Macworld|iWorld Interview with Patrick O'Neill, CEO of olloclip

DSLRs are great but bulky and cumbersome. The iPhone is a wonderful camera phone but you often find yourself wishing for some of the features and abilities of a DSLR. olloclip to the rescue!

The olloclip is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone 4/4S that includes fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses in one small, convenient package that easily fits in your pocket. I spoke to Patrick O'Neill, CEO of olloclip, about the product and even "convinced" him to give Macworld|iWorld showgoers a Show Special! You're welcome. :)

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Jason Palmer of Epson

Projectors have come a long way since they were too big to carry and needed a team of A/V geeks to operate.

Epson has been a leader in projection technology for both business and home and their latest model, the MegaPlex MG-850HD, carries on the tradition. We spoke to Epson's Senior Marketing Manager for Home Theater, Jason Palmer, about the features of the new model and found out they will be torture testing it in the Moscone Center for the rest of the week.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Paul Scandariato, Doxie Go + Wi-Fi

Scanning has always been a tedious process but the folks at Doxie are trying to make it easier and even fun.

We spoke to Paul Scandariato, Vie President of Marketing for the Doxie Go + Wi-Fi scanner just announced at the 2012 Macworld|iWorld. It's available now on the show floor and they even have special pricing for you those lucky enough to be at the Moscone Center. But, buy it fast - I predict they won't last long!

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Apple Earnings and Macworld|iWorld

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Apple Earnings and Macworld|iWorld!

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Macworld|iWorld Interview with Christa Taylor about Sort Shots and Photo Folder

Ahead of Macworld|iWorld, we've done some interviews with companies who will be on the show floor. First up is Christa Taylor who talks to us about to apps for your iOS devices - Sort Shots and Photo Folder.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Does it make sense for the Apple TV to become a DVR too?

This week, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent that appears to address the possibility of the Apple TV gaining DVR capabilities. This would mean, in a DVR user's fantasy world, that the Apple TV would gain the ability to look up TV listings and allow the user to choose which shows to record that are coming over broadcast or cable. The specific patent in question is more related to the organization of episodic TV shows, but it does describe menu items that would "correspond to television shows that have either been recorded from a broadcast or purchased from a content provider."

It's that line that has spurred Apple watchers to speculate that Apple may, in fact, add DVR capabilities to the Apple TV sometime in the near future. But aside from the fact that many concepts patented by Apple never see the light of day, we wondered: does it even make sense at this point in time to consider adding this feature?

Pixelmator 2.0

Pros:
A wealth of tools and features, Clean and fluid interface, Robust brush support (Photoshop brush compatible), Illustrator-style vector pen and shape tools, Support for OS X Lion Auto Save and Versions., Export to Mail, iPhoto, and other apps/services, Fresh filters and clever filter interface

Cons:
No adjustment or fill layers, Vector shapes cannot be filled with gradients, Palettes do not snap/dock together

Without Action, SOPA Protests preach to the Choir

Follow the links on the blacked out sites, and learn all you can about SOPA and PIPA. If you agree that the bills go too far, or even threaten the freedom and future of the Internet, take action. Call your representative, call your senators, and call the White House. Share your support with friends and family, and convince them to research the issue and take action as well.

If you visit Wikipedia or Craigslist today, and you tacitly nod your head in agreement with the cause while silently being annoyed that you can’t access Wikipedia or Craigslist, the effort is wasted.

Archives for January 18th, 2012

This week's show "Apple Announcement and Trade Shows, Big and Small"

Apple Announcement and Trade Shows, Big and Small

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Apple Announcement and Trade Shows, Big and Small

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com and available on your desktop, iPhone and iPad! You can watch the show live from anywhere at this URL:
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The Other Side of SOPA and PIPA

Don’t get me wrong. I’m utterly against the proposed U.S. legislation known as SOPA — the House of Representatives’ Stop Online Piracy Act — and its sibling PIPA — the Senate’s Protect IP Act — for all the reasons that Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, outlines in his blog post about why the Media Lab has officially come out against these insanely overwrought bills. In short, these bills enable the content industry to upgrade its weapon for fighting copyright infringement from a tiring-to-wield club to a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile that would cause far more collateral damage than can possibly be warranted by the offense.

But while I cannot support SOPA and PIPA in any way, I wanted to provide a perspective generally lacking in these discussions — that of a tiny publishing company whose ebooks are regularly used without permission.

The best way to run Windows on your Mac

Despite the Mac's recent gains in market share, Windows is still the dominant operating system, especially in businesses. That means there may be times when you need to run the Microsoft OS: perhaps there’s an application your company uses that’s only available for Windows, or you’re a web developer and you need to test your sites in a true native Windows web browser. Or maybe you want to play computer games that aren’t available for OS X. Whatever your reason for running Windows, there are a number of ways your Mac can do it for you.

