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Kliph’s Korner

Hello, some of you know me already, but for those who don’t. My name is Kliph, I have been working with Matt on a variety of projects over the last 4 plus years. So he asked me to be a guest writer on his blog. He is the one who called it “KliphsKorner”. Catchy name. My tip for the day is always make sure you use every resource availible to you. My 1st go to is google. Some still don’t know, but google has a world of information just waiting to be access. Ask a question on the web, with your phone, or with a google home, and google will dig and find the answer for you. Other resources. Of course you can always ask others who use the same devices as you, there is no greater teacher than experience. Join mailing lists. Matt and I run 1 called, “only apple talk and support” You can find it on groups.io. Or send a blank email to

Only-apple-tns+subscribe@groups.io

You will just put subscribe in the subject line, leave the body of the message blank, and send it. You will receive an email telling you to confirm, just reply without writing any text, and you are in. The last resource I will mention,is practice,practice, and more practice. I have been using IOS for almost 10 years, and I am still learning. So no matter how much you think you know,always practice, and try things on your own. Trial and error can only help you. In the long run, you may be able to help someone down the line who needs someone like you with all your resources, experience, and practice to guide them. And the best part, you will feel good about helping someone with all that you know.

Tech 300 – Clean Audio Now Available

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Greetings everyone, as promised, here is a clean audio recording with the same information we taught in this weeks live session. You can stream this recording online, or you may download it for off-line listening. To download, long press on the link and choose, “download linked file”. Voiceover users should double tap and hold on the link to initiate the process. Enjoy.:)

Tech 300: Link to First Session Audio Now Available – Clean Recording Coming Tomorrow

Unable to make our first session of iOS At the Next Level? Or, just want a refresher? Below is the link to the live teaching session in audio format. You can listen online or using the free Dabel app. Remember, you don’t need a Dabel account to listen.

Also, for those who find the class setting a bit disruptive, a separate, clean recording is in progress and will be available on this blog tomorrow.

Listen to Session Audio

PSA: Updates On Course Schedule for iOS At the Next Level

The free course Tech 300: iOS At the Next Level will meet next Monday, September 16, 2019 as planned. However, this will be a special Q and A session since iOS 13 will not be released yet. Please submit your questions ahead of time. To do this, follow the following guidelines:

Compose a new message, using Apple Mail or another email client.

Address the message to: thetechjuggernaut@icloud.com

In the subject field, type, “Tech 300 Question”.

In the message body, please include your first name, followed by no more than two or three sentences describing your question. Please keep questions short and to the point. You will not receive email replies to your questions, but these questions will be answered in next Monday’s class if possible, and audio recordings will be released after class.

Also, please note that the following week, we will have two sessions – not just one. This is necessary to cover all the planned material for this course, due to the later-than-anticipated release date of iOS 13. Classes that week will take place on Monday, September 23 and Wednesday, September 25, both at the usual time of 3:30 PM Eastern. Please mark this extra session on your calendars. Remember, this is an extra session, not a substitute for another session. We will meet twice that week. The final session for this course will remain on Monday, September 30. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Apple Announces Release Dates for Upcoming Services and Software Updates

Apple today held a special media event, during which new iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch models were announced. These will be discussed in detail at a later time and in an upcoming TTJ Talk Podcast episode. However, in addition to announcing all the new hardware, Apple also announced some important upcoming release dates.

First, Apple will release iOS 13 to the general public next Thursday, September 19, 2019. Along side iOS 13, Watch OS 6, and presumably TVOS 13 and HomePod Software updates will also be released. As for iPad OS, it will be released along side iOS 13.1 on September 30. Also coming next Thursday will be the brand new Apple Arcade service, where subscribers can play awesome, high-quality games, ad free, online or off, with no in-app purchases. Apple Arcade will cost just $4.99 for the whole family. Finally, Apple Announced that its new AppleTV Plus streaming service will be available beginning November 1. Customers who buy a new iPad, iPhone, or AppleTV from Apple will receive one year free of AppleTV Plus.

If you are interested in having TTJ help you with the setup process for all this awesome new software, please Contact Us.

Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 9, 2019

Apple Credit Card:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 9, 2019

The new Apple Card is now available to everyone. Apple, which announced the card in March with Goldman Sachs is accepting applications through the Wallet app on iPhone. The approval takes minutes, and those who qualify can start using the card immediately with Apple Pay in store, apps and on websites. The company also is extending its 3% rewards to cardholders who use Apple Card with Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats transactions. Before, you could only earn 3% back on Apple purchases. The Apple Card comes with no fees, including no Annual fee, Foreign transaction fees, Over-the-limit fees, Cash advance fees, or Late payment fees.

The card’s interest rate ranges from 12.99% to 23.99% based on your creditworthiness. The card also uses the Mastercard network, so it is accepted pretty much anywhere in the world. The issuing bank behind the card is Goldman Sachs. The Apple Card is the bank’s first credit card.

You earn 3% back on purchases made at Apple Stores, apple.com, the App Store, the iTunes Store, for Apple services, and now Uber and Uber Eats. You get 2% back when you use the card through Apple Pay, and 1% back when you use the physical card. Another plus: All rewards you earn are added to your Apple Cash card each day and can be redeemed for any amount at any time. You don’t have to wait to earn a specific amount of rewards before using them. The physical Apple Card itself is numberless, so no one can copy your card’s number and use it to create a fraudulent card. Apple Wallet’s security tokens also protect your Apple Card. A unique token number – rather than the card’s number – is used to complete every transaction. That means your card number is never associated with a purchase. If a criminal picks up the token, it’s no good and can’t be used for an unauthorized purchase. The Apple Card also color codes your purchases on your iPhone. That means you can monitor how much you’re spending at restaurants or on gas or groceries, among other categories. You also can see how much interest you will pay depending on how big of a payment you make. 

 

Apple Card requirements

As with most any credit card these days, you must meet certain requirements <https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209257>  for approval. Here’s a rundown to see if you’re eligible. You must:

*           Be 18 years or older.

*           Be a U.S. citizen or lawful U.S. resident with a physical address, not a P.O. Box.

*           Own a compatible iPhone with iOS 12.4 or later.

*           Use two-factor authentication.

*           Sign into iCloud with your Apple ID.

*           Be willing to verify your identity with a driver’s license or state-issued ID.

 

How to apply for Apple Card

If you are eligible and ready to apply, here are the steps and it takes just a few minutes.

 

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

 

1) Open the Wallet app on your iPhone and tap the plus sign on the top right.

2) Tap Continue and then under Card Type, select Apple Card.

3) Tap to read the Rates and Terms and then tap Continue when you finish.

4) Verify and complete your basic information; name, birth date, and phone number, and tap Next.

5) Verify and complete your residential address and tap Next.

6) Verify your country of residence, enter the last four digits of your social security number, and tap Next.

7) Enter your annual household income and tap Next. You can tap the What does annual household income include? link for more information if needed.

8) Read the Apple Card Terms and Conditions and tap Agree.

9) If prompted to verify your identity, grab your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID and tap Continue. Position your screen over the front of your card, tap Continue, let it capture the back of your card, and tap Continue again.

10) After a moment, you will receive a view of the Apple Card with your credit limit and APR. If you agree to these and want the card, tap Accept Apple Card.

11) You can choose to make that card your default for Apple Pay or set that up later Make your choice and then when you see the Card Added screen, tap Continue.

12) You will then see an option to receive a physical card that you can use in stores and restaurants. Tap Continue if you’d like the physical card or No Thanks. If you decide to get the physical card, you’ll be prompted to verify your mailing address and tap Confirm.

More Details About the Upcoming TTJ Courses

Our first free training course of the season, iOS At the Next Level, begins tomorrow, Monday, September 9, 2019 at 3:30PM Eastern Time. For this course, due to the exact nature of the course, we will not be using the iTunes U platform to distribute materials as with later classes. All audio and other materials related to the course will be distributed through this blog.

To join the live sessions, use the Zoom Cloud Meetings app or the Zoom website. When prompted for the meeting ID, enter:

3116952583

Or join directly from This Link.

