Yosemite’s Handoff – Getting it Working

Handoff

Handoff is one of the cooler new features of the latest release of Apple’s OS X operating system, Yosemite.

The feature allows documents initially created on iOS Devices (running iOS 8 or later) to be “picked up” and worked upon using Macs running Yosemite… and vice-versa.

Handoff depends upon Bluetooth Low Energy in order to work. So, in addition to making sure that:

  • You are using iOS 8 (or later) on your iOS devices
  • You are running Yosemite on your Macs
  • You have Handoff enabled on your Macs and iOS Devices
  • You have all devices signed into the same iCloud account
  • and You have Bluetooth enabled,

You must also make sure that your Mac supports BLE.

To do that, you can do one of the following:

Enter the following command into Terminal:

system_profiler SPBluetoothDataType | grep LMP

or

Go to the Apple Menu, click About this Mac, click System Report. Select Bluetooth. Look at the LMP Version.

The version must be 0x6 for Handoff to work. 

Otherwise, no dice.

An important implication of depending upon Bluetooth Low Energy for Handoff, is that you must be in close proximity to your devices, in order for Handoff to work.

Checkout Lifehacker and iMore for more info on checking your Macs for BLE capability.

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iMac with 5K Retina Display

iMac 5K Retina Display

Today, Apple announced upgrades to their iPad and iMac product lines, as well as announcing availability (immediate) for their new OS X release, Yosemite, and for Apple Pay’s go live date (Monday, October 20).

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Positioning Visitors with iBeacons

iBeacons

Great write up on the implementation challenges of deploying low-energy bluetooth beacons (Apple’s iBeacon technology is based upon LEB) in the Brooklyn Museum.

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Two-Factor Authentication – Just Do It

Dropbox

In case you need more impetus for using two-factor authentication for your cloud-service accounts, there’s the news that 7,000,000 Dropbox user names were hacked, and hundreds of passwords have now been posted in the clear on Reddit.

If you’re using cloud services, implement two-factor authentication. Now.

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The Power of Restoration

Riverwalk

We had a fantastic “Fall Break” in San Antonio this past weekend.

I often forget the power and efficacy of restoration, and the simple need to “get away.” Our trip to San Antonio helped me realize that these past few years I should have taken more time to do this.

I’ll do better. Promise.

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Five Posts We Can Stop Writing Now

Listicle

  1. “Why I Left X for Y.”
  2. “Why I won’t Leave X for Y.”
  3. “Why I will upgrade to X.”
  4. “Why I won’t upgrade to Y.”
  5. Listicles.
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NASA releases printable 3D models of spacecraft, asteroids & planetary surfaces

Very, very cool: NASA releases printable 3D models of spacecraft, asteroids & planetary surfaces.

I plan on printing out a copy of Vesta in the near future… stay tuned!

Vesta

Vesta Hemispheres

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