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How to have Apple Wireless Keyboard volume keys (and others) work in Windows 10

Posted by on Jul 7, 2019 in Guides & Help | 0 comments

I spent a couple of hours already figuring out which drivers I would need to install to have my Apple Wireless Keyboard with numeric pad (A1843) to work on Windows 10.

I was able to pair it by just adding the Bluetooth device (as you would do for any other device) but the problem is that I wanted to use the volume up and volume down shortcuts of the keyboard.
Unfortunately Apple does not develop straight forward drivers to have their keyboards to fully work on Windows 10, I guess its too much work?

Anyways, I found a way to make this work and it works pretty well.

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It looks like HomeKit BlueTooth range is extended by other devices in your house!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2019 in Reviews | 0 comments

Update: I am not 100% sure this is what is working for me, it seems that the distance between the Aqua and the Apple TV sometimes reaches sometimes it doesnt. But I will keep this post for now until someone else share their tests too.

Today I bought an EVE Aqua, essentially a way to control a water tap from your mobile device. While setting it up, I was able to make it work on my dinning room table. But when installed in the patio which is some more meters further away from the Apple TV 4K (which is acting as the Home Hub) the Bluetooth signal was not reaching to the Apple TV.

I was not planning to move the TV nor the Apple TV to another location because its just impractical. I must confess I first tried “helping” both devices by wrapping them in tin foil from behind to try to concentrate the signal towards each other (I dont even know how Bluetooth signal works) but it was worth trying, as I read it helped some people boosting drone range signals. Also, it was so easy to try, so why no? unfortunately that didn’t work.

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10 things you can do to protect your digital life today

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Guides & Help | Comments Off on 10 things you can do to protect your digital life today

Some time back a close friend called me for advice on how to protect his passwords, and more generally all of his digital information. He is feeling overwhelmed by the amount of data he has to remember like passwords, usernames, etc. He knows that if he starts writing down sensitive information on paper, I will kill him. Do not write down sensitive information on paper (If you are not going to properly protect this paper of course).

On this post you will find a list of points that will probably help a lot of people, especially if they didn’t do anything of this yet.

Let me start by saying this: Your information is yours and should never be on the hands of someone else without your knowledge. A lot of people I tried to share these tips with across my life, gave me answers like: “I don’t have anything important”…

What these persons usually fail to dimension is that they are not in general conscious about the amount of data that one accumulates over time and through different services.

Today it might just be some pictures of cats and dogs, tomorrow you start adding family photos, then your bank account access information, and then other more sensitive information.

So it’s better to start securing your digital life as soon as possible, and here are some things you can do about it:

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How to create a Google account with your own email address

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Guides & Help | Comments Off on How to create a Google account with your own email address

If you ever suffered the pain of someone not being able to share Google Drive files with you because you didn’t have a Gmail account or they didn’t know it. You can create your own Google Account (like the Google identity) but using your own current email account 😉

You will also be able to use all the Google Drive functionalities (Docs, Sheets, etc.) and you will be able to share and receive shares from other Google users. Just ask them to share the document with your existing email account once you opened your account.

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How Apple & Samsung mobiles stand on Specific Absorption Rates (SAR)

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Mobile & Tablets | Comments Off on How Apple & Samsung mobiles stand on Specific Absorption Rates (SAR)

I was wondering how Apple and Samsung where doing in regards of SAR (Specific Absorption Rates) values for mobile phones so on this post I am going to share with you where some of their most known devices stand.

Mobile phones use high frequency electromagnetic fields for voice and data transmission. When you talk to someone with your mobile phone, the energy of these fields is party absorbed in the head (unless you are using a headset) or by your body if the device is for example, in your pocket.

SAR is measured in Watt per Kilogram, in order to avoid adverse health effects, the specific SAR for mobile phones cannot exceed 2 Watts per Kilogram. Currently there are no mobile phones in the market that exceed this recommended number, still I think it might be a good idea to consider the SAR value before making a purchase, or not?

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GARDENA Robotic Lawnmower R40Li R70Li R80Li Installation Videos and manuals links in English

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Guides & Help | Comments Off on GARDENA Robotic Lawnmower R40Li R70Li R80Li Installation Videos and manuals links in English

We acquired the Gardena R40Li robot lawnmower as it was on sale some days back and we needed a solution for maintaining our garden.

