MyMac Podcast 624: Looking for Problems

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More like looking for topics. Gaz and Guy have a great time talking about some of the problems they’ve had with the latest releases of iOS and macOS. But it still does down to SIMBL the White Lion errors. Oh and for the last time, Gaz did NOT release those Pippa Middleton pics so bug off!

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Guy’s App Pick: Handbreak a free video transcoder that works with multiple operating systems, will rip nearly any DVD that you legally own and is free. Sure, may be something out there better, but chances are it won’t be free.
Gaz’s App Pick: Arc Light
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks If I may be so bold (and cheeky), as to offer my own app for People’s Pick…I’ve been using it every night for a long time (I’m not the fastest developer in the world).Disclaimer: I wrote this app, and it costs real money (though not a lot really).

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MyMac Podcast 623: iOmess 10

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High School reunions and other insanity! New phone for Gaz, lot’s of feedback, and a discussion about iOS 10 and a tale of woe with a happy ending.

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Guy’s App Pick: Acorn 5, the little photo editor and graphics program that could, keeps chugging away at version 5. New text circle tools and other additions makes this the perfect non-subscription based tool there is. Just $14.99 currently off from the regular price of about $30. If you don’t need all the complexity of other photo editing programs, Acorn is probably just what you’re looking for.
Gaz’s App Pick: iMessage 🙂

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MyMac Podcast 622: Once more into the Breach

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So there was this Apple event that Gaz and Guy feel obligated to talk about. Guy goes full Sierra, Gaz has his first game, and we all learn about Squirkles. Lots of feedback, an iTunes review and (GASP!) a Skype phone call.

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Guy’s App Pick: Tracktion 5 free.
Gaz’s App Pick: INKS £1.49

People’s Pick: Gary Apter writing from email recommends Noizio by Kyrylo Kovalin! $4.99 from the Mac App Store. Noizio is an app that will drown out the noise of the street and allow you to concentrate on the work at hand, increasing your productivity. On the other hand, it can also set the mood for a romantic evening or lull you to sleep, ensuring that you will dream soundly all night long. An ambient sound equalizer app for creating a mixture of ambient sounds available for Mac OS X.

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MyMac Podcast 621: What’s Old is New Again

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Gaza is back but about 3 seconds slower than usual. After taking a day off to wait for his ISP to get their heads out of their posterior, they talk a bit about the upcoming Apple event and whether or not an old Mac may fit your life better than a new one.

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Guy’s App Pick: Macs don’t get viruses right? Probably, but we can get malware and other pesky bits that can be annoying and dangerous. So what to do? Well, Malwarebytes for the Mac can help with that. It’s fast, free, doesn’t run all the time eating up resources and seems to do just what it says. Remember though as I said, it doesn’t run all the time which means you have to initiate it.
Gaz’s App Pick:  $4.95 single-user license $9.95 family pack AudioBookBuilder
People’s Pick: Nicholas Riley WEQ4U – a UK centric iPhone app that does what it says on the tin!

You use the app to ring call centres (usually 0345 numbers) and once you are put on hold you dial 9* and WEQ4U rings off. You leave the app open which re-establishes a connection once an agent answers your call. The display shows how long you are queuing and tells you it is connecting you by changing the display.

Best of all – you are only using your normal phone allowance and not paying a premium rate to whoever you are calling.

Best app I’ve downloaded in ages

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MyMac Podcast 620: Why all the delay?

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Gaz is off doing stuff, so Guy bribed…coerced…threatened…invited (yeah that’s the word) Karl Madden and Mark Chappell from the Essential Mac and Mac and Forth podcasts to come on. Just so he wouldn’t feel UK deprived you know. The main topic being why Apple has held off on updated Macs for so long and various conspiracies behind it. Most of which is probably not true…probably.\

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Guy’s App Pick: Swift Publishr by Belight software on the Mac App Store.
Karl’s App Pick: Canary All-In-One Security + App
Mark’s App Pick: Magnet. I’ve no i idea what it does or where it is but it does have a particular skill set.

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MyMac Podcast 619: Google Lost Stuff

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Gaz and Guy talk a bit about Google’s lost projects and apps, Samoan/Fiji Rugby, back to school stuff, and storage sheds. Yes it’s been one of THOSE weeks.

