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Tiny Tip – How to Share Existing Music Playlists in iOS 11

Apple music logoI’m going to break my cardinal rule. I’m going to give you a tip about music. I’ve always said I will never help anyone with iTunes or anything related to music. Ask Honda Bob how many times he’s called me asking for help in iTunes and just write back, “nope”.

I guess I should explain why I’m breaking my own rule.

You know I’m a big fan of Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online. In Part 3 of Don’s iOS 11 tutorials, he covered changes to the Music app. One of the fun features Don demonstrated was how you can share playlists. I’ve heard people like to do that sort of thing.

Don explained that if you have any existing playlists, you can’t share them; you have to create new playlists to share them. That got me curious. On my iPad, while on the elliptical at the gym, I took a look at the Music app. I was hoping I’d created a playlist at some point.

Then I remembered that for our grandson Forbes’s first birthday, Lindsay’s party theme of Wild Things required a playlist. I took charge of this critical task and as people hollered out ideas, I went into Apple Music and added them to a Wild Things playlist.

Don demonstrated in his tutorial how in the new version of Music on iOS when you create a new playlist, there’s a switch that says “Show on My Profile and in Search”. That’s what we’re looking for on an existing Playlist.

As Don demonstrated, if you open an existing Playlist, and hit the three dots you’ll see an option to Share, However, this simply opens the standard share sheet to send it to someone via email or text message, not to share through Apple Music.

Within that same menu though, there’s a button to Add to a Playlist. Well, it sure makes more sense to hit Share, but it turns out you can add an existing playlists to playlists. I clicked on Add to a Playlist… And from there selected New Playlist… and gave it a new name. I called mine Wild Things 2 because I’m just that creative. Within that new playlist is the lovely Show on My Profile and Search option that we seek.

After I found this, I searched for Don in shared music and followed him. He must have fallen out of his chair when he saw the follow because he knows that music is definitely not my thing. He followed me back and verified that Wild Things 2 was visible to him. I was so excited to figure this out for him!

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So there. I gave you one tip about music. Don’t expect to ever see another one.

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NC #651 iPhone X Ordering, Sennheiser Headphones, Olympus & Monoprice Tracking, Security Bits

Failure to order two iPhone X’s but at least Steve is getting one. Helma from the Netherlands reviews the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones. Both Olympus and Monoprice are forcing third-party cookie tracking on you when you’re buying from them. Bart Busschots brings us another edition of Security Bits where he talks about insecure child smart watches, how the IRS isn’t worried about the Equifax breach, a macro-less remote code execution problem in Microsoft Office, and how Eltima was hacked. He also tells us how several of the week’s “big” security news stories are not actually stories at all.

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Security Bits – Child Smart Watches, IRS Not Worried about Equifax, Microsoft Office DDE, Eltima Hacked

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CCATP #507 – Bart Busschots on PBS 42 – Playing the Game of Life

In Programming By Stealth, installment 42 of X with Bart Busschots, it’s finally time to tie all the bits and pieces we’ve learned together and create our first web app. Armed with our HTML, CSS, jQuery and JavaScript knowledge, and our Cellular Automata Prototype, Bart walks us through how to bring the Game of Life…to Life! It’s a lot of fun and I understood a great deal of it (I’m not gonna lie, it wasn’t 100% this time.)

As always Bart’s amazing tutorial for this episode is available at: bartbusschots.ie/…

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Vote With Your Dollars – Monoprice Also Using Third-Party Tracking with Criteo

On October 24th I wrote a blog post about how Olympus (the camera makers) were using third-party cookie tracking using a service from Criteo. I was appalled that a site dedicated to letting me buy their products would use such a service. It wasn’t just that they wanted us to be tracked, it’s that this Criteo tracker pops up a banner saying that if you click any link on the page, you have agreed to be tracked. So there’s no way around it.

Criteo tracker monopriceAfter I posted the article about Olympus and tracker company Criteo, Bruce Tyrell in our Facebook group (podfeet.com/facebook) alerted me to the fact that Monoprice is also doing this with ad tracker Criteo. If you’re not familiar with Monoprice, they sell electronics at very low prices, specifically known for inexpensive cables.

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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones by Helma

Sennheiser pxc 550 headphonesThis is a review from listener Helma from the Netherlands of the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones. It’s my first review and my first audio contribution so please bear with me.

By the way, I’m not an audiophile so don’t expect this review to rant about the sound qualities. My qualifications simply go from ‘horrible’ to ‘nice’.

Anyway, Allison always asks us what’s the problem to be solved. Well, actually I had two problems to be solved. These are probably very first world problems, but here goes.

My husband likes to watch sports a lot, which I usually can stomach for about 5 minutes. I don’t want to move off to the bedroom or my computer every time I want to watch something else and watching something on my iPad with the TV blasting something different is very difficult. So I was looking for a way to sit in the living room but watch something other than what’s on TV.

While preparing for our overdue summer vacation I realised I’d love to have a noise cancelling headphone so I could watch some TV shows on my iPad during the plane trip. And it could double for blocking out the sports noise from the TV.

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Dumb Question Corner – Apple Photos vs Google Photos

Google photos vs apple photosEric in Durham, NC sent in our Dumb Question this week, and it’s a really interesting one:

Hey Allison, here is a dumb question for you. I finally got rid of my Android phone and got an iPhone 😀. With that in mind, should I switch to Apple Photos app instead of using the Google Photo app? What is the difference between the two?

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Olympus Forcing Users to Agree to Third-Party Cookie Ad Tracker

If I didn’t have the screenshots to prove it, you’d think I was making this story up. Olympus, the camera manufacturer, is blocking their own content unless you allow third-party ad tracking from a company called Criteo.

I first discovered this when I used my iPhone to getolympus.com with the intent of comparing the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II to the E-M10 Mark III.

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NC #650 Resetting People Album in Photos, Grammarly, KRACK and ROCA in Security Bits

Bart was on the Phileas Club this week to talk about Ireland, and I was on Daily Tech News Show with Sarah Lane. Rick from Baltimore joins us with his first audio submission, where he tells us about how he discovered how to reset the People album in Apple Photos. I’ve found a tool called Grammarly to help me minimize typos that makes me happy. Bart brings us an out-of-band Security Bits session because of the big vulnerability discovered this week in WiFi. It’s oddly a reassuring session!

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Resetting People Album in the new Apple Photos – Rick from Baltimore

Special Guest Post by Rick from Baltimore

People album showing favoritesYou probably know that the Photos app on Mac and IOS has a feature where we can name people(s) in individual photos and then those people will be grouped together and added to the default People Album in the app. Sort of like keywording, but using the person’s name instead. In addition to us naming people ourselves, Photos app uses its own algorithms to identify people and that helps quite a bit in moving the naming process along.

For example, Photos app would try and find all the photos that have pictures of Uncle Ralph and then offer to add Uncle Ralph’s name to each and add those photos to the ones I had also named with Uncle Ralph. It’s not perfect but definitely better than having to sort through each of my 15000 photos trying to name all my friends and family members individually.

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