to be roughly 2,000 pages in size. Publication date is tentatively scheduled for 2015. He lives in Greenacres, FL. His cat Agnes grudgingly permits him to share her home with him.

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