Tips for Traveling with your Tech Toys

12:50 PM, Dec. 7th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

this 16,000mAh battery makes an excellent travel companion

Dr. Mac's trip to Florida last week for Thanksgiving reminded him that traveling with today’s technology isn’t always easy. This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves  he offers tips for making your travels more pleasant.

One-of-a-Kind Gifts for Geeks

6:50 PM, Dec. 4th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

timbrephone great gift idea for $99

Thanksgiving and Black Friday signify the start of the shopping season, but never fear — Dr. Mac has some one-of-a-kind gifts for the geeks you love.

It’s a Good Thing Apple Didn’t Acquire Twitter

5:15 PM, Dec. 4th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple, Twitter and Marketing

Social media is a powerful force, and it's generally a very good thing for everyone. But when Twitter was at its peak, there were suggestions that Apple should acquire Twitter for marketing purposes. Some reports even said Apple tried. But the truth is that companies are rediscovering the value of a clear, inspiring, one-way video story directed towards customers that sidesteps the noise of social media. Apple has known this all along.

Steve Ballmer Bullies Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella with Visions of the Past

6:51 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Steve Ballmer

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is cranky about the how his successor is handling some aspects of the business. During Microsoft's annual shareholder meeting Wednesday, Mr. Ballmer was critical of the company's accounting methods for his cloud and hardware businesses, as well as current CEO Satya Nadella's plan to bring more apps to Windows Phone.

How Fast Does the Apple Watch Need to Change?

3:15 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Evolution of Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has been shipping in quantity since May. It's now December. Even so, here are those who are dissatisfied with either the state of the Apple Watch or how fast it's changing for the better. Is this realistic? How fast does a wristwatch, even a high-tech one, need to change? More important, what's technically possible?

On Acquiring Movies to Watch on Apple Devices

2:30 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

DVD, Blu-ray, and digital iTunes copy all for $17.99: That's a heck of a deal!!

Technology is supposed to make things easier, but it makes buying movies more complicated. Long ago, when brick and mortar video stores ruled the earth, Dr. Mac says he had far fewer options. Read his account of the technical trials and tribulations of watching a movie on your Apple devices. (Hint: It has a happy ending, so you should definitely read it!) 

Apple is Doing Something That Could Accidentally Torpedo the iPad Pro

4:20 PM, Nov. 25th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The fate of the iPad Pro

Apple is a company that can get set in its ways. That often stems from a set of values that dictate how things should forever be. However, while products and technologies change fast, sometimes Apple is its own worst enemy when it comes to updating practices. The iPad Pro might be one of those new products held back by old thinking.

The ‘New’ Mac Pro Is a Failure

3:10 PM, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Mac Pro Mess

John Kheit thinks Apple's "new" Mac Pro is a joke, and it's not just because calling a, once again, forgotten and near abandoned 2013 model 'new' in late 2015 is the kind of air-quote irony loved by techno hipsters. He thinks Apple screwed the pooch and needs to fix it.

You Have an iPhone Now - Do As You’re Told

4:45 PM, Nov. 20th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

It's the Internet, do as you're told.

More and more, modern technical consumers are appealing to their smartphones for what to do next. How to dress. What to eat. How to think. And we don't even have consumer robots yet to attend to our indecisions. John Martellaro sizes up the situation, and it doesn't look rosy.

Tips for iPhone Photographers

4:40 PM, Nov. 18th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

better iphone photography exposure

Dr. Mac loves the camera on his new iPhone 6s Plus. Its image stabilization makes videos look more professional, and the new Live Photos feature, which captures 3 seconds of video when you shoot a still photo, is a winner. He's been shooting more photos and videos than usual lately, which led him to think about tips that may help you get better results when shooting photos or videos with your iPhone...