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What to Expect at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show is held each year in Las Vegas, Nevada and is one of the largest industry trade shows in the world. Thanks to our friends at Etymotic Research, Your Mac Life will be attending CES from January 6th to 9th, 2011.

We began our CES coverage earlier today with an interview with Etymotic's CTO, Dr Mead Killion. It got me to thinking about what we can expect to see at CES this week.

Using my iPhone, I shot this video explaining a little about what I expect from CES. I hope you enjoy it!

Interview with Etymotic's CTO, Dr Mead Killion

The Consumer Electronics Show is held each year in Las Vegas, Nevada and is one of the largest industry trade shows in the world. Thanks to our friends at Etymotic Research, Your Mac Life will be attending CES from January 6th to 9th, 2011.

Ahead of the madness later this week, I spoke to Etymotic's Chief Technology Officer, Dr Mead Killion, about their products, headphones vs earphones and why they are showing at CES.

Click this link to listen to the interview directly but, even better, subscribe to Your Mac Life on iTunes and get all of our interviews from CES and elsewhere, downloaded automagically.

My Only CES Experience

Shawn,

I've been to CES once in my life. Below is a tale of heartbreak and woah…. Well, major disappointment, buried amid fun and excitement.

The story:

It was 1980, and I was working for a Research and Development company in Southern California. One of the companies we developed for was Mattel Electronics. We developed the Dungeons and Dragons electronic game (I have one, and it still works), and were working on another electronic game for them. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of it, but it was pretty reasonably cool... Vocal Blaster or something like that.

It was a very futuristic looking device, and I wish I had pictures for you.

It looked a little like a flying saucer, say the Lost in Space spaceship. It was about the size of a dinner plate, made of white matte plastic. On the top, which was flat, it had a smoke colored plastic disc that, when the device was off, hid two concentric rings of red and green LEDs. Set into the edge were two microphones, set 180 degrees apart, so that each would be pointed toward a player sitting on opposite sides of a table. The microphones were small metal mics (it looked like they took a couple of high quality handheld microphones), painted white to match the unit.

The unit sat low on the table when powered off. To power it on, you press down on it's top. Slowly the unit would raise a couple of inches off the table (on a central leg), the LEDs would flash like a little light-show, and it would play startup tones. When it was up, it would suggest a game, and you'd say "Yes" or "No" and it would either play that game, or move to the next game. As I recall, it had four games available.

Etymotic presents YML/The Loop at CES!

The Consumer Electronics Show is held each year in Las Vegas, Nevada and is one of the largest industry trade shows in the world. Thanks to our friends at Etymotic Research, Your Mac Life will be attending CES from January 6th to 9th, 2011.

At Macworld Expos, we always try and bring you the general ambiance of the show floor. That's not even remotely possible with CES. The show is a massive affair that few organizations can cover effectively. What we will do is try to "shrink the show" to manageable proportions and show you what it's like from one point of view.

Like a lot of companies, Etymotic Research will be featured in the iLounge Pavilion. You'll be able to check out their wide range of earphones and headsets and talk to industry experts about your audio needs.

And keep Friday, January 7th at 6pm open - Etymotic Research is "picking up the tab" at an RSVP only Special Event that evening. We encourage you to send an email for event details to "expo at yourmaclifeshow.com" and we'll send you the address to the secret location!

If you can't make it to Las Vegas for the show, stay tuned to YML for the most interesting coverage of CES!

YML's Best of 2010!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - "YML's Best of 2010!"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

15% Macworld Expo Conference Package Discount!

Are you thinking about going to Macworld Expo next month? Well, here's a little incentive for you.

IDG is offering a 15% discount off a conference package! Go to this URL and enter Priority Code “SPEAKER” at time of registration. My Beginner Digital Photography Seminar is on Wednesday, January 26 from 10AM to 5PM but the code is good for *any* conference package.

Hope to see you in San Francisco!

Interview with Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba

There are all kinds of different Macintosh application bundles. The latest has a twist - six developers have gotten together to offer you six great apps for only $10 each. Paul Kafasis, CEO of Rogue Amoeba talks about the Indie Mac Gift Pack and why these developers got together to offer this deal.

We also took some time to talk to Paul about Rogue Amoeba's latest release of Air Foil 4.

You can listen to the interview directly from this link or go to iTunes and subscribe to Your Mac Life to get all the podcasts we do sent to you automagically!

Enter to Win a Free Digital Camera from Olympus, YML and The Loop

As mentioned in a previous column, the nice folks at Olympus.com have offered up two of their cameras for readers on The Loop, listeners of Your Mac Life and to participants of my all day Macworld Expo session on Beginner Digital Photography. The cameras are the Stylus Tough-6020 and the SP-800UZ.

The contest could not be simpler — take a picture.

YML Interview with 1Password

This past weekend, Gawker Media's servers were compromised, resulting in a security breach at Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot. The breach had far ranging security issues that once again, reminded us how important good, strong and different passwords are.

Whenever we need to talk about passwords, the folks at 1Password are our go to guys. This week, Jeffrey Goldberg of 1Password stepped up to explain what happened at Gawker and how to protect yourself in both the short and long term.

You can listen to the interview directly from this link or go to iTunes and subscribe to Your Mac Life to get all the podcasts we do sent to you automagically!

