Mary’s X Files, July 2018

Review your Subscriptions on iOS
~iCreate
If you want to view and manage existing subscriptions, such as an Apple Music subscription, for example, then this is all done through the Settings app. Just tap on your Apple ID at the top of the page to access a wealth of options.

1. Go to Settings – Launch your Settings app and then tap on your Apple ID at the top of the Settings screen. Next, tap on ‘iTunes & App Store’. 2. Tap on Apple ID – Next, tap on your Apple ID again (which will be blue), select ‘View Apple ID’ and then sign into your account.
3. Review Subs – You will now be able to scroll down and tap on the ‘Subscriptions’ option to view and manage your subs.

View Alerts and Purchases on iOS
~iCreate
Once you are into your Apple ID account, there is much you can do. For example, you can set up Family Sharing, edit your payment information and manage all aspects of your account. Here are some of the extra options available.

1. Manage Alerts – Tap on the ‘Manage’ option under My Alerts and you will be able to manage alerts for artists you follow in Apple Music.
2. View Purchases – Tap on the ‘Purchase History’ option to view all of the apps you have downloaded in the last 90 days over al devices.
3. Apple Offers – Under iTunes Newsletters and Special Offers, tap ‘Manage’ and you will be asked to sign into a Safari page to manage these.

Manage your Accounts on a Mac
~iCreate
Things are slightly different when trying to manage your Apple ID on a Mac. There is nothing in System Preferences that covers this; instead you have to do it through the iTunes app itself. Here we’ll guide your through the process.

1. Find the Option – in iTunes, click on the ‘Store’ tab at the top of the interface and then you will see a ‘Music Quick Links’ option in the right column. 2. Choose Method – Click on ‘Account’ and sign into your Apple account then you will be taken to an extensive page of options to review.
3. Manage Subs – If you would like to cancel a subscription then, under ‘Settings’, click on the ‘Manage’ option next to Subscriptions.

Prepare for the Long Wait at the Airport when Traveling
~iCreate
The wait at the airport can feel like forever when you are looking forward to your trip or can’t wait to get back home, but your trusty iPhone can give you all of the entertainment and interest you need to make it feel much more bearable. Using the right apps wisely can help a lot.

1. Offline Films – Netflix and similar services now let you download selected films and TV shows so that you can watch them anywhere. You should do this before you leave for your trip.
2. Don’t Stream – If you subscribe to services like Apple Music, you can download tracks to play without an internet connection. This could also save data roaming fees when abroad.
3. Gaming on the Go – Don’t forget to install a few games for those moments when you are unexpectedly delayed. From two minutes to two hours, they can help the time pass very quickly. 4. Light Reading – A few eBooks will go a long way on the beach, in the airport or anywhere else when you need some downtime. Kindle and iBooks both work exceptionally well.

5. Offline Articles – Apps and services like Instapaper and Pocket let you download Longford articles to read anywhere. These work well on leisure trips because they tend to be quick reads.

Betty’s Bookmarks, July 2018

https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht207581
https://lifehacker.com/save-your-airpods-serial-number-to-replace-lost-parts-1823584789
https://www.imore.com/how-find-serial-number-your-airpods#case
https://www.howtogeek.com/349101/how-to-find-your-lost-airpods/
AirPods are great, the best, outstanding and inspirational! They are your buddy and a good excuse to walk, do housework or ignore the world. You really deserve to give them a try. Here’s some reading I recommend for you if you own AirPods or are thinking of buying.

https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-6413
Get your Mac’s model and age here.

https://getsupport.apple.com
Helpful Apple site for you. Spend some time on the site and take in all the support that Apple offers for you. Then go to the AppStore on your iPhone &/or iPad and download the Apple Support app. You’ll be glad you did.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht207123
http://time.com/5310453/clean-my-phone/
Clean up your iPhone and iPad. Do it carefully and correctly with directions found here.

https://9to5mac.com/2018/06/29/apple-maps-2/?pushup=1
https://www.macworld.com/article/3285641/iphone-ipad/imagining-a-next-generation-apple-maps-future.html
Good news for all of us! We have to wait for iOS 12. It sounds like it’s worth the wait.

https://www.apple.com/watch/apple-heart-study/
https://www.macrumors.com/2017/11/30/apple-heart-study-app-launches/
Apple Heart Study app has been out for awhile. Download the app and start watching the data that your watch is able to collect. The original Apple Watch owners are not able to participate. Time for a purchase! Apple Watch Series 4 models will be released in the fall.

