Category Archives: Reviews

Book Review: Talking to Siri Learning the Language of Apple’s Intelligent Assistant (2nd Edition)

Like many iPhone users, Siri was cool at the beginning but I quickly got bored with her and couldn’t really figure out how best to utilize this tool–until I read this book. Siri is all about asking the right questions and phrasing your requests properly and this book shows you how.  This isn’t about silly games such as “Open the pod bay doors” but powerful syntax to utilize all the functions available to you. Each chapter examines a different area in which Siri can help…

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Book Review: Mac Kung Fu

by Dave Greenbaum While the Mac is generally perfect as is with its intuitive interface and easy to understand menus and help screens, a group of Mac users simply want more out of their systems. They know the Mac can do more, but can’t quite figure out what they need. Similarly, the Mac has annoyances and quirks a user has learned to live with, but might like the Mac even more if they could only change some aspect of how it works. This book is…

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Freshly Squeezed Reviews: I Saw Sparqs

By Frank Petrie Product: ZAGGsparq 6000 Author: ZAGG <www.zagg.com> Requirements: AC outlet; USB2 wires Price: $99.99 Test Rig: 2010 MBP 13-inch, OS X 10.8.2, 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD Because I mainly write articles and reviews for a living, I tend to do most of my work down at the coffee shop. So as a result, my iPad is pretty much my go to device. Although I do use my iPhone quite often for news/weather/communications. And actually, the rundown of power can catch me unawares. Anyone…

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Three for One, the ōlloclip

Freshly Squeezed Reviews by Frank Petrie Author: ōlloclip http://www.olloclip.com/ Price: $69.99 Requirements: iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S Test Rig: iPhone 4S, 32GB In the 60s the average Joe was introduced to filmmaking thanks to the Hi-8 camera. There were no effects (unless you were completely methodical in your planning and willing to invest the time) and titles were created on felt message boards with plastic lettering. In the 80s, with the advent of the VCR, VHS recorders afforded budding filmmakers the opportunity to create projects…

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Daisy, Daisy, Clean Up My Disk, Please Do…

  Product: DaisyDisk 2.1.1 http://daisydiskapp.com Author: DaisyDisk Team Price: $9.95USD; on website and at the App Store Requirements: MacOS X 10.6 or later Test Rig: 2009 MBP 13″, OS X 10.7.4, 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD As technology progresses, so does the way that we interact with our software. The user interfaces of our apps are becoming more iconic. Interesting really, as humankind began communicating through drawings on cave walls (sometime before last Thursday). So, ironically, as the tech becomes more sophisticated, our interaction with it…

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Freshly Squeezed Review: PDFpen for iPad

by Frank Petrie PRODUCT: PDFpen for iPad AUTHOR: Smile, Inc. PRICE: $9.99 REQUIREMENTS: iOS 5 or later TEST RIG: iPad2; 32 GB, Wi-Fi I’m heavily into the concept of the paperless office. And once I get all of these files and bills off of my desktop, I swear I’ll begin. I have to. My daughter is heavy into minimalism and keeps lecturing me. Plus I bought the Take Control eBook about creating a paperless office. I have made some inroads. I’ve broken the habit of…

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