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).

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.

Betty’s Bookmarks, March 2015

http://tinyurl.com/ph5l3hu
This was Chris Breen’s first article on Photos. Maybe you missed it in February Bookmarks.

http://tinyurl.com/lcj5h57
More on the new Photos app that will be replacing iPhoto soon.

http://tinyurl.com/ncdg24g
Here’s some typing tips to use on your iPhone and iPad.

http://tinyurl.com/qjfjqmn
http://tinyurl.com/qbo6stq
If you’re concerned with privacy and security, both articles will help you understand FileVault 2.

http://tinyurl.com/mzbp8mc
New FCC rules on unlocking your phone may be something you’re interested in doing.

http://tinyurl.com/kf2ucu9
If you only learn to use a few of these Mac keyboard shortcuts you’ll look like a genuine power user.

http://tinyurl.com/n9k7nhj
Sign up for FREE Tips & Tricks delivered to you by email. That means everyday of the week you’ll receive a tip to save you time and use your iDevice more productively. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

http://sixcolors.com/post/2015/02/apple-watch-what-we-know/
It’s getting closer! In fact there’s an Apple Event scheduled for March 9. Rumor has it that the Apple Watch will be discussed. Learn all about the Apple Watch here. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/iphone-slow-heres-how-speed-it
For iPhone Users: Follow this list (Steps 1-6 or easiest to more involved) to get more speed out of your iPhone. There’s so much information here – don’t miss the main points and the sub-points.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204268
AOL users: Mary Nesset and Jerry Brasseur sent this information to both clubs’ members. If you missed it – it’s here again.

Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2015

http://www.imore.com/secret-siri-commands-ten-ways-amp-your-digital-assistant
Get to know Siri (she’s improving). Here are 12 secret commands you may not know about. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/siri-ultimate-guide
Here’s a Siri guide for you to review.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2874170/how-to-cull-your-iphoto-library.html#tk.rss_all
Here’s a good wintertime activity. Learn how to eliminate duplicate and poor photos from your iPhoto library and then do it. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/avoid-mackeeper
MacKeeper – read about it here and AVOID it! Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/how-set-your-new-mac
Is a new Mac in your future? This site provides the step-by-step process you need to follow to set up your new Mac. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://tinyurl.com/m968edu
This is Part 2 of the article used in Bookmarks last month. You’ll learn more of the power of Apple’s free Preview app. If you missed Part 1 – here’s the link. http://tinyurl.com/l2erfnx
Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://tinyurl.com/nk8es5k
Here’s an update on Apple Pay. Try it – you’ll like it!

http://tinyurl.com/lougcb4
It won’t be long before the launch of OS X 10.10.3 and Photos for OS X. Read about Photos here and be ready for the transition.

http://www.imore.com/what-you-need-know-about-photos-os-x
More information on Photos for OS X, as well as a launch date projection of April 2015. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204152
One more thing! How about setting up two-step verification for your Apple ID. Your Apple ID is key to many things you do with Apple. Only you should have access to your account details, be able to update your password, access the data you store with iCloud, make purchases in iTunes and the App Store. Add another layer of security with two-step verification.

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2015

http://tinyurl.com/ndamxhh
Take a look at this site for FREE Photography classes taught by university professor and professionals. Explore the site and find even more.

http://tinyurl.com/l2erfnx
This is Part 1 of a terrific article written by Lesa Snider. Read about her fame at the end of article. You’ll learn about the superpowers of Apple’s Preview. Preview comes with your Mac and is the most useful app you don’t know about. Bookmark this site and come back for Part 2. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203106
http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/29/how-to-share-files-mac-ios-airdrop/
Here are two sites to help you learn to use Airdrop. Very cool!

http://tinyurl.com/nymexeg
If you’re still haven’t installed Yosemite – learn 17 things you can do in Yosemite that you couldn’t do in Mavericks. Now install!

http://tinyurl.com/p99takx
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-pay-vs-google-wallet/
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-pay-and-mobile-payments/
You’re about to lose your wallet to Apple Pay. That may sound scary. Read and learn about Apple Pay and you’ll gain confidence.

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201060
http://tinyurl.com/pzogdbf
I did it – what was I waiting for! Family Sharing is great – try it. Also good for young families – gives parents necessary controls. Download the Family Sharing Reference Guide on the second site.

Betty’s Bookmarks, December 2014

http://tinyurl.com/navpct4
Check this site out if you’re having trouble with transparency feature in Yosemite. You’ll learn how to save your eyes and adjust it.

http://tinyurl.com/phc7ucv
Tips for making Siri work for you. You have her – better use her!

http://tinyurl.com/kgxp7oa
Read this! Don’t bite on a phishing scam that can turn around and bite you.

https://howsecureismypassword.net
Another attempt to get club members to strengthen their passwords. Check passwords here. The site advertises RoboForm (yearly charge). Make sure you check 1Password or others first.

http://tinyurl.com/lv9h25h
Yosemite users: Here’s the process for changing your administrative password on your Mac.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ6AZMk2cy0
Here’s how you change your administrative password if you’ve forgotten it. Heaven forbid!!!

http://www.maclife.com/article/features/50-ios-8-tips-and-tricks
This is homework for you on iOS 8 tips.

http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/50-os-x-yosemite-tips-tricks
This is also homework for you on Yosemite tips.

http://tinyurl.com/pj86kae
Facebook users – this is a must read!

http://www.tuaw.com/category/Slices-of-Apple/
This documentary series was mentioned months ago. Now it has 12 installments. This is a reminder so you can catch up.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/three-holiday-gift-ideas-for-older-techies
We can all use a little help. Check out these gift ideas and get them on your list. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

Betty’s Bookmarks, November 2014

http://tinyurl.com/qdhtddb
Looking for more information on Apple Pay? This is for you.

http://tinyurl.com/pb74632
More Apple Pay information from Macworld.

http://tinyurl.com/mtnhhrj
Here’s a how-to on 2-step verification for iCloud.

http://tinyurl.com/qcb67vt
Print to PDF – here’s a tutorial video to learn how.

