Living with an iPad Pro

2:40 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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.

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

4:00 PM, Jan. 27th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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. 

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

4:10 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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. 

Why iTunes Must Die!

2:50 PM, Jan. 13th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Why iTunes Must Die!

It’s no secret that Dr. Mac doesn't care much for recent versions of iTunes. Find out why in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #158, also known as, "Why iTunes Must Die!"

I Found an Easy Fix for my Recalcitrant Mac Backup Disk

5:10 PM, Dec. 31st, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

system info software showing safe boot

A couple of weeks ago Dr. Mac's main Mac displayed an alert telling him his Time Machine disk was damaged and to repair or replace it A.S.A.P. After Disk Utility and several third-party disk utilities failed to repair the damage, he was surprised to discover that performing a Safe Boot did the trick.  

Three Extraordinary Apps for your iDevice

10:30 AM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

duet display iPad monitor for Mac

Dr. Mac tests a lot of iOS apps every month and says the vast majority of them are garbage. He's collected thousands of apps but says there are fewer than a hundred he considers extraordinary and exceptional. Here are three of his current favorites:

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Projects

4:40 PM, Dec. 9th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts by Lesa Snider

Dr. Mac's friend Lesa Snider is a talented photographer and author, and he says her Missing Manual books (on Photoshop and Photos for iOS and OS X) make terrific gifts, but her new ebook, The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts, is chock full of gift ideas you can make yourself. 

Tips for Traveling with your Tech Toys

12:50 PM, Dec. 7th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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.