Mary’s X Files, August 2015

Show full URL in Safari
~ Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
By default, Safari’s address bar, or Smart Search bar to give it its full title, only shows the first part of a URL (web address). This is fine most of the time, but not great if you like to use the URL as a reference in order to identify exactly where you are on a site. To change this setting, go to Preferences in Safari and then click on Advanced. Now click the check box next to ‘Show full website address’. The address bar will now display the full URL of each webpage.

Share your screen in Messages
~ Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
There are occasions when allowing other people to see your screen, or being able to see the screen of the person you’re chatting to, is very useful. If you’re training someone, for example, or providing technical support, seeing the same screen helps a great deal. When you’re in the application “Messages” on your Mac, click on “Details” and then click the leftmost icon next to your contact’s name. Choose whose screen to share: yours or theirs. They’ll get a notification request. If they accept, you will both see the screen until you end either the conversation or the screen-sharing session.

Take Vertical Panoramic Photos
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Panoramic photos are great for capturing an expanded view of a beautiful landscape. Typically, this is done by moving your iPhone from left to right or right to left as you take the photo in Pano mode. But what about when you want to capture a shot of something really tall, like a tree, for example, or even the Eiffel Tower? Well, you’ll be excited to hear that you can take vertically oriented panoramic photos with your iPhone too!

Taking a vertical panoramic photo is simple. Just hold your phone horizontally and tap on the yellow line to choose whether you will move your phone up or down as you take the picture.

With any luck, you’ll now be able to get your entire subject into your shot.

See the Exact Battery Power Percentage Your iPhone Has Left
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Do you always measure ingredients exactly when following a recipe? Do you say things like, “According to my pedometer app, I’ve walked 3.8 miles today.”? Do you use decimals when filling out your weight on medical forms?

If you do, you’ll be happy to know you can also quantify exactly how much battery power your iPhone has left.

Simply go to Settings > General > Usage and toggle Battery Percentage on. The battery percentage will now appear to the left of your battery icon.

And just like that, the nagging discomfort of not knowing exactly how much battery power your iPhone has will be eliminated.

Now you can go around saying things like, “My iPhone’s battery charge is down to 22 percent; time to plug it in.”

Customise your System Preferences
~Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
System Preferences is home to all of the inner workings of your Mac, but if you don’t use all of the panes on offer, why display them? By clicking on the View menu, you can choose the Customize option, which will place tick boxes next to all of the panes, so simply deselect the ones you don’t need. From the same menu, you can also choose to view your System Preferences panes alphabetically.

Access your System Preferences options quickly
~Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
If you know the pane you need, then this trick will save you time It takes a few seconds to launch System Preferences, plus a couple more to locate the pane you need, but you can save time simply by right-clicking on the System Preferences icon in your Dock. Doing so will make a pop-up menu appear, displaying all of your preferences as a list – so simply select the one you want and it will launch System Preferences and simultaneously open the pane that you need.

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2015

http://www.imore.com/ios-9-faq
iOS 9 should arrive in mid-September. Read about it now and be ready.

http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/os-x-10-11/
El Capitan is your next operating system. Find out here what’s new, what’s different and be ready for it’s release in the fall.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2940180/fire-up-your-macs-firewall.html#tk.nl_macwk
We’ve talking a lot about security recently. Read the article to understand your Mac’s firewall.

http://www.imore.com/siri-commands-apple-music
Siri is working with Apple Music. Here are 12 secret Siri commands for Apple Music. Try them out!

http://www.imore.com/avoid-mackeeper
https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3691
http://www.macworld.com/article/2861435/how-to-uninstall-mackeeper-from-your-mac.html
MacKeeper for your Mac. What a deal! Not! Check out the information in the links above. Remove MacKeeper!

http://tidbits.com/article/15777
More to read on security.

http://www.thesafemac.com/staying-safe-on-public-wifi/#more-1913
Learn more about staying safe on public wifi.

https://www.getcloak.com
This is a VPN I’ve used when we travel. Try it free for 30 days. After that check out subscriptions and passes.

http://www.iphonehacks.com/2015/07/privacy-101-settings-and-tips-every-iphone-and-ipad-owner-should-know.htm
Here read about some measures and privacy settings that Apple device owners should know.

http://www.iphonehacks.com/2015/07/how-to-use-siri-to-call-emergency-services.html
Use Siri to call Emergency Services. Read this and be aware of this.

http://macmost.com/removing-persistent-alarming-safari-pop-up-windows.html
Good video that will walk you through the process you need to take if a Safari pop-up is appearing on your Mac.

