Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2017

http://bit.ly/2kut6a0
Here’s a chance to broaden your knowledge of backing up your devices. Lots of good information here for you to follow.

https://www.idropnews.com/#tab-col3
Heres a site (idropnews.com) mentioned at January SMUG meeting. I hope you enjoy using it. Sign up to receive their Apple news. Contributed by Peter Kirchman (SMUG).

http://bit.ly/2kXVDbd
Here you’ll find some tips regarding the management of your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Get familiar with this information so you remain in control of your accounts. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/2kuxOEu
iPhone and iPad users – this is necessary information for you. Learn some tips for making the displays easier on your eyes.

http://bit.ly/2lzx9Tf
Not to appear paranoid but wouldn’t you like to know if someone (besides you) is logging into your Facebook account? Learn the procedure for checking logins here.

http://bit.ly/2kco7i7
Just saying – the Apple Watch is extremely cool. I did not think I’d enjoy it as much as It do. Read here about watchOS 3. Find out all it does and all it does for you.

http://www.imore.com/apple-tv-ultimate-guide
This Apple TV guide was in Bookmarks in December. But if that date was before you received an Apple TV from Santa, here it is again! Good guide for seamless using of Apple TV.

http://tidbits.com/article/17010
Apple has recently released updates and you should be updating your software. Read about it here.

http://macmost.com
Don’t forget to bookmark this site and return to it often. You’ll learn vital tips daily about using your Mac and devices more proficiently. The tips are also available as a daily podcast. Look around on this site – soooo much here.

Mary’s X Files, January 2017

How to Send an Email Using Siri on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Need to send a quick email or email reply? You can use Siri to do that. Sending an email with Siri makes the whole process faster and you can do it hands-free. Siri has improved over the years, so it’s finally at a point where sending an email using Siri is smooth and accurate, instead of riddled with errors and frustrating. Here’s how to send an email using Siri on iPhone.
1. Press the Home button to activate Siri.
2. Tell Siri to send an email and to whom. For example, “Send an email to Donna.”
3. If a contact has more than one email, Siri will ask which one to use. (You can also tell Siri to send an email to multiple recipients: “Send an email to Donna and Sarah.”)

Photos on Mac — Find and print keyboard shortcuts
~Macworld
Photos is riddled with useful keyboard shortcuts. To see a full list, choose Help > Keyboard Shortcuts, and then in the Photos Help window that appears, click Keyboard shortcuts. You may want to print the list and keep it on your desk.

When you’re finished, just click the red circle at the window’s upper left to close Photos Help.

Photos for Mac — Comparing before and after versions
~Macworld
Photos for Mac has a secret keyboard shortcut that helps you assess your edits by with a Before and After view of your image—that way you can see how much the picture has (hopefully) improved.

However, even if you root around through Photos’ menus, you won’t find it. The trick is to use the M key on your keyboard (iPhoto used the Shift key instead).

To see the before version of an edited photo, press and hold down the M key; release the M key to see the after version. Be sure to memorize this keystroke, because you’ll use it a lot.

How to Quickly Close All Tabs in Safari on iPhone
~iPhone life tip of the day
I don’t know about you but I am a master of having far too many tabs open on my iPhone. Before I know it, Safari is overrun with my web pages from the past month and all I can do is tap X a hundred times to get rid of them all. But now there’s an awesome trick in Safari on iPhone that allows you to quickly close all tabs or easily open a new one in Safari. Here’s how to quickly close all tabs in Safari on iPhone.

1. Open Safari.
2. Tap and hold the open-new-tab icon in the bottom right corner. 3. Your options will pop up: New Tab & Close (#) Tabs.
4. To close all tabs in Safari, tap Close (#) Tabs.
5. To easily open a new tab, tap New Tab.