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Guy’s App Pick: PinballHD by Gameprom. Free and comes with a free to play pinball table. Other tables you can sample, but yes you’ll have to buy them if you want to play them. Good physics and graphics and fun!
Gaz’s App Pick: iCloud and the document sharing saving capability.

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MyMac Podcast 618: Awwwwdio

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Victor Cajiao whose name gives Guy fits, joins the GMen to talk about audio. Hi end to low cost, there’s a little something for everyone here. Check out his podcast, the Terratech, which is all about tech that goes from mastering audio to how to grill meat!

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Guy’s App Pick: Little Broken Robots by Dragon Army. Free with a one-time in app purchase of $2.99 to completely unlock the game. Ever have one of those days when all you really wanted to do was fix robots that were sad, low on power, frozen, or thought they were pirates? Sure you have. Little Broken Robots will fill that void with easy to understand game play and puzzles that while challenging are not impossible to solve. The perfect game for that 10 minutes you’re stuck in line somewhere.
Gaz’s App Pick: Postcard Apps lots to choose from I used one called Inkly

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MyMac Podcast 617: Service with a Smile

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So after the iPhone, what do you think is the number two money generator for Apple? Macs? iPads? The Apple Watch (yeah right!). Nope, believe it not, it’s Apple’s services including iTunes, iCloud, and many others. The Gmen explore this a bit before losing track of what it was they were talking about.

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Guy’s App Pick: AUM Audio Mixer from Kymatica $18.99 from the iOS App Store. If you do a lot of audio on your iOS devices, then this is an app you should probably use. Compatible with Inter-App Audio, Audiobus, and many other audio related programs, AUM takes them all and routes them where you want them. Kind of like Audio Hijack on the Mac, but to be honest incapable of all that app can do because of Apple’s iOS limitations. Also does not work with Skype which is unfortunate.
Gaz’s App Pick: Two picks ones and App and one’s a USB Desk Fan.

Smash Hit a game where you throw Ball Bearings at objects to complete the course. Quite addictive and FREE to try but I soon unlocked the premium version with an in App purchase of £1.49, which is how it should be 🙂

The desk fan has 2 speeds the lower speed pushes enough of a breeze across you and is pretty quiet, not silent but not bad.

There are in App purchases for more backing tracks @ 0.79p each there is also a Classic version at £1.49 Version I haven’t checked that one out yet though. Standard (with In App purchases) Classic Version

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MyMac Podcast 615: Mobile Madness

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Gas is not in this one but lots of other people are including some from OWC, a few MyMac-ers, and a whole lot more all from Guy’s mobile podcasting rig. If you couldn’t be at Macstock, this is just as good. Actually no it isn’t but still fun!

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MyMac Podcast 614.5: Just a little bit more

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A Rare mid-week show as Gaz is back to bookend the podcasts from the Macstock Expo except this one is coming out before the other one! Got it? Neither do they, so just sit back and enjoy!

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MyMac Podcast 613: Macstock 2016 Preview

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No Gaz as he’s watching race cars go around in circles. However Guy soldiers on alone in the 1st and 3rd segment but has Mike Potter the creator of the Macstock Expo to talk about all the great speakers and fun coming up in just 5 days. Be there or be sorry you weren’t there.

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Guy’s App Pick: Deathspank in the Mac App Store. Silly fun for the sword swinger in all of us. $3.99
People’s Pick: Erick Diaz (Macnaticopr) Prisma, it’s a free app that turns your photos into art. Awesome. Prisma – Art Filters and Photo Effects for Images, Picture Editor for Instagram by Prisma labs, inc. Prisma – Art Filters and Photo Effects for Images, Picture Editor for Instagram

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MyMac Podcast 612: David Coulthard’s Jaw

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Mark Chappell of the Essential Apple Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-essential-apple-show/id983364510?mt=2) joins Gaz and Guy for a little more than a hour of confusion. This may be the first time they’ve actually recorded more “not in the show” than “show”! They go all over the map about Siri on the Mac, on the iPhone, and on the AppleTV. Fun, fun!

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Guy’s App Pick: iTube Studio from iSkysoft. $29.00 lifetime license. Free trial available.
Gaz’s App Pick: Still use for photo’s (not to write comics) and I still like this App, ComicLife, a different way to put a photo set together. £22.99 or there is an upgrade price £17.50 if you have a previous version, but that’s from the website only, but they do give you a multiple users option
Mark’s App Pick: Workflow $2.99 £2.29

MyMac Podcast 611: Update Upgrade

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The old question pops up again. Is it better to update your Mac for a new (or newer) one or upgrade your existing one? Apple seems to be making that choice easier these days but in an odd way. Many Macs just simply can’t be upgraded at all. The Gmen talk about this serious question, but in their own way. So that means the question remains.

