Tips from Jere Minich, Advisor, Region 5 (AL, FL, GA, SC)
WHY RESTARTING YOUR PHONE MAKES IT PERFORM BETTER AND FIXES COMMON ISSUES – We’ve all heard it: “have you tried turning it off and back on again?” It’s the first step when troubleshooting any tech problem—it even makes your phone perform better when nothing is wrong. But why?
Go to this How-To Geek article and read about why turning it OFF is good. http://bit.ly/2wQ5M0I
INSTANTLY JUMP TO THE RIGHTMOST TAB IN ANY BROWSER – Need to quickly get to the rightmost tab? Press Ctrl-9, or Command-9 if you’re on a Mac. This works in every major browser, no matter how many tabs you have open. You probably know you can press control and a number to quickly jump between tabs—Ctrl-1 takes you to the first tab; Ctrl-2, the second; and so on. But Ctrl-9 is different: it takes you to the rightmost tab, not the ninth, which is very useful when you’re managing dozens of tabs. How-To Geek – http://bit.ly/2IApqiQ
HOW TO USE THE READER VIEW IN FIREFOX – How many times do you go to a website to read an article and once the page loads, you’re bombarded with banners and distracting ads? Firefox’s Reader View removes the clutter and simplifies the page for better readability, leaving only what you want to see: the article.
Safari sort of pioneered the reader view, but other browsers have also started to adopt it. Firefox is no exception, and you can enjoy the reader view in both the desktop and mobile versions. Enabling Reader View is surprisingly easy on both PC and mobile and only requires that you have Firefox installed before getting started.
Go to this How-To Geek article and read about this easy feature. http://bit.ly/2IMwQ5U
It can be enabled in other browsers also. Google it for your browser. Ex: Readers View Safari.
YOU CAN NOW @ PEOPLE IN GMAIL – Apps like Twitter, Slack, and Facebook let you direct messages to a user by typing @ followed by a username. Gmail now does the same thing, sort of.
Compose a new message in the new Gmail and, while writing the text, type “@” followed by the first few letters of a contact’s name. You’ll be recommended a few people. Select someone, either by hitting “Enter” or by clicking them. Their email address will be added to the “To” line, and a link to their email address will show up in the text. It’s not a mind-blowing feature but I could imagine it being occasionally useful. More importantly it makes email “feel” more like a modern messaging app, which I suspect will be important in coming years. I wonder what other features Gmail will copy from other messaging apps? See screen shots at this How-To Geek article: http://bit.ly/2rUGo5f
THREE iOS TRICKS YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT USING – Apple has packed a lot of features into iOS. Problem is, you can’t use them if you don’t know they are there.
Here are three simple, yet highly useful, iOS tricks that you’re probably not making use of.
- Turn the keyboard into a trackpad – The first allows you to turn the keyboard into a trackpad to allow you to more easily move the cursor on the screen to navigate around documents. All you do is press down firmly on the keyboard (requires iPhone 6s/6s Plus or later) and when the keys turn blank you can slide your finger around the keyboard, moving the cursor at the same time.
- Take better top-down photos – If you take a lot of top-down photographs – maybe shots of gadgets, or your food – then this tip will help you get better photos.
When you’re using the camera for taking top-down photos, you might have noticed two little crosses on the screen – one yellow, another white. To get your camera perfectly perpendicular to the ground, just align it so both crosses overlap and take your shot.
- Quickly scroll to the top of the screen – To quickly get back to the top of an app where you’ve scrolled down, all you need to do is tap on the top of the screen (where the time or battery level is displayed = Status Bar) and you’ll effortlessly be taken back to the top.
The only app I’ve seen where a single tap doesn’t work is Safari, and here you must tap twice (a single tap brings up the address bar).
HOW TO CHANGE YOUR iPHONE RINGTONE – The problem with having a popular phone like an iPhone is that, by default, everyone has the same ringtone. If you want to give your iPhone a more personal sound, go to this How-To Geek article and get the steps. http://bit.ly/2wWcAdu
HOW TO USE GMAIL OFFLINE – Google has added offline access to Gmail. Here’s how to enable this new feature. In a hurry? Here’s a quick summary of the steps to enabling Gmail offline access:
- Log in to your Gmail account
- Click on the gear icon to open the Gmail menu, then click Settings
- Under Settings find Offline. Click on it.
- In the Offline menu, click Enable Offline Email
- Choose how many days to sync, and whether to keep or remove cached email when signing out of a Gmail account.
- Click Save Changes and you’re done.
- Give Gmail some time to download messages and be sure you have Gmail open in Chrome before going offline.
HOW TO LET FAVORITE CONTACTS CALL YOU WHEN DO NOT DISTURB IS ON – The Do Not Disturb setting is handy, especially when you’re at work or sleeping. This feature allows you to receive all your usual notifications, minus the disruptive sounds and vibrations that tend to come with them. But what if someone on your favorites list (like your brother, mom, best friend, etc.) has an emergency and can’t get ahold of you? Well, there’s an easy way to let their call pass through the Do Not Disturb barrier. Here’s how to let Favorites contact you when Do Not Disturb is turned on.
In order for this to work, the contact must be a part of your Favorites list in Contacts. To add someone to your Favorites, open the Phone app. Tap the Favorites tab and select the + sign in the upper left corner. Choose the person from your contacts list who you want to add to Favorites.
To allow favorites to contact you when Do Not Disturb is on:
- Open the Settings app
- Tap Do Not Disturb.
- Select Allow Calls From
- Choose Favorites
HOW TO USE SWIPE OR GLIDE TYPING ON iPHONE – iOS is often behind Android with a variety of features, but fortunately there are usually some good third-party options to bring functionality like swipe or glide typing to iPhone.
Swipe texting has been around for quite a while, but Apple still doesn’t offer it with its default keyboard in iOS 11. Besides being able to type with increased speed, swipe typing is useful for one-handed typing and texting. While there are a variety of third-party options on the market, two of the most popular to offer swipe typing are Google’s Gboard and the Microsoft owned SwiftKey.
Go to this 9to5Mac web page and get the procedure with screenshots. http://bit.ly/2IhhpPS
APPLE’S $29 iPHONE BATTERY REPLACEMENT PROGRAM: Apple says batteries are available ‘without delay.’ After admitting that it was purposefully throttling some older iPhones in order to conserve battery life, Apple has announced a new program that offers replacement batteries to all customers that may be affected. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Program runs out in Dec. 2018. All required repairs will be made on your iPhone at additional costs.
Go to this Macworld web page and get the facts if your battery needs replacement. http://bit.ly/2jOFlzf
iPHONE: HOW TO DELETE ALL PHOTOS – Photos and videos can add up quickly on iPhone, filling up what may have seemed like a high storage capacity just weeks or months earlier. Whether you’re wanting a fresh start all together, or maybe transferring your photos to your Mac or other computer first, it can be helpful to know how to delete all photos from your iPhone.
If you want to keep any of your photos, make sure to back them up with a third-party service like Dropbox or Google Photos or your Mac or PC. If you use iCloud to back up your photos, you only have the option to restore all of them.
Go to this 9to5Mac web page and see the steps. http://bit.ly/2KVz3KL
5 iOS HIDDEN SHORTCUTS THAT WILL BOOST PRODUCTIVITY – With every update to iOS, bug fixes and native apps aren’t the only things that get modified—Apple’s developers often include under-the-hood functionality and frameworks that enhance how users interact with their devices. Many of these updates are typically not highlighted in the release logs or bullet points compared to the much-touted new features and applications, so the enhancements often gain popularity when users discover them by accident or via word of mouth. For instance, gestures are shortcuts that allow for quick executions of common or helpful tasks. Gestures are often overlooked additions that are hidden throughout the system and can dramatically change how users do things. Learn about the 5 iOS hidden shortcuts by reading this Tech Republic article: https://tek.io/2G60a1N
APPLE DOESN’T COLLECT MUCH DATA ABOUT YOU – You know Facebook and Google have tons of your data, but what about Apple? Turns out they don’t have much.
Jefferson Graham, writing for USA Today, did a similar process for Apple and was surprised for a different reason. Here’s Graham:
The zip file I eventually received from Apple was tiny, only 9 megabytes, compared to 243 MB from Google and 881 MB from Facebook. And there’s not much there, because Apple says the information is primarily kept on your device, not its servers. The one sentence highlight: a list of my downloads, purchases and repairs, but not my search histories through the Siri personal assistant or the Safari browser.
You can do this yourself but it’s not straight forward: head to this form, fill it out with accurate information, then request a copy of your personal information in the comment field.
TWITTER – KEEPING YOUR ACCOUNT SECURE – When you set a password for your Twitter account, we use technology that masks it so no one at the company can see it. We recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.
Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password. You can change your Twitter password anytime by going to the password settings page.
About The Bug
We mask passwords through a process called hashing using a function known as bcrypt, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system. This allows our systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. This is an industry standard.
Due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process. We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again.
Tips on Account Security
Again, although we have no reason to believe password information ever left Twitter’s systems or was misused by anyone, there are a few steps you can take to help us keep your account safe:
- Change your password on Twitter and on any other service where you may have used the same password.
- Use a strong password that you don’t reuse on other websites.
- Enable login verification, also known as two factor authentication. This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.
- Use a password manager to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.
We are very sorry this happened. We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us and are committed to earning that trust every day.
APPLE WON’T REPLACE YOUR BATTERY UNLESS IT FIXES EVERYTHING WRONG WITH YOUR PHONE – Apple is currently offering a sweet deal on a battery replacement, but if there’s anything else wrong with your phone you’ll have to pay to fix that, too.
According to a report from the BBC, some users going into Apple to get a battery replacement are finding themselves with higher bills than they expect. As the company works on the phone, it will sometimes find other issues like cracked screens or faulty components. Per Apple’s company policy, any issue that could “impair the replacement of the battery” also has to be addressed (and paid for). And in a device this small, pretty much any broken part could be considered an impairment to replacing the battery.
While this makes sense as a policy, it’s worth keeping in mind if you go to get your own battery replaced. If you have even a small hardware problem—say, a hairline crack in your display—that you’ve just learned to live with, Apple may make you pay to fix it if you want the cheap battery replacement. While it’s not the most unreasonable request on Apple’s part, it still might be enough to dissuade some from taking advantage of the deal. http://bit.ly/2rqY9Zw
THE BEST WAYS TO MAKE FREE CONFERENCE CALLS – You can now host your own conference calls more easily than ever before. Whether you’re working from home, own a small business, or just want to stay in touch with friends and family, there are dozens of free services available to you.
Between audio-teleconferencing, screen sharing, video calls, and text chat, we’ll cover some of the best options for you to get started with free conference calling. Most of the applications we’ll cover below provide support for mobile phones, landlines, and VoIP, which essentially means you can call using the internet.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and read about 8 different conference call options for all mobile devices. http://bit.ly/2KHNnpO
HOW TO MAKE BETTER PHOTOS WITH YOUR iPHONE CAMERA – Taking great photos takes knowledge of photography, your camera and a lot of practice. This guide explains the basic features included with the iPhone Camera.
We truly live in a unique period in history when it comes to Photography. By some estimates, due to the advanced cameras bundled with modern smartphones, InfoTrends research estimates that over 1.7 trillion photos were created and over 4.7 trillion photos were shared in 2017. Truly amazing!
Go to this GroovyPost web site for 15 tips on taking pictures. http://bit.ly/2I1gLFK
iPHONE: HOW TO BLOCK TEXTS – Whether it’s someone you know, someone you don’t, or someone you’d like to forget, unwanted text messages can be a drag. Follow along for how to block texts on iPhone.
Just like with email, it can be easy to get in the habit of deleting text messages from unwanted senders instead of blocking them. However, it doesn’t take more than a few seconds and can save you from headaches and wasted time.
Go to this 9to5Mac web site and find out how to block iMessages, Text messages and How to manage blocked numbers. http://bit.ly/2rsvLX5
HOW TO COMPLETELY ERASE ANY DEVICE – FREE WAY TO ERASE iOS AND ANDROID DEVICES – Maybe you’re super-paranoid, or maybe you just want to sell your old device and have peace of mind. Either way, being able to delete data is a valuable skill. Here’s everything you need to know about securely wiping hard drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs), flash drives, and even iOS and Android devices.
iOS and Android devices both have built-in tools to erase the devices.
- On iOS: Settings > General > Reset and then tap Erase All Content and Settings.
- On Android: Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset and then tap Reset phone or Reset device.
You can also securely wipe the devices remotely using Find My iPhone for iOS or the Google Account associated with the Android device.
Encrypt the whole drive
One of the easiest — and certainly the cheapest — ways to erase data on a device is to encrypt the entire drive with a complex passphrase. You can use built-in tools such as BitLocker on Windows or FileVault on macOS, or a third-party tool such as or third-party VeraCrypt. Encrypt the drive with a strong throw-away passphrase and you’re done.
No passphrase, no data. You can then format the drive, from which point it should be sterile and ready to accept a reload of the data.
Erase using manufacturer utilities
Another way to erase SSDs is to use the manufacturer utilities. Here are some links to get you started.
- Intel Solid State Toolbox
- Corsair SSD Toolbox
- SanDisk SSD Toolbox
- Samsung Magician Software
- OCZ Toolbox
The hands-on method
Not sure how to erase a device? I guarantee you that if you get a big enough hammer and spend enough time hammering, this will work on anything!
This method also works great if you just want to destroy drives before you take them to the recycling plant. It’s also a great stress reducer!
You will need:
- A hammer (I use my trusty 32oz “fine adjustment” hammer)
- A thick nail (a 6-inch nail will do fine)
- Thick gloves – because you’re going to be hammering that nail through the drive using the hammer, and hammers seem to be magnetically attracted to thumbs
- A block of wood — so you don’t nail the drive through your floor (it’s preferable to do this outside if you can)
- Eye protection — you’ve only got a maximum of two to start with, so it’s silly to take chances!
