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The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

Agree with Leslie, If I had cable or satellite service I wouldn’t have Apple TV. If I had known that many shows are locked out, I might now have purchased Apple TV.

Posted by Helen Adams on December 15, 2016 at 2:25 PM (CST)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Great review. I never would have found out about Magnifier without reading this. Thx!

Posted by Herojig on November 21, 2016 at 9:15 PM (CST)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Yup, it’s almost definitely coming back. It’s fair to say that if it’s in the beta releases, it will land in the iOS 10.2 release unless something really weird happens before then.
See my recent tweet for what it looks like.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on November 15, 2016 at 10:16 AM (CST)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

I have not had any problems either, but am very disappointed that they have removed the star rating for songs - you cannot view or change the ratings on songs anymore, just the “love” and “dislike” buttons.  However, it looks like this is being fixed in 10.2, the star rating is back in the beta releases so far..

Posted by Derron Bohne on November 15, 2016 at 9:54 AM (CST)

Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit

I can give testimony on the ecobee 3 units…they are wonderful! We purchased 2 units, one for each floor. The sensors are invaluable because they really do help you adjust temps so that your bedroom stays cool when the den (main thermostat) may not need it, for example.
And being able to digitally “lock” the units keeps the kids from constantly turning it up & down is great, but also lets us remotely adjust their upstairs thermostat without leaving our bedroom. :)
The HomeKit works pretty well but lacks many of the advance features & settings of the excellent ecobee app.
Now if only our Chamberlain garage opening will add HomeKit, then we’re set!!

Posted by D9 on November 11, 2016 at 4:17 PM (CST)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10

Mt TV did not update automatically as I set it. I selected UPDATE , and it said it was updated. It is not….more crap to mess with today, No!

Posted by Tom Watson on October 18, 2016 at 5:50 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10

Now I’m humming Tom Sawyer.

Posted by iEndure on September 15, 2016 at 12:02 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Interesting. I’ve had no problems on my iPhone 6 Plus, although I have fewer songs stored locally — around 3000-4000 tracks. In fact, Apple Music has been pretty solid for me since the very first iOS 10 beta.
That said, I’m also wondering if all of the iCloud Music Library problems from yesterday and earlier today may be having an impact. I was having some weird performance problems yesterday, and — for the first time — lost a bunch of my downloaded music and had to turn iCloud Music Library back on to resync it. During that time, it was painfully slow until it figured itself out and got caught up.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 14, 2016 at 4:02 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Offhand, my experience is that the new Apple Music app is buggy.  Performance is horrible.  Each button click takes 10 secs (no exaggeration) to respond.  Press pause, 10 secs later it pauses, press play 10 secs later it plays.  Press next track, 10 secs later it advances to the next track.  This is on an iPhone 6s with about 6000 songs downloaded locally to the phone.  I’ve never had performance issues before.

Posted by EricSteel on September 14, 2016 at 1:49 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Don’t hesitate to upgrade. I installed the update today on my 5s and it’s brilliant. Nice improvements and no discernible slowdown.

Posted by John Davis on September 14, 2016 at 5:14 AM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

I’m convinced Apple designs this app for someone with 50 songs in their library of which half of their songs are top-40 crap, and the other half are show tunes. Smart Playlists is a very strong feature and is only one of many features they could be implementing to make it a much better app. I could write all night about what bugs me about it and what they should be doing.

Posted by expopstar on August 14, 2016 at 3:02 AM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

Yeah, I still do most of my real library management from iTunes on my computer anyway, and “Stations” are there in iOS Music now for listening to similar songs while on the go, and they work pretty well. I don’t mind going back to iTunes if I’m looking to create actual Genius playlists.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 28, 2016 at 9:08 AM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

Thanks Jesse! Oh well, give me an excuse to use my computer alittle more. I also own an iPod Nano 7th Gen from 2012 and it’s still going strong. Heck it’s the only portable device that I can sync my Genius Mixes to for on the go listening and it
‘s the only FM radio receiver I have for now, (except for my vehicle).

Posted by Jason on July 27, 2016 at 7:13 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

Unfortunately, the Genius feature appears to be gone for good — at least on the iOS side. You can still create Genius playlists in iTunes, and they will sync to an iOS 10 device via iCloud Music Library or a direct iTunes sync. Synced Genius playlists also show at the top of the Playlists section with the Genius icon, but they otherwise behave just like any other playlist.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 27, 2016 at 9:58 AM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

Anyone with iOS 10 know if one can still create Genius Playlists or is that feature fully abandoned?

