Generational on hiatus

Macdrifter:

After a year of planning topics, scheduling guests and editing shows, it’s time to step back, look at the creation and judge it for what it is. So, Generational is going on hiatus while Erik and I retool. We have several other projects we are tending to as well and I, for one, don’t want to make an inferior version of Generational.

It’s sad to hear that there won’t be any new shows for a while but it’s a great decision and that last line just underscores how committed the guys are about the quality of the episodes, they’d much rather take a break than see the show suffer.

Nicecast review

Mac.AppStorm:

The demise of internet radio at the hands of podcasting has been greatly exaggerated. While it may no longer have the same level of popularity of podcasting, internet radio is still very much a thriving medium. If you’ve ever listened to a commercial radio station using your Mac or iPhone, you’ve listened to an internet radio stream.

While we may be entering the golden age of podcasts, internet radio is just as popular, if not more so, than ever before. Unlike podcasts, internet radio is better suited to a never-ending selection of songs from a track list or listening to live events, concerts and listening to a random selection of music based upon the station’s speciality.

Nicecast, by Rogue Amoeba, is a nifty solution that turns your Mac into a fully-fledge internet radio station, allowing you to stream audio over the internet directly or through the use of a compatible server.

My latest review for Mac.AppStorm is up.

Instacast 4 review

iPhone.AppStorm:

iOS 7′s bold new design convention gave many developers the chance to completely reinvent their apps, free from the shackles the previous constraints of iOS’ stylings. Vemedio seized this opportunity and have recently released Instacast 4, the latest update to their flagship podcast app, which has been completely redesigned with a new look and feel, as well as looking to the future of iOS by making iOS 7 a requirement.

I review Instacast for iOS over at iPhone.AppStorm and iPad.AppStorm.

New on the iBookstore: Backing Up Your Mac With Time Machine

I’m very proud to announce that my first ebook, Backing Up Your Mac With Time Machine is now available on the iBookstore.

The interactive ebook explains every detail about Time Machine, the built-in backup utility within Mac OS X, from explaining how it works and picking the best storage device to setting it up and restoring your data should the worst happen.

At just over 50 pages, you’ll find easy to follow instructions and screenshots as well as specially recorded demo videos and interactive elements to aid you even further.

It’s available only for iPad and is just £1.49 / $1.99 on the iBookstore1.

If you’re wanting to know more about Time Machine or backing up in general, or perhaps know of someone who is new to the Mac, this is the perfect ebook to purchase.

  1. The tragedy that is iTunes Producer meant I completely missed adding screenshots so it’s best to download a sample of the book. An update has been submitted and is pending approval that will add these screenshots into iTunes previews. 

Use an iOS device to set up your Apple TV

A great feature of the 3rd generation Apple TV that’s described in an Apple support document:

Connect your Apple TV to your television and power and wait until your Apple TV displays the setup screen.

Unlock your iOS 7 device and ensure that Bluetooth is enabled. Also ensure that you are connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to use with Apple TV.

Touch your iOS device to your Apple TV and wait for the prompts to appear on your iOS device and Apple TV.

Via TUAW.

Realmac Software responds to Clear backlash

Realmac Software:

Over the last week, we’ve received a lot of very passionate feedback about Clear for iPhone and the launch of Clear for iOS 7. The name was slightly confusing, as Clear for iPhone also works on iOS 7 – and we didn’t make enough emphasis that Clear for iOS 7 was a new app because we’d built it for iPad for the first time.

We all know why this update was paid-for as it introduced some stellar new features and, more importantly, Clear for iPad. Explaining that to novice App Store users is tricky and, sometimes, users can be left confused and frustrated simply because they don’t understand. This frustration often ends up being vented via reviews on the App Store, usually in a less than positive way.

I think that, on occasion, we forget that regular people use the App Store who don’t know it as well as we do, nor do they understand about its lack of upgrade pricing mechanism. From their perspective, they’ve just seen a new version of the app that requires it to be purchased again.

Even though I’m not a fan of version numbers within product or app names1, this numerical distinction does serve a purpose. If the new version of Clear was called “Clear 2”, I suspect the backlash would have been far less.

Good on Realmac Software for tackling this problem head-on.

  1. I thought iPad 2 and iPhone 4 onwards were really poor naming choices. 

Static: It’s all about the numbers

iPhone.AppStorm:

Static is an app that centralises this information and does just one thing – bring all of your social networking statistics together in one app so you don’t need to switch between apps and perform multiple actions just to get the information you need.

For iPhone.AppStorm I review Static, an app designed to keep track of follower counts and other bits of numerical information about our social network profiles.

iCloud guide to Calendars and Reminders

MacTuts+:

I’ll let you in on a little secret: I really like iCloud. It’s certainly had its fair share of niggles and gremlins during its time but, overall, iCloud has been a really well-done service.

There are two features that I use on a daily basis that have been not only easy to use but pretty much indispensable, Calendars and Reminders. You may not realise it but there’s a lot more these two services, within iCloud, can do than simply remind you of a dentist appointment or to pick up some milk on the way home.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you what iCloud’s calendars and reminders can do and how you can collaborate with other users to get the most from iCloud.

You can do a lot more with Calendars and Reminders than just remember the link or your next dentist appointment. I explore the many options and features iCloud’s services provide when it comes to calendaring , over at Mactuts+.