Tile Review: Say goodbye to losing your stuff

Tile app review

Over the past days, I have managed to lose my wallet and my car keys. This isn't necessarily a new occurrence and they weren't actually lost. They were simply misplaced somewhere in my home. But to be honest, I have left my wallet at various locations, on a number of occasions. The last time was on top of a gas pump and thanks to some trustworthy folks, it was returned in tact. I've started to use Apple Pay more and more, but dreams of my iPhone replacing my wallet are years away, if ever. Now all I need is an Apple Car and that would solve problems with misplaced keys. Often when these things go missing, it's when you need them most, sending me into a frenzy that includes ripping my house and car apart. There's also the fear that my wallet … [Read more...]

Apple Music and the iTunes Nuclear Option

iTunes nuclear

In the span of a few weeks, I've gone from doubting Apple Music to going all in and then some. The biggest hurdle to adopting any music service is being to actually use said service. My family uses Sonos and we absolutely love it. We also do most of our listening at home. Although Beats was quick to offer Sonos support, Apple Music wasn't available at launch, but it is coming soon. Using an ancient AirPort Express, I've managed to get Apple Music working on Sonos. Using a Family Plan, my wife and I have already begun digging deeper into the recesses of the service. Apple isn't always first to a product or service category, but more often than not, they manage to simplify things for the everyday user. It just works. I've seen complaints of … [Read more...]

How I got Apple Music working with Sonos Connect using old Airport Express

Sonos Connect Apple Music

If you're a Sonos owner, much of the excitement surrounding the launch of Apple Music was lost. In our home, music has become synonymous with Sonos. Their whole home audio systems are easy to set-up, easy to use and it's the kind of rock solid performance you find with Apple products. Lofty praise and it was the primary reason I had plans on skipping Apple Music. I'm just a few days into the free trial. I've been using it primarily in the car and with an older Jambox. I've been pleasantly surprised by the service, so much so that I'd consider subscribing at the conclusion of my trial. But the missing link has been Sonos support. It is coming, but it's unclear just when exactly that's happening.  While waiting for official support, there are … [Read more...]

Some Former iTunes Match Subscribers Unable To Subscribe to Apple Music

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Earlier this week, Apple Music made its long awaited debut on iOS devices, PCs and Macs. Coupled with Beats 1, a 24-hour streaming radio service and a completely redesigned iOS app, it was a big coming out party for Apple's streaming music service which has launched to positive reviews. For those who installed iOS 8.4.1, they have an opportunity to take advantage of an extensive trial period of 3-months. The new Music app has a number features that require subscribing to their new service. There have been reports of users experiencing problems signing up to Apple Music and there appears to be a correlation between subscription problems and being a former subscriber of Apple's iTunes Match service. … [Read more...]

Master Class: How to use Apple’s Family Sharing to share apps, music, movies and books

Setup family sharing

Everything you need to know: Save money by sharing content the right way with up to six members of your family For years, families have been sharing a single Apple ID. This had been the only way to share iTunes content including apps, music and movie. It was also a convenient way for parents to manage and purchase content on their kids iOS devices. Since content was tied to a single account, the easy method was to register all iOS devices to that Apple ID. Any content purchased becomes available to everyone linked to that account. The emergence of iCloud and in particular iMessage services caused quite a bit of strife for those using this method. In a typical household, a parent is the owner of an Apple ID that is used on the assorted iOS … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Rule Maps On Your iPhone

Maps on your iPhone

There's no discounting the helpfulness of maps on your iPhone or any smartphone for that matter. Since the days of using the $300 TomTom GPS kit with my Treo 600, I was hooked on using my smartphone to get places. In the early years of the iPhone, you still needed a costly third-party app if you wanted turn-by-turn directions. Those days are long gone. There are free options galore and the default Apple-powered Maps app continues to improve and iOS 9 will now offer Transit, providing directions using mass transit. Mapping capabilities are awesome, but are you making the most of the features available to you? Here's a look at five different ways you can positively rule maps on your iPhone. Buckle-in, hit the gas! We're taking you on a road … [Read more...]

11 iPhone Settings You Should Change Right Now

iPhone settings

I recently restored my iPhone as new when installing iOS 9. When you go that route, it's the software equivalent of a new iPhone. Everything goes back to the point when you first cracked open the plastic on your phone. In all honesty, this was a mistake. My intention was to backup to iTunes and restore my backup once I had upgraded to iOS 9. As someone who preaches backing up, I wasn't setting a great example. Restoring an iPhone as new isn't such a bad idea. It's a fresh start and can clean out some of the goblins that can result in spotty performance and less than optimal battery life. It's been a while since I had a factory fresh iOS install. I went through the standard things you do after getting a new phone. I paired it with my car's … [Read more...]

New iOS 9 feature may kill off your favorite websites

punch to the gut

Information has surfaced regarding a new feature in iOS 9 that brings content blocking extensions to iOS. Based on this information, it appears that iOS developers could write extensions that would allow users to easily block ads when using mobile Safari. For Apple's part, they don't describe this new feature as specific to ads. Instead, they refer to it as a fast and efficient way to block cookies, images, resources, pop-ups and other content. Ad blockers aren't new on the desktop, both for Mac and PC. Their pitch is to remove ads, so you can focus on enjoying the content you want and spend time waiting for it. With traffic decidedly moving to mobile, the introduction of ad-blockers are iOS could severely cripple and in some cases, kill … [Read more...]

Sorry Drake, but I’m passing on Apple Music

Apple Music

Ending the nearly two-hour WWDC 2015 keynote was the introduction of the long-awaited Apple Music. Despite their intense love for music, Apple's success rate with new services has been pretty awful. This coming from the company that revolutionized music. There was the failed social network Ping, that allowed users to follow artists and see what friends were recommending. It closed in 2012. Services like iTunes Match, while useful, haven't set the world on fire. Apple's iTunes Radio hasn't made people forget about Pandora, despite its prominence in the current iteration of Music. It gets a second chance this time around, with a new Beats 1 24/7 radio station and the promise of redesigned stations curated by "some of the world's finest DJs." … [Read more...]

Everything that happened at WWDC 2015: iOS 9, WatchOS 2, El Capitan and Apple Music

Spotlight El Capitan

Apple today held their yearly worldwide developer conference. Though it's technically for developers, consumers look to WWDC as the biggest Apple event of the year. It's where Apple lays the groundwork software updates to iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch and Macs. Prior to the event, speculation was that we'd see a renewed focus on stability. That being said, there were an extensive number of new features introduced on all the three major platforms – OS X, iOS and watchOS. The event wrapped up with the long awaited introduction of Apple Music, a refreshed Music app that integrates a Beats powered streaming music service. You can watch WWDC later now and it will be available to download through iTunes. We've compiled a list of everything that … [Read more...]