Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss Verizon buying AOL and what they really want out of the deal. Also up: problems with Plex, videogame publishers harsh business tactics, Sega pulling iOS games, Spotify, and Tim has a new tech project for his kids!
Tim, David, and Owen discuss the brouhaha over Apple Pay. David finally gets his iPhone 6, Owen tells us about Verizon’s tracking of users, and Tim buys a couple cheap TVs and an iPad Air 2
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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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Guy’s App Pick: Camtasia 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 Pick: Pedometer++ (iPhone 5S only): Heard about this on the Mac geek Gab.
People’s Pick: None this week (ohhh)
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While MyMac typically does not publish press releases, I thought the information from one I received today to be important enough to post here, given the crisis in Japan.
The international calling iPhone app ChatTime today announced that they are making all calls to Japan, from all the countries that they support, free until the end of March in response to the international crisis.
While AT&T and Verizon have announced that they are also allowing free calls, the ChatTime app is not just for US users, but for users all over the world that have friends and family there that they are worried about.
ChatTime is a unique third party calling app for the iPhone that allows you to call international numbers at drastically reduced rates. ChatTime does not use VoIP, a system plagued with connection problems, but rather uses the carrier networks themselves. This means that the call has the same quality as one placed directly through your carrier, at a fraction of the price. It does this by making a local call instead of an international one, and then passing it through a private high speed network to the country of origin, where it makes another local call. In countries that incoming calls are free, the outbound call can be converted to an incoming one in order to prevent minute usage.
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Mobile hotspots, the feature that basically turns new cell phones into a wireless router is nothing new. It is just, officially, new to the iPhone. In the US this feature comes with a $20 addition to your phone bill. With that twenty dollars you get an additional 2gb of data for your connected devices. I say this feature should be free. Why? Read on.
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Steve Jobs takes a leave of absence and Apple announces their quarterly results for the 1st quarter of 2011 which adds up to a LOT of Italian white Alba Truffles! We also have some great audio feedback from Scott (Pocket Sized Podcast) Willsey and Tim (TechFan) Robertson about Nuking Verizon…or something like that. We’re also giving away a few Mac App bundles courtesy of AppSumo!
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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.
Contact info: Want to be on the show as a listener invite? It’s MUCH easier than a WalMart return line after Christmas!! Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz (twitter.com/gazmaz) and Guy (twitter.com/macparrot) on Twitter, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback.
Gaz is back from a work and holiday break from the podcast and got to see the Royal Air Force Red Arrows acrobatic flying team. Guy obviously confuses the US Navy Blue Angels and the US Air Force Thunderbirds and he’s really, really sorry about that. They gab a bit about the iPad on the road, the Magic TrackPad, and Gaz’s problems with his Mac Mini. We go on as well about iPhones and Verizon. We FINALLY get to the 2nd part of the Gaz and David Cohen interview (because we both like David so there!)