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    Join me at 7:00 p.m. Central time tonight (1:00 a.m. GMT Monday) for the weekly Mac-Forums Video Chat. We'll have the forum roundup and a tip or two.

    If you're an Apple TV user I'll show you one way to keep iTunes Home Sharing going when you log out of a user account. You don't need a server or network drive to make this work.

    Finished show is up here

    Show Notes

    Welcome to our newest member:
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    If you are having trouble sharing contacts, calendars, etc with a spouse or another user make sure that you and the person you wish to share information with are logged in under the same Apple ID then choose which information you want to share.

    Texas couple suing Apple over FaceTime Safety Issues

    If you are sending email messages to a group of people who don't want their addresses known to everyone else in the group, try putting the group name in Mail's BCC field instead of the To field. See here. Remember that to send emails to a group of people you need to create the group in Contacts first.

    If you use a disk image to protect a series of files you may be able to avoid having to manually adjust the size of the disk image each time you create it. Consider creating a sparsebundle file instead of a regular disk image. Sparsebundle files are essentially disk images but they can expand and contract as needed. My post in this thread contains a link to directions for creating sparse bundles. The directions are for an older version of the OS but should still work.

    Add Siri searches to the MacOS notification center.

    Basic security steps Even non techie types will find these tips useful.

    Unhide your user library folder

    If you are using an Apple TV to stream content from your iTunes library you may find that there may be some times when you want to continue streaming but need to log out of the the account you are using to share your library. Here's a possible solution to that problem:
    1. If you don't already have a second user account on your Mac create one. I've used both administrator and standard account for this but haven't tried it from a Guest account yet but that might work as well.
    2. Log into the account that you will use to share the iTunes library. If you nave never used iTunes in that account before complete the iTunes setup. Make sure that you go into the iTunes preferences and point iTunes to0 wherever you have your media content stored. (iTunes>Preferences>Advanced.
    3. Turn on Home Sharing in iTunes (iTunes>File>Home Sharing

    That's it on the Mac side. Leave your Mac logged in to that account and use Fast User Switching to get to other accounts. Even if log out of other accounts and go back to the login screen sharing works as long as you remain logged into the account being used to share your iTunes library. Don't forget to check your Apple TV settings See here for example
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    Join me at 7:00 p.m. Central Time tonight (1:00 a.m. Monday GMT) for the weekly Mac-Forums Video Chat. Look for the usual forum roundup, a few Mac and IOS tips plus whatever else comes to mind. I got a late state on show prep this week so you'll have to tune in to see which tips get included this week.

    Show Notes

    Welcome for newest member: Vorpike

    Member Peter Natscher is having issues with a 27” 5K Retina iMac Stalling during startup. We haven’t fully resolved this issue yet but a cybersecurity app and Mac “cleanup” are both loading. I generally avoid both types of applications as the security apps often identify windows malware this creating false positives for Mac users. The cleanup apps are often a bit overzealous in their efforts and can in some cases do more harm than good.

    Assuming for a moment that there is a need to run such apps due to work requirements or some similar concern it should be noted that it's rarely if ever a good idea to have two apps which do similar things running at the same time. Ask your Windows uses friends what it's like to run to antivirus applications for example. One suggestion for this user is to create a new user account with none of these types of applications running to see if this improved performance and corrects a slowdown.

    Saving Favorite Locations in IOS Maps Application Jim Karen iPhone Life Saving map locations can save you quite a bit of time. No need to re-enter a location each time it’s needed.
    1. Mark ark the location you want to save.
    2. Swipe up on the information card till you reach the very bottom
    3. Tap Add to Favorites

    • To access your Favorites in the future, swipe up on the search field. Doing so shows your recent locations. Scrolling to the bottom of the list will show your favorites. down to the bottom and tap on Favorites if you tap there.


    • Tap on a Favorite then tap Directions and Go—you'll be on your way.


    Listen to Free Radio Stations in Apple Music Conner Carey iPhone Life

    • Open the Music app.
    • Tap the Radio tab at the bottom of the screen.
    • From here, you can select one of the featured shows and it will begin to play.
    • Or tap either Beat 1 Shows or Radio Stations. You can play what’s live on Beats 1, or you can select Radio Stations to see various genres from which to choose, such as a News and Sports, Alternative & Indie, Workout, Holiday, and much more.


    Download & Watch Netflix Offline on iPad or iPhone Conner Carey iPhone Life

    • First, we need to update (or download) Netflix. To do this, open the App Store, tap Updates, and tap Update next to Netflix. Once your Netflix app has the latest update installed, open the app.
    • When you first open the app after updating Netflix, you’ll likely see the screenshot below informing you of the new offline watching feature. You can tap Find something to download or dismiss it.
    • However, the typical way you’ll access downloadable Netflix content is by tapping the Menu icon in the upper left corner that looks like three horizontal lines.


    There is no official way, approved by Netflix, to download content on a Mac or PC for offline viewing

    Buying Tracks from Apple Music
    If you are listening to Apple Music and want to buy the track you are listening to try the following on your mac It’s there, but perhaps not where you’d expect. If you right-click on a track in iTunes, you’ll see a contextual menu. Choose Go To > Song in iTunes Store. This doesn’t work on IOS devices. As an alternative Kirk suggests creating a playlist on the IOS device that contains the tracks and transfer the playlist to your Mac and check for the songs in the iTunes store.

    Gifting across borders
    Q: Can I gift something to someone on iTunes if it’s available in my country but not available in theirs?
    You can’t send a gift of anything to someone in another country. This is due to licensing rules.

