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June 22Thursday's News


Everything about iTunes Library Management [At least everything I could find]

Everything about iTunes Library Management [At least everything I could find.]

The music industry is racing towards streamed distribution, but many of us have built up sizable music collections. I certainly have, and I spent weeks ripping my old CD library two years ago. And if you prefer to own your music, versus renting it in perpetuity via a streaming service, you're likely still either buying (and ripping) CDs or purchasing digital downloads.

The secret to a strong music library is regular maintenance. Untagged or unnamed tracks, missing artwork, duplicate files, music scattered across a swathe of folders and devices, etc. If your music library has any of these symptoms, the information below may help you regain control.

Below I have two lists. The first one provides ratings for most of the available iTunes library management tools. The second list gives specific advice regarding iTunes library management.

So if you are not happy with your iTunes library here is your chance.

Ratings

Advice

Apple releases second betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, tvOS 11 to developers

Apple releases second betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, tvOS 11 to developers

Sixteen days after making the first releases available, Apple on Wednesday released second versions of its upcoming operating system refresh set to arrive this fall, with developers now able to access iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4, tvOS 11 and and Xcode 9. -- AppleInsider.

Apple cleaning hundreds of thousands of titles from App Store in Review Guidelines crackdown

Apple cleaning hundreds of thousands of titles from App Store in Review Guidelines crackdown

As part of an extensive housecleaning operation, Apple has over the past year removed hundreds of thousands of clones, 32-bit titles, spamware and other software from the App Store ahead of this fall's iOS 11 launch. -- AppleInsider.


Apple explains how to customize and share Photos Memories in new tutorials

Apple explains how to customize and share Photos Memories in new tutorials

Expanding its "How to Shoot on iPhone 7" tutorial series, Apple on Wednesday posted a pair of videos explaining how to customize and share Memories clips generated by the Photos app in iOS 10.

Simultaneously posted to Apple's "How to Shoot on iPhone 7" webpage and official YouTube channel, the video explainers are produced in the same style as the first tutorials published in May. In all, the webpage dedicated to teaching users how to get better results from their handset now boasts 23 shorts covering topics ranging from converting color photos to black and white to capturing intimate moments with zoom. -- AppleInsider.

New 27-Inch iMac Has Up to 80% Faster Graphics at Compute Tasks Compared to Previous Model

New 27-Inch iMac Has Up to 80% Faster Graphics at Compute Tasks Compared to Previous Model

Earlier this month, Apple launched new iMac models with Intel's seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors and improved AMD Radeon Pro discrete graphics options at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

Early benchmark results for the new 27-inch iMac have already surfaced on Geekbench that suggest the 2017 models are up to 15% faster in multi-core CPU performance compared to last-generation models.

Apple's new high-end 27-inch iMac stock configuration with a 3.8GHz quad-core Core i5 processor has an average multi-core score of 14,886, for example, compared to 12,953 for the equivalent 2015 model. -- MacRumors.

PSA: AppleCare+ for Mac and iPhone Must Be Bought Within 60 Days of Purchase

PSA: AppleCare+ for Mac and iPhone Must Be Bought Within 60 Days of Purchase

All of Apple's AppleCare+ plans for Macs, iPads, and iPhones, must be bought alongside a new device or within 60 days of purchase, according to AppleCare+ support staff that MacRumors spoke to this morning.

Following its Worldwide Developers Conference in June that saw the debut of new iMacs, MacBooks, and MacBook Pro models, Apple introduced an updated AppleCare+ for Mac warranty plan that provides standard AppleCare coverage along with accidental damage coverage. -- MacRumors.

iOS 11 Beta 2 Changes: Control Center Tweaks, Experimental Safari Settings, Do Not Disturb While Driving and More

iOS 11 Beta 2 Changes: Control Center Tweaks, Experimental Safari Settings, Do Not Disturb While Driving and More

Apple this afternoon seeded the second beta of iOS 11 to developers, with the update coming as something of a surprise because betas normally come on Monday or Tuesday mornings.

iOS 11 beta 2 introduces a very long list of bug fixes to address issues that were discovered in the first beta of iOS 11, and registered developers should read over the extensive release notes to get an idea of what's been fixed. -- MacRumors.

