PowerPage Podcast Episode 135

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Date: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010, 20:09
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Episode 135 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (34.4 MB, MP3). This week we went with MP3 encoding because the podcast was too long to keep under the 20GB cap for OTA downloading on the iPad/iPod/iPhone.

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics: This week we discuss AT&T’s sweeping changes to its data plans, Steve Jobs’ interview at D8, Jason’s Evo 4G and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Diner Dash: Grilling Green ($4.99, iTunes) – Seat and serve customers in this waitress sim designed for the iPad
  • Putt Putt Golf HD ($6.99, iTunes) – Excellent mini golf sim for iPad with 90 challenging holes and multiple angles
  • How to Destroy Angels (free) – 6 song EP from Trent Reznor

Rob

  • Shanghai Mahjong for iPhone ($0.99, iTunes) –  Beautiful Mahjong game for the iPad and iPhone
  • Video Genius (free, iTunes) –  Record video on your first generation and 3G iPhone

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 134

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Date: Thursday, May 27th, 2010, 09:52
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Episode 134 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (29.4 MB, MP3). This week we went with MP3 encoding because it was too long to keep under the 20GB cap for OTA downloading on the iPad/iPod/iPhone.

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics: This week we discuss AT&T confirming the June iPhone launch, WWDC 2010, DOJ scrutinizing Apple, Wired’s iPad app, traveling with your Mac and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Pinball HD ($2.99, iTunes) – Killer pinball simulator for the iPad, great for old school gamers like me.
  • X-Plane ($9.99, iTunes) – Amazing flight simulator for the iPad, now with helicopters.
  • @BPGlobalPR – Just check it out (and follow!)

Rob

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 133

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Date: Monday, May 24th, 2010, 21:52
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Episode 133 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (34.6 MB, MP3). This week we went with MP3 encoding because it was too long to keep under the 20GB cap for OTA downloading on the iPad/iPod/iPhone.

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Tom Hesser

Topics: This week we discuss the iPad jailbreak, the demotion of the Mac at WWDC, iPod touch camera leak, Intel on the iPad, iPhone OS 4 and tethering and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Zagat To-Go ($9.99, iTunes) – Universal app for iPhone and iPad with restaurant reviews from 45 sources. Includes an offline mode, and information on nightlife, hotels and shops.
  • Plants vs. Zombies HD ($9.99, iTunes) – The hype is true about this game, it’s hopelessly addictive and features 11 touch zones and 18 mini games. Set aside some time for this one.

Tom

  • Spirit jailbreak application (free) – jailbreaks, but does not unlock, iDevices
  • FullForce (free) – jailbreak app for forcing iPhone apps to iPad resolutions. Works with most apps. Download through Cydia.
  • MacAlly BookStand (currently $40 on Amazon) – Case and stand for iPad.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 132

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Date: Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, 19:27
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Episode 132 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (16.4 MB, AAC). This week we’re staying with AAC encoding format in order to keep the file size under the 20GB cap for OTA downloading on the iPad/iPod/iPhone.

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

Topics: This week we review the leak of the century, an Apple engineer’s loss of an iPhone 4 prototype in a northern California bar. We discuss everything we’ve learned from this epic leak and play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason (some of my favorite iPad DJ mixing apps)

  • Baby Decks ($25, App Store) – A fully portable two-deck DJ rig for iPadwith cross fader, pitch adjust, transformer button and track upload. (Demo video).
  • Tremor ($20, App Store) – This iPad mixer has up to four DJ turntables for mixing your MP3’s. Its best feature is that you can use an Internet stream as an input. (Demo video).
  • Sonorasaurus Rex for iPad ($13, App Store) – Mix two tracks with dedicated effects modules with reverb, flange, distortion, tremelo, echo and high pass. The iPad version adds beat-highlighted waveforms and BPM tapper for easy BPM calculation. (Demo video).
  • Looptastic HD ($10, App Store) – This remixing app comes with a huge selection of loops that you can mix with your own beats also comes with powerful sound manipulation tools. (Demo video).
  • Groovemaker (Free and $10, App Store) – 8-Track iPad mixer app with large slider controls for volume, pan and master level. Each track has adjustable tempo, solo, mute, etc. Available in house, hip-hop drum n bass.

Rob

  • Vector Magic ($7.95/month) – Online service that converts bitmap graphics to vector images.

Tom

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 131

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Date: Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 07:06
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Episode 131 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (19 MB, AAC). This week we’re staying with AAC encoding in order to keep the file size under the 20GB cap for OTA downloading on the iPad/iPod/iPhone.

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Tom Hesser

Topics: This week we riff on the brand-new MacBook Pros, the return of Web apps, developer upgrade policies for apps, iPad and iPhone 4 bits and pieces and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our iPads this week:

Jason

  • AirHarp ($2) – Turns the iPad into a classic lap harp with 2 octaves (15 strings). Included sheet music make it easy to play eight songs. One of my daughter’s favorites.
  • StarWalk ($5) – Amazing astronomy app that displays constellations in the sky as you point your iPad at them. This personal planetarium is one of my top 5. (also Solar Walk $3 which is iPhone-only but coming soon to the iPad)
  • ScoreCenter XL ($5) – ESPN’s sports companion app includes video highlights, live play-by-play and box scores for most sports.
  • PBA Bowling 2 ($3) – 3D bowling game that includes tournaments, online high scores, and unlockable custom bowling balls.