Mary’s X Files, July 2015

How to Use Mac Help from an Application
~iMore

  1. Select Help from the Menu bar.
  2. Type the subject you’re trying to find help about in the Search field.
  3. The contents will change per application. Some apps provide complete user manuals and reference guides; others show you shortcut lists or provide links to helpful web resources.

Jump directly to your drafts
~Macworld
If you’ve ever saved an unfinished message as a draft in the iOS Mail app, you’ll know what a pain it is to dig it back up. You need to back out of the universal All Inboxes screen, select an account, then tap the Drafts folder—and if you choose the wrong account, you’ll have to back up and try again.

There’s an easier way of finding your Mail drafts than poking around the Drafts folders of your various email accounts.

Instead of poking around the folders of your various mail accounts, try this: tap and hold the Compose button (the square with the little pencil in the bottom corner of the screen).

When you do, a list of all your draft message across all your Mail accounts will appear.

How to force quit a stuck app on your Mac
~iMore
Ordinarily, Mac apps are very well behaved, but everyone once in a while something can go wrong — horribly wrong — and the app will stop responding to any input. Sometimes if you give the Mac a few moments to recover, you’ll get back cursor or input control and you’ll be able to quit. But if you can’t, there’s a built-in feature in OS X to help — it’s called Force Quit, and it’s only a click away.

  1. Click on the  menu.
  2. Select Force Quit. (Alternately, you can press the command, option and escape keys on your keyboard.)
  3. The Force Quit Applications dialogue will appear and show all open applications. (Typically if one has stopped working, you’ll see “Not responding” appear next to the application name.)
  4. Select the name of the app you’d like to quit.
  5. Click the Force Quit button.
  6. The Mac will ask you to confirm that you want to quit the application, with a reminder that you may lose any unsaved changes in any open documents in that app. Click Force Quit to quit or Cancel to resume.

Turn Off Cellular Data to Avoid Charges when Traveling
~iPhone Tip of the Day
Say you’re taking a trip abroad or somewhere else outside your carrier’s service area. You can turn on your phone and use Wi-fi when you’re near a connection, but what if you leave your phone on when you leave the hotel? There’s a simple way to avoid roaming charges when you’re traveling, and it lives in your iPhone settings (this tip also applies to cellular models of iPads).

Go to Settings > Cellular.

In the Cellular menu, you can prevent your iPhone from using any cellular data at all by toggling Cellular Data off. This is ideal for international traveling. For domestic travel, you can also toggle Data Roaming off for those times when you go out of your service area without realizing it. It’s that simple.

Place Calls Directly from Call Reminder Notifications
~iPhone Tip of the Day
If you need to call someone, but it’s not convenient to place the call right now, you can use the Reminders app to help you remember to make the call later. If you use Siri to create the call reminder, you’ll be able to call the person directly from the reminder notification.

To create a call reminder, activate Siri by holding down the Home button and saying something like, “Remind me to call my husband at 11:45 a.m.”

When you receive the reminder to call your husband, slide the notification to the left and tap Call. Siri will dial his number without you having to open the phone app. It’s just like having a personal assistant to dial the phone for you.

Dictate your Mail message
~Macworld
If you’re behind the wheel or otherwise have your hands tied, you can still compose and send Mail messages from your iPhone or iPad. How? Just ask Siri.

Press and hold the Home key to launch Siri (or, if you’re using your headset, press and hold the center button on the in-line remote), then say something like “Compose an email to Michael Scott” (or just “to my boss,” if you’ve taught Siri your relationship to your contacts).

If you ask nicely, Siri will compose and send a mail message for you.

Siri will step you through the process of composing a Mail message, everything from verifying the right email address (if a contact has multiple addresses listed in their contact card) to writing a subject line and dictating the body of the message.

Once the message is all set, Siri can send it out herself once you give her the go-ahead.

