MagicPods: AirPods App for Windows

I’m half in, half out of the Apple ecosystem owning an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods but using a Windows PC. For a while I’ve had my AirPods connected via Bluetooth to the PC but with no real way to manage them other than the Bluetooth settings pane.

Battery info and settings screen

All that changed the other day when I discovered a great little app on the Microsoft Store for the small sum of £1.69.

MagicPods brings the functionality you expect from connecting your AirPods to a Mac to Windows including battery indicator, automatic connection, volume reducing when removing them from your ears and much more besides.

Pop up as you get on an iOS device when you open the case

It introduces a great little pop up when you open the AirPods case showing you battery life and includes a battery status indicator in the taskbar.

There is a free 24 hour trial available so you can try it out and see if it works for you before purchasing.

If you are like me and enjoy using the AirPods with your Windows machine then this app is definitely worth investing in.

Available from the Microsoft Store

Uninstalling IONOS Cloud Backup Agent for Linux

I’ve used the IONOS Cloud Backup option for a while to back up my Plesk VM but having recently purchased a Synology NAS I’ve moved the backup solution to that instead.

Having tried (and failed) to find an article on the IONOS website on how to remove the agent (there’s an article on how to install here), here’s some quick steps after a bit of Googling.

IONOS Cloud Backup is essentially a rebadged Acronis service and the backup agent seems to be the same. After finding this article on the Acronis website I opened a SSH session and checked that the directory path listed was present on my VM which it was.

So uninstalling is just a case of running

sudo /usr/lib/Acronis/BackupAndRecovery/uninstall/uninstall

Obviously after that you may wish to go into the Cloud Backup panel and clean up the old backups etc. so you aren’t charged for the storage.