Last week saw the 3rd child in this household reach the 18 year milestone.
I have two 'mother' tasks that are associated with my children's 18ths - preparing a slideshow of photos for the birthday celebration, and organising a photo book for our new adult.
The most time consuming part of preparing these things has always been the identifying of photos of the said 18yo, throughout the tens of thousands of photos in our photo library.
Things have been a little hectic in this household, so there was very limited time for this task.
This time around, the photo identification job was made so easy by the latest version of the Photos app, which provides the same features on both the Apple mobile devices (iPad and iPhone) and the Mac.
I asked my Photos app to scan through all our photos and identify all the photos of our child number 3. It did this SO well. In no time flat, I had over 1000 photos of my son to choose from.
Using photos in this selection, I then prepared the required album and slideshow - all in the space of an hour or two.
My very clever husband (who is now the king of photo book making) whipped up a photo book in a couple of hours, also using the album of photos selected by the Photos app. (I am ready to hire him out as our resident iTandCoffee photo book maker!)
I must say that the slideshow went down just SO well. It was such a joy to see the family transfixed by the photos on the TV screen, laughing and 'ooh-ing' at the memories they were sharing on his special day.
The photo book arrived 3 business days after it was ordered online - so fast, and very much appreciated by our son.
Some great ways to learn more about Photos on your iPad, iPhone and Mac
I see so many clients who have so many duplicated Contacts on the iPhone, iPad or Mac.
The good news is that there is a really quick and easy way to identify and merge your duplicated contacts.
Find out how in this week's Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members.
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I heard about this video on the radio recently and how clever it is at tackling a very sensitive issue - one that many of us are hesitant to recognise or get checked.
I won't give any more away - but would strongly recommend that you watch this video and take the test at the end. For most people my age and older, you may be surprised by the result.
I am even going to get my kids to watch it and take the test.
If you have set up a subscription with a service provider and have chosen to pay using your PayPal, your subscription will continue until you cancel it. But how do you go about cancelling that subscription?
You will generally find that the 'seller' or service provider associated with the subscription will tell you that you have to cancel it yourself, via your PayPal account.
Here are the instructions from the Paypal support page, for cases where this is applicable.
Log in to your PayPal account.
On the Friday just gone, iTandCoffee ran the first class in the 'Bring your Busy Life Under Control using your iPad and iPhone' 2-class series.
One of the areas we focus on in this first class is how to make use of the Reminders app on your device - to help you keep on top of things.
The question that always arises is: What are ‘Reminders’, and how are they different from 'Calendar' entries?
A Reminder is generally a task that you have for a particular date, day of the week, specific time, or some other repeating day/time interval, or a task that you must do when you get somewhere or leave somewhere.
Typically, Reminders do not have a time period associated with them – they are just things that you want to be reminded. Or they are things that you would have otherwise put on your written ‘to do’ list.
Before the Reminders app arrived on iOS, many people (including me!) would have created a Calendar event with the same start and end date/time (ie zero duration), and set an ‘Alert’ on that Calendar event to provide a notification at the selected time.
But the Calendar app is really supposed to be for events, appointments, meetings, social occasions, etc – it is not supposed to be a ‘to do’ list.
The beauty of the Reminders app is that it allows you to see a list of tasks and when they are due – and you can create multiple Reminder lists for managing the different areas of your life.
You can even share a Reminder list with another person so that you can remotely nag them!
In this week's Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members, we look at how to easily create these reminders, and what to do when the reminder pops up on your screen.
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It is rare that a day goes by without one or more scam emails appearing in my Inbox, usually targeting iTandCoffee email addresses that are readily available on the iTandCoffee website.
I thought it worth including samples of some of the emails received recently. One in particular caught out an iTandCoffee client, and has caused all manner of problems for her
Thanks once again to all who came along to our Free Friday for iTandCoffee Club members, held on 10/2/16. These Q&A session are so great - always a fantastic set of questions and so much fun!
The video of this session is now available in the iTandCoffee club area - members can access it here.
Here's what we covered ...
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(In this article, we are talking about Outlook as a type of email account. We are NOT referring to your Outlook mail app on your computer. The Outlook app is something entirely different to your email account - it simply provides a way of managing all your email accounts, whether they be Outlook accounts, Gmail accounts, or any other 'brand' of email account.)