Betty’s Bookmarks, July 2015

http://bit.ly/1BRpEwT
Your Apple ID lets you access and store content in iCloud, make FaceTime calls, send iMessages, use Apple Pay, and purchase items from the App Store and iTunes Store. You’ve forgotten your Apple ID password? Oh, NO! Here’s the process for you to reset your password.

http://ipod.about.com/od/introductiontotheiphone/tp/Things-To-Do-With-New-Iphone.htm
Getting your first iPhone or possibly a new one? Follow these steps to begin on the path of becoming an iPhone pro.

http://www.apple.com/osx/elcapitan-preview/
http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/os-x-10-11/
http://www.maclife.com/article/features/new-features-os-x-el-capitan
https://www.apple.com/ios/ios9-preview/
http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/ios-9/
http://www.maclife.com/article/features/ios-9-new-features-everything-you-need-know
Get ready – El Capitan and iOS 9 are on the way. These links should spark your interest.

http://bit.ly/1IHlCEG
Using Gmail? Then you should be aware that you now can Undo Send. Follow the directions here and try it out. You’ll enable it and love it.

http://bit.ly/1U1E7wh
Shared albums in Photos for Mac and iOS is the best and very easy way to share your photos with friends and family.

http://bit.ly/1IHohOu
Here are 9 slides containing the steps to format a startup drive for your Mac.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201478
Learn about iBooks for your Mac and iOS devices. Your reading will be available on your Mac and devices and so will your bookmarks and notes.

http://www.imore.com/apple-music-faq
By the time you read this Apple Music will have arrived with the iOS 8.4 update. Learn about it here and give it a try.

Mary’s X Files, June 2015

How to view your purchased apps from the Mac App Store
~iMore

  1. Open the Mac App Store.
  2. Click on the Purchases tab.
  3. All of the apps you’ve purchased or downloaded using the Apple ID you’re signed in with will appear in this list. The Mac App Store organizes that list by the date the app was purchased. The most recent apps you bought will appear at the top. All apps you currently have installed will show an Open button. If you’ve deleted apps you purchased, or if you are using a different Mac than the one you purchased the app from, the button will say Install instead.

How to Correct Siri With Typing Instead of Voice
~iPhone Tip of the Day
As anyone who has used to Siri to make calls, search the web, or send messages knows, Siri doesn’t always understand what you say. This can be followed by increasing frustration levels if Siri fails over and over to understand your voice corrections. But when Siri gets it wrong, you don’t have to repeat yourself. Instead, you can edit your query via typing.

Under the query text, tap on “tap to edit”.

This will bring up a keyboard and allow you to edit your request by typing instead of voice. When you are finished typing, tap “Done” and Siri will respond to the corrected request.

How To Make Speakerphone Calls Using Siri
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
I have several hours of commute time every week and I don’t always have my phone’s Bluetooth headset with me. If I want to make a call that means one hand holding the phone and only one hand on the wheel while going 70 miles per hour down the highway. Um, I mean 65 miles per hour, which is the legal speed limit in Colorado.

That’s why I appreciate that with the new iOS 8.3 update you can now make speakerphone calls using Siri.

Simply tell Siri to call one of your contacts “using speakerphone” and Siri will initiate the call via speakerphone.

You can also use the “Hey, Siri” feature to wake Siri when your iPhone is plugged into a charger and start a phone call on speaker completely hands free. Just say “Hey, Siri, call (name of contact) using speakerphone.”

Extract an application icon in Preview
~Macworld
Preview can extract several sizes of an application’s icon as images. First, select the application wherever it lives in the Finder (say, in your Applications or Downloads folder) and then press Command-C to copy it to your clipboard. Next, press Command-N to create a new document in Preview and all the sizes of the application’s icon instantly appear as individual pages with transparency. To save a specific size as a new file, select the appropriate thumbnail and choose File > Export. To preserve the icon’s transparent background, choose PNG or TIFF for the file format in the resulting dialog box.

To extract an app’s icon, just select the app and press Command-C (top). When you create a new document in Preview, the icon instantly appears at multiple sizes with transparency (bottom).

How to Email More than 5 Photos at a Time
~iPhone Tip of the Day
You’re likely in the habit of sharing photos that you take with your iPhone or iPad. And you may have noticed that if you choose to share photos via email, you’re limited to selecting five photos at a time. However, you can use a clever trick to get around that limit.

