Apple Family Sharing woes

When trying to accept the invite to Family Sharing on Amy’s phone, I’m stuck at the step “Share your location with your family”. Trying to continue with either of the two available options (Share Your Location, or Not Now) results with:

Cannot Complete Action

This action cannot be completed at this time.

Sadly, I’m not finding any solutions when searching DuckDuckGo or Google with the terms:

“cannot complete action” “family sharing” apple

Looks like I need call Apple Support. I’ll make sure to update this post. 🙁

Update 2015-11-24 16:25 PST: Amy just upgraded from an iPhone 5s to an iPhone 6. Fortunately, she was able to accept the invite this time! 🙌

See ya, Rdio

When I opened Rdio today, I saw a link to the message following message: Important information about your Rdio account. I learned about the beginning of their end a couple of days ago through sad colleagues and friends on Twitter. I started using Rdio in 2012 after a recommendation by Andrew Spittle, and I’ve had fun listening to new music.

Gary Pendergast wrote about replacing Rdio. Referring to his post, our three must have items are:

  • Offline sync to mobile.
  • Ability to play from my Mac.
  • Family accounts.

After I read Macworld’s Apple Music FAQ, I started the Apple Music three-month trial, plus Family Sharing for Amy and myself.

Switching from Rdio to Apple Music might mean scrobbling to my account will be inconsistent, which makes me sad because I’ve been tracking since 2007. 😢

On July 8, 2015, Florian Eckerstorfer posted, “Apple Music and Does it Scrobble?“. I have installed on my Mac, and I just installed QuietScrob – Background Scrobbler. Fingers crossed.

Increasing use of Siri

I’ve been experimenting with using Siri more often. When I use compatible verbal commands, they’re faster than manually typing my requests. Some ideas:

  • Set alarms or timers.
  • Add an event to your calendar.
  • Add to-dos to Reminders. (e.g. Remind me about this email/webpage tomorrow.)
  • Add a to-do to a specific Reminders list (e.g. Groceries). Bonus tip: If you want to add another item to the same Reminders list, you can tap the microphone icon and continue. For example, “Also add spinach.”
  • Check weather.
  • Open apps. (Perhaps they’re buried beyond your home screen, and will take more than a few swipes.)

Some people mentioned Siri recently, which prompted me to give this a try. In the Back to Work podcast, Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussed iOS 9 and improved Siri functionality earlier last month:

Nick Momrik mentioned a few handy examples. Apple also has a few iOS 9 tips and tricks for iPhone.

Obscura Camera removes capture date and time

Between June 27th, 2015 and today, I finally saw that any photos taken with Obscura Camera for iOS no longer includes the metadata capture time, capture date, and camera.1 I estimate at least 700 affected images.2

For now, I’ll contact Ben McCarthy and switch back to Camera+.

Aside: Does anyone know how to manually insert the capture time and date information from the filename of the JPG file?

  1. Instead of iPhone 6, the metadata for Camera says “Unknown Camera”. 
  2. There’s a mix of screenshots and video, so I don’t know the exact count.