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NC #652 Apple vs Google Photos, Share Existing Playlists in Apple Music, Wireless Charging for Mature iPhones, iPhone X

Bart’s Let’s Talk Apple show hits 50 episodes. In Dumb Question I’ll attempt answer whether someone should use Apple Photos or Google Photos (and I’m not as biased as you would expect). In a huge deviation from my published policy, I’ll give you a Tiny Tip about sharing existing playlists in iOS 11. Bezalel review of three products to bring wireless Qi charging to more “mature” iPhones. I’ll tell you the tale of adventure Steve, Pat Dengler and I went through to acquire the iPhone X, and I’ll give you some first impressions. Again, not as biased as you would expect (although I do use the word “magical” more than once.)

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Adventures Acquiring iPhone X and First Impressions

Hello on iPhone XLast week I told you about how Steve and I managed to bork the order of a second iPhone X and how I’d promised him he could have the one coming on day one, November 3rd. I also told you that Pat Dengler’s order got messed up too so we were going to brave the lines on the 3rd.

The planning and strategy we went through were about as elaborate as that in the movie Ocean’s Eleven. At least that’s what my friend Ron said when I told him what we were doing.

When the iPhone 4 came out, I stood in line at the store in Manhattan Beach. It was a disaster. I had a phone pre-ordered and only went there to pick it up. That line took 10.5 hours! The worst part of this was my friend Niraj texting me about how quick everything went out at the Cerritos store near his house. It was around 2 hours of line time even for people who didn’t preorder!

When Pat and I started planning, I suggested this magical store in Cerritos, based on Niraj’s story from so long ago. While the story was old, there was a bit of logic to choosing Cerritos. This store is quite large but is in a less affluent area than the other Apple Stores within a half hour of my house. I know, I’m spoiled to have so many choices! Continue reading “Adventures Acquiring iPhone X and First Impressions”

Wireless Charging for iPhone 6, 6s and 7 with Bezalel

Bezalel logoWireless charging has been around for a long time in the Android world, but it just came to iPhone with the newly-released glass-backed iPhone 8 and X. Perhaps you’re looking at your iPhone 6 or 6s or 7 and wishing you could have wireless charging too. A company called Bezalel from bezalel.co might have a solution for you. If you already have one of the 2017 iPhones, stay with me because there might be something for you here too.

Before we dig in, let’s walk through some terms. There are those who object to the term “wireless charging” because there are always wires involved but let’s not get hung up on that, Micah. When we say wireless, we just mean that the device being charged doesn’t have to be plugged in and unplugged all the time. The charger still has a wire.

There are competing standards for wireless charging, but the one that seems to be getting the most traction is called Qi charging. Qi is spelled q-i but is pronounced “chi”. It would have been so like Apple to come up with their own standard, but in a moment of rarity, they chose the Qi standard for charging. This is great news for us because it means that we can use chargers from third parties without them having to pay royalties to Apple or get certified by Apple because of some proprietary technology. Continue reading “Wireless Charging for iPhone 6, 6s and 7 with Bezalel”

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CCATP #508 – Allison Sheridan Tells Her Woman’s Story

I’ve been impressed by the women who have stepped forward and told their stories about what life is like for us. I don’t have any salacious tale to tell but rather a thousand paper cuts type of story. I thought about doing a monologue but I was terribly anxious about talking through this, so I reached out to Bart Busschots because I trusted him to help me.

I decided to push the audio out in both the NosillaCast and Chit Chat Across the Pond feeds, well, because I wanted you to hear it.

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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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