PowerPage Podcast Episode 156 – Say Hello to the new iPad

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2012, 18:45
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Episode 155 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. In this episode Rob and I discuss the new retina iPad, 1080p Apple TV and iPhoto for iOS.

Here’s what’s on our Macs (and iOS devices):

Jason

  • CloudFTP ($99) – A small, battery-powered appliance that acts as a surrogate USB port for your iDevices (my video review).
  • iPhoto for iOS ($5, App Store) – Powerful and beautiful photo editor for the iPhone and iPad.

Rob

  • Tweetbot ($2.99 each, App Store) – Incredibly full featured, intuitive, beautiful Twitter client for iPhone and iPad

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 155 – iPad 3 starts to get real

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2012, 21:27
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Episode 155 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (36.2 MB, AAC).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics:

In this epsiode we discuss the iPad 3 event on March 7 and how iPad apps like Photoshop Touch signal the maturing of the platform. And of course, we play “What’s on your Mac?”

Some of the things that we discussed:

What else could Apple announce on March 7? (some possibilities)

  • Totally revamped iTunes Store
  • AppleTV with 1080p
  • Movie downloads and rentals in 1080p
  • Smaller 8-inch iPad

An iPad 3 ‘Retina Display’ Comparison Graphic gives some perspective to how spacious the iPad 3′s rumored 2048 x 1536 display is compared to a 1920 x 1080 Blu-Ray and the 1024 x 768 panel in the iPad and iPad 2. (Courtesy: MacRumors)

Just for the record, the iPad 3′s retina display will be four times the resolution of the iPad 2 — not “twice!” (3,145,728 pixels vs. 786,432)

The Best Time to Sell Your iPad 2 Is Now details the price decline of the original iPad after the iPad 2 was announced. (Courtesy: Mainstreet.com)

iPad software is starting to mature, witness:

Here’s what’s on our Macs (and iOS devices):

Jason

Rob

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Appearance: PPUG meets Saturday in Philadelphia

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2011, 20:47
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http://thescene.s3.amazonaws.com/pics/bar/2/51481/profile/1205061797294_272.jpgThe Philadelphia PowerBook User Group (PPUG) meets this Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Manayunk Brewing Company along the beautiful Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA.

At PPUG we like to survey the mobile technology landscape and review the latest in Apple and mobile gear.

I’ll be at Saturday’s meeting with Bob Snow, Youngmoo Kim and David Berg to talk about the new Mid-2011 MacBook Air and Mac mini but mostly about Lion – an upgrade that everyone can sink their teeth into.

As always, bring your new gadgets and software to show and tell and feel free to bring items to sell or swap as well. Join us for lunch (or a brew) while we talk mobile computing. It’s a great meeting that’s free and open to you and your guests.

Manayunk Brewing Company
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
215.482.8220

PowerPage Podcast Episode 154 – iOS 5 and world domination

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Date: Friday, June 17th, 2011, 11:07
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PowerPage Podcast 2011Episode 154 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (32 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

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On this episode Rob and I delve into a bevy of new iOS 5 features and learn a thing or two along the way. We also talk about iOS 5 highlights, its deficiencies and play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Compass Mobile Stand for iPad ($39.99) – This travel stand for you iPad is sturdy and packs small, just remember to take it out of your luggage at the airport. The Space Invaders decal on the back is from SkinAT.

Rob

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Appearance: Atlantic City Mac User Group meeting tonight

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Date: Friday, May 13th, 2011, 10:17
Category: App Store, Apps, iOS, iPad, Meetup, News, User Group

Just a quick heads-up that I’m presenting my favorite iPad apps tonight, Friday, May 13, live in the meatspace at the Atlantic City Mac Users Group (@ACAMUG) at 7:30 p.m. If you’re going to be in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware area please stop by.

ACAMUG meets at the Mays Landing, NJ campus of Atlantic Cape Community College located on Route 322, aka the “Black Horse Pike”, about two miles west of the Hamilton Mall (directionscampus map.) Head to Building M, room M129 — across from Careme’s restaurant.

I’ll be giving away retro PowerPage t-shirts and copies of my book, The Droid Pocket Guide (2nd Ed.). I look forward to meeting you there.

