Mac Sources Digital media blog for resources and reviews 2017-01-20T20:05:51Z https://macsources.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Robyn https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[PhoneRescue iOS Data Recovery Software REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com?p=41066&preview=true&preview_id=41066 2017-01-20T20:05:51Z 2017-01-20T20:05:51Z Save your life from data disaster with PhoneRescue from iMobie. Not too long ago, I found myself locked out of an older iPhone. I wanted to retrieve some data from it, but the passcode had been changed during a restore process and I wasn’t able to open the phone normally. Fortunately, Apple does provide a […]

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Save your life from data disaster with PhoneRescue from iMobie.

Not too long ago, I found myself locked out of an older iPhone. I wanted to retrieve some data from it, but the passcode had been changed during a restore process and I wasn’t able to open the phone normally. Fortunately, Apple does provide a restore process from recovery mode and even though it’s an easy step-by-step process I can see how some people might get confused with it. For those times, there is PhoneRescue from iMobie.

PhoneRescue iOS Data Recovery Software REVIEW

PhoneRescue is a comprehensive data recovery tool that allows users to:

  • Recover deleted or lost messages, contacts, etc., back to iPhone/iPad
  • Repair a broken iDevice from any system crash
  • Pinpoint missing files that you need most at the first place

There are four main modes to PhoneRescue – Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup, Recover from iCloud, and iOS Repair Tools. With the recovery modes, you have the ability to select individual or groups of files that were either created or stored on your iOS device. This can be an invaluable tool since there are many times that you might make a small error when cleaning up your system. Let’s say you take a picture of your niece or nephew and then when you find you are out of space on your phone, you mass delete photos that don’t have any meaning to you. PhoneRescue will actually be able to find those lost pictures from the recovery mode option. It’s very easy and only takes a few minutes to scan your phone or backup file. You can preview individual items until you find that one piece of data that you are missing.

PhoneRescue iOS Data Recovery Software REVIEW

My primary interest in PhoneRescue had to do with the iOS Repair Tools function. As I mentioned in the scenario above, sometimes you have to do a hard reset of iOS devices just to make sure you can access the device. You will end up having to reset it and rebuild the device from scratch, but at least you can use it again. There are several steps to go through to make that happen, but PhoneRescue makes it easier with providing an interface that gets you through the process with a couple of clicks.

PhoneRescue iOS Data Recovery Software REVIEW

PhoneRescue is a safe, easy way to help maintain your iOS device’s data and system structure. There is a free trial of the software available that is fully functional and will allow you to test out the features completely before you commit to a purchase.

DOWNLOAD – PhoneRescue

For more information, visit imobie.com/phonerescue
Find iMobie on Facebook and Twitter.

*This post is sponsored by iMobie. 

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Robyn https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Color by Disney App Now Available for Mobile Devices NEWS]]> https://macsources.com?p=41085&preview=true&preview_id=41085 2017-01-20T19:20:51Z 2017-01-20T19:20:51Z Disney Subscription-Based Coloring App Lets Adults Unwind with Artwork of Beloved Characters Disney released Color by Disney this week, an all-new coloring platform bringing magical moments from Disney and Pixar into the everyday lives of fans. Designed to inspire and facilitate creative expression using an extensive library of Disney art, the app unlocks hours of […]

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Disney Subscription-Based Coloring App Lets Adults Unwind with Artwork of Beloved Characters

Disney released Color by Disney this week, an all-new coloring platform bringing magical moments from Disney and Pixar into the everyday lives of fans. Designed to inspire and facilitate creative expression using an extensive library of Disney art, the app unlocks hours of imaginative coloring and relaxation. Color by Disney builds on the trend of coloring books for adults and the popularity of Disney’s “Art of Coloring” book series to bring the fun and enjoyment of coloring to users on the go.

With a Color by Disney subscription, users instantly gain unlimited access to an ever-growing art collection of premium Disney and Pixar coloring images with new content added weekly.