To conveniently email more than five pictures at a time, open the Photos app, select All Photos or another album, and tap Select.

Then tap each photo you want to send.

Tap the Share icon.

Then choose Copy.

It will take a moment while your device prepares the photos for pasting.

Next, in the body of the email you’re composing, press and hold where you want to insert the photos to bring up the formatting menu and then tap Paste to insert the photos.

An optional approach is to simply insert each photo one at a time, though it’s a bit more tedious. Just press and hold in a blank space in the body of the email to bring up the formatting menu, tap the arrow, and then tap Insert Photo or Video to select the photos one at a time.

Keep in mind that some email service providers have a maximum attachment size that may limit the number of photos your recipient can receive. In this case, as you can see, the six photos I selected total 23.9 MB. My local Internet provider has a 20 MB limit.

Betty’s Bookmarks, June 2015

http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how-to-use-new-photos-for-mac?page=0,0
Here’s yet another link to help you use the new Photos App for Mac.

http://bit.ly/1HN7pWd
Evernote – one of the greatest apps/website for your organizational needs. Learn about more Evernote can do for you here.

http://bit.ly/1KOTs0b
Password selection is important. Recovery of forgotten passwords means selecting answers that only you know to security questions. We’re bad at this! Let’s get better, find out how. AND always use a Password Manager!

http://bit.ly/1eRrfZe
Check out the content available on Apple TV. Not enough time in a day to see all that is offered.

http://bit.ly/1BMtaTY
Step by step directions here for setting up family sharing. It’s fun – try it!

http://www.imore.com/best-travel-accessories-iphone-ipad-and-mac#slide2
Before you set out on your summer travels take a look at some accessories you may need to keep your technology running.

https://support.apple.com/kb/PH18869?locale=en_US
Is the beachball rolling and rolling on your Mac? You may need to reinstall Yosemite or whatever system you’re running. Back up FIRST!

http://www.pcclassesonline.com/the-best-way-to-update-flash-player-on-a-mac/
I’m really enjoying this site. This is a review from last month’s Bookmarks regarding updating Flash Player. At the end of the video you can click on a link that takes you to a video on removing adware from your system. It’s the same app from May Bookmarks. Check out David A. Cox’ upcoming classes – attend LIVE or view later on pcclassesonline.com or on youtube.com.

http://www.thesafemac.com/staying-safe-on-public-wifi/
Let’s read about staying safe on public wifi.

Mary’s X Files, May 2015

iOS 8 Tap & Hold a Link for More Options
~iPhone Tip of the Day
Anytime you see a link in Safari or Mail, you can tap and hold it to reveal options beyond simply opening the new page. I constantly use this feature when I’m looking at the news in my personalized Yahoo page.

If I see a news story I want to read, I tap and hold the link so that the page opens in a separate tab. That way I can quickly go back to the original Yahoo page without having to use the back arrow and waiting for the page to reload. The options in Safari also include adding the linked page to your Reading List.

Tapping and holding a link in Mail also gives you the option of adding the page to your reading list as well as opening the page in Safari.

Finally, the options include copying the link so you can paste it elsewhere. To bring up the options related to a linked page, simply tap and hold. In Safari you’ll see options for Open, Open in New Tab, Add to Reading List, and Copy.

In Mail, you’ll see options for Open, Add to Reading List, and Copy.

Search Smarter in Yosemite
~Macworld
Spotlight on the Mac isn’t new, but it arrives with some new features: As with Spotlight on iOS, you can now search the Web and your iCloud locker as well as local files (use the Spotlight option in System Preferences to change this behavior). The Cmd+Spacebar keyboard shortcut will bring up Spotlight from anywhere.

Add widgets to the Notification Center in Yosemite
~Macworld
Another new feature previously seen on iOS 8, OS X Yosemite brings the Today view to the Notification Center and opens the floor to any third-party app extensions that want a piece of the action too. Wunderlist, 1Password, Pocket and Monity are some of the non-Apple apps that have already added support.

Annotate emails in Yosemite
~Macworld
The Mail app included with Yosemite has a new Markup feature that you can use to annotate images and PDFs in your emails. Hover your cursor over any image in an email you’re sending, then use the drop-down menu to the top right to activate Markup. You can then add text, lines and shapes on top.

