Betty’s Bookmarks, April 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhdmHg6NJQ0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgD2rLCJ5FQ
Jerry Brasseur sent these two youtube links out to SMUG members. MIAMUG members probably would like to learn from these two meeting videos from MacGroup Detroit.

http://appleinsider.com
A good site for you to keep up on timely Apple information. You’ll find reviews, deals, price guides, a podcast and more.

http://tidbits.com/article/17109
Take a look at nine accessories for charging Apple devices.

https://appadvice.com/post/apple-address/744124
Learn about the process to change the email address associated with your iCloud account.

https://appadvice.com/post/speak-screen-audiobook/741764
Wouldn’t you like to just sit back, close your eyes, relax and have your iOS device read to you. Well, you can and here’s how you do it.

http://www.imore.com/backup
You do have a back up plan, don’t you? Here’s the ultimate guide and valuable information for you to back up all your Apple products. It is a comprehensive guide, so spend some time with it. Better yet save it to your Reading List for future reference.

http://www.imore.com/how-use-safaris-reading-list-feature-your-mac
If you’re not familiar with Safari Reading list – here’s all you need to know to use it. It’s a lifesaver!

http://bit.ly/2nsil9p
New system updates were released this week. So get busy and update your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV. Here’s a notice about making calls on your iPhone after the update. I haven’t been able to duplicate the problem but be aware.

http://bit.ly/2mX1Oye
It is in your best interest to set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and iCloud account. Here are the easy easy easy directions.

Mary’s X Files, April 2017

Speed up your Web Browser on the Mac
~iCreate
Is Safari unresponsive? There are some simple techniques to speed it up. Reduce the amount of work Safari has to do and you’ll be able to browse faster. Installing an ad blocker can help, as can removing unnecessary extensions.

1. Block web ads — Click Safari>Extensions to open the catalogue. Install an ad blocker like AdBlock, AdBlock Plus or Ghostery to block ads. When ads are not displayed, web pages load faster.

2. Uninstall extensions — Few extensions speed up Safari and ad blockers are an exception. Some slow it down, so go to Safari>Preferences>Extensions. Select unnecessary extensions and uninstall.

3. Remove shared links — Select View>Show Shared Links Sidebar. items here add to the work Safari must do and removing them boosts performance.Click Subscriptions and delete away.

Use Hot Corners in MacOS
~iCreate
MacOS has an unfair reputation for not being customizable, but sometimes you just need a gentle nudge to realize that you can make your Mac work exactly how you want it to. Failing that, a trip to System Preferences is always well recommended. Take Hot Corners as an example. You might have heard of this macOS feature, but are you actually using it? Probably not. Hot Corners enables you to perform a multitude of functions when you move your mouse’s cursor into one of the four corners of your screen. The Hot Corners feature is hidden in System Preferences. To find it on MacOS Sierra, go to System Preferences>Mission Control and click on the “Hot Corners” button in the lower, left corner.

Our Favorite Hot Corners:
1. Desktop — If you’re a Mac user that keeps files on their desktop, having the ability to wipe away all other windows and access your desktop instantly is going to save you closing down every other window you might have open.

2. Notification Center — Your Mac’s Notification Centre contains a plethora of information about what needs your attention and what you’ve got coming up. Use it as a Hot Corner to get that info without clicking anything.

3. Application Windows — Having the Application Windows action activated will give you access to all open windows from the app you’re currently using. Great if you’re working on multiple Numbers spreadsheets, for example.

Prevent accidental actions: If you have activated all four corners of your Mac’s screen with actions, you will find that you action tasks accidentally throughout the day. This is frustrating, but there is a workaround using modifier keys. This means you have to hold down a key of your choice (like Command, Shift or Alt/ Option) when you head to a corner to activate a task. Without this key

pressed, nothing will happen. Here’s how it works.

How to Get the Flag Icon Back in Mail on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but Apple ditched the flag icon in Mail. When you flag an email, an orange dot appears next to the flagged message, instead of the good ol’ flag icon. If you’d prefer to get the flag icon back, you can easily do so in Settings. Likewise, if you later decide you preferred the dot, you can use this top to switch back. Here’s how to get the flag icon back in Mail on iPhone:

* Open the Settings app. * Tap Mail.
* Select Flag Style.

That’s all there is to it. Now you’ll see a flag icon next to mail you’ve flagged. Personally, I find it easier to spot the flag icon when scrolling through mail, but you’ll figure out what your preference is.