Now you apply brute force. Ideally you want to put a nail through the platters of the drive, going all the way through (it’s actually not as hard as it sounds). I aim for the spot marked by the red X on hard drives.
Alternatively, you can use a power drill to make holes, but make sure that you have a way to securely hold the drive, for example, using a vice. Don’t hold the drive in your hand because if the drill bit catches and the drive starts to spin — or helicopters — then there’s a real risk of injury.
Another thing to bear in mind is that the data in SSDs is held on small flash storage chips rather than large platters, and to securely erase the data you need to smash the chips. Usually, this means taking the cover off the drive before you start swinging.
If you’re not sure which are the flash storage chips, just drive a nail through all the large chips to be on the safe side.
HOW TO FIX AUTOCORRECT IN iOS – What to do when you get inappropriate suggestions from the iOS autocorrect feature.
You’re tapping along on your iPhone or iPad, and suddenly an ordinary letter or word gets replaced by something bizarre. We’re all used to autocorrect picking up weird expansions, which happens partly because Apple has introduced machine learning into how it predicts what you might intend to type.
Go to this MacWorld web page and get a simple solution to Auto Correct. http://bit.ly/2vGwubP
THE NEW GMAIL IS HERE, AND IT’LL CHANGE THE WAY YOU USE EMAIL – The new Gmail for web is here, and it’s designed to take the stress out of managing email overload. It’s a ground-up rewrite with an eye towards making it safer and more productive for workers – not just businesses who pay for it, but also for everyone who uses the free version to manage their work.
One of the biggest changes to Gmail is a new Confidential mode, which is designed to make Gmail more secure and prevent loss of sensitive information through hijacking of accounts.
Go to this TechRadar web page and read about major changes to Gmail. http://bit.ly/2vPxCts
HOW TO CHECK WHICH APPS HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR IPHONE’S CAMERA AND MICROPHONE – Over time it can be easy to forget which apps you’ve granted access to your iPhone’s camera and microphone. Whether you have privacy concerns or just want to tidy up, follow along for how to check and turn off app access to your camera and microphone.
One option to remove camera and microphone access is to just delete apps. If you’d prefer to keep an app, but revoke what access it has, that’s easy too.
Go to this 9to5Mac web page and get the 3 easy steps with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2Ke7xaT
HOW TO REPORT PHISHING ATTEMPTS AND OTHER SUSPICIOUS MESSAGES TO APPLE – Phishing and scams are a constant issue and staying sharp to weed out attempts is important. In addition to staying safe yourself, you can help the broader community and reduce phishing and more by reporting suspicious messages to Apple when you notice them, here’s how.
Apple has a great support document on spotting phishing and other nefarious messages. Even if you feel confident in your fake email and phishing spotting prowess it’s worth looking over. Also, this is perfect to share with less tech savvy friends and family.
Go to this 9to5Mac web page and get the facts. http://bit.ly/2HmkO2v
HOW TO MAKE iPHONE BUTTONS EASIER TO USE – There are a variety of ways to utilize the Home and Side buttons on iPhones. In addition to single clicks, iOS allows users to use double- and triple-clicks. Follow along for how to make iPhone buttons easier to use.
Customizing the click speed for the Side or Home button (depending on which iPhone you have) can provide a smoother user experience. In addition to the default speed needed to register double- and triple-clicks, iOS offers two slower speeds that will still trigger the secondary clicks.
Whether from time to time your fingers don’t fire as fast as your brain, or you just prefer to increase the range of click speeds accepted for regular use, this is a handy setting to change.
Go to this 9to5Mac web page and follow along. http://bit.ly/2HEFLpt
THE BEST WAYS TO SEND MONEY WITH YOUR PHONE – If you need to pay someone back for dinner, send rent money to a roommate, or send someone cash when they need it, you can do it all easily from your smartphone. We’ve rounded up the best mobile payment apps that help you send money easily.
We should note right upfront that you should never send money online to anybody without verifying that you are really sending to the right person, and that the person actually asked you for it (preferably with a phone or video call). There are lots of scammers on the internet that try to trick people into sending them money.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and get seven different choices on how to send $$$. http://bit.ly/2HfhC5n
HOW TO SEND A FAX FROM YOUR iPHONE – We’ve likely all been there: You need to send a quick one- or two-page document to someone insisting the message arrive via fax, yet you no longer have access to a fax machine, and you may have let a fax-to-email service subscription expire. Thankfully, it’s easy to send a fax using just an iPhone. Here’s how.
Go to this TechRepublic web page and get the steps with screenshots. https://tek.io/2vppMGT
HOW TO CANCEL AND VIEW APPLE SUBSCRIPTIONS – Have you ever signed up for a first- or third-party subscription through Apple and forgotten about it? Whether you’d like to cancel one or just remember what services or apps you’re paying for, follow along…
It can be convenient to subscribe to recurring services through your Apple ID, but it can also be easy to forget what you’re paying for and a bit tricky to view it all.
Check out this 9to5Mac web page and follow along. http://bit.ly/2JYfEbc
HOW TO SECURE YOUR iPHONE AND iPAD LOCK SCREEN – One of the things Apple touts is its focus on user privacy, and that commitment shows throughout the company’s ecosystem, all the way down to what is visible and not visible on a user’s Lock screen.
Follow along as we walk you through how to make the most out of your iPhone or iPad’s Lock screen.
Go to this 9to5Mac web page and get the steps on making your lock screen more private. http://bit.ly/2vvj1mO
HOW TO ENABLE WI-FI CALLING ON iPHONE, iPAD, OR APPLE WATCH – Wi-Fi calling is a nifty feature that allows you to make phone calls on your iPhone even when it doesn’t have any cellular connectivity. Follow along as we walk you through how to enable Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
These steps are pretty much the same on the iPhone and iPad. Enabling Wi-Fi calling on the iPhone will automatically enable it on the Apple Watch.
- With that being said, you’ll want to head over to Settings > Phone (on iPhone), FaceTime (on iPad).
- From there you’ll want to head into Wi-Fi Calling and enable this feature.
- If this is your first time using this feature, your device may prompt you to enter your E911 address. What this is an address where you are most of the time. In most situations, when dialing emergency services, your device will either ping your Wi-Fi network or use cellular towers to figure out your approximate location. But if your device is unable to, it will use your E911 address as a backup. Always make sure your E911 address is up to date.
Other topics of interest to you may be:
How to clean your Apple cables, keyboards, mice, trackpads, and more
How to clean your dirty AirPods and charging case
How to use Scribble on Apple Watch to text without voice
How to sync your local iTunes library when you’re subscribed to Apple Music
How to turn off app notification badges on iPhone
How to fill Apple Watch activity rings while traveling through time zones
How to stream Apple Music on Apple Watch Series 3 without iPhone
How to check battery health and disable iPhone battery performance throttling in iOS 11.3
Go to this 9to5Mac web site and get access to all these subjects. http://bit.ly/2GN5cBG
Apple will replace your iPhone battery for just $29.
NEW IOS 11.3 UPDATE: BATTERY HEALTH, ANIMOJI, MORE – iOS 11.3 is now available and brings with it fixes that iPhone owners have been hoping for, as well as upgrades and a few surprises. Two major fixes include greater transparency about data and privacy, and more information about battery health and throttling. Among the new features added to iOS 11.3: a Health Records feature in the Health app, the Business Chat platform, app integration with ARKit for a more diverse range of Augmented Reality experiences, and of course, four new animoji!
Go to this iPhonelife web page and get the news about new stuff. http://bit.ly/2JG9EnB
REMINDER: REMOVING “VOID IF REMOVED” STICKERS DOESN’T VOID YOUR WARRANTY – Tech companies aren’t allowed to void your warranty just because you removed a sticker—regardless of what that sticker might say.
That’s according to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), who yesterday posted a press release warning car, phone, and video game console makers to stop using warranty terms that aren’t legally enforceable.
The sticker thing comes up, and it’s a good reminder: the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 makes it illegal for companies to deny you warranty coverage for attempting repair yourself. Also, in the release: companies can’t force you to buy first party parts as part of a warranty:
Unless warrantors provide the parts or services for free or receive a waiver from the FTC, such statements generally are prohibited by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a law that governs consumer product warranties. Similarly, such statements may be deceptive under the FTC Act.
HOW TO TRANSFER PHOTOS FROM AN iPHONE TO A PC – You don’t need any special software to transfer photos and videos from an iPhone to a Windows PC. You don’t even need iTunes. All you need is the Lightning-to-USB cable you use for charging.
In fact, Apple’s iTunes software doesn’t even have a built-in way to copy photos from your iPhone to your PC. It does have a photo sync feature, but that’s just for copying photos from your PC to your iPhone.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and see two different ways to transfer and sync pictures. http://bit.ly/2HeLmCR
SOON YOU WON’T HAVE TO SIGN CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS – Using signatures to verify a purchase dates back to the Roman Empire, but it’s ending in America—when it comes to credit cards, at least.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa will all stop requiring signatures for credit card purchases this month, meaning it’s up to individual stores to decide whether to ask for them or not. Large chains including Target and Wal-Mart have already opted not to.
Which is good news: signatures are useless for verifying identity, as Stacy Cowley demonstrates writing for the New York Times:
For nearly a decade, Doug Taylor, a sales manager who travels often for work, has signed credit card receipts with a doodle of a dog wagging its tail. No cashier has ever rejected his “signature” as invalid.
Stories like this are common. No one checks your signature anymore, because there are better tools for detecting fraud. Chip readers, which create unique codes for every transaction, go a long way, as does data analysis.
Smaller shops might take longer to make the change and be patient with them: many don’t have chip detectors installed yet. But it’s only a matter of time until you can stop picking up pens in stores.
How-To Geek article: http://bit.ly/2qrCYGh
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR APPLE CABLES, KEYBOARDS, MICE, TRACKPADS, AND MORE – Accessories for your Apple devices can add up quickly and before you know it they’re also looking a lot dirtier than when you first unboxed them. Follow along for the best ways to clean your first- and third-party accessories.
Go to this 9to5Mac web page and follow the directions with pictures. http://bit.ly/2qtpVDD
HOW TO DISABLE NOTIFICATIONS EVERYWHERE – Some notifications are helpful, but notification overload is a real problem. Apps on your phone, tablet, and computer all want your attention, but that constant buzz of alerts can be a distracting waste of your time. Here’s how to tame them.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and get the steps for iDevices. http://bit.ly/2Jf4EWE
iOS 11.3 RELEASED WITH NEW ANIMOJI, ARKIT IMPROVEMENTS, BATTERY HEALTH BETA, AND MORE – Updated 03/29/18: iOS 11.3 is now released for iPhone, iPad, and HomePod, along with tvOS 11.3 on Apple TV and WatchOS 4.3 for Apple Watch.
iOS 11.3 has been released. First previewed by Apple in January, the release has gone through six beta releases, over which many of the features have appeared and disappeared. It is available for iPhone, iPad, and HomePod, and is accompanied by updates for Apple’s other devices: tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV and WatchOS 4.3 for Apple Watch.
Notably absent from this release is AirPlay 2, which will surely disappoint all the HomePod early adopters. Also missing is Messages in iCloud, first promised for iOS 11 back at WWDC in June 2017. The feature was available in the latest beta, but has been removed from the final 11.3 release.
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s in iOS 11.3. http://bit.ly/2q0d6Ag
groovyTip: DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN BOOKMARK INDIVIDUAL GMAIL MESSAGES? – Well, you can. If you’ve ever looked at the address bar while using Gmail in a web browser, you may have noticed that the URL changes whenever you look at a different email message. These are essentially permalinks to emails in your Gmail account. Read the groovyPost how-to post with screen shots, by Jack Busch at: http://bit.ly/2q465OP
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT GETS “HACKED” – A few days ago, I got a strange Facebook message from my uncle. It was clearly out of character for him, so I knew something was up: his account had been compromised. Here’s what to do if this happens to you or someone you know.
Let’s Talk About Getting “Hacked” – The term “hacked” gets thrown around a lot—loosely, to be honest—and has become the popular term for any time an account becomes compromised. Since it has become such a vague term in popular culture, let’s lay down a quick definition: leaving your phone somewhere so your friend/gf/whatever gets access to it is not getting “hacked.” We’ve all seen those posts— “Hacked! Love you baby!” This is not a hack. Not even close. And we’re not talking about that today.
There’s another phenomenon common on Facebook where somebody else creates a new account using your name, and sometimes a profile picture they obtained from your page, and then starts spamming your friend list with invites and other messages. This is also not a hack. Report that fake user to Facebook, and they’ll help you sort it out.
What we are talking about is when your account becomes truly compromised. This is when your account credentials fall into the wrong hands or your account otherwise starts to allow activity that you didn’t authorize. While we wouldn’t always call this getting “hacked,” it’s the term that’s most widely used to describe the situation.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and get the When, What and How with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2GwYlQ1
EVER WONDER HOW MUCH FACEBOOK KNOWS ABOUT YOU? HERE’S HOW TO SEE – Facebook has a lot of information about—every post shared, photo uploaded, message sent, item clicked on, and pretty much every other data points you can imagine. And it’s all in the name of serving you better ads and keeping you on Facebook.
The thing is, this is still your information. You can’t get access to the weird metrics that Facebook tracks behind the scenes, but you can easily download everything else: messages, posts, photos, and more. So, let’s dig deep and have a look at how to see all the info Facebook keeps stored on you.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and see the screen shots with full explanation. http://bit.ly/2GtfHgj
HOW TO SAVE WEBPAGES AS PDFS AND ANNOTATE ON iPHONE & iPAD – There are a variety of scenarios where it’s helpful to create a PDF version of a webpage or article. While doing this on a Mac may be more widely known, there’s an easy shortcut on iOS for the functionality as well.
It can be easy to overlook some of the options in the iOS share sheet, particularly on iPhone. And that’s exactly where you’ll find the button to create a PDF from a webpage.
