MyMac Podcast 541: Private Matters

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Gaz and Guy are in rare form this time around…or maybe not, who can tell? They go into some of the buzz surrounding various governments talking about safe keys to private messaging because we all know that there’s no way if they could do it that no one else could…right? Right?

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Guy’s App Pick : Audio Hijack Pro 3 from Rogue Amoeba. $49 or $25 upgrade. If you work with audio on your Mac in any way, this should be something you have. Awesome new interface
Gaz’s Pick: Argh it’s a Microsoft product, but just hang on a minute you might find this quite useful :)
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks Enter MailSteward. I pointed it at my four email accounts that are configured in OS X/Mail and said get me everything before 2007. Done. “I found 147 emails, 32 duplicates.” And there they were. Listable, searchable and looking like real email again.

MyMac Podcast 540: Scummy Scammers

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Gas is away this week so Jodi Spangler from Lakeshore Mac steps in to talk about the types of scams some people try to pull on her clients. Gas
did phone in a Gaz’s tip so officially the is STILL a GMen show!

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Guy’s App Pick : MyFitnessPal Free!
Gaz’s Pick: Well although I’m not here I thought I’d send in the fact that I’ve been using the Apple Maps App, and as Guy is recording this show it should be helping me drive home after guiding me to the places I’ve visited in Belgium. There again I might be having a rant so watch this space :)
Jodi’s Pick: Vidgets: This free iOS 8 App takes advantage of Notification Center and actually gives it some functionality. Once you install it from the App store you can quickly and easily choose functions like weather, barometer, battery usage, memory usage, altitude, sunrise, sunset and much more. What ever you select within the App becomes available in Notification Center with a quick downward swipe. Even from the lock screen. Get it here:
People’s Pick: Erick Diaz B
Chrome Remote Desktop released yesterday for iOS. Universal app. Free remote connection to mac, pc, Linux. You install an extension in chrome on the computer, allow it to control it, set a passcode or password and you have unlimited computers as far as I know. Works perfectly. And it’s free.

MyMac Podcast 539: Hobbits beaten by Windows

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Peter Jackson couldn’t do it, Tolkien himself couldn’t do it, but Microsoft could and did. They stopped the Hobbits…temporarily anyway. Guy and Gaz finish their discussion on the best time to buy Apple stuff and so much more.

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Guy’s App Pick : ArtText 2 by Belight Software $19.99
Gaz’s Pick: Diptic both in the Mac and IOS App stores, basically create one image from multiple images within a set of frames. £0.79 with in app purchases for IOS not required and not bad prices to be honest.
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People’s Pick: Rob Rait
Serial Podcast. This is like a serialised docu-drama about a murder 15 years ago where the narrator of the podcast is investigating the circumstances of the case. Still ongoing so I’ve no idea whether they’ll find the convicted perpetrator innocent or not. Gripping stuff :-)

This is the podcast that has had the media going on about the re-birth of podcasting. Apparently it was the fastest growing podcast on iTunes ever.

 

MyMac Podcast 538: Buy it now or wait?

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With the holidays firmly in the rear mirror, Gaz and Guy are back to their usual shenanigans. This time they discuss the best time to buy that new shiny iPod or iOS device.

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Guy’s App Pick : iFiles by Imagam. $3.99 at the iOS App Store. Supports a lot of different Cloud services including DropBox, Google Drive, iCloud, and whatever the heck Microsoft is calling their cloud service this week.
Gaz’s Pick: Doug’s Scripts
People’s Pick: Andrew Dickinson Hopstop iOS app. Perfect for transportation in most major US cities. Allison mentioned on Nosillacast as well.

MyMac Podcast 537: The “Un” Interview

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So while Gaz is off spending time with his family, Karl Madden from the Mac & Forth Podcast was kind enough to fill in much to his later regret. They talk about their holidays,the Console Christmas hacks, and Kim Jong Un the Glorious Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or as we more commonly know it as…the bat&*#$ crazy Korea. Oh and Guy calls hackers bad names because he can.