Traveling Internationally With (or Without) a Laptop

Traveling Internationally With (or Without) a Laptop

Security restrictions on large electronics in carry-on baggage have many travelers concerned, so take extra precautions if you need to take your gear.

The Department of Homeland Security has been mulling an expansion of its current ban on laptops (and other large electronic devices) inside carry-on luggage aboard certain international flights. Such a ban would be disruptive for travelers and has not been enacted at the moment, but planning ahead and preparing for such restrictions is a good idea in uncertain times. -- New York Times.

macOS Mail: Including Original Attachments in Replies

macOS Mail: Including Original Attachments in Replies

Need to mark up a PDF email attachment and send it back as a reply in Mail? Melissa Holt shows you how.

By default, when you reply to someone in Mail, any attachments your recipient has included won't be added to your response. Normally, I'd say this is really good--after all, there's no need to keep sending the same file back and forth!--but if you want to reference an attachment or mark it up before you send it back, there is an easy way to do so. First, you'd just click "Reply" on the message containing the attachment like you normally would, and then if you look in the toolbar above your composing window, you should see this button. -- The Mac Observer.

Blue Microphones Ella Planar Magnetic Headphones Hands-on Review

Blue Microphones Ella Planar Magnetic Headphones Hands-on Review

If you're planning to sit or lie down and listen to high fidelity songs, Ella will kiss your ears into a joyous state of bliss.

The great news is that Ella planar headphones sound amazing. The mixed news is they lack the secure fit that made me fall in love with Ella's predecessor, Mo-Fi. But if you're planning to sit or lie down and listen to high fidelity songs, Ella will kiss your ears into a joyous state of bliss. -- The Mac Observer.

[I don't know about the headphones but Blue microphones were recommended to me by Time The Enchanter. I used mine for years to record AV presentations for the University. I still have it. Given my experience I can recommend them without reservation. -mam]

iPad Pro Diary: A few issues, but the 10.5-inch iPad can actually read my handwriting!

iPad Pro Diary: A few issues, but the 10.5-inch iPad can actually read my handwriting!

I said last time that while the difference between a 9.7-inch and 10.5-inch screen didn't sound like much on paper, it actually makes a surprising difference in real life. It's not a 12.9-inch model, of course, and you don't get things like the three-pane email view you do on that, but it really does feel significantly bigger. -- 9to5Mac.

How to upgrade RAM in the (Mid 2017) 5K iMac and save up to ~$900 [Video]

How to upgrade RAM in the (Mid 2017) 5K iMac and save up to ~$900 [Video]

I recently acquired the base model Mid 2017 5K iMac, and I have a post in the works that explains my reasoning for that decision. In a nutshell, I believe that this machine, at $1799, is by far the best bang for your buck as far as Macs go. -- 9to5Mac.


Reviewing the First iPhone in a Hype Typhoon

Reviewing the First iPhone in a Hype Typhoon

On a sunny Sunday 10 years ago, I was strolling down Broadway in the Flatiron district of New York, listening to music on my phone. The song was suddenly interrupted by a call. A familiar voice barreled into the earbuds.

"What do you think?" -- Backchannel.

Hackintosh

Hackintosh

A Hackintosh computer is a non-Apple PC running Apple's OS X. In other words, it's a method to run Apple's pleasant operating system on an inexpensive machine.

Hackintosh: Should you build one? Consider the pros and cons before you embark on the journey of building your own Mac. -- Macworld.

Hackintosh: Build a DIY Mac mini/You can build your own Mac, if you're willing to put in the time and effort. A whole lot of effort. -- Macworld.

Hackintosh: Build a DIY Mac for gaming/Rob Griffiths decides to replace his nine-year-old Hackintosh (dubbed Frankenmac) with a new DIY Mac. -- Macworld.

Building a Hackintosh Pro: Building a Hackintosh means I'll be able to have just one kick-ass machine that can boot into either macOS or Windows. Perfect. -- Dan Counsell.