Quickly Access System Preferences
~9to5Mac (submitted by Mike PJ)
Tip: How to quickly access System Preferences using the Option key and Touch Bar / function row: from Mike PJ “It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a tip this cool. This works on non- Touch Bar Macs as well (just tried on my desktop).” https://9to5mac.com/2016/12/13/how-to-macbook-pro-touch-bar-option-key-system-preferences/#more-458318

Power up your Mac
~iCreate
Compared to most laptops, Macs have fantastic batteries, but that doesn’t mean they always last the 12 hours we hope for. If you find that you’ve dipped below 50 per cent before midday, here are some tricks to try.

1. Turn it all off:
Decreasing the screen brightness,
turning off Bluetooth, muting your audio and even turning off Wi-Fi if you’re not using it will hugely boost your battery.

2. Disconnect:
If you have any devices connected to
your Mac, disconnect them! USB drives, SD cards and CDs can all eat away at your Mac’s battery.

3. Mail limits:
For a longer-term fix, open Mail’s
Preferences window and open the General tab. Change the ‘Check for new messages’ option to Manually.

Controlling Accuracy of Touch ID Settings in iOS
~Macworld
You can add up to five fingers, but they could all theoretically be the same finger if you wished. It would hugely improve the scanning accuracy for that single finger, but you wouldn’t be able to add any others.

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2017

http://www.imore.com/how-rescue-your-mac-malware-corruption
Here’s a link that you should save for when you need it. Lots of information BUT don’t be tempted to download the apps advertised at the top of the page.

http://www.imore.com/how-charge-your-apple-pencil?gm=menu-apple-pencil-guide#article-top
How do you charge your new Apple Pencil? Good directions here. Again don’t download apps advertised at the top of page.

http://bit.ly/2iHm97b
New! Apple Support iOS app! Get it now – you’ll love it. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG). Again don’t download apps advertised at the top of page.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3143768/photography/how-photos-removes-media-from-albums.html
Keep learning about Photos. More here to learn.

http://bit.ly/2ihk7b2
Interesting link here. Top questions and answers from Mac 911. Lots of good stuff. Again don’t download apps advertised at the top of page.

https://support.apple.com/en_US/manuals
Apple manuals for you when you need them. Submitted by Jim Chilton (MIAMUG).

http://macmost.com
https://www.udemy.com/mac-security/learn/v4/overview
Okay, follow the directions. Go to macmost.com. Here you’ll see a FREE online course offered to you. Title is: The Prac- tical Guide to Mac Security. Click on – Get the course for FREE! You’ll be taken to udemy.com (the second link above). Register and you’re on your way. Enjoy and learn…learn…learn. There are other courses available from Gary Rosenzweig (MacMost) but they come with a cost. So take advantage of this free offer. It may go away.

http://tidbits.com/article/16963
Apple’s Wireless AirPods are here! If you have them – please bring them to next club meeting. Everyone would like to see them!

http://tidbits.com/article/16965
And if you have AirPods here’s a connection glitch and a solution.

Gumdrop Case Review by Cameron Welch

I have been working with the iPad Foam Tech case for the iPad 2 for some two months. My first impressions were of disappointment, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, But its chunky black texture did not fill me with enthusiasm nor was the total lack of instructions as to how to install it impressive either! Despite trying I could not see how it fitted. In the end I resorted to that age old warrior “You Tube” and watched a demonstration. It was only from that I realised the original case came with a ribbed frame, obviously to keep its shape, once I removed that it was plain sailing to persuade the iPad to fit into the cases embrace.

As the days progressed my initial criticisms started to wane and I have to admit that now I am converted to allowing my iPad to be embraced by its cloak of security. I do believe very much in the phrase “horses for courses” and this case certainly has its course! It cannot be described as chic and if you are looking for something along those lines to impress your friends at the coffeehouse or boardroom colleagues you will be struggling! If you are wanting robust practical protection then at the price it is sold at it is hard to beat. If you have young children whom you are going to entrust with that type of equipment I cannot fathom anyone allowing their child to take ownership ship without protection like this. I like the pivoting carrying handle which also acts as a support rest/stand (I would have preferred a not quite so upright stance but that is nitpicking!) and I also appreciate that over the years when you take it to bed with you and are using it there how heavy an iPad is when you drop off to sleep and it lands on your nose! With the Gumdrop I just hook my thumb into the handle and if I should drift away into it the arms of slumber as I play on my iPad it no longer lands with unerring precision onto the tip of my nose or teeth, that thumb hooked into the handle prevents the iPad from such vicious behaviour as it slips from my unconscious fingers!