Color by Disney is available for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. App features include:

  • Hours of Disney Magic: Experience the joy of capturing the most memorable Disney and Pixar moments through a world of color.
  • Infinite Creative Expression: Hundreds of design and character combinations ranging from modern classics like “Frozen” and “Moana” to iconic films like “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid” to Pixar favorites like “Brave” and “Monsters, Inc.”
  • Film-Inspired Effects: Add a dash of pixie dust with an extensive collection of classic film-inspired color palettes, special gradients and fun filters, including glitter and watercolors.
  • Share Options: Connect the app to social media networks to showcase and share magical masterpieces.
  • Instant Access: Color by Disney is an always-on service providing hours of engagement for users taking a break from their daily grinds.
  • Subscription Plans: Three subscription packages are available: one-week all-access for $2.99, one-month all-access for $7.99 or a year all-access for $39.99. Try Color by Disney with a seven-day free trial.

Additional coloring images and new features will be added in future updates.

DOWNLOAD – iOS – FREE

For more information, visit partners.disney.com/disney-stories
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Jon Walters http://macsources.com <![CDATA[Nomad Advanced Trackable PowerPack REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com/?p=41065 2017-01-20T14:04:43Z 2017-01-20T16:00:21Z Ultra-rugged PowerPack with integrated Tile technology. Never lose your battery pack again. As smartphones have become smarter, the power sources seem to have stagnated.  Apple has tended to be very hush-hush with the battery size of its phones.  A quick search of the internet suggests that the iPhone 7 has a 1960 mAh battery and […]

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Ultra-rugged PowerPack with integrated Tile technology. Never lose your battery pack again.

As smartphones have become smarter, the power sources seem to have stagnated.  Apple has tended to be very hush-hush with the battery size of its phones.  A quick search of the internet suggests that the iPhone 7 has a 1960 mAh battery and the iPhone 7 Plus contains a 2900 mAh battery.  This upgrade was only modest when you review the previous model iPhone 6s Plus had a 2750 mAh.  The new A10 chipset is supposed to reduce energy use and improve efficiency.  Many sources say that you should get a full day of use out of the phone with moderate activity.  Personally, I am lucky to get to bed after about 18 hours of use (6 am-12am) with my phone greater than 12%.  There are a lot of dead zones for WiFi and LTE in my area.  This may contribute some to my battery woes.  To be safe, I tend to use portable power packs.  That is if I don’t misplace them.

While at CES 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada, I was struggling to keep my phone charged.  Touring the floor, using quite a bit of camera/video, LTE data and communications, I was forced to constantly keep my phone plugged into a portable battery.  Within the Sands Expo center of the Venetian, I ran into the team from Nomad and talked to them about their latest tech.  I have been incredibly impressed with Nomad, with their cases and with their team.  While there, I was introduced to the new Nomad PowerPack with Tile integration.  The packaging is incredibly eye catching and demonstrates the product very well.  The cover is a light black with an image of the rubberized battery.  It further details the ultra rugged construction, 9000mAh battery, ability to charge the iPhone 7 3.5x, Mil Spec 1.5M drop tested and the ability to locate the battery with tile.  I like the color scheme, specifically the use of the orange within the information labels.  Turning the packaging over, the back provides additional information.  In addition to repeating the information on the front, the rear face details the pass-through charging and fast charge output 5V 3.0A, 9V 2.0 A and 12V 2.0A.

Nomad Advanced Trackable PowerPack REVIEW

The device is nestled in form fitted foam.  Along the bottom is the battery and along the top is a charging cable in a plastic Ziplock style bag.  The matte black, oval shaped rubberized battery is very visibly appealing.  The top has a diamond-like texture, which is really neat.  The grip helps to reduce the chances of dropping and the rubberized exterior is supposed to be 1.2M mil-spec tested.  The NOMAD name is hidden in plain sight, recessed into the plastic.  The back of the pack displays the FCC ID, and information about the pack: input 5V 3A input out 1 5V 3 am, 9V 2 A and 12V 2 A and output 2 is 5V 2.4A.  The device weighs 8.7 ounces, and measures 4 3/8″ long by 3 1/8″ wide by 15/16″.  One side of the oval cylinder is flat and the other has 3 ports.  The ports from left to right are USB C input, USB C output, Power indicator button/LED,  USB-A output, tile speaker, and tile activation button. There is no cover for these ports, which may lead to dust and water into the ports.