Mary’s X Files, June 2018

Instantly Update on iOS
~iCreate
If you only have a modest number of apps installed on your iOS device, then you may want updates to be installed automatically as soon as they become available. This is done easily by going to your Settings app…

1. Go to Settings – Launch your Settings app and then scroll down through the various sections. You will see a category called ‘iTunes & App Store’ – tap it to adjust the options within.

2. Enable Updates – Under the ‘Automatic Downloads’ section, turn on ‘Updates’ and then they will download and install without you having to lift a finger as soon as they are released.

3. Don’t Use your Data – If you enable the Updates option, then make sure you also check that the ‘Use Mobile Data’ option is turned off so that auto downloads don’t eat into your data plan.

Updating All of your Mac Apps
~iCreate
The principles of updating apps remains the same on Mac, although the way to do so is slightly different. Here we show you how to manually update your apps or get it done behing the scenes automatically.

1. The Manual Way – Launch the App Store app and then click on the ‘Updates’ option at the top of the interface. Any app updates will be listed here, so click on the ‘Update’ button next to any app you want.

2. Do it Automatically – To automatically update your apps, go to System Preferences>App Store, click on the padlock in the lower- left corner and then enter your administrator’s password.

3. Tick the Right Boxes – You can now tick the boxes, as required, that relate to the updates. For example, ticking “install App Updates’ will ensure that updates will be installed as soon as they come out.

Important Mac Shortcuts
~iCreate
1.Quit Applications (Cmd+Q) – It’s not good to have too many apps open at once as they may cause your Mac to run sluggishly as they compete for system resources. Simply clicking on the red dot in the top-left corner of an app window won’t work either as it won’t completely close down the app. The only way to be sure that an app is closed is by clicking on the app menu and choose ‘Quit’ – or by using this shortcut: “Cmd+Q”

2. Copy & Paste (Cmd+C, Cmd+V) – Probably the most-used duo of shortcuts on the Mac! These shortcuts work in any app and allow you to instantly copy content to your Mac’s clipboard and paste it into other apps. You can also toss in the ‘cut’ command too (Cmd+X) to give yourself the Holy Trinity of Apple shortcuts. We honestly don’t think that a day goes by without us using these ones – they will serve you well.
3. Force-quit (Cmd+Opt+Esc) – Occasionally your Mac apps may stop responding and attempting the ‘quit applications’ shortcut proves fruitless. If this is the case, then you can try force-quitting apps by using this shortcut. When pressed, a small window will appear listing all of the currently active apps – simply select the unresponsive one and then click on the ‘Force Quit’ button to close it down completely.

Get Instant Word Suggestions on Mac
~iCreate
Apps such as Text Edit and Notes have a clever built-in feature that is rather akin to iOS in that they can try to predict the next word that you want to write to save you the time of actually writing it. To implement this feature on your Mac, simply start writing a word and then press Opt+Esc. A list of possible words will now be presented and you can just click on the intended word to save you having to write out the rest of it.

Sure, in the time it takes to press the keyboard shortcut and pick the word, you could have probably finsihsed typing it yourself, but if you are unsure of the spelling, then this feature can be a big help.

Going Private on Mac
~iCreate
There may be times when you don’t want to leave footprints of your web activity, especially if other people use your Mac. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to cover your tracks.

You can open a new private window in Safari by going to File>New Private Window or using the Shift+Cmd+t keyboard shortcut. Any tabs that you open in this window will be private and leave no record in your history when closed.

Betty’s Bookmarks, June 2018

https://www.iphonelife.com/content/how-to-make-ringtones-iphone-itunes-free
What fun you can have making your own ringtones for your iPhone! Surprise your family and friends with your creativity.

https://bit.ly/2Hdpcwx
Attention iPhone Photograhers! and wannabe iPhone photographers! Subscribe to this new podcast called PhotoActive and learn with each new episode. Your phone is an amazing camera that’s with you constantly. You’re not throwing away your shot!

https://tidbits.com/2018/06/01/macos-10-13-5-high-sierra-brings-messages-in-icloud/
Apple has released High Sierra 10.13.5. Read about it here and install.

https://tidbits.com/2018/05/23/beware-icloud-breach-phone-scam/
Yikes! A phone scam targeting Apple users? No, tell me it’s not so! Read about it here and be smarter than the scammers.

