2014 MacBook Air Review: Best Laptop for Students

This is my review of the new 2014 MacBook Air. I’m going to go ahead and quickly say in my personal opinion this is the best laptop for students or people on the go. Now let’s get into the full review so I can show you why that is. The 2014 MacBook Air is an absolute beast when it comes to portability. It’s sleek. It’s slim. It’s lightweight, but at the same time it’s fast and powerful enough for the casual user. It comes in 2 different sizes: 11” or 13” and those come in 2 different variations as well. You can either get a 128GB hard drive or a 256GB hard drive, and those are both solid state drives.

The one I’m reviewing is the 13 inch model with the 256GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Now let’s start off with the processor. The Air sports a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz. That means the normal CPU speed is 1.4 GHz, but when it needs more processing power for heavy applications the Turbo Boost kicks in and it goes all the way up to 2.7 GHz. This is why you can consistently get over 11 hours of battery life on this 13″ model. The ridiculously long battery life is one of the main reasons why this laptop is perfect for students who may have classes all day long.

The 256 GB SSD has extremely fast read/write speeds so you can copy huge files within seconds. The 128 GB hard drive is a little slower than that, but it’s still fast because it is an SSD. The overall workflow on the 2014 MacBook Air is snappy. Apps start up quickly without slow load times. Though I did notice that when you’re booting the laptop up from a cold boot it’s slower than I expected, but the wake from sleep is instantaneous.

Of course this is an Apple Mac laptop so you get all the perks that come along with that. You get Mac OS X with all the built-in iLife apps, responsive chicklet keyboard with backlights, smooth and clickable multi-touch trackpad, FaceTime HD webcam, magnetic power adapter, thunderbolt port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, dual microphones, an SDXC card reader on the 13″ model, and of course the illuminated fruit on the back.

This is a MacBook Air so this shouldn’t be a surprise, but this thing is extremely portable. It’s quiet because there is no spinning hard drive inside. It’s lightweight, weighing in at less than 3 pounds, and the 11″ model is even lighter than that. It is super thin at 0.68 inches at its widest and down to 0.11 inches at its thinnest. The built-in speakers seem pretty loud to me so you should be able to jam out to your #ThrowbackThursday Spotify playlist with no problem.

Having said all that, there are a couple negatives about this laptop. I don’t like the fact that you cannot add RAM yourself. The RAM is actually soldered onto the motherboard so whatever RAM that you choose at checkout (4GB or 8GB) that’s what you’re stuck with for the life of it. But for the casual user that shouldn’t be a big deal. Also the 2014 MacBook Air does not have a Retina display, which is kind of a bummer. The native resolution on the 13″ is 1440 by 900 which is not even full 1080p HD. Other than that, I’m a huge fan of everything else about this laptop.

The pros of this laptop are it’s a good value. It’s less than $1,000 and that’s pretty standard nowadays for a nice laptop that should last you at least 4-5 years. The portability aspect is great. It’s super lightweight and small. It’s probably the most portable laptop available as of right now. Of course with an Apple MacBook you’re going to get an aesthetically pleasing design. I’ts everlasting. The battery life is extremely long. You can go all day with this and not worry about it dying. It’s high quality and quite powerful for its size. The cons for this laptop: again you can’t add RAM yourself and it doesn’t have a Retina display.

Bottom line this is perfect for for college students, high school students, law school students, or just people who are on the go in general. If you travel a lot or if you frequent coffee shops, this is perfect for you. You’re going to love this laptop, highly recommended.

By Andy Slye

5 Cool New Features of Mac OS X Yosemite

Top 5 Cool New Features of Mac OS X Yosemite

1. New Design: Very similar to iOS 7′s design overhaul last year. Mac OS X has new icons, new fonts, a translucent theme, and overall a flatter modern look. I personally dig this new interface. Yosemite is the turning point for Mac OS X in terms of making it consistent with the design of iOS.

2. Dark Mode: Not only do we have a new design, but we also have the option to change the theme to a dark mode which darkens the menu bar, the dock, and menu bar overlays. If you’re like me and are a fan of night mode themes then you’ll love the new dark mode.

3. Notification Center: The notification center performs more like it does on iOS with the Today column. You can now add widgets to it so you can see such things like your calendar, reminders, calculator, stocks, weather, and developers will be able to create custom widgets that you’ll be able to get via the Mac app store.

