MGG 496: Beware When Sharing the Bus

7:27 PM EDT, Apr. 6th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

John and Dave are back from Macworld with lots of things to report on for you. And, of course, they have your questions to answer, as those piled up while they were away, too. Your two favorite geeks are busy this week, and you've got a front row seat. Download, press play, and enjoy!

Entry-Level Bitcoin Mining Gear for Mac, Windows, and Linux [Update]

7:40 PM EDT, Apr. 4th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Tips

Entry Level Mining Gear

The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs, but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box. Bryan Chaffin has the details. [Updated with current pricing information on 4/14/2014]

Google Updates Gmail with More User Snooping

7:20 PM EDT, Apr. 4th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Analysis

Yeah...this.

Like a lot of Google moves, this sounds fine at first, but after a little consideration it turns out to only be in Google's best interests. Please fetch me my fainting couch.

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Really? "Don't be evil" strikes again?

The Macworld All Star Band and Cirque du Mac 11 (Photo Gallery)

5:04 PM EDT, Apr. 4th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Photo Gallery

Cirque du Mac 11

Cirque du Mac 2014 was our 11th party at the trade show now known as Macworld/iWorld. We did of course, use the excuse of "11" to go with a Spinal Tap theme, and this party definitely turned it up a notch. These photographs of the Macworld All Star Band—including, Dave Hamilton, Chris Breen, Paul Kent, Bob LeVitus, Bryan Chaffin, Chuck La Tournous, and Duane Straub—were taken by Jim Tanous of TekRevue

Grovemade iPhone 5/5c/5s Bumpers Made of Wood

3:15 PM EDT, Apr. 4th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Grovemade has announced bumpers for the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s, available now for a $39 US introductory price. They are made from your choice of Oregon black Walnut or Eastern Hardrock Maple. Grovemade's offices and manufacturing are all based in Portland, Oregon (like me!) and have been making Apple accessories for the last five years. I've had the chance to tour their facilities and see virtually all of their products, and everything from Grovemade is really well made. Plus all the wood gets this coat of oil, so it looks good and it smells wonderful besides. I adore everything they make, especially these brand new bumpers. If you are in the market for a bumper-style case and you want your phone to stand out, this is a high quality option at a good price. See one installed in the video below.

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Apple’s (Product)RED Contributions Top $70M

12:56 PM EDT, Apr. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may not toot its own horn when it comes to charitable contributions, but that isn't stopping (Product)RED from announcing the iPhone and iPad maker has already given the organization over US$70 million to help fight AIDS worldwide. That money came via special (Product)RED versions of the iPod lineup.

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It isn't just Apple that made $70 million in RED contributions possible. That money ultimately came from shoppers buying the RED versions of iPods, so go you for doing your part to help out.

Analyst: Apple’s Build Up All But Confirms Something Big is Coming

11:00 AM EDT, Apr. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that there will be big product launches in 2014, and that the company is entering into a new market. The financial investment firm Morgan Stanley thinks Apple has confirmed that's exactly what's about to happen thanks to a trail of breadcrumbs, and that new market targets our personal health.

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With so many hires and acquisitions over the past couple years, it's hard to imagine Apple isn't working on a wearable health and fitness tracking device.

Spec Shootout: Fire TV vs Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast

9:45 AM EDT, Apr. 4th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Analysis

Shootout

Amazon announced the Fire TV this week, and on paper it’s quite far ahead of it’s competitors. The online retailer posted a comparison chart for the Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku 3, and Chromecast, but it's a chart that has been spun, and heavily. We thought it would be more useful to people if we broke it down in ways that make sense.