Go to this 9to5MAC web page and get the procedure with screenshots. http://bit.ly/2DW9iVT
HOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUR PHOTOS FROM FACEBOOK – Facebook isn’t the best place for keeping your photos, but its convenience makes it a decent space for sharing them. If you want to download a photo you’ve uploaded (or even one your friend has uploaded), here’s how.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and get the procedure for individual photos or all photos and info on mobile devices with an app. http://bit.ly/2pFhvcO
HOW TO DEACTIVATE/DELETE YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT OR CHANGE PRIVACY SETTINGS ON iPHONE – Whether you’ve been considering changing how you use Facebook for a while or the latest news about how the social media service has shared user data has caused some concerns, there are some easy ways make some adjustments. Follow along for how to deactivate or delete your account, or dial in your privacy settings.
There are a few options when it comes to changing how you use Facebook. First, you can adjust and tighten up your security and privacy settings if you’d like to continue using the platform but have some concerns.
Alternately, you can use the temporary or semi-permanent option of deactivating your account, which doesn’t fully delete it.
Lastly, you can opt to permanently delete your Facebook account. We’ll look at how to accomplish all three below, skip to whichever section you’d like if you’re confident about what you’d like to do.
Go to this 9to5Mac web page and see all 3 choices with step-by-step and screen shots. http://bit.ly/2u9LfmF
TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION: WHO HAS IT AND HOW TO SET IT UP – Everyone is concerned about online safety. Whatever you use, keep it secure with two-factor authentication (2FA).
Everyone is concerned about online safety. Whatever you use, keep it secure with two-factor authentication (2FA).
In 2014, the Heartbleed exploit left everyone’s login information potentially up for grabs thanks to one itty-bitty piece of code, and in the past few years our security nightmares have only gotten worse. In fact, more data was leaked in the first half of 2017 than in all of 2016 combined.
Things aren’t getting any easier in 2018, so what is the average internet user afraid for their security to do? Well, you should change your passwords—regularly! By sheer brute force or simple phishing, passwords are, to be honest, a laughable way of authentication.
What you really need is a second factor of authentication. That’s why many internet services, several which have felt the pinch of being hacked, have embraced two-factor authentication for their users. It’s sometimes called 2FA or used interchangeably with the terms “two-step” and “verification” depending on the marketing. Even the White House once had a campaign asking you to #TurnOn2FA. But what is it exactly?
Go to this PCMag web page and get the facts on 34 different sites for 2FA. http://bit.ly/2FW3GRc
HOW TO WIRELESSLY TRANSFER PHOTOS FROM YOUR PHONE TO A PC – Microsoft’s Photos Companion app transfers photos from a mobile device to Windows 10 PCs over Wi-Fi.
You can send photos from your mobile phone to your computer using a variety of tricks, from email to Google Photos to a direct connection. But one of the newest and handiest methods is through a Microsoft mobile app called Photos Companion.
Designed for iOS and Android phones and tablets, Photos Companion quickly and easily sends photos from your mobile device to your computer via Wi-Fi. With both your phone and your Windows 10 PC on the same Wi-Fi network, select the photos you want to transfer. From there, your pictures are sent to the Windows Photos app where you can view them, edit them, print them, or organize them.
Go to this PCMag web page and get the 9 steps with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2py0MYJ
HOW TO TURN ON ‘DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING’ ON iOS – How to Turn On ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ on iOS Keep your eyes on the road; here’s how to silence distracting messages.
Keep your eyes on the road; here’s how to silence distracting messages.
You receive a phone call or text message on your iPhone while you’re behind the wheel. You know you shouldn’t respond, but sometimes the temptation is strong.
With iOS 11, you can enable a special mode called Do Not Disturb While Driving to prevent incoming phone calls, text messages, and notifications from distracting you. With this mode activated, your iPhone can sense when you’re in a moving vehicle and stop any notifications in their tracks. A phone call goes straight to voice mail while a text can trigger a message telling the texter that you’re busy driving.
Customization options include enabling it only when your phone is connected to your car’s Bluetooth, receiving calls from a select few, allowing people to break in during an emergency, and setting up custom replies.
Here’s how to get started so you can stay safe while driving. Go to PCMagazine web site and see the steps and screen shots. http://bit.ly/2FHboyw
HOW TO KEEP APPS FROM DISAPPEARING FROM YOUR iPHONE BY TURNING OFF APP OFFLOADING – Have you noticed apps disappearing from your iPhone or iPad? There might be a simple explanation to what’s going on, a new feature that automatically offloads unused apps from your iOS devices. Follow along for how to turn this feature off.
Apple introduced the Offload Unused Apps feature with iOS 11 to help users with limited iPhone storage. All in all, it’s a useful addition, but if it’s on accidentally or without your knowledge, it can make for a frustrating experience.
While it seems that the feature is off by default, we’ve heard from some users that they found it turned on without them manually doing so. With this feature, apps are deleted, but not removed from your Home screen. It simply shows a cloud icon next to the name, indicating that it has been removed.
There’s a chance iOS 11 could enable this feature automatically when an iOS device is running out of storage space. However, there doesn’t seem to be an official Apple Support document on it for now.
Here’s how to check if this feature is turned on and how to turn it off.
Go to this 9to5Mac web site and get the easy 4 step process with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2G0ScLl
HOW TO VIEW PHOTOS OF YOUR SNAIL MAIL BEFORE IT ARRIVES – With Informed Delivery from the US Postal Service (USPS), you can preview your mail before it reaches your mailbox.
Are you curious about what letters, bills, checks, or other items will be arriving in your mailbox? Wondering if you even need to pick up the mail today? Well, a free option from the US Postal Service can help answer those questions.
With Informed Delivery, the Postal Service sends you email each morning with photos of the front of each envelope due to hit your mailbox that day, including the return address. Informed Delivery can be of value if you’re waiting for a check or other important piece of mail. It can also be helpful if you’re away from home for a few days and want to keep tabs on what’s gathering in your mailbox.
Informed Delivery has been available in select locations since 2014 but rolled out to more locations last year. How do you sign up for this free service? Read on.
Go to this PCMagazine web page and see if your zip code is eligible. This article has screen shots of how to sign up for this free option service. http://bit.ly/2FGVzI5
HOW TO SHARE ONE iCLOUD STORAGE PLAN WITH YOUR WHOLE FAMILY – Apple’s Family Sharing iCloud feature was introduced back in 2o14 with iOS 8, but for several years many users requested a way to share one iCloud storage plan with multiple accounts. Apple brought this option to users with iOS 11, but for many it’s not turned on by default. Follow along for how to share one iCloud Storage plan with your whole family.
Depending on when and how you set up Family Sharing, iCloud Storage may be turned off by default. One other thing to keep in mind before we go further. You’ll need the 200GB plan ($2.99/month) or higher to share it. These steps assume you already have Family Sharing set up (read more here if you need help getting going with it).
Go to this 9to5Mac web site and see how to do it. Screen shots are in the article. http://bit.ly/2tU1RyL
iPHONE X/8: WIRELESS CHARGING WILL WEAR OUT THE BATTERY FASTER THAN CABLE CHARGING – Wireless charging is a nice feature, but testing suggests that it will wear out the battery faster than charging with a cable.
As much as I love the convenience of wireless charging, I’m switching back to a cable.
Here’s why. Back in January, I became suspicious that regularly using wireless charging wouldn’t be good for the long-term health of my iPhone’s battery.
Before I go any further, a little battery 101.
According to Apple, the battery ” is designed to retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles,” and beyond that, the battery is considered worn and heading toward end-of-life. Some batteries can and do retain more than 80 percent charge after well over 500 recharge cycles (I have an iPhone 6 Plus with over 800 recharge cycles that’s still above the 80 percent mark), but in my experience, once you hit 500 recharge cycles, your battery is on borrowed time, especially if you’re in a colder climate.
So ideally, you need to ration out those 500 recharges over the life of the device. However, you additionally need to bear in mind that as the battery gets older, it won’t last as long, so your recharge frequency is going to increase as your device gets older.
Go to this ZDNet web page and read the article. http://zd.net/2DmaNvW
HOW TO NOT DROP YOUR iPHONE – Glass is back, baby. And glass is back for backs. Most new high-end phones this year—like the iPhone X and Galaxy S9, have glass screens and backs. This could mean expensive repairs, so let’s go back to basics, and look at how to not drop your phone.
This article explains some simple steps and features with certain phones that can help you not lose a grip or phone, from How-To Geek. http://bit.ly/2DmTdYO
HOW TO QUICKLY SHARE YOUR CURRENT LOCATION ON IPHONE – There are lots of scenarios where you might want to quickly share your location with a friend or family member. Many people are probably aware of how to do this via Apple or Google Maps, but there is a slick shortcut built right into iOS for this feature.
In some cases, it might be fastest to type out the address you’d like to share with someone rather than dropping a pin from a maps app. However, Apple has an even faster shortcut that’s built right into the iOS QuickType keyboard suggestions.
How to quickly share your current location on iPhone
When you’re ready to share your currently location, type “I’m at ” (make sure to hit the spacebar after at)
You’ll see “Current Location” appear just above the keyboard
Tap it to send your location, wait a moment before tapping a second time, it can take a bit to respond
A pin with a quick link to get directions to your location will be sent, and you don’t have to send any text with it, the “I’m at” is just a trigger to call up the shortcut.
Alternately, you can let someone else share their current location quickly with you by asking “Where are you?” See more at: http://bit.ly/2FK9cWi .
HOW TO USE GOOGLE KEEP FOR FRUSTRATION-FREE NOTE-TAKING – There are a lot of note-taking apps out there. Google Keep may not be as powerful as services like Evernote, but its value is in its simplicity. Let’s talk about how to make the most of it.
What Is Google Keep?
Keep is a free-form note-taking app. When Keep was first announced back in 2013, there were a lot of conversations on whether or not we needed another note-taking app. People made comparisons to Evernote and other similar services. But in the end, Keep is its own thing. It’s simple where it matters but Keep still offers enough features to make it powerful.
Keep is also prolific. You can use it on the web, so it’s available on all your computers, and there are also Android and iOS apps. Since it’s a Google product, Keep syncs to your Google account, so it’s always up-to-date regardless of which device you’re using it on. There’s also a Chrome extension to make it easy to add things to keep as you find them.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and read all about Google Keep. http://bit.ly/2FJzN5Q
NOTE: The typical cycle of usability for tablets (e.g. – iPads) tends to be around 3, possibly 4, years.
iOS TIP: HOW TO JUMP TO THE TOP OF WEBPAGES, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND APPS WITH iPHONE – We’re able to consume more and more content on our iPhones and it can be easy to find yourself deep in threads, webpages, social media, and other apps. If you haven’t made it a habit already, there’s a quick easy trick to return to the top of almost any app.
Tapping on the status bar (very top of the iPhone display) will jump you back to the top of your current app, webpage, or social feed. This shortcut works across almost all of Apple’s first-party apps as well as the majority of third-party apps, although there are a few exceptions. With that said, there are a couple of things to watch out for.
HOW TO JUMP TO THE TOP OF WEBPAGES, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND APPS ON iPHONE – Tap on the status bar (top edge of your iPhone screen, pretty much on the notch on iPhone X). You can also tap on the status bar on the left or right ear of the iPhone X.
Some apps like Safari may require a double tap, the first will expand url/menu bar, the second will return you to the top of the webpage. However, most apps and social media like Twitter and Facebook only require one tap.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR iPHONE FROM THIEVES – Apple products, with their high sale and resale values, have always been popular targets for thieves—none more so than the iPhone. Let’s look at some of the steps you can take to protect your iPhone from thieves.
When protecting your iPhone, you’re really looking to do three things:
- Make it a less tempting target
- Stop the thieves from getting access to your data or being able to resell it
- Prevent yourself from being too inconvenienced
While your iPhone can be stolen anywhere, tourists (and tourist hotspots) are prime targets. You’re far more likely to be at risk if you’re sitting in a café in Paris, France than doing whatever people do in Paris, Maine.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and learn the tricks. http://bit.ly/2FMhudD
BLUETOOTH 5.0: WHAT’S DIFFERENT, AND WHY IT MATTERS – Modern smartphones and other devices, from the iPhone 8 and iPhone X to the Samsung Galaxy S8, advertise support for “Bluetooth 5.0” on their specifications list. Here’s what’s new in the latest and greatest version of Bluetooth.
What is Bluetooth? – Bluetooth 5.0 is the latest version of the Bluetooth wireless communication standard. It’s commonly used for wireless headphones and other audio hardware, as well as wireless keyboards, mice, and game controllers. Bluetooth is also used for communication between various smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The official Bluetooth marketing material from the Bluetooth standard organization advertises that Bluetooth 5.0 has four times the range, two times the speed, and eight times the broadcasting message capacity of older versions of Bluetooth.
Go to the How-To Geek web page and get the all the information. http://bit.ly/2t4Vecs
TRANSFER PICS AND VIDEO TO WINDOWS 10 FROM MOBILE WITH PHOTOS COMPANION – This Microsoft Garage project for Android and iOS makes it easy to transfer photos from your phone directly to the Windows 10 Photos app.
When it comes to transferring photos from your phone to your PC, you can always plug your phone directly into your computer. Of course, there are other ways to do it like using an automatic backup to OneDrive or Google Photos. But Microsoft has created an interesting new app called Photos Companion that is available for both Android and iOS. It allows you to transfer photos and videos on your phone over Wi-Fi directly into the Windows 10 Photos app.
Go to this groovyPost web page and see the screen shot and try it. http://bit.ly/2F5mjRF
HOW TO CHECK IF YOUR PASSWORD HAS BEEN STOLEN – Many websites have leaked passwords. Attackers can download databases of usernames and passwords and use them to “hack” your accounts. This is why you shouldn’t reuse passwords for important websites, because a leak by one site can give attackers everything they need to sign into other accounts.
Have I Been Pwned? – Troy Hunt’s Have I Been Pwned website maintains a database of username and password combinations from public leaks. These are taken from publicly available breaches that can be found via various sites on the web, or dark web. This database just makes it easier to check them yourself without visiting the sketchier parts of the web.
