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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...]

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

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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...]

iOS Bug Causes Messages To Crash, How To Fix It

A bug in iOS allows for the Messages app to crash when an iPhone receives a specific text string. We've seen a similar issue in older iOS builds. This latest issue has been percolating in our forums and is becoming relatively widespread. Using a serious of symbols and Arabic characters sent via iMessage or SMS, the recepient's Messages app to crash and result in a reboot of the iPhone. After the reboot, the Messages app will continue to crash if it is in list view. The temporary fix requires you send a message to yourself using Siri. Something along the lines of, "Siri, send a message to myself." You'll be prompted to confirm your phone number and dictate a message. The content doesn't matter. If you know the person who sent the … [Read more...]

How to transfer music to Apple Watch and listen without your iPhone

Transfer music to Apple Watch

The Apple Watch relies on the iPhone for much of its functionality. With storage capacities ranging up to 128GB, that's a lot of music, all accessible with a flick of the wrist or by asking Siri. If you're going for a run or to the gym, sometimes you might not want to carry your iPhone. This is particularly true if you own one of the larger iPhones. You're in luck if you have an Apple Watch. Not only is it a fantastic activity tracker, it can also become a modern day iPod shuffle. It comes with 8GB of internal storage. Between the operating system, apps, photos and more, you shouldn't expect to carry a decade of music. Think more in the line of around 250 or so high quality tracks or a maximum of 2GB of storage space. Here's how to create a … [Read more...]

Apple Watch Notifications Master Class: Take control of your notifications

Apple Watch notifications tutorial

One of the key attributes of the Apple Watch is its ability to not only display notifications, but to also give you a slight tap on the wrist when something of importance arrives, either to your Apple Watch or iPhone. Here's where things can get a bit muddled. When you transition from iPhone to Apple Watch, what you define as important can also change. How you manage notifications on both devices can have a major impact. Now that you're wearing a notification system, dialing in your preferences should have a profound effect on not only the usefulness of the watch, while also reducing any unwanted nag factor. How to access your notifications How to read and dismiss a notification How to enable the notifications indicator How … [Read more...]

How to set up and pair your Apple Watch with iPhone

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If you just got your Apple Watch, congratulations on owning a truly awesome device that will have your traditional timepiece cowering in fear. Before we start the setup process, I hope you've taken some of our recommendations on what to do before you get your watch. If not, it's still worth checking out, as some of the tips might improve your overall experience with Apple Watch. Once you've finished unboxing your precious, it's time to setup and pair Apple Watch with your iPhone. While it isn't necessary to have a full charge, you should consider charging it prior to beginning this process. If you can't wait, that's understandable. It ships with plenty of juice for setup and beyond, so let's get started. What You'll Need: The … [Read more...]

How to add extensions to iPhone contact numbers

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If you are frequently calling a contact that requires an extension, the process of entering the extra digits can be time consuming. If you are in the car, for safety reasons you should not be accessing phone, so it makes it difficult to call those contacts who are not direct numbers. Whether it’s your wife, husband or you want to simplify those dreaded calls to your cable company, the iPhone makes it easy. Read on for our guide on how to add extensions to iPhone contact numbers. … [Read more...]

How to delete photos from iPhone and reclaim valuable storage

delete photos from iPhone

The iPhone is an incredibly easy device to use, making you want to download apps, movies, books and of course use the camera to take beautiful pictures and videos. Over time, managing storage on your iPhone becomes more important as you start to bump up against storage capacities of your device. It’s one of the main reasons that folks opt for a 64GB or even 128GB iPhone. But with iPhones available from Apple to start with only 16GB of storage, some of which is deducted for the operating system, it's easy to find yourself in a position where you've maxed out your storage and unable to take a video or shoot a photo. I was able to drastically increase my storage capacity and so can you without deleting all of your iPhone photos. Here’s how to … [Read more...]