Holiday Gift Guide – 2014

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It’s that time of year again!  My 2014 Holiday Gift Guide has been released and is available at KGO San Francisco (abc7news.com), KABC Los Angeles (abc7.com), KFSN Fresno (abc30.com), WABC New York (7online.com), WLS Chicago (abc7chicago.com), WPVI Philadelphia (6abc.com), KTRK Houston (abc13.com) and/or WTVD Raleigh-Durham (abc11.com) ABC television station sites.

Lots of great gift ideas ranging from rechargeable batteries to the ultimate espresso machine.  I’ve used and tested everything in this guide so you don’t have to!  Be sure to check my guide before you start shopping and let me know your thoughts.


Posted on Nov 21st | no comments
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Review: Outdoor Weatherproof SunbriteTV 46″ Signature Series TV

I’m working on the new Holiday Gift Guides and had a 46″ SunbriteTV LCD TV from their Signature Series line in for review.  Thought I’d do a quick video review for the readers of Mavromatic.  It’s a pretty neat TV especially that you can permanently keep it installed outdoors as it’s completely weatherproof.   Watch the video above and let me know what you think of it in the comments below.  Please subscribe to our YouTube channel, it helps push our content into more YouTube suggestions.

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Getting Continuity / Hand-off working on a MacBook Pro Late 2011 Model

Loving Yosemite, Apple’s latest version of OS X but you cannot get Continuity / Hand-off working with your iOS8 device and computer?  Chances are you don’t have a computer that has the required Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 chipset — needs to be a model year 2012 or later.  No worries, you can swap out the Bluetooth module pretty easy as Apple uses the same modules on different computers. Check out my latest video on YouTube that shows how to get your Late 2011 Model MacBook Pro 15″ (13″ should be similar) working with Continuity.

You’ll need to order the correct Bluetooth module for your MacBook Pro — be certain that is has the “CAX” marking, not just AX.  I used the following one from eBay — New MacBook Pro A1278 A1286 A1297 Unibody AirPort Extreme Card for 2011-2012.

For further assembly instructions check out the great guides on ifixit.

You can download the patch script from here: http://www.mavromatic.com/tofrom/patch_ble.sh.zip
For more detailed script instructions (thanks Lem3ssie!) check out this forum: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=20167654&postcount=1040

Leave any questions on YouTube or in the comments.

UPDATE: If you updated to 10.10.1 you will need to reapply the script or download the Continuity Activation Tool and it will do it all for you.


Posted on Nov 1st | no comments
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DIY: Building a Mini Quadcopter Part 12 – Blue Beam Ultra 5.8 GHz Antenna Set

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 240mm quadcopter)

We’re almost done with all the parts needed to build my FPV — just a few more before we start assembling the quad.  I ordered the Fat Shark Dominator V2 Goggles and those have arrived. I needed some 5.8GHz antennas for the receiver on the googles and for the transmitter.   There are lots of videos on YouTube that instruct you on how to build your own but I wanted to buy a set ready made.

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Posted on Jun 29th | 7 comments
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DIY: Building a Mini Quadcopter Part 11 – Fat Shark Dominator V2 Goggles with DVR

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 240mm quadcopter)

We’re almost done with all the parts needed to build my FPV — just a few more before we start building the quad.  I ordered the Fat Shark Dominator V2 Goggles that will be used to fly the FPV.   The video from the FPV camera will be wirelessly sent from the transmitter with OSD telemetry data superimposed to these goggles.  Can’t wait to experience it!

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Mavromatic’s Father’s Day Gift Guide is now available at KGO San Francisco (abc7news.com), KABC Los Angeles (abc7.com), KFSN Fresno (abc30.com), WABC New York (7online.com), WLS Chicago (abc7chicago.com), WPVI Philadelphia (6abc.com), KTRK Houston (abc13.com) and/or WTVD Raleigh-Durham (abc11tv.com) ABC television station sites.  There are 7 gift ideas that I’m sure your dad will love — if you order now on Amazon (using prime), it should arrive in time.


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DIY: Building a Mini Quadcopter Part 10 – ImmersionRC 600mW Video Transmitter

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 240mm quadcopter)

Since I’m building an FPV (first person view) quadcopter it relies on transmitting video from the FPV camera from Part 5 (I’ll be covering the goggles and antennas in a future post).

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DIY: Building a Mini Quadcopter Part 9 – 12 Amp PRO RapidESC (SimonK)

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 240mm quadcopter)

To power the SunnySky X2204S 2300kv Motors you need an ESC (Electronic Speed Controller).   For this,  I’ve selected the next generation speed controller from Quadrysteria.  They state the manufacturer of this ESC is the same as the one that made the popular BlueSeries and features newer, higher-quality MOSFETs that run cooler and offer higher peak current — apparently these ESC are so fast that you can double your PI gains.

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