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Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus
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Here it is: My first-hand account of How Not to Waste Your Time With the iPhone 6 Plus Camera Replacement Program:
http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/how-not-to-waste-your-time-with-the-iphone-6-plus-camera-replacement-progra?utm_source=macobserver&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss_everything

...only at The Mac Observer :-)
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Your hard (or solid-state) drive is going to fail. I guarantee it will some day cease to function, usually without any warning.

Read this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves column (Episode #135) for The Mac Observer, a delightful little ditty I call, "Backup Today or Suffer Tomorrow - You’ve Been Warned," if you want to know what you can do about it...

http://tmo.to/emj0 
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Jim Dalrymple​ (aka "The Beard") lost some songs when he enabled Apple Music... but Nitrozac and Snaggy know where they went. Yet another reason The Joy of Tech is my absolute favorite comic.  
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After begging Siri to sing for me…
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I have this. It works well. It's a bargain at $39.99. If you need one before July 15 (when the deal ends), this is the one.
The GOgroove FlexSMART X3 Mini Bluetooth FM Transmitter with Hands-free Calling, Audio Playback, and USB Charging is a very good Bluetooth adapter/transmitter for your car. I've been testing one for a few weeks and it works as well as anything else, perhaps even a bit better than most. Amazon has been selling it for $49.99, which is half off its retail price of $99.99. That's not bad, but if you use the secret coupon code DEALMINI you get an addi...
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Apple Music made Siri unable to find my 400+ Beatles songs. It took a while but I eventually discovered a fix... Read all about it in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #130: Siri Couldn’t Find The Beatles (But Now She Can), only at The Mac Observer.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/siri-couldnt-find-the-beatles-but-now-she-can
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It really is a decent little waterproof Bluetooth speaker for under $50!
The nice folks at Inateck sent me their waterproof MercuryBox Aluminum Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker to play with a few weeks ago. The first thing I did was drop it in the hot tub for a minute to test its waterproof-ness, which didn't hurt it a bit. Its sound quality is surprising for such as small speaker, and the solid aluminum case should stand up to abuse. While I'm not sure I'd recommend it at $129.99, Amazon currently has it for $46.99, which is a ...
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This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves: Apple Watch is a very cool gadget, but do you really need one? Find out here (only at The Mac Observer): http://goo.gl/rsjo1U
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Seems like he sums up all there is to know about smart watches.
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Apple Music rocks my world… Read all about it @macobserver:

http://tmo.to/emhD
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In Episode #132 of Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves I explain why I think you're an idiot if you install the Mac or iOS betas on devices you care about. Only at The Mac Observer!

http://goo.gl/zkQnI2
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Khürt: MacObserver is a family publication. The first draft did, of course, call 'em "f**king idiots."
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I need a favor…

Last month I saw an ad for Other World Computing’s Video Commercial Contest. It said I could win a dream video workstation that includes a new Mac Pro, a 4K display; a GoPro Hero4 Black, and much more. All I had to do was make an original 30–60-second video commercial about Other World Computing.

So that’s what I did — I wrote, edited, and produced a killer TV commercial for OWC and now I need a favor: Please watch my commercial and vote for it (assuming you think it’s as good as I do).   

You can watch and vote here: http://tinyurl.com/npgapp5

You can do even more to help me win this thing by voting for my commercial every day until July 31st! The rules say you can, so as they used to say in Chicago when I was young, “Vote early and vote often,” to which I might add, “and use your mad social media skills to encourage your friends and followers to vote early and vote often as well.” 

Thank you. I appreciate your taking the time to read this, even if you don’t vote (though I’ll appreciate you even more if you do vote).

Thanks again,

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus
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Technology Columnist for the Houston Chronicle and the Mac Observer; author of over 70 books including iPhone For Dummies and OS X El Capitan For Dummies; and host/producer of The BobLeVitus.TV Show. 

P. S. If you like my work, I’m available to write, shoot, produce, and edit custom video projects at a price you can (probably) afford. Just ask. ☺
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After WWDC I began to wonder if there was a better streaming media box than Apple TV, which hasn’t seen an significant update since 2012, though it did see a price reduction from $99 to $69 last year. Is Apple TV still the king of the streaming media boxes? I decided the new Roku 3 was the strongest contender and if anything was going to be better than Apple TV, it would be Roku 3. So that’s what I’ve been using exclusively for the past month instead of my Apple TV.

That's what Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #129 (only at The Mac Observer) is about. So, if you wanna know which box I crowned king of the streaming media boxes, just click here: http://tmo.to/emfm
Apple TV is getting long in the tooth, which set Dr. Mac to wondering if there was a better streaming media box available, or if Apple TV, which hasnât seen an significant update since 2012, was still king of streaming media boxes...
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  • California State University, Northridge
    BS in Marketing, 1973 - 1978
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Tech geek; self-unemployed as a writer.
Introduction

Bob LeVitus, often referred to as "Dr. Mac," has been considered one of the world's leading authorities on the Macintosh and Mac OS for nearly twenty years. A prolific author, LeVitus has sold millions of books worldwide in a dozen languages. His recent titles include: iPad For Dummies, Incredible iPhone Apps For Dummies, iPhone For Dummies 4th Edition, and Mac OS X Lion For Dummies. He’s been a tech columnist for the Houston Chronicle since 1996 and writes regularly for the Mac Observer Web site. His hobbies include playing guitar with the infamous Macworld All-Star Band, engineering audio recordings (mostly of classic rock songs), and budget video-making.

LeVitus also has a Macintosh computing consultancy that offers expert technical help, training, and pre-purchase advice to Mac users via phone, e-mail, and/or Internet-enabled remote control software.

For the latest information on Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus or the services he offers, please visit http://www.boblevitus.com.

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Raconteur, wordsmith, consultant and author of 60 books.
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  • Self-unemployed
    Raconteur, wordsmith, consultant and author of 60 technical books, 1986 - present
  • Power Computing
    Director of Evangelism
  • NotHarvard.com
    Dean: School of Technology
  • MacUser
    Columnist
  • MACazine
    Editor in Chief
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Los Angeles - Chicago, IL