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Guy’s App Pick : Roller Coaster 3 Tycoon from the Mac App Store $19.99
Karl’s Pick: Workflow by DeskConnect? $2.99/£1.99 –
People’s Pick: Serenak Assassin

Minbox.com – great free to use send unlimited size files (ok so Mail can do that now on Yosemite.. but I don’t like or use Mail) Copy.com (Dropbox type service that gives you a lot more space for free). The charge station I just got for review… awesome item http://bit.ly/1rFONWL. Skype – not new, not cool, but what would we do without it? My favourite podcast catchers Downcast on iOS and Podkicker on Android (both simple and elegant and do exactly what I want). Not much of a games guy but I just love Hillclimb racer… silly, no need to use the IAPs and has that “one more try” factor.

MyMac Podcast 536: Merry Whatevers or BAAA Humbug!

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It’s Christmas (or name your preferred holiday title here) and the GMen are grateful for your continued support and downloads. It’s makes them confused but regardless they do appreciate it. All the usual stuff, plus Christmas tales from years past so enjoy!

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It’s the longest day EVER! Or is it? Vox.com
Guy’s App Pick : Piezo by Rouge Amobea. $14.99 from the Mac App Store. Record nearly any audio from any program (except Safari which is weird)
Gaz’s Pick: Flixster
People’s Pick:
Troy Muller: Just picked up ProCam 2 to try my hand at some more serious camera settings with the ability to save in TIFF format. My intention is to be able to enlarge photos for printing without losing too much detail. I had the first ProCam, which I kind of treated just as a novelty really, but this new version has a lot more to keep me interested.

MyMac Podcast 535: The 250th GMen Show

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Can you believe that nearly 5 years ago, Gaz and Guy started their version of the MyMac Podcast! Can you believe that Tim hasn’t wrestled away the show back from? We sure can’t. However it wouldn’t be a MyMac anniversary show without at least SOMETHING going wrong and sure enough, Guy’s SoundBoard program is somehow hosed. Didn’t stop the GMen though as they finished the conversation they started last week about PC to Mac switchers. Don’t forget about their Bumper contest with as yet undefined prizes! Or as yet undefined length!

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Guy’s App Pick : Parallels 10 by Parallels $79.99 new or a $49.99 upgrade from version 8 or 9
Gaz’s Pick: Insanity! particularly app(lly) named for this show.
People’s pick: VainGlory Fantastic game: 3vs3. Was featured in the iPhone keynote. Graphics are terrific. Free to play.

MyMac Podcast 534: So why Switch? (Part 1)

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A quiet week filled with no drama beside house burglaries, busted MacBook Pros, and Uni’s that want to close down schools. The GMen begin a multi-part discussion of why people switch from PCs to Macs and we have a new contest! YEAH!

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Apple’s Mac comparison table
Guy’s App Pick : No app picks from the GMen this week so we could talk about the contest
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People’s pick: Serenak Assassin likes Instacast and wonders why they’re all called xxxxcast? FREE!

MyMac Podcast 533: How did Apple Survive? (Part 2)

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Gaz has trouble with Pages, iMac and Mac Pro envy, and Guy just has…trouble. They talk about Apple coming back from near death and how in the second section and generally there’s just more GMen tomfoolery on both sides.

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Guy’s App Pick: Apple’s very own “Grab” program. Nothing to buy or link to since it’s built in the Mac OS and lives in the Utilities folder. Can’t remember the keyboard shortcuts to do screen or window captures? Grab makes it easy.
Gaz’s Pick: Hyperlapse from Instagram free IOS Pick

MyMac Podcast 532: How did Apple Survive? (Part 1)

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Gaz is mad at Apple and iTunes and Guy is mad at McIntosh County. Guy can’t manage to spend money with TMobile for an iPhone 5 and Gaz’s daughter has a lovely voice. What you can’t see how this all ties in with Apple?

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Guy’s App Pick: eCamm’s Skype Recorder $29.95. Not just for how well it works in recording Skype calls and messages, but for the great tools they include for splitting the calls and converting them into other formats.
Gaz’s Pick: Not Bloody iTunes! Selfish You tube Link

MyMac Podcast 531: But it involves goats!

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Goats? Yes…goats. We’re not “kidding”. Deal with it. Most of the past technical issues seems to be dealt with, though we’ve all thought that before haven’t we? The GMen give a lecture on what NOT to do when updating and how to clean up iTunes after CERTAIN people who may or may not be on this podcast thoroughly hosed his library.

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MyMac Podcast 530: Next Week will be AMAZING!

