Mary’s X Files, September 2018

How to edit your Today view on iPad
We all lead such busy lives that it is easy to forget things, miss appointments and lose track of what we’re supposed to be doing, which is why your Notification Centre is so important. It relays all the important information for the day ahead and you can tailor it to meet your needs, as we’ll demonstrate.

You can swipe down and then right to see what’s happening on your Today view and you can also determine what is displayed and the order. The process is much like the Mac version and only takes a minute to edit.

1. Tap Edit – Swipe down and then right and then scroll to the bottom of your Today view where you will see the ‘Edit’ button – tap it.

2. Edit items – You can add or remove items by tapping the green ‘+’ icons and the red ‘–’ icons. Only add ones you need.

3. Arrange items – Press and hold on the list icons next to an item and drag it up or down to change the running order.

Customize Notification Center on Mac
Your Mac Notification Centre, accessible by clicking on the list icon in the top-right corner, displays new notifications and what’s going on for the current day. You can edit the info displayed and arrange it to meet your needs.

1. Click Edit – Click on the icon in the top- right corner of the menu bar to access your Notification Centre and click ‘Edit’ at the bottom.

2. Add/remove – Click on the red ‘–’ icons to remove existing items and the green ‘+’ icons to add new content to your feed.

3. Re-arrange – You can change the order in which items are displayed by clicking, holding and dragging on the list icons next to each item.

Edit your notifications on iPad
You have full freedom to determine exactly which apps send you notifications and how they are displayed. Every app that wants to send you alerts will be listed under Settings> Notifications and you can tap on them to tailor the alerts.

1. Open Settings – Go to Settings>Notifications and all of the apps and services that send you notifications will be listed. Tap on one.

2. Turn it on – Make sure that the app is enabled and then make sure the ‘Show in Notification Centre’ option is turned on.

3. Select style – Now select the style of notification (for example, ‘Banners’) and they will flash up in your Notification Centre.

Type to Siri in iOS
If you don’t like talking aloud to your iOS device then you can type instead. Go to Settings>General> Accessibility>Siri and then toggle on ‘Type to Siri’. Now, whenever you use Siri, type your commands into the text box provided and then tap ‘Done’ and the results will be pulled up. You can also adjust the voice settings to ‘Control with Ring Switch’ – which means that Siri will only show you query results and not speak them out loud.

Save parking locations in iOS
If your car is modern enough to have Bluetooth or CarPlay then go to Settings>Maps and ensure that the ‘Show Parked Location’ option is enabled. Now, if you forget where you have parked it will be clearly marked on a map for your reference.

Return to top of page in Safari in iOS
This is a little-known iOS classic, but if you want to quickly return to the top of a web page or any other scrollable content then simply tap on the time display at the top of the screen. You will be taken there instantly.

Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2018
Some security for you iPhone here. Take a look.
If you worry that the cloud may fail you at some time? Back up your iCloud contacts and calendar data to your Mac. Here are the instructions.
Learn some hidden treasures in your System Preferences.
Learn about NAS (network-attached storage) here.
SAVE THE DATE! September 12 is the date of Apple’s next event. Read about what we can expect to hear about that day.
Do you have 2 Apple ID accounts? Not a good idea but here’s a workaround for for to merge them.
You can listen to a podcast here. It’s called HomeKit Intensive. So much to learn. While you’re on the website, look at other podcasts or subscribe and get them using iTunes or another podcast app.
With summer coming to an end you may need to gather all the summer vacation photos and share them with family members. Learn just exactly how to do it here.

Mary’s X Files, August 2018

Improve Siri Functionality in iOS
Siri has its own dedicated section in Settings where you can enable functionality for individual apps. You can also educate Siri about yourself, including key locations and family members. Here’s how it’s done…

1. Open your Contacts app and then find your own personal contact card in your directory. Tap to open it,
2. Add More Details – Tap the ‘Edit’ option in the top-right corner and then add in as many details as possible, including family members.
3. Select Card – Go to Settings>Siri and tap on the ‘My Info’ option. Now simply locate and select your personal card for Siri to use.

Lauch Wireless Diagnostics on Mac
How to Locate and Launch your Mac’s Built-in Signal Scanner – If you suspect that the wireless connectivity issues you are suffering are the result of a poor signal then your Mac’s Wireless Diagnostics app can help. Strangely, this mythical app doesn’t reside in your Launch Pad by default and locating it is almost akin to summoning spirits! Once open, the app will scan your wireless network and highlight any issues that arise.

