If you struggle with storage on your iPad and iPhone and would like the option of easily 'offloading' some its content to an external storage device, then this may be something that interests you.
I saw this week that a new SanDisk device has been released that has a 'lightning' adaptor - so that it can connect to your iPad and iPhone.
Apparently, they have also updated the app that goes with it, so that there are a lot of new capabilities associated with this device - capabilities that are very limited on similar devices (one of which I have trialled recently and found quite limited, especially when it comes to videos.)
Here is a link to an article about this product
UPDATE AUGUST 2017: I have a couple of these now and LOVE them. They are in a purse in my bag and travel with me everywhere. They are great for storing files and photos, and for transferring between my i-Devices and computer.
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Here is a great set of articles that iTandCoffee has found online over the past fortnight or so - on all sorts of technology-related topics, and from a range of news services from Australia and around the world. The focus is on articles about topics that we know iTandCoffee clients are interested in.
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This is a question that came up a couple of times this week, from clients who are Mac users.
If you have kids using your Mac - or if you are not very tech-savvy (or Mac-savvy) - you may find yourself at higher risk of unwanted downloads that cause potential damage to your Mac. Even the most tech-savvy can inadvertently 'catch' a nasty on their Mac.
The incidence of attacks on Macs is growing - Malware and Adware has been an issue for a long time, but now the incidences of Ransomware attacks (where your Mac and its data can be locked up until you agree to pay a ransom) are increasing.
I would strongly suggest that all Mac users make sure that they have installed software that protects them from Malware, Adware, and Ransomware and that runs anti-virus scans.
The good news is that there are quality FREE products available that can perform these protection functions. They are easy to download and install - just make sure you are downloading the 'real deal'!
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In many, many previous articles, iTandCoffee has covered the various types of email scam that seeks to catch you out - try to tempt you into clicking a link or downloading an infected attachment.
Please also be very aware that such scams can come to you as a text message as well.
Here is an example that a client of iTandCoffee received just last week and, because we had on the day before been sorting out some issues relating to his Apple account, he had assumed that the message was about that same account.
So often it is the timing of these texts or emails that cause people to think they are legitimate
Having clicked the link and signed in with his email address and password, this client then only realised that something may be amiss when he was asked for credit card details - at which point he contacted iTandCoffee.
We then needed to (very quickly) change his passwords for both his Gmail and Apple accounts - to prevent the perpetrators of this scam from accessing either of these accounts and doing any damage.
He was lucky, as we got to his accounts before the scammers had a chance to access them. Had we not done this, he may have been locked out of his account/s, his data stolen and other nasty damage may have been done.
If you receive something like this - either via email or text - and need help in determining whether it is legitimate or not, why not forward it to email@example.com. We can have a look at it, and let you know if it is legitimate (or not).
Related articles and handy hints
As you can see by the long list of previously published blog articles below, the topic of email scams is one that iTandCoffee features on a very regular basis. Click on any of the below article names to read the full article.
Have you ever thought about what would happen to all your 'digital assets' when you are no longer around?
By this I mean access to content on your mobile devices and computer (which, I hope, are password protected), email and other online accounts, content stored in the cloud, and more.
Do those you love know your all your passwords? (Mine certainly don't.)
If not, do you want those you leave behind to have access to these passwords and all the content that they protect when you die?
I know this is something that I considered when we re-did our wills last year. In fact, I have left a list of my digital passwords with my solicitor, to be passed on to my family if 'kick the bucket'.
Here is an article that I saw in this week's Choice magazine on this very topic. It is thought provoking, and well worth a read.
If you are one of those people who stores sensitive information in your iPad or iPhone Notes app, there is some good news about a new feature released in iOS 9.3.
An example that I see with many iTandCoffee clients is that they store their passwords in the Notes app (something that I always warn then against, and suggest use of a Password Safe app instead).
The new feature of iOS 9.3 allows you to 'lock' individual notes with a Password.
It's easy to do - but not necessarily obvious when you first go to use it.
So here is a Handy Hint that shows you how to set up your Notes Password and then use it to lock individual Notes.
This Handy Hint also shows how you can tell your Notes app to sort your Notes by Title, instead of 'date last updated' - a feature that many of us have been waiting on for a long time.
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Apple has included a long-awaited feature in the Mail App under iOS 9.3, on that so many clients have asked me about over the years.
It is now possible to delete all mail messages in a mail box in one fell swoop.
Find out how in this week's Handy Hint.
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This weekend, my second daughter will be celebrating her 21st birthday.
As the 'tech-wizz' of the household, it falls to me to prepare the slideshow of photos of her life to date, for presenting on the TV screen during the party.
This is something that is SO easy to do in the Photos app on the Mac.
Included below is a brief snippet of the start of this slideshow, which took no time to create - so that you can see the sort of slideshow that can be prepared with virtually no effort. (PS. I did not choose the first photo - my daughter did!)
The most time-consuming part was scanning in old photos (which I did really quickly using the Scannable app on my iPhone), then selecting which digital photos to include from the thousands that have been accumulated over the years.
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There has been quite a focus on the recent iOS update to our iPhones and iPads, iOS 9.3 (and then iOS 9.3.1 to fix problems with iOS 9.3).
The operating system for our Mac computers has also received an update in the the past fortnight.
OS X 10.11.4 was released at the same time as iOS 9.3, and delivers some changes that correspond with iOS 9.3's changes - ie.
I have been using OS X 10.11.4 myself without issues, and have checked for reports online of any issues with this OS X release. It seems that (unlike with iOS 9.3), nothing specific has been reported.
If you have already updated your iPhone and/or iPad to iOS 9.3, you should consider updating your Mac as well, so that they are both 'singing the same song'! Of course, any advice about updating depends on what version of OS X you are currently using, and what type of Mac you have. If you are not sure, you may need to arrange to discuss your Mac with iTandCoffee or visit the Apple Store.
For any problems that you might encounter during or after update, here's an article that might help.
For help with the update, or any other advice/assistance, contact iTandCoffee on 1300 885 420, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Daughter number 2, who celebrates her 21st birthday on Saturday, grew up with a video camera pointed at her from day one.
So, another job for the me recently (as the technology queen of the house) has been to prepare a compilation of all these videos, which we will also (on a different screen to the photo slide show mentioned in another article) during my daughter's 21st this Saturday.
As with the photo slideshows, movie making is so easy on the Mac using the built-in App, iMovie - and I love creating these for my children as a gift as they 'come of age'.
Here is a brief snippet of the start of the movie I made - very simple, with short clips from old family movies, fading between these clips, and little captions to add a bit of narration and context. (Not a very exciting movie for others, I know, but hopefully it gives you an idea!)
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It appears that the problem with Safari crashing when any links are tapped is still plaguing some iPhone or iPad users who have upgraded to iOS 9.3.
Two particular apps - Bookings.com and Wikipedia - seem to be the culprits. If you are a frequent user of these apps, you may be one of those having problems.
My devices are not suffering this problem, so if any readers are impacted, let me know if this resolves your own device's issues.
Here are a couple of articles that outline the cause of the problem with links, and the potential solution. The first one also has a much more convoluted solution involving connecting with iTunes on a computer (for anyone brave enough and desperate enough to try it)
Update 31/3/16: Refer post A fix has been released for the Safari links issue with iOS 9.3 ... for an update on this issue.
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