iPhone SE: Is Less the New More?

11:50 AM, May. 27th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE

Apple introduced the iPhone SE earlier this year and Dr. Mac's been testing one. While it looks like an iPhone 5 or 5s from the outside, inside are thoroughly modern guts based on the iPhone 6s. 

Dr. Mac’s Deeper Look into Budget-Priced VR Headsets

1:23 PM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Google Cardboard Knockoff for $10.99

Dr. Mac tested a variety of Virtual Reality (VR) goggles that use an iPhone as its brains, sensors, and screens. In this second installment on the subject, he takes a deeper look at those goggles and offers his suggestions on which to use.

Dr. Mac’s Introduction to Budget VR Googles

4:30 PM, Apr. 20th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Google Cardboard

Dr. Mac's been hearing that virtual reality (VR) is the next big thing since time immemorial, and has strapped more than one VR contraption to his face over the years in the name of research, and recalls that every single one of them made him nauseous and sweaty within minutes. This week he reports on his experience with the latest thing in budget-priced virtual reality goggles, Google Cardboard.  

A Dynamic Duo of Inexpensive Timesaving Mac Utilities

12:45 PM, Apr. 12th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

moom move and zoom windows from your keyboard

Dr. Mac has always been obsessed with finding the fastest, easiest, or most elegant way of doing things. So many of his favorite Mac (and iOS) apps are simple, inexpensive utilities that help him do one thing better, faster, or more elegantly. He recently added a dynamic duo of such utilities to his Mac productivity arsenal and says today he wouldn’t want to use his Mac without them.

Is Blue Light Really Bad for Sleep?

4:50 PM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

f.lux is like Night Shift for your Mac

Apple introduced iOS 9.3 with the new Night Shift feature a couple of weeks ago and Dr. Mac has been obsessed with finding evidence that blue light does or does not affect sleep patterns. SO read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #169 and discover the thrilling conclusion…  

Dr. Mac’s Working Smarter: Apps that Help You With the Pomodoro Technique

5:20 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Are you familiar with The Pomodoro Technique®? If you’re not, you really should check it out. Dr. Mac uses it every day to help him focus on a single task and remain focused for as long as necessary in 25 minute bursts. Because he's focused on a single task, he does better work and finishes it faster than if he's multitasking or trying to work between interruptions.

A Usable Stand-Up Desk for $25? Yes!

12:30 PM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Oristand cardboard stand-up desk for $25

There’s no shortage of controversy in the debate over whether sitting or standing at your desk is healthier. But if you'd like to try standing and would prefer not to spend $500 or more on a stand-up/sit-down desk, Dr. Mac found a cool new standing desk fabricated out of industrial cardboard that sets up in seconds and costs only $25! 

Desktop Printer Ink Wars 2016: Part II

4:50 PM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Epson EcoTank HP Instant Ink

Epson and HP each introduced a new approach to the inkjet printer ink dillemma. Epsons features five new EcoTank models that have huge ink reservoirs with enough ink for up to two years of printing. Hewlett-Packard (HP) introduced “Instant Ink,” which charges you not for the ink you use, but for the number of pages you print each month. His results may not be surprising, but one of the printers gave him an unpleasant surprise. Read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #165 for the thrilling conclusion to Desktop Printer Ink Wars 2016 (continued from last week).