eXtensions - Monday 3 December 2018
Cassandra: The Ghost in the Machine - An iPhone and a Bluetooth Keyboard
By Graham K. Rogers
After speaking to some students, I reached for the iPhone: time to look at Twitter while having a drink. The screen was dim and the dimmer control was onscreen. I could not remove this even when I accessed the controls: the dimmer panel obscured the control for brightness. When I looked at the iPhone, an app I had not used recently was onscreen and was asking me for access to Photos. My students are rather clever and I wondered for a nano-second if one was playing with visible devices.
While I was going through all this, I reached into my backpack as my iPad was there. And so was the Orée Bluetooth keyboard, which was On. As the iPhone started, it dawned on me that the strange inputs began when I took my backpack from the taxi and put it on. The keyboard, which had been paired with the iPhone in some testing I did last week, was pressing against the interior of the backpack and producing the spurious input.
I turned off the keyboard for a moment and all returned to normal, although I had to Forget the device on the iPad and re-pair when I started to write this.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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