There is such a long list of things to do when setting up your child's school iPad, and I always wonder how he average parent can possible complete this list of setup tasks without assistance!.
Last year, I put this list in writing while setting up my son's school iPad. I am including it again here just in case others might find it useful at the start of another school year.
(Please note that this is intended as a checklist, and does not include the 'how to' of every step. iTandCoffee can help with this if anyone gets stuck!)
Don't forget to do the same setup on their iPhone (and iPod touch) too.
First, get the iPad (or iPhone) up to the latest iOS
Does your child have their own Apple ID:
Set up Family Sharing and link the child's Apple ID
Set up iCloud on each device
Sign in to iTunes and App Store on the child's device
Set up security and privacy
Do you want them messaging and video chatting?
Set up the Parental Controls
Safely store all those passwords
Stop them destroying their hearing!
Ensure each device backs up to iCloud
Who can be their friend in Game Centre?
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Keeping kids safe on the iPad and iPhone
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are being warned in press articles that an update to iOS 10 - iOS 10.2.1 - is now available and should be installed as soon as possible.
It is a security update that addresses some serious security risks in iOS 10, when using Safari and even in some Apps.
To apply this update, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update and choose 'Download and Install'.
Here is an article on this: Apple's iOS 10.2.1 fixes potentially devastating security bugs.
Make sure you are connected to WiFi and have sufficient charge before any such update.
If you are like me, you will sometimes start an email, get distracted, and not get around to sending it. Or, you will need to quickly find an email that you know is saved away in your Drafts mailbox.
Did you know that there is a really quick way of seeing ALL of your Draft emails, regardless of which mail account they belong to? You don't need to go to your Drafts mailbox - there is a way that you can see all your drafts while viewing you Inbox (or any other mailbox).
Here is a handy hint for iTandCoffee Club members, one that was published way back at the end of 2013 - an oldie but a goodie! (Please note that you will need to be an iTandCoffee Club member to see great tips like this. Find out more about the Club today.)
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So many people are unaware that they have money that belongs to them sitting somewhere, waiting for them to find and claim it.
I was shocked in December to find out that I was one of those people!
I received a statement for a Superannuation 'stash' that I did not know existed, from a stint of about 2.5 years working in Sydney at the ABC - just before we had kids. It was a brief period of permanent employment, instead of my usual 'on contract' employment (where I looked after my own super). I didn't even realise I was earning super, as the compulsory employer contribution scheme only started in 1992, half-way through my time at the ABC.
Over the 20 years since then, the little stash of super from that brief period had grown into a substantial amount of money! I'm not sure how the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation found me after all this time, but I'm glad they did and send my the latest statement. It was a lovely Christmas surprise.
I was telling my financial advisor about this today, and he asked if I had checked for any other 'lost money' and suggested checking the Money Smart website by doing an Unclaimed Money Search.
Have you ever checked if there is some unclaimed money out there in your name? Apparently, there is $1.2 BILLION sitting there unclaimed. Is some of it yours?
Why not do a check today.
For anyone interested in doing a search for lost or forgotten Superannuation (something which I obviously hadn't done!), here is the page on the Money Smart web page that tells you what to do.
Hopefully one of these searches uncover a nice surprise for you too - and I'd love you to leave a comment if you did actually manage to find something.
There are so many scam emails flying around the internet these days, and they are getting harder and harder to differentiate from the real versions.
This week, the Age published an interesting article on this topic, one that showed 'real' and 'fake' versions of emails and challenged you to detect which one is the 'scam' email.
Here is the article - I'd encourage you to take their test!
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How cute is this!
Here is a charger for your Apple Watch that looks like an old Mac computer from the 80's - one that I remember using in my job in about 1986, to draw flow charts and other diagrams!
Here's an article that provides more details about this cute accessory.
While doing my daily read of technology articles, I came across a couple of really good articles with some great tips and resources for those of you who would like to learn more about Microsoft Excel.
Here they are.
Did you know that, at iTandCoffee, we can help learn to use (or get more from) Microsoft Excel - from the most basic, to very advanced uses (including programming Visual Basic Macros).
