Your OS X Menu Bar is Prime Real Estate

6:30 PM, Apr. 9th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Your OS X Menu Bar is Prime Real Estate

Dr. Mac says, "I'm not normal; I've currently got more than 25 menu bar apps in addition to the handful included with Yosemite. But I happen to like menu bar apps... a lot...  and I find all of the ones I have installed useful in some way."

Here are a few of my faves...

Pages 5 for Mac: How to Modify Tables, Create Formulas, and Share Documents

10:30 AM, Apr. 4th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

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Pages 5.5.2 for the Mac is a very capable word processor, and it's full of all sorts of abilities you might not have thought about. In the following tutorial Nancy Carroll Gravley will show you how you can control the number of rows and columns in a table, create a formula, and share your documents within Pages.

No, the Apple MacBook is NOT a ‘4-year Step Backward’

5:10 PM, Apr. 3rd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The new Apple MacBook is designed for extreme portability and low weight. Its low power Core M processor provides support for thinner designs and eliminates the need for a fan. To achieve that, it makes a concession to speed. So while the benchmarks are similar to a four year old MacBook Air, this MacBook is most emphatically not a step backward, as Business Insider claims this week.

Apple Watch Conceived to Free Us from the Tyranny of our Phones

10:16 PM, Apr. 2nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

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The Apple Watch was originally conceived as a device that would free us from the tyranny of our smartphones—and that includes iPhones. According to an excellent in-depth look at Apple Vice President Kevin Lynch and the Apple Watch, Apple wanted to find a way for us to be connected in a less intrusive, more human way.

The (New) Mouse of Dr. Mac’s Dreams

3:40 PM, Apr. 1st, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

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This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #116, I tell you about my latest infaturation -- Logitech’s just-released MX Master mouse, which includes the best speed-adaptive scroll wheel I’ve ever used. That alone would be worth the price of admission to me, but the new MX Master mouse has much more to love. For example... 

The New Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet Hits the Mark

3:15 PM, Mar. 31st, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The Surface Pro 3 seemed to be an awkward device with its high cost out of sync with a less than awesome keyboard. However, the new lower cost sibling, the Surface 3, makes some interesting and important design changes. John Martellaro likes it.

Tim Cook Blasts Indiana Discrimination Law, and it’s the Right thing to Do

9:29 AM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Indiana's legislature passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and Apple CEO Tim Cook responded with an op-ed in the Washington Post calling out the state for enacting a pro-discrimination law. The law, set to go into effect in July, gives business owners the right to refuse service to anyone and then use their own religious beliefs as justification. Opponents of the law, including Mr. Cook, say it's nothing more than state-sanctioned discrimination.

Steve Wozniak: Apple Watch Edition Won’t Move the World Forward

7:25 PM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

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Steve "Woz" Wozniak is interested in the Apple Watch, but not the Apple Watch Edition at the high end. At a keynote event titled What's Next--The Future of Technology at the Automate/Promat Show in Chicago on Wednesday, Mr. Wozniak said he thought the US$10,000 and $17,000 Apple Watch Edition wasn't the kind of device that would move the world forward.

The REAL Reason Apple’s iPad is Faltering

3:45 PM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's iPad sales started out growing like gangbusters. It looked to become a major product line alongside the iPhone But then, in the last year, sales have faltered. Various reasons have be put forward: update cycles, the popularity of phablets, and so on. But the real reason goes much deeper. John Martellaro explains.