MacVoices #19245: MacVoices Gift Guide #3 Our third MacVoices holiday Gift Guide show might be the most diverse yet, with selections from hardware to software, from services to training, with entertaining comments and banter to boot from the panel of Norbert Frassa, Frederick Van Johnson, Mike T. Rose, and host Chuck Joiner. Enjoy!

MacVoices #19242: MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide #1 The first of the MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide shows got of to a great start, with what has to be a record number of “steals” by the panel of host Chuck Joiner, David Ginsburg, Mark Fuccio, and Kelly Guimont. And this was just the first show! Gift ideas ranged from the brand new to old favorites, from services to hardware, and everything in between.

MacVoices #19241: Five Questions with Mike Potter (and the Macstock Cyber Monday Sale!) We are always talking to Mike Potter about his role as the organizer of Macstock Conference and Expo, and we wanted to change that. Mike provides the details of the Macstock Cyber Monday Sale before submitting to five questions about the tools he uses to organize the event, how he edits all that video, his music choices, his video services, and the surprising roots of his podcast, For Mac Eyes Only. You think you know Mike? You are going to be surprised.

MacVoices #19239: Briefing - Starting A New Podcast Thinking of starting a podcast? Chuck talks about some of the choices and decisions you need to make before step-in up to the mic. Using his new show, TrekFavorites, as an example, discussions of items such as titles, logos and artwork, podcasting hosts, web sites, and more will help you make the right decisions for your next project.

MacVoices #19238: Five Questions with Andrew Orr of The Mac Observer Andrew Orr of The Mac Observer answers Five Questions that help us get to know him better. Andrew’s questions (and answers) cover the way he covers the news stories for TMO, his thoughts on streaming media services, and Apple’s Arcade gaming services. He also discusses his preferences and surprising choices of social media platforms, Apple hardware, and what he wants out of the next iPhone. 

MacVoices #19236: Gregorio Zanon on iMazing, iTunes Replacements, and Backing Up Your iPhone Gregorio Zanon of DigiDNA discusses some of the changes to iPhone and iPad data management that have occurred in macOS and iOS 13, and how their product, iMazing, can help fill in the gaps. Greg explains how Apple’s binary approach to syncing is improved upon by iMazing, what you can out of your device that Apple won’t let you, and the features that their customers are using most.

MacVoices #19235: Jason Snell Takes Control of Apple’s Photos App for Mac, iPhone, and iPad Jason Snell helps you get the most out of Apple’s stock photo apps in the new edition of Take Control of Photos. In this discussion, Jason dives into the power of machine learning, what you can and can’t achieve with Photos on which devices, and names a supplemental app that helps fill in some desirable features. He helps clarify the syncing picture using Apple’s services, talks about the updates to the Photos app on both the desktop and mobile versions, and much more.

MacVoices #19234 - Jeff Carlson Takes Control of Your Digital Photos Again Jeff Carlson has updated Take Control of Your Digital Photos, a topic that continues to evolve as the devices are updated and the players change. Jeff covers sharing vs. backups, what his pick is for the best photo editing app, and the issue of machine learning when it comes to photo organization. The discussion also covers the privacy aspects of storing and sharing your photos online, and some new options for helping get the photos that live on all those drives and devices organized.

MacVoices #19230: Kirk McElhearn Takes Control of macOS Media Apps The advent of macOS Catalina brought major changes to the apps that manage and play various types of media. Kirk McElhearn helps us navigate those changes in his new Take Control of macOS Media Apps. iTunes is gone, and in  its place are separate apps Music, Podcasts, TV, and Books, with all syncing now handled through the Finder. Kirk walks us through each of these to help us make the transition and know what app does what.

MacVoices #19229: David Ginsburg on Using eSIMs in iPhones If you have a later model iPhone, you have the ability to use an eSIM with it, leaving the physical SIM slot open. David Ginsburg of In Touch with iOS is doing this, and answers all the questions about setup, installation, and operation. Find out how easy it is to get two different phone numbers on your phone, how to swap between them, and how the phone and data services are handled.

