Betty’s Bookmarks, June 2019

https://support.apple.com/guide/textedit/welcome/mac
Here you’ll find some basic instructions for using Text Edit. Text Edit comes with your Mac’s system. Text Edit is freee.Text Edit is a useful tool for so many reasons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO5Nhb_shOs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qbR5_UjVPA
Waze is amazing! What is it? Watch this tutorial and you’ll see it’s a must for you and your traveling pleasure. If you already use Waze this tutorial may answer some questions you’ve been pondering.

https://twit.tv/shows?shows_active=1
Leo Laporte (aka The Tech Guy) has been around for years. If you’re not familiar with his TWIT.tv podcast network, take a look and enjoy the training and information that Leo’s numerous podcasts make available for your learning pleasure.

Your Mac has built in macOS dictation. Okay, who has played around with macOS dictation. Not me! This Dictation Cheat Sheet is available for download. Pass this on. Individuals unable to use a computer because of physical disabilities wouldbene t immensely by using dictation.

https://www.youtube.com/user/macmostvideo
Here’s a place to spend some time in your spare time. Gary Rosenzweig is the host. Use his YouTube Channel to learn from his huge array of short videos.

https://www.photoactive.co
Go to this site and take a look at the podcasts here. These photography podcasts are guaranteed to provide you with much much information. Subscribe in iTunes or your favorite podcast app or listen on the website

https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac-software/back-up-mac-3584440/
This can’t be emphasized enough! BACK UP! This is a very comprehensive article that tells you why and how. Your job is – do it!

https://www.apple.com/ios/health/
Last but not least – take care of yourself. Use the Health app which consolidates data from your iPhone, your watch and even 3rd party apps. Learn more about it here while you watch the videos.

Betty’s Bookmarks, May 2019

https://www.delta.edu/about-us/kenyan-sister-colleges.html

Both SMUG and MIAMUG members have been donating used and outdated technology equipment and books and magazines etc. to Kenya. Here I hope you’ll enjoy reading of the significant and impactful 30-year history of Delta College, Jack Crowell and Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST). 

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206983

Apple Watch users! Learn how to use Emergency SOS on your Apple Watch. All I can say is that it works!

http://bit.ly/2vuZMqJ

Keylogger? They secretly record what you see, say and do on your computer. Cybercriminals use them and you should understand them and avoid them. This is the malwarebytes.com site. Their protection has been discussed and recommended at meetings. Take a look Malwarebytes FREE for your Macs.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3384096/apple-credit-card-announcement.html

The Apple Card – recently announced by Apple. Revolutionary YES! Read about it here and be ready when it arrives in the summer. I’m looking forward to it and you will too!

http://bit.ly/2LaNdLR

http://bit.ly/2V9Y0uI

Both of these sites are about Photos, iCloud, storage, backup, etc. Read both of them in order as the second provides a solution not evident when the first article was posted. Interesting stuff and definitely useful if you find yourself not confident that keeping the only copy of your precious photo library in the Cloud meets your safety standards.

Now this is a tip that’s worth much more than the paper it’s written on. Find out how to use your phone as a magnifying glass. Try it and you’ll use it many times for many reasons.

Aging slows us down and so does an aging iPad. Here are some quick tips to speed up that iPad. Look for Next Up on the page and navigate through all 6 tips. It’s a bit confusing but it works. 

https://www.idownloadblog.com/2019/04/23/add-email-account-iphone-ipad-mac/

Ideally, it’s a good idea to have more than one email account. Adding an account to use for newsletters, online purchases, etc. is a good idea. Keep your personal email address for corresponding with your relatives and friends. It’s easy – just do it.

Betty’s Bookmarks, April 2019

http://bit.ly/2YzOLSn
Your knowledge of phishing gives you POWER! Read this informative article and keep learning and stay ahead of ‘phishers’.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3346020/cord-cutting-a-beginners-guide.html
Here’s a beginner’s guide to cutting the cord. See if you’re up to it.

https://www.komando.com/tips/551377/9-iphone-tricks-youll-use-all-the-time
See if at least one of these iPhone tricks will be useful for you.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/363837/how-to-use-screen-time-in-apple-s-ios-12
Learn here how to use the Screen time feature in iOS 12. Submitted by Dale Stephan (MIAMUG).

https://www.imore.com/how-use-photos-mac-external-hard-drive
Thinking of moving your Photos library off your computer’s hard drive? This link will help you make the move to an external hard drive.

https://tidbits.com/2019/03/07/15-siri-tricks-you-can-use-right-now/
Siri tricks for your Apple Watch. Get them here.

https://www.komando.com/tips/551377/9-iphone-tricks-youll-use-all-the-time
Apple Watch Heart Study results from Apple and Stanford Medicine are here. Interesting information.

http://bit.ly/2V7a4bR
Get maximum cybersecurity with minimum effort. Read about how to do it here.

