Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2016

http://bit.ly/1nuWspc
It’s wintertime and you now have a good excuse to start a project. Here is everything you need to know to begin a scanning project. Digitize those photos that are saved in a box and enjoy them digitally. Make slide shows; send them to friends and family; reminisce. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/20e0Hrc
Whether you have multiple Apple TVs or you just have a new one that you want to rename. Here’s lots of information about going about that task.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C81zwCHw1Y8
If you are interested in learning about Instagram – watch this short tutorial by David A. Cox.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBDYYGER5iM
Here’s a beginner’s tutorial on Twitter by David A. Cox.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYBUrCqL27A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e2EulozwGI
Okay – let’s learn about Snapchat so you can have fun with your friends and impress your grandchildren.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3012984/macs/how-to-eject-a-disk-properly-on-os-x.html
Stop! Don’t do it! Don’t just yank that flash drive out of your USB port! Learn how to eject a flash drive the correct way.

http://bit.ly/1P4f0E0
Here’s a how-to to help you if your Mac laptop’s headphone jack is not behaving.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgS6E-6vStA
More and more club members have installed El Capitan. If you haven’t be assured that it’s great and everything will be okay. Learn about El Capitan here with a tutorial. And learn some tips, tricks and shortcuts here:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/04/el-capitan-learn-the-ropes-of-the-new-apple-os

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2016

http://bit.ly/1kxPApi
Here’s help for a great project! Learn how to share slideshows created in Photos for Mac. Now get busy! Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/1VufXdm
This information is crucial if unwanted texts and phone calls have been annoying you. Learn here how to block them. Now be happy!

https://www.tapforms.com
Bento was a great database and I loved it. However, it’s gone. RIP, Bento. Tap Forms Organizer stepped up to the plate. The app is great, support is superb, your data is available on all your devices, and there is iCloud and Dropbox integration. Free trial available on tapforms.com website. It’s also available to buy in the App Store.

http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com
Both SMUG and MIAMUG have so many new members. I must repeat this site to help relieve frustration. If you’re trying to get to a website and it just won’t come up on your screen – try this site. Paste the url into the box and find out if the site is down or the problem is with you.

https://twit.tv/posts/inside-twit/2016-programming-changes
Here’s information for you regarding TWIT TV programming schedule changes. If you don’t already follow the shows available – give them a try! Watch live or as podcasts or on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q46KZnoc5T8
Here are some tips to organize your Photos in Apple Photos. I need this and perhaps you do also. Skip the annoying ad.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/i-found-an-easy-fix-for-my-recalcitrant-mac-backup-disk
Dr. Mac (aka Bob LeVitus) has posted an informative article for us. He leads us through the easy fix for his Time Machine disk. His process was performing a Safe Boot – which is something we all should know about. Tuck this help article away, you may need it.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/att-killing-off-two-year-phone-contracts-jan-8
This is for AT&T customers. Say goodbye to two-year contracts. Mac Observer calls it a good thing for customers.

Betty’s Bookmarks, December 2015

https://slate.adobe.com/welcome/
After the holidays how about putting your downtime to good use. Take a look at the projects your could accomplish using Slate. Get inspiration from the many examples.

http://bit.ly/1SAIDj2
Good advice here! Make sure you read this before you trust software originating sites not being Apple or the developer’s own website. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

https://alternativeto.net
Now for the more experienced among us – a site offering a new approach to finding good software. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

http://bit.ly/1MZDxeA
Here learn how to search your iPhone and iPad efficiently. There are 4 smarter ways to search. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/1YM7Mec
Here’s a valuable article written by Lesa Snider. Read it before you order prints, a book, a calendar, etc. Make sure your photo’s colors are correct and look their best.

http://bit.ly/1PDOXrP
I vote for iCloud! However, you may not – or you’re not sure how to use it. Anyway, here are 5 easy ways to get your iPhone photos onto your Mac.

http://www.imore.com/how-set-and-start-using-your-apple-watch
If you find an Apple Watch under your tree soon – or just admit it, you plan to gift yourself. Here’s the ultimate guide on how to set up and use your Apple Watch.

https://twit.tv/shows/ifive-iphone
This is a fun and informative show that I’m sure you would enjoy. Megan Morrone offers up a top five list of best iPhone apps as well as helpful tricks. Suggestion: subscribe to the show’s  podcast through iTunes.

