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    The Sunday Video Chat is here again folks. 7:00 p.m. Central Time as usual. Look for links to more Yosemite tips, iPhone 6+ cameras need repair on a small number of phones, MacWorld compares Windows X and Yosemite, record your IOS device screen and more. Check out the fun.

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    Welcome to our newest member, chrisxx

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    Thanks to member RazorEdge and member OS/4 in this thread

    Comparison of Windows X versus Yosemite - MacWorld compares the two OS versions. Although they still prefer OS X they have noticed areas where Windows 10 is an improvement over its predecessors.

    One Windows X feature they prefer over OS X is the Windows store concept because Windows 10 unifies the Windows Store concept across all devices. Desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10 share APIs making it easy for developers to create a single app that’ll work on tablets and desktop computers. For users this means simplicity and perhaps the ability to buy an app once and use it everywhere.

    MacWorld argues that with search that Microsoft has arguably leapfrogged OS X Yosemite because Windows 10 brings Cortana to the desktop.

    MacWorld has Power User tips for Yosemite.

    Notes included the ability to add hyperlinks.

    1. Select some text
    2. Edit meny>Add link ((Command K)
    3. Paste link into the box.


    Use your Mac to record screen output of your IOS device
    Previously possible using AirPlay mirroring and third-party software

    1. Attach IOS device to computer via the cable - There is no indication that this works wirelessly although this would be nice.
    2. Open QuickTime Player select new recording. Quicktime will default to the iSight camera in that case click the down arrow next to the record button. You should be able to select your IOS device.


    If you are used to the Google tips for confining searches to a specific site as discussed in a previous show theres another way to do the same thing

    1. Type the site name into Safari’s url bar followed by a space and then what you are searching for
    2. On some sites you will need to visit the site at least once before this tip will work common sites may work without visiting the site first


    Comparison of El Capitan vs. Windows 10

    Thanks to Lisa and Charlie for letting us know about an Aoole program to replace iSight cameras on a small number of iPhone 6 Plus devices. The problem causes some of your photos to look blurry Details and serial number check to see if you have an affected device. You can find the serial number of your IOS device by going to Settings>General>About and scroll down to Serial Number
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    Join me at 7:00 p.m. Central time tonight for the Mac-Forums weekly video chat. There's a typo in the title. Although it says 8/31/15 the meet takes place on 8/30/15.We'll have the usual forum roundup, a bit of Mac news, and the usual assortment of Tips and Tricks. Final rundown isn't set yet but I know there'll be a few iTunes tips.
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    Join us tonight for the Mac-Forums Sunday Video chat. We'l have the usual forum roundup and assortment of tips and tricks. We'll also include a summary of the recent Apple media event.

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    Members 280,924 Active Members 3,260 Welcome to our newest member, jskinn79

    Member dTravis7 brought a new piece of malware to our attention. Our friends at Genio have apparently crafted a new piece of Malware that accesses a users keychain without permission. The entire operation takes literally a few seconds. The original ArsTechnica article describes the problem this way “Genieo acquires this access by very briefly displaying a message asking for permission to open the Safari extensions and then automatically clicking the accompanying OK button before a user has time to respond

    Certain types of photo file transfer alter the date information resetting it to when the photo was copied to the Mac. Often the EXIF data is intact including the date a photo was taken. The thread lists several apps that and can read / reset EXIF data including iPhoto.

    Some users are reporting difficulty with Apple Support Pages not displaying properly Member pm-r reports that one possible fix is to adjust the font size in Safari’s preferences. I haven’t experienced this problem perhaps because I’m using a stylesheet with a custom zoom factor.

    There is a way to bring back the release date field in iTunes 12 and its handling of audiobooks.

    Kirk also discusses the different media views available in iTunes 12. You may find this article helpful if you are trying to figure out the most efficient way to organize / view your content.

    The devices announced at the September 9, 2015 media event require Mac: OS X v10.7.5 or later, Windows 7 or later and iTunes 12.3 or later


    iPhone 6S available 9/25/15 in 16, 64, and 128 GB variations. This seems to be continuing a trend for recent IOS devices where the “lowest model contains 16 GB of storage instead of 8 GB but there is no 32 GB model. There are two different screen sizes 4.7” and 5.5” retina display. The larger one has 1920 x 1080 resolution. 64 bit A9 chip with motion coprocessor. 12 megapixel camera. 6S+ Optical image stabilization. FaceTime HD camera, Wi‑Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC. Talk Time on 6S + is up to 24 hours

    iPad Pro Silver Gold Space Gray Available November 32 GB Wi-fi $799, 128 GB $949, Wi-Fi + Cellular $1079 Dual miss stereo speakers and smart connector. It boasts a 12.9” retina display with anti-reflective coating. 64 bit A9x with M9 coprocessor. Camera Improvements: 8 MP camera,1080p video camera (30 fps / slo mo 120 fps). FaceTime camera 720p Other: 10 hours battery life, predictive text input AirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later) Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter sold separately). For me personally this might be the most useful feature.

