What To Do When Your Apple Watch Tells You NOT to Eat the Candy Bar

4:45 PM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Wearables & Blood Chemistry

The increased use of wearables will naturally invite the monitoring of body chemistry. Just as we do for fitness now, there will be norms and goals. Along with that, in the tech industry's all too eager efforts to be of assistance, monitoring of blood chemistry won't be without helpful suggestions about what and what not to eat. It's coming soon.

Why Apple’s Time Machine Utterly Fails User Needs

5:30 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's Time Machine languishes

Apple's Time Machine backup system was born in a time when Apple realized that customers weren't routinely backing up their Macs. So a simple, stopgap system, with some novel features, was devised for the novice user. Unfortunately, over the years, the app hasn't progressed and kept pace with modern user needs. Today, most every tech writer says: Use it, but don't trust it completely. This is unfortunate.

Living with an iPad Pro

2:40 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Drawing made on iPad Pro

As Dr. Mac told you last week, he's been testing a 128GB iPad Pro with a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and while it won’t replace his laptop, it has quickly become his iPad of choice for a variety of reasons (which you'll only discover if you read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #161: Living with an iPad Pro.

Harvard Study: The Internet of Things is a Surveillance Playground

8:15 PM, Feb. 1st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

A TV Watching You

Harvard University released a study on Monday titled Don't Panic: Making Progress on the "Going Dark" Debate. It might also have been titled Governments Shouldn't Freak Out about Encryption: The Internet of Things is a Surveillance Playground. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Apple Builds Secret Virtual Reality Team, But for What?

6:21 PM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Virtual Reality Googles with an Apple Logo

Apple has built what was a secret team to develop virtual reality technology, according to unnamed sources cited by The Financial Times of London. The team is comprised of hundreds of employees from a series of acquisitions in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented-reality (AR) space, as well as hires from outside of Apple. Bryan Chaffin wants to know what they're working on.

iPad Pro: Impressive, But Not a Laptop Replacement for Dr. Mac

4:00 PM, Jan. 27th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

iPad pro three 3 colors

Dr. Mac has been testing a decked out 128GB iPad Pro with the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard for a couple of months and says it's cool, but not a laptop replacement for him. You'll only find out why if you read this week's episode (#160 in the long-running series) of Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves. 

What to Expect (and Not Expect) From Apple in 2016

5:20 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple in 2016

In 2015, Apple released the new MacBook, the Apple Watch and the much anticipated iPad Pro. What will 2016 be like?  Will there be unexpected, new products? John Martellaro thinks this will be a year of hardware and software consolidation and refinement.

California Bill Would Ban Encrypted Smartphones

6:20 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Promo shot of Assembly Member Cooper, in the middle

It turns out that New York isn't the only state with uninformed state legislators with misguided thoughts on technology. California Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-9th) introduced Assembly Bill 1681 this week, a bill that would ban the sale of all encrypted smartphones without backdoors available to the manufacturer.

Everything Old is New Again (or You Do Know Jack, Don’t You?)

4:10 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

The Jackbox Party Pack

Dr. Mac's son came home raving about a cool new party game called You Don’t Know Jack. The good doctor regretfully informed him that You Don’t Know Jack (YDKJ hereafter) first became available as an interactive CD-ROM the year before he was born and has been available continuously on various platforms ever since. It turned out it actually was a new game called The Jackbox Party Pack; it costs $24.99 in the Mac App Store. Read the column to see why Dr. Mac really, really liked it.