Magic Mouse repeatedly loses Bluetooth connection

Posted on by Mike Evans

This month I took my one and only Magic Mouse abroad with me as a travel companion for the new 12in MacBook. The little rodent, however, did not seem happy to be on its holidays and immediately started exhibiting strange behaviour. Repeated disconnections became very frustrating. I changed the batteries several times, even though the power indicator was showing 100 percent.

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Email Etiquette: Style, form and convention has gone

Posted on by Mike Evans

Dear Reader - The other day I read a little piece by Derwent May on email etiquette. This is a subject that has troubled me for a long time. As we make more and more use of emails, both business and personal, the angst of knowing how to lay them out gets greater. Hi, Dear, Yo and others vie for the salutation while we have a wide choice of sign offs, including Regards, Kind Regards, Good Wishes, Speak Later, Yrs, Mxx, luv and a dozen others. There is simply no accepted fixed rule that really would be useful.

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Drafts: The perfect note taker for iPhone and iPad

Posted on by Mike Evans

xThere are dozens if not hundreds of text applications for the the iPhone or iPad. Most are simple text editors with zero frills. Some synchronise with sister apps on other devices, including the Mac. Others offer clever editing, including Markdown, and full integration with other apps. I've tried most of them.

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Apple to introduce new wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse 2

Posted on by Mike Evans

There have been strong rumours of a new Apple wireless keyboard for some months but confirmation comes by way of FCC filings disclosed by 9to5mac.com. There's also an improved Magic Mouse to look forward to. Both new devices will feature low-energy Bluetooth 4.2 for greater reliability and improved battery life. I am hoping that the improvement to the Magic Mouse will go beyond the electronics. All the Magic Mouses I've used have an annoying tendency to lose their bottoms frequently. It is one of the few misses by Jony Ive and his design team, an apparent inability to incorporate a bottom that stays in place. So, a faster and more economical Magic Mouse 2 will be welcomed, especially with a secure bottom.

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