Betty’s Bookmarks, December 2018

http://bit.ly/2TZRSAW
Be the life of the party when you ‘doctor-up’  your photos with Markup Tools that are included in Mac OS. Simple instructions here. Show off your creativity and soon you’ll have everyone yukking or at least giggling.

http://bit.ly/2P8pYPw
Apple Watch owners! That is Series 4 Apple Watch owners! It’s finally here – well almost! ECG functionality is expected to be released any day now. So keep an eye out for Watch OS 5.1.2.

http://bit.ly/2AzH8A3
Here are reviews and some buying advice for best VPN (virtual private network) services. Good explanation in the article of just what a VPN is. There is a lot to learn in this article.

http://bit.ly/2zvVpy3
You’re paying for iCloud storage for your photos and now you’re thinking of saving the $$$ and storing your photos locally??? Well, make sure you follow this HOW-TO before you downgrade your iCloud storage.

http://bit.ly/2BFl5d9
Here’s another tip for Series 4 Apple Watch users. Apple does not have a built-in sleep tracking function YET. However, until Apple steps up to the plate you can use a 3rd party app keep track of everything you slept through.

http://bit.ly/2zuye7v
Each year I like to listen to the MacPower User’s podcast called Geek Gift Guide. You can listen to the podcast directly at the link above. Then follow the links to every Geek Gift. You may even find stuff you want and didn’t even know you wanted it.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204506
Are $$$ slipping through your fingers as the holidays get closer? So why not make it easier but safer as you do your shopping. No more losing your wallet or your purse. No more leaving a store and forgetting your credit card. Leave all those worries on the door step and begin feeling the ease of Apple Pay. Keep a firm grip on your phone!

https://www.imore.com/two-factor-authentication
We repeat – use a password manager! However, add another layer of security with 2-Factor Verification or Authentication. Here is the Ultimate Guide to all you need to know and do to give you a sense of security that you don’t have when you just use a password or a security question at sites you visit.

Betty’s Bookmarks, November 2018

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209055
https://www.macworld.com/article/3309404/iphone-ipad/the-best-shortcuts-for-iphone.html
https://www.imore.com/siri-shortcuts-faq
https://9to5mac.com/guides/siri-shortcuts/
iOS 12 gave us Siri Shortcuts. If you haven’t tried Shortcuts, let’s do it. I’m working on it – seems like a mountain not a hill! Here are four websites that will potentially give us the help we need.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NJAUmc4y-A
Whew! Shortcuts aren’t for SISSIES! Watch and rewatch this video like I did.

https://www.macobserver.com/tips/quick-tip/manage-keychain-passwords-iphone-ipad/
Instructions are here – to see and manage Keychain Passwords on your iPhone or iPad.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/17/how-to-download-your-apple-data/
A step in the right direction: Apple is now allowing U.S. customers to download a copy of their data. I attempted a small download but still waiting for results. Update: still waiting. Give it a try. The directions are easy to follow,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=223&v=YZzua6QoXHo
Use your airpods as hearing aids – watch this video and give it a try. Next time you’re partying and can’t hear what anyone is saying it may be beneficial.

http://www.documentsnap.com/how-to-export-your-data-out-of-evernote/
Evernote users – this is for you! Your data is yours – so if you want to feel confident that your data is accessible and in your control – download your files. Here’s how to do it.

Betty’s Bookmarks, October 2018

https://bit.ly/2y67qsJ
Mojave is in the house! Read why you should upgrade now.

https://www.relay.fm/mpu/449
Mac Power Users podcast with David Sparks and Katie Floyd is here. Listen to their discussion of Mojave.

https://www.imore.com/macos-mojave-review
https://www.imore.com/macos-updates
More reading on Mojave.

https://www.imore.com/doing-clean-install-your-iphone-ipad-heres-what-youll-bring-over-and-what-youll-lose
Thinking of a  ‘clean install’ when moving from an old iPhone or iPad? Learn about it here.

http://bit.ly/2RhiM61
Here’s a how-to! Move Photos library to an external drive.

http://bit.ly/2P11HeS
Here’s a situation you can learn from when trying to free up space on an internal drive when copying Photos libraries to an external drive.

http://bit.ly/2NeRzgY
Until there is a better solution – good passwords are the best answer to securing your accounts. Good password habits are a must.

Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2018

https://bit.ly/2opMeJK
Some security for you iPhone here. Take a look.

https://www.imore.com/how-back-your-icloud-contacts-and-calendar-data
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.

https://tidbits.com/2018/08/08/macos-hidden-treasures-secrets-of-the-system-preferences-window/
Learn some hidden treasures in your System Preferences.

https://tidbits.com/2018/08/27/nas-what-you-need-to-know-before-buying/
Learn about NAS (network-attached storage) here.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3299447/iphone-ipad/what-to-expect-from-apples-september-event.html
SAVE THE DATE! September 12 is the date of Apple’s next event. Read about what we can expect to hear about that day.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3298858/data-center-cloud/one-workaround-for-merging-two-apple-id-accounts.html
Do you have 2 Apple ID accounts? Not a good idea but here’s a workaround for for to merge them.

https://www.relay.fm/mpu/445
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.

https://www.imore.com/how-use-family-sharing-photos-icloud
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.

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2018

https://bit.ly/2AynZ4O
Mojave will be available soon for you to install. Be ready by knowing exactly how to create a bootable macOS Mojave installer drive.

https://bit.ly/2KnNju5
More for you to know before you perform Mojave system update. Apple has moved it – read this article to find out where it is.

https://bit.ly/2vwQU3H
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.

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/ios-12/
Here’s what’s new in iOS 12. You’ll be so ready for it.

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/macos-10-14/
Here’s what’s new in macOS Mojave. This will really get your excitement up.

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/2018-iphones/
Read the rumors about Apple’s 2018 iPhones. It won’t be long now!!!

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/watchos-5/
Apple Watch will have watchOS 5 released soon. Bring it on!

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204389
Sharpen your Siri skills here. She is amazing – you’ll wonder where she’s been all your life.

https://www.lifewire.com/iphone-sos-emergency-calls-4159596
Learn how to use Apple SOS.

https://www.lifewire.com/two-factor-authentication-on-iphone-4148483
If you aren’t using Two Factor Authentication – here’s another chance.

https://www.lifewire.com/set-up-personal-hotspot-on-iphone-2000120
Using Personal Hotspot on your iPhone – set up instructions here. You’ll use it in so many situations.

https://www.apple.com/shop/trade-in
Here’s a simple and possibly a better way to part with your favorite device. Use Apple GiveBack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!