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Elgato Eve, an App for Controlling Smart Devices

4:50 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

eve app easy homekit

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.

Smart Products Made Smarter Together

2:15 PM, Jun. 15th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and 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.  

Tools for Writers: Ulysses

11:00 AM, Jun. 1st, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


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.

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…