Nomad Advanced Trackable PowerPack REVIEWThe device comes with a 39″ USB A to USB C charger.  Unfortunately, USB A is limited to about 2.4A.  Thus to get full quick charging speeds, you will need a USB C to USB C cable.  Apple does sell a USB C to lightning cable, if interested.  Out of the box, the battery indicator suggested 1 bar of power.  I plugged this into a 12V 2.4A wall outlet and left it overnight (12 am to 6 am).  The device had all 3 LED illuminated.  As a bonus, I had my iPhone 7 Plus plugged into the USB-A output port and tested the passthrough charging.  My phone was able to charge at roughly 1% per minute and was charged by morning.  The iPhone 7 plus can typically charge in about 2.8 hours with the standard wall charger and about 2 hours if you use an iPad charger 12V/2.4A.  The internal components of the iPhone prevent overcharging and the 2.4A output of the PowerPack provided to be more than sufficient to charge my phone.  Perhaps when Apple releases the iPhone 8 they will allow faster charging.  Alas, faster charging may mean faster battery degradation.

The battery alone is amazing in shape, form, coloration and capacity.  If that was all it did, it would be worth having on hand for your charging needs. However, there is more that this device can do for you.  At roughly $25 for a 1 pack and $70 for a 4 pack, Tile is one of my favorite trackers.  However, I am not happy with the 1-year battery life and the need to return the device. This process is known as the ReTile and will cost you $12 per device to upgrade to the newest device. I am pleased that the tile features are embedded into the battery. To activate the tracking features, open the small white pamphlet entitled “Getting started with your Power pack locate with tile.”  Open this up and you will see a QR code that will take you to tile.hellonomad.com.  If you do not have the app on your phone, it will take you to the IOS or Google Play store (depending on your device).

Once installed, there are a few options to find your device.  First, you can locate it with sound by ringing the PowerPack from the app.  Second, you can use the app to see the last place seen and thirdly you can rely on Tile’s global network to update you on location.  Essentially everyone using tile creates a grid-like network to locate your item. Once the app is downloaded, you will be taken to a “+” icon to add a tile.  From here you can select original, slim, mate, other (Tile partner products).  Select other and you will see Nomad Trackable PowerPack.  Press the small button on the PowerPack “tile” and hear a nice jingle.  Your phone will now activate the PowerPack. While in the app, select find and hear the Powerpack ring. You can share the tile with a family member or friend. You can also change the ringtone.  I felt the Bionic Birdie was my favorite and left this alone.  The volume is a little quiet, especially inside of a bag.  However, the find last location option is really helpful.

SUMMARY
If it was the goal of Nomad to create the most advanced portable battery, they have succeeded.  The rubberized exterior is both appealing and protective.  Combining the rugged exterior with Panasonic Li-Ion battery cells and integrating the latest USB C technology, allowed Nomad to create an incredibly fast charging battery capable of 3A input and output.  To utilize the device to its fullest, you may need to buy additional cables.  It was able to charge my iPhone 7 plus about 2.5 times.  A rough estimate of the number of times a device will charge is to take the capacity and multiply it by 0.8 and then divide that number the mAh of the battery to be charged.  In this case (9000mAh*.8)/2900mAh (iPhone 7 plus) will generate 2.48.  For the iPhone 7 (1960mAh) it is 3.67.

Nomad Advanced Trackable PowerPack REVIEW

To take this device one step further, they integrated tile into the circuitry, allowing you to find the device. Unlike the traditional tile device, the Nomad Powerpack is powered by the internal battery pack and does not need to be replaced after a year. With built-in speaker for the Tile, ambient light sensor to adjust LED at night and an amazing power to weight ratio the Nomad Powerpack is perfect for on the go activities.  I wish that there was a rubberized cover option for the USB ports to enhance dust and water protection.  However , his is simply a selfish request and not a negative of the device at all. I like that you can change the jingle of the tile.  I also like that the tile uses the battery as a source for power and still has a small internal charge to maintain the tile.  This will allow the integrated tile to have a life of longer than a year.  I was able to get just about 3 charges on the iPhone 7 plus.

