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Our friends at both Antec and StackSocial have gotten together today to offer this fantastic deal to you, our loyal TMO audience. For just $55 (actually $54.99 - save a penny!) you can have this compact Bluetooth speaker shipped to you anywhere in the USA, normally a $100 product. I've tested this speaker, and for $55 it's one of the best-sounding speakers you'll hear, certainly better than the far-more-expensive Jambox line (which sound horrible, in my opinion). If you need a good, wireless speaker to bring around with you this summer, just click buy. You'll love this one from Antec.
One of the most annoying things for podcasters and their listeners is when one participant's background noise is noticeable even when that person isn't talking. A noise gate can easily solve this problem by only allowing sound through when the input volume reaches a certain level. Follow the simple steps in this video and the next time you're on an interview podcast (or recording one), you'll sound fantastic!
[Note: There's been some inconsistency reported with these cables; some will charge iPhones and iPads, others charge ONLY iPhones but not iPads. Sadly, we have to recommend you not order this. If you have ordered it and have trouble, please contact order support and we'll ensure a refund for you.]
Our deal partners at StackSocial have found these 10-foot-long USB-to-Lightning cables made of durable and tangle-free bungee-style material. They are not MFi-certified, BUT the StackSocial folks have tested these up and down at their offices and confirmed that they work just fine with Apple's very latest devices running iOS 7.1.1. I've ordered two for myself (yes, with my own money), and StackSocial has a 90-day warranty and isn't worried at all about us having issues. Check it out – the deal is only good for 11 more days.
Sometimes when hosting a Skype call – especially for a podcast – you want the other parties on your call to hear not only your voice but perhaps some audio from you, too. Since Skype only allows one audio input at a time, things get a little tricky. Don't worry, it's not too bad, and this video shows you exactly what to do.
After a Twitter conversation today (appropriately!) we realized that Twitter for Mac's caches can often unnecessarily take up many gigabytes of data on your Mac. Don't worry, we'll show you how to fix it.
Years ago we Mac users enjoyed the ability to spend a little bit of money to upgrade our admittedly-expensive computers. It may seem like those days are behind us, but the reality is that we're truly in the thick of a new golden age of upgrades.
It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Other World Computing back as this week's sponsor here at TMO. OWC has been making upgrades and other benefits available to Mac users since 1988, and their commitment to quality and customer service stands for itself. Read on for some great ideas about how to upgrade your Mac from them.
I'll be honest, most speaker deals are deals I don't post. I'm picky when it comes to sound and don't want to lead anyone astray. I had a chance to test the Soundfreaq Sound Step Lightning, however, and it impressed me. The speaker set is small, but it's a 2.1 setup, meaning it has stereo left/right speakers as well as a separate, downward-facing subwoofer. The three speakers together make for a relatively well-rounded sound here. At $99, you're getting more than you bargain for with this, with sound equal to speakers twice its price (but not four times its price, to be fair!). Connections include line-in, Bluetooth, USB Audio and a Lightning-connector dock on the front. If you're looking for a speaker to add to your desk or bookshelf – even something to add to your Mac – check this one out.
It is my distinct pleasure to have Project Wizards on board this week to sponsor TMO with their awesome project management app, Merlin. Long-time followers of TMO history will note that Project Wizards has been sponsoring our Cirque du Mac party for the past 5 years straight, contributing directly to the benefit of our collective community here. Please join me in offering our sincere thanks for all of this.
Normally $50, our friends at Stack Social and Parallels have worked with us to get the price down to just $15. Fifty and fifteen may share a lot of sounds a letters, but one of them leaves an extra thirty-five bucks in your pocket, and that's the deal we have running for the rest of the day today. Parallels Access is, hands-down, the best way we've found to access your Mac remotely (or locally) from your iPad. It's almost like magic the way it makes apps on your Mac feel like they were written for iPad. The normal price of $50 for one year is worth it, and at $15 it's a no-brainer. Buy. Now. Before it ends!