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I Found an Easy Fix for my Recalcitrant Mac Backup Disk

5:10 PM, Dec. 31st, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

system info software showing safe boot

A couple of weeks ago Dr. Mac's main Mac displayed an alert telling him his Time Machine disk was damaged and to repair or replace it A.S.A.P. After Disk Utility and several third-party disk utilities failed to repair the damage, he was surprised to discover that performing a Safe Boot did the trick.  

Three Extraordinary Apps for your iDevice

10:30 AM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

duet display iPad monitor for Mac

Dr. Mac tests a lot of iOS apps every month and says the vast majority of them are garbage. He's collected thousands of apps but says there are fewer than a hundred he considers extraordinary and exceptional. Here are three of his current favorites:

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Projects

4:40 PM, Dec. 9th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts by Lesa Snider

Dr. Mac's friend Lesa Snider is a talented photographer and author, and he says her Missing Manual books (on Photoshop and Photos for iOS and OS X) make terrific gifts, but her new ebook, The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts, is chock full of gift ideas you can make yourself. 

Tips for Traveling with your Tech Toys

12:50 PM, Dec. 7th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

this 16,000mAh battery makes an excellent travel companion

Dr. Mac's trip to Florida last week for Thanksgiving reminded him that traveling with today’s technology isn’t always easy. This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves  he offers tips for making your travels more pleasant.

One-of-a-Kind Gifts for Geeks

6:50 PM, Dec. 4th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

timbrephone great gift idea for $99

Thanksgiving and Black Friday signify the start of the shopping season, but never fear — Dr. Mac has some one-of-a-kind gifts for the geeks you love.

On Acquiring Movies to Watch on Apple Devices

2:30 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

DVD, Blu-ray, and digital iTunes copy all for $17.99: That's a heck of a deal!!

Technology is supposed to make things easier, but it makes buying movies more complicated. Long ago, when brick and mortar video stores ruled the earth, Dr. Mac says he had far fewer options. Read his account of the technical trials and tribulations of watching a movie on your Apple devices. (Hint: It has a happy ending, so you should definitely read it!) 

Tips for iPhone Photographers

4:40 PM, Nov. 18th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

better iphone photography exposure

Dr. Mac loves the camera on his new iPhone 6s Plus. Its image stabilization makes videos look more professional, and the new Live Photos feature, which captures 3 seconds of video when you shoot a still photo, is a winner. He's been shooting more photos and videos than usual lately, which led him to think about tips that may help you get better results when shooting photos or videos with your iPhone...

A Tale of Three iPhone Cases

4:40 PM, Nov. 11th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Numbers by SwitchEasy (in Sunlit Tangerine)

Dr. Mac likes iPhone cases and rarely leaves home without one. The case manufacturers have apparently taken note; in the weeks following the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus he received at least a dozen cases to check out.

So for the past couple of months he's been testing a different case every few days. Most cases worked as expected, and none of them was horrible, but there were only two that he liked enough to use everyday (at least when he's not testing other cases).

iPhone 6s Plus: Best Camera and Battery Ever

4:50 PM, Nov. 4th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Retina Flash improves selfies!

In September Dr. Mac reviewed the (then) new iPhone 6s (in rose gold). He loved 3D Touch and Live Photos but concluded that he wanted an iPhone with a larger screen, better camera, better battery, and one that wasn't so pink. He swapped for a space gray iPhone 6s Plus and says it offers two exclusive features that make all the difference in the world.