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Dr. Mac thought he'd try something completely different this week -- a column about Texas BBQ... What does Texas BBQ have to do with technology? You'll have to read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #124 to find out.
Dr. Mac has been teaching people how to use their Macs more effectively for as long as he can remember. So he was surprised to find himself at a loss for words when a friend asked, “If you could only recommend one thing to help me become more productive on my Mac, what would it be?” This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 123 he explains why redundancy makes you more productive.
In addition to using the 645 Pro Mk III camera app he told you about last week for most of his photos, Dr. Mac also uses a handful of third-party accessories to help him take better pictures and videos with his iPhone. Check out his inexpensive yet effective toolkit in this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves (Episode 122).
The GOgroove BlueSYNC BX Portable Bluetooth Speaker features Bluetooth, a 3.5mm AUX Port, and a USB port. This sleek, gunmetal cube with a back-lit LED glow on the front panel looks and sounds great. It's got a rechargeable, removable battery that offers up to 6 hours of continuous music and you can even take calls using the integrated microphone. This speaker usually retails for $69.99 but it's marked down to just $29.99 at Amazon, Now here's the cool part: Use the coupon code BLUESYNC at checkout to knock off an additional $10. Bottom line: You get the speaker for just $19.99 (shipping is free). But you better hurry...this offer expires on Friday, May 8th.
As good as the camera on the iPhone 6 Plus is already, Dr. Mac relies on a handful of third-party camera apps and accessories for features not found in the iOS Camera app.
Bob ?Dr. Mac" LeVitus feels like Mission Control was never meant for a two-display setup like mine -- it never seems to work the way he expects it to on a dual monitor system. So he's always augmented it with one or more third-party apps for managing windows. And since he believes he's more productive when his fingers are on the keyboard, all of the apps support a myriad of keyboard shortcuts...
The Apple Watch, being Apple's first actual "new" product since the iPad in 2010 (or the iPhone in 2007 if you consider the iPad a sub-species of the iPhone), has already generated more sales estimates and predictions of its success or failure than usual. Dr. Mac has a prediction of his own, but it's not what you think...
Dr. Mac says his entire Apple Watch try-on and ordering experience couldn’t have been smoother. In Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #119 you'll hear about it along with tips for trying on and ordering your own Apple Watch, plus rare spycam footage of the mystical, magical watch drawers in the demo tables at Apple Stores.
Dr. Mac says, "I'm not normal; I've currently got more than 25 menu bar apps in addition to the handful included with Yosemite. But I happen to like menu bar apps... a lot... and I find all of the ones I have installed useful in some way."
Here are a few of my faves...
My buddy Trevor over at Accessory Power alerted me to another outstanding deal - this time on a little non-Bluetooth rechargeable speaker called GOgroove SonaVERSE BX Portable Stereo Speaker System. While I didn't actually test this one (I've got way too many portable speakers already), I expect it to sound pretty darn good for its size and price based on hundreds of positive reviews and its 4.1 star Amazon.com rating. The best part is: That price has never been lower—with an SRP of $64.99, you can have one of your very own for a mere $14.99, and shipping is free. Design features include 2 large, side-firing drivers that (allegedly) provide room-filling stereophonic sound; a rechargeable battery that provides 3-5 hours of continuous audio playback; and a 3 Year Manufacturer's Warranty.