Mac Sources Digital media blog for resources and reviews 2017-02-24T22:13:44Z https://macsources.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Nicholas Calderone https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Twelve South MagicBridge REVIEW The Answer to My OCD]]> https://macsources.com?p=42310&preview=true&preview_id=42310 2017-02-24T22:13:44Z 2017-02-24T22:06:20Z MagicBridge is the answer to run away Magic Trackpads. Typing OCD with the Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 is a real thing, well at least for me it is. I used to constantly find myself adjusting and readjusting my Magic Trackpad and Keyboard. It would drive me absolutely batty. I try my hardest to […]

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MagicBridge is the answer to run away Magic Trackpads.

Typing OCD with the Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 is a real thing, well at least for me it is. I used to constantly find myself adjusting and readjusting my Magic Trackpad and Keyboard. It would drive me absolutely batty. I try my hardest to keep things on my desk organized. I find that clutter clouds my mind and instead of being able to work I’m straightening up my office. The same goes with my Magic Trackpad. When using it I would find that it would start to slip away. Maybe it was trying to escape but having it tilted at an angle and not in line with my keyboard, would cause me to stop what I was doing to re-adjust it. This was such a problem for me that when I found the MagicBridge from Twelve South I knew it was the answer I was looking for.

Twelve South MagicBridge

The MagicBridge is a very simple, but elegantly designed accessory that joins together the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad. Twelve South actually uses the phrase separated at birth, reconnected by a bridge to describe the piece and I couldn’t agree more. The MagicBridge is made from matte white polycarbonate and is designed to allow for the Magic Trackpad and Magic Keyboard to snap securely into place. There are soft flat silicone pads on both the inside of the MagicBridge to protect the bottom of your keyboard and trackpad and also on the bottom that keep the combo piece from slipping around or scratching your work surface.

Twelve South MagicBridge

You don’t have to worry about being left or right handed as Twelve South designed the MagicBridge to work for either. There is a grill on the backside of the device that is precision engineered that provides easy access to all the ports on the keyboard and trackpad. This makes it easy to change which side you keep the trackpad on because you always have full access to the Lightning ports on the reverse side.

Not only does the MagicBridge keep my peripherals in line but I can now also use my Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad in my lap as I sit back in my chair. I no longer have to reach up to move the cursor because my Trackpad is on the desk. For those of you who use Apple’s Mac Mini as an entertainment center in your living room, the MagicBridge will be a bonafide life saver for you. It allows you to take both devices from place to place and move them around as one. The MagicBridge is feather light and does not block any Bluetooth signals.

Twelve South MagicBridge

When you pick up the Magic Keyboard and Trackpad 2 from Apple you know the products are going to be super thin and very discrete. I never want to add bulk to my devices so I’m happy that I can say that the MagicBridge adds very little weight or girth to the two devices.

This is just a smartly designed product that fits so many needs when it comes to the Apple Magic Trackpad and Magic Keyboard. I only wonder how I lived without it for so long.
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For more information, visit twelvesouth.com/magicbridge
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Robyn https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Just Mobile HeadStand Avant REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com?p=42304&preview=true&preview_id=42304 2017-02-24T19:12:18Z 2017-02-24T19:12:18Z HeadStand Avant provides an exceptionally elegant way to store headphones. I remember a time, not too long ago, where I only used my Apple Earbuds as headphones. Those devices did a good job of being compact and were easy to tuck away in a pocket or laptop back. As such, I never needed a space […]

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HeadStand Avant provides an exceptionally elegant way to store headphones.

I remember a time, not too long ago, where I only used my Apple Earbuds as headphones. Those devices did a good job of being compact and were easy to tuck away in a pocket or laptop back. As such, I never needed a space on my desktop to display or store those earbuds. Within the past year, I’ve really been drawn to on-the-ear and over-the-ear headphones. I feel like they give me more isolation and this helps me be able to concentrate on work. The problem with those sizeable headphones is that whether or not they are wired, you need a good place to store them so they don’t clutter up your desk. Just Mobile has a great option for this with the HeadStand Avant.

Just Mobile HeadStand Avant

The HeadStand Avant is an elegant headphone stand that gives you a safe, stylish place to hang your cans when you aren’t using them. This model is slightly different that the standard HeadStand also from Just Mobile. The HeadStand Avant is shaped out of solid aluminum and includes a distinctive radial finish on the base. It’s perfectly balanced and is tall enough to accept even the largest of headphone models. HeadStand Avant is a headphone saver in my opinion. It’s classy and gives you a proper place to hang your headphones.

