How iTunes Movie DRM-Removal Software Keeps Me Honest

9:48 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to take with me when I travel, but portable in the sense that I can't have limits on which of my devices will play any given movie. There's a way to do that with iTunes Movies, just be responsible when you do.

iOS 9 Content Blockers - Bring ‘Em On!

10:00 AM, Aug. 28th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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Apple's announcement of iOS 9 at WWDC included a feature that sent ripples through the online publishing community: iOS 9 will support third-party Content Blockers (as will/does Safari on OS X). The main goal of these, of course, is to give users the ability to filter out crap that slows down their (mobile) web experience. There's nothing wrong with that. They also (primarily) mean blocking ad-serving scripts. There's nothing wrong with that, either. In fact, I welcome it.

Obama’s Playlists are (Unofficially) Available to Apple Music Subscribers

10:15 AM, Aug. 17th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

President Obama's Summer Night Apple Music playlist

On Friday, President Obama tweeted two of his summer playlists to the world, except he chose to use Spotify to do it. I get it, Apple Music is missing one of POTUS's daytime jams – Low Cut Connie's "Boozophilia" – but that's no reason we Apple Music subscribers should totally miss out, right?

Right. Read on for the links.

Sonos’s New PLAY:1 Tone Limited Edition: None More Black (or White)

9:20 AM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Orders begin today for Sonos's latest addition to its line-up, the Limited Edition PLAY:1 Tone. Coming in full, murdered-out black or pristine white, these new skin variations on the PLAY:1 make a visual statement. Depending upon your color and placement choices these new models will either be the centerpiece of the room or completely fade into invisibility, either of which may work quite well for you.

Apple Music - Or Some Streaming Service - Needs To Steal Discovery From Napster

9:38 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

The successful streaming music service will master the process of discovery — that is helping its users discover new music to listen to. Apple is doing this by going to a tried and true method with a new take on the old-school radio station with Beats 1, but I think that’s only half of it.

To truly unlock discovery a service’s users need to be able to learn from each other. The world is full of stories where like-minded-yet-anonymous people have tipped one another to the next great band.

ShowStoppers & MacTech Team Up for DevFocus at WWDC

6:09 PM, May. 26th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

ShowStoppers has long put on some of our favorite events at tradeshows (and beyond). They assemble great product and app creators, put them in a room where all the booths are roughly the same size (and not over-adorned with lights and glitz) and only allow media as attendees for a 2-to-4 hour event. Good news: this year it's happening for the first time at WWDC.

Ruthless Gatekeeping is the Key to Apple Watch Bliss

11:48 AM, May. 13th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

The Apple Watch defaults to installing and activating every App and Glance available. This can be a problematic scenario because proper management of the Watch requires ruthless gatekeeping of both of these types of add-ons.

Apple Watch Battery Straps Likely Not to Work

8:46 AM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

After a few days with the Apple Watch one thing has become clear: many of the pre-announced accessories are going to be complete and utter failures. TL;DR: don't believe anyone that implies you'll be able to happily use your Apple Watch while it's separated from your wrist. Read on for more specifics.

Apple Watch Orders Charged Wednesday Still on Track for 4/24 Delivery

11:16 AM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

One of the Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray orders we placed here at TMO via Apple Pay didn't see a credit card charge until Wednesday (yesterday), and didn't get a shipment notification until Thursday (today), but is still on track for a Friday, 4/24 delivery. Good news is coming in for many folks who placed early pre-orders on Apple Watches, it seems.

Apple Stores Will Schedule Walk-In Appointments for Apple Watch

2:25 PM, Apr. 1st, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Apple Store staff are training to ensure customers have a full jewelry counter-style experience when trying and buying the Apple Watch. Contrary to recent reports, our sources tell us the appointment-only process will accommodate walk-ins using a system similar to one recently instituted at Genius Bars worldwide.