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At the beginning of last November, I purchased a new 13-inch MacBook Pro to replace my aged 2007 MacBook. I had decided to hold off on purchasing AppleCare, saved up, and this week figured that since I was going to be in the Mall where the Apple Store is located on Saturday, thought it would be the right time to make the purchase before the year was up. I wanted to purchase AppleCare with cash rather than a credit card, so when the store opened at 10 am, I was there. As I walked in with everyone else, staff members were at the entrance asking everyone what they were there for. When the guy at the door asked me, I told him I was there to purchase AppleCare for my MacBook Pro. He asked me when had I purchased it and I told him last November, November 4th, to be exact. The guy looks at me and says…
Gaz is REALLY cheesed off at O2 and Guy finally, maybe, just perhaps has Audio Hijack Pro, Skype, GarageBand, and SoundBoard set up so that it will all work correctly without a single problem! Sheyeah right. Big discussion about Google’s Pixel laptop…err..net device…wait…touch screen…oh whatever it is, the GMen talk about it. Also Mrs. Nemo OBVIOUSLY rules the tech roost in their household. Apparently also Microsoft can’t even get people to steal their products. Good thing I guess since that means no one will drive a car through their storefront windows.
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Gaz goes to the enemy camp but for a good reason while Guy tries (ye again) to figure out why Skype recording sucks and how to make it better (you can’t apparently). Then they talk about the new things released by Apple (you may have heard something about it) and why some people seem to have a Lightning bug up their neithers.
People’s Pick: From Gary Apter it’s CHIRP!
You’ll have to listen to find out what Chiroptophobia is, but the why they called the show that is still a mystery. Maybe they have a fear of naming things (no that would be Nomatophobia).The big 400th Podcast is coming up and Gaz and Guy can’t WAIT to give you people stuff for being so wonderful about listening to the show! However they seem to be able to make you wait until the 400th podcast actually happens. So far they have three companies willing to pony up some great prizes including BusyCal from BusyMac Software, the Co-Pilot iOS app from ALK Technologies , and MacKeeper 2012 from ZeoBIT Software. Then they go over a big list (but not a conclusive list) of the software they like on their Macs and why. Continue reading »
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iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
Author: J.D. Biersdorfer
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Print ISBN: 978-1-4493-1616-7 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1616-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4493-1676-1 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1676-X
Price: eBook US$19.99. Print US$24.99
Besides death and taxes, the only other guarantee in life is Apple will never incorporate a printed manual with any release of the iPad.
Experienced users see the benefit of no longer having a manual, while new users to the platform can be left perplexed.
iAudition allows you to record vocal statements no matter where you are. Voice over artists, podcasters, and journalists alike will rejoice at the simplicity and control this app has to offer.
The first thing you will notice upon launching the app is the large record button placed squarely in the middle of the display. Simply tap and start recording. It is really that quick!
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David Cohen is in Botswana, Africa, and his audio quality via Skype is better than usual. Up first, David has a real beef with the Steam service, and Tim is sick of no good gamepads for the Macintosh. Other subjects include NASA, the Space Shuttle program, hacking cell phones and voice messages, News of the World, break-ups via FaceBook, Google Images searches, and a lot more.
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This is a very anti-establishment show this time around as it seems Microsoft was probably listening last week as we criticized them and as a result, Skype was behaving very badly! They probably won’t be pleased with THIS show either as Guy goes through hell trying to get a product license for his LEGALLY purchased copy of Windows 7. No matter, lots of great stuff with an iChat chat, John Nemo’s Wife loves animals, and one of Gaz’s hard drive enclosures takes a dirt nap. Guy is very angry (SO angry!) with LodSys, the latest patent troll that takes a novel approach at getting money from Apple buy suing iOS developers and frankly we aren’t very pleased with Apple either as doing something as simple as a hard drive swap spins your fans to the max.
Dan Wood from Karelia Software comes on with the GMen and they have a great chat about Karelia’s SandVox version 2 which was just released. Dan generously offers a 20% discount for the whole month of May for MyMac Podcast listeners! Just type in “MyMac” in the adjustment section on the payment page. Tim asks for gas at a battery powered car maker. Skype has a Mac-only Malware Exploit AND gets bought by Microsoft. Seems like a match made in heaven. Lastly, we make fun of Steve Balmer…because we can.
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Tim and David delve into Amazon’s Android App store and disagree, then a short rant on the TSA performing pat downs on children. Also, Cisco has killed off the Flip, and Tim and David spend just a few moments on ideas that no one had at Cisco to rescue the produce, apparently. Finally, Nintendo is rumored to be releasing a new home console system very soon, so the topic turns to the Wii and what Nintendo should have in the next system.
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Peter calls in using Skype on his brand new iPad, and we talk about his impressions of the device in this extra long, iPad sized episode. We discuss the merits of batteries that can’t be replaced, and Peter rates our podcast a five star in iTunes. Howard and John Nemo of MyMac have a thought provoking conversation about the New Yorker and other subscription content on iOS devices. And Gaz of the MyMac Podcast is looking for a good time on his iPad.
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Guy and Gaz give you the lowdown on what they use to create the MyMac.com podcast and in the second segment we have a discussion with John Champlin from Ambrosia Software. We have a LOT of feedback (Thanks guys!) from Twitter and (OMG!) an actual real Skype telephone message. WOWSERS! In the third part we talk about Gaz’s new Mac Mini he’s going to use as a media server and how Mrs. GazMaz just wants it easy. Want to grab some Ambrosia Software goodness for a great price? Plug in our discount code at checkout for 15% off ANYTHING at Ambrosia Software (PSSSST! The code is mymac15).
Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro
This past spring I made it a mission of mine to find as many Mac compatible webcams as possible. It hasn’t been easy. They seem to be few and far between. Recently, Logitech released the QuickCam Vision Pro, a Mac only camera, that is one of the best webcams I have tried.
The QuickCam Vision Pro is not cheap. It retails for $129.99, but you get what you pay for. The unit is a nice solid camera that has an easel like clip for mounting on a monitor, laptop, is resting on a counter surface. It has a camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and a built in microphone.
When I say you get what you pay for, I mean it. The picture quality on this unit is fantastic! It is capable of up to 720p images up to 1600×1200 resolution. I was blown away by the crispness and clarity of the image. Of course, when talking over the internet the image quality will also depend on the connection speed on both ends. In addition to the great quality, the camera has autofocus, which quickly adjusts as you move the camera around.
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