Tutorial on how to Record Conversations from your Smartphone onto your Mac through Bluetooth


Hey guys, here is my first tutorial video. It shows you an awesome way of recording conversations from your iPhone or other smartphone devices using your Mac through bluetooth.

There are definitely a lot of different apps and gadgets that can do this sort of thing, but the problem with a lot of them is most of them have  a pay per use fee. With the method described in this tutorial, you only have to pay for the apps once and you can record as many conversations as you want.

Google Voice is definitely a great option for recording phone conversations. It’s actually built right into the App, but for people that don’t like in the US, this isn’t an option for them.

The other options you have are apps that will actually put you into a conference call with a machine that will record the conversation. When the call is complete it will e-mail you an audio clip of the phone call. While this is a great way to get around the Apple or Android API, these companies are usually charging a small fee. Usually around $2/hour, which isn’t too bad by any standards.

Other options you have available are bluetooth enabled recording devices. These devices will actually pair with your smartphone and it would act basically as a bluetooth headset while also recording the conversation you wish to keep. Some examples of this is the MYNAH Call Recorder, and the one from Spy Gear Gadgets.

That is actually what gave me the idea that if you could have these gadgets that can record through bluetooth, shouldn’t your Mac also be able to as well? Turns out you can and I explain it all in the tutorial video. Hope it was helpful! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and I’ll try to answer them when I get the chance.

The apps in the tutorial can be found in the Mac App Store, or by following these links…

Phone Amego – $29.99
All Audio Recorder $19.99

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Moving Towards The Dark Side (Or maybe I’m beginning to see the light?)


I’ve been getting very upset with Apple lately. It’s been just over a year since Steve Jobs passed away, but already I’m noticing signs of Apple slowing down. Their slope for innovation seems to almost be at a flat-line and I’m really hoping things will change soon. I’m almost getting ready to abandon ship.

Some of the things that upsets me about Apple, as well as many their users, is how they limit the functionality of their products to just their newer models. Some examples of this is limiting Siri to the 4S and the iPhone 5, and also Airplay now available on Mountain Lion is only for Mac models of 2011 or later. Decisions like this make no sense to me and it makes me feel like Apple is only in it to make a buck. I feel like they’re not thinking enough about their consumers. I don’t see Google trying to pull off anything like this.

Google has been around for many years now and I have to say that besides having a natural grudge against Android for being an Apple fanboy, I really like how the company is run and I enjoy using their products. I don’t think I’ve ever spent a dollar on any of Google’s services and yet they’ve been some of the most innovative products I’ve ever seen. I feel Google really cares about their customers and tries to give them the most affordable options available.

In my opinion Android has already caught up and surpassed Apple in the smartphone department. They have more apps, more customization, and more functionality. It’s also not fair to compare Android to Windows, since they don’t seem to experience a lot of the problems the Windows OS has. Sure they’re more prone to viruses than iOS, but it terms of reliability, they’re lightyears ahead of the old Windows OS.

I know people have been hating on the new Maps app for the iPhone for some time now. I didn’t think it was too bad at first until I actually tried using it and found it couldn’t find something as simple as a McDonalds near my house. It made me want to downgrade my firmware back to the old iOS5, but of course Apple won’t let you do that.

And Siri. It’s been out for over a year now. Why am I not seeing any improvement? Instead they’ve allowed to competition to catch up and even surpass them in some ways. Oh, and guess what, if you’re using an iPhone 4 or earlier, you have the Google Voice Search (the Siri equivalent) option available on your device. Now tell me how I’m able to use Google Voice Search, but not Siri on my Apple iPhone? C’mon Apple, get with the program. You’re losing valuable search queries to your competition.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that Apple is starting to lose me as a customer. They’re definitely still ahead in the Tablet department and their Macs are (in my opinion) still the best personal computers money can buy, but if they continue to travel down this path then they may just turn into the next Microsoft. Start treating your customers like you actually care and stop limiting functionality on your products for what appears to be no apparent reason.

The Convenience of Transferring Money – Zoompass


I realize I haven’t been posting in a while. I’ve been preoccupied lately, but I’ll try to get back on track and posting on a regular basis.

