Sir Apfelot Blog

April 30, 2018

SmartHalo - intelligent bike computer with navigation system, light, fitness and alarm

The Canadian company Smart Halo Technologies launched its smart bicycle accessory SmartHalo some time ago. I have now taken a closer look at it and would like to those of you who [...]
April 30, 2018

External input devices: Internal MacBook trackpad no longer works

Have you connected an external mouse or a mobile trackpad to your Apple MacBook / Pro / Air and are you surprised that the internal trackpad loses its function as a result? Some users might consider this as [...]
April 27, 2018

Sir Apfelot Wochenschau - Apple and tech news of week 17

The end of the week is here and today is the last Sir Apfelot newsreel in April 2018. In this post I look back with you on the reports that I received this week [...]
April 26, 2018

Ultrasound, Studio Link, Mixlr: produce podcasts, broadcast live and integrate chat

Last Friday I introduced you to the Podlive app, with which you can listen to podcasts, subscribe to them, participate in their live chat and use other functions. If you want to produce a live podcast yourself, then ask yourself [...]
April 26, 2018

HOOKED App: Read literature as chat stories

I am sure that I do not tell friends of literature and especially teenagers who use the smartphone not only for their own messages but also to read stories anything new when I report on the HOOKED app. That almost 92 [...]
April 25, 2018
MacOS Spotlight usually also indexes the programs that run in a Windows virtual machine under Parallels Desktop.

macOS: Remove Parallels Desktop VM hits from Spotlight search

I've been using Parallels Desktop for years because my accounting program only runs on Windows. But what has been getting on my nerves more and more recently: Search results from Windows or from the [...]
April 25, 2018
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Reader's report: Installation of a 1 terabyte SSD in an Apple iMac 2013

My reader Jürgen provided me with a tinkering report from a weekend project in which he and his son equip an older iMac with a pure SSD and dissolve the Fusion Drive that was still in the [...]
April 25, 2018

XOD: Easy programming by drag and drop for Arduino boards

Arduino boards are modern electrical construction kits that can produce smart devices and technical innovations using circuit boards, chips, sensors, input and output elements and other parts. The disadvantage for hobbyists who mainly understand hardware: [...]
April 25, 2018

Pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controller with Mac

It is not only possible to pair a PlayStation 4 controller with the Apple Mac via Bluetooth or USB, it is also possible with the controllers of the Nintendo Switch. This opens up yourselves as Nintendo fans [...]
April 24, 2018

External USB-C DVD and Blu-Ray burners for Apple Mac / MacBook

With the current models of Apple MacBook, Mac and iMac, you have to get used more and more to the fact that the peripherals and additional devices are connected via USB Type C. The universal plug, which is also used on the Apple computer [...]