So there’s Rugby, Broadway shows, messed up MyMac articles, and iTunes rants. That’s just in the first section. The GMen then go on talk about Macs and if there’s the slightest chance of the platform moving to ARM processors. PHEW, I’m exhausted just writing it down.
The GMen take the lazy way out and instead of having one topic to focus on, kinda jump around to talk about odd bits and pieces. Because having an entire extra week to come up with a decent topic apparently wasn’t long enough. Guy talks a lot about cats (as if the show graphic wasn’t enough of a clue) and rowing while Gaz is busy actually with tech. They wrap up the whole FBI vs Apple case, Apple’s increasing marketshare in an otherwise down industry, Safari now has a silver medal, and don’t click hacked links. Because, just don’t.
Macstock Expo codes: mymacsentme
Guy’s App Pick: Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Platinum Edition by Aspyr. Currently 50% off in the Mac App Store. $4.99
Gaz’s App Pick: Did you know you can buy Machinarium in the Mac App store for £7.99? Well you can it’s a great classic game, if you haven’t played this game you must.
People’s Pick: From Troy Muller
APRIL FOOL’S! No really, those two April fools Gaz and Guy record the 600th MyMac Podcast and the whole center section is devoted to two very detailed emails from Serene Asassin. Plus hijinks and general tomfoolery AND (wait for it) a deeply enlightened and well written piece of drama at the very end. Sure, let’s go with that answer.
Guy’s App Pick: Well haven’t picked one of these for awhile so it’s Stupid Zombies by Game Resort. Free with in app purchases for Air Strikes to wipe out that last pesky undead creature.
Gaz’s App Pick: Doodle, it’s a calendar scheduling online and App, I came across it via Bart who uses it for his shows, well I have a load of friends who we periodically go out for a meal with, and finding out who’s available when is always a pain. But with Doodle I put in the dates send out the invites and Bob’s your uncle 🙂
It’s free to use the basic version, but to be honest that gives you all you need unless you need to get really clever in which case there are two options one at €29 or €49 a year. The link I’ve sent takes you directly to the costs page which also shows you thew difference to a paid version.
People’s Pick: From Elisa Pacelli in G+ Stupid Test 2014 $0.99
So even after nearly an entire show talking about good backup strategy, Guy manages to hose his main user account because he’s…Guy. They talk about that, new Apple stuff, and more bitterness with iPads going to 256GB of storage not all that long after Guy bought a 128GB iPad Pro.
Macstock Expo codes: MYMACSENTME
Guy’s App Pick: For budding podcasters that don’t want to spend a lot of time and money with gear and set up, take a look at Cast. You can bring in guests to also chat without using Skype or other VOIP services, they save files either together or separately, and have some basic post-editing (VERY basic) along with ways to drop in prerecorded ads and whatnot after the fact. Their plans start at $10 a month which gives you 10 hours of recording time, unlimited editing and storage, and an RSS feed. Also basic analytics
Gaz’s App Pick: Affinity Photo for Mac, Photo’s extensions and lots of photo editing goodness. 39.99 but it was on offer for a while at 29.99 so I grabbed it with my 20% vouchers I have in iTunes so it only cost me 24 gbp, see I told you keeping an eye out for the 20% iTunes vouchers is a good tip. But this is still a great App even at 39.99
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One day before the next Apple event and Gaz and Guy spend some time talking about what might be coming up. Then a completely different topic about how (or why) iOS could be the next big desktop OS for Apple…wait. What?
MacStock Expo codes: mymac20off (good through March and mymacbonus10 (only for the first ten people) and yes you can combine them.
Guy’s App Pick: Need a photo or image editor but don’t want to spend a lot of money on photoshop? How about zero dollars? As long as you don’t need adjustable bezier curves, check out Pixlr, an online editor.
Gaz’s App Pick: Took Mrs G to London on Saturday as it was our 28th Anniversary, we know London and where to go but I tried out an App called London Official City Guide By London & Partners Ltd. Found it quite good so if your taking a trip to London certainly check it out, it’s free.
So let’s get serious here, no wait it’s Guy and Gaz who don’t usually do serious. However they are talking about a serious subject which is backing up your Mac. You AREN’T backing up your Mac? Good God man Why? Also they get a Skype phone call AND an iTunes review in the same week!
Macstock Expo codes: mymac20off (good through March and mymacbonus10 (only for the first ten people) and yes you can combine them.