Betty’s Bookmarks, March 2019

https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/welcome/mac
Here’s something for you to do when it’s too cold to step outside! This is a user’s guide for you to learn and review
macOS Mojave. Click on Table of Contents and go for it.

https://9to5mac.com/2017/06/07/how-to-switch-between-list-view-and-honeycomb-app-grid-on-apple-watch-with-watchos-4/amp/
Here’s something for Apple Watch owners or those of you who want to own an Apple Watch. The honeycomb app grid can be changed to a list view. Here’s how to do it!

http://time.com/5529062/apple-contacts-tips-tricks/
Work on learning more about the iPhone’s Contacts App. Find some good tips here. Submitted by Dale Stephan (MIAMUG).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMkIcGYuA14
This is an outstanding YouTube video that you will enjoy as you brush up on MacOS Finder. If you don’t learn something we’ll know you didn’t watch the video. Submitted by David Morgan (MIAMUG).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrhi3KPzZ0Y
So while we’re in the mood for learning – watch this YouTube video on MacOS Mojave. Sponsored by CleanMyMac not to be confused with MacKeeper, which is dangerous software.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3340830/how-to-troubleshoot-and-fix-strange-website-errors-with-macos-safari.html
Are you experiencing some strange errors in Safari? Read this article – it may help solve your problems.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mac-power-users-471-menu-bars-docks-startup-apps-oh-my/id458066753?i=1000430530667&mt=2
Here’s a podcast from Mac Power Users that you may enjoy. The topic is Menu Bars, Docks and also Startup Apps. They discuss some really good apps. Click on the Feb 24 2019 podcast. You may also reach the podcast here: https://www.relay.fm/mpu/archive

https://www.wareable.com/smartwatches/apple-watch-series-4-review-6513
There was so much interest in the Apple Watch at our recent MacCamp. Learn about it here and if you decide to buy I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. The future of TeleHealth certainly includes the Apple Watch.

Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2019

https://www.imore.com/7-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-do-apple-pencil
The amazing Apple Pencil – learn about it here.

https://www.imore.com/how-remove-activation-lock-iphone-or-ipad
Selling or receiving a iPhone or iPad? Here you’ll see how removing the activation lock is a must.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7wmVxUCzs0
Are you a new Mac user or just feel you need to brush up on using a Mac? Here’s an excellent tutorial by David A. Cox using Mojave. You haven’t installed Mojave? Hmmm why not?

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2429388,00.asp
This is just a teaser. The Analog to Digital SIG is proceeding in the talking/planning stage. Good time for you to look at all your photos, slides, audio, video, VCR tapes, etc. that you’d like to convert. Stay tuned and let SMUG & MIAMUG know your interest and needs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IInHkhBuvKo
AirPods are the best! If you’re new to AirPods or just need a refresher watch this excellent video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mpTSRtA3iU
Apple March Event is coming soon. Here’s a video talking about what we might expect to be announced. AirPods 2 and charging pad and more.

https://www.apple.com/ios/home/
Let’s discover the Home app if you haven’t adopted it! If you have, how do you use it? What works for you?

https://www.wareable.com/apple/how-to-use-apple-health-iphone-fitness-app-960
Learn more about the Health app. There’s lots there.

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2019

https://jimmymacsupport.com/get-stacked-reduce-icon-clutter-in-mojave-with-new-desktop-stacks/
It’s all about organization. Initiate stacks and enjoy a cleaner desktop than you have ever had.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/04/17/5-simple-tips-for-better-computer-security/
A good resolution for 2019 – Security is most important.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203977
Probably a review but necessary information for everyone.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204184
Your device is backed up – now how do you restore it.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204136
More on backups.

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/523805/how-to-protect-yourself-from-the-latest-facebook-scandal
Lots of concern always and most recently about Facebook.Kim Komando addresses the issue.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3330676/ios/how-ioss-wi-fi-assist-works-and-how-it-can-affect-your-cellular-bill.html
Check this out and decide if you want to use Wi-Fi Assist on your phone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGK39RdKL30
David A. Cox is back with a good video for us. He’ll show us how to gain control over that overstuffed inbox in Apple Mail.

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.