A Diabolical Way of Hacking a Chip With a Wave of Your Hand

A Diabolical Way of Hacking a Chip With a Wave of Your Hand

When you think of a standard hacker toolkit, software vulnerabilities and malware come to mind. But a pair of researchers are testing a different type of instrument: a physical tool that can break into devices with a wave of your hand. -- Wired.

12 ways you'll use Apple's ARKit in your enterprise?

12 ways you'll use Apple's ARKit in your enterprise

Enterprises pondering a push into augmented and virtual reality will need to embrace Apple's ARKit, if only to access the hundreds of millions of already deployed devices capable of accessing these next-generation experiences. Of course, many see AR and VR as niche products only suitable for gaming, but these technologies have so much more potential. Here are 12 ways you might use ARKit in your enterprise. -- Computerworld.

iMac (27-inch) Benchmarks (June 2017)

iMac (27-inch) Benchmarks (June 2017)

Apple announced several updates to the Mac lineup earlier this month at WWDC. Now that results for these Macs have started to appear in the Geekbench Browser, let's take a close look at the performance of the of the 27-inch iMac. Let's see how the new iMac CPUs and GPUs perform using Geekbench 4. Also, since the 27-inch iMac is popular with many pro users, I've included Geekbench 4 results for the Mac Pro as well. [On my iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) I get a score of Single-core: 3692 (35% slower), multi-core: 10295 (60% slower), GPU Compute Benchmark: ?. This puts my poor little iMac way down the food chain.] -- Geekbench.

Internet Privacy: How To Browse Without Being Tracked?

How To Browse Without Being Tracked?

Internet privacy involves the right or mandate of personal privacy concerning the storing, repurposing, provision to third parties, and displaying of information pertaining to oneself via of the Internet.[1][2] Internet privacy is a subset of data privacy. Privacy concerns have been articulated from the beginnings of large scale computer sharing.

Most web browsers (desktops and handheld) have an option to block cookies. Check your browser or system's preferences for privacy settings. However, what happens to your data depends on how a website responds to the request. Remember this is only a "request."

Below are some of the article I found that provide information about what you can do to protect yourself and what privacy means these days. Sorry to say there is no sliver bullet.

  • How To Browse Without Being Tracked? -- Mac 360.
  • Internet Tracking Has Moved Beyond Cookies -- FiveThirtyEight.
  • What do I need to know about cookies? -- BBC.
  • Three privacy tools that block your Internet provider from tracking you -- PCWORLD.
  • Here's How to Protect Your Privacy From Your Internet Service Provider -- eff.
  • How to use a VPN to protect your internet privacy -- ZDNET.
  • How to Delete Cookies -- PCWORLD

You Can't Get The Fastest Mac You Can Get

You Can't Get The Fastest Mac You Can Get

To be fair, that title is something of a play on words, but there is enough truth in it to give consideration to this basic fact. An old Mac Pro, which you can't get from Apple, is faster than Macs for pros you can get from Apple.

Wait. What? How is that possible? Don't Macs get faster every year or two? How can a Mac that hasn't even been manufactured for about five years be faster than today's newest Macs. Basically, that's the case for two reasons. The first is simple. Intel has problems putting out faster chips on any kind of a dependable schedule. -- Mac360.

June 21Wednesday's News


Watch: Siri will translate for you in Apple's iOS 11

Watch: Siri will translate for you in Apple's iOS 11

Beginning this fall with iOS 11, Apple's voice-driven personal assistant, Siri, will gain the ability to translate to multiple foreign languages. Here's a peek at how it will work. -- AppleInsider.

'Back to the Future' fan makes Apple's iPad, Xcode centerpiece of custom DeLorean modification

'Back to the Future' fan makes Apple's iPad, Xcode centerpiece of custom DeLorean modification

Utilizing several third-party solutions, a "Back to the Future" film fanatic has built a custom DeLorean door and trunk controller in a dash-mounted iPad that can also provide speed information, as well as nearly all of the features that an Apple CarPlay solution would. -- AppleInsider.

Apple replaces Mac hardware trade-in partner PowerOn with Phobio

Apple replaces Mac hardware trade-in partner PowerOn with Phobio

After working with hardware recycling firm PowerOn for more than five years, Apple this week notified customers that a new partner, Phobio, will handle all Mac trade-ins going forward.

