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Steel HR Combines Elegance of Analog Watch with Sophistication of Digital

· John F. Braun · Product News

LAS VEGAS — Withings (a Nokia company) was showing Steel HR, a watch that combines the elegance of an analog watch with the features of a smart watch, at CES Unveiled 2017.  Rob Le Bras-Brown, Chief Marketing Officer, gave John F. Braun the scoop.

TrackR Delivers New pixel, wallet 2.0, atlas Products, and Alexa Integration

· John F. Braun · Product News

LAS VEGAS — At CES Unveiled 2017, TrackR demonstrated several new products in their line of personal item management devices.  In other words, they help you find not only your stuff, but stuff that other people have misplaced.  Mia Costa, Vice President of Marketing, gave John F. Braun an overview.

Happy New Year from Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 638

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Need to use Mini DisplayPort monitor with your USB-C Mac? Need to make screen recordings? Need a Dropbox replacement? Your two favorite geeks have you covered with these questions and others. Cool Stuff Found segment includes a way to control your reboot sounds, your clipboard, and your unwanted robocalls. Plus, another AirPods alternative. Download and enjoy!

Christmas Morning with Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 637

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Everyone got AirPods except you? No worries, Dave and John have you covered with some AirPods alternatives. Otherwise it’s listener questions dominate the show, as usual, with topics ranging from where to store your iTunes Media, network topology, replacements for Dropbox’s missing Public folder and much more. Download today and enjoy!

The First Rule of The Darknet Is Don’t Talk About The Darknet – Mac Geek Gab 636

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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It’s true, John and Dave – and you, fellow listeners – have gone acronym crazy! BYOD is discussed, as is TOR browser on iOS and elsewhere. RAM performance under Sierra makes an appearance as do a TON of tips, especially one for speeding up Safari on slower Macs. VPN makes an appearance in this acronym show (as it should!), and then we have some gift guide suggestions from your fellow listeners. Press play and enjoy!

Filing Mail, Router Follow-up, and Geeky Gift Guides! – Mac Geek Gab 635

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Filing Mail, RAM suggestions, DOCSIS 3.1 and accessing your data from The Dark Side are just some of the topics of questions answered by John and Dave this week. Then it’s on to a follow-up from the router show with a sandwich of geeky holiday gift suggestions from your two favorite geeks!

Mail Tips & Solving Generic Dock Icons – Mac Geek Gab 634

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Quick tips to start: copying mail (instead of moving it), editing your default Touch Bar, a new way to create pinned tabs in Safari, ejecting an external Blu-ray, and disabling notifications. After that it’s time to answer your questions about secure email, SSD upgrades, keychain errors, portable audio recording setups and much more. Press play and enjoy!

Deep Dive: How to Choose a Router in 2016? – Mac Geek Gab 633

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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This week we answer all your questions and queries about which router you should buy and how to go about deciding this for yourself. Standalone vs. mesh, eero vs. Orbi, 2×2 vs 4×4, we cover it all. After listening to this episode you’ll have both the information and even some deals to be able to make your choice and know you’ve got the right Wi-Fi for your home.

MGG 632: The Truth and Its Relatives

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Your questions answered, including those about Sierra’s keyboard viewer, recommended OS and RAM configurations for older (and newer!) Macs, Stopping apps from launching on login, finding photos on your iPhone, Bluetooth interference and more. Then it’s Cool Stuff Found and some tips. How can you go wrong? By NOT downloading this episode.

MGG 631: The Odd Couple Episode

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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We asked, you shared your top Mac apps, we share them back! Some great additions in the list here, too. Some mutual favorites and some surprises. Listen to hear if yours made the list! Then it’s on to discussion about trackpad scrolling, iOS Mail swiping, ripping movies (with subtitles!) and more. Download, listen and… enjoy!

MGG 630: Label Your Cables!

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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This episode is all about geeks helping other geeks. First it’s tips from you helping us and other listeners, including a way to bypass macOS Sierra’s network-mounting password dialog! Then we help you with importing just your Health data, musicians using an iPad at gigs, migrating data from one iPhone to another with an older Mac, managing different photo clouds and much more. Join us by downloading and enjoy!

MGG 629: Not All USB-C Is Created Equal

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Considering migrating to a new Mac? How about thinking of a new Cable Modem? What about managing Wi-Fi speeds with lots of Apple devices which share their Wi-Fi networks via iCloud? Your fellow MGG listeners had those questions until they asked here and your two favorite geeks answered! Listen to John and Dave discuss all of this and more, including sharing some tips from you, too!

MGG 628: Cool Stuff Found and The DNS Achilles Heel

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Cool Stuff Found includes how to keep Safari from opening iTunes automatically, a new USB circuit tester, bluetooth stereo speaker, a better way to backup your iPhone and more. Then it’s on to your questions, including a segment on managing your iPhone from the new Console app in macOS Sierra. Plus, your two favorite geeks talk through this week’s DNS outage and how they got around it. Download today and enjoy!

MGG 627: It's a Kludge!

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Did you know that Safari can auto-close a newly-launched tab when you’re finished reading it? That’s just one of the things you’ll learn in today’s MGG. Dropbox’s accessibility hacks, editing EXIF on iOS, the security of hidden Wi-Fi networks, enabling Universal Clipboard, and managing macOS Sierra’s multiple monitors are more. Plus, have you ever wanted to know the origins of the word, ‘kludge”? Download today and listen!

MGG 626: Lightning Struck my Switches

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Quick Tips start this episode, including topics like macOS Sierra’s picture-in-picture videos, auto-logout, Sierra upgrade hints, macerror, cleaning up your Keychain, printing to PDF on any iOS 10 device, Apple Watch battery life and more. Then it’s on to questions about macOS Sierra’s network login changes, running a mixed macOS and OS X household and, finally, a discussion about lightning strikes and how to recover. Enjoy!

MGG 625: The Spotlight Clone Wars

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Faster chargers, ODB2 dongles, Mac vs. Windows File Paths, MacBook Pro specs, Dropbox, macOS Sierra and the Spotlight Clone Wars are all topics discussed in today’s Mac Geek Gab. In fact, they’re not just topics, they’re your questions answered! Plus, Dave and John go on a good photoanalysisd rant for good measure!

MGG 624: Sierra, APFS, Wi-Fi and Personal Servers

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Today it’s all about answering your questions! Ok, maybe one tip, but it’s high time your questions got answered, and your two favorite geeks are just the right guys to do it! First it’s two macOS Sierra questions, then it’s onto APFS and the future of backups, including a query about choosing an external backup drive. This plus perhaps the aforementioned tip might just round out the show… or there might be more about Photos and HDR. Listen and find out!

MGG 623: macOS Sierra Tips and Tricks and More!

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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macOS Sierra is almost upon us, and there are already some great tips and tricks to share. Some follow-up from our recent deep dive into Backups is included, too, as well as lengthy discussion about Amazon’s Alexa vs. HomeKit!

MGG 622 – Cool Stuff Found & Media Management Holy Grail

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Lots of great Cool Stuff Found has come in lately, and today we share it with you. Then it’s time to talk the holy grail of media library management. It promises to be a wild show, folks. Download and enjoy!

MGG 621: Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Outside The Box

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Tips, and lots of them, start today’s show. Audiobooks, Finder tweaks, securing your Mac and more! Then it’s time to talk about how your accounts can disappear and reappear, why your printer driver might want to listen to the network, how to view 35mm slides on your Mac and how your iPad keypad might change names! All this and much more on today’s Mac Geek Gab.