To use this tool, go to this How-To Geek web page and see if you have been pwned. http://bit.ly/2CnC856
HOW TO MOVE MULTIPLE APPS AT ONCE ON iOS – Apple doesn’t really believe in detailed instruction manuals, so some handy tricks slip through the cracks. One such trick we’ve recently discovered is that you can move multiple app icons at once on iOS. Here’s how.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and get the steps. http://bit.ly/2t36uG4
APPLE ADDS LIVE NEWS CHANNELS TO ITS TV APP FOR IOS AND APPLE TV – Apple has added support for live news in the TV app on iOS and Apple TV. Here is a look at the available channels and what you can expect.
When Apple announced its new 4K Apple TV last year, it hinted about other cool things were coming to the platform. One much-anticipated feature that finally came to fruition is Amazon Prime Video. The company also teased that it would add support for live news in the TV app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The live news feature has now been rolled out and it currently supports just a handful of channels for users in the U.S.
Go to this groovyPost web page and read all about it. http://bit.ly/2CwPyHv
EVERYONE SHOULD USE A VPN TO PROTECT THEIR INTERNET PRIVACY – For $3/month, you can protect your privacy from marketers, hackers, and other snoopers. groovyPost discuss why a VPN is totally worth it and who they recommend.
Occasionally, there are moments when niche tech topics spill over into public awareness. For me, that usually comes with a feeling of excitement and vindication, like when the Serial podcast exploded and everyone was like “Oh, you can have STORIES play in your head no matter what you are doing…” and I was like “Yes! This is the ‘podcast’ thing I kept pushing on you ten years ago!”
Next up on the horizon in terms of tech-trending-to-the-mainstream: VPNs. A virtual private network, or VPN, is basically a proxy that prevents others from tracking which sites and services you access on the internet. And the reason we are talking about VPNs right now is because of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution signed in April 2017 that rolled back a privacy rule created by the FCC last year. The FCC rule was supposed to regulate the ability of ISPs to collect your internet browsing data and sell it for marketing purposes.
The rollback of that FCC rule is controversial, of course. But what I think really struck a nerve with the public is this realization:
“What? My ISP can see and record what I’m looking at on the internet?”
Yes. They totally can. And this has been true since the dawn of the internet.
The technical aspect of this shouldn’t be a huge shocker. It’s not much different than your phone company knowing what phone numbers you are dialing. They kind of need to have that information in order to provide you service. But the thought of an ISP actually tracking and analyzing your internet activity probably never crossed your mind. Until now.
So, whether you are for or against the regulations barring ISPs from collecting your data for profit, the fact stands: ISPs can and do watch where you go on the internet.
That is unless you use a VPN.
Go to this groovyPost web page and get the facts and a simple explanation of VPN. http://bit.ly/2GtoyuL
WORLD’S NO.1 IPHONE CLEANER TO FREE UP SPACE FOR iPHONE/iPAD/iPOD! – Clean junk & temp files for a faster iPhone; Compress/export/delete photos to free up iPhone; Manage smartly large files & apps in bulk; Fully compatible with iOS 11 and iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus!
With over 25 analysis technologies applied, it is easy to know where and how all the space on your device is being used, so as to rid your iPhone/iPad/iPod out of any storage trouble with only several clicks.
Given the large amount of photos that we have today, our iPhone’s memory soon gets filled. So, how to deal with hundreds of photos on your iPhone effectively?
Compress photos to release 75% of photo space, Export photos to PC for backup or future use, Preview, select and delete all the unwanted photos with 1-click.
Go to this iMyFone web page and consider this free or paid version of a clean-up tool.
HOW TO CHANGE SIRI’S VOICE – Siri can be a “he” or a “she” and even speak with a different accent. Siri sounds great. It’s one of the more natural-sounding virtual assistants, and she’s full of personality, too. She? Is Siri a “she?” It doesn’t have to be! Siri’s default voice is female, but you can make Siri sound male, too. You can even give her three different accents: American, British, and Australian. (If you’re using Siri in non-English language, your choices will probably differ). Read how to change Siri’s voice at this Macworld article: http://bit.ly/2ELYTQS
iPAD 2018 RUMORS: ANIMOJI AND TABBED WINDOWS ON TAP – If you want to get a sense of where the iPad will go in 2018, look to the iPhone X. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that the next iPad with get tabbed windows and an Animoji-ready camera. When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.
But the fundamental design of the iPad hasn’t changed much in years. That could all change in 2018, as Apple gives use the first holistic new iPad design in a very long time. Read more of the Macworld iPad 2018 rumors at: http://bit.ly/2HlD9d5
NEW MAC CRYPTOMINER HAS 23 OLDER VARIANTS – On February 1, a new Mac cryptominer was discovered being distributed via a hack of the MacUpdate website. Since then, we’ve been doing some digging and found that this isolated incident was just the tip of the iceberg. The malware delivered by the MacUpdate hack appears to be the culmination of something that has been around since at least early October of last year.
As we usually do when looking into new malware, we did some searches through the website VirusTotal—a massive crowd-sourced malware repository —to see if we could find any other variants. These searches, called “retrohunts,” don’t always turn up much, but in this case, we struck gold, finding no less than 23 older variants of this malware! Read more of the Malwarebytes Lab post at: http://bit.ly/2HlRS82
HOW TO AUTOMATICALLY SET UP A NEW iPHONE – You’ve just upgraded to a new iPhone and now it’s time to set it up. Ugh, now you must go through each screen in the initial setup process, trying to remember how you configured your old iPhone. If only there was a way to transfer the key settings from your old iPhone to the new one.
Yes, you can perform a backup and restore via iTunes or iCloud but that just handles the apps and data. Another option can automate the transfer of most other settings, if you’re running iOS 11 or higher.
The latest version of iOS offers an automatic setup feature for outfitting a new iPhone. You just point your new phone at the old one, and all the core settings transfer over. You still need to go through the setup screens for Touch ID (or Face ID), Siri, and Apple Pay. But at least the automatic setup feature takes care of the rest. And it works on iPad, too.
Go to this PCMagazine web page and get the 5 steps. http://bit.ly/2EHzqpf
HOW TO SET UP MEDICAL ID ON YOUR iPHONE – There are plenty of iPhone features that feel like you just can’t live without them. But there is one that can literally save your life: Medical ID. If you get into an accident or otherwise become unconscious or unresponsive, a first responder can pick up your phone and place an emergency call. But they can also tap the Medical ID button to be taken to a screen that shows important information about you: Age, blood type, allergies, medical conditions… whatever information you wish to share that may help a medical professional to treat you properly.
Setting it up is a snap, but you may not have thought about it because you access it through the Health app rather than Settings. Read more of this Macworld article at: http://bit.ly/2nPzSK8
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FORGET YOUR MAC’S PASSWORD – Can’t remember your Mac’s password? Don’t worry. With the default settings, you can simply try logging into your Mac. Fail enough times and you’ll be able to reset your password with your Apple ID. But this won’t always work. If you haven’t enabled FileVault disk encryption, there’s an easy password-reset tool you can access. If you have enabled FileVault, you’ve got two potential options: your Apple ID can work if you have one, or you can use the passcode you were shown after starting the encryption process. If none of that works, your files are gone, and you’ll simply have to reinstall macOS. Read more of this How-To Geek article at: http://bit.ly/2Dtjy9a
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR SMARTPHONE IS HOT – Unlike your computer, your smartphone doesn’t have fans or any other active way to keep itself cool. Instead, to keep them working within acceptable temperatures, smartphone manufacturers count on passive cooling methods and the fact that most people don’t do too many super intensive tasks with their phones.
Most phones also have safety measures built in. If it does start to get hot, your phone might turn off some features—like the camera flash—and limit processing power until things return to normal. That said, it’s still possible for your smartphone to get hot; maybe even too hot. Here’s what to do in some of the most common scenarios where your phone starts to feel very hot. Read more of this How-To Geek article at: http://bit.ly/2mozu4C
groovyTip: HOW TO COMBINE PDFS IN macOS USING PREVIEW – Preview is macOS’s built-in image viewer and PDF viewer. The name is a bit misleading, though, since Preview can do some light conversion and editing tasks, such as exporting as a PDF or converting a PDF to JPG. You can even use your Mac to combine single PDFs into a multi-page PDF by merging PDF files. Find out how to do this with this groovyPost article: http://bit.ly/2Dtjy9a
IS APPLE EVEN PAYING ATTENTION TO MACOS SECURITY ANYMORE? – A new Mac security flaw lets you type literally any username and password to unlock the Mac App Store panel in System Preferences. It’s probably not a big deal practically speaking—the panel is unlocked by default—but the fact that this issue exists at all is a worrying reminder that Apple isn’t prioritizing security like they used to. Back in November 2017, a macOS bug let anyone create a root account without a password in System Preferences simply by typing “root” as the username and making up literally any password. Instead of denying you access, like a well-designed system would, macOS High Sierra would just create a root account using whatever password you entered. Read more of this How-To Geek article at: http://bit.ly/2AWf4oG
BACKUP FILES ON YOUR IPHONE TO YOUR COMPUTER OR OTHER DEVICES USING EASEUS MOBIMOVER – For years users have accepted the lock-in associated with using Apple products. We all know the necessary evils required to easily use Apple devices on Windows: iTunes, iCloud and sometimes upgrading to a newer device or iOS release to gain new functionality and flexibility. In 2018, you don’t have to do things the Apple way; you can have your Apple pie and eat it too when it comes to managing iPhone Files, Photos and Videos from a Windows PC.
EaseUS MobiMover is a flexible piece of software that can help you quickly manage all the data stored on your Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPad. It’s purpose-built and slim vs. the fairly bloated iTunes for Windows. For this article, the groovyPost author downloaded the free version, which is fully featured and not limited in any way when it comes to transferring files from your iOS devices. There is a Pro version, which adds a few more capabilities and support options, but the free version is worthy enough to give it a go. Read more at: http://bit.ly/2AVFqHJ
USE IOS 11 NOTES APP TO SCAN, MARKUP AND SHARE DOCUMENTS – There are several cool features with iOS 11 and one of them exists where you wouldn’t even think to look. You can use your iPhone or iPad into a portable document scanner by using the built-in Notes App. Plus, it includes some helpful features that allow you to optimize and markup the document you scan. This groovyPost article will show you how to find and use this hidden gem: http://bit.ly/2DaapFS
UPDATE YOUR iPHONE AND MAC NOW: APPLE CONFIRMS VULNERABILITIES – iPhone and Mac owners, you’re not escaping unscathed from the flaws affecting the processors inside laptops, PCs and smartphones. Apple confirmed tonight (Jan. 4) that the security issues known as Meltdown and Spectre also affect Mac and iOS devices. Read more at this Tom’s Guide article: http://bit.ly/2m0oJVR
15 ESSENTIAL iPHONE X TIPS –From the Super Retina OLED screen and Face ID to Animoji and the utter lack of a Home button, there’s a lot that’s new in the iPhone X. But all that newness also brings a new way to use the iPhone, and some of the biggest changes will take some getting used to. (Hint: there’s a lot more swiping and less pressing.) In fact, some of these changes are guaranteed to throw you for a loop until you get accustomed to using Apple’s new flagship. Read this Tom’s Guide article to find out more about your iPhone X: http://bit.ly/2C6YcOv
MACWORLD STAFF’S FAVORITE FREE iOS GAMES OF 2017– We routinely pour hours into free-to-play games but, thanks to freemium annoyances and sometimes limited or simplistiv gameplay cycles, they may not qualify as the best fames we’ve played all year. But we still love ‘em, and best of all, they are free—so, while we also have a best overall games list that a couple of these games are on, this list is all about gratis gaming.
All 15 of these 2017 picks can be downloaded and played without spending a cent, and offer entertainment and amusement in strong chunks without feeling overly hampered by a business model. From live competitive trivia to card-based combat, frantic puzzling, and super-powered fighting, these are the iPhone and iPad freebies you souldn’t miss from this year. You might find some new games to play at this Macworld web page: http://bit.ly/2CadN24
50 BEST AMAZON ALEXA SKILLS – Enabling Skills for Amazon’s Alexa is easier than ever. Now, all you have to do is say, “Alexa, enable Lyft,” and poof — you’ve given your Echo speaker or other Alexa-enabled device the ability to order you a ride. But there are now more than 15,000 skills, according to Voicebot, so how do you decide or know which Skills to enable? Well, you can search the Alexa app by category, such as Smart Home, Food and Drink or Lifestyle. Or, you can just check out this Tom’s Guide list. http://bit.ly/2C8Qzad
REMOTE TECH SUPPORT: BEST WAYS TO SCREEN SHARE ON iOS, MACOS, AND MORE – Your friends and family have likely just gotten a range of new devices, and an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV is probably in the mix. If you’re like me, you’re the go-to tech support for family and friends and the holidays mean you have some work cut out for you. With fresh handy features like iOS 11’s built-in screen recorder, let’s look at some the best ways to remotely help others with their new Apple devices and an option to screen share with any device.
Until iOS 11 and its new screen recording feature, it was a bit of a pain to remotely screen share with an iOS device (especially if you needed to see the screen of the person you’re helping). Read more of the 9TO5Mac article at: http://bit.ly/2pF37U4
HOW TO SAVE PHOTOS FROM THE iPHONE NOTES APP TO YOUR PHOTO LIBRARY – If you’re a heavy user of Apple’s Notes app on your iPhone, you’ve probably noticed a slightly weird behavior: unlike almost every other app, if you take a photo in Notes, it isn’t saved to the Photos app.
I’d guess this is so photos of things like shopping lists don’t clog up your Camera Roll, but if you use Notes as more of a journal than a to-do list, you might want any photos you take while writing a note to get saved. Here’s how to do it.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and see the screen shots and procedures. http://bit.ly/2jAUdow
HOW TO SHARE A CONTACT OVER TEXT MESSAGE ON THE iPHONE – We’ve all gotten that text from a friend asking for another mutual friend’s number. You could jump into your contacts list and try to remember the number, but it’s a lot easier to just share the other person’s contact card. A couple of extra taps and boom—that person will be in your recipient’s contacts, too.