Apple quietly announced the change on Tuesday in an update to its hardware Renew and Recycling webpage, which now redirects Mac trade-in inquiries to a dedicated page on Phobio's website. Previously, the Mac recycling link forwarded to a landing page hosted by Apple partner PowerOn. -- AppleInsider.

What Happened When One Man Pinged the Whole Internet

What Happened When One Man Pinged the Whole Internet

A home science experiment that probed billions of Internet devices reveals that thousands of industrial and business systems offer remote access to anyone.

You probably haven't heard of HD Moore, but up to a few weeks ago every Internet device in the world, perhaps including some in your own home, was contacted roughly three times a day by a stack of computers that sit overheating his spare room. -- Ara Technica.

Internet of Ships

Internet of Ships

AIS, a tracking system that has become the "Internet of Ships," was intended to help prevent collisions, but it has also become a tool for nearly anyone to identify and track ships traveling around the world through websites and mobile applications.

That data is sent to the Internet through land-based sensors, and it is available through websites and mobile applications through companies such as ExactEarth, Vessel Finder, and Marine Traffic. -- Ars Technica.

How to use drag and drop in iOS 11 Maps

How to use drag and drop in iOS 11 Maps

The iOS 11 Maps app gets way more useful with drag-and-drop. Now you can easily share and save locations whenever you like.

Drag and drop is the headline feature of iOS 11 on the iPad, and rightly so -- it changes the whole iOS paradigm, integrating a decades-old desktop feature in a way that makes it feel like drag and drop was just waiting for touchscreens to come along. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 11 brings 5 different types of tap, but don't panic

iOS 11 brings 5 different types of tap, but don't panic

When the iPhone launched 10 years ago, there were two kinds of tap. A regular tap for everything, and a special press-and-hold to get the Home screen icons jiggling and ready to rearrange. That was it. Now, with iOS 11, I have counted at least five different types of tap and press, and that's just on the iPad. If you count the iPhone, then you also have 3D-Touch to deal with. -- Cult of Mac.

Hands-On With Apple's 'ARKit' Augmented Reality Demo for Developers

Hands-On With Apple's 'ARKit' Augmented Reality Demo for Developers

With iOS 11, Apple is delving into augmented reality in a big way, introducing an ARKit development platform that will allow developers to quickly and easily build augmented reality experiences into their apps and games.

ARKit is positioned to be the largest AR platform in the world when it launches this fall, using the camera, processors, and motion sensors in the iPhone and iPad to create some incredibly impressive augmented reality interactions. -- MacRumors.

Apple Wins 54 Patents Today covering the iPad Pro Design, a Digital Magazine Device, Apple Watch Table & more

Apple Wins 54 Patents Today covering the iPad Pro Design, a Digital Magazine Device, Apple Watch Table & more

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 54 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a possible future digital magazine device, Apple's insanely sophisticated Apple Watch table and the original iPad Pro design patent. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.

Seeing an iOS Verification Failed Error? You're Not Alone

Seeing an iOS Verification Failed Error? You're Not Alone

If the issue hasn't already been fixed, it seems that the only thing to do for now is just…wait.

Certain iPhone users have been plagued lately by seeing an iOS Verification Failed message when trying to login on iCloud.com. Apple has acknowledged the error and has talked with several people on this. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Answer Phone Calls Automatically in iOS 11

How to Answer Phone Calls Automatically in iOS 11

There are times when you cannot pick up calls because you're busy with something else. Perhaps you're driving and can't reach out to your iPhone to answer the call or your hands are too dirty to interact with your phone. Well, you won't have to worry anymore as iOS 11 comes with a new feature that ensures you won't miss out on important calls again. -- iDrop News.

What Is an 'Oleophobic' Display? Here's Everything You Should Know

hat Is an 'Oleophobic' Display? Here's Everything You Should Know

If you're an Apple fan, gadget geek or general tech news follower, you may have come across the term "oleophobic" sometime in your life, specifically in relation to displays. But what is an oleophobic display? How does it work? What happens if it's gone? Here we'll outline everything you need to know. -- iDrop News.