    Apple TV Includes Siri voice support for control and searching. More details / comments next week as I have time to look at the specs and available information.


    Look for a short review / discussion of my experiences using the iPad as a remote control for the home entertainment center. That should come in about two weeks and include both a general discussion and review of the Blumoo device.
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    Join me for the Mac-Forums Sunday Chat this week. 7:00 p.m. Central Time as usual. As usual look for the forum roundup, some IOS 9 - related information, perhaps a tip / trick or two and whatever else comes to mind.

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    Welcome to our newest member, Music4ibc

    When you update to IOS 9 you may be told that a backup has never been done. This seems to mean than no backup has been done since IOS 9 was installed on the device.

    Danger Will Robinson Member yves.hertoghs is experiencing issues where his Mac will not boot after after attempting to replace a USB-related kext. This was done in an effort to update a program. The idea may have been based upon information from the web. These types of changes should only be done as a last resort (especially those provided by Apple /affecting basic functions) and with some understanding of an escape procedure in case things do not go well.

    If your IOS update is stuck on slide to upgrade heres a possible fix from 9 to 5 Mac

    "if your device is protected with Find My iPhone, you are in more trouble and should likely seek official Apple Support. However, before the first step, try logging in to iCloud.com and removing your device from the Find my iPhone portal.

    Connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer. Open iTunes.

    1. Choose your device in the iTunes window. You may have to force restart (hold power and home button for several seconds) to reboot the iOS device. This should make it show up in iTunes as usual.
    2. Restore from a backup made before iOS 9. If you haven’t got a recent backup, make a backup now and then restore from that."

    The Hacker News has several suggestions for settings you may want to change / check in IOS 9 to better protect your information. They are not suggesting IOS 9 is insecure merely that these are settings that need to be checked to give yourself the best options. It includes information ion enabling the 6 digit passcode option. Go to Settings>Touch ID and Passcode. It will walk you through the process.

    With advent of IOS 9 ad blocking software has become a hot trend in the iTunes App Store. Three of the five top paid apps were ad blockers. One developer has pulled their app after spending 36 hours in the top spot “. After Peace spent 36 hours in the top slot, Arment decided to pull his app today.
    “I’ve learned over the last few crazy days that I don’t feel good making one and being the arbiter of what’s blocked,”” Arment is offering a refund to anyone who downloaded Peace.

    Kirk has some thoughts about the general issue of ad blocking / trackers. Although there is a need for ads some of these have become very intrusive— http://www.mcelhearn.com/how-to-use-content-blockers-ad-blockers-in-ios-9/?utm_source=Kirkville+weekly+newsletter&utm_campai gn=42463003be-Kirkville_Weekly_Newsletter1_9_2015&utm_medium=ema il&utm_term=0_3bb8b3b0bc-42463003be-298436589

    Kirk McLaren’s Ask The iTunes Guy column in MacWorld mentions an issue which some iPhone users are having where their music will start playing at normal volume then drops to half volume. Skipping to the beginning of the song causes the volume to return to normal. The problem may then recur if you skip forward. It seems that this may be the result of the running of the Facebook app at the same time. If you are experiencing this issue, try shutting down Facebook temporarily to see if that solves the problem.

    On the Kirksville website Kirk looks at how long some pages on the Apple site take to load for users that have slower connections. Most web designers suggest that a page should load in under 10 seconds. On his connection the El Capitan page took 1.5 minutes to load 32 GB. Obviously, this is a potential problem for many sites that load lots of ads, auto-playing video etc.

    Enabling Shuffle Play in the IOS Music app When you’re in the Music app, pull down on the display the see a Shuffle All control appear from the top of the window. Tap that, and you can start shuffling.

    Cult of Mac has several IOS 9 tips:

    Tell Siri to remind you about what you’re looking at
    If there’s something on your screen you’d like to be reminded about, like a website, doctor’s appointment or email, you can now ask Siri to “remind me about this” and she’ll automatically create a reminder by scanning the page for all the info.

    When searching for restaurants and other vendors in Apple Maps, there’s now an indicator that shows whether they accept Apple Pay.

