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iFrogz Audio Coda Headphones: Quality Sound at a Value Price

1:00 PM, Dec. 6th, 2013 · Jeff Butts · In-Depth Review

Zagg iFrogz Audio Coda Headphones with Mic, review

Jeff Butts is one of those odd folks who simply cannot wear ear buds of any sort, even Apple's famed Ear Pods. Because of this limitation, Jeff's always on the lookout for over-the-ear headphones that not only provide excellent sound, but also provide a microphone. He might have finally found the perfect match for his needs, all at a perfect price.

Braven 625s: a BT Speaker for Braving the Outdoors

1:15 PM, Sep. 4th, 2012 · Jeff Butts · In-Depth Review

Braven 625s Outdoor speaker

If you’re looking for a speaker system for your iOS device that’s as comfortable outdoors as it is indoors, the Braven 625s is an excellent option to consider. Jeff Butts took the speaker camping, and found it to be an excellent modern addition to his family’s primitive campground site.

Mac in the Classroom: How a School got into App Development

3:49 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2012 · Jeff Butts · Analysis

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As schools integrate emerging technology into the classroom, a challenge emerges to properly leverage the technology without sacrificing the educational merits of the curriculum. In this installment of Mac in the Classroom, Jeff Butts looks at how one school dealt with these challenges by getting into the app development business.

Gemini: The Duplicate Finder Helps Reduce Clutter

3:00 PM, Mar. 30th, 2012 · Jeff Butts · In-Depth Review

MacPaw's Gemini

Jeff Butts is a self-avowed file hoarder, hanging on to downloads from more than five years ago. While hard drives are getting less expensive and more expansive, a drive with duplicates can get bogged down and slow. Even more importantly, SSD drives are short on space and long on cost, making it important to clean up duplicate files from time to time. Enter Gemini: The Duplicate Finder for OS X.

OS X Lion: Arranging Icons by Date Like a Pro

10:50 AM, Mar. 30th, 2012 · Jeff Butts · TMO Quick Tip

Jeff Butts is a file hoarder, keeping just about every file he’s ever downloaded. When he wants to find a particular file, he usually arranges files by date to find the most recent copy. In Snow Leopard, he was used to the “Arrange by Date” contextual menu, but OS X Lion has changed how that looks. In this Quick Tip, Jeff shows how to coax OS X Lion to give the same user experience of arranging files by date as in Snow Leopard.

Mac in the Classroom: End of the Encyclopedia Era

10:35 AM, Mar. 27th, 2012 · Jeff Butts · Analysis

Apple has had a place in the class room for years — even before the first Macintosh computer was released — and the iPad’s versatility has the company in an even stronger position in the education market. Jeff Butts is digging into the education options that go along with Apple’s products, and he takes a look at the end of Encyclopedia Britannica’s print era, too.

OS X Lion: Track Shipments in Mail

10:43 AM, Mar. 20th, 2012 · Jeff Butts · TMO Quick Tip

In OS X Lion, Apple has added several “data detectors” that work alongside Mail to make your Mail more interactive. In this TMO Quick Tip, Jeff Butts shows how to track your packages right from Mail.

Apple Configurator Released for Managing iOS Devices

6:05 PM, Mar. 8th, 2012 · Jeff Butts · Product News

Apple Configurator

Apple released Apple Configurator this week, a new tool designed to allow corporate and enterprise IT departments to manage fleets of Apple devices. Enterprise IT staff have bemoaned the lack of better tools to manage fleets of iOS devices, and some recent government migrations to the iPhone and iPad have made it clear that a better solution was needed for managing these devices en masse—Apple Configurator is intended to meet that need.

Karotz Smart Rabbit: A Fun Toy with Serious Usefulness

2:50 PM, Feb. 29th, 2012 · Jeff Butts · In-Depth Review

The Karotz Smart Rabbit is a PC- and Mac-compatible gadget that brings a variety of fun and useful apps into a small, entertaining form factor. You can control your smart rabbit using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Through a web page interface, you can load up your Karotz with applications from an “Appz Store” that, while small, is growing daily and is open for developers to do business.