Apple And The End-to-End Encryption Fight

Apple And The End-to-End Encryption Fight

End-to-end encryption seems to be in a race between device makers and lawmakers. Here in the U.S. and in the U.K., government officials want access to encryption through various back door means. Hopefully, cooler and more reasonable heads will prevail thanks to a dose of reality to occurs with too much regularity. -- PixoBebo.

The Best And Worst ISP's: Is Now the Time to Get Rid of Cable TV?

The Best And Worst ISP's: Is Now the Time to Get Rid of Cable TV?

CR's latest telecom survey shows that people still don't like big cable companies. For TV viewing, you have lots of alternatives.

In the August 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, the nonprofit organization ranked internet service providers based off customer satisfaction. According to the report, many consumers still don't like their broadband and television provider, and don't believe they receive a decent value for the high price they pay for service. -- Consumer Reports.

June 20Tuesday's News


Apple's eGPU developer's kit is promising, but what gets delivered in the future is anybody's guess

Apple's eGPU developer's kit is promising, but what gets delivered in the future is anybody's guess

After hammering on Apple's external GPU developer's kit for a week, AppleInsider discusses the hardware, the technology, and what needs to happen in the future for adoption of the concept by Mac users. -- AppleInsider.

2017 vs. 2016 Apple iPad Pro comparison

2017 vs. 2016 Apple iPad Pro comparison

Apple's newly released iPad Pro models offer a number of changes over their predecessors, but sorting out exactly what has been updated can be difficult. Thankfully, AppleInsider is here to help you make sense of it. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro stuns with 120Hz ProMotion display

Apple's 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro stuns with 120Hz ProMotion display

Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro takes a device that was already a best-in-class tablet and makes it even better, headlined by a larger display with a stunning 120Hz refresh rate. But with a $649 starting price, Apple cuts just a few too many corners for our liking, especially when compared to the value proposition of the recently released $329 9.7-inch iPad. -- AppleInsider.

Ikea's plans for ARKit revealed, virtual shopping tool will launch in fall with iOS 11

Ikea's plans for ARKit revealed, virtual shopping tool will launch in fall with iOS 11

Briefly teased at the WWDC keynote, flat-pack furniture company Ikea has officially declared that it is working on a ARKit catalog for the iPhone that will launch at some point in late 2017.

Ikea's Leader of Digital Transformation Michael Valdsgaard revealed the fall timetable for the app to Di Digital, saying that it is the first AR app that assists users to buy material goods. However, the ability to buy the furniture in-app may not make the first version of the app, according to the executive. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.6

Apple issues fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.6

On Monday afternoon, Apple released an update to just one of its eight currently running OS betas, and unveiled the fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.6. -- AppleInsider.


Apple teaming with startup Health Gorilla for iPhone medical record plans

Apple teaming with startup Health Gorilla for iPhone medical record plans

Apple's efforts to centralize medical records on the iPhone are being done with the help of a small startup called Health Gorilla, and will focus on making it easier to share those records with different healthcare providers, a report said on Monday. -- AppleInsider.


macOS High Sierra tech preview: A quick look at the stuff you can't see

macOS High Sierra tech preview: A quick look at the stuff you can't see

Even by the standards of recent macOS releases, this year's High Sierra is shaping up to be a low-key release with few high-profile user-visible improvements. Apple's highlight page covers quite a few things, but in most cases they're iterative tweaks that would mostly belong in the "grab bag" section of an overview of, say, Leopard or even Yosemite. Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to iCloud-backed iMessages and family iCloud storage plans, but support for tables in Notes and flight status updates in Spotlight aren't exactly life changing (not unless your life is continuously interrupted by extremely small and specific problems). -- Ars Technica.

How to use iOS 11's new Automatic Setup

How to use iOS 11's new Automatic Setup

Setting up a new iOS device is pretty easy, but it's about to get even easier thanks to iOS 11's new Automatic Setup feature, which lets you hold your old device near your new one to transfer across essential info. -- Cult of Mac.


