If you're using a Mac desktop with a bluetooth trackpad or mouse, you might have come across a chicken-and-egg issue: How do you enable Bluetooth when it's turned off? Luckily, if you have keyboard access, there is a way to do it! Hit Command-Space to open Spotlight Type "Bluetooth File Exchange" to launch that application (you probably won't have to type the whole thing … [Read more...] about How To Turn On Bluetooth In Mac OS X Using Only The Keyboard
The Borg, Lt. Uhura, and security guys wore them. People talked to themselves in public. Once upon a time, Bluetooth headsets were all the rage, filling mall kiosks and Best Buy stores. There were curving behind-the-ear loops, chrome blobs, and sleek black sticks like Apple's. And it seemed that everyone who was anyone had a Bluetooth headset to accompany their new Blackberry … [Read more...] about Throwback Thursday: Remember When a Bluetooth Headset was a Must-Have Accessory?
I was thrilled by the possibilities of adding a professional-quality camera sensor and lens to my iPhone, so I immediately pre-ordered Sony's DSC-QX100 "lens camera". It held so much promise, not just as a real innovation but also as a major productivity tool. That's why I'm angry to write this, a scathing review of the horrid software that ruins the QX10 and QX100 experience. … [Read more...] about Sony QX100 Lens Camera: Ruined by a Flaky iOS App
I usually review gadgets on this blog, but my latest acquisition is a little larger than most. The 2013 Ford Flex wagon is a huge, expensive, awesome gadget. But like all gadgets, not everything is perfect. Let me take you for a ride, and maybe you'll see what I mean. Copious Space For a Family of Five I have three growing kids, including one who is rapidly approaching … [Read more...] about Review: 2013 Ford Flex
As computers get easier to use, once-"magical" features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth begin showing usability issues. Although every modern computer operating system includes the ability to share files locally, it is usually a major hassle setting things up. Apple intends to remedy this situation with AirDrop, a Wi-Fi-based local filesharing protocol built into Mac OS X “Lion”. How … [Read more...] about Snooping on AirDrop in Apple’s Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion”