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Apple Music (Still) Rocks

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus takes a close look at Apple Music, two years after the service launched. Spoiler: he (still) loves it, and he explains why.

In Search of Longer MacBook Pro Battery Life

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has been looking for ways to eke out more battery time from the 7-year old MacBook Pro, and he shares what he’s learned.

A Better Way to Type on an iPhone?

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac is fascinated by Typewise, the first keyboard app designed from the ground up for the iPhone (or other smart phone) and its claim that it can reduce typos up to 80%.

Apple Notes May Be Better Than Ever(note)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Apple Notes

Dr. Mac’s been playing with Apple Notes lately and he thinks it might finally be mature enough to replace Evernote Premium in his workflow (which will save him $70 next year).

Thoughts on Apple Watch Series 5 (and watchOS 6)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

The Noise app alerts me when the ambient noise level reaches dangerous levels.

It’s no secret Dr. Mac is an Apple Watch fanboy, so it’s no surprise that this week’s Rants & Raves column is a love letter to the latest iteration.

Activ5: Fun Isometric Workouts (Almost) Anywhere

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac has been playing (actually, working out) with an Activ5 Portable Fitness Device from Activbody for the past few weeks and so far he’s impressed.

PowerPhotos: Photo Management for Photos (App)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

At some point, Dr. Mac decided that my iPhoto/Photos library was too big and archived everything prior to 2014 in a second iPhoto/Photos library, which is where PowerPhotos came in.

Pixelmator Pro: Image Magic via Machine Learning

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac has discovered something approaching the holy grail of image-processing—a way to enlarge (or reduce) an image with fewer visible artifacts and jagged edges, and less blurriness and other unwanted elements.

AirPods Pro: What I Like About You!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac explains why he loves his new AirPods Pro for their passive and active noise cancellation, excellent sound quality, and comfortable silicone ear tips, all in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode #361.

BBEdit Just Keeps Getting Better

· Bob LeVitus · News

Dr. Mac is impressed with the latest release of Bare Bones Software’s venerable Mac text editor, BBEdit, saying it just keeps getting better and better, with the latest release (BBEdit 13), adding several extremely useful  features.

I Love AirPods Pro (Part I)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac loves his 1st gen Apple AirPods, but it turns out he loves his new AirPods Pro even more, as he explains in episode #360 of his long-running Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves column!

Just in Case: iPhone Case Roundup 2019

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

X-Doria Defense Clear

So, each year Dr. Mac tests dozens of iPhone cases and selects the handful he likes best to share (in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode 359).

 

eero: Mesh Wi-Fi and More

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac has done the research, and has his official recommendation for a mesh network for those looking to upgrade their Wi-Fi or replace Apple’s canceled AirPort networks.

Protecting Your iPhone

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac used to eschew protecting his iPhones in any way, but after he scratched one iPhone and cracked the screen of another, he changed his tune…

The (New) Mouse I Love…

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says the new Logitech MX Master 3 mouse is, “closer to perfection than any other pointing device he’s ever used… find out why in episode #356 of  Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves.

Video Editing on iOS/iPadOS with LumaFusion

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

LumaFusion has everything you need to edit great video on your iPad or iPhone...

Until recently, Dr. Mac did 100% of his video editing on his Mac, but he’s finally found an iOS/iPadOS app that is so good he’s doing more of his video editing on his iPad (and loving it).

Dr. Mac's iPhone 11 Pro Max Review

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best iPhone yet, then explains why he isn’t going to buy one.