This week I'm happy to welcome Smile back as our sponsor here at TMO. Smile makes a several fantastic software packages for us Mac users, and this week our focus is on one of my personal favorites, TextExpander. For those of you who don't know, TextExpander lets you take chunks of text that you might wind up typing over and over again and assign each of those to a small snippet of just a few characters.
This week's sponsor here at TMO is CrashPlan, a company I'm thrilled to write about because I use them and love their service (and yes, I pay for it!). In a nutshell, CrashPlan is an online backup service for your Mac (and other machines). You run a client application on your Mac, set it up with your account, and then it packs up your data, encrypts it, and securely ships a copy off to CrashPlan's servers over the Internet for … that day when you need it.
I am very happy to welcome Smile as this week's sponsor here at TMO. Smile this week will celebrate their 10th year in business, and that is something for which all of us Mac and iOS users can be thankful. Our focus this week is on PDFPen for the iPhone, winner of a recent Macworld App Gem award. This is the mobile version of the software that we all know and love (and use!) on the Mac.
Many people have great hopes and aspirations for Apple's forthcoming Mac Pro, promised by CEO Tim Cook. We tend to express our very best hopes for the spirit of Apple in the Mac Pro, and recently TMO explored that topic. In Part 2, John Martellaro looks at an amazing concept by Peter Zigich that brilliantly expresses those hopes.
I'd like to thank Newer Technology (and, of course, their parent company, Other World Computing) for sponsoring TMO here this week. The focus this week is on their Power2U replacement wall outlet. The Power2U has two AC outlets just like you're used to, and then also has two USB ports that are capable of 2A (10W) of charging power, enough to properly and quickly charge your iPad, iPhone, or other USB-based device. Just plug in your USB cables and go.
I'm happy to welcome Other World Computing back as this week's sponsor for us here at TMO. This week we're focusing on OWC's memory upgrades, and I couldn't be happier about this. If my history of the company is correct, I believe RAM was one of OWC's very first product lines, and Larry and the team over there really learned to obsess over getting the technical details right — a trait that has stuck with the company all the way through today.
I'd like to thank BitSuites for sponsoring TMO this week. BitSuites is an iOS app development team that takes a different approach, and one that works. Indeed, we've worked with BitSuites — they wrote our Mac Geek Gab iOS app for us — and it was a hugely positive experience.
I'd like to thank Parallels for sponsoring this week here at TMO. Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is virtualization software that allows you to run Windows and many other operating systems on your Mac right alongside OS X. Need to run Windows software for work or perhaps even run a new game you want to check out? Parallels will do it. Or maybe you want to test out some other flavor of Unix on your Mac? Ever want to give Debian or Ubuntu a spin? Parallels will do all of that that, as well.
Our thanks go to Other World Computing for sponsoring TMO this week and helping us kick off this new program here. Our focus this week is on OWC's Data Doubler, their kit that allows you to add a second drive to your iMac, MacBook Pro or Mac Mini, and get up to 2.5TB of internal storage. With kits starting at just $49.99, you can replace the optical drive in your MacBook Pro with another SSD or a larger mechanical drive.
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