I have an old Sonos speaker in my bedroom/office. I’m listening to an episode of the StarTalk Radio podcast through it as I type this. It’s too old to support Apple’s AirPlay so I have to use the Sonos App. It’s fine for the most part. I can run AppleMusic through it, but not Apple Podcasts. I had to setup Stitcher in order to play podcasts through the speaker.
The lack of AirPlay has meant that I have always wanted to upgrade to something newer so that I could just play my iPhone or my iPad directly through the speaker.
Along with the old Sonos speaker in the bedroom, we have additional Sonos speakers in the living room, and in the office proper. Our home theater system is all Sonos. Those are all newer models that support AirPlay.
We also have an Apple HomePod in the living room. It’s a great speaker, but more often than not the Sonos is the go-to when we want to play music through a speaker.
Yesterday Apple had their media event for the new iPhones. The iPhone 12 Pro Max looks awesome. That’s not what really caught my attention though. The standout to me was the new HomePod Mini. Not because of anything it does, but because of the price.
Given my interest in upgrading the speaker in the bedroom/office.. the original HomePod sells for about $300. The Sonos One runs for about $180, and the Move costs about $400.
The new HomePod Mini costs $99. That’s interesting. It does exactly what I want it to do, and it ties into my existing system, and it’s a lot cheaper than the alternatives.
A few days ago, my love and I were discussing the status of our respective Apple Watches. Hers is a Series 4. Mine is a Series 3. Hers has more features, but mine has better battery life. I need the better battery because I wear my watch to sleep so I can’t recharge it over night.
We talked about the pros and cons of getting a series 5 when they come out.
Assuming they hadn’t come out yet.
Did you know they’ve already come out? I didn’t… until the one Jen bought just showed up at our door.
Patches was laying down on my desk. I thought it was a good candidate for today’s photo-a-day. Unfortunately she was sitting on my phone, and my Nikon was not quickly accessible. What can I do?
Well, I have a webcam on my laptop. Could I use that? I did a Spotlight Search for camera and webcam but they didn’t turn up anything useful. I checked Launchpad to see if there was a camera app of some kind. That’s when I saw it.
Is that still a thing? I popped it open and sure enough, it’s still a thing. I angled my lappy to face the cat and BANG, photo acquired. I opened it up in Photos to clean it up a little and, as always, was a tiny bit saddened by the lack of groovy filters. I messed around with it a tiny bit and then clicked the export button to see what my options were. It used to be able to connect to Flickr, but not any more. I clicked the “more” option at the bottom of the drop down and saw something I never noticed before.
Extensions? In Photos? Huh.
There were no options available but I wasn’t ready to let it go so I did something I never do… I went to the Mac App Store. I searched for Photos Extensions and sure enough a few things came up. I searched for Photos Filters and much to my surprise a Free app displayed. I figured I would install it just to use it as a guinea pig for the Photos extensions. Much to my surprise, it worked!
Now my Flickr Photo-a-Day pic is a Photo Booth snap, edited in Photos, using a third party filter app. It’s just a day of firsts for me!