Adjusting your Junk mail management can be done by logging into your Hotmail/Live/Outlook email account via your web browser, at outlook.live.com and changing some settings.
I have just seen a really handy app that fills this gap well, and that is currently free (as at 11/2/17). I actually prefer it over a previously featured app that includes group creation functionality (Mail2Group).
The app is called ContactsXL 2016 and can be found here ».
(There is also a paid Contacts XL 2017 version - but the 2016 version seems to work well, so have just been using this free version.)
Try it out and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.
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- Making sure you never forget birthdays - using the Contacts app!
- How to email a group of Contacts in the Mail app
- Including or excluding Facebook information from Contacts and Calendar apps
Co-incidentally, I received a newsletter from MacWorld on the same day, with an article that outlines how to full remove MacKeeper from you computer.
So, for anyone who might be interested in how to FULLY remove MacKeeper from their Mac, here is the MacWorld article.
Even if you don't wear a Fitbit, Apple Watch or some other fitness tracker, the Health app can still show the steps that you took when the iPhone was with you.
When my husband and I travelled in 2015, I loved this feature of my iPhone 6 Plus, which I had with me during all those vast kms of sight-seeing! I could see how many steps I'd taken, how many flights of stairs I'd climbed, how much energy I had burned and more. (I now have an Apple Watch, so my steps are tracked even when I don't have my iPhone.)
But is every iPhone model capable of tracking the steps you take while carrying the iPhone?
This was a question raised at the Free Friday at iTandCoffee on 10/2/17 (for iTandCoffee Club members). One of the attendees could not work out how to make her iPhone track the steps she took while the iPhone was with her. She had an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5C.
This is actually a limitation of older iPhones - those that are older than the iPhone 5S.
These older models do not have the motion sensor that is built into newer iPhones, so they are unable to record steps.
This particular iTandCoffee Club member would need to wear a fitness tracking device of some sort if she wishes to utilise the tracking features of the Health app on her iPhone.
If a third-party fitness tracker (and associated app) is used to track your steps, make sure to grant that app access to your Health app. This is done in Settings ->Privacy->Health (on older devices) and in Settings -> Privacy -> Motion and Fitness (on newer devices). In that Privacy option, turn on the relevant apps and features.
The Age published a good article on this topic this week. Here it is:
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A client of iTandCoffee is currently writing a book and had found that her 'endnote' references throughout the document had mixed, incorrect formatting. Some were not even superscripts, so were hard to distinguish from the text that they were referencing.
To illustrate this problem, I have included an example I mocked up, in the image shown here.
The question is: How do you change such formatting issues in these footnote or endnote references throughout the document, without having to go and change each and every one?
One might have thought that changing the style associated with the endnote reference might have fixed the problem. But it didn't.
Instead, an advanced 'Find and Replace' was required - the instructions for which can be found here.
Would you like to change some of the sounds that it makes?
Would you perhaps like to stop it from ever making noises overnight!
This week, we have a FREE short guide for iTandCoffee Club members, one that describes in simple terms how to control all these aspects of your iPad and iPhone.
It is extracted from the 95-page iTandCoffee guide "Introduction to the iPad and iPhone - A Guided Tour (iOS 10 Edition)"
If you are an iTandCoffee Club member, just select the below button to access this members-only guide.
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To assist this client, I prepared the following set of instructions that give the steps to follow in Chrome to enable popups for a specific site like this. Here they are:
1. Select the 'three dots' at top right (see below image)
A long-term client of iTandCoffee visited before Christmas because she was having trouble with her iPhone 6 Plus, one that she had purchased on eBay a couple of months earlier.
It had been 'glitchy' ever since she got it - the fingerprint sensor would not work, the mute switch did not mute, 'Selfie' photos had a shadow on them, charging took more than 24 hours and the charge lasted far less than 24 hours. When she came to iTandCoffee, the iPhone was at the point where it would no longer turn on.
In looking at the iPhone, there were several things that struck me as strange just viewing the iPhone.
- The iPhone was supposed to be a 6 Plus, but it was the 'rose gold' colour - an option that was not available in the 6 series and that only became available in the 6S and 7 Series.
- The home button had a gold rim - instead of the rose gold rim that would have applied if the phone was the rose gold variety.