I would highly encourage you to visit nomad at hellonomad.com.  You will have the options of searching through their new cables and to evaluate/purchase the PowerPack. Additionally, you will be given an option for 10% when you enter your email.  This is a great company, with a great time and I am happy to report that this is a great product.  I would rate the battery at 5/5 stars.

For more information, visit hellonomad.com/powerpack
Find Nomad on Facebook and Twitter.

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Nicholas Calderone https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Apple 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar REVIEW and Thoughts]]> https://macsources.com?p=40315&preview=true&preview_id=40315 2017-01-19T15:06:50Z 2017-01-19T19:00:22Z MacBook Pro with TouchBar. Should You Buy? Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using my MacBook Pro and watching other reviewers rush to put out review after review of the 2016 MacBook Pro with TouchBar. I wanted to wait and really use it for a month before spitting out my thoughts. Most of what […]

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MacBook Pro with TouchBar. Should You Buy?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using my MacBook Pro and watching other reviewers rush to put out review after review of the 2016 MacBook Pro with TouchBar. I wanted to wait and really use it for a month before spitting out my thoughts.

Most of what I had read really seemed like click bait. “Oh, the MacBook Pro is not worth buying.” “Apple really screwed up.” “Why did they remove the ports?” The ports are actually the first thing I want to talk about. Yes, it’s USB-C but so what. USB-C is the next evolution of USB and I personally feel that most ports are moving towards this type of adapter. If Apple would not have pushed for the Pro model to have all USB-C now, then when? People whined and complained when the Floppy Disk was removed when the CD drive was removed, and so on and so on. In the end, computer users always adapted.

When was the last time you burned an audio CD anyways? I haven’t in years. I remember the time when I was burning them all the time but one day I found a better way. I used my iPod and an AUX cable to listen to music in the car and I never looked back.

Apple 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar REVIEW and Thoughts

I know the dongle livelihood is not the best experience right now but now that USB-C is upon us, device manufacturers will create products that work using USB-C and the speeds will be increased. So it’s not like you have to buy a new dock — it’s that you are upgrading to a faster dock.

I try my best to be wire free in my home. I do everything wireless and I love it. The two biggest changes in the MacBook Pro design that affected me were the loss of the SD card and my 34″ Thunderbolt monitor not being able to be plugged in. One simple cable swap and I was using the monitor again and as for as the SD card yes it’s a pain not being able to plug the card directly into the computer, but I’ve found solutions that allow me to continue to push forward with little hassle.

The change of keyboard really tossed me for a loop. When Apple dropped the MacBook two years ago, I was not a fan at all. The butterfly keys were incredibly hard for me to type on and I can honestly say I hated that keyboard. I was nervous that with the new MacBook Pro I would have the same problems and without having the opportunity to test out the second generation butterfly keys I was flying blind on my close to $4000 order.

Apple 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar REVIEW and Thoughts

I can happily say that the new butterfly switches are wonderful. There is less travel but you still feel the keys press in enough and there is sound when you type. I feel like I’m typing on a computer and not like I’m tapping on a flat surface.

As for the Touch Bar, I actually find it quite useful. I love that it is customizable between apps and that more and more developers are starting to work with it. My one complaint is that when I’m not using my left hand I used to rest my fingers on the top left side on the FN keys. Why I have no clue just how my arm felt comfortable when typing. Now that the TouchBar is in the FN keys place I find myself tapping it from time to time mostly opening a new chat window or hitting the Esc key. It’s aggravating but a simple fix for me is just moving my hand. This is not something that everyone would have problems with.

Apple 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar REVIEW and Thoughts

Everyone is going to find something they don’t like and then others are going to find things they love so much that they will wonder how they lived without it before. That is fine. It’s just when you see the posts that are pushed out jumping on the ‘what’s bad’ bandwagon just to get views to their publications, that is what I find to be disappointing.

