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Everyone is guessing what, precisely, Apple will announce at the Hey, Siri event on Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Dr. Mac is no exception. Join him as he handicaps this year's batch of predictions in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #140.
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Keyboard shortcuts save you time and effort; if you’re not already using them all the time, you’re missing out. And shortcuts that use the Command key aren’t the only game in town these days. So don't miss this episode, in which Dr. Mac exposes hidden Option-key shortcuts that can save your bacon (or at least save you a little time).
A reader recently asked Dr. Mac how long he could expect his Mac to last. You might be surprised at his response.
If your iPhone has a serial number that qualifies it for Apple's iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus, Dr. Mac has first-hand advice that may save you from wasting hours.
The BlueGATE CTR is a hands-free Bluetooth car kit with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC pairing for cars with an AUX in port. It has music controls, a built-in mic for calls, and a 2.1A USB port on the DC adapter for charging your iPhone or iPad. It lists for $67.99 though it usually sells for $44.99, but have we got a deal for you (at least until August 30). Just use the coupon code SAVEBLU1 to take $25 off. So your price for the BlueGATE CTR will be $19.99. And, of course, other than local tax, that's all you'll pay 'cause shipping is free. If my car had an AUX port, I'd order one in a heartbeat.
Dr. Mac has a first-world problem: He has too many photos — nearly 100,000 — to synchronize among his Macs and iDevices. That’s a tall order and until recently, an order he was unable to fill to his satisfaction.
As he promised last week, in this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves he tells you how he does it (with "it" being backing up several terabytes of data).
The nice folks at Inateck sent me their waterproof MercuryBox Aluminum Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker to play with a few weeks ago. The first thing I did was drop it in the hot tub for a minute to test its waterproof-ness, which didn't hurt it a bit. Its sound quality is surprising for such as small speaker, and the solid aluminum case should stand up to abuse. While I'm not sure I'd recommend it at $129.99, Amazon currently has it for $46.99, which is a bargain. For the record, here are its specs: Dual 5-watt precision-tuned drivers; IPX5 water resistant speaker; 1800mAh rechargeable Lithium Ion battery for up to 15 hours of play time; built-in high sensitivity Microphone for hands-free telephone calls; compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices and non-Bluetooth devices via 3.5mm audio cable.
In technology there’s only one thing Dr. Mac is absolutely certain of: Your hard (or solid-state) disk is going to fail. He knows you've heard it all before, but apparently some of you weren't listening...so he's trying again with different words.