4. Spotlight: Spotlight search got put on steroids. Now it looks and acts like an old friend of us Mac users: an app called Alfred. When you access Spotlight search it pops up in the middle of your screen, and it searches a lot more than just your Mac’s hard drive. It searches the web and even gives you direct results from Wikipedia, iTunes, the Mac app store, and sites like Fandango.

5. Safari: I’ve never been a fan of Safari on the Mac, but the new Safari has a nice look and some useful new features to go along with it. First of all the green maximize button now makes the app full screen, and Safari itself got rid of some toolbar clutter. Now when you click in the address bar it drops down a list of your bookmarks and most viewed sites. You can also see all your open tabs on one screen which is useful. The browser is smarter and faster too. When searching something in the address bar you get drop-down suggestions for Wikipedia and other popular sites, sort of like Spotlight. All these features make it a great browser but not great enough for me to switch from Chrome.

By Andy Slye

Amazon Music App Review: 1,000,000+ Free Songs on Any Device

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In this video I’m going to show you the Amazon music app where you can get access to millions of songs and hundreds of playlists for free directly on any device. If you are looking for a way to download free music legally onto your smartphone or tablet then this is the app to go with. This is the Amazon music app and it gives you access to like millions of songs, hundreds of playlists for free if you are a Prime member. So if you’re an Amazon Prime member you will be able to get this. If you’re not a Prime member you can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime by visiting MyTechMethods.com/prime. That will take you to the page where you can sign up for that free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime where you can get access to all this music. I’m gonna show you this app real quick and how it works. So when you first open up the app and you login to your Amazon Prime account you see this little screen here. And this is the songs, albums, and playlists screen where you can browse through all the most popular songs and albums. You even got the genre drop down menu where you can select individual or specific genres or leave it on all genres. And then you got your playlists tab over here. You can go through the playlists. You got your albums. You can check out all the albums, and you got your search function here where you can search any phrase like any artist name or song name or album name to see if it’s available on the prime music app. And if you tap the Menu icon you got more options here. You can view your library so anything that you saved to your library from the prime music you will be able to view here by artist, playlists, albums, and songs, genres. Then you got your Downloads. So let’s go ahead and download a song or an album just for the sake of this video. Let’s say I wanna search for, No let’s say I wanna go to the alternative rock albums and see some albums here that I want. Or I can do my search function. I’ll just tap on an album here. And this album is available on Prime. It’s got that little check mark and the Prime logo here. So that means I can add this album to my device for free, download it. So what I want to do is add album to library, and it’s gonna add all the songs on the album to my library. And I just go back to my library and I can go on artists or albums to find that. I’ll just go to Artists and find Fun. This is the album that I just added to my library. And I can stream it for free by clicking the play button or shuffle button. Then I can also download all the songs by swiping to the left on each individual song and then clicking Download. So if I do that I can download songs from that album directly onto my device for free, and I can listen to it wherever I’m at. So not only do you have unlimited access to all the prime music for free you actually have this thing called Prime Playlists as well. You can go in here and choose all the playlists that are on prime and listen to them for free on your device. So that’s my review of the Amazon music app. You can click the link in the description below to find the link to this app for your device. Also again you can find the link to the free 30-day trial for Amazon Prime if you’re not an Amazon Prime member so you can get access to this app and all this music. So I hope you enjoyed this video, and I wish you all the best with your brand new music. Thank you so much for watching. Make sure you give this video a thumbs-up and subscribe to my channel. Keep having fun out there, and I will talk to you later.

TravelCard Charger Review for iPhone 5/5s

This is the TravelCard charger: a portable backup battery charger for your smartphone. There are both Android and iPhone versions, but today I’ll just be reviewing the TravelCard for the iPhone. It’s available in 4 different colors: black, silver, blue, and red. It gives your iPhone an additional 50% charge, give or take a little depending on your phone. So that’s roughly 5 hours of talk time, 4.5 hours of internet usage, or 98 hours on standby.

To charge your phone just pop out the TravelCard’s Lightning connector, plug it into your iPhone, and press the power button on the TravelCard. It’s that simple. I’ve found it charges my iPhone a little over 1% per minute which is pretty dang fast. It’s pretty small too, the size of a credit card: only 4.77mm thick and weighs just 2 ounces. So yes it can fit in your wallet, but I’m going to just keep it in my front pocket because for some reason I don’t want to sit on a battery being that close to my rumpty.