Today, I’ll be talking about an App that I’ve been using for over a year now that I find very beneficial, but unable to convince people to sign up for it. That app is Zoompass.

So what is Zoompass? It’s basically a pre-paid MasterCard that’s also tied to a mobile app. Now you might be wondering why you would ever need a prepaid MasterCard when you already have Credit Cards, and that is why you’re reading this article.

So, I’ll start of with what I think is the number one benefit of using this app. For starters, it’s free to transfer money to other users. So if you ever come across a situation where you have to split a bill unevenly, you’ll be able to send and receive money to another user to the penny. I know sometimes it’s only a few dollars, but I really hate overtipping and like to avoid it as much as possible.

Second, is it has PayPass equipped. If you don’t know what PayPass is, it’s a new feature equipped on a lot of new Credit Cards which allows you to tap the card rather than swiping, or using the chip. It saves a lot of time for quick transactions at Tim Hortons where you just want to get in and out as quickly as possible.

Third, it’s a Credit Card. I have a lot of friends who have made mistakes over the years with their credit and just can’t get approved for any credit card. Now that really sucks, because there are many things that require a credit card before you can even sign up. Fortunately, there are prepaid solutions such as Zoompass to solve that problem.

The final feature I’ll be talking about is International Transfers. Zoompass is tied to Western Union, so if you plan on making any transfers via Western Union, you can do it all from your phone. There’s no longer a need to visit a Western Union branch just to send money to your relative in another country.

If you’re interested in signing up, visit the Zoompass website. After you fill out the form, and you’ll receive your very own Zoompass MasterCard in the mail shortly after.

Now I should mention that there are some fees associated with this card. They are very easy to avoid as long as you stay within their guidelines. You have to remember that it is a prepaid CreditCard, so it must always have a balance on it in order to use it without getting charged. With that being said, I’ve never had to pay a penny since I’ve had it. I have it set to automatically take money out of my bank account once it drops below a certain balance. You can learn more about the fees on their Feed & Limits page.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed reading this and considered signing up. Hopefully this App will eventually become popular and I can start using it with others I know.

Why MacBooks are cheaper than PCs in the long run


As you might know by now, I am a huge Apple and Macbook fan. If I could only choose one Apple device that I have to stick with for the rest of my life, it would definitely have to be the Macbook. Yes, they do have a high initial cost, there’s no denying that, but in the long run I think you’ll be saving a lot of time and money and here’s why:

1. No viruses

Say what you will, but I’ve owned MacBooks for 5 years now and have never had a virus once. I should also mention that I download a lot of stuff and browse a lot of sites. My bandwidth usage is through the roof. Now I’m not saying it’s not possible to get a virus on a Mac, it is very possible. It’s just that nobody I know that owns a Mac has ever gotten one. Can you say the same about a PC? This will save you from a lot of headaches from having to reformat.

2. Longer usage life

This is one of the main reasons why I think it is worth it to invest in a Mac. If this was the only difference from a PC, I would pay the extra money for this reason alone. I’ve probably owned 5 different laptops before I bought my first Macbook, and all of them had the same problem. They would become sluggish after a year or two. Who cares about specs if it’s slow. The problem a lot of other laptops is their hardware is cheap and slow down due to heat. The hardware components in a Macbook are just better and are more able to tolerate the heat.

3. The best of both worlds

It’s true that not all software runs on Macs. A lot of them are only made for Windows, more specifically a lot of games. The great thing about this is that Apple has a great solution for you that they provide at no additional cost; It’s called Bootcamp. It’ll run a virtual copy of Windows on your system that will have the exact same funcationality of a PC you bought anywhere else. I personally use Windows for all my gaming and Mac OS when play time is over. (There’s also Parallels and VM Ware, but I’ll get to that in a future post.)

4. Time Machine Daily Backups

You don’t drive a car without insurance, so why run your system without backups? I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of sensitive information on my hard drive that I’d be devistated if it was lost. It doesn’t happen often, but hard drives do fail, and when it does you don’t want to be stuck without a backup. That’s the great thing about Time Machine, it backs up your hard drive on a regular basis, so you can rewind your Mac to how it was running at a specific time. Windows also has an option for backing up, but it backs up the entire hard drive each time. Not very time or space efficient.