Just Mobile HeadStand Avant

I’ve worked with several different styles of headphones stand in the past few months, and while each style has its own perks, the HeadStand Avant is truly a work of art. It has a sleek, almost futuristic look to it. There is some assembly required, but it’s not difficult. First, you pull out the pieces of the stand from the box and identify each one. You attach the pole to the base and then the hanger arm to the pole. Most of the parts are interlocking and screw together. You only need a Philips screwdriver to complete assembly. All in all, I believe it took me 5 minutes or less to put it together. Once it’s put together, you simply find a nice spot on your desk to display the stand.

Just Mobile HeadStand Avant

The HeadStand Avant couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I received a special set of headphones one day a and needed a place to store them other than just flopping them down on the desktop. Thankfully, I had the stand already set up so I just slide them onto the lip of the stand. It’s really a match made in heaven. The headphones are in a safe place and the pair looks great together.

The Just Mobile HeadStand Avant is a great addition to your setup. It’s functional and it serves a great purpose. The HeadStand Avant is available in black or silver and even though it’s really only designed for one set of headphones, you can fit two on the stand at once.
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Nicholas Calderone https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Steve Jobs Birthday: Always Think Different]]> https://macsources.com?p=42392&preview=true&preview_id=42392 2017-02-24T17:31:38Z 2017-02-24T17:31:38Z Remembering Steve Jobs on his 62nd birthday Steve Jobs did what he thought was right and by doing so he helped bring amazing products and services to life. Jobs might be gone but he will always be in the hearts of the Apple fanboys and girls who look down at the wonderful Apple products they use […]

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Remembering Steve Jobs on his 62nd birthday

Steve Jobs did what he thought was right and by doing so he helped bring amazing products and services to life. Jobs might be gone but he will always be in the hearts of the Apple fanboys and girls who look down at the wonderful Apple products they use every day.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple was groomed to take Steve’s place and Tim surely has made Steve proud with the way he’s managed Apple. Cook has taken Apple to the highest it’s ever been to before. The only downside is that Steve isn’t here to witness all of it. Cook takes time each year to remember Jobs on monumental anniversaries such as Jobs’s death or his birthday.

Celebrating Steve Jobs

Jobs founded Apple in 1976 along with Steve Wozniak. Nine years later, Jobs resigned from the company only to return 12 years later in 1997. He remained as CEO until 2009 when Cook was handed the reins temporarily while Jobs was on medical leave. Jobs continued working at the company making high-level decisions along with Cook until shortly before his death in 2011 (Cook assumed permanent CEO responsibilities just six weeks before Jobs’s death). During his tenure at the technology company, Jobs oversaw the design, promotion, and production of the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. He has been credited with turning Apple into the tech giant it is today.

Today, we remember the man who brought us the technology we carry in our hands and pledge to Think Different.

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Jon Walters http://macsources.com <![CDATA[PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Conversion Kit REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com/?p=42339 2017-02-23T22:08:02Z 2017-02-23T22:08:02Z Enjoy Paper Planes like you never have before.  Powered flight is possible with PowerUP 3.0. Have you ever just sat back, looked up into the sky and watched as a long thin white line expanded? Even my 23-month-old daughter will point up and say look.  Or have you stated, “Hey Siri what flights are above me?” […]

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Enjoy Paper Planes like you never have before.  Powered flight is possible with PowerUP 3.0.

Have you ever just sat back, looked up into the sky and watched as a long thin white line expanded? Even my 23-month-old daughter will point up and say look.  Or have you stated, “Hey Siri what flights are above me?”  Flight has always amazed me, not solely the physics, but the entire concept of flight   It is awe inspiring to think that something heavier than air can stay aloft.  This may also likely be the reason that paper airplanes have been so exciting over the years.  Whether you make a dart or a glider, is it not an amazing feat to personally make something that can soar through the air.  My father made paper airplanes for me, I make them for my children and I am sure that they will make them for their children.

The current world record paper airplane flight was conducted by Joe Ayoob in 2012, based on the design by John M. Collins. The record flight distance was recorded at 226 feet, 10 inches (69.4 meters) and was initiated via a hand launch.  Interestingly, the world record flight time is not held by the same team.  Rather, the world record flight time (29.2 seconds) was obtained by Takuo Toda in Hiroshima, Japan in 2009.  These values are outstanding and far superior to anything that I can achieve with my paper airplanes.  With the PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone controlled Paper Airplane Conversion kit, you can keep your plane in the air much longer than normal.