Go to this How-To Geek web page to see the screenshots and procedures. http://bit.ly/2Aw8l9N
HOW TO CHARGE YOUR iPHONE OR iPAD FASTER – If you’re using the charger that came with your iPhone or iPad, you’re getting “slow” charging speeds. You can buy a much faster charger. And, with iOS 11.2, there are now even several different speeds of wireless charging as well.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and see how you can speed up charging. http://bit.ly/2j7yzIh
HOW TO MAKE YOUR iPHONE MORE SECURE WHEN LOCKED – Locking your iPhone does a pretty good job at keeping people away from your personal information, but there are still some things someone unscrupulous can do without typing in your passcode.
- See your Today View with all your Widgets.
- See your recent notifications.
- Use the Control Center.
- Use Siri to make phone calls, set alarms, search the web, and everything else that doesn’t require you to unlock your phone.
- Reply to Messages.
- Control your smart home.
- Try to use Apple Wallet (although they won’t be able to make a purchase).
- Return Missed Calls.
- Take photos.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and see how to make your iPhone more secure. http://bit.ly/2B3775p
AMAZON PRIME VIDEO FOR APPLE TV IS NOW AVAILABLE – Apple today announced that the long-awaited Amazon Video app is now available for its Apple TV set-top box. This is great news for cord cutters and Amazon Prime members who want an easy way to access Amazon-exclusive content.
This will also provide an easier way to watch your purchased content from Amazon on your Apple TV. You can already watch films you bought from Amazon on your Apple TV by linking your Movies Anywhere account. And, you can AirPlay Amazon Video from an iPad to the Apple TV. But having the Amazon Video app installed on the Apple TV means there is no need for those extra steps. It’s also an advantage for Apple TV owners that want to watch live NFL Thursday Night Football on Amazon.
Go to this GroovyPost web page and read. http://bit.ly/2BhIx12
HOW TO NAVIGATE THE iPHONE X – With the home button no more, how do you get around Apple’s newest iPhone? You’ve got yourself a new iPhone X, and you want to get to the home screen, see all your open apps, or call upon Siri. Your finger reaches for the home button, and then you stop. Oops, you remember, there is no home button. Apple jettisoned it to make room for the edge-to-edge display.
The resulting large screen is beautiful, but how do you perform actions and tasks you used to do with the home button? Don’t worry, Apple has you covered, and so do we. Let’s look at how to navigate the iPhone X$999.00 at Verizon Wireless sans a home button.
Go to this PCmag web page and see the steps with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2jC1Ua1
14 ESSENTIAL TIPS AND TRICKS TO MASTER THE iPHONE X – With no home button and a status bar split on either side of The Notch, using the iPhone X is a little different than you’re used to. It’s the phone of the future, today! You got it all set up and even picked up a few new iPhone X-optimized games. Now it’s time to take your iPhone X mastery to the next level. These tips will help you work through some of the interface quirks and point out features about which you may not have known.
Go to this Macworld web page and get the tips. http://bit.ly/2i7ygsG
HOW TO MASTER iOS 11’S NEW CONTROL CENTER – Yes, the new Control Center in iOS 11 looks different, but now you can customize it. The Control Center on your iPhone or iPad offers quick access to many commands and features.
With iOS 11, Apple tweaks the Control Center so it now appears as a floating array of buttons, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Brightness, Volume, and Music. Now you can also add certain icons to or remove them from Control Center, so your favorite items appear.
Go to this PCmag web page and get the procedures for the new Control Center. http://bit.ly/2jBshwx
HOW TO STOP YOUR iPHONE FROM SHOWING YOUR NUMBER ON OTHER PEOPLE’S CALLER ID – There are plenty of reasons to not want your phone number showing up when you call someone else. Maybe you just don’t like giving it out to strangers, or perhaps you don’t want the person you’re calling realizing you’re ringing from a foreign number. If you have an iPhone, you can block your number from showing up on other people’s caller ID with a simple settings toggle.
Go to this How-To Geek web page and see the setting procedure. http://bit.ly/2AiadBK
ONLINE SECURITY 101: TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY FROM HACKERS AND SPIES – This simple advice will help to protect you against hackers and government surveillance. Got nothing to hide? Think again. Privacy is what sets us apart from the animals. It’s also what sets many countries and citizens apart from dictatorships and despots. People often don’t think about their rights until they need them — whether it’s when they’re arrested at a protest or pulled over for a routine traffic stop.
Surveillance is also a part of life, and it’s getting progressively more invasive. Government eavesdropping is increasing, carried out in wider secrecy, and it’s becoming far more localized. In fact, the last three presidents have pushed for greater surveillance: Clinton introduced mandated wiretapping laws, Bush expanded mass domestic surveillance, and Obama expanded the intelligence service’s reach — just in time for Trump. Now, with a new president in the Oval Office, many are concerned about the future of their fundamental freedoms and constitutional rights.
There is no such thing as perfect security. But no matter who you are or where you are in the world, there are a lot of things you can do — many of which are simple — to protect yourself in this turbulent time.
This ZDnet article has lots of tips for making your privacy a reality. http://zd.net/2Bz11XQ
HOW TO ADD AN EMAIL ACCOUNT IN iOS 11 – With today’s on-the-go lifestyle, the ability to check, manage, and respond to your email on your phone or tablet is essential. Adding an email account in iOS 11 has changed slightly since previous versions of Apple’s mobile operating system, but it’s still easy to do.
This GroovyPost article will show you how to add an email account in iOS 11, making it available in the default Mail app. The procedure works on both iPhone and iPad.
NOTE: If you use a different email app, like Outlook, Airmail, or Spark, you must add your email accounts inside those apps.
Go to this GroovyPost web page and see screen shots and procedures for a lot of email changes you can make. http://bit.ly/2iwoMYw
iOS 11.1 IS OUT NOW WITH NEW EMOJI AND WI-FI BUG FIXES (KRACK FIX) – The 3D Touch app switcher is back, too – Apple just released iOS 11.1, the first major update to iOS 11 since its release in September. Included in the changes are over 70 new emoji, along with some other minor updates, like the return of the 3D Touch option to open the app switcher by pressing down on the left side of the screen that Apple mystifyingly took out in the original iOS 11 release.
iOS 11.1 also features a patch for the “Krack” Wi-Fi hack vulnerability, which is good news and a reason to make sure that you’re updated on your devices, even if you aren’t particularly excited by the idea of a broccoli emoji. And of course, there’s the usual “bug fixes and Improvements,” which should hopefully make iOS 11 a little more stable.
Go to this The Verge webpage and get the facts. http://bit.ly/2iR6dh0
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN QR CODES FROM YOUR IPHONE – You might think that QR codes are so 2006, but they’re coming back in a big way. Here’s how to create your own. You might be asking yourself, “Why would I ever want or need to create my own QR code?”, and that’s a valid question. QR codes are a sort of hidden gem that a lot of people underestimate, and they can be used in all sorts of different ways. When scanned, they can take you to a specific website, lead you to a file to download, or even just display a bunch of text about something.
For example, I frequently use a QR code of my phone number. If I want to give my number out to someone, they can just open the camera on their phone and scan the QR code image that I have stored on my own phone. If this is something that is of interest to you, here’s how you can create your own QR codes for just about any situation.
Go to this How-To Geek webpage and get the procedure. http://bit.ly/2iP0qIU
YOU CAN NOW VIEW DETAILED APP STORE AND ITUNES PURCHASE HISTORY ON iOS – Apple today is making it easier for users to view purchase history directly from their iOS devices. The company revealed in an updated support document today that you can now view your App Store and iTunes purchase history in the Settings app on iOS…
Previously, as the support document notes, this functionality was only available through iTunes on Mac and PC. While you could view purchase history via the App Store and iTunes Store on iOS, it was purely for re-downloading purposes and didn’t show detailed pricing information.
Go to this 9to5Mac webpage and see all the info and steps: http://bit.ly/2ji8dTB
HOW TO MAKE iPHONE NOTIFICATIONS DISAPPEAR AS SOON AS YOU’VE READ THEM – The Notification Center in iOS is split into two sections: your new notifications, and your History. Notifications for things that have happened since you last looked at your phone appear at the top. After that you’ve got all the older notifications that you’ve seen but haven’t done anything about; they appear under Earlier Today, Yesterday, and so on.
By default, iOS doesn’t remove notifications from the Notification Center until you actually do something with them. This means you’ve got to open the app, read the message, dismiss the notification, or otherwise do something so that iOS goes, “ah, you’re done with that.”
Most apps are intelligent. If you open Facebook, any Facebook notifications are removed from the Notification Center. Some are a bit more awkward. For some reason I have to manually dismiss all Instagram notifications; opening the app or even reading the relevant message isn’t enough.
Go to this How-To Geek Web page and read on How to: http://bit.ly/2hRFf9l
HOW TO CREATE A CUSTOM APPLE WATCH FACE FROM A PHOTO OR ALBUM – While you still can’t create completely custom watch faces on your Apple Watch, you can use any photo you want as your wallpaper, either by using a single photo or rotating through a photo album. Here’s how to do it.
Apple calls this “creating a watch face”, but technically, you’re not really “creating” a watch face. Rather, you’re just using the existing “Photos” watch face and picking a photo to use as the wallpaper for that watch face.
Recent versions of iOS and watchOS have made this process easier than it used to be, though, and the only requirement is that the photos start off in your iPhone’s camera roll, whether you took them with your iPhone in the first place or just transferred them from a different device.
There are two ways you can do this. The first way is choosing one or more photos that never change and use them as your wallpaper. Or you can select a photo album from your iPhone and have your watch face automatically update with new photos whenever you add them to this album. Let’s get started! http://bit.ly/2m5l3pi
iOS 11.1 HAS 70 NEW EMOJI AND IT’S AVAILABLE NOW – The first big iOS 11 update brings in dinosaurs, zombies, hedgehogs, and more. Plus, the return of a multi-tasking favorite. It’s time to update your iOS devices, because iOS 11.1 is here. On Tuesday, Apple pushed iOS 11.1 out of beta and made it available to the masses, ushering in a slew of improvements as well as some new features. This is the first major iOS 11 update. The most notable addition is a large crop of new emoji—more than 70 new characters—including new food (pie! Chinese takeout boxes!), creatures (mermaids! Fairies! Vampires!), expressions (sillier faces!), animals (giraffes! Hedgehogs! Dinosaurs!), and more. You’ll need iOS 11.1 to both send and receive these new emoji—otherwise, you’ll just see a generic empty box. Read More of Macworld by IDG article at: http://bit.ly/2lBfKh4
HOW TO BLOCK SPAM TEXTS AND MESSAGES ON YOUR PHONE – Ting! You’ve just received a new message. You set down your bags of groceries, dig into your pocket and pull out your smartphone. Then, you frown. The message reads: “REAL ROLEX 90% OFF!” You’ve never seen the phone number in your life. You received spam, and smartphones have become a major target for indiscriminate marketing campaigns. Sometimes the senders are legitimate. You willingly gave your phone number to a company, and now that company is sending you ads. But spam also comes from unknown numbers, advertising fake products and offers. Read more of Kim Komando’s article at: http://bit.ly/2iPWqvt
WHAT’S THE EQUIVALENT OF CTRL+ALT+DELETE ON A MAC? – If you switch to a Mac after becoming familiar with Windows, you’ll quickly find that the standard Ctrl+Alt+Delete shortcut doesn’t do anything. Mac OS X does have its own version of the Task Manager, but it’s a bit different than Windows’, and you access it by pressing Command+Option+Esc. While Windows’ Task Manager contains a wealth of information and features, OS X splits some of those features up into separate apps. The Force Quit dialog, which you access with Command+Option+Esc, allows you to close misbehaving applications much like the Ctrl+Alt+Delete Task Manager in Windows. However, if you want more in-depth information info about your running applications and overall system resource usage, you’ll want to use the separate Activity Monitor application. Read more at this How-To Geek Web page: bit.ly/2z1hdTg
THE BEST WAYS TO SCAN A DOCUMENT USING YOUR PHONE OR TABLET – “Scanning” documents and photos with your phone is a mixed bag. Thankfully, there are very easy ways to scan items and get reliably good results.
Sure, a dedicated scanner is still great to have if you frequently need to scan a large handful of documents, but using your phone also works great if you only have a couple documents to scan every now and then. Here’s what we recommend for Android and iOS. Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the procedure. http://bit.ly/2ywoSs2
HOW TO SCAN DOCUMENTS WITH THE IPHONE’S NOTES APP – In the past, iPhone users had to download a third-party app in order to scan documents and save them in a digital format on their phone. However, with the release of iOS 11, you can now scan documents natively using the built-in Notes app.
Granted, some third-party document scanning apps still come with way more features than iOS 11’s Notes app, but if all you need to do is digitize a simple form and nothing else, the Notes app is the way to go. To get started, go to this How-To Geek Web page and follow the procedure. http://bit.ly/2yuIvyG
ACCESS MORE SETTINGS IN IOS 11’S CONTROL CENTER WITH 3D TOUCH – iOS 11 has a completely new Control Center, which squeezes in more settings onto one screen without needing to swipe back and forth. However, on top of what’s currently available in Control Center, there are even more settings that you can access from that screen with a simple 3D Touch or long press.
The new Control Center gives you quick access to Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular toggles (although, beware about them working properly), do not disturb, music control, and more. However, what you see isn’t all that you’ll get—you can access even more settings by 3D Touching on some of the already-shown settings (if you have an iPhone 6s, 7, 8, or X) or simply tapping and holding if you don’t have 3D Touch.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the extra settings that you’ll have access to with a 3D Touch or long press: Go to this How-To Geek Web page for step-by-step directions with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2xMfi3D
HOW TO QUICKLY TRANSFER FILES FROM A COMPUTER TO YOUR PHONE WITH PORTAL – We’ve all had that moment where we need a file on our phone that happens to be on the computer. Now, there are a couple of ways you can do this: email it to yourself, put it in cloud storage like Dropbox, or even transfer it with a USB cable. But there’s a faster, easier way. Enter Portal.
