Continuing the Back-to-School theme of recent articles ...
If you, like me, are going to very soon be filling out the student public transport concession application, you may well be thinking about getting new ID photos for each child needing this travel concession.
These days, instead of paying a small fortune for ID photos printed by the post office, chemist or camera shop, I use an app on my iPhone and to take the photos, and print them on our home printer.
This year, I have found that my previously trusty ID Photo app is no longer available after the upgrade to iOS 11 - so have had to go in search of a new one for this year's photos.
The app that I have landed on is Biometric Passport Photo - to check it out, just tap/click on the link. It is free if you just want to print single photos.
Does anyone have a different Photo ID app that they prefer?
Yes, there is an app for everything!
If you are holding a sweep on Melbourne Cup Day, there is an app that can help with that.
It's called Melbourne Cup Sweep, and is free.
Here's the link for those of you who are interested!
25/8/2017 0 Comments
iTandCoffee ran another two 'Keeping Kids Safe on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch' sessions at local primary schools this week, at St Rochs in Glen Iris and at Ashburton Primary.
A question asked at one of these session was about whether there is an app that allows kids to hide apps that they don't want parents to see. One of the parents had heard about an app that looks like a calculator, but that actually hides things the child doesn't want parents to see.
Apps that can hide photos and videos
There are apps available in the App Store that do allow for the hiding of photos and videos that the device owner doesn't want others to see.
Here is an article about such apps:
Method for hiding Apps
However, these apps do not allow for hiding of other apps - and there is no such app available in the App Store. (On Android, it is possible to get an app that locks other apps - but this is not possible on Apple devices.)
Instead, anyone wanting to 'hide' apps on an Apple i-Device can use 'app groups'.
By getting apps into the 'wiggle' mode (holding your finger on an app until it wiggles), one app can be dragged on top of another app to create an app group.
Apps within that group can then be 'hidden' on second and third screens of that app group, so that the App does not appear as a little icon in the group that is on the Home Screen.
Need further information on this?
For those who need to understand this area better - just how one would achieve this 'hiding' in groups, we have recorded a short tutorial and made it available to iTandCoffee Club members, and added it to our library of iPad and iPhone Handy Hints.
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Do you have a document in hard-copy format, but not in digital format?
If you want to edit that document, you might think that the only way is to start from scratch - re-type the document into something like Word or Pages, and then apply your edits.
There is an easier, time-saving way to get your hard-copy document into an editable format.
In this situation, I would now use an app that I have on my iPhone, an app that can scan a hard-copy document and turn it into an editable document, including both the text and the images.
The app is called Office Lens.
It is a FREE app that is part of the Microsoft suite of apps that are available for iPad and iPhone. Your scans can be saved to OneDrive, OneNote (or any other 'cloud'), and can be opened in Word or Powerpoint for editing.
While I would always stick with my favourite app Scannable by Evernote for my day-to-day scanning using my iPhone, I now have Office Lens 'waiting in the wings' for the occasion where a need a hardcopy document turned into a Word document.
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4/8/2017 0 Comments
Have you been told by a helpful family member or friend that it is ESSENTIAL that you regularly 'close' your apps on your iPad or iPhone, to avoid draining your battery or over-using your internet data?
Every week, I see clients who, while they may know only a limited amount about their iPad or iPhone, will show me this key 'trick' that their kids or grandkids have shown them.
They show me how the kids have told them to double-press the Home button, then 'swiping up' any 'open' apps to close them - and that they MUST do this regularly.
Well, here's one you can tell those kids and grandkids!
It is NOT necessary to do this.
While it is definitely necessary to keep the number of 'open' apps under control on a computer, iPads and iPhones (and other mobile devices) are quite different in how they manage your Apps.
When an app is not in use, it goes into a 'suspended' state, and is not consuming data or battery.
Here is an article that featured online recently, about this very topic.
Instead, the kids and grandkids should be telling you to check that other more important settings, to ensure that you don't unexpected consume battery and data.
Find out what settings you CAN adjust to conserve data and battery in these past iTandCoffee articles. You will see, this topic features regularly in this blog!
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 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'.
How your child can bypass 'Ask to Buy'
If another member of your iCloud Family has already purchased/downloaded an app, any member of the family (even a child who normally has to Ask to Buy) can also download that same app - without the usual parent authorisation.
This means that, if you as parent have already downloaded Facebook, Instagram or any other app, your children can download the same apps without your permission. If your older teenager uses Snapchat, the younger members of the family could also download that app without your permission.
How to prevent downloads of apps purchased by others in family
You can prevent your kids from downloading apps purchased by others in the family by 'hiding' those apps in the Purchased area of the App Store. The person who purchased/downloaded the app must do this 'hiding'.
If you are a club member, you will find further instructions on how 'hide' apps here.
Preventing kids from downloading/viewing iBooks purchased/downloaded by others in family
Annoyingly, it is not possible to do the same sort of 'hiding' of iBooks just using your iPad or iPhone.
This means that, if you have a heap of trashy romantic novels in your own iBooks library, the kids can see these books in the 'Purchased' area of iBooks. They can even download them without you being 'asked to buy'.
The only way to 'hide' iBooks that you don't want others to see is using the iBooks app on a Mac, or iTunes on Windows.
See the above handy hint (for iTandCoffee Club members) for details of how to do this.
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Another question raised this week in relation to travelling with technology was about whether it is possible to download Netflix content to watch 'offline' (i.e. when you don't have internet).
This question arose during a discussion about 'geo-blocking' of Netflix, ABCiView, SBS On Demand and other Australian content - which prevents you accessing these Australian services when you are not in Australia.
My client had heard of a TV series that was available on Netflix (which she subscribes to), and wanted to be able to watch it during her trip.
The good news is that, since late last year, you CAN download content from Netflix to watch 'offline'.
Here is how to do it.
Downloading Netflix content to your iPhone or iPad
How much data will I use by downloading this content, and how much space will it take?
The amount of data that you will use when downloading content - and then how much room that content uses on your device - will depend on the program.
You will use somewhere around 200MB for one hour of SD (standard definition) quality content, and about double that for HD (high definition) quality content.
For our mobile devices, SD quality is usually good enough and will ensure fastest download and require less storage space.
Find out more in the below Netflix Help article.
Will my downloads 'expire'? How long do I have to watch them
You can't keep the downloaded Netflix content forever - and the expiry of the content you download will vary. Generally, you will have 48 hours to watch once you have hit 'Play'.
You will be able to check in My Downloads to see if a downloaded program is on a countdown to expiry!
Can I 'renew' an expired download?
It is possible to 'renew' an expired download, but only by deleting it and downloading it again. You must have an internet connection to do this.
Here's how to remove it from your My Downloads
Then you will need to follow the steps above to download again.
A warning here: you may not be able to re-download all programs due to studio limits. In such a case, you would just need to wait until you have internet access (and are in the correct country) to watch it.
Want to read more about this?
Here is a good article from The Age, published in December 2016 - shortly after the 'offline' capability was introduce
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2/2/2017 0 Comments
It's that time again - time to fill forms at the start of our kids' school year and, in some cases, time to organise those ID photos for things like the PT Victoria student concession MYKI's.
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.
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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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