Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 40: How to Protect Your Digital Legacy

We discuss how you can protect your digital legacy and ensure that your data doesn’t get lost if something happens to you, and we discuss the many elements of your data that are accessible from the lock screen of your iPhone or iPad.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

The Next Track, Episode #114 – Theo Travis on His New Travis & Fripp Apps

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxFlautist and saxophonist Theo Travis joins us to discuss the three new Travis & Fripp apps he has recently released, and his various music projects.

Listen to The Next Track: Episode #114 – Theo Travis on His New Travis & Fripp Apps.

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The PhotoActive Podcast, Episode #8 – Gordon Laing on Taking Great Photos In Camera

Photoactive 400We chat with Gordon Laing about how to take great photos without post-processing, by taking advantage of the capabilities of your camera.

Listen to PhotoActive, Episode #8 – Gordon Laing on Taking Great Photos In Camera.

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How to Prepare Your Digital Legacy

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” to quote the famous Benjamin Franklin. We’re all going to die one day, as fatalistic as it may sound, but we also live in the digital age in which information can live forever.

Keeping your information safe and secure in the digital age is an extremely important responsibility—as well as creating a plan for your digital legacy.

You may have life insurance and plans for how your finances will be handled after your death, especially if you have a family, own a home, or have a mortgage. Yet few people think about their digital legacy: This includes documents and photos you have created, but also content that you have purchased online, and the posts you have made on Facebook or other websites.

What will happen to all the digital content you own after you die? Will a loved one be able to access your Dropbox folder to get copies of your personal documents? And how can your next of kin get access to your iCloud account to save copies of your photos? What will happen to your music collection when you pass? These are all great questions that I’ll answer in this article, including your options for securing your digital assets and passing them on to your family.

Here’s how to prepare your digital legacy and ensure that your loved ones can access your information left online after you die.

Read the rest of the article on the Mac Security Blog.

Some Deception with the iTunes Store and Apple Music

I’d written many times about how the iTunes Store and Apple Music were separated by a brick wall, making it hard to go from one to the other when looking at a specific artist or album. It seems that Apple has changed this recently, and now, when you find an album in the iTunes Store, you can hop to Apple Music to listen to it by clicking Listen Now.

It’s interesting that Apple is willing to cannibalize sales in exchange for streams – and I wonder if the record labels are cool with this – but at least now, when you click or tap a link to the iTunes Store, and you really just want to stream an album, you don’t have to manually search for that album.

But not all music sold in the iTunes Store is available on Apple Music; there are labels and artists that will not stream their music. Here’s one example:

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None of Hyperion Records’ music is on Apple Music, but iTunes suggests that you can listen to it by clicking the Listen Now button. Since the music is not available for streaming, you get a dialogue telling you that the music is not available in your country, not that it’s not available to stream anywhere.

If you are not logged into Apple Music, the behavior is slightly different. If you were to start a free trial after viewing this album, you would get to Apple Music, then find out that the album in question is not available to stream, in spite of the Listen Now button suggesting that this is possible.

So, Apple isn’t being honest; I’m shocked, shocked! What’s more worrisome, however, is the fact that they’re sending people to stream music instead of buying it, most likely against what record companies want, and they’re saying that music is available for streaming when that is not the case. To be fair, the percentage of tracks that are on the iTunes Store and not on Apple Music is quite low, but still; Apple knows who they are, and shouldn’t display this dialog.