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MGG 624: Sierra, APFS, Wi-Fi and Personal Servers

13 hours 12 min ago

Today it’s all about answering your questions! Ok, maybe one tip, but it’s high time your questions got answered, and your two favorite geeks are just the right guys to do it! First it’s two macOS Sierra questions, then it’s onto APFS and the future of backups, including a query about choosing an external backup drive. This plus perhaps the aforementioned tip might just round out the show… or there might be more about Photos and HDR. Listen and find out!

Can’t Remotely Control Your HomeKit Devices? Enable iCloud Two-Factor Authentication

Sat, 2016-09-24 19:04

If you upgraded to iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, and tvOS 10 on your fourth generation Apple TV and now can’t remotely access your HomeKit devices, there’s probably an easy fix for that. Odds are you haven’t enabled iCloud Two-Factor authentication, which HomeKit in iOS 10 and tvOS 10 requires. Read on to learn how to get set up.

ScanSnap on Sierra Update: Fujitsu Warns of Data Loss In ‘Specific Circumstances’

Fri, 2016-09-23 19:43

Fujitsu updated ScanSnap users Friday on Sierra compatibility, warning of data loss in “specific circumstances.” This is an escalation from an earlier advisory that ScanSnap users should not update to macOS 10.12 Sierra.

iOS 10: How to Disable (Some) Haptic Feedback on iPhone 7

Fri, 2016-09-23 19:21

iPhone 7 includes more haptic feedback than previous iPhones, including vibrations for buttons and wheels. You can turn some of these vibrations off. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

Use the Digital Crown to Control Your Apple Watch Series 2 Screen Brightness

Fri, 2016-09-23 17:36

The Digital Crown on your Apple Watch Series 2 can wake up your watch screen and control its brightness, too. TMO’s Jeff Gamet calls this his movie theater feature because you can discreetly check your watch display without disturbing anyone around you. Follow along with our video tip to learn how it works.

Install Secure XFINITY WiFi Profile On Your New iPhone

Fri, 2016-09-23 17:03

Comcast provides free Wi-Fi for many its customers where available. Like most free wi-fi, though, it’s unencrypted. Wanting to allow their users to have secure connections, Comcast now offers a WPA-secured “XFINITY” network in many places. To connect you either need to know the password – something Comcast won’t tell you – or you need to install a profile on your iPhone that has the password baked in. We’ll show you how to do the latter!

iOS 10: How to Optimize Downloaded Music Storage

Fri, 2016-09-23 16:29

One of the many new features in iOS 10 is the ability to “Optimize Storage” of the locally-cached data from your iCloud Music Library. When turned on by the user, this feature instructs your iPhone or iPad to remove local copies of your music if your device gets low on storage space. Don’t worry, only the local copies of those songs are removed. They still remain in the cloud.

iOS 10.0.2 Fixes Headphone Audio Controls, More

Fri, 2016-09-23 16:01

Apple released iOS 10.0.2 Friday. The headline feature is a fix for an issue that kept some headphone audio controls from working. A Photos bug was also fixed, as well as a problem with app extensions.

iOS 10: Apps are Gaining 3D Touch Widgets and They’re Freakin Sweet

Fri, 2016-09-23 15:33

3D Touch is pretty useful, though you might need to spend some time learning new muscle memory for it. In iOS 10, it gets even more useful with a new trick when strong pressing an app’s icon: 3D Touch widgets.

Use a Password Manager to Store Your Driver’s License and Passport

Fri, 2016-09-23 15:33

Storing your driver’s license or passport information on your computer in a text file or as a photograph may be convenient, but it also makes it easier for anyone with access to your hard drive—including hackers—to steal your identity. Modern password managers, like 1Password and LastPass, solve that problem by encrypting your sensitive data and keeping it away from prying eyes.

This May be The 4K UHD Apple TV We’ve Been Waiting For

Fri, 2016-09-23 13:48

An Apple filing with the FCC looks very much like it might be a new 4K UHD, 5th generation Apple TV just in time for the December holiday period.  It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that the old 4th generation Apple TV from October 2015 had been delayed. And now we may be getting what we really wanted all along just one year later.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-23: Apple, AI, and Buying Tuplejump

Fri, 2016-09-23 11:50

Apple is diving deeper into the world of artificial intelligence with its recent Tuplejump purchase. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s AI efforts, balancing privacy with data collection, and how Apple’s HomeKit is still frustrating.

Apple’s Tuplejump Purchase Hints at a Smarter Siri and Echo Competitor

Fri, 2016-09-23 09:53

Apple indirectly confirmed it purchased the machine learning company Tuplejump, adding to its collection of artificial intelligence talent. Tuplejump’s technology is designed to process large amounts of data to make it easier to work with, which sounds like a great fit for Siri.

AceVPN 3-Year Subscription: $45

Fri, 2016-09-23 08:00

Check out this deal on a three year subscription to AceVPN. It features 20 gateways in the U.S., UK, and France. The service doesn’t meter your bandwidth and doesn’t retain logs. You can find more details in the deal listing.

Apple Hates Music Lovers Who Want to Own Their Music

Fri, 2016-09-23 07:00

John Kheit is in a frothing-at-the-mouth rage about iTunes in iOS and macOS Sierra. From missing ratings to iCloud downloads for songs that should be local, he’s fighting mad.

Save Bandwidth with iMessage Images Using Low Quality Mode

Thu, 2016-09-22 20:57

iOS 10 has something called Low Quality Mode for images you send out in iMessage. When active, Low Quality Mode reduces any images you are sending out to approximately 100K. This can save you a lot of cellular data usage, especially if you’re sending out photographs you take on your iPhone.

macOS Sierra: RAID Support Returns to Disk Utility

Thu, 2016-09-22 19:39

Guess what? RAID support is back in Disk Utility in macOS Sierra. You won’t find it in the main interface (see below), but you will find it in the File Menu.

Where Did Music Controls in iOS 10 Control Center Go? – Swipe Left, Dude

Thu, 2016-09-22 16:32

One of the many changes in iOS 10 is Control Center. The most striking change is that controls for music are gone. Well, it turns out they aren’t gone, they’ve just been moved. To access them, swipe left in Control Center.  Bryan Chaffin has pictures, with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Apple Leather Case for iPhone 7, Same Style with Better Buttons

Thu, 2016-09-22 15:29

Bryan Chaffin used Apple’s Leather Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, but he says that the new Leather Case for iPhone 7 is a big improvement. There’s one reason for that, the buttons.

iOS 10 Messages: How to Control Who Sees When You Read a Chat

Thu, 2016-09-22 14:00

iOS 10 lets you set who gets receipts on a case-by-case basis for the chats you read in Messages. It’s easy to set up once you know where to look. Follow along with The Mac Observer’s video tip to learn how.