The product arrives in very appealing retail packaging, displaying the plastic conversion upgrade within a clear window on top.  I really like the method that they chose to display the product.  It almost makes the upgrade feel like it is inside of a trophy case.  The front of the cardboard slip cover displays a red paper airplane with the attached motor upgrade.  On the back of the package, you are given many of the device specifications.  The packaging promises an 180 foot/55meter control range, 10-minute flight per 25 minute charge time and a crash proof design.  You can download the free smartphone app from the IOS and Google Play store.

Powerup 3.0 Accessories
Included within the packaging, you can expect to find #4 pieces of red paper.  Two of these have inked folding lines, which will allow you to make the invader (novice) and the other two detail the construction of the Nakamura (advanced).  You will also find a 16.5″ USB A to USB micro cable, an accessory pack with an extra rudder and propeller and a multi-lingual instruction manual (English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese). To start, you will need to charge the PowerUp 3.0 module.  At the rear end of the module, you will find the USB Micro charging port.  Insert the micro-USB plug into the socket and then place the USB-A end into any USB port.  Along the front of the module, a white LED will flash during charging.  It will start at a fast paced flashing and will slow to an occasionally blink, when complete (25-30 minutes).  While charging, make sure the app is downloaded and then make sure that the Bluetooth is on and WiFi is turned off (decreases interference). Next, you will need to construct the paper airplane.

You can utilize the included sheets of paper to fold the intruder or the Nakamura.  These sheets are not standard 8.5 x 11 (11 5/8″ x 8 1/4″), but you can use standard computer paper if desired.  The instructions are inked on the red paper, located inside of the manual and you can utilize the QR code link (in the manual) to see folding videos.  The intruder is relatively easy to fold.  Start with the paper in landscape and fold the top corners towards the center line.  Then fold the new inner corners towards the outer top edge, fold outwards again and then fold the tip down and the outer edges inwards. You will notice a clear chevron pattern at the top of a pentagonal shape.  Fold the entire plane in half, fold the wings down, and then the flaps up.  Take the module and slide the clips into the tip of the paper airplane. If you desire additional templates you can check out the “templates” section for printable templates. Interestingly, I have been folding the Nakamura for years and did not even know it.  I now have the Nakamura, the intruder, the dart, the King and another unnamed glider plane in my repertoire.

Powerup 3.0 Flight

With my 7 and 5-year-old boys watching, I lined up down my driveway to take the intruder’s maiden flight.  I do have a few large trees in my yard and I made sure to fly in a direction to avoid them.  I had a great throw and the plane traveled straight about 50-60 feet and then disaster occurred.  The wind picked up, I could not stabilize the plane and suddenly I realized I was not as strong of a pilot as I thought. My seven-year-old laughed and said, “Well, that was awful.”  To make matters worse, it was lodged about 12 feet up in the tree and hooked on the rudder/propeller.  I pulled out my step stool, got a broom and gently nudged the plane out of the tree.  I got ready to fly it again and realized that it sounded funny.  I looked closely at the plane and realized that the propeller was lost.  I pulled out the accessory pack and replaced the propeller.  I moved out into the cul-de-sac and flew the plane up the road.  I was really impressed with the controls and with the strength of the propeller.  It really made a significant difference.  If you are flying directly into the wind, the enhancement will help minimally.  However, on a calm day, or flying with the wind, you will notice a prominent upgrade in flight time and distance.

The module will have power for 10 minutes, which will give you about 7-8 flights.  The module appears designed to take a beating and withstood ~10 crashes.   The app seems intuitive, but the actual method to control the plane is very complicated.  The main screen of the app shows the plane and a visual representation of the horizon.  Across the top is a circle with degrees markings for angles/flight.  You have a fuel indicator and a throttle as well.  On the screen, you can swipe right to see weather information to include humidity, temp, pressure, wind speed, wind direction.  I am not certain where this information comes from.  If you swipe from left to right, you will enter into settings mode.  You can adjust FlightAssist, which allows beginning pilots to have easier control, while banking.  Essentially the mode will increase thrust while turning, backward to keep you airborne.  When you become more advanced, you can turn this feature off and have more accurate/control of turning. If the rudder controls are backward, you can change the rudder by pressing the button on the app.  You can trim the rudder as well to adjust the zero command position.  To trim left press the “-” sign and to trim right use the “+” sign.  Each tap adjusts the rudder 5 degrees.

