I was trying to figure out why my iPhone driving directions weren’t being announced – in both Google Maps and Apple Maps.
All the relevant options seemed to be on – within the apps and in Settings.
As is sometimes the case, the typical internet help articles weren’t any help at all. They made various suggestions for settings I’d already found, along with restarts, reinstalls, and factory resets which I didn’t fancy doing as I had no confidence they’d help.
It took finding this Apple Community discussion to solve it. Bluetooth was the problem.
The phone was sending the audio via Bluetooth, but unless the car was on the BT Audio setting, it wouldn’t hear it and repeat it. I do use Bluetooth occasionally in the car for podcasts, but usually it’s on the radio.
The Apple Community discussion mentioned a setting for audio output. I haven’t actually found that yet, but turning off Bluetooth on the phone works just as well.
EDIT: I’ve also found that Google Maps on iPhone won’t announce directions when the screen is turned off to conserve battery. Apple Maps will continue to announce directions. Apparently Google Maps on Android will do it.
I was in contact with Stan (streaming TV) support over the weekend. The iPad wouldn’t play, whether connected via an HDMI cable or the Chromecast. It would play zero to a few frames, then freeze up.
They suggested doing a factory reset on the Chromecast and removing and re-installing the Stan app.
It sounded unlikely (it’s the real-life version of the IT Crowd’s “Have you tried turning it off then on again”), but to my surprise, it actually worked.
HDMI was still a problem though. They said it wasn’t supported.
So why doesn’t Stan support HDMI? An interesting answer came back:
“We are unlikely to support this method of streaming in the future due to DRM (Digital Rights Management) contractual agreements we have with the studios we licence our content off of. If anything changes, we will be sure to let you know.”
This is puzzling, given their main competitors Netflix and Presto seem to support it.
It’s worth noting that Stan (and I believe the others) don’t support my 2011-model Samsung smart TV either. Thank goodness for the Chromecast. It’s not as easy as being able to play directly just on the TV (with no other devices required), but at least it works — and navigating menus is far easier on a tablet than a TV remote control.
As one observer (I forget who) noted — there’s little point paying extra for a smart TV (over a dumb one) when an A$49 device like a Chromecast is less likely to become obsolete — or if it does, it can be cheaply and easily replaced.
So you don’t want to splash out on a new iWatch or iPhone, but you do want that new U2 album that’s free on iTunes until 14th October?
The instructions (for Mac or PC itunes) say:
On your Mac or PC, open iTunes, then select the Albums tab. Select Songs of Innocence. Select a track to listen or click the iCloud icon to download.
What they don’t tell you is what to do if it’s not showing there. In my case, it wasn’t. It also wasn’t in Purchased, and although I could see it in the iTunes Store (and play previews), the iCloud icon wasn’t appearing.
The answer is you need to switch on the option to see iCloud purchases:
Preferences / Store / Show iTunes in the Cloud purchases
Then it should appear in the Albums tab.
With thanks to Sam Wilkinson on Twitter
Update 2014-09-16: For those who aren’t as keen on U2, Apple has now published an article on how to remove the album from your iTunes:
Remove iTunes gift album “Songs of Innocence” from your iTunes music library and purchases
Some thoughts on the iPad.
It looks like a giant iPhone. Having no lid to cover up the screen seems odd.
Some are ripping into its faults, including no iBook feature outside the USA (at least initially), no camera, no USB port, no memory card reader, no Flash support, no multitasking. Yikes.
But I do love the comments about the screen being bigger than an iPod/iPhone, like this is some revelation nobody thought of before.
“A larger screen means that games can be more immersive, as well as allowing for higher detail and bigger animations,” said Peters.
A bigger screen! Amazing!
You mean… just like every other notebook or desktop computer out there?
But hey, it does look pretty nice. I bet lots of people buy them.
I bet it could be almost as successful as the Apple Newton. *grin*