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#508 Clarify-Like iOS App, Phone Number on Your Lock Screen, When Cables Go Bad, Taming the Terminal Part 28 – Network Troubleshooting

I attempt to give you a way to grasp the enormity of the Apple earnings. Listen to the Live NosillaCast on your Roku, AppleTV, Windows Phone and more by clicking on Help over at In Dumb Question Corner, I attempt to find a tolerable answer to James Staple’s question from Twitter: is there a Clarify-Like App for iOS? Next up I explain why you might want a phone number on your lock screen and a couple of ways to accomplish that using Over for iOS or Skitch. A fantastic story about fixing a dead MacBook Pro for only $30. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart takes us through Taming the Terminal part 28 of n – Network Troubleshooting.

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Put a Phone Number on Your Lock Screen

lock screen of a pelican, message is "if found please call"Back in 2012, I told you about a handy little $1 app for iOS called Bob’s Contact Lock Screen. Let’s say you left your iPhone at a party. If someone of good moral character found it and you keep your phone locked, how would they know it was yours and how to get it back to you? Bob’s Contact Lock Screen was designed to let you take a photo of your choosing, type some text on it such as, “If found please call…” and then save the new image and use it as your lock screen image. I’ve been using it for years, and felt a little bit better knowing there was a chance I might see my phone back if I lost it.

However when I bumped up to the iPhone 6, I realized the images created by this tool were leaving a giant black empty place across the bottom because it hadn’t been updated for the bigger screen sizes. I wrote to the devs asking if they were doing a new version (that I would happily buy again for another whole dollar) but I was summarily ignored. So much for support from Bob.

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When Cables Go Bad

pic of me with the laptop torn open and my happy driver from iFixitThis week I was really excited when my friend Melanie sent me a photo of a sad little question mark folder on the boot up screen of her mid-2012 MacBook Pro. I was excited because Steve got me the 70 piece iFixit Pro Tech toolkit for Christmas and I was itching to use it! I made the appropriate sad noises to her and had her bring it over. She was willing to buy a new laptop if needed (she thought it was older than it is).

It was pretty obvious that the simple problem was that her hard drive had died. I said to her, “You HAVE been running your backups, RIGHT?” To which she replied, “Yes, only 28 days ago! That’s really good for me.” Oh well, no tragedy in her book I guess. She also told me that the machine had been running really slowly. I suggested that instead of putting in another spinning hard drive, I’d put in a Solid State Drive. She told me that I was authorized up to $600, and I assured her I could put in a 500GB SSD for under $300 and she was delighted. I loaned her an older Macbook I had lying around (that amazed her that I had an extra computer and sent her on her way.

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Is There a Clarify-Like App for iOS?

does pages plus skitch equal clarify?James Staples asked me a question on Twitter that I had trouble answering at first, but after a few days I kept coming up with more and more solutions. He asked:

Do you know of any apps that can markup a photo (e.g. Step 1,2) via iOS extension like Preview or Clarify on OS X? Would just love something with steps and an extension like @clarifyapp for iOS. My #ptbs is that i’m trying to be more iPad-centric and would like to produce 1-2 screenshot guides

I wanted to help James especially because he coined the hashtag #ptbs! I was at a loss though, what app would do what Clarify does but on iOS?

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High End Leather Bags from LooptWorks Actually Save Natural Resources

Allison interviews LooptWorks CEO and Co-founder Scott Hamlin about their Bags, Cases and Sleeves made from repurposed materials. LooptWorks takes excess materials from other companies, such as shoe leather and airline seat covers, and turns them into high-end products. By recapturing excess materials Looptworks saves a significant amount of water and other natural resources. The setting is the CES 2015 show room floor.

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Braven’s Rugged Bluetooth Speakers Can Take a Lickin’

Allison interviews Isaac Cruz from Braven about their rugged outdoor Bluetooth speakers. Their outdoor BRV-Pro speakers are stackable, have a built-in solar panel accessory for charging and can charge other devices through USB. The BRV-Pro can be mounted to your bike, kayak or other outdoor vehicle with an action sport mount. These speakers are IPX7 rated so they are completely waterproof. The setting is the CES 2015 show room floor.

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Octa Spider Monkey Tablet Holder Gives You Great Flexibility

Allison interviews Lindsay Anthony from Octa about their unique stands and holders for tablets. Octa showed two new kits at CES including the Lynx and the Spider Monkey which both use interchangeable mounting hardware components. The Lynx clamps to flat, round, or irregular surfaces or poles to mount your tablet. The Spider Monkey has a long flexible steel tail that allows you to wrap, curl, or tuck it in place in bed, on the couch, or around a structure to hold your tablet at a convenient height. The setting is the CES 2015 show room floor.

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Record 360° (4π Steradians Actually) Videos with 360Heros

Allison interviews the CEO and founder of 360Heros, Michael Kintner, about his company’s holders and software that supports 360° video using multiple GoPro Hero cameras. The holders are 3D printed flexible cases that support six, seven or ten GoPro Hero3/Hero4 cameras. Their 360 CamMan and 360 Video-Stitch Studio software packages manage the raw video files and stitch together the multiple video streams to form a full 360° video of the scene. 360Heros also provides a mobile app that plays the 360 videos hosted at 360Heros’ site. The app works with the mobile device’s gyro and accelerometer allowing the user to interact with the video. The setting is CES 2105 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Video of Great White Shark attacking a 360Heros holder with 6 GoPro cameras

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#507 Audio Hijack, Mobee, Tome, Escort, Chris Ashley

Update & correction on saving Preview Filters tutorial from last week; new tutorial here. My latest video tutorial all about ClamXav from is up at Audio Hijack gets a MAJOR update at We kick back into some more CES interviews. First up is Mobee from including a hands-on review. Next we talk to Tome who is hoping their software combined with Humanscale’s standing/sitting desks will help you get healthier at work. Finally Escort shows off their latest radar detector. In Chit Chat Across the Pond I’m joined by Chris Ashley of the SMR Podcast at to talk about the new face of Microsoft and how they’ve become so much more of a platform agnostic company.

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