Archives for January 23rd, 2013

This week's show "Macworld Expo, NAMM and Apple Earnings"

Macworld Expo, NAMM and Apple Earnings

This week on Your Mac Life: "Macworld Expo, NAMM and Apple Earnings"

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A YML On-the-Fly Review of the Libratone.com Zipp Speaker

On YML just before Christmas, Shawn surprised Bill and Ian with an "On-the-Fly Review" of the very cool Libratone Zipp Speaker. The boys had fun playing with the speaker live on the air. This is the edited video of that review. We hope you enjoy it and, as always, please let us know what you think.

Archives for January 16th, 2013

This week's show "CBS, CNET and Journalistic Integrity"

CBS, CNET and Journalistic Integrity

This week on Your Mac Life: "CBS, CNET and Journalistic Integrity"

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Apple’s Next Battleground isn’t TV; it’s Web Services

Apple does hardware and software well, and it’s at the top of its game when it does them together. But when it comes to Web services, the company is a laggard, with an ever-lengthening conga line of missteps.

There are hands-down fiascos: MobileMe, Ping and Maps. And there are works in progress: Game Center, iTunes Match and iCloud. And all of them speak to a troubling deficiency that Apple just can’t seem to overcome. One that’s garnering increasingly more public scrutiny. One that, at its worst — say with the disastrous Maps debacle — shows up the company that prides itself on building the “magical and revolutionary” as fallible.

So, as the 2013 Apple rumor mill ramps up, and the prognosticators wonder whether the company’s product pipeline includes a television, a watch, or both, consider this: While Apple could likely use another disruptive innovation on which to build its continued success, what it really needs — crucially — is to do Web services well.

Sly's Website of the Week - January 9th, 2013

The new year starts out with, what else, something a little strange.
Scotch Tape: A Photo-series Of Taped Faces

“This is a photoseries called Scotch Tape by photographer Wes Naman. With the help of his assistant Joy Godfrey, the models’ faces are manipulated using Scotch tape. There’s a lot of squished noses and lips, stretched eyebrows, and smashed faces. The final product is pretty funny in a disturbing “Sweet Jesus burn it with fire!” sort of way, you know? Of course you know. You’ve already scrolled through all the pics and have proceeded to wash your eyeballs out with bleach. But that’s not gonna help. Oh no, those images are burned into your retinas. FOR ETERNITY. I… probably should have warned you about that.”

Toldja it was a little strange. ;-)

Archives for January 9th, 2013

This week's show "CES from the Inside and Out and Six Years of iPhones!"

CES from the Inside and Out and Six Years of iPhones!

This week on Your Mac Life: "CES from the Inside and Out and Six Years of iPhones!"

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The remarkably thin skinned Cult of Mac

Everyone who follows me on Twitter or listens to YML or who has met me in person knows what I think of the web site, Cult of Mac. Poorly designed, cluttered, bad, writing, awful copy editing, etc., etc., etc.

So it will not come as a shock to anyone that they may not be my biggest fan, either. I'm OK with that. But, when they start doing really stupid stuff is when it gets fun.

Yesterday, one of the mouth breathers at CoM posted a story about the single stupidest thing I've seen come out of CES so far - a Bluetooth enabled FORK. Yeah, it's as stupid as you imagine it to be.

So I commented on the post:

Today, I go back to the site to see if there are additional comments to be made and see this:

Poof...my post is gone. I tried to log in to see if that was the problem and got the "Permission Denied" message.

Now, don't get me wrong. It's their web site. they can do as they please. They can ban anyone as they see fit.

But banning someone just because they've said mean things about you on Twitter seems the height of childishness and petulance. But that's what I've come to expect from Cult of Mac - a web site full of bad writers who can't take criticism.

Archives for January 2nd, 2013

This week's show "Your First YML of 2013!"

Your First YML of 2013!

This week on Your Mac Life: "Your First YML of 2013!"

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Sly's Website of the Week - December 19th, 2012

This is kinda awesome and kinda long. :-)

From all of us at Your Mac Life to you and yours, our very best wishes for a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a Happy Kwanzaa! See you in 2013!*

*Well, that is if the Mayans were wrong. (And if not, been nice knowing ya.) ;-)

~ Sly

Archives for December 19th, 2012

This week's show "It's the last Your Mac Life show of 2012!"

It's the last Your Mac Life show of 2012!

This week on Your Mac Life: "It's the last Your Mac Life show of 2012!"

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Archives for December 12th, 2012

This week's show "Maps, 12/12/12 and Mac vs iPad!"

Maps, 12/12/12 and Mac vs iPad!

This week on Your Mac Life: "Maps, 12/12/12 and Mac vs iPad!"

