Mobile technology is such an important part of most peoples' everyday life. It can also be a lifesaver in many ways.
Just recently, there was media coverage of a new app that is directly responsible for saving lives.
When did you last do a backup of your Mac?
If your answers is 'what is a backup?', 'never' or 'ages ago', you are putting yourself at serious risk of losing irreplaceable photos and files if something happens to that Mac. An iTandCoffee client I visited this week can attest to to the stress that can result from a damaged computer.
My very own iMac suffered a major problem just recently, and had to be restored from a backup. It can happen to any of us.
In recent online news about security, privacy, scams and threats, there have been some scary articles about new threats to millions of Windows users.
The topic of backups came up several times over the last couple of weeks, I have decided to re-publish the below article on this topic from November 2017, still relevant on today's iOS devices.
So many people that we see at iTandCoffee have never considered doing a backup of their iPad or iPhone. This puts them at great risk of losing their photos, messages, and lots of other information stored on their device.
While using iCloud can ensure that certain information is always protected from device loss or damage (through sync'ing of key information like Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, etc), not everything can be restored if a disaster strikes. These disasters could come in the form of a dropped or stolen device, a malfunctioning device, a forgotten passcode, or a failed update or upgrade.
It is very easy to back up your iPad or iPhone - in fact, it can happen 'magically' each day, without you even thinking about it. This is done using a feature of iCloud called 'iCloud Backup'.
One of the most painful things about getting the NBN is that, because the arrival of the NBN usually results in the arrival of a new router from your Telco, you then need to re-program all your devices to connect to the new router's new Wi-Fi network.
I was called a client's house just this week to assist with this.
Her SmartTV, computers, printer and mobile devices all stopped working after the installation of the NBN and the new router (in her case, an Optus router).
It is really handy to know that there is a way that you can avoid having to make any changes to the household devices after the arrival of the new router - that there is a trick that allows all of the existing household devices to connect to the new router as if nothing has changed.
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Only recently, I decided to to start using Microsoft's Office 365 Outlook app on my MacBook Pro - instead of the Mail app on that device.
In a separate article (coming soon!), I will talk about the reasons why I did this on the Mac this and the advantages / disadvantages of this move. (If you are interested learning more about this, why not come along to our iPad and iPhone Users Group - next scheduled for Friday July 19th 1pm.)
I have now installed that Outlook app on my iPhone and have to say that I am loving a particular additional feature of Outlook that is not available in the standard Mail app.
Now, I know this one might be a bit too obvious. But it's amazing how often I forget to do it and miss out on getting the best photo I can.
Because we are constantly handling our iPhones (or other smartphones), it is so easy to end up with dust, dirt or fingerprints all over the camera lens.
Each of the photos shown in this article suffers from the effects of the lens being dirty. Sometimes, there is no opportunity to re-take them! Especially when the sun or lights are involved, the result can be a very 'washed out' photo.
Have you ever tried to match a colour on your Mac?
A perfect example for a client recently was that she wanted her name in her email signature to be the same colour as that of her logo, but couldn't quite get the right orange.
There is a really easy way to do this, and it is available in any app that allows a colour to be chosen.
I must say that I use this one on a very regular basis!
Find out more in this Mac tip for members of The iTandCoffee Club.
You may have seen recent articles in the press about the increasing incidence of mobile number porting - where a person's mobile number is moved to a different mobile service provider by an unknown person. If this happens, you suddenly find you no longer have mobile service. You may first receive a message that tells you the porting is happening - generally when it it is too late to stop it.
How can number porting happen? What benefit can a thief get from stealing a mobile number belonging to someone else.
When you want to sent a hyperlink to a web page as part of an email, it is nice to be able to put some text like "Click here to view the article" instead of what might be a very long-winded URL (i.e. the address of the web page).
Let me explain what mean. As an example, I have an link to a web page that has an interesting article about Women in Technology, and I want to send this article to a friend.
I could just copy and paste the following link into the email.
Alternatively, I can type the "Here is a good article about women in technology" and add a link behind the text so that it looks like this
Here is how to add the link to text in the email.
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