https://bit.ly/2L7eN7R
Messages in iCloud? Yes, for sure you’ll want to enable this on your iPhone and iPad. You’ll find directions to enable feature at this link. Messages in iCloud with be available on your Mac with the 10.13.5 update, but you need to install it.

https://www.imore.com/facebook-privacy-guide
More on Facebook – here you’ll find Facebook, Privacy, and You: The Ultimate Guide. You should find answers to questions about FB that are floating around in your head.

https://www.imore.com/how-manage-your-first-gen-apple-watch-battery-life
Learn here how to squeeze a bit of extra battery life out of each charge of your Apple Watch.

https://www.imore.com/how-connect-icloud-icloudcom
Learn how iCloud.com works here. There’s so much you can do and you won’t know unless you read about the possibilities here.

Mary’s X Files, May 2018

Make Full Use of your Spotlight on Mac
~iCreate
1. Check Weather – If you want a quick weather report for your local area, then just type ‘weather’ intoSpotlight and you’ll get a ten-day forecast.

2. Check Flights – For holidays, if you want the latest flight information, then type in your flight number. It can also handle currency conversions.

3. Define Words – Rather than going to websites like dictionary.com, you can type in any word preceded by ‘define’ to get a definition.

Finding Local Businesses
~iCreate
What’s impressive about Spotlight on iOS is that it is linked with other apps, such as Maps, so that when you search for a specific place, like a local business, you can get essential info and even directions instantly.
1. Start Searching – Swipe to access Spotlight and then enter the name of a local business into the search field and press ‘Search’.

2. Tap Result – Results will appear as you type. Tap on the results under the ‘Maps’ category for a pop-up information box.

3. Get Directions – As well as opening hours and the address, you can also tap ‘Directions’ to be taken straight to the business.

Fix Bluetooth Connections on Mac
~iCreate
Bluetooth can be a fickle technology and from time to time, you may experience connection problems. With so many wireless technologies floating around near you Mac, it is understandable that problems may occur, but there is an easy fix that will cure almost all connectivity problems every single time and it only takes a few seconds of your time to complete, as we will not demonstrate.
1. Find the Offender – Go to System Preferences and click the ‘Bluetooth’ icon to see every previously connected device listed. Find the one that is failing to connect an click the ‘x’.

2. Forget the Device – Click “Forget Device’ and it will be removed from the list which should resolve whatever the software problem was that was causing the failed connections in the past.

3. Time to Pair – You can now go through the process of paing the device again and the problem should be resolved. If it isn’t, there may be a hardware problem in the device, itself.

Why Won’t My Mac Start Up?
~iCreate
There are few things more concerning than not being able to start your Mac properly. You may see a blue screen which is legendary in the fear it invokes or you may see error messages, but either way you will want to do what you can to bring back a smooth startup process in the future. The first thing to try is starting up in Safe Mode which will strip down the processes used to the bare minimum and which is more likely to put you in a position where you can begin to fix the problems.

With your Mac powered down, turn on your Mac as normal and then press and hold the Shift key. Release Shift when the Apple logo appears and wait for macOS to boot in the new Safe Mode. You may need to log in as normal, but when done you will now be in Safe Mode for the duration of the session. If you use the ‘Restart’ option you will return to normal mode when it restarts again which gives you the chance to fix the problem first.

Betty’s Bookmarks, May 2018

https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2015/10/19/what-is-a-vpn/
https://www.techradar.com/news/what-is-a-vpn
https://www.howtogeek.com/133680/htg-explains-what-is-a-vpn/
https://www.howtogeek.com/221929/how-to-choose-the-best-vpn-service-for-your-needs/
Lots here to read – but do it and learn about VPN networking (Virtual Private Network).

https://bit.ly/2r2oSeW
Attention! Gmail users! Here’s the how and most definitely the why you should set up two-factor authentication for your Gmail account. Do your Gmail account a favor and make it secure.

https://bit.ly/2rlKgv5
All about adware! Lots of info for you on the Malwarebytes site about that nasty adware.

https://tidbits.com/2018/04/27/rip-apple-airport-1999-2018/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp7MCbAoEJM
Apple has made the decision to end the Airport line of wireless routers. That’s a fact we must live with now. Start learning about what we do next without our beloved Apple routers. Then watch the youtube video and see Steve Jobs introduced them in July 1999. Rene Ritchie then goes on to discuss what might do in the future.