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Viticci's Take on Twitterific vs Mine

Yesterday, the folks at The Iconfactory released the latest version of their iOS Twitter client, Twitterific. First of all, you've got to give props to any company still working on Twitter clients given what signals the folks at Twitter have been sending out. So I give The Iconfactory all the respect in the world for moving forward through all of that.

I read four or five reviews of the app and, as someone always on the look out for new/cool/interesting apps, I downloaded the (trial) OS X version and paid ($3) for the Universal iOS version.

I wish I hadn't.

Everyone has different needs and wants. I have some specific things in a Twitter client that I feel are necessary for me to use the application. Now, it can be argued whether or not those features are for "power users" or not. It's a moot point. They are features *I* want in an application.

The first thing I noticed in the Mac version was there was no support for viewing images in the timeline of your Twitter feed. Annoying but not a deal breaker. My preferred Mac Twitter client doesn't do it either. But the Mac version of Twitterific also doesn't do any kind of blocking or muting. That *is* a dealbreaker for me. I block and mute a *lot* of things and need that feature in order to use a Twitter client.

So, Twitterific for the Mac is out. I move over to the iOS version - and it doesn't those things either. And that's where my desire to use the app ended. If it doesn't have the functionality I want and need, there's no point going any further.

Make no mistake, the iOS version is a very "pretty" application. The Iconfactory describes it as "a simply beautiful way to tweet". That's all well and good but I prefer functionality over beauty.

Tim Cook: "Apple will make Macs in the USA". Not exactly....

So everyone got all excited because Tim Cook, in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, said, "Next year we are going to bring some production to the U.S. on the Mac."

As usual, the Tech Media, in its haste to "get it first", don't see the whole story. Later in the same interview, Cook said, "This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people..."

What does that mean? Well, when you look at this story, Foxconn Plans American Expansion, it seems pretty obvious that Apple's China manufacturing partner will become their US based partner, too.

And what machines will get the "Built In the USA" label? Some speculate the iMac would be but Apple will start small and ramp up. The Mac Pro seems to be the more likely candidate.

Archives for December 5th, 2012

This week's show "The Daily and Christmas Shopping!"

The Daily and Christmas Shopping!

This week on Your Mac Life: "The Daily and Christmas Shopping!"

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Archives for November 28th, 2012

This week's show "Christmas Shopping and helping New Users!"

Christmas Shopping and helping New Users!

This week on Your Mac Life: "Christmas Shopping and helping New Users!"

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Gene Munster's Apple TV Predictions And Data Are Seriously Flawed

If you had to pick one person that is the most outspoken advocate of Apple’s still non-existent all-in-one Apple TV, it would have to be Piper Jaffray Wall Street analyst Gene Munster.

For more than three years now, Gene’s been very vocal in predicting that Apple is getting ready to release an Apple TV set. The moment he says anything about the device, many people in the media make it into their lead story, even though to date, he’s yet to be right about any of his Apple TV predictions. While I don’t know Gene personally, and for all I know he’s one of the nicest guys in the world, I don’t understand why anyone listens to him when he’s been predicting the same thing, year after year, with no results to show for it.

Interview with Paul Scandariato, Doxie One

Paul Scandariato is the Vice President of Marketing for Apparent Software, makers of the very cute and very useful Doxie line of "personal scanners". They have just announced their latest model, the Doxie One and Paul sat down with YML to talk about it.

Click here to listen the interview with Paul Scandariato about the Doxie One.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so 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 let us know what you think!

Interview with Ken Segall on Skeuomorphism

"Skeuomorphism" is a word you may have heard about and you've certainly expereinced it even if you don't know what it means (or how to say it).

Ken Segall is a former creative director of Apple ad agency TBWA/Chiat/Day and the author of "Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success". He recently wrote an article titled The great skeuomorphism misunderstanding and joined Your Mac Life to talk about the issue.

FYI: This is the same interview that was played on this past week's full Your Mac Life show.

Click here to listen the interview with Ken Segall on skeuomorphism.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so 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 let us know what you think!

Segall on Skeuomorphism and Schray on iPad mini cases!

This week on Your Mac Life: "Segall on Skeuomorphism and Schray on iPad mini cases!"

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Archives for November 21st, 2012

This week's show "Segall on Skeuomorphism and Schray on iPad mini cases!"

Sly's Website of the Week - November 14th, 2012

I'm not sure this could get any weirder.

"Visitors to the Restroom Cultural Park in the southern city of Suwon (South Korea) can learn fun facts about human poo and look around a toilet-themed art gallery."

Sign me up! Uh...not. :-)

Toilet Theme Park

(Disclaimer: There may be some language that people may find objectionable...IT'S NOT OUR FAULT!) :-)

Archives for November 14th, 2012

This week's show "iPad mini reviews, Winer and Apple Store Riches!"