It comes with a USB cable so to recharge the TravelCard you simply connect the USB cable to a USB port on your computer or into your iPhone’s power adapter. So if you need a small and lightweight portable backup battery charger for your smartphone then the TravelCard is something to check out. Big thanks to Go Design for letting me review it, and thanks to you for watching. Be sure to subscribe and like this video for more tech reviews in the future. Keep having fun out there, and I’ll talk to you later.

By Andy Slye

Panasonic Lumix GH4 Unboxing

This is my quick unboxing of the Panasonic Lumix GH4 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera.

I’m looking forward to shooting all my future videos with this beast. 4K here I come.

By Andy Slye

Top 10 Best Free iPhone & iPod Touch Games 2014

Check out the top 10 best free iPhone and iPod Touch games of 2014 (so far). Thanks to Jonathan for sharing his apps with us. In no particular order:

QuizUp: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quizu…

2048: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2048/…

Jupiter Jump: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jupit…

Smash Hit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smash…

Paperama: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paper…

Jump 50: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jump-…

100 Balls: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/100-b…

Dark Lands: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dark-…

Bill Killem: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bill-…

Go Go Ghost: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/go-go…

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How to Install Windows 8 on Mac – Parallels 9 Tutorial

In this video I will be showing you how to install Windows 8 on your Mac. So this method of installing Windows 8 on your Mac requires two programs: Parallels and Windows 8. Both links to these programs will be in the description below. So right in the description below you can click links to these programs where you can get these. Parallels is an application for the Mac that allows you to run Windows or other operating systems virtually right inside your Mac. It works perfectly. I love it. It’s the best way to run Windows on your Mac. Also you’ll need a copy of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. I’ll leave the link to the Amazon product page on Amazon for the Windows 8.1 Pro full version where you can get that.

Once you have Windows 8 and also once you have Parallels installed on your Mac you can go ahead and get started. So let’s open up Parallels on my Mac. I already have Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installed virtually. Now I’m going to show you how to install Windows 8 from a clean slate using Parallels on your Mac. So let’s go to the plus sign and hit “New”. Then we’re going to choose the one that says “Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file”. Hit “Continue”. On this screen you choose where you want to install it from so if you have Windows 8 on a disc, on a DVD disc you will choose DVD. Load it into your DVD drive on your Mac then hit “Continue”. If you have an image file you can choose image file. So choose whichever one you have.

On this screen you’ll enter the product key that came with your Windows 8 version or Windows 8.1 whichever one you have. On this screen you will choose how you want Windows 8.1 to perform. I always choose “Like a PC” because I like it to just be a separate entity from my Mac with some integration as well. You can still copy and paste from your Mac to your Windows virtual machine, but you can also choose “Like a Mac” where it lets you run Windows programs right from the Mac desktop, all that good stuff. But I just like to keep it separate and I just choose “Like a PC”. Here I just choose “Like Windows 8” so you don’t have to mess around with any other external programs, third party programs. Hit “Continue”.

On this screen just give your Windows Virtual Machine a name so whatever it is: Windows 7 or Windows 8, Windows 8.1, just give it a name then hit “Continue”. Alright and Parallels will start to install Windows 8 on your Mac in this little box. And just let it run depending on how fast your computer is, your setup, what kind of processor you have, that will determine how fast this will go. It should go by pretty quickly though. And during the setup it will ask you what version of Windows 8 you have: if you have Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro. Choose whatever one you have. Hit “Next” and then it will start to install Windows 8 on your Mac. Now I’ll probably speed this portion up for the sake of this video.

Okay after the setup completes Windows will automatically restart. Alright after Windows 8 gets done doing all its automatic installation and setting everything up it’ll bring you to the Windows 8 Start screen and then you can actually maximize the Parallels window to make your Windows 8 full screen like you’re on a Windows 8 system. And you can go in here and start playing around and setting up your Windows system. That’s how easy it is. Parallels makes it super easy to get everything set up automatically for you so you can get right into Windows 8 and start doing your thing. So that’s how to install Windows 8 on your Mac using Parallels. I hope this video helped you out. If you have any questions just leave a comment down below. I’ll try to get back to you. Thank you so much for watching. Keep having fun out there and make sure you subscribe to this channel as well and give this video a thumbs-up. I’ll talk to you guys later. Bye.

