The fatal flaw in Apple’s Magic keyboard and mouse

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Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 05:25
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, News, Peripheral
Apple's Magic keyboard and mouse don't support multiple Macs.

Apple’s Magic keyboard and mouse don’t support multiple Macs.

Like many of you, I have a home office setup with a monitor, speakers keyboard and mouse. When I need to get some work done, I plug my MacBook into power, monitor, speakers and I’m off the races. I prefer wireless peripherals because it’s two less cables to plug in.

The problem is that Apple’s latest keyboard (MLA22LL/A) and mouse (MLA02LL/A) took a huge step backwards in functionality because they don’t support multiple Macs. That’s right, you can’t switch between Macs without have to re-pair Apple’s “Magic” peripherals – every time. This defeats the purpose of having wireless peripherals!

I’ve used every incarnation of the Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and every one remembered it’s previous pairing and easily switched from Mac A to Mac B without issue. But not Apple’s 2016 “Magic” keyboard and “Magic” Mouse 2. I know this because it grinds my gears every time I switch between Macs in my home office.


iFixit tears down Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard, posts results

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:34
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Peripheral


The new Apple peripherals are out and the ice-cold felines at iFixit have torn them down and posted the results.

The Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic keyboard apparently share many of the same chips. All of them sport the Broadcom BCM20733 Bluetooth 3.0 chip, even though the Trackpad 2 officially requires a Bluetooth 4.0-capable Mac.

The Magic Trackpad 2 is said to rely on the same Force Touch technology in current MacBooks, including four strain gauges for measuring pressure, and a similar Taptic Engine. The Trackpad largely only scales the technology up to a larger size.


Black Friday sales for Mac users

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Date: Friday, November 29th, 2013, 18:16
Category: Accessory, Apple, battery, Cases, Consumer Electronics, Gadget, iMac, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPod, iPod Touch, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Peripheral, retail, Websites

Qustodio-Blog-Black-friday-Tech-gift-what-you-need-to-know-before-buyingHopefully the tryptophan has worn off and you are ready to rush madly to your computer and start fighting for those Black Friday sales! I just thought I’d put up a few of the online stores and items that are on sale to get you started. Many of these sales didn’t post their sales until today.

Of course there is Apple’s one day event which is in full swing until 11:59 pm PST tonight.


Matrox releases DS1, allows Thunderbolt-equipped Macs and PC notebooks desktop range of ports

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2012, 05:17
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Peripheral

You can’t knock a good peripheral device.

Per AppleInsider, Matrox on Sunday unveiled its new DS1 Thunderbolt docking station, which allows users to add multiple peripherals like an HDMI display, a full-size keyboard and a mouse to a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac or PC and will be available this September for US$249.

The DS1 also includes a gigabit Ethernet port that provides connectivity to wired corporate networks at data transfers 18 times faster than Wi-Fi. In addition, it has a high-speed USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone input, and a speaker/headphone output, all of which can connect to a Thunderbolt MacBook or Ultrabook with just one cable.

The Matrox DS1 will be showcased at the Computex Taipei 2012 event at Intel’s official booth, located at M0410 in the NanGang Exhibition Hall.

Also set to arrive in September is Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock, which was announced earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show. It will also turn a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac into a full-fledged desktop workstation with an HDMI port, FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5-millimeter audio port, one gigabit Ethernet port, and two Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining to another Thunderbolt device.

Apple also offers the Thunderbolt Display, which lets users plug in one 10Gbps Thunderbolt cable to drive a monitor, three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and a Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt devices.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Moshi iLynx Review

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2009, 23:48
Category: Accessory, Firewire, Gadget, iMac, Mac Desktop, Peripheral, Review

By David Klein
Moshi’s latest product, the iLynx, immediately caught my eye at January’s Macworld convention in San Francisco. When I saw Moshi’s booth I ran over to see what they had coming in the near future. My first question was: “What is that and when can I buy it?!” (Yes, I love cool looking products.) The Moshi employee told me it was a USB and Firewire hub. Somehow, they took a relatively dull concept and made it surprisingly sexy. Moshi demonstrated expertise in this style of design again.

Another Input Device, Another Awful Name

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Peripheral

logitech-400.jpgLogitech have announced a new computer control device. The NuLOOQ (eughh!) navigator is a stationary control device, about the size of a bissected tennis ball. It has a multi-dimensional ‘navring’, allowing 360 degree pan and zoom and a touch sensitive circular disk, called the *cough* tooltuner for fine control.
Using the hand you don’t use to control your mouse, it allows you to adjust brush sizes by 1 pixel increments in Photoshop, or text attributes in InDesign, timelines in video/audio apps or control your system volume using the touch sensitive circular disk.
Nudging the grey ring forwards, backwards, up, down, or twisting it clockwise or counter clockwise, allows you to instinctively navigate your way around your digital pictures, illustrations, documents and (if that’s your thing) spreadsheets.
A click or tap on the top plate can execute undo and redo commands, access Photoshop tools, or play/pause a video/audio track. Pre-programmed macro commands could also be triggered using this method, for regularly-used keyboard or mouse-click sequences.
The NuLOOQ’s web page has more information, and an interactive demo.
One important question the Logitech site doesn’t seem to address is, with both of my hands now being used to control my computer, how am I going to supply my face with sandwiches and coffee?


Restoring a not-so-Mighty Mouse

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 09:00
Category: Peripheral

mightymouse-250.jpgAs one of my early blogs recorded, I enjoy using Apple’s Mighty Mouse. So far, the three in my possession have worked faultlessly, but it would seem that some people find the scroll-ball gets clogged with gunk.
Apple’s Web site has basic cleaning instructions, including a video tutorial. However one Mighty Mouse owner has taken more drastic measures, which he has published as a step-by-step photo guide.
Warning: this is not one for the faint-hearted, or the fumble-fingered!
Contributed by: Brett Jordan.


Apple Two-Button Bluetooth Optical Mouse

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2005, 12:27
Category: Peripheral

Apple two-button mouseI think it’s about time Apple sucked it up and gave us an Apple designed and branded two-button mouse. I’m a long time PC user and I recently made the switch to Mac OS (finally!) and bought a PowerBook G4 17-inch only to find I had to buy a third party two-button mouse to be able to take advantage of the two-button mouse support in OS X (which I couldn’t live without, being so used to the ease and functionality on my PC). I certainly would’ve rather had an Apple two-button mouse that matched the look and high-end design of my PowerBook. Read More…


Home Theater Keyboard Connectivity

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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2005, 11:03
Category: Peripheral

Home Theater keyboard connectivitySofa computing and Web surfing represent the next technology frontier in need of innovative products. With Airport and Airport Express routers, the Mrs. and I often use our respective PowerBooks in front of a Pioneer plasma TV in the den each evening. Of course, the HDTV has a computer input, and we’ve been hoping Apple will unleash a stripped down PowerBook-style Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in trackpad for the coffee table. It would be perfect to control a Mac mini in a home entertainment system. Read more…


BT510: Bluetooth Mouse of the Gods

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Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2005, 09:02
Category: Peripheral

RadTech BT510 Bluetooth MouseI have been using the new RadTech BT510 Bluetooth mouse (US$59.95) for a few days now and totally dig it. It’s a little larger than the BT500 making it more suited for day-to-day use on the desktop, whereas the smaller BT500 is more suited for your gear bag. The BT510 has one of the most brilliant features one could think of in a wireless mouse – a removable USB cable that keeps you in action where your batteries get drained. Read More about an undocumented feature that you’ve got to know about this great BT mouse…