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Postby Joan » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:35 am

Apple Presentation: IPAD and IPHONE Native Apps
Monday, October 9, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Steve Tunnicliffe

This presentation will cover one or more apps as time permits, allowing time for questions and individual assistance. You must know your Apple ID and Password to follow along. Planned apps to review are CONTACTS. Future presentations will cover MAIL, CAMERA and PHOTOS.

Since the original date was cancelled due to Irma, registration is once again required. Seating is limited to 60.

CLICK HERE to register.

Variety Special Interest Group SIG
Tuesday, October 10th, 4:00 PM - Led by Jolyn Bowler


Each month on the second Tuesday, Jolyn will host a different topic. If you have ideas that you’d like to discuss, please let her know. This Tuesday please join Jolyn for a review of Google's Android systems and to get answers to your questions regarding your Android smartphone or tablet. Any specific questions or problems, please email Jolyn ahead at jolyn.bowler@gmail.com

What's the cheapest carrier for your expensive new iPhone?
By Rick Broida - CNET - September 13, 2017

So you blew your savings on the new model. Here's how to afford actually using it.

You've heard of being "house-poor"? That's when you spend all your money on a house and then can't afford to furnish it.
If you're planning to order a new iPhone 8 ($849.00 at Apple), iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X, you'll probably end up feeling a little "phone-poor." After that big expense, can you afford to "furnish" the phone with actual service?
You can if you're willing to switch carriers. Let's take a look at some dirt-cheap plans for your pricey new precious.

If you're looking for a single line of service, right now there are two pretty unbeatable options:

Sprint's free year of unlimited service.
Virgin Mobile's $1 year of unlimited service.

Sprint's promotion was originally slated to end in June, but as of now the promo page simply states "limited-time offer." Assuming you purchased an unlocked iPhone and you have a phone number you're transferring from another carrier, your only initial cost is $2.99 for a SIM card and $10 for shipping. From there you'll pay a few bucks per month for various fees -- and you need to sign up for eBill and auto-pay, otherwise those fees will jump to $7.99.
Amazingly, this plan includes not only unlimited everything, but also mobile hotspot. And after the first year, you're free to cancel and shop elsewhere.
As for Virgin, same basic deal: Transfer your number, buy a SIM card and pay nominal monthly fees; the service is effectively free for the first year. And this "Inner Circle" membership affords other benefits as well, including discounts on air travel and hotels. However, you don't get the mobile-hotspot option, so between the two I definitely prefer the Sprint plan.

CLICK HERE to read more.

In 2013, Every Single Yahoo Account Was Hacked. Here’s How to Fix That.
Business Insider - October 4, 2017

The biggest hack of all time just got a whole lot bigger. On Wednesday, Yahoo announced that it now believes a staggering three billion user accounts were stolen in 2013 — up from the one billion figure it gave in December 2016.
In a statement, Yahoo has said it has informed its users about the breach. The company said:
Subsequent to Yahoo’s acquisition by Verizon, and during integration, the company recently obtained new intelligence and now believes, following an investigation with the assistance of outside forensic experts, that all Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft.
If you’re affected, you’re probably asking yourself what you can do right now. There are two answers: Protect your logins on other services, and delete your Yahoo account.

1. Protect your logins

It can’t be said enough: You should use a strong, unique password for every website or service on which you have an account. This means if any one service gets hacked, your other accounts won’t be compromised too.
Hackers will often trawl through user databases stolen in hacks and try the stolen login details on other sites. This means a user who reuses a password can be re-victimised over and over again. In the summer of 2016, we saw a spate of hacks of celebrities and high-profile figures on Twitter — everyone from Drake to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got hit. Twitter itself wasn’t hacked, but it looks as if the victims reused passwords on services that were, like LinkedIn and Tumblr.
So if you’ve used the same password you used for your Yahoo account anywhere else, you should change those accounts. Now.
And while you’re at it, you should review those other accounts for suspicious activity — especially if they have access to your credit card or financial information.
Of course, passwords — especially strong ones — are a pain to remember. And that’s why security experts recommend you use a password manager app to store them. An app like LastPass or Dashlane will store all your passwords, so you only have to remember one — the one to access the app.
Similarly, Yahoo recommends that you change the security questions for other accounts if you re-used them from Yahoo. Otherwise, even if an attacker can’t guess your password, they might still be able to use them to reset it.
Also: If it’s available, activate two-factor authentication. It creates a second barrier to entry by sending a unique code to your phone, so even if an account’s password is compromised, the attacker still can’t get in unless the person also has access to your phone (though there are some devious ways hackers try to get around it). It is available on Google, Facebook, Twitter, and most other major web services.
On a long-enough time frame, everyone gets hacked. But by having unique passwords and two-factor authentication, you can limit the damage.