Guy’s App Pick: Call Recorder for Mac eCamm Software $30.
Gaz’s App Pick: iTubedownloader Free 1 day full featured Trial cost = $5.99
Soooo, yeah more Skype issues with Gaz (does his voice sound naturally deep to you too?) but the GMen don’t let it get in the way (much) with their interview with Mike Potter! Mike is not only the host of the For Mac Eyes Only podcast, but he’s also the creator of the Macstock Conference and Expo which will be taking place for round 2 on July 16th and 17th this year in Woodstock, Illinois. Guy WILL be there, Gaz MAY be there, will you?
So did you hear about the March Apple event? No? Probably because nothing has been announced yet. That didn’t stop the GMen from talking about it though with talk about Apple Watches, Mini iPad Pros, and a 4-inch iPhone that will most definitely be called…something.
So Apple is in a bit of a pickle these days. Seems everyone from the UK to New York to California wants them to create a way to break into iOS devices without the owner’s password. They want it SO bad they’re actually willing to quote an obscure 200+ year old law to do so. Because you know, the founding fathers were TOTALLY into smart phones.
Guy’s App Pick: Does everyone like kitties? Who DOESN’T like kitties? Well if you have a cat that is currently dominating your home (because that’s what cats do), do them a favor and try out this product. While not all cats like catnip, those that do will likely go nuts for a wrestle wrat. Both our cats loved the one we had which is why we’ve had to order a few more as they disemboweled our original one. Seriously this thing is like crack for cats. Ignore the late 90s/early aughts look of the website, this is a quality cat product. $7.00
Gaz’s App Pick: Use your keyboard to place your current app
Are there more stupid people these days? It seems the choices are:
2. The internet is better at finding them
3. Some people are so driven to be famous that they’ll do stupid things to be noticed.
And yes, the irony is not lost on the GMen. What isn’t stupid is signing for the Macstock Conference and Expo. So do that.
Guy’s App Pick: Endless Sky by um…endless sky? Well it’s free anyway. If you ever played Escape Velocity from Ambrosia Software, Endless Sky will seem oddly familiar and that’s a good thing.
Gaz’s App Pick: Iconic Iconic Mac App Free 🙂 Iconic creates beautiful custom folder icons that fit in perfectly with the standard OS X folder icons. Drag and drop a black and white image into Iconic and it will turn it into a folder icon for you. To add your new icon to a folder just drag and drop the folder into Iconic. It couldn’t be easier! Please note that Iconic attempts to create a folder icon that is in keeping with the built in icons, so using simple black shapes on a white or transparent background will give you the best results.
Guy is off to the wilds of Ohio to watch the Super Bowl with friends, so Gaz coerces James Turner of wooded.co.uk fame to do the podcast with. The usual stuff is talked about along with a discussion of what they would like to see Apple release or will they wait for something completely new?
We know Apple wants to bundle a selection of television channels, but what if they not only served the content, but owned it too? Guy and Gaz talk about this, as well as recent Apple financials (boring!), megasnowpocolypse (YAWN!), a Skype call (woo!), multiple languages (wha???), a some kind of malady affecting Guy (eww).
Guy’s App Pick: Quake 4. $19.99 on the Mac App Store. Quake has come a long way from it’s origins of essentially being a Doom Clone which is ironic since ID Software is the maker of both games and they both used the same graphics engine for a time. Still a great shoot-em-up even 10 years later.
Gaz’s App Pick: Not an App pick But an iPhone 6 6/s add-on!!!!
FINALLY got the show to under an hour but Skype problems and Virgin Media UK makes life hell for thee GMen. Hey why should it only be the listeners that have to suffer? The GMen also talk about the UK, New York, and now California initiatives to force mobile device makers to add a back door into our devices so they can see what stuff we’re doing. Sure, because how could THAT go horribly wrong?
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Guy’s App Pick: Full Deck Solitaire by GRL Games Free with in-app purchases
Gaz’s App Pick: Zeitraffer an alternative to Time-Lapse the App I used to use that now seems to have become well useless!
People’s Pick: Karl Madden Advent Mechanically Textured Edition. An iPhone case for a mere $1000. That’s right, for just $1000 this bumper could be yours. If you are in the market for such an item I also know of a bridge across the Thames that is for sale at a very reasonable price.