1. Access the app – The easiest way to launch the Wireless Diagnostics app is to hold the Alt (option) key before clicking on the Wi-Fi menu bar icon and choosing ‘Open Wireless Diagnostics’.

2. Check Performance – Before clicking on ‘Continue’, go to Window>Performance (or hit Alt+Cmd+5) and three graphs will be generated that gauge your Wi-Fi connection.

3. Monitor Graphs – Leave the app running so that your Wi-Fi connection can be monitored over time and the graphs should highlight possible dips and spikes.

Your Wi-Fi performance charts
While in the Wireless Diagnostics app, you can bring up the following Wi-Fi performance chart by going to Window>Performance. Here’s a guide to what the graphs mean…

1 This graph displays the data rate of your wireless network in Mbps. Monitor this graph over the course of a few hours and if you see noticeable dips or a complete drop of signal then it indicates that there is a problem somewhere.

2 The middle chart, labelled ‘Quality’, displays the ratio of signal to noise. All being well, this line should be relatively straight with slight spikes and dips. If it frequently dips then it indicates that something is interfering with your Wi-Fi signal.

3 The lower graph, marked ‘Signal’, highlights both the signal strength and measured noise, both of which are measured in Decibel- milliwatts (dBM). Ideally, you should be looking at a signal of between -60 to -10dBM and noise below -75dBM.

4 Monitor all three graphs over time to get a clearer picture of how your Wi-Fi is performing. In the lower graph, the two lines should be close together if all is good. If they’re not then try to eradicate the noise by repositioning
the router.

Change the navigation icon in Google Maps
Although Apple Maps has improved greatly since it made its debut six years ago (and let’s face it, it could hardly have got any worse), many still swear by Google Maps. We won’t go into the ins and outs of why that is but if you do make use of this wonderful app on your iPhone, then you’re in for a little treat.

Rather than follow a blue navigation arrow while you’re driving, you can now add some fun to even the dullest of journeys by swapping it out for a vehicle instead. While it’s admittedly cosmetic, there are currently three to choose from (a saloon, truck or 4×4), each of a cartoon-like nature. We reckon we’ll see more of them in the future as word gets around about their inclusion.

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2018
Mojave will be available soon for you to install. Be ready by knowing exactly how to create a bootable macOS Mojave installer drive.
More for you to know before you perform Mojave system update. Apple has moved it – read this article to find out where it is.
More How To Do It before you have iOS 12 and Mojave ready for installation. This one is Continuity Camera. I think you’ll like it.
Here’s what’s new in iOS 12. You’ll be so ready for it.
Here’s what’s new in macOS Mojave. This will really get your excitement up.
Read the rumors about Apple’s 2018 iPhones. It won’t be long now!!!
Apple Watch will have watchOS 5 released soon. Bring it on!
Sharpen your Siri skills here. She is amazing – you’ll wonder where she’s been all your life.
Learn how to use Apple SOS.
If you aren’t using Two Factor Authentication – here’s another chance.
Using Personal Hotspot on your iPhone – set up instructions here. You’ll use it in so many situations.
Here’s a simple and possibly a better way to part with your favorite device. Use Apple GiveBack.

Mary’s X Files, July 2018

Review your Subscriptions on iOS
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
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
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
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
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.
Get your Mac’s model and age here.
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.
Clean up your iPhone and iPad. Do it carefully and correctly with directions found here.
Good news for all of us! We have to wait for iOS 12. It sounds like it’s worth the wait.
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
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
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
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
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
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
What fun you can have making your own ringtones for your iPhone! Surprise your family and friends with your creativity.
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!
Apple has released High Sierra 10.13.5. Read about it here and install.
Yikes! A phone scam targeting Apple users? No, tell me it’s not so! Read about it here and be smarter than the scammers.
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.
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.
Learn here how to squeeze a bit of extra battery life out of each charge of your Apple Watch.
Learn how 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
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, you can type in any word preceded by ‘define’ to get a definition.

Finding Local Businesses
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
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?
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
Lots here to read – but do it and learn about VPN networking (Virtual Private Network).
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.
All about adware! Lots of info for you on the Malwarebytes site about that nasty adware.
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.
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.
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.