When I started checking the online videos from Gardena with the installation instructions I couldn’t find a proper YouTube playlists with all the videos together, also, the link to chapter 4 was broken, so I decided to compile all the links in this post so you dont have to waste time finding them if you need them.

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Reolink Argus 2: a wireless camera that promises to keep an eye for you

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in New Tech, Security | Comments Off on Reolink Argus 2: a wireless camera that promises to keep an eye for you

I am searching for a couple of wireless cameras to keep an eye at my house when I am not there or even if somebody jumps into my garden when I am asleep.

There are several options out there, but very few of them actually offer to be truly wireless from a power perspective. A company based in Hong Kong called Reolink has recently launched the Argus 2 line and besides the specs that I will share below their main asset seems to be the price which seems to arrive to disrupt the market. At literally half the price of what the Arlo’s Pro 2 set of 2 cost you could potentially have 2 cameras with arguably similar results and without the need of a wireless base to connect them to.

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Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard review, a great concept but with quality issues

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in Reviews | 1 comment

I recently decided to switch back to a MacBook Pro 2017 15″ and as I use an external screen with it I needed a nice keyboard and mouse. The mouse part was an easy quick win as I got the Logitech MX Master 2S and works great.

The keyboard part though required a but more analysis and testing, my old Logitech keyboard was already getting some keys fading out after almost 6 years of use. So I started searching for other non classic options, this is how I ended up finding the keyboards. They are not commonly known but the design which was in line with the Apple keyboards but at a better price caught my attention.

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How to start with IOTA

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in Cryptocurrencies | Comments Off on How to start with IOTA

There are a lot of doubts on how to start with a IOTA wallet (we are talking about cryptocurrencies here). So I wrote this quick guide which got me started, sharing it with you all as it might also help you:

1 – Download the official IOTA wallet from GitHub:

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Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD Review, a half-baked dock with horrible support

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017 in Reviews | 2 comments

I purchased this dock to use it with my fresh MacBook Pro 15″ 2017. This is one of the few docks advertised able to power the 85w needed by the laptop to work properly. If you are interested only on the technical review, skip the immediate below section where I describe how difficult was to buy the thing in the first place. 

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Automatically move photos to directories or folders based on exif date taken

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in Reviews, Soft | Comments Off on Automatically move photos to directories or folders based on exif date taken

I like to share when I find a very useful application. For some time now I´ve been organizing and de-duplicating the huge collection of pictures I currently own. With today´s mobile phones and the great quality of pictures and videos they can take, its not a surprise to see a lot of files accumulating.

I had a folder with more than 45.000 pictures and videos captured with my iPhone alone, I am sure I am not alone on this boat 🙂

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Is it possible to get Apple´s attention? Lets try with your help ;)

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Apple | Comments Off on Is it possible to get Apple´s attention? Lets try with your help ;)

They say hope is the last thing a man should lose, and here I am hoping Apple fixes an issue that is affecting a lot of people by creating a petition.

Accessing network shares over AFP/SMB on the MacOS Operating systems work very bad.

Listing files on a NAS its terribly slow, no matter if its over Wifi or Ethernet. Specially if you have a large amount of files on the folder.

Windows has no issues accessing the same shares with Windows Explorer with blazing fast speeds (almost instant). An example can be seen on this video I shot some time ago. The problems persists today (August 2017).

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Thunderbolt 3 Docks that can charge your MacBook Pro 2016/2017

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Desktops & Laptops, Opinion & Ideas | Comments Off on Thunderbolt 3 Docks that can charge your MacBook Pro 2016/2017

 I made some research which took quite some time, so I thought on sharing it in this post so you can also benefit of the information.

I was looking for a Thunderbolt 3 Dock which would allow me to connect my external ultra wide screen, keyboard, mouse, Ethernet network and some other things to the dock and then with the plug of one single Thunderbolt 3 cable from the dock to a 2017 MacBook Pro 15″ which I ordered. I would like to be able to connect all the things AND charge the notebook at the same time without the need to plug the power adapter of the Mac.
You have to be careful because not all docks charge a MacBook Pro 15″ (they dont have enough power).
The only models that would do so until today (July 19th 2017) are:
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Rewfeed another Internet scam, how it works

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Guides & Help, Security | 2 comments

You might start seeing a lot of social media posts about #Rewfeed (can go as “RevFeed” too) and how incredible this website will give you USD 250 for free to start investing on their own “Social Media Investment platform”. The main selling point is not only that they will give you the 250 to start for free but that you will pay it back once you reach your first USD 10.000 :). They claim that they invented a “social media analyzer” that lets them predict which companies stock´s will go up or down based on people´s perception.

