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Continuing the theme I began here last week, allow me to introduce you to another pair of useful but semi-hidden OS X Yosemite features. Feature #1 is recording movies of your Mac or iDevice screen; #2 is putting your written signature onto a PDF document.
Don't miss it!
I've used the original iRig to play my guitars through my iDevices with IK Multimedia's AmpliTube and Apple's GarageBand (free) apps for years. It was a workhorse and a bargain at $39.99, but my one complaint was that it lacked an input gain control, so I had to record some of my guitars at lower-than-I'd-have-liked recording levels. iRig 2,the successor to my venerable iRig shipped last week, fixing my only complaint and adding new features like a 1/4" amplifier output jack, FX/Thru switch, and Android compatibility (not that I care)—all at the same low price ($39.99 - Amazon link). If you want to play your guitar through your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, I can't think of a better or more reasonably-priced way to connect it than iRig 2.
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite has gotten better since its initial release… But I notice that several of useful features are semi-hidden by default. For example, your Mac can take dictation and turn your words into text without having to buy Dragon Dictate. But it’s disabled by default. To enable it...
Anyone can now join the fun and install the pre-release beta of OS X 10.10.3, which includes the new Photos app. It may sound tempting but my advice is: Don’t do it.
This looks like a heck of a deal. GOgroove BlueVIBE EXS+ Ergonomic Bluetooth Sports Headphones that have sold for up to $79.99, available for just $19.99 with free shipping from Amazon. I haven't tried them, but would have bought them in a heartbeat if I weren't already up to my ears in headsets. According to the manufacturer, it has, built-in onboard controls and an integrated microphone, built-in rechargeable battery with 10 hours of audio playback, and more. This deal ends Friday March 6, so if you're going to get some, get 'em sooner rather than later.
Intuit recently sent a message to users of Quicken Essentials for Mac: “Your connected services will be discontinued on 4/30/15. Upgrade to maintain services. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered." But that's only part of the story...
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.