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Griffin’s BreakSafe USB-C Cable Replicates MagSafe For the Apple MacBook

3:00 PM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · · Reviews

Griffin BreakSafe

When Apple introduced the new MacBook in early 2015, with USB-C, the legendary MagSafe power connector had to go. Instead of innovating a replacement magnetic connector, Apple left the job to Griffin. It's called the BreakSafe, and it restores the MagSafe-like functionality to a MacBook. John Martellaro was impressed. Almost.

Dr. Mac’s Deeper Look into Budget-Priced VR Headsets

1:23 PM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · · Reviews

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.

A Dynamic Duo of Inexpensive Timesaving Mac Utilities

12:45 PM, Apr. 12th, 2016 · · Reviews

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 · · Reviews

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…  

Minix Neo C USB-C Multiport Adapter (Dock) Includes VGA or HDMI

5:30 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2016 · · Reviews

MInix USB-C dock

The Minix Neo C USB-C "Multiport Adapter" is dock for the Apple MacBook that has two USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, pass through charging, two camera card slots, and either HDMI or VGA depending on the model. It has some design and feature aspects that set it apart from similar products.

Dr. Mac’s Working Smarter: Apps that Help You With the Pomodoro Technique

5:20 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2016 · · Reviews

Are you familiar with The Pomodoro Technique®? If you’re not, you really should check it out. Dr. Mac uses it every day to help him focus on a single task and remain focused for as long as necessary in 25 minute bursts. Because he's focused on a single task, he does better work and finishes it faster than if he's multitasking or trying to work between interruptions.

Apple’s New 9.7-inch iPad Pro Should Breathe New Life Into the Product Line

4:00 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · Reviews

The new iPad thinking,

At Apple's March 21st Event, Apple SVP Phil Schiller introduced the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It includes an innovative "True Tone Display," four speakers with better volume, a smart keyboard, a great 12 MP camera. wired Ethernet capability and support for the Apple Pencil. Apple is methodically altering the user proposition of the iPad away from the legacy iPad as we knew it into a solid productivity tool.

A Usable Stand-Up Desk for $25? Yes!

12:30 PM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · · Reviews

Oristand cardboard stand-up desk for $25

There’s no shortage of controversy in the debate over whether sitting or standing at your desk is healthier. But if you'd like to try standing and would prefer not to spend $500 or more on a stand-up/sit-down desk, Dr. Mac found a cool new standing desk fabricated out of industrial cardboard that sets up in seconds and costs only $25! 

Desktop Printer Ink Wars 2016: Part II

4:50 PM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · Reviews

Epson EcoTank HP Instant Ink

Epson and HP each introduced a new approach to the inkjet printer ink dillemma. Epsons features five new EcoTank models that have huge ink reservoirs with enough ink for up to two years of printing. Hewlett-Packard (HP) introduced “Instant Ink,” which charges you not for the ink you use, but for the number of pages you print each month. His results may not be surprising, but one of the printers gave him an unpleasant surprise. Read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #165 for the thrilling conclusion to Desktop Printer Ink Wars 2016 (continued from last week). 

OWC’s USB-C Dock Has a Complete Set of Ports and is Fully Powered

4:15 PM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · Reviews


There are now small, unpowered USB-C hubs or docks that are good for travel with a MacBook. They have extra USB-A ports and, typically, not much more. However, there's a real need for a full-featured dock that has it all: high-power USB-A ports for charging, SD Card, Ethernet, HDMI video, and audio. This OWC dock has all those ports, all combined into a beautiful piece of hardware.