Posted by Jason on July 22, 2016 at 10:59 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost

Not much appears to have changed just yet, although it may be something of a work in progress — the tvOS Music app didn’t get overhauled until the second beta that just came out yesterday, so I’m remaining cautiously optimistic that they’ll do something for the Apple Watch Music app as well.
About the only glimmer of hope right now is that the ability to place the Music app in the Dock keeps it running in the background, so it will more effectively remember your last source setting, even after you exit the app, but it otherwise still defaults to your iPhone library.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 6, 2016 at 12:45 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost


Posted by jv on July 1, 2016 at 7:13 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

I agree, and that really is unfortunate.  Every time I see a headline about the Music app getting a major update (iOS 8.4, and now 10), I have always been hopeful that they have finally fixed Smart Playlists in iOS, and every time have been disappointed.  Maybe it is time for me to begrudgingly give up hope on it every happening.  I have filled out a couple “bug reports / feature requests” on requesting this too.
On the bright side, I did find an app called SmartPlaylist that is updated fairly frequently that works well.  It is great for making smart playlists on the fly in iOS, but they cannot transfer back to your actual music library, and it isn’t the most intuitive app, but it is very powerful. Would be nice to have it done by Apple and actually part of the Music app though.

Posted by Derron Bohne on June 24, 2016 at 4:36 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

I wondered the same thing for several years, but I came to the conclusion about two or three years ago that Apple has simply given up on Smart Playlists. I’d sort of hoped that the redesign of the Music app would improve this, and it brought back some limited support if you’re syncing via iCloud Music Library, but it’s nowhere near the level of sophistication that it once was at.
Then again, so many of the things that made Smart Playlists great — things like granular ratings, play counts, and last played times — have basically also fallen by the wayside and don’t work as well as they once did. This is a scenario where Apple has clearly been gradually reducing its music apps to the lowest common denominator for a while now, leaving a few things in place for us old hands but not really putting their heart into them.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 24, 2016 at 4:04 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

Smart Playlists were one of the great features of the original iPods, and a feature they touted pretty heavily.  I just don’t understand how this feature is so neglected in iOS.  Not only can you not create or edit smart playlists in iOS like you can in iTunes on the computer, but smart playlists don’t even update automatically; they don’t update until you re-connect the iOS device to iTunes on the computer.  I don’t understand how this has remained “broken” this long?!?

Posted by Derron Bohne on June 24, 2016 at 1:48 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

now if they will only let me move music from my Mac to my phone instead of have them download what they THINK I want, I’ll be happ(ier).

Posted by Andrew Steinhouse on June 23, 2016 at 7:47 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost

Any changes to the Music app? I like listening to music directly from the watch through bluetooth earbuds but the app defaults to playing music from the phone’s library, even when bluetooth is off on the phone. Not the biggest problem, but an annoyance to always have to change the source from phone to watch.

Posted by jv on June 18, 2016 at 12:24 PM (CDT)

What's New In iOS 8 For iPad, iPhone + iPod touch

Nice discussion ! For what it’s worth , people are wanting a FEC Form 7 , my colleagues discovered a fillable form here

Posted by MaritaLint1 on May 26, 2016 at 8:26 AM (CDT)

Restoring iCloud backup to a second iPhone

I would like to recommend irefone for mac
according to my using experience, because it is fast and it recovers
perfectly. Download it now and follow the step-by-step to get the work
How to export data from iTunes backup selectively and transfer to another iPhone
First of all, you need to make sure that you have iTunes backup file, if you don’t have one, back up your old iPhone right away.
1. Install and run iRefone for Mac.
2. Connect your new iPhone to your computer.
3. Choose the recovery mode of “Recover from iTunes Backup”.
4. Select an iTunes backup from the interface listing all the iTunes backup files on your computer.
Note: If you cannot find the iTunes backup file which you want to export
contacts from, please find the button titled as “Select more” to browse
your computer to locate the iTunes backup file that you need.
5. After you select an iTunes Backup file, you will be brought to
the screen listing all the supported data categories. Choose the data
you want to scan selectively from the interface by clicking on the
certain icon.
6. The data scanning and analyzing may take quite a while if you have bulky contacts storage, please wait patiently.
7. After the data scanning process is finished, all the data like
notes, contacts will be presented in a list, please select all or
whatever you need to transfer to your new iPhone by clicking on “Recover
to Device”.

Posted by julietzhu520 on May 20, 2016 at 12:18 AM (CDT)

Problems deleting pictures in Photos app

i can’t delete the real old photos from my iphone6 the trashcan has disapeared please help

Posted by bill on May 16, 2016 at 3:41 PM (CDT)

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