    Also briefly discussed during the show was the need to keep a backup of the content in your iTunes library. Although there is a way to re-download purchased content, that does not help if the content is no longer available in the iTunes Store.
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    Join me tonight for the weekly Mac-Forums video chat. 7:00 p.m. Central Time US (1:00 a.m. Monday GMT) as usual. I'm still working on the shows tips for this week but one topic up for discussion is the importance of checking the integrity of your backups.

    Show Notes
    Welcome to our newest member theroy

    Member T’Pring is getting annoyed by reminders to update iPhoto and GarageBand which are not used. Although these are Apple supplied apps they can be deleted. Some of the Apple supplied apps, such as Safari, are tightly integrated into the OS and can’t be removed but GarageBand and iPhotos can be removed.

    In that same thread member Chscag reminds us that removing unneeded languages can cause problems with some apps such as the Microsoft Office suite. “Removing all the unnecessary languages does save quite a bit of room but for some reason removing them causes MS Office for the Mac to refuse to update and in some cases it will crash and need to be reinstalled.”

    Member Chris_18 wants to use iMessage in an older iPhone without using cellular data. Member KevinJS lets us know that this can be done although an AppleID needs to be set up for the phone to use iMessage, FaceTime, or download apps. This may not be needed for other messaging apps/services.

    KevinJS provides us this additional information:
    One thing I was not aware of, because I simply kept my SIM card in the phone after it ceased to function, was that the phone needs a SIM card installed after it has been restored. If I remember correctly, it's something to do with validating itself with Apple's servers. It's a one time operation. Once this validation is done, the SIM card can be removed and the phone will continue to function, until the next time it is restored. The SIM card does not need to be functional. It just needs to be present.

    Apple and Qualcom battle over patent infringement issues? Apple battles one of its major chip suppliers in a patent infringement case. My understanding is that, according to Apple, Qualcom wants royalties on some iPhone functions that don’t involve Qualcom chips. Admittedly, I’m a bit confused by this so I’ll keep you posted.

    Former Apple engineer thinks its “golden age” is over? What are your thoughts?

    Restoring a Mac when you can’t access the recovery partition. This is probably a good article to keep handy in the troubleshooting toolbox.

    Killian Bell at Cult of Mac describes a situation where some AirPods (wireless headset) users are experiencing faster than anticipated battery drain, The following reset procedure may fix the problem. If this doesn’t work it might be time to contact Apple.

    1. Press and hold the setup button on your AirPods case for at least 15 seconds until the status light starts flashing amber.
    2. Reconnect your AirPods to your devices. If you previously setup the double-tap to pause feature, you’ll need to activate this again.


    If your data is important to you a backup strategy is a must. In addition to considering ease of use, deciding what needs to be backed, and how much space you will need, good backup strategies have multiple backups. For really important data, at least one copy should be maintained offsite.

    The Best Online Backup Services of 2017 by Jeph Preece
    Three: You should always maintain three copies of all your essential files. You can maintain more than three copies if you want. But three is the minimum.
    Two: You should store your files on at least two different formats. For example, you might have two copies on your primary hard drive and one copy on an external hard drive.
    One: Always store one of the formats off-site. This protects information from being lost due to physical threats – theft, fire, flood, etc. If a catastrophic event happens to your home and you keep both formats on-site, then both formats will likely be destroyed.

    Speed of Online Backups (for 1 TB backup)

    Average speed was over a month, though some services were over six months.
    The fastest services, Dropbox and IDrive, were capable of backing up 1TB in less than a week

    As mentioned, it's important to note that your backup speed may differ from our results. First, it's unlikely that you'll allow your backup to run uninterrupted for a month, hogging your bandwidth and CPU resources. As a result, the actual time it takes you to complete a full backup could take much longer. Our results are indicative of the speed and performance and not definitive. As such, you should treat it as an apples-to-apples comparison.

    Backup Seeding & Courier Recovery
    A full backup to an online service can take months, To remedy this, some services offer backup seeding and courier recovery services.

    Backup seeding — an option where the service sends you an external hard drive. which you use up your data to and mail the drive back. It's physically added to the company’s server.

    Conversely, courier recovery is an option where they send you an external hard drive with your backed-up files on it and you restore it to your computer. Most cloud backup services, offer backup seeding and courier recovery for an additional fee.

    Michael Muchmore at PCMag The Best Online Backup Services of 2017
    Different services allow different types of files from differing sources. Some don't let you protect system and program files. Others don't let you back up files and folders on external or network drives. If you have any of those needs, make sure the service you choose supports them.”

    Most services allow you to store music online but do not allow you to stream music that is in your backups.


    As I noted during the show a friend in California used to solve the problem of offsite backup by keeping backups on several hard drives. About once a month he would update a backup, take it to the bank, and place the drive in a safe deposit box. The next month one of the drives at home would be updated and placed in the safe deposit box. The drive previously in the safe deposit box was taken home to be updated.
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    Hey Sly:

    Integrity of backups is one of the most important topics that users need to explore. Nothing worse after a hard drive crash to find out your backup is corrupt or was never made. Also, you might want to throw in a quick pointer about off site backup plans such as Carbonite or BackBlaze.

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    I was just thinking the same thing. I've mentioned the importance of backups recently in relation to some threads about damaged /lost iTunes media libraries. Unfortunately I may have some damage to my iTunes library and it looks like the backup files may have the same problems.
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