How to Disable Press Home to Open with iOS 10 on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
With iOS 10, press Home to open means you have to click the Home button to actually navigate to your Home screen. You’ll see at the top of Lock screen, when you use Touch ID, it will say Unlocked but it won’t open to Home until you press your Home button. And if you have Raise to Wake disabled, unlocking your iPhone takes two presses of the Home button. Press Home to open can be disabled in Settings by turning on Rest Finger to Open. Here’s how to disable press Home to open with iOS 10 on iPhone.

* Open Settings.
* Tap General.
* Select Accessibility.

If you have Raise to Wake on, you won’t need to press Home button to open Home screen at all. Simply place your finger on Home and Touch ID will open your iPhone. If you don’t have Raise to Wake on, a single press will open your iPhone just as it did before iOS 10 was introduced.

Mary’s X Files, March 2017

Dictate Rather than Type
~MacLife
We’re great fans of Nuance Dragon (nuance.com), but don’t forget macOS has dictation built in, which you can enable in the Keyboard preferences pane. Invoke it by pressing the function key twice.

By default, voice recordings are sent to Apple’s server for transcription, which returns written words to your app; enable Enhanced Dictation if you prefer it to be done on your Mac.

Cross-device Clipboard
~MacLife
In Sierra and iOS 10, you can copy something on one device and paste it on another; each must have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on, be signed in to the same iCloud account, and have Handoff enabled (in System Prefs > General and Settings > General > Handoff ). This can take a few seconds to sync, so if your first attempt to paste fails, wait a moment and then repeat.

Tweak the Menu Bar
~MacLife
Previously you could move only some of the icons at the right end of the menu bar.

In Sierra, by holding the command key, you can drag almost all of them into whatever order you want. This includes Spotlight, which used to be fixed in place. Notification Center remains the exception; it’s pinned at the far right, though this makes sense given the feature slides in from the right.

To remove an item provided by Apple, hold the command key, drag the icon downwards and let go when a cross appears. For third-party items, look in their menu or their app’s preferences.

Control Passwords in iCloud Keychain on Mac
~iCreate
How can I control which passwords are shared in iCloud Keychain? You can manage your passwords using Safari on your Mac. Open Safari’s Preferences and choose the AutoFill tab. You might have to input your Mac’s administrator password, but once you’re in you’ll see every website with an associate password. Click one to see the login details for the website – you can then get rid of any that you don’t want to sync by clicking “Remove” in the bottom right. A few minutes later they should be removed from your other device.

Quickly close all tabs in Safari in iOS 10
~iMore
Want to clear everything currently open in your browser in a hurry? Tap and hold on the Pages button in Safari, and you’ll get an option to close all your tabs at once. (Note that this won’t clear your history — you’ll have to go into the Bookmarks section for that.)

How to Get Siri to Announce Incoming Calls with iOS 10
~iMore
With iOS 10, Siri can announce incoming calls. When the iPhone has an incoming call, Siri will let you know who is calling out loud. This iOS 10 feature is an accessibility feature but it’s also helpful when you’re running, biking, or keeping your iPhone in your pocket. Luckily, unlike some other iOS 10 features, Siri announcing incoming calls isn’t limited to newer iPhones. Here’s how to get Siri to announce incoming callers with iOS 10.

You can choose to have Siri announce incoming calls always, with headphones and in the car, with headphones only, or never. It’s a fairly easy change in Settings that will make sure you don’t miss important calls when you aren’t looking at your phone. To get Siri to announce incoming calls with iOS 10:

  •  Open the Settings app.
  •   Tap Phone.
  •   Select Announce Calls.
    Choose the setting that works best for you: Always, Headphones & Car, Headphones Only, or Never.

iPhone keyboard tips 1: Quickly add symbols
~Macworld
You’ve probably been using your iPhone’s keyboard for ages without realising that it’s actually easier than you thought to add symbols to your messages.Instead of tapping once on the 123 button, once on your chosen symbol and then once again on the ABC button to go back to the conventional keyboard layout, you can do the whole thing in one gesture.

Tap and hold the 123 button, slide your finger to select the symbol you want to insert, then release. Once it’s been added, your keyboard will automatically revert back to the letters keyboard. One tap instead of three: that’s some serious time savings right there.

Oh, and while we’re talking symbols: hold your finger on the symbol for a second or two and you’ll see any alternative (usually related) symbols that the button can offer instead. The dollar key also offers pound, euro and yen symbols, for example.

There are many additional symbols hidden within your keyboard that you may never have discovered. Experiment!

