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Review – Can a Blue Mikey, a Joby Gorilla, and Heather Save the Day in Scotland?

Mikey, Gorilla and Heather went with me to Scotland this spring. My accomplices were two gizmos and a mouthpiece, the last with a sweet Scottish Highlands brogue. They kept me company while waiting for the skies to reopen under the volcanic ash cloud. Can they save the day? Can two small pieces of hardware, that fit in your hand take the place of a set of much heavier, expensive, and complicated gear? Can a Mikey, Gorilla, and iPhone become your next on-the-road video and audio studio? Read more to find out!

Andy Alm, Posted 7/1/2010

Review – Sam & Max: The Penal Zone – The Freelance Police Return!

After a fifteen-year absence, Sam & Max return to the Mac! The Freelance Police's new adventure brings with it oddball characters, sidesplitting dialogue, and a very distinctive visual style.  And to make things more interesting, a few new tricks are thrown into the gameplay. But can the game live up to a decade and a half's worth of expectations? Read more to find out about Telltale Games latest effort!

Thomas Fogel, Posted 7/1/2010

Review – Twelve South's BassJump Portable Subwoofer Brings Bass to your Apple Laptop!


Apple laptops are swell for a lot of uses, but the one area in which most of them fall down is audio. Their tiny little built-in speakers even at their best can't reproduce bass with any true semblance of the original bottom end leading to a tinny unconvincing sound with little musicality. Is there a fix for music lovers with an Apple laptop? Twelve South thinks so, with their new BassJump Portable Subwoofer. Read our full review to learn more!

Nancy Burlan & Harris Fogel, Posted 6/21/10

Reviews – Software –Mac Edition Radio – Holiday Guide 2009

With so many wonderful products out there, it's dang near impossible to create a list that doesn't leave out more then it leaves in, so, here is our short and incomplete list of some of Mac Edition Radio's favorite software products from 2009.

We take a look atAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 3-Beta, Microsoft Office 2008 Business Edition, BusyCal and BusySync, Synium CleanApp, FileMaker Pro 10 and Bento 3, eMedia GuitarMethod 5,  Ergonis PopChar X, and TextSoap 6, with more reviews to come!

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/10/2009

Reviews – Digital Photography – Mac Edition Radio's Holiday Guide 2009 – 2010

Digital imaging and photography is one of the fastest moving targets in terms of the pace of new hardware, software, and tools. Photography has always been a sweet spot for gadgets that promise to revolutionize the way we work and the quality of the end result, and in that respect digital imaging is no different then analog photo. Most photogaphers have drawers, shelves, and boxes full of unused gadgets they couldn't live without. In that honorable tradition here are a few products we found interesting this season, and yes they will all make you into a Rock Star Photographer! We take a look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3-Beta (again), Alien Skin Bokeh, NIK SilverEfex Pro, Imagenomic Portraiture 2, Purosol, and Lenspens, with more reviews to come!

Harris Fogel, posted 12/10/2009, updated 6/2010


Reviews – Hardware – Mac Edition Radio's Holiday Guide 2009

What to buy as a holiday gift that isn't software, but hardware? Here are a few suggestions from Mac Edition Radio for great hardware for the holidays! This seasons favorite picks are both fun and about usability. So, great choices for the folks on your naughty or nice list!

Guest Reviewer Karl Staven takes a ride with the ContourHD 1080p video camera, and we look at the Sound ID 400 Bluetooth Headset, the Logitech Harmony 700 Universal Remote Control, KB Covers' Skins for Photoshop CS4, iSkin's ProTouch FX and ProTouch Vibes, Seagate Free Agent Pro, Ginger Chews, FirmTek SeriTek/SpyderHub, iDowell iBox, Elgato EyeTV Hybrid, the Kensington 4 Port USB Charger, and the ShareCentral 5, with more reviews to come!

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, & Frank Schramm, posted 12/10/2009

Review – Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert – 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set & Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and the End of the Sixties, by Ethan Russell

On November 26 & 27th, the classic Rolling Stones live album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert celebrated its 40th anniversary, and to mark the event ABKCO Records released two new box sets. Accompanying the remasters, Ethan Russell's book chronicling the year, Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and the End of the Sixties is now available. There is little argument that the Madison Square Garden concerts in 1969 marked a high point in the Rolling Stones career. Do the new reissues and book measure up? Perfect for the Stones fan in your life, they are both Mac Edition Radio Holiday Gift Guide picks.

Harris Fogel, Posted 11/28/2009

Review – The Beatles: Rock Band – The Fab Four Invade Your Living Room!

The first impressions given off at E3 about The Beatles: Rock Band were fantastic. The game was designed with Paul, Ringo, Yoko, Olivia and Dhani Harrison. Does the hype measure up to the game? It's definitely Rock Band; it's just not the same as Rock Band 2. Is the game is good? Does it live up to the hype? Actually, it's better than good; it's great! And The Beatles: Rock Band will make a great gift this holiday season! A Mac Edition Radio Holiday Gift Guide Pick!

Thomas Fogel, Posted 11/27/2009

Review - Rock Band for the Wii Rocks Your Living Room - The Best Rhythm Game Ever Comes to the Wii

I generally try to avoid using the term"best ever" because whenever I do, something always seems to come along and top it. However, I think that now would be a good time to make an exception! So here goes nothing: Rock Band, from Harmonix, Pi Studios, EA, and MTV Games, could quite possibly be the greatest rhythm and music game yet created. The main reason I say it's so good because the core gameplay remains strong on the Nintendo Wii, and that is what gives Rock Band its appeal.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 7/26/2008

Review - Two Noise-Cancelling Headphones from Audio-Technica Make Traveling A Little Bit Less Stressful!

A few years ago, if you wanted active noise-cancelling headphones or earphones, you had only a few choices. As travelers soon discovered, the combination of an iPod or laptop computer and some good headphones or earphones could help to balance the stresses of modern travel. We have tested a wide-variety of models, and found that two models from venerable audio manufacturer Audio-Technica consistently ranked among our favorites, and as such, the ATH-ANC7 headphones and their in-the-ear ATH-ANCR cousins represent that rare balance of great audio at an affordable price. 

Harris Fogel, Posted 7/25/2008