MacVoices #19228: Yev Pusin Tells Us about The New Features of Backblaze 7.0 Backups are still one of the most important measures you can take to protect your data. Yev Pusin, Director of Marketing for Backblaze, takes us through the features of the new version 7.0 of their online backup service. Find out how you can expand your retention history beyond the standard 30 days to either a year or “forever”, an updated restore interface, and other improvements that make the online backup experience faster and better.

MacVoices #19227: Joe Kissell Takes Control of DEVONthink 3 Joe Kissell has written the new Take Control of DEVONthink, a guide to the massive update of this powerful data management program. Joe discusses some of the new features, how he uses it, and how he approached a program that has so many features and capabilities, both new and legacy. Not sure if DEVONthink is for you? This Take Control book is free! Joe talks about how and why you can take advantage of that fact to your best advantage.

MacVoices #19226: Neil Ticktin Profiles The 10th Year of The MacTech Conference Neil Ticktin, the organizer of the annual MacTech Conference, has been so busy that we were only able to catch up with him a week before the event, and under some unusual circumstances. Neil talks about the keynote that will set the tone for the 10th anniversary of the conference, some of the new kinds of sessions that have been added, and the trademark out-of-the-box activities that make it something special. Find out more, and how, even though you have put it off until the last minute, you can save some money on attending.

MacVoices #19225: David Sparks On His New Shortcuts Field Guide for iOS 13 David Sparks tells us why his Shortcuts Field Guide, iOS13 Edition had to be completely re-written because of some of the new and powerful options Apple provided when iOS 13 hit the streets. David talks about some of the new capabilities including, new ability to work with NFC stickers, HomeKit integration, developer actions, and more. Shortcuts is like programming and not like programming. David tells you why you shouldn’t be intimidated, gives some examples of things you can accomplish with Shortcuts, and even offers a special discount code to save you some money.

MacVoices #19224: Briefing - Two Apps To Help Prepare For macOS Catalina Is the thought of upgrading to macOS Catalina uncomfortable? Two utilities out there can help ease the preparation process. MacUpdater from CoreCode will help you determine if your installed apps are up to date, and if not, can assist in getting them current. Go64 from St. Clair Software scans your installed apps, identifies what are and aren’t 64-bit apps, and can even help you plan the budget you will need to get ready for Catalina. See what they can do and how they do it.

MacVoices #19222: Michael Roy of VMware On The Benefits of Virtual Machines, Especially For 32-Bit Apps There are many reasons to run virtual machines on your Mac, but one is about to become much more important. Michael Roy, Product Marketing and Management - Desktop Hypervisors for VMware, gives us in-depth information about the latest capabilities of VMware Fusion, and explains how it can be used to keep running 32-bit apps even if you upgrade to the 64-bit Catalina macOS. Find out what the options are, system requirements, and why there has never been a better time to make use of virtual machines.

MacVoices #19221: The First Weekend with The iPhones 11 and iOS 13 After spending the weekend working with both their new iPhones 11 and iOS 13.0, David Ginsburg of In Touch with iOS and host Chuck Joiner discuss their model choices, how they upgraded, and what their first impressions are. The speed and the battery life are improved, but the new camera system is clearly the star of the show. David and Chuck review their selections of cases and screen protectors, comment on the Liquid Retina LCD, and talk about new iOS 13 features, especially in relation to the Apple Watch.

MacVoices #19220: Kelly Guimont Introduces us to RemObjects’ Fire and Water Programing Environments Kelly Guimont helps us dive back into the Developer world with a discussion of RemObjects Software and their Elements development environment. Elements allows developers to create for one platform, then translate the code for others…iOS,Mac, Android, and Windows. Kelly explains why she views their compiler as “magical”, the different languages supported, and how you can save on a license with a special MacVoices code.