How not to Use a Mac, App Awards and Apple at CES?

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - "How not to Use a Mac, App Awards and Apple at CES?"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Interview with Don Shank of Pixar

Don Shank is an Emmy Award winning artist and animator. He works at Pixar and has done design work for feature animation including "The Incredibles" and "Up" and was also the Production Designer of the new Pixar short film "Day & Night".

Don has not only had a wide ranging animation career (he worked on the deeply weird "Ren and Stimpy Show" as well as his Pixar work) but his personal work (available for purchase from his web site) is completely different and just as interesting as his "commercial" art.

Don was kind enough to talk to YML about his career in general and his work on "Day and Night" and what it's like to work at Pixar.

You can listen to the interview directly from this link or go to iTunes and Subscribe to Your Mac Life to get all the podcasts we do sent to you automagically.

Mac App Store, Awards and Olympus Camera Giveaways!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - "Getting ready for the Holidays and iMovie for the Mac and iPhone"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

$30 for $50 Worth of Floral Goods from Touched By Flowers

Wanna send someone flowers this Holiday Season? Groupon has a great deal - Florist donates profits and I get $10!

The florist gives a percentage of the proceeds to a charity of your choice from more than 30 different nonprofit organizations. Your Groupon also covers the $9.95 service and transmission fee, for a $60 total value. Shipping is included.

If you use the URL included here, Groupon also gives me a referral fee of $10 - it's a Win/Win!

Getting ready for the Holidays and iMovie for the Mac and iPhone

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - "Getting ready for the Holidays and iMovie for the Mac and iPhone"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

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Thanksgiving, iOS 4.2 and CES Preparations!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - "Thanksgiving, iOS 4.2 and CES Preparations!"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/yml-audio-only

You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Interview with Bob Gager, Group Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop Elements 9

Adobe has released Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 recently and Bob Gager, Group Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 was kind enough to join us for an extended interview about some of the new things in this version and how you can use them.

The folks at Adobe have some Black Friday Pricing deals for you, too! Go to the Adobe Store and use the promo code of SAVE2010. There's a $20 mail-in rebate that comes with the software - so the promo code saves you $30 and the rebate saves $20, bringing the total down for Photoshop Elements 9 & Premiere Elements 9 for $94.99 (a $55 discount) or just Photoshop Elements 9 for $49.99 (a $50 discount).

You can listen to the interview directly at this link or Subscribe to Your Mac Life podcast on iTunes and get all the interviews downloaded automagically!

Magic Trackpad, the Beatles and the "Road to Expo!"

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - Magic Trackpad, the Beatles and the "Road to Expo!"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

CES vs Macworld Expo, Security and Christmas Gifts!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - CES vs Macworld Expo, Security and Christmas Gifts!

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Interview with John Welch about Apple's Cancellation of the Xserve

Our go to Mac IT Guy, John Welch, has written a Macworld column called "Xserve is dead... so now what?". So we decided to call him up and ask him about Apple's cancellation of the Xserve, why it matters and what it means.

You can click here to listen to the interview directly or, even better, go to the iTunes Store and Subscribe to Your Mac Life on iTunes so you don't miss a single podcast or episode!

As an experiment, I also did Video of Interview with John Welch about Apple's Cancellation of the Xserve.

More Air about the Air, Magic Trackpad and the "Road to Expo!"

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - More Air about the Air, Magic Trackpad and the "Road to Expo!"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Apple Arrogance, the Future of MacBooks and January Road Trips!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - Big Week for Apple and settling a Bet!

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Big Week for Apple and settling a Bet!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - Big Week for Apple and settling a Bet!

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
http://yml.me/macosg

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://yml.me/node/4243

You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Apple Event, Windows Phone and Expo Sessions!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - Apple Event, Windows Phone and Expo Sessions!

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
http://yml.me/macosg

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Road to Macca and "What Steve Jobs learned..."

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - Road to Macca and "What Steve Jobs learned..."

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Interview with Steven Ellis of the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati

Dr Steven Ellis is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. Dr Ellis was recently featured on Apple's web site as crediting the introduction of six iPads at Pompeii with helping his team solve one of the most difficult problems of archaeological fieldwork: how to efficiently and accurately record the complex information they encounter in the trenches.

I spoke to him about archeology in general and his research on Pompeii.

You can click here to listen to the interview directly or, even better, go to the iTunes Store and Subscribe to Your Mac Life on iTunes so you don't miss a single podcast or episode!

Interview with Andrew Green of Twelvesouth

In its short existence, Twelvesouth has quickly gained a reputation for high quality, well designed and clever products. YML got the opportunity to talk to Andrew Green, one of the founders of Twelvesouth about the company, it's design philosophy and its products.

You can click here to listen to the interview directly or, even better, go to the iTunes Store and Subscribe to Your Mac Life on iTunes so you don't miss a single podcast or episode!

OS X, New Guidelines and "Ninja Steve!"

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - OS X, New Guidelines and "Ninja Steve!"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Ping, New Hardware and VersionTracker - RIP

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by 1Password, Smile Software, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - "Ping, New Hardware and VersionTracker - RIP"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Today's Apple Announcements Dissected

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by 1Password, Smile Software, Circus Ponies and PowerMax - "Today's Apple Announcements Dissected"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.