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/wwdc/
It’s always fun to look forward to WWDC. On the first day (June 4) the keynote will definitely include major Apple announcements, a look at upcoming products and first details on new operating systems. SAVE the date – and watch the keynote online.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp3SlXohKq0
Here’s our friend David A. Cox with a video featuring software called Clean Your Mac and some good direction about cleaning your Mac without using the software. I’m am not endorsing the software although I did download it to try. So watch and learn from David’s tips at least. He takes you to places on your Mac I’m sure you’ve never visited.

Mary’s X Files, April 2018

Quit Apps on Mac to Save System Resources
~iCreate
It’s not good to have too many apps open at once as they may cause your Mac to run sluggishly as they compete for system resources. Simply clicking on the red dot in the top-left corner of an app window won’t work either as it won’t completely close down the app. The only way to be sure that an app is closed is by clicking on the app menu and choosing ‘Quit’ – or by using the “Command+Q” shortcut.

Close Windows on Mac to Clean up
~iCreate
Your Mac desktop can be a hellish place if you have lots of apps open as the resulting windows will be strewn acrss your screen, making it hard to find what you want. By using the “Command+W” shortcut you will instantly close whatever active window you are using. If you want to go one better, you can press “Alt+Command+W” to close all of the windows relating to the currently active app (including Finder).

Discover New Siri Commands on the Mac
~iCreate
1. Open Siri – Click on the Siri icon in the top-right corner of your Mac display to open the small Siri console that will instantly start listening out for commands (only on MacOS Sierra, and later).

2. Delay or Click – Now you can either say nothing and wait for a second or two, or you can click on the ‘?’ icon to bring up a menu of typical things that you can ask Siri.

3. Pick a Topic – Click on an app category, such as ‘System Preferences’ and you will then be presented with a selection of things that you can ask Siri relating to them.

Instantly Update on iOS
~iCreate
If you only have a modest number of apps installed on your iOS device, then you may want updates to be installed automatically as soon as they become available. This is done easily by going to you Settings app…

1. Go to Settings – Launch your Settings app and then scroll down through the various sections. You will see a category called ‘iTunes & App Store’ – tap it to adjust the options within.

2. Enable Updates – Under the ‘Automatic Downloads’ section, turn on ‘Updates’ and then they will download and install without you having to lift a finger as soon as they are released.

3. Don’t Use your Data – If you enable the Updates option, then make sure you also check that the ‘Use Mobile Data’ option is turned off so that auto downloads don’t eat into your phone’s data plan.

Updating All of your Mac Apps
~iCreate
The principles of updating apps remains the same on Mac, although the way to do so is slightly different. Here we show you how to manually update your apps or get it done behind the scenes automatically.

1. The Manual Way – Launch the App Store app and then click on the ‘Updates’ option at the top of the interface. Any app updates will be listed here so click on the ‘Update’ button next to any app you want.

2. Do it Automatically – To automatically update your apps, go to System Preferences>App Store, click on the padlock in the lower-left corner and then enter your administator’s password.

3. Tick the Right Boxes – You can now tick the boxes, as required, that relate to the updates. For example, ticking ‘Install App Updates’ will ensure that updates will be installed as soon as they come out.

Betty’s Bookmarks, April 2018

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/03/07/safer-browsing-coming-soon-to-macos-chrome-users/
Here’s some interesting information if you’re a Chrome user and maybe even if you’re not. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

https://computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/practical-tips-for-taking-care-of-your-macs-battery–mac-45367
https://www.apple.com/batteries/
Excellent information on caring for your Mac’s battery. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8AT9oaSLQI&feature=youtu.be
David A Cox video – Clean & Protect Your Mac.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu4vKjKIjFE&feature=youtu.be
David A Cox video – Clean Up Your iPhone or iPad IN UNDER 10 MINUTES.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTfHIoMkxE8
New iPad on your wish list? Watch this video.

https://tidbits.com/2018/03/30/apple-releases-minor-watchos-4-3-tvos-11-3-and-homepod-11-3-updates/
https://tidbits.com/2018/03/29/ios-11-3-adds-battery-health-screen-and-much-more/
New Apple updates for you and MUST READ articles to update your knowledge.

https://www.macworld.com/article/2972775/os-x/how-to-check-your-macs-free-hard-drive-space.html
Do you have this question – how much storage space do I have on my hard drive? Here’s how you find out.