Does it work? Yes, yes and yes it even allowed my iPad to survive a fall from the second to first floor when our 12 week old Sheltie puppy carried it unceremoniously to the stairwell and dropped it down to the first floor! Any criticisms? Yes, yes and yes please Gumdrop cater for idiots like me and enclose some instructions as to how to install it! Redesign the apertures so the recharging access is easier for old fingers like mine, also easier access for the other iPad controls and remove the shadow resulting from obstruction of the camera lens. Would I recommend it without a doubt!

Gumdrop Case Review by Vickie Place

This is my first Gumdrop case which I have for my iPhone 6 Plus.

Even though the case adds some bulk to the phone I know it is well protected if ever accidentally dropped. The outer rubber shell makes it easy to hang on to and it has sealed ports to keep out dirt and dust.  Excellent quality and I’m pleased with the lavender/purple color. I would highly recommend this product.

Vickie Place
Saginaw Macintosh Users Group

Gumdrop Case Review by Jerry Brasseur

The Gumdrop case I received to review is for the 11” MacBook Air.

I was rather dismayed when first trying to figure out how to put it on as the directions were quite incomplete. It took me about ten minutes to figure out how to slide the MacBook into the case. Once i figured out the mounting points, it slid right in.

The Gumdrop case is a soft, pressure absorbing plastic with more rigid plastic encasing the corners which gives it its shock absorbing capabilities.

It closes very smoothly and offers complete protection of the MacBook. Plenty of room is available around the connection ports so cables fit very easily.

I like the textured surface as it makes it very easy to hang on to it without slipping from my hand.

There is no separate hinge as it is entirely one piece wrapping around the entire computer. The hinge area is well perforated to allow the movement of air for cooling.

It is worth the purchase price as the case gives me a feeling of confidence that my MacBook is surrounded with protection from bumps, scratches, or bruises.

Jerry Brasseur
Saginaw Macintosh Users Group

 

Mary’s X Files, December 2016

Using Photos on macOS Sierra for People Recognizing
~iCreate
When you’re not using the Photos app, leave it open so that it has time to scan all your images for recognizable people.

Set up and use Magnifier on iOS 10
~iCreate
Read anything by pressing the Home button three times. There will be times when the fine print in a document or on a product is hard to read, and this is a particular problem for those with less than ideal eyesight. Fortunately, Apple has come up with a solution that is not only very quick to use, but which will render any difficult object or text in a magnified fashion that can be read instantly. The process for setting it up is very easy and it is even easier to use, with the option being available any time you find yourself struggling to see or read something. You may find yourself using it every day.

1. Find the settings – Go to Settings>General>Accessibility and look for the Magnifier option. As with many settings in iOS, it is not easy to find unless you are specifically looking for it.
2. Set it up – Tap the button next to Magnifier at the top to enable the feature and then do the same for Auto-Brightness if you want the camera to sense the ambient light conditions.
3. Nothing changes – The feature can be enabled and you will see no change at all until you triple-press the Home button. In day to day use, it is there waiting for you until you need to use it.
4. Magnify something – You can now magnify any object with a Home button triple-click and you will also be able to take a photo of it. The image can be blurred unless captured for referencing after.

Copy & Paste between Devices with Universal Clipboard
~iCreate
You can send text and images anywhere using Universal Clipboard. Provided your iOS device and Mac are signed in to the same iCloud account, you will be able to take advantage of the new Universal Clipboard feature to copy and paste across devices. You must have macOS Sierra installed on your Mac, and iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, and provided Bluetooth is enabled on both devices it should just start working with no problems. Simply copy something on one device in the usual way and then past it on the other. it really could not be more straightforward.