Powerup 3.0 stuck

The app to rudder and app to throttle controls are quite sensitive and respond quickly.  You will need to have the phone at 0 degrees or 180 degrees for the rudder to be midline.  I really like the add-on and both of my children got to play with the module as well.  It really did enhance our enjoyment of a relatively regular pastime. The instruction note that the device is for ages 14 and up.  I believe 10 and up is probably more fitting.  It was a little difficult for myself, much harder for my 7-year-old (now 8) and my 5-year-old pretty much ran it straight into the ground.  The crash testing was amazing.  It hit concrete multiple times.  The nose is actually protected by the paper.  When the paper rips/tears or wears, build a new one.  This is an ingenious way to have a drone without having the expense of rebuilding plastic.  I would rate the device at 5/5 stars.  It is incredibly ingenious and simply works.  I did not experience any lag, nor did I experience any interference.  The controls are difficult to learn at first, but like with any drone, can be mastered with time.  I personally look forward to the VR style drones that are available.  In fact, there is now an upgrade for paper airplanes with a VR experience called the Powerup FPV.  This company has a winning product and I am excited about their further tech upgrades.  My only complaint, I am not that great of a pilot and I need more propellers. Luckily, they sell a parts kit at a reasonable price.

PowerUp App

It is easy to put a toy away when a new toy comes out.  However, this toy is different.  You may not think you need it, but once it is on your airplane, it really makes the already enjoyable experience better. I certainly am glad that we had the experience.
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Robyn https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Paracable Lightning Charge and Sync Cable REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com?p=42363&preview=true&preview_id=42363 2017-02-23T21:56:29Z 2017-02-23T21:56:29Z Paracable makes a cable so strong that even a cat can’t chew through it. When Apple released the 3rd generation of iPad with the proprietary 30-pin dock connection, we all thought we were doomed. Those cables were hard to come by in those days, but they were a necessity for powering the device. I personally […]

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Paracable makes a cable so strong that even a cat can’t chew through it.

When Apple released the 3rd generation of iPad with the proprietary 30-pin dock connection, we all thought we were doomed. Those cables were hard to come by in those days, but they were a necessity for powering the device. I personally found myself hoarding them just to make sure I was never without one. Fortunately, third party companies began manufacturing them and the price was brought down just in time for Apple to change the connection to a Lighting port. Again we were faced with the dreaded lost or damaged cable problem that one inevitably has with mobile devices. Even though it doesn’t help when you lose a cable, Paracable has come up with a rather ingenious way of protecting the Lightning cable — add paracord.

Paracable Lightning Charge and Sync Cable

Paracord is an abbreviated way of saying ‘parachute cord’. It’s widely been used in the military for the suspension of parachutes and is made of lightweight nylon kern mantle rope. Paracord has a yarn core that consists of several yarns that is in turn made from two or three smaller nylon fibers twisted together. Most paracord is rated as “550 paracord” which indicates that it has a breaking strength of 550 pounds. It was this base material that caught the attention of Paracable founders Travis Beck and David Fisher when they were seeking to make a better, stronger Lightning cable. The start of their cable construction story began when Beck’s family cat started destroying his Lightning cables. Each time he and his wife would replace the tattered cables, the cat would promptly chew them to bits again. Beck contacted his friend and now co-founder of Paracables, David Fisher, and the pair made the first Paracable.

Paracable Lightning Charge and Sync Cable

Paracable is the original paracord wrapped cable. I’ve tried many styles of braided cables in the past few years and while I love them I have to admit that the Paracable version is the best I’ve used. Paracable offers charging and syncing cables as Lighting or Micro USB. I had the Lightning versions to test. The cable is 5 feet in length, which might be too long for some, but for my uses, I rather liked the longer option. The ends are reinforced with aluminum and are slightly larger than the Apple Lightning cable. This is an important note since some docks will not accept larger Lightning adapters.

Paracable Lightning Charge and Sync Cable

Lightning Paracables are MFi certified by Apple. This means that they are made with the exact same components used in Apple’s own cables. When a product is MFi certified it goes through rigorous quality control testing to meet the highest standards and ensure maximum compatibility and longevity. The Paracables are wrapped in a 32-strand paracord and also sheathed in aluminum. They are built to withstand everything from regular usage to a cat’s teeth. The cable provides a fast charge — up to 2.0+ amps of available charging capacity.

Paracable Lightning Charge and Sync Cable

In my use of the Paracable, I’ve been very impressed. It’s strong, doesn’t tangle, it gets my devices charged quickly and efficiently. Aside from the strength, quality of the build, and steady charging capabilities, the Paracable is also very stylish. There are five different styles – Matrix, 1.21 Giggawatts, Continuum, Gecko, and my favorite, Glacier. The styles are not only eye-catching but also fun and unique (1.21 Giggawatts being a reference to Back to the Future).

Paracable Lightning Charge and Sync Cable

I am a big fan of the Paracables and hope to see more versions of it in the future. I’d love to have a Paracable in a shorter length or even something that is built to be retractable. It’s a great cable.
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For more information, visit paracable.com/lightning-cables
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