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Soon after receiving his Apple Watch, Dr. Mac set out to find the best ways to protect it. He found several good, inexpensive products and one expensive one you should avoid like the plague...
Dr. Mac says he's tried at least half a dozen apps for controlling his smart HomeKit devices, but the only one that checked all his boxes was the Eve app from Elgato. He's got the lowdown in this installment of Rants & Raves.
This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves, the good doctor shares his first impressions of HomeKit, Apple’s framework for securely controlling smart home products with your iPhone or other devices. While only moderately impressed with HomeKit so far, he does have a couple of HomeKit-compatible products he likes enough to recommends in spite of HomeKit's shortcomings.
Dr. Mac has a confession: He hates word processors! You can read all about, but only here, and only in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode #177, a delightful little ditty he calls: Tools for Writers: Ulysses.
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.
Don't miss this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves — Part II of his annual gift guide for dads & grads.
Here are a bunch of gift ideas for dads and grads Dr. Mac thinks will put a big smile on the face of your beloved dad or grad, assuming your dad or grad is a geeky music lover like our Doc.
In April, Dr. Mac spent nine days in Germany learning about Industry 4.0, the worldwide initiative (conceived in Germany) to develop standards and protocols to integrate the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems (CPS), and the Internet of Services (IoS), with large-scale data collection and analysis and machine learning. In other words, it's about smart, networked automation with smart, self-configuring components. He visited more than a dozen manufacturers, research institutes, universities, and startups across three German states and toured the fabled Hannover Fair with none other than President Obama and Chancellor Merkel. And you can read all about it right here!
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 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.