8/6/2019 0 Comments
Please consider your friends when setting up your iCloud and iMessage!
If you are already using iCloud and iMessage, please, please check the Apple ID that you are using, and whether any other family members are using that same ID.
This article has been prompted by a recent visit to a client who discovered that, due to incorrect setup of devices in the household, her children (and perhaps husband) had been receiving some very private messages that were sent to her by a girlfriend. It was horrifying to think that the kids were privy to some very personal information shared between close friends.
It highlighted once again that we all need to be aware of the fact that Messages we send to others may not just be going to that person! So be careful what you say!
For the sake of others who Message you, and who would like to think that they are only corresponding with you, please make sure that you are not using a 'shared' Apple ID for Messages.
Let's look at how you can check this.
Now that winter has hit, it gets harder to get out and take a walk - especially on a showery day.
Just recently I installed a handy app that will pop up a message to let you know in advance if rain is about to hit, when it is expected and how long it is expected to last for.
4/6/2019 0 Comments
I actually published this article about a year ago after assisting multiple clients to solve this issue. I figured it is worth publishing again as I still get lots of requests for this information.
In fact, just a few days ago, I received an email from someone who had spent hours and hours on the phone to both Optus and Apple, trying to get her Optus email set up as IMAP on her Mac - all to no avail. Her email to us expressed her gratitude that iTandCoffee's article solved her problem quickly and easily, where the 'experts' could not.
So, here is last year's article again for any Optus mail users out there who are still using the old Pop method of connecting devices to their Optusnet mail.
Understanding POP vs IMAP
Many Optusnet email users still have the frustration of having to manage their mail on multiple device. When they read, delete or send an email on one device, this does not reflect on their other device/s.
This type of email account is called POP.
With POP mail, a copy of your mail is downloaded to each of your devices, so that you are then working with only the copy of the email. Deleting the message only deletes it on the one device. Sent mail can only be seen on the device from which it was sent. Mail that you have read on one device is marked as 'unread' on others.
29/5/2019 0 Comments
While using a website today in Safari on the Mac, I found that I was blocked from doing what I needed to do because Popups were blocked on that website. Whenever I clicked the option I required, a message appeared in the search/address bar and the website didn't do what I needed it to do!
This is a security feature of Safari, where websites are blocked from using Popups - which can often be dangerous - unless you specifically choose to allow them. Once I enabled popups for the website, my problem was solved.
I was talking with client Wendy C this week, about ways of improving productivity, especially when it comes to managing one's email inbox.
Wendy lectures to the corporate sector on the topic of productivity, and a key focus of these lectures is, in Outlook, using the creation of 'tasks' to manage those emails that require some sort of action or followup.
While the majority of Wendy's audience are usually using Outlook on Windows computers, there are always a few that are using Outlook on the Mac.
Wendy's question yesterday of iTandCoffee was this: How can Mac users create a task from an email, in such a way that the email content and any attachments are included in the created task.
Do you find that you sometimes blow that monthly mobile data limit, even though you aren't knowingly using mobile data?
It is important to be aware of several settings that can cause unexpected mobile usage to perform automatic updates, uploads, downloads and streaming even when you are not connected to Wi-Fi.
Below are the key Settings that I always adjust, so that I can ensure I don't waste my Mobile Data.
I am a big fan of the Photos app on the iPhone, iPad and Mac.
But I know something that confuses many people is this: What is the difference between the Photos option at the bottom of the screen and the Albums option? Are they not showing the same thing?
(The below article was original posted in May 2018. If figured it was worth re-posting 12 months later, as it is now the #1 productivity app!)
My 'twin' tech-lady in Los Angelos, Tech Wizard Judi Jacobs, sent a lovely email this week with thoughts about using the iPhone or iPad to improve your mental and physical well-being.
One of the apps she mentioned really took my fancy, and is especially topical at the moment because I am running a series of sessions for parents at various schools in Melbourne, about kids on technology. The topic of how to get kids off technology nearly always comes up at these sessions.
The app is called Forest.
Here's what Judi said about this app:
"You "plant" a tree and can't use your phone until the tree is fully grown. You can decide the limits in set up. If you try to use your phone the app asks you "do you really want to kill this tree?" which is a ridiculously effective motivator to get through the time you are forcing yourself to unplug. (If there is an actual need to use your phone you merely click the home button.) Planting enough trees earns coins. With 2500 coins you can plant up to 5 real trees with the tree-planting organization Trees for the Future."
As someone who is forever attached to their technology, this might be a good one for me to try!
Mid-May saw the release of further updates to our iPhone and iPad operating system iOS, to our Mac Operating system macOS, as well as for the Apple Watch and Apple TV
There are a few key files that that I use on almost a daily basis on my Mac. I also often have a user guide that is a work-in-progress, that I want to keep coming back to until it is done. These are files that I need to be able to access quickly, but that are stored several levels down in my folder structure.
I could certainly go to Finder and click through the applicable folder and sub-folders to get to my file. But I'd rather not do that.
Instead, I put these regularly used files into the Favourites area of my Finder Sidebar.
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