What Is Portal? Portal is an app for Android and iOS developed by the same guys who made Pushbullet, so you know it’s good—Pushbullet is easily one of those must-have apps for all Android users.
In its simplest form, Portal is a way to instantly transfer files from a computer to an iOS or Android phone over Wi-Fi. Really, that’s all it is. It’s so easy, you may end up asking yourself “that’s it?” because simple tasks like this are often made overly complicated for reasons that are unknown to me.
Portal lets you transfer single files or full folders to your phone, and transferred images are automatically added to your gallery. It just makes sense. While I’m using Android for this tutorial, the process is the same on iOS.
Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the step-by-step directions with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2fDzApU
GOOGLE DRIVE NOW WORKS WITH iOS 11’S NEW FILES APP – Google announced this week that Drive now fully integrates with Apple’s new Files app on iOS 11. Files allows you to access documents and media from multiple cloud providers including iCloud Drive and Dropbox in a single interface.
iOS 11 Files integration comes with the latest update to Google Drive for iPhone and iPad, version 4.2017.37510. After installing the latest version of Google Drive on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 11, look for the ‘More Locations’ section of the Files app which should have a red badge that signals a new provider is available. Google says the new integration also extends to Docs, Sheets, and Slides by auto-launching the correct app when opening a Google document, spread, or presentation from Files.
With the latest version of the Drive app installed, you can easily access and manage documents and photos stored in Drive just by opening the Files app on your iOS device. If you have Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides apps installed as well, tapping on any Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation in the Files app will open the app of the associated Google editor. You can also take advantage of new iOS 11 features like dragging and dropping files between apps and folders in the Files App.
Google Drive for iOS is available for free on the App Store.
Even if you’re not upgrading to iPhone X or iPhone 8, your device will feel as good as new thanks to several user interface changes and fresh features.
So, what’s it like? Is it worth downloading right away? And is it bug-free enough for you to do so? Below you’ll find our thoughts on every major iOS 11 feature.
Go to this Techradar Web page and get the facts. http://bit.ly/2jRgqhx
APPLE PROMOTES ALL-NEW iOS 11 APP STORE IN NEW SERIES OF VIDEOS – Following the release of iOS 11 to the public yesterday, Apple has shared a new series of videos on YouTube that highlight the all-new App Store design. The four videos all highlight new features and capabilities of the iOS 11 App Store.
The primary video simply highlights new features of the App Store, including the new card-based interface for easily finding the latest and greatest apps. The video also promotes the new curation features in the App Store, focusing on new, daily apps.
Go to this 9to5mac Web page and read all about it. http://bit.ly/2hosXnT
iOS 11’S CONTROL CENTER DOESN’T TRULY DISABLE WI-FI OR BLUETOOTH: HERE’S WHAT TO DO INSTEAD – That shiny new Control Center in iOS 11 doesn’t actually let you disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth anymore. You can toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off from the Control Center, but the hardware radios will still be running and they’ll turn back on completely at 5 a.m. Yes, this is really weird.
What the Control Center Toggles Do
The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggle buttons in the Control Center don’t actually disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Instead, as Apple’s own documentation says, “In iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available”. Of course, since the hardware radios are active, they’ll continue draining battery power.
So, while it may seem that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are disabled when you flip this switch, they aren’t. Apple says this allows you to continue using “important features” like AirDrop for transferring files, AirPlay for playing media on other devices, the Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Continuity features like Handoff and Instant Hotspot, and Location Services.
Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the straight story. http://bit.ly/2hoQZiK
HOW TO FREE UP SPACE ON YOUR IPHONE OR iPAD BY OFFLOADING UNUSED APPS – Apps can consume a lot of space on an iPhone or iPad. In iOS 11, a new feature allows you to remove an app from your device without removing the app’s data. In other words, you can remove the app and free up space without losing anything—when you redownload the app in the future, you can immediately pick up right where you left off.
This feature can be used in two different ways. You can manually offload one or more apps to free up space. Or, if you’d rather not think about it, you can tell your iPhone or iPad to automatically offload apps you don’t use to free up space when you need it.
Go to this How-to Geek Web page and get the steps. http://bit.ly/2hlOaT8
HOW TO STOP iPHONE AND iPAD APPS FROM ASKING FOR RATINGS – Lots of iPhone and iPad apps ask for ratings, and they often don’t stop. Even if you do leave a review just to stop seeing the review requests, new apps you install will pester you for reviews, too. iOS 11 fixes this problem, limiting how often apps can ask for ratings and allowing you to stop these requests entirely.
Apps Can Only Ask for Ratings Three Times Per Year
Even if you don’t change the setting we’re about to discuss, you’ll benefit from upgrading to iOS 11. As of iOS 11, apps have to use Apple’s standard way of asking for a rating—specifically, the SKStoreReviewController API. Apple will begin rejecting apps that use their own ratings request prompt.
Each app can also only ask for a rating three times every 365 days. This limit is not reset when the app is updated, so there’s no way for developers to escape the limit. That will put a stop to those annoying apps that insist on asking for a rating every single day.
Go to this How-to Geek Web page and get the step by step with screenshots. http://bit.ly/2ho03o8
APPLE DEVICES THAT WILL & WILL NOT BE UPDATED TO iOS 11 ON 9/19 – Apple officially announced this afternoon that it will release iOS 11 to the general public on September 19th – bringing new features to supported hardware like a new Control Center, a redesigned App Store, and more. As always, however, some devices won’t receive the update as Apple works to provide the best user experience to all users…
Go to this 9to5mac website and see the lists. http://bit.ly/2fl2gAC
APPLE RELEASES iTUNES 12.7 TO THE PUBLIC WITH iOS 11 SUPPORT, SIMPLIFIED CONTENT TYPES, & MORE – Following its event earlier today, Apple this evening has released iTunes 12.7 with a variety of enhancements to the public. The update brings new features such as new social capabilities for Apple Music, support for iOS 11 devices, and more.
The update simplifies iTunes with a stronger focus on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Gone are categories for apps, iTunes U, Internet Radio, Ringtones, and Books on Windows. This is noticeable when you click the drop-down menu in the upper left corner of iTunes.
Go to this 9to5mac Web page and read what Apple says about the upgrade. http://bit.ly/2wrYuLh
CCleaner COMPROMISED WITH MALWARE – CCleaner version 5.33 was compromised with malware. Please check to see which version of CCleaner you have on your computer.
Open CCleaner and you will find the version number in the upper left corner on the title bar.
Version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between August 15 and September 12 was modified to include the Floxif malware, according to a report published by Cisco Talos a few minutes ago. Updating to recent versions removes malware.
Floxif is a malware downloader that gathers information about infected systems and sends it back to its C&C server. The malware also had the ability to download and run other binaries, but at the time of writing, there is no evidence that Floxif downloaded additional second-stage payloads on infected hosts.
The malware collected information such as computer name, a list of installed software, a list of running processes, MAC addresses for the first three network interfaces, and unique IDs to identify each computer in part. Researchers noted that the malware only ran on 32-bit systems. The malware also quit execution if the user was not using an administrator account.
Avast recently bought Piriform – below from Avast CTO:
In an email to Bleeping Computer, Avast CTO Ondrej Vlcek said that updating CCleaner to the most recent recent versions fixes any issues, as “the only malware to remove is the one embedded in the CCleaner binary itself.”
“The affected software (CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191) has been installed on 2.27M machines from its inception up until now,” Vlcek also added. “We believe that these users are safe now as our investigation indicates we were able to disarm the threat before it was able to do any harm.”
“There is no indication or evidence that any additional “malware” has been delivered through the backdoor,” Vlcek added.
Read the complete article at: http://bit.ly/2f5XmGX
EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT NEW SIRI, MESSAGES, PHOTOS, APPLE PAY – Learn all about the upcoming iOS 11, including its release date, top features, and biggest changes from iOS 10.
Apple’s iOS 11 brings a new voice to Siri, improvements to Messages. indoor maps, a file drawer and more. Here are the highlights.
iOS 11: The top features announced: Editors’ note: We’ve updated this story to include information about the newest iOS 11 developer release and ARKit demo videos.
Siri in iOS 11 has learned to sound like an actual human—and that’s just the beginning when it comes to the new mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and friends gave us a full overview of iOS 11 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday. New features include sweeping new upgrades to Siri, a redesigned Control Center and App Store, and a brand-new Apple Pay feature that lets you send or receive money to your contacts via iMessage.
In addition, developers can now create apps that tap into your iOS device’s potential to create augmented reality experiences via the new ARKit. Plus, there are new productivity features for the iPad, including drag-and-drop capability and a new Mac-style Dock.
Here’s everything we know so far about iOS 11, plus a bunch of the new features that we can’t wait to try.
Go to this Macworld Web page and read all about it. http://bit.ly/2exYJ0M
HOW TO STOP GOOGLE ASSISTANT, SIRI, CORTANA, AND ALEXA ACTIVE LISTENING – Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft each have audio-driven digital assistant technology that’s always listening to hear the magic wake word. These virtual assistants are included on all sorts of mobile hardware devices. The current trend is putting digital assistant technology in a smart speaker that is meant to act as a central hub for your household.
Amazon has Alexa on its Echo devices, Fire TV, and Fire tablets, and Alexa is rapidly showing up on other devices, too. Google Assistant is available on Android phones, select Chromebooks, and the Google Home smart speaker – its answer to the Amazon Echo. Microsoft’s Cortana is available on Windows 10, Windows Phone, and powers the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker; which is set to be released this fall. Apple’s Siri is available on its iOS devices, macOS Sierra, watchOS, and Apple TV via the Siri remote. Siri will also be featured in the soon to be launched HomePod.
The devices don’t record or transmit any data until the digital assistant is activated by the wake word first – in theory anyway. However, convenience and ease of use will trump security and privacy. After all, the selling point is the how simple it is to get things done — hands-free. However, you might want to have more control and kill the active listening on these devices when not in use.
Go to this groovyPost Web page and read the facts. http://bit.ly/2wy6VYD
GOOGLE MAPS TIPS – Don’t take Google’s trusty Maps app for granted. It gets even better once you dig into its settings and start customizing it. Here are some tips to make it even more efficient.
Go to this PCworld Web page and learn the new capabilities for Google Maps. http://bit.ly/2grAKop
SEPTEMBER 12 APPLE iPHONE ANNOUNCEMENT: 10th-ANNIVERSARY iPHONE, APPLE WATCH RUMORS & MORE – Apple is expected to unveil its newest iPhone on September 12. It’s the 10th-anniversary Apple iPhone, so there are a lot of iPhone announcement rumors flying around about what kind of features it will have, the price, the release date, the size, shape, and even the colors that will be available. Another interesting aspect is the Apple Watch rumors. The Apple September 12 iPhone release event is sure to be packed full of surprises and fun new gadgets. If you are looking to learn more about the hype surrounding both the new iPhone 8 release date and the Apple Watch rumors, you’ve come to the right place!
Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the facts. http://bit.ly/2xAzXFI
HOW TO CREATE DIFFERENT SIGNATURES FOR SEPARATE EMAIL ACCOUNTS ON iPHONE – Want to get rid of that annoying, “Sent from my iPhone” signature? Here’s how. Better yet, if you have more than one email account connected to your Mail app, you can create different signatures for the separate accounts. This is especially convenient if you have mail accounts for different purposes, such as one for work and one for personal use. You can create different signatures for Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, iCloud, and more. Here’s how to create different signatures for separate email accounts on iPhone.
Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the step by step with screenshots. http://bit.ly/2xPu3jr
HOW TO HIDE PHOTOS ON iPHONE IN A LOCKED & PRIVATE PHOTO ALBUM – So, you want to know how to hide photos on your iPhone, eh? Well the iPhone doesn’t really allow you to create a private photo album even though your photos are technically hidden. Hiding picture on your iPhone within the Photos app has some big loopholes that makes it easy for someone to find the photos you mean to keep private. Which is why we’ll go over how to hide photos with the built-in ‘private’ photo album, yes, but also how to lock photos away on iPhone so that they are hidden behind a passcode. We consider this the way to really, truly hide photos on iPhone. But for even more security, you can also use an app to hide photos in a secret photo album on iPhone. Here’s how to hide photos on iPhone by creating a locked photo album.
Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the step by step with screenshots. http://bit.ly/2eHkxaX
LIVE PHOTOS: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO IPHONE’S MOVING PICTURES – Live Photos on iPhone are three-second-long moving pictures that first appeared with the iPhone 6s. If you’re not sure how to take a Live Photo, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is. I leave my Live Photo feature on for my iPhone 7 Plus camera; that way, all of my photos are moving pictures. My dog Buddy passed away earlier this year, and I was really grateful to have all of the Live Photos of him. There’s a lot you can do with your iPhone moving pictures. We’ll cover how to take Live Photos, how to make your own live wallpaper with Live Photos, how to turn your Live Photo into a gif, and much more. This is our complete guide to taking Live Photos; here’s everything you need to know about taking Live Photos on iPhone.
Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the facts. http://bit.ly/2glnTQP
AMAZON AND MICROSOFT AGREE THEIR VOICE ASSISTANTS WILL TALK (TO EACH OTHER) – Those betting big on AI making voice the dominant user interface of the future are not betting so big as to believe their respective artificially intelligent voice assistants will be the sole vocal oracle that Internet users want or need.
And so, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are today announcing a tie-up, which will — at an unspecified point later this year — enable users of the latter’s Alexa voice assistant to ask her to summon Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to ask it to do stuff, and vice versa.