Sign documents with your trackpad in Yosemite
~Macworld
Yosemite brings with it the ability to sign digital documents with your trackpad as well as a connected iSight camera. Load up a file in the Preview or Mail app and upon clicking the button to add a signature you’ll notice there’s a new Trackpad option. It’s an even easier way of putting your name to something.

How to Teach Siri to Pronounce a Name Correctly
~iPhone Tip of the Day
Using Siri to call or send messages to people can be very convenient during those times when your hands or eyes are otherwise occupied. Just don’t try to call any friends or family members who have an unusual name, because if Siri doesn’t know how to pronounce that name, the virtual assistant won’t understand what you are asking. This can be extremely frustrating and lead to you yelling at your iPhone in public (don’t ask me how I know), and it’s why it can be worth it to take the time to teach Siri how to pronounce names correctly.

To teach Siri how to say a name correctly, hold the home button to activate Siri and then say, “That’s not how you pronounce [name].”

Siri will then ask you how to pronounce the contact’s first name. Say the name correctly. Siri will offer you three pronunciation options to choose from. Select the one that is correct. If none of the options is close enough, tap Tell Siri again to repeat the process until you get a pronunciation you like.

Siri will then repeat the process for the contact’s last name as well. Now you should have less difficulty sending messages or making calls with Siri.

Don’t Know What to Ask Siri? Siri Will Tell You
~iPhone Tip of the Day
It took me over a year to get in the habit of using Siri, partly because she seemed so human-like. I was worried I’d say something dumb. One day I finally got it: there ain’t no one listening. And ever since then I’ve used Siri with abandon. Lately I was surprised to discover that Siri offers a helpful guide to what you can say or ask.

To bring up Siri’s guide to using Siri, simply say, “What can I ask?” Siri will then return an outline of things you can request or ask in 24 categories.

Betty’s Bookmarks, May 2015

http://www.pcclassesonline.com
This is a link to the website of David A. Cox. Don’t let the PC part of the site throw you! Below are some of the videos I’ve watched. I take exception to his view on using virus software. Watch the videos – he does share some interesting information. You can also register to watch his classes live online. Register on the site. Join his mailing list also. Oh, and enter contest for the Apple Watch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HSxWUqwpzU (1Password)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL9YjjYdxJs (iCloud)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deFe7_Z5C9E (Photos for Mac 2015)

http://tinyurl.com/kamfnaa
More for you on the new Photos app on the Mac.

http://tinyurl.com/kml8p3b
Macworld podcast on Photos. Get all Macworld podcasts – subscribe in iTunes.

http://tinyurl.com/p2d5zwf
Lots of reasons to use 1Password in addition to storing your passwords.

http://tinyurl.com/o7t3jhb
Goodbye and so long to those photo duplicates and duds. Read how to get them out of your library. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

The links below are all regarding adware which may or may not be living on your Mac. The question about removing adware has surfaced at club meetings. I downloaded the app in the last link and ran it. It found no adware – which didn’t surprise me, as I haven’t seen any sign of a culprit.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203987
http://www.mcelhearn.com/apple-explains-how-to-remove-adware-from-your-mac/
http://www.thesafemac.com/arg-identification/
http://www.adwaremedic.com/index.php

http://www.imore.com/how-update-flash-your-mac-if-its-already-installed
Here’s the quick and easy way to see if Adobe Flash really needs an update. When you receive a message to update Flash, follow these steps and check it out. Don’t fall for an imposter who only wants to install malware on your Mac. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

Mary’s X Files, April 2015

iOS 8 How-To: Use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks
~9to5Mac.com
Sometimes searching the App Store can be an overwhelming task. You might already know what you want to download, or other times you might get distracted when you open the store and forget why you were there, and typing in what you want to download is old fashioned now. With iOS 8, you can use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and more for you. It’s all a matter of asking Siri with the right commands.

Press down and hold on the home button for two seconds for Siri to appear.

For example you can say something like, “Search the App Store for sports apps,” and Siri will open up the App Store and bring you to the search results of sports.