GarageBand for Mac now syncs your projects with iOS

GarageBand for Mac now syncs your projects with iOS

GarageBand's most recent update for macOS adds a few neat new Mac-only features, but perhaps its biggest addition is for iPad users. Now the Mac version of GarageBand can sync a cut-down version of any song with the iPad or iPhone, allowing you to add new tracks, then sync them back with the master project back on your Mac. It's a feature that only came to Logic in January of this year. -- Cult of Mac.

What's New in macOS High Sierra: APFS, Metal 2, Photos Improvements, Safari Autoplay Blocking and More

What's New in macOS High Sierra: APFS, Metal 2, Photos Improvements, Safari Autoplay Blocking and More

Apple named its next-generation version of the Mac operating system High Sierra because it's designed to improve macOS Sierra through several major under-the-hood updates. While most of what's in High Sierra isn't outwardly visible, there are some refinements to existing features and apps like Safari, Photos, Siri, FaceTime, and more.

We went hands-on with the High Sierra beta to give MacRumors readers a quick idea of what changes and improvements to expect when the software comes out this fall. Check out the video below to see what's new. -- MacRumors.

Outlook for Mac 2016 Gaining Delivery Notifications, Send Later Option, and More

Outlook for Mac 2016 Gaining Delivery Notifications, Send Later Option, and More

Microsoft today announced that it's implementing several new features in Outlook for Mac, all of which have been highly requested by its Office 365 subscribers. Timed emails, delivery notifications, email templates, and more are being added to the Mac software.

With a new Send Later feature, Outlook for Mac users can draft an email and then schedule it to send at another time using the new drop-down Send Later button located next to the send button. The email is saved to Drafts and then sent automatically at the specified time. -- MacRumors.

Apple, Moving In on Prestige TV, Poaches Two Sony Executives

Apple, Moving In on Prestige TV, Poaches Two Sony Executives

The company's hiring of two respected leaders, who cultivated shows like "Breaking Bad" at Sony, signaled to Hollywood that Apple is serious about original programming.

As Apple takes the plunge into original television-style content, it has hired two of Hollywood's most respected studio executives to oversee the effort. -- New York Times.

Claiming Your Own Little Corner of the Web

Claiming Your Own Little Corner of the Web

You don't need a lot of technical expertise to make a personal site or a blog to share your thoughts with the world.

Creating a personal site has become fairly simple. In the early days of the internet, the process involved finding server space, buying a domain name and knowing enough about coding to make pages. Today, you can get the server space, the domain name and easy-to-use page templates for just a few dollars a month -- or even free. -- New York Times.

How to manage your digital music library: It doesn't matter how big your music collection is if you can't find the tunes you want. This in-depth guide will help

How to manage your digital music library: It doesn't matter how big your music collection is if you can't find the tunes you want. This in-depth guide will help

If your music library is devolving into an audio jungle, there's no better time to wrestle back control. I'll walk through some simple jobs and handy tools that'll keep your collection in good order and help you save valuable storage space. I have tips for both PC and Mac users. -- TechHive.


Cell Phone Users Have a Right to Know

Cell Phone Users Have a Right to Know

Qualcomm, a supplier of chips and technology for the iPhone 7, has sued Apple in a California case claiming that Apple chose not to utilize the full capabilities of the chips supplied by Qualcomm. According to this lawsuit, Apple did so in order to "create artificial parity" between the faster Qualcomm chip and slower chips produced by another company that Apple also wanted to use in the iPhone. It is alleged that Apple secretly took these steps and then threatened Qualcomm not to disclose what Apple had done. Apple may decide to sell consumers phones that are not as fast as they could be. But what Apple doesn't have the right to do is to mislead consumers about the performance of its products. -- Inside Sources.

Swiss Supercomputer Edges US Out of Top Spot

Swiss Supercomputer Edges US Out of Top Spot

There have only been two times in the last 24 years where the U.S. has been edged out of the top spot of the world's most powerful supercomputers. Now is one of those times. "An upgrade to a Swiss supercomputer has bumped the U.S. Department of Energy's Cray XK7 to number four on the list rating these machines," reports the BBC. "The only other time the U.S. fell out of the top three was in 1996." The top two slots are occupied by Chinese supercomputers. From the report. -- BBC.