- The Apple logo on the back was noticeably indented, not 'flush' with the surface - so it appeared to have had a back cover 'added' to it.
At the time it initially arrived, she did think it strange that it came with with only a UK power adaptor. But she certainly didn't expect it to be a fake.
When she subsequently contacted the seller via eBay to complain and ask for her money back, they finally contacted her in return and told her to log into her iCloud account (at appleid.apple.com) and remove the iPhone from the list of devices associated with her iCloud. They said that, once she confirmed she had done this, they would then send her their return address details, so that she could return the phone for a refund.
Suspecting she would simply lose the phone and not get a refund if she returned it, she contacted Apple Support, who were very helpful.
They looked into the seller and advised that there are lots of complaints about dodgy/fake phones and that the seller. They suggested that the seller most likely wanted the device free of links to iCloud, so that they could simply sell it it another unsuspecting victim when she returned it.
So she is now keeping the phone as evidence and will pursue the matter further through Paypal, to see if she can get her money back.
For anyone who has a device that they worry may be fake, here is an article that outlines what to look for:
By turning on the 'Find my iPhone' switch in Settings -> iCloud on the iPhone or iPad, or in System Preferences->iCloud on the Mac, you can usually find a mislaid, lost or stolen device from another of Apple device, or from any computer's web browser.
Here is a handy hint previously published on this topic.But what happens if your battery has gone flat on the missing device. Can the device still be found?
Well, this depends on whether you have enabled a particular setting on your iPhone or iPad - one that sends the last location of the device before the battery died. If this location has been sent, Find my iPhone can show this last known location.
It is worth checking today if you have enabled this useful setting.
Go to Settings -> iCloud on the device, tap on the Find my iPhone option, and make sure Send Last Location is turned On (ie. it is green).
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- Who's got my iPhone?!! Why are there strangers in my Photo Stream?
- As the song goes, "Hey, you, get off of my iCloud!"
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- Be careful what you say in an iMessage. Someone unexpected might be getting the message!
- Is your iCloud set up correctly? (LinkedIn article)
- Please check your iCloud setup - not just for your own sake, but for the sake of your friends!
It's time to organise those student concession passes for public transport - here's an app for creating ID photos easily!
If you have had a passport photo done lately, you will know how expensive they are, especially if you need to get them for several members of our family.
In cases like the student concession forms, a do-it-yourself photo will suffice. The challenge is making the photo the right size, to suit the form on which it is to be stuck.
For the past 3 years, I have made use of a couple of really handy apps that make this so easy.
Here is the one that I used this year - it is called 'Passport Photo'.
If you have a favourite app for taking such photos, leave a comment below to let us know which one you prefer.
Handy Hints and Articles about Apps
- Do you hate having to scan and send documents?
- Password Keeper apps for iDevices
- Here's an app that allows you to save YouTube videos to your iPhone!
- My favourite App - Evernote
- Library Books On Your iPad?
- A couple of apps I love (an alternative Calendar app and a Photo Transfer app)
- Recommendation on a good personal finance app
- SLR camera effects on your iPhone
- Have you discovered 'app extensions'? Here are some really great extensions for the Photos app.
- An exciting workflow/automation app for iPhone / iPad geeks like me!
- What about some iPad board games for Christmas?
- What to do when your iPhone is getting someone else's Instagram notifications
- Scan business cards into your iPhone or iPad to automatically create Contacts
- Here's a handy app for when you travel - especially by train
- A really handy app for travellers
- How do I get Pages, Keynote and Numbers for free on my new iPad or iPhone?
- How can I print several photos on a single page from my iPad or iPhone
- A great new data usage 'stopwatch' for my iPad and iPhone
- Now you can handwrite and draw in an Evernote Note on your iPad and iPhone
- A video that answers the question, "Where do I safely store all my passwords?".
- A really handy app for reporting a problem in your neighbourhood
It allows me to create a PDF file from any type of file, for a mail message, for a web page, a set of photos - for anything that I could otherwise print.
Even better, it allows me to only include certain pages from a file in the PDF - rather than the whole file - or to perhaps create a PDF that shows two (or more) pages per page.
Find out about this great feature in this week's Handy Hint for Mac users, for members of The iTandCoffee Club. It is an extract from one of the user guides in the 'Getting to know your Mac Series' - available for purchase from the iTandCoffee Online Store.
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