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Guy updates to Yosemite which turns out to NOT be a great idea since his recording layout got hosed. Gas is in top form however and teases Guy about his lack of having SoundBoard by using…well…SoundBoard. They talk about Microsoft 365 and options available free or otherwise and it turns out that the more expensive option could be the best one.

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Guy’s App Pick: Duplicate Detective by FIPLAB ($2.99). Drop a folder on it and watch it find the duplicates. Then watch as it deletes them for you. That’s about all it does but it does it well.
Gaz’s Pick: Rambling’s Podcast BBC with Clare Balding.
People’s Pick: From Serenak (twitter) how about the Open University free Introduction to Cyber Security MOOC here

MyMac Podcast 529: Quick Thoughts

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Guy is back from the Sunshine State and quickly makes up for lost giggles as he and Gaz discuss CurrentC, GamerGate, Dead Product lines, and why speeding through Georgia at the end of the month is just a bad idea.

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Guy’s App Pick: Angry Birds Transformers by Rovio More than meets the eye.
Gaz’s Pick: Numbers and iCloud/iCloud drive yay it’s working now :) Free with New Mac’s if you don’t have it it costs 13.99 gbp ot $19.99
People’s Pick: From Mark Sheppard (twitter)
I pick the iOS app called Clips. Clipboard on steroids. Works as a:
1. Notifications widget
2. Share extension
3. Keyboard 4. App

MyMac Podcast 528: Apple’s Cash Machine

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Guy’s still in Florida? No probe for Gaz as he gets Karl Madden from the Mac & Forth Podcast to join him. They talk about Apple’s fiscal year and their seemingly unstoppable cash generating machine

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Gaz’s Tip: ctrl + eject brings up a submenu to put the Mac to sleep
ctrl + shift + eject instantly puts the Mac to sleep
cmd + Option (alt) + power instantly also instantly puts the Mac to sleep (for MacBooks)
Now to add a message to the lock screen you can
Right if you go to the Security & Privacy preference pane, then under the General tab, you then tick the checkbox Show a message when the screen is locked and add your message. I don’t think the message shouldn’t be longer than about 200 so make your message short and sweet.
Guy’s App Pick: Who cares he’s not here.
Gaz’s Pick: Can’t help myself Yosemite
Karl’s Pick: City Planner from Karl for the IOS
Karl’s Pick Tip Pick: Camera+ Via the IOS App Store.
People’s Pick: From MacTopics over Twitter both for the Mac and IOS devices
£23.99 UK €29.99 Euro $42.99AUD & $33.99 For the Mac Version
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MyMac Podcast 527: Apple Event (Mini Minimised)

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Guy is enjoying himself somewhere in the State of Florida this week and just gives Gaz time to recompose himself, and a recent guest has kindly accepted the invitation back on. YAY TheMacMommy. Sad Face Gaz as he thinks this might be the last Mac Mini he buys, well we all know like that’s going to be the case ;) Not updated to YoSeme yet, not because of all the issues, hang on what issues ;) but because of time. We will get back to the event later.

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MyMac Podcast 526: Bose gets the hose on the nose

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Beats? Bose? Which one is better or right in this current cat fight? Audiophilles don’t care for either one but the GMen look at the issue and soon decide they wish they had talked about something else. Guy takes the long way home in upgrading a friend’s laptop and they both are very excited about the next Apple event. New Macs? Maybe!

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Guy’s App Pick: FiLMiC Pro by Cinegenix. $4.99 in the iTunes app store. Awesome addition to filming video with your iPhone with great features like focus and exposure locks, speeded up and slow motion, three different aspect ratios as well as frame rates, audio options, many different uploaded options and a lot more. If you shoot video with your iPhone, this the the app you want to shoot it with.

Gaz’s Pick: IMDB Always useful whether you use the web or the IOS app versions the database has all you need for for buffs. Free

Bonus Mini Motor Racing for the Mac £1.99 or $2.99

People’s Pick: From Erick Diaz
Since getting the iPhone 6 (and now lusting for the Plus) I’ve been taking advantage of the bigger screen with some games I used to ignore. This is one of them, and the graphics are insane. When these guys rewrite the game using Metal (the Apple framework, not the music) this will look even more like a console game on iOS.

