Apple updates iTunes eliminating a hidden feature

Apple today released a revised version of iTunes 12.6, which appears to eliminate a hidden option that may have accidentally been built into the software release.

Shortly after the original release of iTunes 12.6 on Tuesday, a reddit user discovered a “Show on Profile Page” toggle on a Playlist edit page.

Apple is quite clearly looking at social networking in iTunes once again. It makes me cringe to think that they are still trying to be social with music. I suppose it’s another place they can push artists that they pay millions of dollars to have exclusive rights to their music.

SD Clone 3: Backup and Clone SD Cards with Ease

My thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop with SD Clone 3 this week.

If you do any projects that use SD cards (like the Raspberry Pi), check out SD Clone. SD Clone makes an exact copy of your SD card right on your Mac and makes it easy to restore back to either a single SD card or multiple SD cards at once. You’ve spent a lot of time getting a Raspberry Pi project exactly right and want to make an image of your SD card to protect all that work. SD Clone makes creating an image simple. If you want to make multiple of copies of that SD card to start shipping your project, SD Clone restores up to 8 SD cards at once, making it super fast to do something that was slow and painful before. SD Clone can also check any SD card to make sure it is not failing or isn’t a counterfeit. Learn about these features and more here.

Get 50% off all editions of SD Clone 3 this week with coupon code SDCLONELOOP

Unboxing my iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition

Apple announced its iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition on Tuesday. The new iPhone goes on sale tomorrow and ships at the end of March, but I thought I’d give you a first look at mine. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Shelter dogs really excited about being adopted

The day a shelter dog gets adopted is one of the happiest days of its life. No matter where an animal came from or what it’s been through, suddenly it knows that better times are ahead.

This is awesome.

Apple has acquired Workflow, an automation tool for iOS

Apple has finalized a deal to acquire Workflow today — a tool that lets you hook together apps and functions within apps in strings of commands to automate tasks. We’ve been tracking this one for a while but were able to confirm just now that the ink on the deal is drying as we speak.

This is a great app. Good purchase for Apple.

djay Pro for Mac with support for Pioneer DJ’s newest CDJ set-ups

Algoriddim on Wednesday released an update for djay Pro for Mac, bring a host of new features including tight integration with Pioneer DJ’s newest CDJ set-ups. In fact, djay Pro is now certified by Pioneer. The update also brings enhanced Touch Bar integration on the new MacBook Pro, and Spotify Browse access. […]

Project management app Daylite now has a new view for teams

With the release of Team View, business owners and managers can now see the workload and availability for all their teams in one view. Appointments, tasks, and project due dates for today and the next few days are displayed for a whole team in Team View. Small business owners can now avoid interrupting their staff to figure out their workload and availability. Team View also includes additional productivity features so a user can send everyone on a team an email or invite everyone to a meeting with a click of a button.

Team View is a great overview for managers to see exactly what team members workloads are.

Hungarian government could ban Heineken’s red star

The Hungarian government is planning to implement a law that would ban all symbols that refer to Nazi occupation or communist suppression, which according to them, includes the red star on Heineken’s logo. This means that Heineken may be forced to change its label in Hungary, RTL Nieuws reports.

Damn.

New Apple Watch Bands

Apple on Tuesday released a number of new Apple Watch bands to help you accessorize your watch. There are quite a few new options that are broken down into three categories.

Apple releases a new 9.7-inch iPad

Apple on Tuesday released a new 9.7-inch iPad, which is even cheaper than the iPad mini 4. Starting at $329, the iPad features everything you would expect from Apple in an entry level device. […]

DoorDash will start delivering food via robots In California

DoorDash is putting a small fleet of six-wheeled delivery robots into action for the first time in Redwood City, California following weeks of tests. The robots, built by a company called Starship Technologies, are about the size of a golden retriever and roll around sidewalks with relative ease. They’ll be used to lug food from restaurants to customers on short-distance orders, spanning anywhere from one to two miles.

This is starting on Thursday. I think it’s cool as hell—I’m going to give it a try for sure.

A Game Boy Emulator for the Apple Watch

Since getting an Apple Watch last fall, I’ve been disappointed by the lack of content. To help address this, I made my own game a few months ago (a 3D RPG), but obviously it still didn’t address the bigger issue. An idea I had was to port an existing catalog, and emulation made perfect sense.

Very cool.

[Via MacRumors]

SD Clone 3: Backup and Clone SD Cards with Ease

My thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop with SD Clone 3 this week.

