Apple MFI Certification

Are you using the right Lightning cables? As a dyed-in-the-wool PC user, one of the things that has always set me against Apple computers and devices is the eye-watering price. Paying £79 for a Mac Magic Mouse 2, for instance, strikes me as needless conspicuous consumption. Actually, I did buy a Magic Mouse once, but …
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Multiple Apple IDs

Yes, this is me whingeing about error messages again See, for instance, “Oh dear – error!“. I’m not just letting off steam again for the sake of it. This is a situation that I’m sure other people come across and fail to solve (and I challenge you to find the solution among Apple help pages). …
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External CD/DVD Drives

There – it’s all in the title Let me explain A few times recently, I have had computer support clients asking for my advice when upgrading to a new laptop (as they do) and expressing concern that most modern laptops don’t have a CD/DVD drive. So, they ask, should they avoid such machines? “No”, is …
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Ecryption Backdoors

Lots of people, including Albert Einstein, have said variations on the theme of “the state exists for the benefit of its individuals. Individuals do not exist for the benefit of the state” Has that view ever been more appropriate than in the current debate about whether Apple should be forced to build a “backdoor” to …
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IOS 9 Beta Available Now

Apple will let you have IOS 9 before it is released in the autumn We are accustomed to Microsoft giving the hardy among us access to new versions of their operating systems before they are “finished”, and now Apple is doing the same. The next version of IOS (the operating system that runs on iPads …
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Won over by the iPhone

Is there a self-help group for people who fear becoming “Apple Fanboys”? I bought my iPhone 3GS secondhand almost a year ago. According to Wikipedia, the 16gb version was discontinued in mid 2010, so that makes it 3-4 years old now – maybe time for a replacement. I didn’t buy it with the intention of …
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Shopping in London for Computer Stuff

I was sad to see that Micro Anvika has gone into administration They have been around on Tottenham Court Road, with up to three or four stores there, since the 1980s. If you’re looking for a bargain laptop, or other computer goodies, it might be worth rushing off there as they were selling stuff off …
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