Go to this Techcrunch Web page and read the story. http://tcrn.ch/2elLgsS
MALWARE! MACOS ISN’T IMMUNE! THE BEST FREE ANTIVIRUS FOR MAC PROVIDES A BOOSTER SHOT – Mac malware has increased by 230% over the past year. Digital Trends compares several anti-malware platforms designed to give your Mac a booster shot against the latest viruses, adware, and ransomware. Read their reviews of the best free antivirus for your Mac. Beware of Fruitfly! Read the reviews at: http://bit.ly/2x7BdCu
BEST SIRI COMMANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Apple’s Siri has been helping people complete tasks since October 2011. This feature is going to be even more popular when Apple releases its HomePod later this year. In this article, Mark Jones, Komando.com, tells us about the best Siri commands that will enhance our experience. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family so they can get in on the fun. http://bit.ly/2wTeJpo
iPHONE 8 RUMORS: NEW GESTURES, NOT A VIRTUAL HOME BUTTON, WILL CONTROL NAVIGATION – Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special. Read more of this MacWorld article at: http://bit.ly/2vG4f8p
RECENT FEATURE IMPROVEMENTS IN TWITTER FOR iOS – All the major social networks such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram are rapidly adding new features and functionality; it’s almost hard to keep up! Twitter is one of the popular social networks whose feature list keeps growing. Just like groovyPost’s Instagram feature guide, they have prepared a list of the latest features added to Twitter over the past year. Read more of the groovyPost article at: http://bit.ly/2ghsKWN
8 BEST IPHONE APPS YOU’VE (PROBABLY) NEVER HEARD OF – We are all aware that there are millions of apps in the App Store, which means there’s very little chance any one of us has been able to see even a quarter of what’s available. That’s why we love to look for lists of the coolest iPhone apps, best apps for iPhone, and now, the best unheard-of apps. Lots of cool apps are bound to slip below the radar. But we’re all excited when a new app we’ve never heard of turns out to be fantastic. We’ll cover ten awesome, educational, and helpful apps for iPhone, all of which you’ve probably never heard of. Time to discover something new!
Go to this iPhonelife Web page and see and read about these great apps. http://bit.ly/2uUaEwy
HOW TO VIEW YOUR RECENT SIRI CONVERSATIONS ON IPHONE – Did you know Siri is keeping a record of your conversations? Don’t worry; Siri only keeps a page of your most recent conversations with the AI. Which can actually be incredibly helpful if you ask a question and need to look at the answer multiple times. You don’t have to keep asking Siri over and over again if you’ve asked once. Just use this hidden trick to view your recent Siri conversation history.
Go to this iPhonelife Web page and see what you asked Siri. http://bit.ly/2uTOpaa
HOW TO TRANSFER PHOTOS FROM IPHONE TO COMPUTER (MAC, PC, ICLOUD, & AIRDROP) – If you’re looking to transfer photos from your iPhone to your computer, you have lots of options. The classic way of getting your pictures off iPhone is to use the built-in Photos app both Mac and PC offer. This method of importing photos involves plugging your iPhone into your computer.
But you can download photos to your computer wirelessly by using iCloud, or if you have a recent Mac, you can use Airdrop for an incredibly easy transfer of your photos to computer.
Getting photos off your iPhone may be frustrating but it doesn’t have to be. Our devices have become our go-to cameras, which means we can’t avoid importing our pictures from iPhone to computer forever. Whether you have a Mac or PC, we’ll cover transferring pictures from iPhone to computer for each. Then we’ll cover using iCloud and Airdrop as popular alternatives. You’ve got plenty of photos to import from iPhone; don’t leave them there without backup pictures. This article will make transferring your pictures from iPhone or iPad to computer (Mac or PC) a breeze.
Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the procedures, step-by-step with screen shots.
HOW TO HIDE APPS ON iPHONE (& HOW TO FIND THEM LATER ON) – It doesn’t matter if you want to hide apps on an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 5—you can hide apps from your iPhone or iPad Home screen regardless of what device you have, so long as it’s running iOS 10 or later.
Users have been trying to figure out how to hide apps on their iPhones for years, and we’re especially keen on hiding Apple stock apps. Plus, a lot of people want to know how to hide their apps on iPhone from themselves: out of sight out of mind, eh? And it makes sense: Spotlight search allows you to easily find any app on your device, so why not hide them?
While there is no official method on iPhone for hiding apps, smart users across the web have figured out a couple different ways to hide apps on their iPhone. And, of course, if you have iOS 10 or later, you can hide apps by Apple, such as iTunes Store, Calculator, Reminders, and more. We’ll go over a few different ways you can hide apps on your iPhone, as well as how to find those hidden apps on your iPhone later on.
Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the step by step with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2w5w65I
HOW TO SEE A LOG OF EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER DONE ON FACEBOOK – Facebook keeps an Activity Log of absolutely everything you do—tracking things you like, post, or share on someone’s Timeline. You can view that Activity Log anytime you like.
Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the information with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2hIteFM
ONEDRIVE iOS APP UPDATED WITH PDF SCANNER, OFFLINE FILES, AND MORE – Microsoft’s mobile online storage client for iOS got a total rewrite today with new features such as offline scanning, paper scanning and expiring links. Some of these features were previously found in apps such as Microsoft’s own Office Lens scanning app. Now you can conveniently access them from the OneDrive app.
Go to this groovyPost Web page and get the right stuff. http://bit.ly/2vShQN7
APPLE REPORTEDLY PREPARES TO UNVEIL A CELLULAR-ENABLED APPLE WATCH – Well now, this is exciting Apple Watch news! Based on recent reports Apple is gearing up to release a cellular-enabled Apple Watch, and for the first time since its debut, I’m actually considering saving my money for the new Apple Watch.
Go to this iPhonelife website and read about it. http://bit.ly/2wxIwQX
HOW TO UPLOAD PHOTOS TO SOCIAL MEDIA (FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM) ON iPHONE – I love to add my photos to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, whether it’s to show off my vacation or share pictures of my kids for distant family members to see. And, of course, there’s the not-so-occasional cute photo of my pets. If you have an account on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, there is an easy way to upload your photos from your iPhone or iPad right to your choice of social media sites. Here’s how to upload photos to your social media account on iPhone.
Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the steps with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2vmBiRs
HOW TO RECORD YOUR IPHONE SCREEN WITH iOS 11 & iOS 10 – We do a lot of screen recording at iPhone Life for our Insider program. Before iOS 11, learning how to record your iPhone screen meant either finding a screen capture app or plugging your iPhone into a computer with a software that can screen record, which we’ll go over how to do below. But with iOS 11 on iPhone, you can record your screen with nothing more than the built-in function. There are many instances in which you might need or want to record an iPhone screen. There are plenty of iPhone screen recorders on the market if you don’t mind spending some money. But we’ll cover your free options here. Whether you have iOS 11 or iOS 10 & earlier, here’s how to record your screen on iPhone.
Go to this iPhonelife website and read all about it. http://bit.ly/2vmsM53
HOW TO CLEAR COOKIES FROM iPHONE & iPAD – When you delete cookies from your iPhone or iPad, you free up storage space and improve your device’s performance speeds. When you clear the cache and cookies on your iPad or iPhone, you can also better protect your online privacy and potentially remove any malicious bugs your device may have picked up. And the good news is that to delete cookies from your iPhone takes only four simple steps in your Safari settings. Keep in mind that clearing cookies on your iPhone will delete saved logins and other website information.
Go to this iPhonelife Web page and read all about it. http://bit.ly/2vSfoGu
QUICK TIP: HOW TO USE THE HIDDEN TOUCH PAD ON YOUR iOS KEYBOARD – Your smartphone opens up a world of new opportunities, but it does come with some compromises at times. For example, activities you would normally do easily on a PC with a mouse, like selecting and copying text, is not as easy and convenient on a small touch screen device. Apple tried to provide some convenience over the years with a magnifier, which zooms into text, however, if you’re like me, it’s far from perfect.
This is why I’m excited to show you a new iPhone tip for those of you with 3D Touch Support. With 3D Touch, Apple has made it even easier to work with your text on the screen.
Go to this groovyPost web site and get the facts. http://bit.ly/2tZlsZX
HOW TO VIEW AND DELETE YOUR GOOGLE MAPS HISTORY ON ANDROID AND iPHONE – If you’re anything like me, you use Google Maps a lot. The thing is, it keeps a detailed history of everywhere you’ve been—regardless of whether you’ve used navigation or not. Here’s how to delete that data.
Maps keeps your travel history in a couple of different places: “Your Timeline” and “Maps History.” The former is a very detailed look at everywhere you’ve been, even if you didn’t navigate there (yes, your phone is tracking your every step). The latter, however, is only places that you’ve used navigation to get to. It’s actually kind of confusing that they store this data in two different places, so that’s why we’ll cover both of them.
Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the step by step with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2vsKTaK
HOW TO ENABLE COLOR FILTERS ON YOUR iPHONE OR iPAD FOR EASY-ON-THE-EYES READING – On an iPhone or iPad, you can use the “Display Accommodations” accessibility feature to invert the colors on your screen, reduce the brightness of white and bright colors on your screen, and enable color filters designed to aid people with color blindness.
This is different from the Night Shift feature, which blocks blue light for easier reading at night. It works in a similar way, however, adjusting the colors of everything on your iPhone or iPad’s screen.
Go to this How-to Geek website and learn How to Adjust Display Accommodations on your iPad or iPhone. http://bit.ly/2u41xwX
HOW TO SHOW EMERGENCY MEDICAL INFORMATION ON YOUR IPHONE – There’s a good chance you’ll have your phone with you in a medical emergency. That’s why Apple allows you to set a Medical ID that shows your medical conditions, drug allergies, emergency contacts, and organ donor status that anyone can see without unlocking your phone.
This Is No Substitute for a Medical Alert Bracelet
This feature is a great idea, but it’s probably a bad idea to depend on it if there’s crucial information you need paramedics, doctors, or other medical professionals to see in an emergency.
First of all, not everyone knows about this feature, so a doctor or paramedic may not think to check your iPhone for it. Second, it’s possible your phone could become damaged or the battery may die. If you need to communicate this information, it’s probably better to do it in the traditional way: By wearing a medical alert bracelet and recording more information on a card in your wallet.
But, if you’re already wearing such a bracelet—or if you just want to note down a few details, like your emergency contacts and organ donor status—you may want to record this information on your iPhone.
Note that, when you set this up, people will be able to view the medical details you provide from your lock screen without signing in. That’s the whole point! People can access this information even if you’re unconscious.
Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the procedures, with screenshots. http://bit.ly/2wboNp9
HOW TO STOP TWITTER HIGHLIGHTS FROM PESTERING YOU WITH UNRELATED NOTIFICATIONS – Social networks are always trying to get you to “engage” more with their service and recently, Twitter has introduced a new trick: Highlights notifications.
Highlights are, in theory, content Twitter thinks you’ll want to see because of some secret algorithm. If a few people you follow all share the same link or have a conversation, you might get a notification, like the one below, telling you about it—even if you had no interaction with the tweet yourself.
For the time being, Highlights are only available in the official iOS and Android mobile apps, but they may make their way to the other platforms soon.
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do about Highlights. You can’t turn them off completely. The best you can do is ask Twitter to show them less often and turn off the push notifications. Here’s how to do both.
Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the procedure with screenshots. http://bit.ly/2uYNplS
HOW TO PROPERLY TEST 911 SERVICES ON YOUR CELL PHONE – Recently, OnePlus owners got a scare when users discovered the new OnePlus 5 would reboot upon trying to call to 911 emergency services. Other Android users then showed up to say the same thing happened to them—many on non-OnePlus phones. The last thing you need is for your phone to not work when you need it most, so here’s the right way to test 911 services on your phone to make sure it actually works.
Before we get into it, however, I want to point out that OnePlus is aware of the 911 issue and is reportedly sending a fix. So, if you’re a OnePlus 5 owner, make sure you always have the latest software. This is exactly why you should always have the latest software on any device you use, regardless of manufacturer. Automatic updates save lives!
But if this whole mess has gotten the ol’ noodle wondering if you’d have that issue on your phone, then the time to address that curiosity isn’t when an emergency happens—it’s right now.
Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the step-by-step procedure to check out your 911 call from your cell phone. http://bit.ly/2vINtWE
HOW (AND WHY) TO DISABLE 2.4GHz WI-FI ON YOUR NETWORK AND USE 5GHz – Technology is an odd duck: in less than 20 years, Wi-Fi has gone from an amazing (and expensive) luxury to an assumed inclusion in every device you own. And yet, there’s plenty of room for improvement…which is why you should consider disabling the old 2.4GHz band on your home’s Wi-Fi network and using the newer, faster, less crowded 5GHz band exclusively.
Why? Let’s break it down. Go to this How-to Geek website and get the facts. http://bit.ly/2h375Sq
13 SECRET CODES THAT UNLOCK HIDDEN FEATURES ON YOUR PHONE – The USSD protocol allows you to access hidden features you didn’t know about right from your smartphone’s dialer. But there is some trickiness you’ll need to know about.
The USSD protocol allows you to access hidden features you didn’t know about right from your smartphone’s dialer. But there is some trickiness you’ll need to know about.
Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)—sometimes known as “quick codes” or “feature codes”—is an extra-UI protocol, which allows people to access hidden features. This protocol was originally created for GSM phones, but can be found on CDMA devices as well (if that’s a bunch of acronym gibberish to you, here’s a quick primer).
Go to this PCmag Web page and learn about the different codes. http://bit.ly/2w0DVpC
UPDATE YOUR IPHONE, IPAD TO SQUASH DANGEROUS WI-FI BUG – Apple yesterday made a number of security updates to its iOS mobile operating system, including a fix for a Wi-Fi chip vulnerability that could let hackers gain wireless access to iPhones and iPads.
The iOS 10.3.3 update addresses nearly four dozen security flaws, one of which, called “Broadpwn,” lies in the Broadcom Wi-Fi chip used in many iPhones and Android devices. Google announced an Android fix for Broadpwn earlier this month. Apple’s patch is available for the iPhone 5 and later, 4th-generation and later iPads, and the 6th-generation iPod touch.
