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Discontinued Apple Kit
Play comment from Andy
Andy also mentioned the Home Pod in his email and says he’s more disappointed about that.
I agree. I LOVE my HomePod and I have a HomePod mini, which is great too, but it’s not the same.
I still feel Apple’s failure with the HomePod was simply the price point. Seems to me if they would have sold it for $199.00 USD they could have sold a lot more.
One woofer, seven tweeters vs 1 full rang driver
6 mics vs 4
No audio beam forming
802.11ac vs. 802.11n Wi-Fi
802.11ac vs. 802.11n Wi-Fi
They will also need to add better AppleTV support for the HomePod minis
HomePod mini does not support home theater surround sound, and probably can’t.
Full browser screenshots
Rick is looking for a way to take a screenshot on the Mac of a full browser page, but with the URL bar in the screenshot.
There are a couple of built-in ways to get a screen shot of the full page in Safari
The easiest is the File > Export As PDF… option
This will generate a PDF, but the image doesn’t contain the URL bar
If you select the PDF in the Finder though, it does have a “Where from” in the “More Info” section that contains the URL
You can open the PDF and export it to another image format like JPEG or PNG, but then it loses the “Where from:” metadata.
The full metadata attributes can be viewed in the Terminal using the `mdls` command and passing the path to the file
The keys all have a "kMDItem" prefix
There is also an `xattr` command that can be used to display, modify or remove the extended attributes. The `-w` option does a write.
If you pass some special XML in the form of a PLIST string you can set the value of “Where From” on any file.
xattr -w 'com.apple.metadata:kMDItemWhereFroms' '<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"><plist version="1.0"><array><string>[URL here]</string></array></plist>' [full path to file here]
I just set up a TextExpander snippet with a fill-in for the URL.
If you select the file in the Finder and “Get Info…” you’ll see the value in the “More Info” section.
It also becomes searchable in Spotlight or the Finder
In the Finder do a search, Command+F
At the top of the window you can select and add “Search Criteria”
In the dropdown choose “Other”
Then in the search type “Where From” and select it and click OK to add the criteria
You can also check the box for “In Menu” if you want to add it for next time
Now you can select “contains” and enter the URL of the site you’re looking for and it will find the PDFs or files with that URL in it’s “Where from” metadata
You can actually use this same trick to search any of the other attribute metadata. For example “pixel width” or “Musical genre”
You can also add multiple search criteria
And if you hold “option” the “+” (for adding criteria) will change to a “…” and you can searches that must match “All” or “Any” of the criteria (and or searches)
You can also use these criteria as search tokens in Spotlight or the Finder
“kind: mail” then your search parameter
“pixelwidth: 1400” and the parameter
Turning iCloud Off and back on again
I had a few people email me this week with iCloud syncing issues
They had tried everything they could think of to fix it.
Everything other than turning it off and back on again. Yes, the dreaded Sign out of iCloud and sign back in.
Yes, it sucks because:
1. It’s scary. Apple pops up all kinds of warnings about your data. And the dialogs can be confusing
2. You have re-enter cards into your Apple Wallet and resign into App Store, iMessage, and FaceTime.
When you sign out your information will remain in iCloud and you will be asked if you want to keep a local copy.
Sometimes this is the only way to get things “unstuck”
I have no idea why or how things go south.
Syncing content to devices directly
Since iTunes went away I think there is still a lot of confusion about how to sync content directly to devices.
At least I still get a lot of questions about it. It’s for sure confusing.
You can still do it, except for now it’s accessed in the Finder
Connect your device via a cable and it should show up in the sidebar in the Finder
Select your device and you should see setting that look a lot like they did in iTunes
You may want to check the box for your device to be show when on WiFi.
Don’t forget to click “apply”
Should still have all the tabs for movies, tv shows, podcasts, etc.
You’ll need to make sure the individual apps have their settings pointed at your media library
In the TV App and in the Music App under the Files tab