Well we lost some good people last week namely David Bowie and Alan Rickman but we don’t give in to being Under Pressure and turn to page 394. Sorry do podcast 589 anyway. Guy talks a bit about the Remix Mini he got last week and Gaz talks about trying to return his broken one. A few short topics in the middle section and we call it a show.
Don’t you just get tired of those “Best of” shows? Well the GMen decide to turn that around and instead talk about the worst from Apple in 2015. Boy, talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
Guy’s App Pick: Templates for Pages by Nobody $4.99
Gaz’s App Pick: Piano Tiles 2 (Don’t Tap The White Tile 2) Free some in App purchases but so far we haven’t needed them.
People’s Pick: Erick Diaz Not so much a pick, but a tip for those who have the iPhone 6S or 6S Plus. Inside any app, including the phone app while in a call, if you Force Touch the left side of the phone, and slide to the right, it invokes the app switcher. If Apple can, as I’ve seen in some patents, integrate the Touch ID sensor to the screen, the home button might be a thing of the past. Cool feature that I found today. Keep up the…whatever it is you call this thing you do.
So the holidays are upon us and how better to celebrate than an extra long podcast with crackly bits courtesy probably from Skype! Even though we said we wouldn’t. Fortunately we can blame Karl Madden from the Mac and Forth podcast who joined the GMen this week. They talk about Star Wars (of course) that Karl and Gaz has seen and Guy hasn’t. Also some stuff about malware and programs that might seem legit but probably aren’t. Ho-ho-ho!
Guy’s App Pick: Malwarebytes Antimalware free!
Gaz’s App Pick: Apples Notes App it’s great.
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IOS Notes tips
Karl’s App Pick:
Modern Combat 5 for Apple TV. Nimbus controller
People’s Pick: (586) Troy Muller: Just checking this one out at the moment to see if it’s useful. It unlocks my MacBook using the touchID on my iPhone 6, and locks it if I walk away from it automatically…. Currently Free 🙂
Well we finally get the whole 300th episode since Guy and Gaz took over blah, blah, blah so no more about that. Just in time to start hyping the 600th episode of the podcast so, yeah. Guy gets a new mixer, but don’t get too used to it, Gaz gets a new iMac, you can get used to that, Guy finally gets his iPad Pro…unless it’s just some clever mirage, but it’s Guy so he wouldn’t admit it anyway. The GMen eventually get around to 300, in a fashion, and lots of the stuff you listen to this show for. We apologize in advance.
Gaz has some family stuff going on and couldn’t make it this week, so Melissa Davis TheMacMommy agrees to subject herself to the terrors of doing a podcast with Guy. Still no iPad Pro for Guy since apparently AT&T wants to punish him because he’s, well Guy and because they can. Melissa is mad at Paula Poundstone because Paula thinks she knows something about tech (no), education (GOD no), and raising children (PLEASE GOD NO!). She also deploys a BILLON iPads (Melissa no Paula) which is probably closer to 28 than a billion. The 300th show will happen next week or whenever.
Guy’s App Pick: 1000 Miles by Emma Whan. Free with one in app purchase to fully unlock the game. If you’re a fan of the French card game Miles Borne you’ll enjoy this simple rendition.
Melissa’s App Pick: Recolor (so hard to pick just one) I also want to mention Grocery Gadget and Jigsaw Collection HD on iPad but I’ll save those for another time or maybe talk about them on a rant about responsible and beneficial tech use.
So WOULD Apple buy the rights to NFL games on Thursday nights and make them exclusive to the AppleTV? Guy and Gaz talk about this and other examples of how exclusive content has been used to entice people to buy hardware or services. That and all the usual nonsense that you’re used to hearing and for that they’re sorry.
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Gaz has now turned SIPS back on as I’m using the Beta version of Default Folder.
Someone using the Pencil
Guy’s App Pick: Air Madness by Fluik Entertainment. 99 cents on the Mac App Store
Gaz’s App Pick: Power Photo’s I had the original iPhoto Library manager and that was a really useful application, well Fat Cat’s newest incarnation Power Photo’s if you want to buy it now it’s $29.95 or it now costs $14.95 as an upgrade from the original IPLM when it first came out it was only really useful to import iPhoto libries but the app has moved on a bit now, and it can now merge Photo’s libraries, useful if you don’t subscribe to iCloud merging and use multiple machines, there are plenty of other features you can use, want to learn more? Go and download the trial version.