No sooner does one School Year finish and we’re thinking about the next.
For many parents with children heading off to secondary school for the first time, it is perhaps time to consider a first mobile phone for their child. It is also very common these days for even primary school children to carry a smartphone.
It may also be the year that your child starts using an iPad, Mac or Windows laptop at school.
Here are some things to think about before you hand over any of this type of technology to your child
If you are a regular user of the Messages app on the iPad, iPhone and Mac, you may have noticed that, when you send an iMessage to someone, you may see when the message is 'Delivered' or, in some cases, 'Read'.
Most people (including me!) choose to turn off the 'Read Receipt' option so that the sender only sees that the message was 'delivered', but not whether I have 'read it' yet - mainly because I don't want anyone to be offended if I 'read' a message but do not get a chance to respond immediately.
While assisting a client to set up Parental Controls on her 12yo child's new iPhone this week, discussion turned to the topic of the 'Ask to Buy' setting in the Family Sharing setup of iCloud.
This setting allows a parent to remotely authorise (or not) a request from a child who is a member of their iCloud Family, to purchase/download content (even free apps).
In this particular client's case, her child was very keen to get onto the social media platforms that her friends were already on.
This mum was considering allowing her child on Instagram (as a Private account of course), so we installed it and set up the app so that it is a Private account.
She was happy that she had control over what other social media Apps her child could download, through the Ask to Buy setting.
But there is a catch to this setting that meant her child could have downloaded Apps or other content without having to ask for permission.
All parents need to be aware of this 'back door'.
It's that time of year again, where so many parents are having to put on their 'IT' hat and set up devices for the upcoming school year.
If the device that you are setting up for your child is an iPad or iPhone, there is a list of things that you need to consider when setting up these devices.
We have put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard) and written up this list for you. Select the button below to view this checklist.
If you are running a newer version of Microsoft Excel on Windows, you can sometimes find that it stops you from editing and saving an older Excel file - or (like an iTandCoffee business client recently found) from editing and saving a temporary Excel file created by some old software that you are running
There is a way that you can adjust Excel's file protection settings to allow you to edit and save these files. Visit the Options settings (found in the File menu). The relevant settings are found in the Trust Centre option.
Watch this short video for further details.
23/12/2018 0 Comments
My Christmas break allowed me the time to do a bit of a spring clean of my technology 'stuff'.
One of the things I did over the last few weeks was to clean up all those unwanted alerts and notifications that pop up on my iPhone screen.
There is a really quick way of doing this straight away when such a Notification appears - and you don't even need to unlock your device. Find out how in the Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members. (Not yet a member? Find out more about The iTandCoffee Club here.)
There is an app for every occasion!
When it came time to draw the winner of the iTandCoffee Club prize draw, we had a thought!
Wouldn't it be great if there was an app that could draw the winner for us.
Of course there is. The app we used is called Lucky Raffle.
And here is the video of the prize draw - and the winder of the brand new 6th Generation iPad, drawn today at our final iTandCoffee Club session for the year today (14/12/18).
In the last newsletter, we discussed the question Should you upgrade your Mac to Mojave yet?
If you read that article and have decided that you are ready to take the plunge (after, of course, having backed up your Mac) the steps involved are relatively simple - and upgrading is free (as long as you are currently running OS X Mountain Lion or later).
We have recorded a detailed video that describes how to perform such an upgrade and it is now available as part of the new Mastering your Mac - Troubleshooting and Housekeeping video tutorial set (which are always available to all Premium members of The iTandCoffee Club).
For the month of December 2018, this set of videos is available to all iTandCoffee Club members.
Watch the How to Upgrade your Mac video by selecting the button below.
(Not yet a member of The iTandCoffee Club? Find out more here.)
Set a New Year's Resolution to learn about your Mac!
Here's a checklist for improving your Mac's performance
They do say patience is a virtue but there is nothing more frustrating than a slow start-up of your MacBook or iMac, especially when it should only take around 30 seconds - normally!
And we are all familiar with the frustration of apps that take forever to start, or to do whatever it is they should do. That ‘spinning beachball of death’ can really raise the blood pressure.
By Heidi Mitchell
If you were an avid Apple Photo Books user, I hate to be the bearer of bad news.
Just in case you hadn't heard, you can no longer order a photo book through Apple - even if you have it created and ready to go.
Don't despair - you won't have to start all over again. You can still print that book that you had just spent hours creating.
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