Sounds sweet right? Actually too sweet to be true. Check the analysis of the scam below:

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PhotoSync App will end your mobile photo Syncing nightmares

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Desktops & Laptops | Comments Off on PhotoSync App will end your mobile photo Syncing nightmares

Syncing pictures from your mobile devices (phones & tablets) should be something really easy and straightforward.

If you have an iPhone, syncing the pictures with a Mac seems to be pretty straight forward, unless you have thousands of images, then things get to be a bit complicated (sometimes).

I switched to a Windows 10 laptop (maybe temporarily) some time back, I tried to import all my iPhone pictures using the Windows Photos App, but somehow its lack of flexibility and not properly deleting the pictures that were already imported on my iPhone made things more complicated. The fact that you cant be sure if the pictures where actually synced to delete them at least manually, freaked me out.

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Global “Google Docs” phishing attack info and how to fix it

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Guides & Help | Comments Off on Global “Google Docs” phishing attack info and how to fix it

Many persons from different parts of the world started to receive a phishing email today with a link to a “Google Doc” that may appear to be sent by someone you know.

The email looks like this:

Logically, you should NOT click on the “Open in Docs” link, but if you did, you would have probably given full access to your email and contacts to the attacker.

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The nightmare of converting a Webex ARF recording to MP4

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Reviews, Cloud & Online Services | 1 comment

Some days back we had a Webex session with a provider at work, we asked them to record the session so they can then send us the MP4 file for easy distribution of the demo across our company. “Yes, sure” – they said.

Unfortunately that “Yes, sure” transformed again into a nightmare and a waste of time. Who to blame? Cisco Webex.

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How to configure your Amazon Echo or Dot (even outside the US)

Posted by on Dec 24, 2016 in Guides & Help | Comments Off on How to configure your Amazon Echo or Dot (even outside the US)

On this Christmas you might receive an Amazon Echo or Dot as a present (lucky you!) 🙂  If this is the case and you happen to live outside the US, then you might scratch your head a bit to understand how to set it up, as the mobile “Amazon Alexa” app is not available on most App stores outside the US.

The Amazon Echo and Dot devices can work independently from each other and there is no need to have either of them first to be able to have the other. The main differences between them are:

Amazon Echo: Has a bigger speaker (thats why the size), but it lacks the possibility to get connected to another speaker through the 3.5mm jack.

Amazon Dot (2nd Gen): Its smaller, has a smaller speaker (the first gen didn’t have a speaker of its own), and has the possibility to connect to another speaker over the 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth.

Tip: While the Dot has volume controls on top as buttons, on the Echo you can control the volume by rotating the top part of the device, like a big dial. Of course both support the control of volume by saying “Alexa, volume 1 to 10”.

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Meet Apple, the old Microsoft

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Reviews, Desktops & Laptops, Apple, Opinion & Ideas, Strategy | Comments Off on Meet Apple, the old Microsoft

So, the Apple October 27th event is now in the recent past and a lot of us were really waiting to have the first look at our potential next laptop.
The event was focused mainly on the Touch Bar a new touch screen above the keyboard of the new MacBook Pro line that occupies the spot where once the old function keys (F1, F2, etc.) slept for so many years.  The touch bar implementation is genius, it really looks great and Apple taking most of the time of the event just on this feature, showed us how proud they felt about it or that this was all the innovation we were going to see on the event. They also added the long waited Touch ID sensor to the MacBook, which for me should have already been there at least a generation back.

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File Sync services, quick speed comparison

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 in Reviews, Cloud & Online Services | Comments Off on File Sync services, quick speed comparison

Today, I wanted to check the sync speed of the main online file storage providers.

I synced the same file of around 800 MB on each platform (one at a time) with their respective Windows Syncronization application with no other specific internet traffic. I then captured the print screen of the Windows 10 Task Manager to see how much network traffic each of the Syncing applications was generating. Below you can see print screens with the results, you will also see how much RAM each Sync app was consuming. 

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