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Dr. Mac thinks you should just say "no thank you" to the iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan public betas. Find out why in this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 132.
Dr. Mac has two small mesh bags packed with all the things he likes to have when he travels. In this episode of his long-running Rants & Raves column he shows off a few items he considers essential for his travelling bag(s) of tricks.
The GOgroove FlexSMART X3 Mini Bluetooth FM Transmitter with Hands-free Calling, Audio Playback, and USB Charging is a very good Bluetooth adapter/transmitter for your car. I've been testing one for a few weeks and it works as well as anything else, perhaps even a bit better than most. Amazon has been selling it for $49.99, which is half off its retail price of $99.99. That's not bad, but if you use the secret coupon code DEALMINI you get an additional $10 off, dropping your price to a historic low of $39.99. Oh, and, of course, shipping is free... but you better hurry 'cause this deal disappears on July 15.
Dr. Mac encountered his first (and so far, only) problem with Apple Music last week. He asks Siri to play music by The Beatles all the time and she used to respond by playing one of the 467 Beatles tunes in his iTunes library. After updating to iOS 8.4, Siri said the strangest thing when he asked for Beatles music: “Sorry, I can’t find that.” No matter what he tried, Siri insisted she couldn’t find the Beatles, even though he could clearly see 467 Beatles songs in his library. It took days but he did ultimately find a solution that worked for him...
Apple TV is getting long in the tooth, which set Dr. Mac to wondering if there was a better streaming media box available, or if Apple TV, which hasn’t seen an significant update since 2012, was still king of streaming media boxes...
Our own Dr. Mac has been using a new MacBook and while he found a lot about it to like, its single USB-C port was a dealbreaker (though he did like almost everything else about it).
Did you watch the Apple keynote last week? Dr. Mac did and he gave it a B+ overall. Wanna know more? Read his take on everything Apple announced last week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 127: My Take on What Apple Announced Last Week.
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.