If you do any projects that use SD cards (like the Raspberry Pi), check out SD Clone. SD Clone makes an exact copy of your SD card right on your Mac and makes it easy to restore back to either a single SD card or multiple SD cards at once. You’ve spent a lot of time getting a Raspberry Pi project exactly right and want to make an image of your SD card to protect all that work. SD Clone makes creating an image simple. If you want to make multiple of copies of that SD card to start shipping your project, SD Clone restores up to 8 SD cards at once, making it super fast to do something that was slow and painful before. SD Clone can also check any SD card to make sure it is not failing or isn’t a counterfeit. Learn about these features and more here.

Get 50% off all editions of SD Clone 3 this week with coupon code SDCLONELOOP

Buying Vinyl albums

I used to collect vinyl albums when I was younger because that’s all that was available, but they are making a huge comeback. I was amazed with how many new and old albums were available on vinyl.

Go to the main page, scroll down, click on the genre you want, and then on the right hand side click “vinyl” for the format. Lots of choices here.

Uber president and VP quit

On Sunday Uber president Jeff Jones quit the company because of the recent controversies, according to a story on Recode.

Encrypting email in iOS

Are you frustrated by trying to figure out how to get started encrypting email with iOS Mail? It’s easy in macOS, but not so much so on the iPhone or iPad. I’ve dug into the process, consulted dozens of forum posts and support articles. Then I tested, retested, and tested my process again. As of iOS 10.2.1, the process I detail below should get you going with sending encrypted email under iOS, using Apple’s Mail app.

If you are interested in encrypted email in iOS, this is worth a read.

Winclone 6: The best way to Migrate and Backup your Boot Camp Partition

My thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop with Winclone 6 this week.

Winclone is the award-winning Mac app used to backup, clone, restore, and migrate Windows installed on your Boot Camp partition. Winclone 6 adds in a bunch of new features, including full compatibility with the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, ability to mount your Boot Camp partition as a writable volume, a fresh new look and much more.

Get 50% off all editions of Winclone 6 this week with coupon code THELOOP

Apple’s next chapter in podcasting

This is a great article by Jason Snell on some of the things that Apple may do in the future to help podcasting and those that make them. I honestly don’t think Apple will do anything to help the small podcaster, but they’ll do what they can to help the huge people in the business. In other words, exactly what they did with publications on Newsstand.

Universal Audio’s Fuchs Overdrive Supreme 50 Amplifier

An homage to the lusted after, utterly mysterious Dumble Overdrive Special, the Fuchs Overdrive Supreme 50 Amplifier caught on with players nearly two decades ago, delivering smooth, complex overdrive, and deep, three-dimensional clean tones with endless headroom.

This new Brainworx amp plug-in made for Universal Audio sounds outstanding. I got it last night and will be giving it a go over the next few days. Watch the video and take a listen to the sound samples. Amazing.

Retirees knit tiny sweaters to warm backyard chickens

When a group of Boston retirees learned that their feathered next-door neighbours were too cold to lay eggs, they busted out their needles and got to work.

I had to post this, I just had to. Much respect.

Winclone 6: The best way to Migrate and Backup your Boot Camp Partition

My thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop with Winclone 6 this week.

Winclone is the award-winning Mac app used to backup, clone, restore, and migrate Windows installed on your Boot Camp partition. Winclone 6 adds in a bunch of new features, including full compatibility with the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, ability to mount your Boot Camp partition as a writable volume, a fresh new look and much more.

Get 50% off all editions of Winclone 6 this week with coupon code THELOOP

Universal Audio updates software, releases new plug-ins

Universal Audio updated its Apollo software and also released a number of new plug-ins including:

  • SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection
  • Moog Multimode Filter Collection
  • OTO BISCUIT 8-bit Effects
  • Fuchs Overdrive Supreme 50 Amplifier
  • Brainworx bx_subsynth Subharmonic Synth

You can download the update from their Web site.

Apple hires security expert Jonathan Zdziarski

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve accepted a position with Apple’s Security Engineering and Architecture team, and am very excited to be working with a group of like minded individuals so passionate about protecting the security and privacy of others.

This decision marks the conclusion of what I feel has been a matter of conscience for me over time. Privacy is sacred; our digital lives can reveal so much about us – our interests, our deepest thoughts, and even who we love. I am thrilled to be working with such an exceptional group of people who share a passion to protect that.