Tom

  • iCab Mobile ($2) – Third-party Web browser for iPhone and iPad.
  • Camera for iPad ($1) – Add a virtual camera to the iPad and capture images from iPhone camera.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 130

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Date: Thursday, April 8th, 2010, 07:25
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Episode 130 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (19 MB, AAC). This week we switched the encoding back to AAC in order to keep the file size under the 20GB cap for OTA syncing on the iPad/iPod/iPhone.

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Tom Hesser

Topics: This week we discuss Apple’s iPad launch, our first impressions, and everything from the hardware to the software. We wrap it up with a healthy dose of “What’s on your iPad?”

Here’s what’s on our iPads this week:

Jason

  • NewsRack ($3) – My RSS app of choice on iPad, syncs with Google Reader, plenty of sharing options.
  • Instapaper Pro ($5) – Bookmark long articles and read them offline on the iPad later.
  • Magic Piano ($3) – Play a virtual piano with a cool Internet-connected duet mode. iPad only.
  • Flight Control HD ($5) – Land airplances at airport with your finger, fun with multiple players.
  • Touchgrind HD ($8) – This skateboarding sim allows you to see more of the park and play a friend in splitscreen mode.
  • Labyrinth 2 HD ($8) – An old school labyrinth game just like the one you grew up with, but more fun. Free trial available.

Tom

  • textPlus - (free, in app purchase of $2.99 to remove ads) – SMS texting client for iPad. Also an iPhone version.
  • ABC Player (free) – Streaming television shows from ABC (like Lost and Desperate Housewives).
  • Game Table ($1) – Classic games like checkers, chess, poker and most card games with beautiful rendering.
  • Feedler RSS (free) – Google Reader reader with free sync for a limited time. A $4 Pro version is also available.
  • Epicurious (free) – Over 28,000 recipes from Epicurious.com with a new full-screen cookbook view.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 129

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Date: Thursday, April 1st, 2010, 19:51
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Episode 129 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (13.2 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics: This week we discuss Mac OS 10.6.3, the first round of iPad reviews in the mainstream media and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

Rob

  • Remote Tap ($4.99) – a “Mac Style” remote desktop app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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PPUG Winter 2010 meeting Saturday in Philadelphia

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Date: Friday, March 19th, 2010, 10:35
Category: Apple, User Group

http://thescene.s3.amazonaws.com/pics/bar/2/51481/profile/1205061797294_272.jpgThe Philadelphia PowerBook User Group (PPUG) will meet tomorrow Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Manayunk Brewing Company along the beautiful Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. We usually have lunch (or a brew) while we talk mobile computing.

PPUG founders Jason O’Grady (PowerPage, ZDNet), Rob Parker, Bob Snow, as well as Youngmoo Kim will be on hand to talk about latest developments and the latest in mobile technology.  We’ll talk about all the news and announcements from Macworld 2010 with a healthy serving of Q&A.

Now that Apple has announced the iPad, where does it fit in the mobile technology landscape? Does it overlap with the iPhone and the MacBook? Or does it fit exactly in-between the two?  At PPUG’s March 2010 meeting, Jason will dissect the pros and cons of Apple’s new “tablet” Mac and will discuss its advantages and disadvantages over a netbook.  If you’re thinking about the iPad, come to the March meeting and we’ll set your straight.

Join us for a great meeting, it’s free and open to you and your guests. Feel free to bring items to sell or swap as well.

Manayunk Brewing Company
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
215.482.8220

PowerPage Podcast Episode 128

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Date: Friday, March 19th, 2010, 09:42
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Episode 128 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (24.7 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics: This week we discuss Apple’s ban of screen film from its stores, new iPad details that have trickled out, the Apple/HTC suit and we play and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • All apps this week!
  • Pool Pro Online 3 ($4.99) – Killer 3D pool game with head-to-head, Internet gameplay
  • dSLR Camera Remote ($1.99, $19.99 Pro) – View the live viewfinder preview and fire the shutter of your dSLR camera.
  • AllRecipes Dinner Spinner Pro ($2.99) – Upgrade to the excellent recipe app with shopping lists and account access.

Rob

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 127

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Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2010, 11:12
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PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 127 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (24.6 MB, MP3).

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

Topics: This week we dissect Apple’s ban on “sexy” apps, Aperture 3.0.1, Nexus One Flash performance and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Retro Recorder (99 cents) iPhone recorder app with distortion free audio zoom-in. Love the retro UI!
  • Pastebot ($2.99) powerful clipboard app that stores text & images copied from your iPhone/iPod Touch.
  • Aperture2Twitter (free) – Aperture plug-in that send tweets and images to Twitter, TwitPic and Mobypicture.

Rob

Tom

  • MoodAgent (free) – iPhone app that catagorizes your music into moods.

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