2. Delete your account

Do you own a Flickr page you never use? A Tumblr you haven’t checked since 2014? A Yahoo Mail account you haven’t sent an email from in over a decade? It might be time to pull the plug, permanently.
First of all, back up your data! You don’t want to lose old emails and photos. Luckily, Yahoo has put together an easy-to-follow walk-through on how to do that here. (Important note: This includes all your Flickr photos.)
Done that? Great. Now head over to the “Delete Your Account” page. It should look something like this.

CLICK HERE for instructions to delete your account

Amazon’s new $35 Echo Connect will let you make phone calls
By Lauren Goode - The Verge - September 27, 2017

Amazon’s Echo products have always been good at voice-related functions, except for one key voice-related function: making phone calls. Now there’s a new solution for that.
At a hardware event at its new Seattle campus today, Amazon announced the Echo Connect, a $35 speaker / phone device that plugs into the wall and lets US customers make phone calls through their Echo speakers. The call is tied to the owner’s phone number, so receivers will still know who’s calling them. That makes this new Echo more like landline speaker.
Previously, you could make Echo calls to another Echo — similar to an intercom system — but now you can call a landline number, such as local businesses or contacts from your phone. The device will also allow you to call 911 for emergencies. Earlier this year, Google also added voice calling to this Home device, but it did not come with 911 support. See also:

Amazon’s Echo devices can now call mobile numbers and landlines for free
By Chris Welch - The Verge - September 29, 2017

In case you missed the announcement during Amazon’s very busy hardware event earlier this week, the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show have all gained the ability to place voice calls to numbers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for free. If you want to receive calls from regular numbers, you’ll need the new $35 Connect box that Amazon unveiled on Wednesday, which also allows you to use your home telephone number for Echo calls and dial emergency services like 911 or premium rate / international numbers.
But this is still a nice upgrade from the original version of Alexa calling that Amazon rolled out, which only let you call other Echo owners or people with the Alexa app installed and set up on their smartphone. Now you can just tell your Echo to call anyone in your contacts or speak out a specific number to dial.
Once you’ve set up Alexa calling and messaging, your own mobile number is linked to the device and will show up to recipients when you call. This is actually a bit odd since it lets you call yourself with your own phone number from an Echo. You’ve got the option to opt out of displaying your number, in which case other people will see “unknown caller” when your Echo rings them. I’m not sure why you’d really want to do that, as this “unknown caller” caller ID issue is the major annoyance with Google Home’s voice calls right now. The company only shows a recognizable phone number to people you’re dialing if you’re a Google Voice user. Google has said it will be able to display mobile numbers for other user soon, but Amazon has beaten it to the punch.
Unfortunately, you can’t dictate SMS messages with your Echo yet; Alexa’s messaging capabilities are still Echo-to-Echo (or the Alexa app) only for now.

CLICK HERE to read source articles.

Members Helping Members - Chromebooks

If you are interested in learning about Chromebooks, or already have one and need some help, contact Harvey Beeferman at harveyb@gmail.com. A one-hour personalized appointment/training can be scheduled at the Resource Center for any Friday afternoon,1-4 pm. If you'd like, you could call 843-842-4475 during those hours for help or for an appointment.



Every Monday morning and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, a Mac member is at the Resource Center to answer your questions and help you through any issues.
You can also use the iMac computer, bring your laptop, or just come in to get information.
If you have any questions, contact Judi Shade at shade@hargray.com.

,Assistance with Tablets

Resource Center volunteers are available to help members with their tablets:

iPad on Monday mornings (Judi Shade, Frank Sullivan and Ed Cliff); Wednesday mornings (Wes Taylor and Karen Kemp); Wednesday afternoon (Judi Shade, Xavier Pereira, and Linda Jackson); Thursday afternoons (Bob Gentzler and Melnee Kasper)
Android on Tuesday afternoons (Jolyn Bowler)
Kindle Fire and e-Readers on Monday mornings (Ed Cliff)
Microsoft Surface: Monday afternoons (Norm Galloway);Thursday mornings (Bob Rathke); Friday mornings (Emory Logan)

Please call the Resource Center (842-4475) to verify the volunteer you wish to consult is on duty that day.

Resource Center Substitutes!

Please consider adding your name to our Resource Center Substitute List. The Resource Center is open M-F, in two shifts, 10 AM-1 PM & 1-4 PM, with two volunteers per shift. You would be with a regular volunteer, helping members, and learning along the way. In addition, we will be instituting a training session so that you'll be able to hit the ground running. If you are interested, even if you only have one day of the week when you might be available, please contact Linda Jackson at volunteercoordinator@hhicc.org.
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