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Mac App Store Apps May Not Launch Until Ethernet Fix is Applied

2:09 PM, Feb. 29th, 2016 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Quick Tip

If you launch an app you got from the Mac App Store and are greeted with an error dialog that says, "An unexpected error occurred while signing in. Your device or computer could not be verified. Contact support for assistance," you need to apply Apple's Ethernet-related fix regardless of whether or not you intend upon using Ethernet on your Mac.

Find Your Promised and Provisioned Comcast Internet Speeds

1:57 PM, Feb. 11th, 2016 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Comcast customers are used to seeing items on their bills like "Performance Pro" and "Blast 105" for Internet service, but it's difficult to find out what speeds are advertised with those services. Even more difficult is finding out what Comcast actually provisions your cable modem to allow. Thankfully the folks at DSLReports keep a chart updated with precisely this information. For example, Blast 105 is currently advertised as 105 Mbps down, 10 Mbps up, but modems with this service are provisioned for 131.25 Mbps down and 12.5 Mbps up. Check out the chart for everything.

How To Limit Facebook’s iPhone Background Battery Usage

12:59 PM, Dec. 22nd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · How-To

The Facebook app is a notorious iPhone battery eater and, despite some attention and updates aimed at solving this problem, it remains so to this day. While it’s simple enough to just remove the Facebook app and access the site in Safari, this leads to missing out on Notifications, Live Photos and other features. Good news: it’s possible to have your cake and eat it, too, with a little bit of understanding and effort.

Apple Music Beta Now Available on Sonos

11:00 AM, Dec. 15th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Link

True to their word, Sonos today rolled out version 6.1 of their wireless speaker controller software, adding Apple Music as an option in the beta section. Sonos users will need to opt-in to use Apple Music, but it's a painless process and, based on our testing, works very well. Doesn't feel like beta at all. Read on for instructions.

iPad mini 4 Reflections: Why it’s Time to Upgrade

10:14 AM, Dec. 11th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

For the past two months I've been using Apple's new iPad mini 4 and recently I went back to my previous iPad mini 2. Like many iPad mini fans I skipped the iPad mini 3 because all it offered over the iPad mini 2 was Touch ID without any performance boost. The iPad mini 4 changed that, of course, bringing the iPad Air 2's guts and power to the mini form-factor. I wondered, though, does all this new speed – and RAM – matter for daily use? Turns out it does.

Mackie Master Fader v4 Adds Split View & Real Time Analyzer to iPad-Controlled Mixers

10:00 PM, Dec. 9th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Product News

Mackie Wednesday released Master Fader version 4, the app used to control their DL-series iPhone- and iPad-controlled mixers. The update adds a slew of new features including real-time analyzers on all outputs, the ability to copy and paste channel settings, split view support for compatible iPads, iPad Pro support, an enhanced iPhone UI and much more. Additionally, version 4 now consolidates the My Fader and Master Fader functionality into one app, making updates easier for people using both iPhones and iPads.

Apple Music Beta Comes to Sonos on December 15th

1:47 PM, Nov. 30th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Product News

Sonos users rejoice! Apple Music will be available in beta form on Sonos's wireless speakers starting December 15th. According to Sonos, this will feature streaming of everything in Apple Music's For You, New, Radio and My Music sections. If you have a family account setup, six of them can be added to Sonos individually, allowing everyone to access their own selections and playlists. Instructions on joining the beta are in the full article.

Sonos Trueplay Launches – Tune Your Wireless Speakers With Your iPhone

1:03 PM, Nov. 10th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Sonos's Trueplay room-tuning technology is now available for everyone; just update your Sonos app from the App Store to begin the process. Once the updated app launches it will prompt you to do a firmware update to your entire Sonos system. After the quick firmware update is finished the Sonos app will walk you through its automated process of tuning your speakers. Using your iPhone's microphone the Sonos app is able to discern what, if any, EQ adjustments need to be made to each room of your Sonos system to bring you the Sonos signature sound. You can then tweak bass and treble from there to your liking. This is available for free for all models of Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, regardless of age. For more information check out our recent Trueplay review.

Sonos New PLAY:5: Great Sound at All Angles

12:55 PM, Oct. 29th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · In-Depth Review

Wireless speaker leader Sonos has replaced its flagship PLAY:5 with a new speaker called... the PLAY:5. This new model replaces its six-year-and-two-day-old predecessor in the line-up, though new PLAY:5 has been designed and engineered from the ground up to truly stand on its own. For one, this unit has six independent speakers instead of five, but Sonos said instead of calling it the PLAY:6 they decided their flagship speaker should retain its name. Fair enough.

In addition to one more speaker, the new PLAY:5 sports a completely new design, the ability to rotate and be operated while placed on any three of its front-facing sides, a multitouch control pad and some additional magic that really allows it to create a stellar stereo field.