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Sweet 10,000mAh Battery (plus Flashlight) Just $19.99

8:00 AM, Feb. 7th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

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...

Batmobile iPhone Case -The Dorkiest Product of 2015

4:40 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

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.

MacPhun = The Easy Way to Improve Photos

11:00 AM, Jan. 24th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

MacPhun has a sense of humor...

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.

Why Dr. Mac Thinks Redundant Backups are Essential

6:30 PM, Jan. 8th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Data Rescue 3

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.

Resolve to Protect Your Data in 2015

3:22 PM, Jan. 5th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

osx-time-machine

There are only two kinds of Mac users: Those who have lost data, and those who will. It’s sad that so many users still don’t start backing up until after they’ve lost irreplaceable files. You’ve heard me say it year in and year out, but at least some of you (and you know who you are), are not paying attention. Read my first column of the year and resolve to back up your stuff and avoid heartache in 2015.

Logitech Harmony Universal Remote Finally Gets It Right

5:30 PM, Dec. 26th, 2014 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Harmony Ultimate Home universal remote

For years I’ve been searching for the perfect universal remote control, one that was easy to set up and manage, able to control all aspects of all of my audio and video components, and reliable enough that I could throw the device’s original remote in a drawer and never miss it. 

I finally found one -- and it's awesome -- but you'll have to read the column if you want to know more...

Dr. Mac’s Tips for Maximizing and Adding Storage on iPhone and iPad

6:35 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2014 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

iXpand Flash Drive is barely larger than its USB and Lightning connectors

Many of Dr. Mac's readers and friends had problems updating to iOS 8 over WiFi, reporting that their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch complained that the update couldn’t be installed because it requires at least 5.7GB of storage. If your iDevice only has 8 or 16GB of storage, chances are you saw a similar message. Here is Dr. Mac's advice to those whose iDevices are full or nearly full...