The MacBook air turns Four Years Old Today

Four years ago today, Apple introduced the MacBook Air, then the world's thinnest notebook. It was Steve Jobs's last Macworld appearance and the next to last Macworld keynote for Apple.

The presentation is a classic Steve Jobs performance. The keynote has his usual smooth delivery, a genuine enthusiasm for the product, and a healthy dose of showmanship.

Archives for January 11th, 2012

This week's show "The iPhone's 5th Anniversary and CES"

Why You can Ignore CES: The Great Tablet Hype

The Consumer Electronics Show takes place every year in Las Vegas, and each year, everyone complains. There are so many vendors and announcements -- and yet when you look more closely, all you see is pointillist marketing nonsense. Does the show really have any larger significance for those interested in technology? Because it seems that if you ignore the news from the show, you don't seem any less wise down the line.

Well, here's a test case. Let's say you paid close attention last year to the tablets that were hyped at the show. How important have they turned out to be, one year on?

We broke down the trajectories of 17 tablets from CES 2011. In the final tally, I think you could say one is a qualified success (the Asus Eee Pad Transformer), one did OK (the Motorola XOOM), and several flopped (Dell Streak, RIM Playbook) or made no impact (Coby Kyrus, Cydle M7 Multipad, Naxa NID-7001). Nine never were heard from again.

The iPhone's 5th Anniversary and CES

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: The iPhone's 5th Anniversary and CES

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We Take for granted What has already been Invented


A lot of tech blogs have been linking to videos of Apple’s 2007 keynote, during which the iPhone was revealed. It’s worth watching it if you’ve time, not only to see one of the finest Steve Jobs keynotes (he was in great form that day), but also to remind yourself of just what happened in 2007.

Remember what smartphones were like in 2007, and how annoying and fiddly they were to use. It’s telling when you watch the various Jobs reveals; the audience gasps in astonishment and is genuinely thrilled by the iPhone’s various gestures, such as slide-to-unlock and pinch-zoom. This isn’t the usual ‘Steve said something so we must cheer’ that often went on at Apple events—this is genuine excitement at something new, something different, and something revolutionary.

Tablets: What Amazon and Apple know that all the CES tablet peddlers are still missing

Takeaway: Tablets are everywhere again at CES 2012, but none of them combine the two big reasons why Apple and Amazon tablets have succeeded.

...the problem with Android tablets isn’t a time or maturity issue. It’s that Google and all of its hardware partners are playing the wrong game and they haven’t realized it yet.

The iPhone: Five Years Later...

At this point, sadly, we’ve seen all the Steve Jobs presentations we’re ever going to see. As far as I’m concerned, the 2007 introduction of the iPhone is the definitive Steve Jobs presentation. It’s the one that people will reference for as long as Steve Jobs is remembered.

Catching up with Apple – This Year's CES Theme

CES hasn’t even started, but after sitting through various pre-show press conferences and meetings, one thing is clear: Apple is casting a very long shadow on this show. And many of the products I have seen have been various implementations of something Apple has already brought to market.

Sly's Website of the Week - January 4th, 2012

First, Happy New Year to all the listeners of Your Mac Life and welcome to a brand new year of Website of the Week.

Starting us off this year is a simple yet cool website of the week that slowly eases us back into the swing of things.

Remember musical chairs? Well how about Musical Squares.

Try spelling out your name (I did!) or not. Whatever pattern works for you. But fair warning, it can become addictive.

*Note our winner may see that it's not the same URL as was submitted....for some reason, the URL wasn't coming up for me at work so I had to find another site that hosted this. Same bat-game, different bat-channel. ;-)

Enjoy.

~Sly

Archives for January 4th, 2012

This week's show "The First Show of 2012!"

The First Show of 2012!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: The First Show of 2012!

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10 Good Minutes with Jim Dalrymple on Commenting

On today's The Loop, Jim Dalrymple posted a story called "Disagreements and comments". I found it interesting if only because I'm a big fan of a web site that has a well run commenting system.

Jim agreed to do 10 good minutes with his thoughts on commenting in general and on The Loop specifically.

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No Details are still available for Product Apple is possibly Planning or Making

According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, there are still no details available about a revolutionary new product that Apple has long been rumoured to be working on, which might be an upgrade to the Apple TV, an actual television with Apple TV integrated, or something else entirely, perhaps.

Apple executives have reportedly met with media company executives, with the intention of getting industry support for whatever bold new initiative is possibly coming out of Cupertino, although they might have just been getting together for a meal, or some coffee.

A Good Smartphone comes but once a Year

Take a look at Apple's phone releases versus HTC's since the start of 2010, plotted over time...

Archives for December 21st, 2011

This week's show "The Last Show of 2011!"

The Last Show of 2011!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: The Last Show of 2011!

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Santa and Siri

Archives for December 14th, 2011

This week's show "2nd Biggest Apple Story this Year and Listener Emails"

Your Mac Life is *NOT* live this evening - Ian and Bill had Holiday commitments so Shawn flew solo this show!

We'll be back with the live show next Wednesday.