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In this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves: The thrilling conclusion to Dr. Mac's Guaranteed Gifts for Dads & Grads... with some nifty speakers for your loved one’s listening pleasure and much more.
Every day Dr. Mac plays with interesting products for Macs and iDevices so he can tell you about the best of 'em. That's why June and December are his favorite months — that’s when he gets to tell you about cool products that make awesome gifts. This week it's Dr. Mac's Guaranteed Gifts for Dads & Grads (Part I). (Don't miss the thrilling conclusion next week).
The SonaVERSE USB is a clever soundbar-style speaker that weighs half a pound and can be clipped onto almost any laptop. It's cleverly designed and at just 8 ounces, perfect for travel. How much would you pay for such a speaker? Its SRP is US$42.48 (and no, that's not a typo); its street price is $24.99; but TODAY ONLY you can have one of your very own for a mere $18.99 (with free shipping) from BestBuy. The speaker is covered by a 3-year warranty and BestBuy says, "You can return or exchange almost everything within 15 days for a full refund." So what have you got to lose? If you need a cool little travel speaker for your laptop, or are looking for a great-but-inexpensive gift for the road-warrior dad or grad in your life, you better order one right now 'cause this offer expires at the end of TODAY (today being Tuesday, June 2, 2015). Put another way, if you don't order today you'll pay more tomorrow.
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...