How to select a Bluetooth adapter in OS X

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After plugging in the Belkin Mini BluetoothV4.0 USB Adapter to fix my erratic Magic Trackpad problems on my MacBook Pro, there was no obvious way to tell if it was identified or working.

The solution was to download the Bluetooth Explorer app, which is part of the Hardware IO Tools for Xcode bundle. This is only available from the Apple Developer site, which requires free registration to access.  (more…)

How to fix a Magic Trackpad with an erratic Bluetooth connection

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I use a 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro as my desktop Mac, sitting on a Rain Design mStand. That makes the keyboard and trackpad unusable, so I work with a wired Apple keyboard and a Magic Trackpad. The Magic Trackpad has never worked — or worked properly, at least. (more…)

iPhone iOS 4 now stores photos in one folder

Tech blogs have done a pretty good job of drilling down into iOS4’s new features, both big and small, but here’s a very minor one they’ve missed (I think).

Until iOS 4, the iPhone stored photos in a seemingly random fashion within any number of folders inside the DCIM folder — a quick check on my old iPhone with iOS 3.1.3 shows two folders, called 100APPLE and 999APPLE, that both contain photos. iPhones with several hundred photos apparently had several such folders, numbered 100APPLE, 101APPLE and so on.

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iPhone 4 tariffs compared

All of the UK mobile operators have now announced their iPhone 4 pay-monthly tariffs and most tech web sites seem to have posted something about which is the best deal. Many are mistakenly assuming that the lowest monthly payment or lowest up-front price is the best value though, so I thought I’d analyse the tariffs in a little more detail.

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How to permanently delete a Facebook account

As I write this, a gaping security flaw has been found in Facebook that allows users to spy upon their Friends’ chats. The flaw looks like it’s in the process of being fixed, but this is just the latest in a long line of problems with the social networking service’s privacy.

The security hole in the chat tool was undoubtedly accidental, but Facebook’s repeated slackening of its privacy controls is deliberate and each change puts the personal data of its users at increased of unwanted exposure to third parties.

This erosion of privacy for Facebook profiles is leading many users to close their accounts, but here’s a question — how do you do it?

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Use QuickBoot to restart with Windows and Boot Camp

QuickBoot is a free utility that fixes that annoying problem of forgetting to hold down the Alt key when you restart your Mac to boot into Windows via Boot Camp. It sits in the menu bar and let’s you restart your Mac and boot into Windows with a mouse click.

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How to hide the Genre column in iTunes 9

itunes-genresApple released iTunes 9 yesterday and along with a bevy of new features, it also put the Genre column back into browser view — and the old trick for hiding it doesn’t work.

Fortunately, Apple has evidently listened to our cries of despair and there is now an easier way to disable Genres. Just go to View > Column Browser > Genres to toggle the column on and off. Thanks, Apple!