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Insignia NS-PCY5BMA Bluetooth 4.0, Macintosh Yosemite 10.10.2, and Handoff

Posted on 19th May 2015

Insignia NS-PCY5BMAWith the release of Yosemite and iOS 8.1, came a new way to connect the many Apple devices that one person can have. This method known as Continuity and Handoff allows a phone call to be answered on a Macintosh computer and transferred to an iPhone along with access to continuing to edit an email from one device to another. These are just a couple of examples of Apple’s new feature set. See Apple’s explanation here.

The feature is designed to work only with newer model Macs and can leave some of us, including Hackintoshers, out of the mix. The requirements call for Bluetooth 4.0 and certain WiFi chipsets to natively enable the feature. Some work from the community has given us the “Continuity Activation Enabler” for older Macs and can even work for some Hackintoshes that have a Bluetooth 4.0 adaptor that is natively support Out of the Box in Yosemite. A cheap Bluetooth adaptor can be found in a lot of places online, but local availability of a solution can be limited.

Best Buy sells at least one Bluetooth 4.0 dongle under their in-house brand Insignia model NS-PCY5BMA. Luckily for us, it sports the Broadcom BCM20702A0 chipset which OS X Yosemite supports, but just not in the Insignia flavor. To enable Handoff, we must get a working Bluetooth 4.0 adaptor at the start. The Insignia one can be used after it is enabled in OS X. What we will look at today is how to get OS X to recognize this adaptor, and then activate the Handoff feature. This guide should work for any adaptor that has the BCM20702A0, but is not recognized under the Bluetooth section in the System Information window.

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WWDC

Posted on 13th May 2013

Will June 11, 2013 be the best day this year? Many news outlets are citing that we will see the release of a newly designed iOS7 and Mac OSX 10.9.

Both are old news to some and new news to others. What both parties can take away from this, is that there is a high possibility that the somewhat antiquated interface that is iOS could see a refresh.

What things can we expect to change?

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AT&T Launches LTE in Columbus, Oh

Posted on 16th November 2012

AT&T announced earlier this year, that will will have their LTE service launched before the end of the in multiple markets. One of those was here in Columbus, Oh. Since the iPhone 5 has been in my pocket, I have enjoyed a fairly fast hspa+ network. Today, The LTE network was activated.

The network does not yet seem to be at full speed as I have seen around 30-50 Mbps in other markets. Speedtest.net shows around 20 Mbps this morning.

All in all, LTE is live. Now if only AT&T would make Internet FaceTime a no pay option, we all would be set. Sprint’s turn soon? Who knows.