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    Wait iOS 10 does What?

    Apple recently released iOS 10 to the masses. For those whom change is, well challenging, the numerous changes in iOS 10 I'm sure have you longing for iOS 9. As you all should have come accustomed to by now, change is one of the many constants that you should expect from Apple. Here are some of the biggest complaints I've heard (to this point). "I hate that there is a new way to unlock my iPhone!" Next, "All the sudden my family is getting overage charges on our data, why?" Finally, "Why did Apple change the way my email comes in??

    I hear your pain, all valid arguments. One of the reasons we love our devices is that we know how to use them. When Apple, or some other developer decides to shake things up and tell us how to use our devices better, WTF? Right? Well, we can sit around and complain about the new features and functionality, or, we can adjust and learn the new ways of our devices. I recommend the later!

    Thankfully I have fixes for a few of these changes.

    First there is no way to bring back the "Swipe to Open" feature. You can however make the opening of your iPhone a little easier. Here's what to do: 1. Make sure you have enabled Touch ID (setting up 1 or more fingerprints to use as a Passcode). 2. In Settings, go to General > Accessibility> Home Button > enable the Rest Finger to Open setting. This will make opening your iPhone a bit less "painful."

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    Next, has anyone in your family been hit with crazy data overages since iOS 10 came out? Here's why! Somehow Apple sneaked a new setting into the "Agreement" we all have to agree to when we update. That unknown agreement is in the Cellular setting of your iPhone and is called Wi-Fi Assist. Here's what it does (and it doesn't assist your Wi-Fi!). The setting is defaulted to On. What it does is this. When you are in a Wi-Fi environment, and the Wi-Fi is "weak", it flips you off of Wi-Fi and onto Cellular! That is the assist! It's a sneaky horrible feature needs to be turned off! It should be called Carrier assist, as it does nothing but put money into the Carrier's pockets by taking you off of Wi-Fi.

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    Finally, Apple decided that when you have a chain of emails, your newest email should now end up on the bottom, instead of the top! Frustrating, but at least there is a way to remedy this unnecessary situation. Go to the Mail setting, slide down to Threading, and enable the Most Recent Message on Top setting.

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    This should help you "deal" with these frustrating new "features". Hopefully you've found some of the great new features in Messages, Maps and Photos, useful. As well as the new Widgets, which present data from your apps in a quick and useful way.

    As always, thanks for reading, and please share with others people who will find this helpful. Until next time, best to you and your devices!

     
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    A special message from MacMentor...

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    Outlook.com and Office 365 & Exchange account users DO NOT UPGRADE to iOS 11 yet

    Apple and Microsoft are working to resolve issue.
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    Apple is working closely with Microsoft to fix an issue that prevents Outlook.com and Exchange 2016 account holders from sending or replying to emails using Apple's native Mail app in iOS 11

    If you use the native Mail on, Please hold off on updating your device to iOS 11 until a fix has been put in place.
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    From MacMentor...

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    Hello! Apple today released iOS 11.1 (4 days earlier than expected) to resolve the plethora of issues that have come up with all current versions of iOS 11. I highly recommend updating your devices ASAP. If you haven't updated to iOS 11 yet, nows the time. If you have and are not happy with iOS 11, this update should solve most if not all the issues you've encountered.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out, via email to geoff@themacmentor.com
     
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    From MacMmentor...

    iPhone X first assessment: After spending a few days with the new iPhone, I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I've enjoyed it! The size, which falls between the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, seems perfect...The display is the best I've seen on an iPhone. The X weighs in slightly more than the 7, due to the all glass back (for wireless charging), but it's not heavy.

    FaceID has worked better than TouchID. FaceID setup is simple, much easier than TouchID as well. It didn't take long to get used to the fact that there's no home button, I welcome the change as the additional screen size is easily one of my favorite new features.

    Not all of the Apps have been modified for the larger screen yet, something to be aware of, it's not the biggest deal, but it is noticeable.

    The camera is fantastic! It takes unbelievable pics and I love the portrait mode.

    Battery life has been way better than the 7 as well, but the week of use will give a better idea of how much better the battery really is.

    All in all, if you welcome change, and you are wondering which iPhone to upgrade to, the X would be my answer for you. Just remember this. You aren't paying $1000 for a phone, it's an incredibly powerful computer that happens to be able to make phone calls...[​IMG]:).

    Cheers!
     
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    Emergency fix from MacMentor...

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    Hello! If you've updated to iOS 11.1 and are now plagued with the "i" bug, here's a quick fix until Apple release iOS 11.2

    You'll set up a Text Replacement for the letter "i" by visiting the Settings app > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. After tapping the plus button to add a new replacement, in the Phrase field type an uppercase "I", and in Shortcut type a lowercase "i".


