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.


Posted on Jun 11th | no comments
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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).

immersionRC-600mW

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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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DIY: Building a Mini Quadcopter Part 8 – SunnySky X2204S 2300kv Motors

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

Now that the FPV mini quadcopter frame has been selected we need some motors to make it fly.   For that, I’ve selected 4 SunnySky X2204S 2300kv motors ($23ea).   It was between these or the Tiger’s MN1806 2300kv, but paying $43 each for the Tigers would take this copter out of budget (which is going overboard already) — plus, I like the look of the SunnySky’s.

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Posted on May 21st | 2 comments
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – IMPRESSIVE!

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OK, Microsoft!  You’ve got my attention!  I have to admit, I used to be a MSFT fanboy, especially because the development tools they offered were the best around at the time.  Back in 2005, I even attempted to build my home automation system using .NET and Flash and built in-wall touch screen (DIY: Inwall 15″ LCD touchscreen).  I had Window’s CE phones (the first “smartphone”), HD-DVD (yup, I supported that), Viewsonic Smart Displays (remember those?), I use Microsoft Media Center with Extenders (MSFT abandoned it).  See, the problem is that MSFT has not stuck through with the great technologies it has created — they release something and right when you think it’s going to go mainstream, they back out and kill it.   I made the switch to Apple’s ecosystem once the iPhone came out and learned to develop in Objective-C.  I’d rather invest in technology that improves (slowly) overtime than ones that come out strong and then nothing comes of it (dies a slow death).

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