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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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