    If your Wi-Fi network is super-slow, you can have your iPhone automatically switch to faster LTE speeds by going to Settings >> Cellular >> Wi-Fi Assist.
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    Join me tonight for the September 27, Mac-Forums Sunday Chat. 7 PM central time as usual. We'll have the usual forum roundup, Mac news, and probably a tip or two for good measure.

    Members 281,193 Newest is archon212

    The forum is still having some issues after recovering from a DDOS attack. The biggest problem at this point seems to be duplicate posts. Hang with us while we clear things up.

    Be careful of the amount of cell data being used if you are using Wi-Fi assist

    Kirk McLaren has more to say about the concept of ad blocking. Although one user that he read as compared and blocking to robbing an Apple Store, points out that most of us go to great lengths to avoid advertisements. How many of us, for example, ignore television commercials, turn down the volume, install ad blockers and tracker blockers in our web browsers etc. There are number of other instances that he gives for ways in which we go to avoid advertising and if you want an example of why this needs to be done because his numbers for the webpage she references in the article. The load time and amount of data loaded is cut in half with the ad blockers he has installed.

    Apple’s App Store has seen a number of compromised apps being introduced, infected with the XcodeGhost malware. This was caused by developers, mostly in China, installing tweaked versions of Xcode, the app used to develop apps for iOS and OS X.Use Apple’s suggestion for how to check your copy of Xcode. The essential thing to keep in mind here is that if you have Gatekeeper installed it will perform the check for you. I

    Apple has filed a patent for a slimmer version of the headphone jack. The patent filing, shows a jacket that looks almost like a D. Headphones made with this chat work in existing devices that rely on the 3.5 mm jack that devices made with the dimension Jack would not likely except standard 3.5 mm connectors without an adapter. This format would make the headphone jack slightly thinner and it is read to some speculation that Apple will begin using that on devices. It is also entirely possible that Apple file this patent simply to prevent other manufacturers from using this design. There is also been some speculation that this will eventually need to use of the lightning connector as the means of connecting things like headphones.

    Rob Lefebvre at Cult of Mac has some tips for setting up new iPhone

    Add four fingers to Touch ID – Sure, you can add all of your fingers on one hand, but why? Do you really need to unlock your iPhone with your pinky? Probably not. When you set up your new device, just add the four fingerprints you’ll use the most: both thumbs and both index fingers. Tap into Settings, then Touch ID & Passcode (you’ll get a prompt to enter your numerical passcode) and then add your four fingerprints in the second section. You can even name them accordingly, with right thumb, right index, etc. Be sure to toggle iPhone Unlock, Apple Pay, and App and iTunes Stores to ON here so you can use Touch ID for everything possible. You’ll never want to type in a passcode again.
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    Join us tonight for the October 4, 2015 Mac-Forums Sunday Chat. Look for the forum roundup, Apple/Mac news, and a few tips and tricks to round things out. See you there.

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    Member HRodMusic reminds us that that going to the Purchased Tab in the Mac App Store and holding the "option" key allowing one to cancel the update and re download.

    There’s an interesting thread in the forum now regarding the pros and cons of ad blocking software. It’s an interesting read. So far my thoughts are best summed up by member Vansmith’s comments in post #20.

    Apple pulls some older software from users Purchased Software tab As you can tell from later posts in this thread this seems to have been temporary.

    The current version of iTunes is missing the power search feature. Kirk McLaren points out that it’s possible to use Google to power search the iTunes Music Store. This probably works for other search engines as well. This can be done because the iTunes Store content has webpages.

    Fixit app pulled due to its breaking an nada by disclosing insist teardown of new Apple tv

    Amazon appears to have decided to stop selling competing video streaming devices such as the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast if they aren’t easily compatible with its streaming service.

    If you are upgrading to the recently released El Capitan make sure to have an exit strategy should you decide to go back to an earlier version of OS X. The best way to do this is either through a clone of your existing installation or by creating a bootable El Capitan flash drive

    The C10 site has a series of 8 tips for El Capitan users.