Betty’s Bookmarks, November 2015

http://www.imore.com/say-goodbye-repairing-file-permissions-el-capitan
After you install El Capitan you no longer have the task of verify/repair permissions. Yea!

http://bit.ly/1HiPffD
Learn more about iOS 9.1 tips and tricks. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/1l0T4l7
Do you think that an old iPhone is useless? Wrong! Use it as an iPod touch.

http://bit.ly/20irSyn
Good info on Apple’s OS X security.

http://www.imore.com/how-use-slide-over-multitasking-your-ipad
Here’s where you can learn how to use slide over (new in iOS 9) on your iPad.

http://www.imore.com/get-started-apple-tv
The fourth-gen Apple TV is here! And Christmas is coming! Hint hint! Learn how to set up your Apple TV here.

http://bit.ly/1GRTyU9
iPad Pro, Smart keyboard and Apple Pen will be available soon. Learn about these new products here.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/contacts-cleaning-up-extra-accounts
Time for some housecleaning! Find out how to clean up messy Contacts here.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/itunes-delete-old-device-backups-to-save-space
Here’s a tip to regain some space on your computer. Old backups from your devices may still be living on your computer taking up valuable space.

Betty’s Bookmarks, October 2015

http://www.imore.com/ios-9-faq
It’s here – iOS 9! You must install because updates are good for your device and they really mean it this time. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions you may have. There’s a lot to read and digest so plan some large time blocks.

https://developer.apple.com/support/two-factor-authentication/
iOS 9 is here and El Capitan may be released before you read this (probably 9/30). So let’s get up-to-date on what’s new in security using Two-Factor Authentication. This is important for you to use and understand. More on the subject here / http://bit.ly/1PGrTWf

http://techtalkamerica.com
If you follow Bookmarks each month you know I’ve mentioned a website called pcclassesonline.com and suggested you use and remember it. David has changed the name of the site. Still good and still lots to learn from him – just go to techtalkamerica.com. Also follow his YouTube channel.

http://www.accularian.com
Catch Dana’s Home Automation presentation at October meetings, both SMUG and MIAMUG. And remember to talk to Dana Haynes about a club discount for his tutorial site and start learning!

http://www.noteboomtutorials.com
Another site for tutorials.

http://bit.ly/1G9pjmf
http://bit.ly/1gYnhyo
Here are some sites to learn about the 4th gen Apple TV. Compare to present Apple TV and the competition.

http://www.wired.com/2015/09/apple-news-ipad/
Read about News here. It came with iOS 9. Personalize the app and you’ll have your news you follow at your fingertips.

Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2015

http://bit.ly/1NYHZtj
Good stuff to learn about here even though it’s a bit dated. BUT poke around on this site and you’ll find some free tutorials as well as some at a small cost.

http://www.accularian.com
Meet Dana Haynes, our new SMUG member, who recently moved to mid-Michigan from Florida. He is a certified Apple consultant and has this wonderful site for tutorials and help with your Mac and Apple devices. I’m sure he’ll be spotted at MIAMUG also. Welcome Dana!

http://lifehacker.com/5576927/how-to-stay-safe-on-public-wi-fi-networks
Learn here just how to be safe on public Wi-Fi networks.

http://iphonephotographyschool.com
Here’s a site to help you use your iPhone for photography more effectively and creatively. Here’s a good place to begin – http://iphonephotographyschool.com/iphoneography/

http://bit.ly/1JCkXZH
Learn more about Photos for OS X and its editing power.

http://ubm.io/1NENQXO
Do you know these hacks for your iPhone? I bet you can find at least a couple that will make you say – “I didn’t know that!”

http://bit.ly/1LAPsys
MacKeeper – avoid at all costs! Read about class-action law suit.

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-online-backup-service/
Looking to protect your valuable data? Then primary in your consideration should be that you backup offsite. Read this article by Joe Kissell who teamed up with the review site (The Wirecutter). Spend some time reading the CrashPlan review and so much more.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/how-to-add-eject-to-the-menu-bar
It’s terribly time consuming to drag a cd or dvd to the trash to eject. Joke! Put Disk Eject in your menu bar and save time. Find out how to do that.

http://bit.ly/1JHsNg0
Here’s Keychain 101 (Apple’s Password Manager). I admit I use Keychain and 1Password and I’m happy with the convenience.

http://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2015/
The Apple Event is next week on Wednesday September 9. You should not miss the Apple Event keynote. It’s fun to see the new announcements and the excitement. Watch it live on your computer at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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.

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.

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.

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).