Betty’s Bookmarks, March 2017

http://bit.ly/2mmspAz
Read about Apple Park, Apple’s new headquarters. Soon to open.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4gDfP3aTy0
Here’s the answer to a question you may be wondering about: Which format is better is better to use on the iPad? PDF or ePub?

https://unroll.me
Are you overwhelmed with subscription emails that you requested or not. Use this free service to unsubscribe.

https://9to5mac.com/2017/01/17/airpods-on-a-plane/
Learn more about AirPods here. They’re great and you’ll see why.

http://bit.ly/2lEL3DS
This might be a good deal if you’re a baseball fan and own an Apple TV.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3172540/home-tech/best-surge-protector.html
Good information regarding surge protectors. Much to learn about important protection here.

http://bit.ly/2lDVmJW
http://bit.ly/2muhmEI
You’ve installed MacKeeper.Yikes! Now you can remove it and learn more about stuff that plagues your Mac.

http://tidbits.com/article/17065
Learn more about iCloud here. Easy to follow directions to restore data from iCloud.

Mary’s X Files, February 2017

How to Search a Safari Page on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Have you ever used the Find feature on your computer? In short, it allows you to locate words and phrases on a page. It’s incredibly useful when looking for something specific amongst a lot of text. Luckily, there’s a version of this in Safari on iPhone that’s called Find on Page. You can use Find on Page to search a web page for the information you’re looking for. Here’s how to search a Safari Page on iPhone.

  • From the Safari page you want to search, tap the Share icon.
  • Select Find on Page.
  • Search for the words or phrase you’re trying to locate.
  • Tap the arrows next to the search bar to navigate to the next or previous place the words you’re searching for appear. The words will be highlighted
  • yellow where found.
  • Tap Done to finish searching a web page in Safari.

What to Do if You Delete a Photo by Accident on Mac or iOS
~iCreate
I deleted a photo by accident! What do I do!? Is it gone forever? Don’t panic – open up the Albums tab and find Recently Deleted. Here, all your deleted photos are kept for 30 days, so if you accidentally scrap something you can get it back almost instantly.

I Forgot My Password on My iPhone
~iCreate
Don’t panic! You’ll need to go to iforgot.apple. com. If you’ve set up two-factor authentication you can put in your number to get access, or alternatively you can answer the security questions you set up to unlock your account.

How to speed up a slow Mac
~iMore
macOS Sierra now includes Optimize Storage, a tool that lets you see what’s eating up your space and ditch it if you no longer need it. You can also right/ctrl- click through the apps in your Dock and remove the Option > Open at Login to help speed up your boot up.

How to list Folders first when sorting a Finder window in macOS Sierra
~Macworld
Of all the new features in macOS Sierra, one of my favorites is this really simple one that changes the way files and folders are displayed in the Finder. (Hat tip to former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland for pointing this out.)

When you open a Finder window and then sort or arrange the window based on name, everything is listed alphabetically, and folders are mixed in with files. This is the default in Sierra, and has been the default in the Mac operating system for as long as I can remember. My preference, however is to have the folders appear in the list first, so I used to name my folders with a blank space as the first character in the name (for example, “ Stuff” instead of “Stuff”).

By default macOS Sierra, there’s no separation between folders and files when sorting by name.

In macOS Sierra, you don’t really need to use a blank space or a character to make folders list first. There’s actually a new option in the Finder preferences to let you do this.

1. In the Finder, click on the Finder menu and select Preferences, or press Command+,.
2. Click on Advanced.
3. In the list of checkbox items, the last one is “Keep folders on top when sorting by name.” Check the box if you want to do this.
4. Close the Finder preferences window.

With this setting active, folders will appear first in the list, regardless of what view you are in. If you are in list view and you sort by Name, folders are listed first, followed by your files. If you use the Arrange function, folders will list first depending on the Arrange option you choose, such as Name.

How to Scrub in iOS Photos
~iMore
Because of the volume of photos in Collections or Years view, the thumbnails are small and can be hard to see. Luckily, there’s a scrubbing gesture that not only lets you get a better look, but also lets you jump immediately to that picture or video so you don’t have to tap your way through Moments first.

1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen
2. Tap and hold on the Year or Collection view screen.
3. Slide your finger back and forth across the collection. This will give you a larger thumbnail view of each photo.
4. Release when you’re on the photo you want to view.

Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2017

http://bit.ly/2kut6a0
Here’s a chance to broaden your knowledge of backing up your devices. Lots of good information here for you to follow.

https://www.idropnews.com/#tab-col3
Heres a site (idropnews.com) mentioned at January SMUG meeting. I hope you enjoy using it. Sign up to receive their Apple news. Contributed by Peter Kirchman (SMUG).

http://bit.ly/2kXVDbd
Here you’ll find some tips regarding the management of your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Get familiar with this information so you remain in control of your accounts. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/2kuxOEu
iPhone and iPad users – this is necessary information for you. Learn some tips for making the displays easier on your eyes.

http://bit.ly/2lzx9Tf
Not to appear paranoid but wouldn’t you like to know if someone (besides you) is logging into your Facebook account? Learn the procedure for checking logins here.

http://bit.ly/2kco7i7
Just saying – the Apple Watch is extremely cool. I did not think I’d enjoy it as much as It do. Read here about watchOS 3. Find out all it does and all it does for you.

http://www.imore.com/apple-tv-ultimate-guide
This Apple TV guide was in Bookmarks in December. But if that date was before you received an Apple TV from Santa, here it is again! Good guide for seamless using of Apple TV.

http://tidbits.com/article/17010
Apple has recently released updates and you should be updating your software. Read about it here.

http://macmost.com
Don’t forget to bookmark this site and return to it often. You’ll learn vital tips daily about using your Mac and devices more proficiently. The tips are also available as a daily podcast. Look around on this site – soooo much here.

Mary’s X Files, January 2017

How to Send an Email Using Siri on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Need to send a quick email or email reply? You can use Siri to do that. Sending an email with Siri makes the whole process faster and you can do it hands-free. Siri has improved over the years, so it’s finally at a point where sending an email using Siri is smooth and accurate, instead of riddled with errors and frustrating. Here’s how to send an email using Siri on iPhone.
1. Press the Home button to activate Siri.
2. Tell Siri to send an email and to whom. For example, “Send an email to Donna.”
3. If a contact has more than one email, Siri will ask which one to use. (You can also tell Siri to send an email to multiple recipients: “Send an email to Donna and Sarah.”)

Photos on Mac — Find and print keyboard shortcuts
~Macworld
Photos is riddled with useful keyboard shortcuts. To see a full list, choose Help > Keyboard Shortcuts, and then in the Photos Help window that appears, click Keyboard shortcuts. You may want to print the list and keep it on your desk.

When you’re finished, just click the red circle at the window’s upper left to close Photos Help.

Photos for Mac — Comparing before and after versions
~Macworld
Photos for Mac has a secret keyboard shortcut that helps you assess your edits by with a Before and After view of your image—that way you can see how much the picture has (hopefully) improved.

However, even if you root around through Photos’ menus, you won’t find it. The trick is to use the M key on your keyboard (iPhoto used the Shift key instead).

To see the before version of an edited photo, press and hold down the M key; release the M key to see the after version. Be sure to memorize this keystroke, because you’ll use it a lot.

How to Quickly Close All Tabs in Safari on iPhone
~iPhone life tip of the day
I don’t know about you but I am a master of having far too many tabs open on my iPhone. Before I know it, Safari is overrun with my web pages from the past month and all I can do is tap X a hundred times to get rid of them all. But now there’s an awesome trick in Safari on iPhone that allows you to quickly close all tabs or easily open a new one in Safari. Here’s how to quickly close all tabs in Safari on iPhone.

1. Open Safari.
2. Tap and hold the open-new-tab icon in the bottom right corner. 3. Your options will pop up: New Tab & Close (#) Tabs.
4. To close all tabs in Safari, tap Close (#) Tabs.
5. To easily open a new tab, tap New Tab.

Quickly Access System Preferences
~9to5Mac (submitted by Mike PJ)
Tip: How to quickly access System Preferences using the Option key and Touch Bar / function row: from Mike PJ “It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a tip this cool. This works on non- Touch Bar Macs as well (just tried on my desktop).” https://9to5mac.com/2016/12/13/how-to-macbook-pro-touch-bar-option-key-system-preferences/#more-458318

Power up your Mac
~iCreate
Compared to most laptops, Macs have fantastic batteries, but that doesn’t mean they always last the 12 hours we hope for. If you find that you’ve dipped below 50 per cent before midday, here are some tricks to try.

1. Turn it all off:
Decreasing the screen brightness,
turning off Bluetooth, muting your audio and even turning off Wi-Fi if you’re not using it will hugely boost your battery.

2. Disconnect:
If you have any devices connected to
your Mac, disconnect them! USB drives, SD cards and CDs can all eat away at your Mac’s battery.