The same applies to Microsoft Word and Powerpoint. iTandCoffee is your one-stop shop for patient, friendly assistance with these and all sorts of other areas of technology - Dropbox, Evernote, Office 356, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, iCloud, Quickbooks Online, Xero and so much more.
If you have an ADSL internet service - as I do at the iTandCoffee Shop - the issue of internet speed can be a constant frustration. The poor speed really impacts during classes when multiple people are trying to download apps or view web pages.
Some times of day are just SO slow - partly due to the number of premises competing for the same service, and sometimes due to 'channel crowding' on the Wi-Fi. Here is an article about this: How You and Your Neighbors Are Making Each Other’s Wi-Fi Worse (and What You Can Do About It)
I had regularly checked to see if I could get NBN at the shop, only to find no indication of when or if the service would arrive at 34 High Street Glen Iris.
During the Christmas break, I read an article that gave me a spark of hope - an article that had the headline NBN's Searchable Rollout Map Is Finally Online.
So, I checked the reported rollout map - and am very excited to report that an NBN connection IS, apparently, now available to the shop address.
Interestingly enough, the 'rollout map' page did not indicate that Telstra (iTandCoffee's current service provider) was a potential provider of NBN to the iTandCoffee shop address.
I figured it was still worth calling Telstra anyway (since I have a contract that I don't want to break at this point), and have been advised that Telstra can switch my current ADSL service to NBN.
A sales person will be calling me back to discuss the options and costs shortly - stay tuned on that.
I do have to say that I will only believe it when it happens, but am excited at the prospect of a more consistent, faster internet service to the iTandCoffee Shop.
If you have been struggling with a terrible service to your own home, why not check the rollout map to see if you too have some good NBN news!
If you have been thinking about purchasing a new iPad soon, you may want to think about waiting a little while.
There may be a new range of iPads released in the US spring (usually these releases occur in March/April), according to this article from MacWorld
Over the Christmas break, my 22yo daughter managed to fall down a pit that had a loose concrete cover, on a nature strip near our house.
As she stood on the concrete, the unsecured cover tipped and her foot and leg fell into the pit. She injured her leg quite badly and was lucky she didn't break it.
We felt that it was important to immediately report this faulty pit cover - but were not sure who would be responsible for it. Was it the council? Was it a water, electricity, telco pit?
My sister was staying with us and (clever girl) told us about an app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that is designed for reporting incidents and problems like this. It sends your report to the relevant authorities, so that it can be resolved by whoever is responsible for it.
The app is called Snap, Send, Solve.
It's worth downloading so that you have it at the ready if you need to report something awry in your neighbourhood! Next time I notice a big pothole in the road (or something like that) I'm going straight to this app.
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Sandy W asks: "I've lost the microphone to dictate texts on my iPhone. Can u help please?"
Sandy had previously made frequent use of the dictation feature of the iPad and iPhone, to dictate emails, texts and even documents. This had saved her a LOT of typing.
(Have you discovered this wonderful feature? We cover this and other great tops in the 'Typing and Editing on the iPad and iPhone' user guide, available in digital or printed format.)
Sandy had found that the the keyboard microphone that she had previously always found on the left side of the Space bar was no longer present. Nothing she tried seemed to bring it back.
Try these solutions ...
There are a couple of places to check if your keyboard's microphone disappears.
If this doesn't solve your problem, it may be that your Restrictions are turned on, and that microphone is turned off in Restrictions.
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Over the holiday break, I finally took some time to attempt to tidy up my Photos library, which is currently sitting at around 28,000 videos and photos.
When doing a clean out, the first area I look at is my Videos album - and get rid of anything that I don't need to keep.
But another area that can contain a large amount of wasted storage is the Bursts album - showing the sets of photos that were taken on your iPad or iPhone by holding down (instead of tapping) the white button in the Camera app.
By simply clearing out all the additional photos hidden by these bursts, I managed to claw back about 1GB of storage!
If you are not sure how to sort out all these hidden space wasters in Bursts, check out these members-only Handy Hints for iTandCoffee Club members:
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