Real Racing 3 by Electronic Arts

MyMac Podcast 525: Vegemite Sandwich? No Yosemite Sandwich!

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The GMen attempt to answer the question, “Can an Operating System be put between two slices of bread?” Well, they really don’t because it’s a stupid question, but they do talk about how to prepare for Yosemite and whether or not it’s a good idea to do that full clean system install.

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Guy’s App Pick: Moviestorm by Moviestorm $225 at moviestorm.co.uk 3D animation package that the developers call a video sketch tool. It’s not easy to use and the interface takes some getting used to, but you can essentially make your characters come to life. Amazing results. Check out the website for examples of what some others have done.

Gaz’s Pick: Al ink sent in Google by Alister Jenks all about why your WiFi might not be as fast as you’d like, good read.
I’ve said it before I’ll say it again Preview, is an underrated and utilised application that comes free with your Mac. You can open PDF documents and make some basic changes like adding a speech bubble or just plain old text, highlighting a section with a rectangle or an oval, you may not know that you can even make some basic colour adjustments and make image size adjustments and I know that I’ve told you about adding a signature before, just open an image in preview and may be have a play.

I’ve dropped a link in the show notes from a site that talks about using Preview to edit your photo’s

People’s Pick:
From Erick Diaz Two people’s picks for iOS 8: Asphalt8. Free with in-app purchases, and take advantage of all the latest graphics. Looks like console games on iOS.

MyMac Podcast 524: Bend it like Beckham

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Melissa Davis takes a chance in joining the GMen for an episode. Many tried to warn her against it, but she just didn’t believe them. They have a long talk about iPhone bending as well as iCloud issues, Family Sharing SNAFU’s, and general all around recent Apple problems. Doesn’t sound like much fun, but they manage to turn every issue into rainbows and sunshine! Well, they laughed a lot about it anyway.

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Guy’s App Pick: VideoGIF from PearlMountain Technology. $4.99 in the Mac App Store. Trim existing video or create your own with your webcam. Add text, determine how long you want it to be and post it in you favorite social media sites.
Gaz’s App Pick: Couch to 5K. Want to start running, want to back back into running well this podcast, Mrs G has found it great to get into some running with out making it a chore.
Mellisa’s App Pick: “How To Make An iPhone Wallet
NewerTech NuGuard KX
iROO Pouch
People’s Pick:
From Erick Diaz: Asphalt 8 free with in-app purchases, and takes advantage of all the latest graphics. Looks like a console game on iOS.

MyMac Podcast 523: Sad Face

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The sound is good, the time is right, but it’s still the same GMen. Messages somehow confuses my son Peter AND Dave Hamilton for Apple. Yeah, I don’t get it either. The GMen are back to using Google Docs because Apple’s Pages and iCloud is completely hosed and they have a discussion about the many missteps lately from everyone’s (or maybe a few people anyway) favorite electronics company.

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Guy’s App Pick: Time Machine. For probably the first time ever, a file got lost for me. It was a Canon MTS MPEG file that I tried to convert using a different program. Not only did it NOT convert, it made the file disappear. Time Machine went back in time (without those pesky morlocks) and put it back.
Gaz’s App Pick: ANTI PICK DON’T USE ICLOUD IT’S BIG FAIL :( OK that was because I’m upset I recently bought a pinball game for the iPad called PINBALL HD costs £1.49 and there are further in app purchases for more boards, this gives you 3 open boards but does give you access to a restricted board where you’ll need to buy the inApp purchase to access full functionality

MyMac Podcast 522: Shawn King just takes the fun out of everything

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Guy can’t leave well enough alone and has (yet again) changed his recording setup. This was nearly a disaster which means that even MORE changes are afoot (so give him a hand…gold clap). Shawn King comes on to talk to the GMen about all the new Apple stuff, the death of Macworld as a print magazine, and Canadian Football…wait really?

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Guy’s App Pick: Netflix app for iOS
Gaz’s Pick: Wind Tunnel Pro
People’s Pick Mini Review: From Michael Cassel
Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac
Pro’s:
Rechargeable!!!
It’s flat.
Supports all Apple gestures etc.
Slightly larger surface area.
As sensitive as the Apple version
Con’s:
May appear to be slightly less sensitive – but it isn’t

Simply in terms of the angle alone he prefers this to my Apple trackpad. All the functionality is there too.