Mary’s X Files, March 2018

Instantly See your History in Safari on iPhone
~iCreate
To drill down to see all of the pages that you accessed to get to the current tab, simply hold down the back (<) button. Your history up to that point will then be displayed.

Quickly Add a Bookmark in Safari on iPhone
~iCreate
Long gone are the days of having to tap the Share button in order to add a new bookmark. Now you can simply long-press on the bookmarks button for this option.

Rename Multiple Files in Batches on the Mac
~iCreate
1. Highlight and Select
Select multiple files in a Finder window and then right-click to see further options. Click ‘Rename x items’ and a smaller panel will appear with options to select from.

2. Experiment a Little
You can now replace specific text in each file name to make them searchable or even change the format so that they can be processed as a single batch.

3. File Management
Once you have changed the file names as a batch, you can now right-click and select ‘New Folder with Selection…’ to create a fully renamed batch of files to work on.

Customize your Dock in Mac OS
~iCreate
Unlike your iOS devices, your Mac Dock has its own dedicated settings in System Preferences. By going there, you will be able to adjust the size, the magnification of the app icons and much more to make it your own.

1. Open System Preferences
Go to System Preferences>Dock and then click and hold on the Size slider to adjust the size of the Dock as it appears on your desktop. You can also click to magnify the app icons.

2. Dock Positioning
You can actually position the Dock where you want on your desktop, such as the side — simply click ‘Left’, ‘Bottom’ or ‘Right’ and the dock will be placed accordingly.

3. Special Effects
Other options apply to the effects that occur when you minimise windows to the Dock ‘Scale’ or ‘Genie’) or open apps from the Dock. You can also hide the Dock when not in use.

Speed up your Mac
~iCreate
1. Update your Apps
Outdated apps in newer operating systems can prove to be glitchy and sluggish, so launch the App Store, click on ‘Updates’ and update every app that you can.

2. Check Activity Monitor
Launch Activity Monitor, select View>Windowed Processes and click on ‘CPU’ to check the biggest drainers on your Mac and consider quitting anything you don’t need.

3. Check Energy
If you are using a laptop, while in Activity Monitor, click on ‘Energy’ to see which apps drain the most energy from your battery. If power is getting short, close unused apps.

4. Turn Off Startup Items
Your Mac may be sluggish due to an array of open apps that booted up at startup. Got to System Preferences>Users & Groups, click on your name and click on ‘Login Items’.

5. Disable Apps
Within the same ‘Users & Groups’ preference, if you see apps that don’t need to be open, click on the padlock icon and enter your administrator’s password, click on the app name and then click on ‘-’ underneath.

6. Disable Visual Effects
The MacOS has visual effects that slow down older Macs when running the latest operating systems. Go to System Preferences>Dock and uncheck boxes such as ‘Magnification’.

Manage your Mac Using Siri on MacOS
~iCreate
Diving into Settings and clicking a few options is not a huge hardship, but it may seem so after you have used Siri to perform the same actions. You can ask Siri to interact with many parts of your Mac and the results are quite surprising when you first try to use them.

Betty’s Bookmarks, March 2018

http://tidbits.com/article/17757
Bad Apple column on TidBITS initiated after an iCloud Photo Library problem. This column is meant to alert Apple to a problem/situation that Apple should change. Watch for more from this Watchdog in the future.

https://www.iphonelife.com/content/how-to-switch-bluetooth-devices-control-center-ios-11
Here’s a tip you will appreciate. Learn how to switch bluetooth devices in Control Center with iOS 11. Submitted by Dale Stephan (MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/2FgRPfn
Safari’s Reading List is the BEST! Make sure your settings allow you to read offline.

http://macintoshhowto.com/email/set-gmail-apple-mail.html
Interested in setting up a Gmail account? Here are step-by-step directions that will direct you through the process.

http://macintoshhowto.com/pdf/merge-pdf-document-high-sierra-os-x-10-13.html
Merging a PDF document has changed with High Sierra and it’s better. Take a look at how easy it is.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201679
Be alert and be aware of the possibility that just because you receive an email from Apple – that email may not actually be from Apple. Make sure you read this information.

https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes/seniors
https://www.ftc.gov
https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0038-onguardonline
I attended an OLLI class and came away with good information about scams etc. that invade our lives. Above are some websites I collected at the meeting.

https://www.spoofcard.com
Ever wonder how you get phone calls from a local number and it’s really NOT!