To use Universal Clipboard, the two devices must be within local range of each other, but they can be connected to different Wi-Fi networks.

iOS – Activate Larger Dynamic Type
~iCreate
It’s a fact of life that our eyes deteriorate over time. Looking at small computer screens all day does us no favors at all. Did you know that you can increase the font size in iOS to stop you straining? Here’s how to activate it.

1. Larger text – In the Settings app, tap on General and then Accessibility. Navigate to Larger Text and tap on that option.
2. Activate feature – Before you do anything else, you need to flick the Larger Accessibility Sizes switch to green. This lets you adjust the text size via the slider.
3. Drag the slider – Now it’s up to you how big you want the system font to go. Drag the slider until you’re happy – the text on the page will update as a live preview.

macOS Sierra – Undo Closure of Tabs in Safari
~MacFormat
I like some of the simplest tricks in Safari, such as the ability to undo the closure of more than just one tab by pressing command+z multiple times.

macOS Sierra -Annotate a Photo in Photos App
~MacFormat
Double-click a photo so it fills the app’s window. Then, click the “Edit Photo” button (its icon is one of the three sliders) at the top, right of the window. Click Extensions at the bottom of the list of tools down the right of the photo. Then, click “Markup”.

You can write text, add shapes or symbols, draw freehand, or even add a magnifying glass effect to draw attention to an area. Click “Save Changes” when you’re done. To remove annotations, edit the photo and click “Revert to Original”.

iOS Uses for Siri
~iCreate
1. Use the speaker – When making a call using Siri, you can enable the speaker to make the experience truly hands-free. Saying “Call Jo on speaker” will initiate the call through the speaker.
2. Deal with settings – Many people do not realize that Siri can access most iOS settings. For example, if you say “Open Mail settings”, you will be taken straight to the area you need.
3. Take a chance – When you want luck to play a part in a decision, you can say “roll dice” or “flip a coin” to Siri and he/she will offer a random result.
4. Correctly pronounce names – If Siri pronounces a name incorrectly, you can say “that’s not how you pronounce…” You can then say it again and Siri will offer alternative options for you to choose.
5. Deal with dates – Asking Siri when a public holiday is will bring up the date you need, but you can also say some like “How many days until…” followed by a date.

Betty’s Bookmarks, December 2016

http://nyti.ms/2gzyQNb
Here’s a great link providing directions for burning a DVD from a movie made on an iPad. Contributed by Dale Stephan (MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/apple-tv-ultimate-guide
An Apple TV may be under your tree soon. That is if you’ve been good. You’ll need this great guide to set it up and use it like a master.

http://www.imore.com/calendar
Here’s where you learn to use the Calendar app like a master.

http://www.imore.com/best-apple-watch
http://www.imore.com/watchos
http://www.imore.com/how-set-and-start-using-your-apple-watch
Gift yourself an Apple Watch. You can do it! You won’t be sorry! There’s lots to get you ready for the experience of a lifetime right here.

http://www.imore.com/ipad-users-guide
Excellent guide for new owners of an iPad. If you need to brush up as a former owner – this is the place for you also.

http://bit.ly/2gGQgre
Here’s a way to use Siri! When guests visit during the holidays, Siri can help you find the photos you want to show them in a slide show. Read about the easy procedure here. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/2gDBfKm
You’ve used various bluetooth pieces of equipment on your Mac. Here’s how to remove unwanted items from the macOS Bluetooth menu.

http://bit.ly/2gDFUfq
There’s a bit of a change in Sierra regarding using software from an ‘unsigned’ developer. Read about the procedure here. BUT be aware! Don’t accept and run randomly provided or discovered unsigned macOS apps.