    If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out, via email to geoff@themacmentor.com
     
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    A flash news from MacMentor!

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    If your Mac is running OS 10.13, please update it ASAP. There was a MAJOR security flaw found yesterday that Apple has released a fix for.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out via email or text.

    Best,

    Geoff
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    MacMentor wants to help...


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    Are excess email's causing you unneeded STRESS??
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    Every few minutes (or for some of us even sooner), you hear the dreaded ping on your iPhone, iPad or Mac. Another email has arrived, then another, then before you know it you've got hundreds, even thousands of unread emails! Then before you know it, you've got "email paralysis"!

    Let's end your email issues today! Follow these simple steps below and before you know it, you're inbox will be trim, your unread messages will be few, your sanity will have returned, and your email paralysis will be a thing of the past!

    1st: Start by spending some time identifying important emails, then creating folders to move items out of your inbox.

    2nd: Spend a few hours (or more) unsubscribing and deleting email's you know longer need (then empty your mails trash).

    3rd: This will help long term, start doing steps 1 and 2 daily (or multiple times a day).

    I know first hand from my hundreds of clients how frustrating your email inbox can become. I can say with a great deal of conviction, that you will feel a LOAD off your shoulders when the number of emails in your inbox(es) are small, and your emails are filed neatly.

    Please reach out for help if your simply too overwhelmed, I will happily work with you to get this process started, click the link below (titled, Help me clean my inbox, PLEASE!).

    Don't wait to get your inbox clean! Start Today!!
     
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    MacMentor sent an alert...


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    The 5 APP ALERT!

    I understand this is a lengthy email, if you've got teenage kids, it's a MUST READ!

    It's hard to know and monitor everything our kids our doing on their devices. It takes a great deal of diligence as a parent to help keep our children safe from predators. Knowing about these 5 apps, and letting your kids know as well, can hopefully keep them out of potentially dangerous situations.

    1. Yubo (formerly Yellow)
    Yubo has been called “Tinder for kids,” and is marketed to 13- to 17-year-olds as a way to make new friends. But it also allows young kids to pretend to be adults and swipe left or right to hook up, Yubo has more than 15 million users worldwide, despite vocal concerns about allowing children to use it.
    The police department in Lenexa, Kansas, issued a warning last summer about the app, noting that “it embodies one of the most dangerous aspects of social media: It allows teens the ability to easily meet people (strangers) outside their parent’s sphere of knowledge or control and ... matching [them] with another person geographically near them, facilitating face-to-face meetings.”
    The app changed its name in December from Yellow to Yubo and did some rebranding, the developers may have changed the name in order to circumvent the accountability.
    Yubo’s creators put in some effort to improve awareness and education on using the app safely, since rebranding in December, Yubo added technology to detect fake profile pictures; hired a child online safety consultant; required that users have a mobile number to register, which is recorded and verified; and added an abuse reporting feature to inform the company of inappropriate activity.
    There is still no age verification when you create an account. That means that the door is still open for adult sexual predators who lie about their age and create fake profiles to lure children. Fake profiles on all social media platforms remain a huge problem.

    2. Sarahah
    Sarahah is an “honesty” app that allows users to send anonymous direct messages to their friends through other apps such Snapchat. It was designed to provide positive encouragement in the workplace, but turned into what Lewis called “the No. 1 cyberbullying app.”
    The app was so controversial that it was removed from Apple and Google stores on Feb. 21 because of complaints. A Change.org petition that called for the app’s removal was organized by the mother of a girl who was encouraged to take her own life by a Sarahah user; it garnered 470,000 signatures. But the fact that Sarahah was booted off app stores doesn’t mean that it was taken off anyone’s phone. It just means that people can no longer buy it, which should significantly limit its future spread.
    Sarahah was at one point the most popular free download in multiple Apple and Google Play markets around the world, beating out even Facebook, Snapchat, and Netflix. It was introduced in late 2016 by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq as a website intended for employees to give anonymous, honest feedback to their employers. After some success in Arabic-speaking countries, Tawfiq rolled out an English version that caught on rapidly with teens worldwide ― and may still be on their phones.

    3. Reddit
    Reddit apps that easily enable kids to access inappropriate material should be monitored by parents. Anyone with the official Reddit app can go to the popular subreddit “Reddit Gone Wild” and find a ton of NSFW images and even straight-up porn. Users ― including underage ones ― must click a button saying they’re 18 years old in order to access it, but there’s no verification. And Reddit rules don’t prohibit nude selfies from appearing, as long as they are voluntarily posted by the selfie-taker.
    In addition to labeling the app as for ages 18 and up, there are warnings on the Apple Store download page that mention sexual content, nudity and frequent/intense mature/suggestive themes. It’s hard to tell if that stops anyone or just makes it that much more tantalizing to lie about your age to use the app.
    There is nothing to stop a minor from clicking that button saying they are 18 ― except maybe a parent.