We are no better with having likes and dislikes and most of this review is on my thoughts of my experience. You can look up the detailed specs everywhere you look, from Apple.com to any tech site who has reviewed it as they mostly complained about how horrible it is that Apple did not wait for the next processor or a different graphics card or how they screwed up by not allowing 32GB of RAM. Yes, this is a Pro model but if you want 32GB of RAM, go buy a desktop.

What most forget is the combination of software and hardware is how Apple makes laptops last longer. That’s why you will find iPhones and Mac’s outperform PC’s completely specked out with newer hardware. We have seen this time and time again.

Apple 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar REVIEW and Thoughts

My thoughts on Touch Screen computers? I hate them. I feel my touch screen should be my iPad. I like my screen to be super clean. I enjoy being able to feel the keys as I type. I don’t need to reach up on my computer to tap the screen. Apple hopefully feels the same and that’s why they created the Touch Bar. They wanted to give users who wanted some sort of touch an experience without ruining their computers. The TouchBar is limited — yes, I agree. It’s up to developers to create a magical experience for users when using their desktop apps. I see it exploding in the future just like the iOS development did. It may be a slow road but it will happen. Touch ID on the Mac has been AMAZING! I don’t scream that loud enough. Being able to use Apple Pay from my Mac with a touch of my finger or just to simply log into my Mac has been brilliant. Years ago I had a Sony Vaio that had a fingerprint reader and it was horrible. It hardly ever worked so Apple’s Touch ID experience is just wonderful. Having one of my most used apps 1Password using Touch ID is great and I can’t wait to see how it’s used with other apps soon.

The speakers have been surprisingly good. I used to use Boom to beef up my sound on my older MacBook Pros because the sound was just lacking but I can get behind the better sound in the new MacBook Pro.

In the end, it is really going to be a personal preference about whether or not the new MacBook Pro is the right decision for you and your situation. I will recommend it as I think it is a step in the right direction and it’s the beginning of the next evolution of MacBook Pros.

For more information on the new MacBook Pro, visit apple.com/macbook-pro.

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Nicholas Calderone https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Earin to Redefine True Wireless with M-2 Earbuds NEWS]]> https://macsources.com?p=41054&preview=true&preview_id=41054 2017-01-19T18:30:25Z 2017-01-19T18:00:50Z Earin M-2 earbuds provide no cables, no wires, and no distractions. Earin has announced plans to once again redefine wireless audio, revealing the next generation in the company’s line of True Wireless Earbuds leading into the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this week. The M-2 earbuds marry the fashion-forward Scandinavian design […]

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Earin M-2 earbuds provide no cables, no wires, and no distractions.

Earin has announced plans to once again redefine wireless audio, revealing the next generation in the company’s line of True Wireless Earbuds leading into the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this week. The M-2 earbuds marry the fashion-forward Scandinavian design elements that Earin has become known for, with cutting-edge technology. Earin will show off their True Wireless Earbuds – including the newly released M1 capsule in black – this week, with M-2 scheduled to ship to retail in late Q1.

Fashion-Forward Design
The M-2 earbuds are designed to create a seamless user experience like no other – answering calls, playing/pausing music, and skipping to the next song – all with a touch interface on the tip of the earbud. With a unique shape that creates isolation from the outside world, “catching the sound” where it sounds most natural – in your ear – the M-2 earbuds will be the smallest and lightest available on the market. The magnetic docking capsule both stores and charges the earbuds, offering three hours battery life with one charge and 12 hours of music.

Discreet, Cutting-Edge Technology
The magic behind M-2 comes in the form of proprietary technology developed by Earin that lies between the earbuds. Dual antenna and Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) powered by NXP Semiconductors results in a reliable and stable connection unmatched by competitive products.

“The hearables category is expected to grow to a $16 billion market by 2020* and we are leading the field with a True Wireless product designed to provide increased functionality that solves the current issues of smart audio devices found in the marketplace today,” said Kiril Trajkovski, co- founder and President of Earin. “Our top-notch team of audio, electronic, mechanical and software engineers worked hand-in-hand with our in-house product and antenna designers to create a fashionable ‘ear’gonomic design and technology that addresses both wireless stability and audio quality.”

Earin M-2 True Wireless Earbuds will release in late Q1.

For more information visit earin.com
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