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MyMac Podcast 610: So how did we do?

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No short show this week, but the center section is filled with WWDC goodness as LIVE right from event, Guy recorded a conversation with Mac to the Future (It’s on FaceBook) Warren Sklar! Also in the first section Guy and Gaz give their own takes on Apple’s latest developmentally goodness. So, long show then.

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Guy’s App Pick: Picked this before but I’m apparently on a movie editing app kick at the moment. Camtasia 2 by TechSmith $99.99 on the Mac App Store. Not only a great presentation and screen capturing tool, it’s also really good as a multitrack movie editor.

Gaz’s App Pick: Not an IOS App, not MAC OS App it’s a movie, well not a movie an interview Steve Jobs the lost interview, this popped up in my Netflix selection, I hadn’t seen it so I watched it, what I like if no cheering crowds, no silly background music, not audience clapping at the end of every section, just the interview, with a little bit of added comments, I enjoyed it.
It’s on YouTube but you may also find it in Netflix.

MyMac Podcast 609: WW…TGMD

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Two weeks in a row and the GMen manage to get another show out under an hour. Is it kismet? Fate? A lucid and tight conversation between two professionals who know EXACTLY what they’re talking about? You’re kidding right? They do all the usual stuff and give some thought (HA!) to the upcoming WWDC, because that’s what Apple podcasts are supposed to do.

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Guy’s App Pick: As much as I complained about intrusive and privacy reducing services last week, Amazon has one that’s really nifty for aspiring screenwriters with not much money (which can probably be said of ALL aspiring screenwriters). Amazon’s Storywriter cloud writing app has many features including built in elements for the different parts of your story. It keeps track of your characters and auto fills them in as you create them. Certainly not as fully featured as stand-alone applications, but for getting your feet wet it’s great. You can also submit your screenplay to Amazon for consideration for…something, since they now make their own content as well.
Gaz’s App Pick: The way in app purchases work Ripple Training, do some free lessons for you to test their full package before buying all or some of the lessons this is the way in apps work well.

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MyMac Podcast 608: Customer or Product?

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Free stuff is always great right? Except for when it isn’t. Gaza and Guy discuss some of the pluses and minuses-es-es of free online services. The only price you pay for this podcast is listening to it! OH! And there’s a now Patreon link in case you DO want to pay for it, but you don’t have to.

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MyMac Podcast 607: 53 Errors but a Phone ain’t one

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Back to the usual shenanigans for the GMen who can’t quite figure out one week from another. Then they talk about the ongoing saga of the dreaded Error 53 that some people who have had their iPhone parts replaced and whether Apple’s seemingly lack of focus could be to blame.

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Guy’s App Pick: Lightworks by EditShare. A nearly fully featured non-linear video editor that has a quirky interface and some similarities to Final Cut Pro for free? How is it possible? Well they give you some, but not all of the potential features and hold some back like user-defined project locations,sharing, advanced hardware support, and the pro version includes some pretty cool Boris FX stuff, and only exports to MPEG-4. All this is to naturally entice you to their subscription-based (hate this trend in software) Pro version.

Gaz’s App Pick
: Live Face Filters MSQRD

People’s Pick: Want to measure how big something is on your Mac screen, in pixels? Press Cmd-Shift-4 to start a partial screen capture. The mouse pointer turns into a cross-hair and shows its current screen coordinate. Move to one corner of the part of you screen you want to measure, then drag to the opposite corner. The pointer shows you the dimensions of the box in pixels. If your start position was a little off, hold down the spacebar while continuing to drag to move the first corner. To cancel, press Escape before letting go of the drag, or just let go of the drag to capture a PNG image of the area.

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MyMac Podcast 606 – Apple Transport?

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No Guy this week. Gaz talk’s to Karl Madden about the investment into DiDi by Apple in China and whether this could lead to Apple Transport

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Gaz’s App Pick: iNet Network Scanner, available through the App Store at £7.99 it gets a good percentage of 4-5 star reviews in the App store go take a look.

Karl’s App Pick: Splice – Free

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