Betty’s Bookmarks, November 2016

http://www.macworld.com/article/3130804/ios/how-to-undelete-and-re-delete-mail-in-ios.html
Undo Trash? In iOS? Yes you can, read about it here.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3127355/ios/6-more-ways-to-make-the-most-of-mail-for-ios.html
Make Mail for iOS 10 work for you. Here are 6 ways you must know about.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3126056/security/use-app-specific-passwords-with-two-factor-authentication.html
More information for you regarding two-factor authentication. Specifically helpful for those who use calendar, contact, and email software that isn’t set up through iCloud.

http://tidbits.com/article/16844
Cheaper isn’t better in most cases. Watch what you’re buying. Good reading here.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3132980/photography/how-to-merge-iphoto-and-photo-libraries-on-a-mac.html
More to learn about iPhoto and Photos. The more you know the more power you have.

http://www.imore.com/how-set-your-new-mac
Hoping to find a new Mac under your Christmas tree? Here’s an excellent step-by-step guide for setting up your new Mac.

http://www.imore.com/10-things-every-new-mac-owner-should-know
More information for a new Mac owner or a review for old timers.

http://www.imore.com/how-troubleshoot-your-mac
Read the information on this website and then save it. Everyone needs help – so here are some places and procedures to obtain help. AND don’t forget your SMUG/MIAMUG Help forum. Sign up on your club’s website.

http://macmost.com/printable-mac-keyboard-shortcut-page-for-macos-sierra.html
Download (follow the link) and print this Mac Keyboard Shortcut Page for macOS Sierra. Do a search on the page (type – keyboard shortcuts) to find same page for earlier mac OS systems. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

http://www.imore.com/awesome-keyboard-shortcuts-every-mac-owner-should-know
Great learning site for keyboard shortcuts for every Mac user. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

Mary’s X Files, November 2016

How to use and customize Shake to Undo on iPhone and iPad
~iMore
How do I use the Shake to Undo feature on my iPhone and iPad? It’s enabled by default, but you can always turn it off in your settings!

Have you ever tried to delete a giant paragraph of text you just typed on your iPhone or iPad? Good news: You don’t have to hold backspace and watch all the letters and words disappear, one by one. You can simply shake your iPhone. Shake to Undo can save precious time and simply gets rid of what you just wrote, so you can start fresh with a blank slate.

Check a Folder’s Location in Finder on a Mac
~MacFormat
Turning on the path bar (View > Show Path Bar) shows the current folder’s location across the bottom of its window. Double-click a folder in the bar to jump to it, command-click to open it in a new window, or drag and drop items onto one to move them there.

Siri, find my car (in iOS 10)
~iMore
If your car has Bluetooth or CarPlay, Maps can automatically display it on a map, along with when you last turned the car off and space for notes and a photo of your garage level, if you’re the kind who forgets such things. (I am.)

You can also ask Siri “Where’s my car?” if you want a quick and precise location, and even get directions to it.

How Can I Check Installed Apple Security Updates
~MacFormat
Choose Command+”About This Mac” and click “System Report”. In the left pane, under Software, select “Installations”, then click the “Install Date” header twice to order updates with the most recent first. Security updates include Gatekeeper Configuration Data.

How Do I Restart my Mac in Safe Mode?
~MacFormat
Shut down, wait 10 seconds, then press the Power button to start up. At the startup sound, hold down the shift key until you see the Apple logo and progress bar. Check in System information that Boot Mode says ‘Safe’.

What Happens to your Music if you Cancel your Subscription to iTunes Match?
~iCreate
Before canceling your iTunes Match subscription, ensure you’ve downloaded all music stored in the cloud to your Mac. One of the biggest benefits of iTunes Match is the opportunity to convert your music to a higher bitrate of 256kbps; everything matched in the cloud is available to redownload at this bitrate. It does not automatically redownload though, which is why it’s important to download all music stored in the cloud.

How to Forward a Text Message on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Can text messages be forwarded? Why, yes, they can! If you’ve ever accidentally sent a message to the wrong person or wanted to pass a message you received from one person on to someone else, you can easily forward texts from the Messages app. When you forward a text message on iPhone, you can also add your own comments before sending it on. This is a great way to forward pictures you receive in messages that you want to share with friends. Here’s how to forward a text message on iPhone.

To forward a text:
- Open the conversation in Messages containing the text you want to pass on.

- Double tap or press and hold on the the body of the message.

- Tap More and all the messages will shift to the right. Small circles will appear to the left of each text, with the message you’ve tapped on already selected. Tap on the circle next to any additional messages you want to forward.