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What can i still do with old apple devices ?

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MrFrugal1 wrote:
Dec 28th, 2017 6:32 pm
Funny thing, you know?
iTunes is a bloated piece of software that should have been chopped up into various parts long ago. In the Apple ecosystem it still works very well. I haven't used it on a Windows box in quite some time, but when I did, it still seemed to work OK.

I recently purchased a Moto G5 phone to replace a Blackberry Z30. My main desktop is a Mac Mini, with which I have all my music stored on. Some of that music I purchased and downloaded through the iTunes store.
I just spend two hours trying to transfer music from my NAS HDD to this Android phone. Finally figured out that I had to enable 'Developer Mode' and 'USB Debugging' just to move audio files to the Moto G5.

You tell me what your definition of 'move freely' is. Certainly isn't Android. My Blackberry, with all its inherent security, had a better file transfer interface than Android.
how were you transferring your music from ur NAS HDD to your android phone?
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supremekai wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 1:50 am
how were you transferring your music from ur NAS HDD to your android phone?
USB plugged into the Mac. There is a hideous file transfer Android app available for Mac's in the app store. I thought the BlackBerry desktop app was kludgy. The Android app appears to have been written by Satan himself.
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Back on topic....

I'm looking to turn some old iPhone 4s I have sitting around into streaming cameras and add it to part of my home automation system. Currently looking at the ManyThings solution. Feels like a Ring type of solution using other devices.
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GavinCampbell wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 8:48 am
Back on topic....

I'm looking to turn some old iPhone 4s I have sitting around into streaming cameras and add it to part of my home automation system. Currently looking at the ManyThings solution. Feels like a Ring type of solution using other devices.
Interesting!
Great to see that iPhones back as far as 3GS can be used. Getting power to the device might be tricky, but then, I suppose you would run into the same situation with a Ring device.
Other issue I can see with using any iPhone outdoors is, low temperature shutdown. I've had iPhones do so in the pocket of my winter coat.
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MrFrugal1 wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 9:45 am
Interesting!
Great to see that iPhones back as far as 3GS can be used. Getting power to the device might be tricky, but then, I suppose you would run into the same situation with a Ring device.
Other issue I can see with using any iPhone outdoors is, low temperature shutdown. I've had iPhones do so in the pocket of my winter coat.
I wouldn't do this for outside.. I just mentioned Ring in terms of the interaction. But its definitely an indoor only solution. I've been looking at wifi cameras and they all have the same issue with having to run power to them anyways. You either plug them in, use something like POE or hardwire them. I figure I would just plug these in and place them where required.

Then I'll tie them in with my SmartThings security so it only monitors and records when I'm not home.

Still trying to work it out. But a good use for some old devices laying around. If it works out then my neighbor has a few more sitting in a drawer I can have.

I'm also using an old iPad 2 as my SmartThings home console. Its running something called ActionTiles that displays all my devices and other useful information and sits at my entrance. I can enable/disable security, adjust scenes, turn things on and off and even has a section to display a 5 day weather forecast.
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sell me an iPod man.

Every time I load beta software onto my X it **** up the bluetooth music streaming in my car. Getting sick of it. I just need to go back to basics with an iPod.
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nasa25 wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 10:43 am
Every time I load beta software onto my X it **** up the bluetooth music streaming in my car. Getting sick of it. I just need to go back to basics with an iPod.
Does an iPod have Bluetooth?

Doesn’t your car have USB? Use a flash drive
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Gee wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 12:23 pm
Does an iPod have Bluetooth?
iPod Touch and 7th generation Nano has Bluetooth and
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Gee wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 12:23 pm
Does an iPod have Bluetooth?

Doesn’t your car have USB? Use a flash drive
Yeah it has usb. I have a viseo tune2air. I'd just plug the iPod into the viseo and the viseo streams via Bluetooth to my head unit
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MrFrugal1 wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 2:16 am
USB plugged into the Mac. There is a hideous file transfer Android app available for Mac's in the app store. I thought the BlackBerry desktop app was kludgy. The Android app appears to have been written by Satan himself.
forgot you had to download the software on MAC, lol. (but doesn't it just pop up as a drive, like a usb?) But since it's NAS hdd you could have just pull the files via the phone using an app.
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supremekai wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 4:05 pm
forgot you had to download the software on MAC, lol. (but doesn't it just pop up as a drive, like a usb?) But since it's NAS hdd you could have just pull the files via the phone using an app.
Using WiFi is a lot slower than USB

I would just use ES File Explorer and connect directly to the NAS
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People still physically connect their phones to their computers to transfer things?

How very ... 2000s? Here in 2017 we use wifi. Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes

I have an original iPad mini kicking around that we don't use much. I'd love to use it as a calendar and way to control my smart home.
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Andy34 wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 4:50 pm
People still physically connect their phones to their computers to transfer things?

How very ... 2000s? Here in 2017 we use wifi. Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes
Good on you, Mr. Millenial.
I guess those of us with wired networks have decided we don't have the luxury of sitting around fapping to pr0n while we wait for 8 gigs of music to transfer to our devices.
You know, because work.
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Gee wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 4:10 pm
Using WiFi is a lot slower than USB

I would just use ES File Explorer and connect directly to the NAS
I D/L'ed ES File Explorer, because the vanilla Android file system appeared less than useful, but haven't tried to interface directly with the HDD.
Going way OT here...
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nasa25 wrote:
Dec 29th, 2017 10:43 am
sell me an iPod man.

Every time I load beta software onto my X it **** up the bluetooth music streaming in my car. Getting sick of it. I just need to go back to basics with an iPod.
Are you using the car's audio system, or something aftermarket? My Wife's 2009 Honda Bluetooth system has no problem with a 2005 iPod Nano.

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