Category Archives: Reviews

Software Review: Newsbar for Mac and iOS

By Dave Greenbaum, Click Here Tech Newsbar fills a key gap in RSS readers left by the demise of Google Reader: Ubiquitous synchronization of your content and read items. Newsbar has a Mac OS and an iOS client (sold separately) that uses iCloud to synchronize among devices. If you are logged into iCloud on the device, you’ve got your news items and the read, unread and starred items are synced. Other solutions use a hybrid web and app solution but Newsbar creates a full app…

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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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