You can also say things like, “Download MyFitnessPal,” or “Search for The Beatles in iTunes,” and Siri will open up the App Store to MyFitnessPal, or Siri will open up iTunes and search for The Beatles. The same commands for search, or even downloading, work on the iBook Store for finding books to read and add to your iOS device. For more examples like this, hold down your home button and activate Siri, then tap the “?” icon on the bottom left corner to see what else Siri can do.

How to Show a Paper Tape in Calculator App for Mac
~OSXDaily.com
If you find yourself adding up many numbers or just performing a continuous string of math that is critical to keep track of, you should know that the Mac Calculator app includes a paper tape feature. For those who aren’t familiar, a paper tape keeps a running trail of each item entered into a calculator, making it easy to follow and audit anything in the calculation. Obviously useful for many occasions, the deceptively simple Calculator app in OS X includes this ability, and you can also save and print the generated number tape if desired.

There’s not much complexity to using this handy Calculator feature, but it’s so useful that you’ll wonder how you functioned without it, and if you’ve been relying on the Spotlight Calculator you should make the switch to this.

  1. Open Calculator app from /Applications/
  2. Pull down the “Window” menu and choose “Show Paper Tape” (or hit Command+T)
  3. Perform calculations as usual, the paper tape will now keep track of each number entered.

When you complete a set of calculations that you want to keep a record of or save for whatever reason, you can then choose to print the paper tape, or save the paper tape as a file.

Silence an annoying group thread in Messages
~Macworld
Want to shush an annoying group thread? Open the message thread, tap Details, then flip the Do Not Disturb switch.

Ever get stuck on a group text-messaging thread that just won’t stop? If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad running iOS 8, there’s an easy way to shush the chatter.

Open the group thread that’s bugging you, tap the Details button in the top corner, scroll down and flip the Do Not Disturb switch.

Ah, the sound of silence.

Working with the Mac’s menu bar
~Macworld
If you don’t care for the way icons are arranged in the menu bar—you want the clock to appear all the way to the left, for example—just hold down the Command key and drag the item in question to a new position. Be careful to not drag it outside the menu bar, however, as doing so can cause it to evaporate. This trick doesn’t work with the Spotlight or Notification menus.

Using the Option Key in the Mac’s Menu Bar
~Macworld
The Option key is helpful when using the Sound menu. When you click on this menu without holding down Option, you find a volume control. But hold down Option and all your audio input and output devices appear. I use this all the time when I want to quickly switch from my desktop speakers—attached, in this case, to an AudioQuest DragonFly USB audio interface—to the headphones jacked into my Focusrite Scarlett audio interface.

You’ll also find the Option key useful with the Wi-Fi menu. Without Option held down you see something like this—a list of local Wi-Fi networks. But if you hold down the Option key and click the menu you learn some important things about your network (some of which I’ve obscured for my protection). You also have easier access to the Wireless Diagnostic app, where you can gather information about how your Wi-Fi network is behaving. The resulting information is dense, but if you’re of a geekish bent you may find it helpful.

Betty’s Bookmarks, April 2015

http://www.macrumors.com/guide/icloud-photo-library/
Use this guide to help you be ready and to understand Photos. It’s coming to Prime Time soon! Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/01/the-diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015/
http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/06/the-diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015-part-2/#tmhmdj:8uIs
http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/20/diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015-part-3-using-an-over-the-air-dvr/#tmhmdj:QrTH
http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/13/diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015-part-4-favorite-apps-and-resources/
http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/20/diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015-part-5-upgrading-to-the-tivo-roamio-ota-dvr/
Here’s a 5-part Diary of a Cord Cutter. There’s a lot here so stick with it. Learn from this series so that you are informed before making the decision or not. Make sure you don’t miss info on Apple TV below.

http://www.wired.com/2015/03/ways-new-apple-tv-dominate-living-room/
Before you cut the cord make sure you consider Apple TV. Learn more about the future Apple TV here. The new Apple TV could very well play a part in your cord cutting decision.

http://tidbits.com/e/15504
More about Apple Pay – but this this time some background on security and how the banks must step up their practices. Interesting and valuable information.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2057221/how-to-view-the-library-folder-in-mavericks.html
Learn how to view the ~/Library folder in Mavericks and Yosemite. Be warned – deleting or moving files inside this folder could cause problems with an application.