PowerPage Podcast Episode 153 – The iPad 2 arrives, sort of

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Date: Sunday, March 20th, 2011, 20:44
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Episode 153 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (37.4 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Tom Hesser

Topics:
The first wave of iPad 2s arrive begin to trickle out, iOS 4.3 and personal hotspot, Rob’s new ThunderBook and we play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • djay for iPhone and iPod touch ($9.99, App Store) – My favorite iPad DJ app comes to the small screen. Great for practicing when my iPad isn’t around.

  • My Zeo ($199) – This personal sleep coach helps you analyze your sleep patterns by tracking your brain waves with a lightweight headband while you sleep. I definitely sleep better since using it.

Rob

Tom

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 152 – iPad 2 launch day

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Date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, 22:25
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Episode 152 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (29.3 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Tom Hesser

Topics:
This week we discuss today’s Apple’s iPad 2 event and where it places Apple in the tablet continuum. We also riff on iOS 4.3 and pick our favorite gear in “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • HyperMac Micro ($69) – 3600 mAh battery for charging your igear. It’s a must-have item in my gear bag
  • Mixxx (free, Mac App Store) – Free and fun DJ software with automatic beat matching

Rob

Tom

  • Printopia ($9.95) Print from your iOS device as a file on your Mac, or directly to your Dropbox folder.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 151 – Same dog food, reheated

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Date: Sunday, February 27th, 2011, 21:01
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PowerPage Podcast 2011Episode 151 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (44.1 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Tom Hesser

Topics:
This week we discuss the new 2011 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt, quad-core Sandy Bridge processor (but in the same recycled “unibody” design), Apple’s iPad 2 event on March 2, the Mac OS 10.7 “Lion” developer preview and we play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

Rob

  • Al Jazeera English Live for iPhone/iPad (Free, App Store) – Watch live news from the Middle East and the world.
  • TotalFinder for Mac ($15) – Finder enhancement that includes tabbed finder windows (which Tom and I second).

Tom

  • FaceTime for Mac OS X ($0.99, Mac App Store) – Now out of beta and works great with the new FaceTime HD camera in the new MacBook Pro.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 150 – Steve on leave and Hello Verizon

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Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 16:20
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Episode 150 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (33.8 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Tom Hesser

Topics: In this episode Tom Hesser makes a surprise guest appearance for our 150th episode. On it, Rob, Tom and I discuss Steve Jobs taking his third medical leave, the imminent launch of the vaunted Verizon iPhone and we play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Linksys E4200 Dual-N Router ($179) – Screaming-fast wireless access point with 300 + 450 Mbps wireless transfer rates, 3×3 MIMO antenna array, USB storage and four Gigabit Ethernet ports. It beats the pants off the Airport Extreme (I’m just sayin!)
  • MarsEdit 3 ($40) – The best way to write, preview, and publish your blog.
  • SnapTranslate Premium - $25 translation app for iOS. Take a picture of any text and it’s translated instantly.

Rob

Tom

  • Infinity Blade ($5.99) – Sword fighting action game with console-quality graphics (and IGN iPhone game of the year)
  • PhoneView ($19.95) – Software to access all the data on your iPod or iPad (I’ll second Tom’s pick, it’s fantastic)

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 149 – VeriPhone and iOS 4.3b1

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 22:09
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Episode 149 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (23.8 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics:
In this episode Rob and I discuss the new VeriPhone (a.k.a. the Verizon iPhone) and we analyze its pros and cons and debate the role of its new Personal Hotspot feature in the iPhone ecosphere (and whether AT&T will adopt it.) We also take a first look at iOS 4.3 beta 1 which was just seeded to developers. And we wrap it all up with a healthy serving of “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Waterfield Muzetto bag for MacBook Air ($219 and up) – This vertical, leather man bag is my hands-down favorite bag for the MacBook Air 11. It’s beautiful yet professional-looking and Waterfield can’t keep them in stock. Order yours with the vertical sleevecase with leather trim (+$47) now and you might get it in February.
  • RapidWeaver ($40, Mac App Store) – Ridiculously easy way to create websites on your Mac. Very Mac-like and includes some nice templates.
  • Angry Birds plus toys – ($9-$29 from ToyWiz) – You got a problem with that?

Rob

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