Go to this cio-today Web page and get the news. http://bit.ly/2gQjjxq
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE IOS 10.3.3 UPDATE – Apple’s finally moved on from iOS 10.3.2 which means the company’s iOS 10.3.3 update is now live for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
The iOS 10.3.3 update isn’t as exciting as the company’s incoming iOS 11 update but it’s still an important release thanks to the bug fixes and two dozen security patches on board.
iOS 10.3.3 is a fairly small update but even the smallest maintenance releases can have a dramatic impact on your device’s performance. The iOS 10.3.3 update is just a few hours old and we’re already hearing about problems plaguing those who decided to download it.
Now that the firmware is officially out, we want to walk you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iOS 10.3.3 update. Let’s start with a quick look at the iOS 10.3.3 update’s performance on two popular iPhone variants, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 5…..
Go to this Gottabemobile Web page and get the important info. http://bit.ly/2tmSwLb
HOW TO INSTALL APPLICATIONS ON A MAC: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW – If you’re switching to macOS from Windows, you might be confused about installing software. Sure, there’s the Mac App Store, but not everything is in there.
If you look for apps outside the store, you’ll find different kinds of installers: DMG files with apps in them, PKG installers, and simple applications inside ZIP archives. It can seem overwhelming, but it’s relatively straightforward once you get the hang of it. Here’s how to install software on your Mac, from the App Store and beyond, and why all these different methods exist.
Go to this How-To Geek Web page and read all about it with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2uQlE1I
GOOGLE’S SEARCH PAGE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE FOREVER – Google’s homepage on the web – which has pretty much always been a sparse white page with a simple logo and search box – is about to become very different, as the company intends to populate it with a personalized newsfeed, Facebook-style.
The new look is set to replicate the Google mobile app, which witnessed the introduction of such a feed for both news and event (appointments, travel info and so forth) updates at the end of last year.
Go to this Techradar Web page and real the news. http://bit.ly/2uiMkoN
APPLE MACBOOK PRO 15-INCH (2017) REVIEW & RATING – This year’s MacBook Pro is similar to last year’s model, adding slight improvements in speed and major battery life improvements to the iconic design. If you’re willing to pay the premium, it’s the best large-screen Apple laptop yet.
Starting Configuration Price $2399.00 Lowest Price$2,299.00
Pros Sturdy, sleek aluminum build. Beautiful display. Four USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3. Excellent Category-leading 15-hour battery life.
Cons Pricey. Competitors offer a 4K screen for less. Only USB-C ports, making adapters for legacy peripherals a requirement. Shallow keyboard.
Bottom Line This year’s MacBook Pro is similar to last year’s model, adding slight improvements in speed and major battery life improvements to the iconic design. If you’re willing to pay the premium, it’s the best large-screen Apple laptop yet.
Go to this PCmag Web page and get all the facts about the new MacBookPro. http://bit.ly/2v5fMi3
CLOUD COMPUTING – GOOGLE BACKUP AND SYNC LETS YOU BACK UP EVERYTHING ON YOUR PC – Whatever digital data you have on whatever device, Google has a new way for automatically backing up those files in the cloud: Backup and Sync. Announced last month, the new backup service, available to anyone with a Google account, combines the capabilities of two previous Google apps: the Mac or PC app for the cloud-based data storage service Google Drive and the desktop uploader Google Photos.
The new Backup and Sync, which Google said yesterday was now live for most users, is an app for both Mac and PC that also backs up data on any device regularly connected to a desktop, including phones, digital cameras, and SD cards. Users can specify which folders on their desktops to automatically and continuously back up, while USB devices and SD cards can be backed up and synced when they’re connected to desktops.
Go to this cio-today Web page and get the facts. http://bit.ly/2tWlqEw
HOW TO ENABLE MACOS’ DARK MENU BAR AND DOCK – You’ve seen it in screenshots: a black menu bar, and a black dock. How did they do that? If this seems like a magic trick, there’s a reason for that: until Yosemite a few years ago, setting up a black meant employing hard-to-install third party hacks. These days, it’s simple.
Go to this HowtoGeek.com web page and get the step by step with screen shots. http://bit.ly/2vpMw4J
APPLE REPORTEDLY PREPPING A MIRROR-LIKE FINISH FOR THE iPHONE 8 – (tech radar article) – It’s been a busy weekend for iPhone 8 rumors: right off the back of news that the wireless charging tech Apple wants to put in its next handsets might not be ready by September, we’ve got speculation that a special “mirror-like” finish is in the works for the flagship phone.
The tip-off is courtesy of seasoned Apple leaker Benjamin Geskin on Twitter, someone we’d trust more than most when it comes to iPhone info, who says that a source inside the company told him what was in the pipeline.
According to Geskin, four colors are in the way for the iPhone 8, with the others presumably white, black, and rose gold. We should point out that the image above, tweeted out by Geskin, is an older iPhone with a reflective case, but it gives you an idea.
Color us surprised. Previously we’d been expecting up to six colors for the iPhone 8, with red, gold and gray also on the table, but the mirror-like finish is something of a curve ball. It would certainly make the tenth anniversary iPhone stand out from the crowd, including the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus expected to launch alongside it.
We’re just glad to see a rumor that isn’t about whether the Touch ID sensor will be on the front or the back of the iPhone 8, to be honest – a saga of speculation and gossip that feels like it’s been running for the whole year.
Also on the cards for the iPhone 8’s unveiling in September are a bezel-free display, a vertically aligned dual-lens camera with some extra AR smarts, and possibly even a curved screen. We’ve rounded up all the rumors we’ve heard so far into one place for you here.
APPLE RELEASES PUBLIC BETA OF iOS 11: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW – Several new features stand out in iOS 11, the coming update to Apple’s mobile operating system that became available in public beta yesterday. They include a new keyboard mode for easier one-handed typing, a “Do Not Disturb” feature for driving, and the option to ask digital assistant Siri questions by typing rather than speaking.
Set for general release in September, iOS 11 will be the “biggest software release ever for iPad,” according to Apple. For now, however, the developer preview and public beta are not necessarily “ready for prime time,” so users should expect bugs and avoid downloading the OS onto their primary work or personal devices.
Early reviews of the iOS 11 beta are calling the update “massive,” great,” and “ambitious,” and note the changes are particularly noticeable on the iPad. TechCrunch, for instance, said the operating system “feels like a completely new beast on the iPad.”
Go to this cio-today.com Web page and read about the details. http://bit.ly/2umVItT
HOW TO RECORD A PHONE CALL ON AN iPHONE – So you’ve decided you need to record a phone call. Maybe you’re performing a delicate sting operation…or maybe you just want to make sure you’re getting the best customer service possible. Whatever your reasons, things are a little difficult on an iPhone.
Is Recording Calls Legal? – Before you start recording phone calls, it’s important to know that—depending on where you live—recording phone calls without consent can be illegal. In the US, different states have different laws regarding this. Some states require that both parties consent to the phone call being recorded, while other states only require that one person consents (and that one person can be you). In that case, as long as you’re okay with recording a phone call, the other person doesn’t have to know about it all; that’s perfectly legal if the law allows it.
For more info, you can check out the Digital Media Law Project, which has a ton of info about the legality of recording phone calls and conversations. Go to this How-To-Geek Web page and learn how with step by step and screen shots.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SILENT, DO NOT DISTURB, AND THEATER MODE ON YOUR APPLE WATCH (and When to Use Each) – Since it was introduced, the Apple Watch has gained a number of different modes, but it’s not immediately clear when to use each. Let’s look at each mode, what it does and doesn’t do, and the best time to use it.
There are now three modes available to Apple Watch users: Silent, Do Not Disturb, and, the newest, Theater—seen in the image above from left to right. All three modes can be toggled on and off by simply swiping up on your Apple Watch face to access the watch’s Control Center and simply tapping on the icon for that mode. Here’s what they do: Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the facts. http://bit.ly/2sGr9Kw
HOW TO GET THE BEST AMAZON DEALS AND DISCOUNTS – Amazon is synonymous with online shopping, and with good reason. Launched over 20 years ago, the world’s largest retailer now sells nearly every mainstream product throughout all categories with brands ranging from niche sellers to global labels.
At this point, Amazon is the closest thing to a digital one-stop shopping destination; it even sells clothes. The Seattle-based commerce giant has also expanded into food delivery with AmazonFresh; its latest gadget—the Dash Wand—makes it easy for shoppers to add items to their AmazonFresh shopping cart. It’s also testing a drone-based delivery system, dubbed Amazon PrimeAir.
But beyond the novel promotions and gimmicks, Amazon is an incredible option for shoppers of all stripes. There’s so much to choose from, but it can be challenging to find the best prices. To help you streamline the purchasing process, we’ve come up with 12 tips to score better prices and find the products you really want.
Go to this PCmag.com web site to get the 12 tips. http://bit.ly/2sGTWil
AMAZON PRIME DAY 2017 – Everything you need to know about Amazon’s shopping extravaganza. Prime Day, Amazon’s summer shopping event, is back for its third appearance. On Monday, July 10, Amazon will offer deals for 30 hours on more than 100,000 products on its sites around the world. Bargain hunters can track all the action via the company’s Prime Day landing page.
To keep Prime Day important to consumers, Amazon is giving people a reason to shop—and that’s by offering more deals, better deals, and higher stock of the best deals. For those reasons, we expect to again see some good buys this year and a general improvement on sale prices compared to last year. Here’s what you need to know about the day, and how to prepare.
o to this PCworld.com web site and read all about it. http://bit.ly/2sApGdA
WHAT ARE MDS AND MDWORKER, AND WHY ARE THEY RUNNING ON MY MAC? – While checking out Activity Monitor, you noticed a couple of processes you don’t recognize: mds and mdworker. Neither have an icon, and they seem to be running constantly. Don’t worry, they’re harmless.
This article is part of How-to Geek’s ongoing series explaining various processes found in Activity Monitor, like kernel_task, hidd, installd, and many others. Don’t know what those services are? Better start reading!
The two processes are part of Spotlight, the macOS search tool. The first, mds, stands for metadata server. This process manages the index used to give you quick search results. The second, mdworker, stands for metadata server worker. This does the hard work of actually indexing your files to make that quick searching possible. Go to this Howtogeek.com website and read the whole story. http://bit.ly/2tfYos4
APPLE IMAC 27-INCH WITH 5K RETINA DISPLAY (2017) REVIEW & RATING – The newest 27-inch Apple iMac is a gorgeous machine with a brilliant display and a handful of modern upgrades at an appealing price. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s the best version of the iMac to date. Go to this groovypost.com web site and read about the newest Mac 27 Inch. http://bit.ly/2tg8sBq
iOS 11 RELEASE DATE, NEWS AND FEATURES – Update: The iOS 11 release date is here – now anyone who wants to test out the public beta can get the latest version of Apple’s mobile software.
You can download it in its unfinished form, or wait for Apple’s final release, which we’re expecting later in the year (around the end of September).
New iOS 11 features are transforming your iPhone and iPad, and Apple’s update is either out now or three months away, depending on who you are.
It’s an especially big upgrade for the iPad. Apple’s tablet becomes a possible laptop replacement (for some people) with revamped iOS multitasking. Both the iPad and iPhone get a much-needed Control Center reorganization, too. Go to this techradar.com web page and see what is expected with iOS 11. http://bit.ly/2tRRyHe
WILL APPLE’S NEW iOS 11 CAR SAFETY FEATURES HELP US HELP OURSELVES – This year at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) Apple announced some significant changes to the way the iPhone will behave while its user is driving. The new Car Safety features in iOS 11 arrive in response to increased pressure from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, which has urged Apple and other cellphone manufacturers to develop safeguards to reduce death and injury attributed to distracted driving. Distracted driving has been an issue in at least some capacity for over 20 years without much response at the developer level. Distraction related accidents, whether involving gadgets or otherwise, killed nearly 3,500 people in 2015, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, with 391,000 lesser injuries. Read more at: https://www.iphonelife.com/content/will-apples-new-ios-11-car-safety-features-help-us-help-ourselves
APPLE RELEASES FOURTH IOS 10.3.3 BETA FOR IPHONE AND IPAD – Go to this 9to5mac.com website and read all the news. http://bit.ly/2sZipUr
APPLE UPDATES ALL iMACS WITH IMPROVED DISPLAYS, KABY LAKE PROCESSORS, AND MORE – Apple detailed new iMac hardware at the WWDC 2017 (Worldwide Developers Conference). Apple previously promised new iMac hardware for later this year, although a WWDC reveal was not totally expected. The new hardware includes improved Retina displays, Kaby Lake processors, and upgraded memory and storage options.
Kaby Lake is the codename used by Intel for a processor microarchitecture which was announced on August 30, 2016. Kaby Lake is produced using a 14-nanometer manufacturing process technology. Breaking with Intel’s previous “tick-tock” manufacturing and design model, it represents the optimized step of the newer “process-architecture-optimization” model.
The new machines include both USB-A and USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports on the back I/O. Updates are available for the 21.5-inch non-Retina machine as well as the 4K iMac and 5K iMac.
Apple has specifically described the new 27-inch iMac as designed for VR (Virtual Reality) development thanks in part to new GPU (graphics processing unit) upgrades. Included in the presentation is a demonstration of virtual reality gameplay driven by a new iMac paired with a VR headset.
Go to this 9to5mac.com website and see a graphics display of the new iMac hardware. http://bit.ly/2t0epTo
THE 50 BEST MAC TIPS, TRICKS AND TIMESAVERS – All the awesome things you forgot your Mac could do. Everyone knows that Apple’s Mac computers are nothing without their sublime software. But moving from Windows or Linux, adapting to macOS is easier said than done. One quick look at how files and applications are organized and you may be tempted to turn back to your old OS.
Fortunately, you can rest easy knowing that, as Mac experts, we at techradar know the ins and outs of Apple’s desktop operating system. And, in no time at all, you will too. Now, head to the App Store and make sure all your updates are installed so that we can go over all the top Mac tips up to the latest macOS Sierra.
This is neither a formal nor an exhaustive list; we’ve simply put our heads together to gather the 50 best Mac tips, tricks and timesavers that might have passed you by. Go to http://bit.ly/2sv2f3O for all the awesome tips.