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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PowerPage Podcast Episode 148 – Mac App Store

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Date: Monday, January 10th, 2011, 22:29
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Episode 148 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (22.4 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics:
In this episode Rob and I discuss Apple’s brand-new Mac App Store, which launched on January 6 — and was cracked on the same day. We discuss its 10.6.6 requirement, the combo updater and some of our picks from the first 24 hours of the Mac App Store being open. Oh, and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Alfred (free, Mac App Store) – Launcher for OS X that replaced QuickSilver and LaunchBar
  • Alfred Powerpack (~$19) – Extra features built on top of Alfred (file system navigation, result actions, etc.)
  • Caffeine (free, Mac App Store) – Tiny menu bar item to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep
  • AirFoil 4 ($25) – The premier tool for streaming audio around the house

Rob

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 147 – Found My iPhone!

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Date: Tuesday, December 21st, 2010, 20:49
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Episode 147 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (29.9 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics:
How I lost (and recovered) my iPhone 4 in Orlando, the repercussions from the Gawker Media data breach and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

Rob

  • TuneIn Radio ($0.99) – App to listen to and record over 40,000 radio stations.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 146

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Date: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010, 22:29
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Episode 146 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (25.5 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics:
LTE for iPhone, Retina Display for iPad, Apple POS and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Kiwi 2 (free or $10 without ads) – Sweet new Twitter client for Mac OS X.
  • Knox ($35) – Simple and secure encryption.
  • BlogPress ($2.99) – Fast and easy to use, blogging app that highly intergraded with your favorite social networks:

Rob

  • 1Password ($40) – Now works with Google Chrome (and Windows).
  • TikTok ($25) and LunaTik ($50) – Multi-Touch watch conversation kits for the 6th-gen iPod nano.
  • Om Nom? – Handy pocket reference to look up what foods are safe for your dog to eat.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 145

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Date: Sunday, November 21st, 2010, 20:33
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Episode 145 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (28.3 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics: Mac OS isn’t dead, white iPhone parts, $100 off iPad on Black Friday, AT&T Microcell, Twitter 3.2.1 for iPhone and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Twitter 3.2.1 (free) – My favorite Twitter app gets push notifications
  • AT&T Microcell ($150) – AT&T coverage extender/signal booster

Rob

  • LVRUSA (free) – App for iPhone/iPad with PDF manuals for nearly all pro and pro-sumer video cameras (including DSLRs)

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 144

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Date: Friday, November 12th, 2010, 08:07
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Episode 144 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (28.3 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics: Mac OS 10.6.5, iOS 4.2, AirPrint, AirPlay, the 2010 MacBook Air and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • BeeJiveIM ($10) – Killer always-on, desktop-like, multi-protocol instant messaging app.
  • Grocery Gadgets ($5) – Serious grocery shopping app with family syncing and a web portal.
  • MacAlly BookStand ($24) – Gorgeous and thin microfiber cover for iPad. Go for grey.
  • Griffin Reveal Etch ($30) – Ultra-thin protective case for iPhone 4 with (faux!) carbon fiber.

Rob

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Appearance: PPUG meets Saturday in Philadelphia

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Date: Friday, November 5th, 2010, 21:00
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http://thescene.s3.amazonaws.com/pics/bar/2/51481/profile/1205061797294_272.jpgThe Philadelphia PowerBook User Group (PPUG) meets Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Manayunk Brewing Company along the beautiful Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA.

I’ll be on had with Bob Snow, Youngmoo Kim and David Berg to talk about the new MacBook Air, Mac OS 10.7 Lion, iOS 4.2, iLife ’11 and we’ll also play “what’s in your bag.”

As always, bring and demo your new gadgets and software and feel free to bring items to sell or swap as well. We will also have a Q&A session.

Please 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 143 (updated)

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Date: Friday, September 3rd, 2010, 16:11
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Episode 143 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (23.4 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics: We give our first impressions of the new iPods, Apple TV and iTunes 10 announced at Apple’s September 1 event and we play "What’s on your Mac."

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • WD My Passport Essential SE (750GB – $100, 1TB – $118 on Amazon) – Compact and high-capacity external USB hard drive, perfect for backups.
  • Jawbone Icon Bluetooth headset (The Rogue $99) – Hands down the best Bluetooth headset on the market. This version fixes three issues I’ve had with the presious Jawbones: it has an industry-standard microUSB port, an unbreakable earloop and better power and answer buttons.
  • Otterbox cases for the iPhone (Commuter $34.95, Defender $49.95) – The best and most protective cases for the iPhone 4 available in a range of protection.
  • Surf Watch ($9.99, App Store) – Notifies you via push notification when when and wave conditions for your favorite buoys match your ideal surf criteria.

Rob

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Update: Broken Otterbox and Jumsoft links fixed.

PowerPage Podcast Episode 142

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Date: Friday, August 27th, 2010, 19:41
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Episode 142 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (18.5 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics: We review the torrent of rumors leading up to Apple’s September 1 event, including: the fourth-generation iPod touch, iOS 4.1, and how a new Apple TV with FaceTime, GameCenter and the App Store could be a huge game changer — and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • VMWare Fusion 3.1 ($80)– Run Windows on your Mac with great 3D performance.
  • Droid2 ($199 w/contract) – The best Android and Verizon phone out there right now and a worthy challenger to the iPhone.

Rob

  • Apple’s Magic Trackpad ($69) – I’ve replaced my mouse with it and love it.
  • Pro HDR ($1.99) – Excellent HDR photography app for the your iPhone.

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