Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Is Close, but No Cigar

2:52 PM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

The Parrot AR Drone is a high-tech, ultra lightweight, remote-controlled quadricopter (helicopter with four rotors).

The Parrot AR Drone is a high-tech, ultra lightweight, remote-controlled quadricopter (helicopter with four rotors). Now an RC quadricopter is pretty cool, but one that streams HD video from its camera to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device in real time, could be very, very cool. I’ve dreamed about owning for one for years, but only found the courage last month to plunk down $299 for the latest and greatest model, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Dr. Mac’s Final Showdown

1:40 PM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: The Final Showdown

I’m now on my tenth day of carrying both new iPhones — one in each front pocket of jeans or shorts —  wherever I go. As I reported last week, I’m about to replace my year-old iPhone 5s with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now, after ten days of careful consideration, I believe I’ve got it all figured out. I won’t keep you in suspense: I’m getting... 

Does Size Matter: My Weekend with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

3:28 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Last Friday I got an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus for review; by mid-afternoon I had both fully charged, synced, and ready to rock. Sure I felt dorky with an iPhone in each hand all weekend, but it was worth it, gentle reader, to bring you this early hands-on report. But even more importantly, it was worth it to help me solve a first-world problem: Which iPhone 6 should I buy?

Episode #89: Hands-on with an iPad

11:24 PM, Mar. 31st, 2010 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


I had high expectations for the iPad and I am not in the least bit disappointed. Before receiving the device I had speculated that it would replace the laptop for many users. I still think that’s true but now that I’ve spent some time with one I also believe many users will want an iPad in addition to a laptop.

Special Report: Living with iPhone 3GS (AKA Episode #88)

10:24 AM, Jun. 29th, 2009 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


I began my iPhone 3GS review in the Houston Chronicle by saying, "I won’t keep you in suspense... it’s easily the best iPhone yet." The only thing I'd add is that after almost three weeks of using the iPhone 3GS daily is that I like it even better now than when I wrote those words.

Episode #87: First Look at Safari 4 Beta for Mac

7:55 PM, Feb. 24th, 2009 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


Unless you've been under a rock you've surely heard about the beta release of the new and improved Safari 4 unleashed by Apple earlier today. I've been playing with it ever since, so let me share some of my initial thoughts and observations.

Episode #86: What Does Apple’s New iTunes Pricing Strategy Really Mean?

7:00 PM, Jan. 20th, 2009 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


Well I woke up this morning and I couldn't get the song "Bargain" from the Who's Next album out of my head. So I fired up iTunes only to discover that while I had several complete albums by The Who and a few songs from other albums (including Who's Next) in my library, I did not have the complete Who's Next album. 

That wasn't acceptable so I clicked a few times and found that the iTunes Store offered an expanded and remastered version of Who's Next for $11.99.

Episode #84: When Good iPhones Go Bad…

4:59 PM, Aug. 18th, 2008 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


Let me begin with this: I think the iPhone is the coolest and most useful piece of tech gear I've used in this decade. Nothing has stirred my geeky juices the way the iPhone has since... well, since my first Mac in 1985. And much as I love them, I've seen (and fixed) more than my share of iPhone issues over the past year. But until last Saturday I hadn't lost my temper or my faith even once.

Macworld Expo on $0 a Day…

2:59 PM, Jan. 17th, 2008 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


I've never missed a Macworld Expo in the US. At least I'd never missed one until now. But it's true -- for the first time since Macworld Expo was invented, I'm not in San Francisco for it. But while I'm not there this week, I've found plenty of ways to make me feel like I am. So for those unable to attend Macworld, here are my tips for attending without traveling to San Francisco and without spending a dime.

Read This Before You Install Leopard

3:59 PM, Oct. 28th, 2007 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


It's been roughly 72 hours since Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard was released. Many (if not most) users are reporting no problems installing or using Leopard. Unfortunately, a significant number of others are having problems, many of which are severe. If you haven't installed Leopard yet, or if you have installed Leopard and are experiencing "issues," I encourage you to read this column from start to finish and visit all of the page links it includes.