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31. January 2019

Hueblog - The blog about Philips Hue

Anyone interested in Philips Hue and alternatives such as Osram Smart +, IKEA Trādfri, Nanoleaf or LIFX will find interesting reports, news and advice in the Hueblog. The German-language website all about smart light, its integration into [...]
31. January 2019

SunnyBAG solar backpack: on the go with 7 watts of solar power

Today I would like to introduce you to the SunnyBAG Iconic Solar Backpack, which I discovered by chance on Amazon. The backpack with solar panel and USB output for charging smartphones, tablets, cameras, power banks, handheld consoles and navigation devices offers up to [...]
30. January 2019
Deactivating macOS hibernation does not always work with external hard drives. In this article I explain how to get them not to go to Spindown (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

Mac: Set hibernation for internal AND external hard drives

I recently had an interesting conversation with a reader who asked if you can disable external hard drives from hibernation on Macs. My first thought was the system setting "Save energy", which is available under [...]
30. January 2019

Apple should buy Nintendo, experts say

Apple buys Nintendo - such a headline is quite conceivable for market observers as well as for some sources close to the company who are not exactly named. Because not only should Apple already work on a video game subscription service, [...]
30. January 2019

Find audiobooks and radio plays on Apple Music

Whether via the music app in iOS on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch or via iTunes on the Apple Mac, iMac and MacBook - finding audio books and radio plays on Apple Music is not particularly difficult. [...]
29. January 2019

USB condom: Safe charging at external USB ports

Whether at the airport, in the coworking space, at the conference or in the hotel room: There are public USB ports for charging the battery for smartphones, tablets and the like. But that is always just electricity that goes from A to [...]
29. January 2019

Apple Mail - request read receipts via detours

A reader recently asked me whether and how one can request and receive a read receipt for a sent e-mail via Apple Mail. Since the topic should probably be of interest to even more readers, I directly [...]
29. January 2019
macOS - The comprehensive guide for power users

Book tip: "macOS - The comprehensive manual for power users" by Kai Surendorf

This time I am reviewing a book that will surely be of no interest to most of my readers. But that shouldn't sound derogatory, because the book certainly has a small but fine target group who are sure to find out about [...]
28. January 2019

Smartphone change: moving data from Android to iOS in video tutorial

Are you planning to switch from an Android smartphone to an Apple iPhone with iOS? Then there is a solution from the Google Play Store to conveniently move data, apps and information. And it comes straight from Apple! With […]
28. January 2019

Google image search: display high-resolution images again with the plugin

Whether product images from the manufacturer, an app logo in large resolution or simply the new background image for the Mac desk: it was easier to display high-resolution images in original size in the Google image search. After a change at the beginning of [...]