5. Resale value

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve had 5 different laptops before I bought my first Macbook and I have to say that I have not resold any of them. Now it’s not because I couldn’t have sold them. I was just embarrassed to sell someone an old and slow laptop that would frustrate them. I can’t say the same about a Mac, it’s something that I would gladly sell, not to mention their resale value holds up quite well. My friend had a Macbook and decided to upgrade after 6 years, and when she listed it, she ended up getting more than her asking price. There was just that much demand. If you don’t believe me, check out the completed listings on eBay.

6. Looks cool

I don’t know why, but I just think they look really cool. I kinda like to deck mine out with cases and stickers, but they look pretty good bare naked. I like how the monitor lights up the Apple logo and how the keyboard has a backlight. That’s just my opinion though.

So that pretty much sums up my list of why I think it’s worth it to buy a Macbook. Notice that I didn’t mention that the OS was better. This is because I actually kinda like the Windows 7 OS. It actually has some features that I would like Apple to incorperate, but I believe the Mac is just an overall better system inside and out. Let me know if you agree or disagree. I hope if you’re a PC user that after reading this your next notebook purchase will be a Macbook. Just in case it wasn’t already.

How to download any song or audio byte – From Youtube


First I’d like to say that I don’t intend you use this for any illegal purposes. This is written strictly for fair use to inform you of a way of taking a short 10 second audio byte from any YouTube video and putting it in say a presentation you may have. With that said, let’s get started.

After reading this you should be able to extract audio from any YouTube video and convert it into MP3. So there’s really just a few steps you have to follow. I know I’ve been writing a lot of lists lately, and I don’t plan to change it now?

Step 1

Search YouTube for a video that has audio you’d like to extract into an MP3 file. In my example I am going to search for “Summer Paradise” by Simple Plan featuring Sean Paul.

Step 2

Go through the list of videos and select one you find suitable. I suggest listening to the whole video first to ensure that the audio doesn’t cut off somewhere in the middle of the clip.

Step 3

After finding a suitable clip, copy the URL by highlight it, right clicking, and selecting ‘Copy’ from the list.

Step 4

Open a new browser tab if you’d like, but it isn’t required as long as you have the URL copied from the previous step. In the new browser tab, go to the Listen To YouTube website at www.listentoyoutube.com or click the link.

 

Step 5

Scroll down until you see a text box where it asks you to enter the URL. Paste the URL you copied earlier here by right-clicking and selecting ‘Paste’. You then have an option of Standard Quality or High Quality. I suggest you choose high quality since MP3s don’t take up a lot of space anyways. After you’re done, click the blue GO button.

Step 6

The website will then begin extracting your video. It usually take about 30 seconds. More or less depending on the length of the video and the speed of your internet connection.

Step 7

After it is done, you will be displayed with a sponsored ad. You can click on it if it interests you, otherwise click the link at the top that asks you to continue.

Step 8

You will be displayed with a page that says your file is ready for download. Click the link to proceed.

Step 9

Finally, you will be presented with one final button that when you click, your file should begin downloading.

Step 10

The file should be saved in whatever path you set the downloads of your browser to. Insert the file into your presentation or open the file with your favourite music player and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial. Let me know if there are any other Mac or iOS tutorials you would like me to write about.

Birth of my Blog!


Hello readers,

Welcome to my blog! First let me tell you a little about myself. I am Canadian and currently reside in the city of Calgary, Alberta. I am a huge fan of technology and I read and learn about it constantly. I’m always interested on hearing about new gadgets that will shape the future as well as making our lives easier.

A lot of my friends come to me when they need help with their technology, so I’m hoping this blog will be there to help others when they need it. If there are any topics you want covered, please leave me a message or comment. This way I can help you, and also help me to create content for this blog.

For now you can follow me on Twitter for updates. My Twitter username is OSXiOSGod and I will try to tweet on a regular basis.

Please leave me a comment for any questions you may have. Look forward to hearing from you.