3. Mail limits:
For a longer-term fix, open Mail’s
Preferences window and open the General tab. Change the ‘Check for new messages’ option to Manually.

Controlling Accuracy of Touch ID Settings in iOS
~Macworld
You can add up to five fingers, but they could all theoretically be the same finger if you wished. It would hugely improve the scanning accuracy for that single finger, but you wouldn’t be able to add any others.

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2017

http://www.imore.com/how-rescue-your-mac-malware-corruption
Here’s a link that you should save for when you need it. Lots of information BUT don’t be tempted to download the apps advertised at the top of the page.

http://www.imore.com/how-charge-your-apple-pencil?gm=menu-apple-pencil-guide#article-top
How do you charge your new Apple Pencil? Good directions here. Again don’t download apps advertised at the top of page.

http://bit.ly/2iHm97b
New! Apple Support iOS app! Get it now – you’ll love it. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG). Again don’t download apps advertised at the top of page.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3143768/photography/how-photos-removes-media-from-albums.html
Keep learning about Photos. More here to learn.

http://bit.ly/2ihk7b2
Interesting link here. Top questions and answers from Mac 911. Lots of good stuff. Again don’t download apps advertised at the top of page.

https://support.apple.com/en_US/manuals
Apple manuals for you when you need them. Submitted by Jim Chilton (MIAMUG).

http://macmost.com
https://www.udemy.com/mac-security/learn/v4/overview
Okay, follow the directions. Go to macmost.com. Here you’ll see a FREE online course offered to you. Title is: The Prac- tical Guide to Mac Security. Click on – Get the course for FREE! You’ll be taken to udemy.com (the second link above). Register and you’re on your way. Enjoy and learn…learn…learn. There are other courses available from Gary Rosenzweig (MacMost) but they come with a cost. So take advantage of this free offer. It may go away.

http://tidbits.com/article/16963
Apple’s Wireless AirPods are here! If you have them – please bring them to next club meeting. Everyone would like to see them!

http://tidbits.com/article/16965
And if you have AirPods here’s a connection glitch and a solution.

Gumdrop Case Review by Cameron Welch

I have been working with the iPad Foam Tech case for the iPad 2 for some two months. My first impressions were of disappointment, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, But its chunky black texture did not fill me with enthusiasm nor was the total lack of instructions as to how to install it impressive either! Despite trying I could not see how it fitted. In the end I resorted to that age old warrior “You Tube” and watched a demonstration. It was only from that I realised the original case came with a ribbed frame, obviously to keep its shape, once I removed that it was plain sailing to persuade the iPad to fit into the cases embrace.

As the days progressed my initial criticisms started to wane and I have to admit that now I am converted to allowing my iPad to be embraced by its cloak of security. I do believe very much in the phrase “horses for courses” and this case certainly has its course! It cannot be described as chic and if you are looking for something along those lines to impress your friends at the coffeehouse or boardroom colleagues you will be struggling! If you are wanting robust practical protection then at the price it is sold at it is hard to beat. If you have young children whom you are going to entrust with that type of equipment I cannot fathom anyone allowing their child to take ownership ship without protection like this. I like the pivoting carrying handle which also acts as a support rest/stand (I would have preferred a not quite so upright stance but that is nitpicking!) and I also appreciate that over the years when you take it to bed with you and are using it there how heavy an iPad is when you drop off to sleep and it lands on your nose! With the Gumdrop I just hook my thumb into the handle and if I should drift away into it the arms of slumber as I play on my iPad it no longer lands with unerring precision onto the tip of my nose or teeth, that thumb hooked into the handle prevents the iPad from such vicious behaviour as it slips from my unconscious fingers!

Does it work? Yes, yes and yes it even allowed my iPad to survive a fall from the second to first floor when our 12 week old Sheltie puppy carried it unceremoniously to the stairwell and dropped it down to the first floor! Any criticisms? Yes, yes and yes please Gumdrop cater for idiots like me and enclose some instructions as to how to install it! Redesign the apertures so the recharging access is easier for old fingers like mine, also easier access for the other iPad controls and remove the shadow resulting from obstruction of the camera lens. Would I recommend it without a doubt!

Gumdrop Case Review by Vickie Place

This is my first Gumdrop case which I have for my iPhone 6 Plus.

Even though the case adds some bulk to the phone I know it is well protected if ever accidentally dropped. The outer rubber shell makes it easy to hang on to and it has sealed ports to keep out dirt and dust.  Excellent quality and I’m pleased with the lavender/purple color. I would highly recommend this product.

Vickie Place
Saginaw Macintosh Users Group