    1. Auto-hide the menubar
    2. Use Split View window resizing
    3. Delete files immediately Use the Command Option Delete Keyboard shortcut.
    4. Pin sites in Safari Open the site in a tab. Right click the tab and choose Pin Tab. Pinned tabs update in the background so the information is always up-to-date. Pinned sites appear as small buttons left of the first tab. If you forget what is pinned there scroll over the buttons. Names of the sites appear as tool tips.
    5. Mute all tabs in Safari and
    a. Open a new tab that is not playing any sound.
    b. Click the Mute All Tabs button in the URL address bar.\
    c. All open tabs in your Safari window will be muted.
    d. Click on Mute All Tabs again to restore sound to all tabs.
    6. Find your cursor by shaking your mouse or trackpad. Shaking the mouse or quickly moving your finger on the trackpad forces the cursor to get larger This is a great feature if you are using a large monitor or dual monitor
    7. Enable the three-finger drag gesture
    8. Use a gray background in Safari Readers

    I neglected to include the addition comments about using smart devices as remote controls. We'll address that next week.
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    Join me tonight for the Mac-Forums Sunday Chat. Look for the forum roundup, a Mac tip or two, and probably an IOS tip or two. I'll also complete my thought on the pros and cons of using smart devices as remote controls for various devices.

    Members 281,487 Welcome to our newest member, wk390107

    Sometimes significant changes in network equipment leads to significant delay in connecting to networks. Clear old network settings and re-enter info for your networks of choice.

    Good discussion of backup procedures / questions

    FileVault issues continue under El Capitan

    Methods for playing Music on the Apple watch
    Macworld points out two different methods of playing music using your Apple watch. The Now Playing glance acts as a controller. Swipe up, then swipe sideways until you see it. (If you don't see it, add it to your Apple Watch in the Watch app on your iPhone, in the Glances settings.)

    Use Siri
    A quicker way to launch music—and a better one if you're running, for example, and can't tap your watch's tiny display—is to use Siri. If you have "Hey Siri" enabled (Settings > General > Hey Siri, on the Apple Watch), just hold your watch up and say "Hey Siri, play Grateful Dead." Or, press the digital crown to activate Siri, and give a command. Siri searches your iPhone—this can take a few seconds—and starts playing the artist, album, song, or playlist you requested.

    One problem with Siri is that it searches both your iPhone and Apple Music, even if Apple Music is not visible on the iPhone. So you may start playing music that's not on your device, and use data without any warning.

    Return the downloads window to iTunes 12
    iTunes 12.3 now has an Activity Window, which is, for all intents and purposes, the same as the previous Downloads window (with a slightly different display). To view this window, choose Window > Activity Window. When you start a download, you’ll see it in the window.

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    Join me for the Mac-Forums Sunday Chat at 7:00 p.m. Central Time tonight. We'll have the usual forum roundup and a few tips as usual. Haven't decided on the exact tips yet but I know I'll include a tip on how to create a playlist of internet radio station favorites.

    Show Notes

    Members 281,637 Welcome to our newest member, supcumps

    Member Markz716 has provided a concise summary of the process for installing Windows 10 under Boot Camp

    Several years ago I wrote about creating an Internet Radio Favorites playlist so one did not need to keep scrolling through the entire list of internet stations to get to a favorite one. The process involved creating a playlist, ending a station you don’t like in the iTunes radio list, then login at the info for that station and replacing it with the url for a favorite station. Here’s a new procedure that works with iTunes 12.3 under El Capitan.


    1. Create a new playlist labeled something like Internet Radio Favorits.
    2. Right-click the playlist and choose Edit Playlist
    3. In iTunes sources (Music, Video, etc) click the three dots if necessary and select Internet Radio.
    4. School through the categories till you find a favorite station.
    5. Drag that station to your new playlist.
    6. Drag in additional stations as needed then click Done


    If you are using Apple Music you may have noticed that the Power Search feature of iTunes now takes you to the Apple Music tab in iTunes rather than executing a power search.

    Using the Power Search feature it is possible to search for alternate versions of a song. If someone is not using Apple Music the iTunes Power Search function behaves as it did previously. As a bonus clicking the arrow button next to the price of a song brings you several options — one of which is Other Versions. You can also choose to preview the version selected or get previews of all versions. The length of previews range from 30 to 90 seconds


    Stay tuned next week suggestions for using one click to both launch iTunes and play specific content in one click.

    Cult of Mac has a few thoughts about the new Mac hardware including some of the display changes giving new Macs a wider color gamut.

    Cult of Mac has some thoughts on the new 4K iMac. Principal criticisms are use of the 5400 rpm drive and that if users opt for an SSD you should get more capacity for the buck. The base configuration of the 4K iMac has 8 GB of ram. Overall there seem to be fewer configuration options than with the 5K iMac but the cost is also somewhat lower. Starting price of $1100 for the 4K model versus $1800 for the 5K model.

    Apple new keyboard Magic track pad 2 and Magic mouse 2. Kirk McElhearn has some thoughts on the new Apple keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2

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