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In my humble opinion, everyone needs a portable Bluetooth speaker. If you've been postponing your purchase due to price, here's a bargain for you: The GOgroove BlueSYNC EDG Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker w/ Rechargeable Battery , Stereo Streaming & Blue LED Glow Lights has Bluetooth v2.1+EDR with A2DP for audio transmission up to 32 feet; a unique design with blue LED light accents; both a 3.5mm audio connection and Bluetooth; and a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that provides 6-8 hours of audio playback per charge. Here's the cool part: Its MSRP is $49.99; though it typically sells for $20-30 on Amazon.com. But Tuesday through Friday (February 27th), it's only $9.99 with free shipping from Amazon.com (good in the U.S. only).
What is the "secret sauce" that made Dr. Mac fall in love with his overpriced Hue lighting system? There's only one way to find out... click here.
Someone recently asked Dr. Mac about his “must-have” applications for Mac OS X Yosemite, so he wrote a column about it. Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #110 is all about three utilities that save him time and keystrokes every day.
In the OS X era I’ve tested close to a dozen list-making/time management apps including Things, OmniFocus, and many others. And I’ve read books on productivity and task management, too. But Dr. Mac found all the software and books were either too complicated, too simple, or just too crappy. The bottom line is that while Reminders and BusyCal don't suck, he finally found something he likes much better.
So this P.R. guy sends me a 10,000mAh battery that has two USB ports, an LED flashlight, and an LCD display. It takes a long time to charge fully -- at least 10 or 12 hours -- but it will recharge an iPhone four or five times or an iPad at least twice. It can even recharge two devices simultaneously. And unlike some batteries, which use proprietary ports for recharging, this one uses an industry standard Micro-USB cable. It works great but I didn't intend to write about it. It was pricey at $49.99 and had nothing special going for it. Then I got an email from the PR guy that changed my tune. Starting today, for one week, you can get one at Amazon.com for just $19.99. And it's eligible for Amazon Prime, so if you're a member (and I am), two day shipping is free. At $50 it was unremarkable; at $20 and free Prime shipping, I'm considering ordering (another) one or two...
I, Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus, would like to officially announce the nomination of the Batmobile iPhone Case for "Dorkiest Product of 2015," in spite of it being only the second month of the year." It's an iPhone case shaped like the Batmobile. One of the Batmobiles, at least, making it both dorky and cool. I wouldn't use one if you paid me, but rumor has it that our own Bryan Chaffin really, really wants one [I do - Bryan]. Here's the Japanese video promoting the case—Toxel has more info.
Dr. Mac has a love/hate relationship with Continuity and Handoff. He loves the idea that his Apple devices can be interchangeable for most tasks. So that's the love part. Now, here’s what he hates...
I have good news for those who want to improve your photos but don’t want to spend a lot of time or money... That good news comes from a cool little company out of San Diego, CA called MacPhun, which makes nearly a dozen different inexpensive apps specifically designed to help you fix imperfections and improve mediocre photos quickly and easily, for not a lot of dough.
Listen up! If you don’t have the time, money, or inclination to master Photoshop CC, you’re not out of luck. I know of at least two less-expensive yet full-featured Mac applications that do much of what Photoshop CC can do but cost significantly less...
Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus ended his last column with words that couldn’t have been more prescient: “I sleep better knowing that my data will survive almost any eventuality. So will you.” A few days after that he walked into my office to find an alarming onscreen alert: "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." Thank heaven for Data Rescue.