By Andy Slye

How to Install Multiple Mac Apps Automatically

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Transcript:

What’s up? It’s Andy with MyTechMethods. In this video I’ll be showing you how to install multiple Mac apps at once automatically using a free web app. So if you’re a Mac user and you want to install multiple apps at once, and you want to save a lot of time, a lot of effort, this website will help you out. It’s called GetMacApps.com and it lists a bunch of the most popular free Mac Apps on here, and you can go down here and just select any app that you want to install. You can select all of them if you want to and then once you select all the apps that you want to install on your Mac you just click this button called Install These. And the instructions for this website are right here on the left if you want to just follow those but for this video I’ll just show you how to do it really quickly. So if you go through here select all the ones that you want, I’m just going to select an app that I don’t have on my system currently which is, I don’t have Audacity so I’ll just select that. But you like I said you can select all the apps that you want and then click this little button here and it’ll give you this code here. What you want to do is just copy this code then open up terminal on your Mac. Okay now once you’re in terminal you’re just gonna paste that code into your terminal that you just copied and then hit enter. It’s going to install all the apps you selected in the background automatically, and you can go get your coffee, get your caffeine in for the day, come back and it’ll be done. The time it takes will depend on how many apps you selected to install. This one went pretty quickly because it was only one app so there you go it’s done. And then once I close Terminal out I can go and search for my apps and there it is. Audacity has been installed and there it is. So that is an awesome website for Mac users. Bookmark that. It’s called GetMacApps.com. It’ll definitely come in handy if you get a new Mac or you had to reinstall for some reason. You can just reinstall all those apps all at once automatically. I hope this was helpful to you. If you’re a Windows user as well you can use a similar site called Ninite.com which is really awesome. It does the same thing for Windows. It’s probably is a little easier actually so check that out. I did a video on that. You can click that little annotation. It’ll take you to that video if you’re a Windows user. Make sure you give this video a thumbs-up and subscribe to my channel. Thank you so much for watching. Keep having fun out there and I will talk to you later.

By Andy Slye

Audio Technica ATR2100 USB/XLR Microphone Review

Audio Technica ATR2100 Microphone Review & Test

You know me, I’m always looking for the best deal on the best quality products, and this is dang near the best USB/XLR microphone you can get for such a low price. This is my review and test of the Audio Technica ATR2100 microphone. As always the link to the best price on Amazon for this mic will be in the description below. In the box you have the ATR2100 microphone, a mini tripod desk stand, a threaded stand clamp, a USB cable, and an XLR cable.

Let’s do a quick overview of the mic then we’ll do a sound quality test comparison. This is a dynamic microphone that is a great option for people who want to do voiceovers, podcasts, or even singing. Its versatility and build quality are outstanding. It’s made of a nice looking and durable silver metal. It can either be held in the hand or put in the clamp and attached to any standard mic stand. It is one of the few microphones that has both USB and XLR connections. This is super convenient because it can be plugged into any computer (Windows or Mac) via the USB connection and start recording right away. Then if you ever upgrade to a mixer or need to use it on any other analog equipment you can use the XLR connection and not have to purchase a new mic.

Some of the key features include the built-in headphone jack for live audio monitoring, a low mass diaphragm providing excellent frequency response, and the cardioid pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sound in the background. All of these qualities result in a smooth high-quality sound recording. So far the audio in this video has been recorded with the ATR2100 mic so now I want to show you a comparison between the ATR2100 and my webcam’s microphone. I’m now recording with my webcam’s mic and you can probably already tell a huge difference in quality. Let’s go ahead and switch back to the ATR2100.

Now I’m back on the ATR2100, thank goodness. One thing I would recommend when you order the this mic is to also get this foam wind screen. It’s only a couple dollars, and I’ll leave a link to this in the description as well. This slips right onto the ATR2100 mic and will improve the recording quality by eliminating the pops from your P’s and S’s. so you can get a clean crisp audio recoding every time. So that is my review and test of the Audio Technica ATR2100 microphone. Obviously one of the best budget microphones, and arguably one of the best microphones overall. Again the link to the best price on Amazon will be in the description below. Make sure you give this video a thumbs up if it helped you out, and subscribe to my channel for more tech reviews. Thanks for watching. Keep having fun out there, and I’ll talk to you later.

By Andy Slye

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