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/10/os-x-10-10/25/
Spend some time with the Ars Technica Review of Yosemite. It’s long but it’s worth it. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://tinyurl.com/lnta26f
http://tinyurl.com/lsf8nm5
iOS 8 – what’s changing for your photos? And some camera tricks. Two great reads.

http://tinyurl.com/nrfvrwv
If you’re running Yosemite – are these quirks annoying you? If they are then learn how to fix them so you’re happy again.

Betty’s Bookmarks, October 2014

http://www.macworld.com/article/2599252/four-tips-to-soup-up-safari-on-ios.html#tk.nl_mwdaily
Here you’ll find some good and practical tips for using Safari on your iOS device.

https://umano.me/c/OYYKW/yes-google-maps-is-tracking-you-heres-how-to-stop-it-
This is an audio link – so click on Continue to article on the first screen you see. Then click on the play arrow to listen. You’ll hear that Google Maps is tracking us. Take a look at the Google Support page for instructions seeing where you’ve been. https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/4388034

https://umano.me/c/XYj17/how-long-do-cds-last-it-depends-but-definitely-not-forever
Follow the directions above to listen to this audio link. You’ll learn that those pictures, etc. you’ve burned to CDs won’t be around forever.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2600760/automate-your-mac-10-ways-to-make-managing-email-easier.html
Learn some tips on managing your email. While you’re on this page – check out other articles in this Automate your Mac series. Look at top of page > More stories in this series. Lots of good stuff.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2359380/ios-8-faq-what-we-know-so-far-about-apples-next-generation-mobile-os.html
Whether you’ve installed iOS 8 or not, you’ll find some interesting reading here. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG).

http://www.macworld.com/article/2686049/get-to-know-ios-8-family-sharing.html
Family sharing is included in iOS 8. Learn all about it here. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG).

http://tinyurl.com/om3pzo6
Is it REALLY such a bad idea to use a password twice? You’d better answer YES!!! Shame on you if you said ‘No’. Go directly to this article and read!

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5570?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
Step up your security with Apple also. Read this support article from Apple on two-factor verification for Apple ID. Now here’s a MacWorld article on the same subject. It’s important!
http://www.macworld.com/article/2684307/apple-beefs-up-security-with-2-factor-authentication-for-icloud-backups.html

Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2014

http://www.imore.com/imessage-ios-8-explained
http://www.imore.com/photos-ios-8-explained
We’re all getting ready for iOS 8. Here’s information to prepare you for it. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

https://umano.me/c/Dvj9z/i-burned-through-my-inbox-with-mailbox-for-mac
http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/19/6031985/mailbox-for-mac-app-beta-review
Here you can listen OR read about Mailbox for Mac. If you choose the first link to listen – click on continue to article, then click on the arrow. I’m testing it and hope to show results at SMUG at September meeting.

http://tinyurl.com/lv9oqxr
More kids have iPads – so direct them to some truly educational apps. Here are some of the best titles for children in the elementary school-age group.

http://tinyurl.com/mjm8v6u
iPhone 5 owners! Check out this battery replacement program if you’re having a failing battery issue. Word to the wise! Before you drive to an Apple Store – check to see that they have the battery in stock!

http://tinyurl.com/qx7favh
For Packrats! Good tips on freeing up hard drive space.

http://tinyurl.com/nrlbrr2
Older phone becoming sluggish? – find out why here.

http://tinyurl.com/mtbsyye
Did you know you can view a list of all your Apple products, check warranty coverage and more. Click on your own personal Support Profile page in the article. This is very cool!

http://tinyurl.com/m4vtve7
iMessage is great for sending and receiving photos – but after you save a photo(s) to your Camera Roll, delete photos from iMessage and free up some valuable space on your phone.

http://tinyurl.com/ldcwx9j
Slices of Apple is introduced here – an inside look at what makes Apple great. It’s sort of a documentary, a series of video episodes for you to watch. As I’m writing this – Episode 4 has been posted. Watch for more. http://www.tuaw.com/category/Slices-of-Apple/

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2014

http://tinyurl.com/ngaw8yg
Have fun learning about using colors on your Mac.

http://tinyurl.com/myn2foj
iPhone users concerned about privacy must read this.

http://tinyurl.com/o55fqla
Mac 911 comes to the rescue if you use Notes on your Mac and devices. If an important note gets deleted and you want it back – read this for a solution.

http://www.imore.com/how-to-make-sure-capture-unexpected-photos-kids-with-your-iphone
Learn how to be prepared with your iPhone to get those serendipitous moments. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG).

http://tinyurl.com/mmyhuex
Follow this link and learn the best ways to share a web page (via Mail) in Safari.

http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how-to-master-os-x-reminders
This is a great article to use while learning to use Reminders on your Mac and device.

http://tinyurl.com/or9wer5
Wi-Fi problems happen to all of us. Learn how to troubleshoot the problem here.

http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/os-x/
We’re all waiting anxiously for Yosemite to arrive in the fall. Read what MacRumors has to say about our new operating system.