    4. Vora
    Vora is a fasting app that teens with eating disorders are using and abusing. The app blew up at the end of 2017, when “water fasting” — a diet in which followers consume nothing but water, against medical advice ― became a fad. Vice reports water fasters logged their fasts using Vora, sharing their results on Instagram.
    While intermittent fasting may have some health benefits, those living with an eating disorder are using the app to celebrate and promote anorexia, said Lewis. They created a community within the app, sharing usernames on “pro-ana” forums to motivate and encourage each other to fast for longer.
    Vora isn’t the only health and fitness app being abused. On pro-ana forums, people with eating disorders regularly swap information about their favorite apps, including MyFitnessPal, Eating Thin, Toilet Tracker, CalorieKing, Plant Nanny, Chronometer, and Carrot Fit (an app that encourages weight loss by hurling abuse at users and electrocuting an obese avatar when diet goals aren’t met).

    5. Omegle
    Omegle is a livestreaming video and chat app that exists solely so that strangers can talk to one another. Yes, strangers. It also has a website that can be accessed on a mobile device and is a platform that parents should have on their radar. It’s been around since 2008, and remains not so well-known amongst adults, but is popular with teens and preteens.
    Here’s the app’s description on the Omegle website: “Omegle (oh·meg·ull) is a great way to meet new friends. When you use Omegle, we pick someone else at random and let you talk one-on-one. To help you stay safe, chats are anonymous unless you tell someone who you are (not suggested!), and you can stop a chat at any time. Predators have been known to use Omegle, so please be careful.
    Most parents will go on high alert over that last sentence. And should.




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    Advice from Mac Mentor...


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    You need to check your Facebook's privacy settings, ASAP!

    Do you know if your data is being viewed by your friends, friends of your friends, or everyone? If not, you need to check

    Have you ever checked your privacy settings within Facebook? If not, I think you'll be SHOCKED to find out just how much of your information is getting shared with other apps, as well as the general public.
    PLEASE go to Facebook account and check to see what data is currently being shared. Here's your quick steps to do this:
    1. On your computer, open your browser of choice and go to Facebook.com
    2. Once Facebook is open, you'll see at the top the Facebook.com page, a search box, your name, Home and 5 other icons. Click the down arrow (the last icon on the right) > then click Settings (the 2nd to last choice).
    3. On the left toolbar, click Privacy.
    4. Go thru each of these settings, see how your personal data is being shared, if you don't like how its set, CHANGE IT!
    5. Next, click Face Recognition (4 settings below Privacy). I HIGHLY recommend turning this off, for personal safety reasons.
    6. Lastly, you'll want to click the App settings (4 below the Face Recognition setting). See which apps you've given access to your information, as well as how this data is shared. Very important!
    Given how sadly Lax Facebook was with our information, it's up to us to know how to protect ourselves! If you would like help doing this, PLEASE don't hesitate to reach out, I've helped numerous clients this week alone with their Facebook settings.


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    Learn about "Finder" from MacMentor"...



    Hello! Are you like most Mac users in that you've heard of Finder, or you kinda use Finder, but you're not really sure how to get the most out of Finder? My latest blog, covering Six useful tips and tricks for Finder, will help you get more comfortable using Finder which will in turn help you get more out of your Mac!

    You can quickly visit our blog by clicking the "Visit our Blog" button below!



    If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out, via email to geoff@themacmentor.com
     
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    An announcement from macmentor...



    Hello! Apple has released a new update for your iPhone and iPad! iOS 11.4 has some great new features and some much anticipated bug fixes. Some of the highlights are:
    • HomePod can now play stereo thru AirPlay 2
    • HomePod has gained calendar support using Siri
    • Messages can now be stored in iCloud freeing up valuable space on your iPhone (or iPad).
    • Bug Fixes, where your messages may appear out of order, and your Apps appear out of order.

    Highly recommend you this update for all, especially you HomePod owners. Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi and if you are less than 50% charged, make sure you are plugged in.



    If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out, via email to geoff@themacmentor.com

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    An update from MacMentor...

    Hello! Apple has released a new update for your iPhone and iPad! iOS 11.4.1. This update has no major new features, but contains bug fixes and security enhancements.
    • The biggest change is USB restricted Mode, which makes your iPhone and iPad immune to hacking techniques by law enforcement agencies and other malicious entities to gain entry to your device thru USB connections.

    Highly recommend you this update for all, especially you HomePod owners. Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi and if you are less than 50% charged, make sure you are plugged in.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out, via email to geoff@themacmentor.com
     
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