from February 2012

Feb 29, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Apple TV, iPad

Apple will officially announce the iPad 3 on March 7. This new iPad will have a retina display and faster quad core processor. With the Retina, the iPad will have the capability of displaying 1080p videos and movies.

The Apple TV is one of the best accessories for the iPad. It can mirror the iPad display onto a much larger screen. This is great for watching movies, sports, pictures, games, and presentations. While the current Apple TV should be able to mirror the iPad 3, it will not look as good since the Apple TV only displays 720p. That may change on March 7.

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Feb 28, 2012 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: News, Podcasts, Predictions, Review

Have you noticed the change? If you are long-time listener to MacBreak Weekly, hosted by Leo Laporte and his tech compadres, there's little doubt you could escape it. MacBreak jumped into the podcast era early on, and with the well known Leo Laporte, it quickly grew into the podcast to listen to for all things Apple. But the show has shifted axis over the past few years, thus Three Guys and a Podcast felt it was time to give MacBreak Weekly listeners a voice – in what we believe is a growing concern amongst many listeners that MacBreak Weekly is now longer a Mac or Apple-centric show. We've also made this a key topic in Epsiode 73: Scaling Engine from China.

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Feb 23, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Mac Applications

 It was recently discovered that Google has been circumventing Safari's cookie controls. Google has been leaving third party cookies from its sites and ad sites they own. This happens even when the user tells Safari to block them in the application's preference panel.

Cookies are used to set site preferences so users can see the same site next time they return. They are also used to log into an account and set location information. While these are good things, cookies can also be used to keep track of what the user does or where the user goes on the Internet. Some may be ok with this, but many are not. The user should have this control, not the ad agencies.

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Feb 18, 2012 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Podcasts

Podcast Episode 73: Scaling Engine from China

Podcast Episode 73: Scaling Engine From China. Mark, Karl and Werner bring it for another fantastic podcast full of fun and adventure featuring analysis on Mac Break "Weakly", AAPL Stock prices, Apple TV rumors, Samsung, Tim Cook & Goldman Sachs, and much, much more in Episode 73: Scaling Engine From China.

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Feb 17, 2012 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Apple TV, News, Predictions, Products, Review, Rumors

Lawsuits notwithstanding, earlier this week Samsung took a few shots at Apple, with a tone that could only be described as defensively whiny, conjuring up images of a certain Star Wars character (must I mention Mark Hamill?...). Samsung appears to be in very vulnerable in the TV space, as Product Manager Chris "Skywalker" Moseley stated at their Prague forum:

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Feb 15, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Terminal

The Terminal is a very powerful tool that comes with the Mac. It gives access to the core operating system via a command line. One of the cool things the Terminal can for you is to change hidden preferences.

There are many "hidden" files on every Mac. These hidden files contain folder icons, system data, and application information. Some of these can can be removed and they can take up a large amount of storage. There is an easy Terminal command to show and hide these files.

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Feb 14, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Mac Applications

Pixelmator is the top selling application in the Mac App Store Graphics & Design category. It is a very good photo editor for less than $30. Many things that can be accomplished using Photoshop, can also be done with Pixelmator.

Pixelmator’s website has a number of tutorials. It used to be that these were the only resources available. That has now changed since Pixelmator has grown in popularity. Some additional Pixelmator resources are listed below:

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Feb 13, 2012 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Podcasts

Podcast Episode 72: Soiled

Podcast Episode 72: Soiled. Mark, Karl and Werner return for another blockbuster podcast featuring analysis on iPhone and iPad domination, Apple's secret projects (fake projects), South Park and XServes, WebOS, Windows Phone 7 and India, JC Penny, and much, much more in Episode 72: Soiled.

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Feb 10, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: MacBook

 Ever since the latest MacBook Air came out last summer, it has had errors in correctly displaying brushes at different sizes. This was true for most of the graphics software, including Pixelmator, Aperture, and Photoshop.

The latest version of Pixelmator addressed this issue and fixed the brushes issue most of the time. Yet, Aperture, Photoshop, and Lightroom still had the same issues. Apple released 10.7.3 this week, and for MacBook Air graphics users, it was a big update.

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Feb 9, 2012 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iPhone

Today’s car drivers want to be more connected. New laws around the country are prohibiting drivers from using their smart phones with their hands while on the road. The car industry is trying to solve this by adding hands free electronics to their cars.

Auto companies are adding full computers to their dashboard electronics. Honda has their i-MID system with navigation, SMS text messaging, music and voice recognition. SYNC is Ford’s computer system with even more features. The rest of the industry will be sure to follow, but should they?

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