Please save the meeting ID for future use, as it will be the same for all sessions of all courses. Please consider joining a few minutes early to ensure that your device is working properly, especially if this is your first time using Zoom. If you are joining a session for the first time, you may be prompted to allow microphone access. Please do so. Remember that the host will join a bit early each time, but if you do happen to join prior to the host, you will not be able to talk to anyone, even if there are other participants in the Zoom meeting. Audio will not be heard until the host joins.

When it is actually time for the sessions to begin, audio for all participants will be muted, and due to the overwhelming number of students in the courses, audio will remain muted for the duration of the session, except in special help and lab sessions, depending on the number of attendees. Instructions on asking questions will be provided below.

If you attempt to join the Zoom session and it is full, we have set up an overflow stream so you can still participate. To join this, you will need to download another free app from the App Store. The app is called Dabel. Please check the spelling of the app so you may search for it properly. Once you open Dabel, you may be asked to sign up or sign in. You do not need to do so. Again, do not worry about having an account. Instead, join as a guest by ignoring any sign up instructions that may appear. Then, search for the iOS At the next Level live stream to join.

You will be seeing Phantom shadow as the name of the person hosting the stream. This is correct. Again, there is absolutely no need to download and use the Dabel app unless you are unable to join the Zoom session.

If you have any questions during the live teaching sessions, please direct them to our special iMessage ID. Again, all questions are being handled via Apple iMessage. To access this, open the Messages app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac, and compose a new message to:

Thetechjuggernaut@icloud.com

Please do not use the chat or raise hand features in Zoom, or the comments feature of Dabel, as these may not be monitored. Questions submitted through iMessage will be taken as time permits, with the last ten to twenty minutes of each session being reserved for Q and A. We will try to answer all relevant questions within each session, but due to the incredible number of participants, some questions may be postponed until the following session. If you must be late for a session or leave early, or if you must leave and come back in, this is no problem. Please do so as needed. If you are unable to attend a live session, stay tune for the audio and other materials to follow, usually within 24-48 hours of each session.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. God bless you, and we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.:)

More Details About Remind Notifiactions and Upcoming Courses

To those who have replied to their invitation to the Remind group, you will now receive all course-related information via text or email. Note that the same information will also be found on this blog. Please remain subscribed to both. Even if you are not taking all courses in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Training Season, please do not leave the group.

Please do not use the Remind group, or the Remind app, to send replies or other messages to TTJ or to other students. This group is being used for announcements only. Any messages sent by students within the group or the app will be discarded. Instead, please direct all questions or concerns to TTJ, using one of our many Contact Options.

Our first class of the season, Tech 300: iOS At the Next Level, begins this Monday, September 9, 2019, at 3:30PM Eastern. Please use the Zoom app, or the Zoom website, to join live. Our classes are extremely full. Please join early to ensure a spot in the live sessions. We recommend that you join 15 to 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to avoid missing a spot. If the Zoom session is full, an overflow live stream will be provided. Details on this stream and how to join will be shared prior to the session start time on Monday.

When joining the Zoom live sessions, please use Meeting ID:

3116952583

Or join directly with This Link.

All other details about joining the live Zoom sessions can be found in your initial welcome email or in the blog post containing that same information. If you have any questions or issues, please contact TTJ as soon as possible.

Due to the nature of this first course, we will not be using iTunes U for the distribution of materials. We will still use iTunes U for other courses on the schedule, such as Tech 302, Tech303, and so on. For this first course, all materials, including audio recordings, will be distributed on the blog.

It is essential that you read all text and email correspondence from TTJ, as they may contain important course-related information. We look forward to working with all of you. God bless you, and welcome aboard.:)

PSA: Remind Group for Upcoming Free Courses Now Full!

The Remind group, which provides text and email notifications for students in our free TTJ training courses, is now completely full. If you have already replied “Yes” to your invite, you are in. Stay tuned for further class announcements and instructions coming tomorrow. Otherwise, if you have received, but not yet accepted, your invite to the Remind group, please do not proceed. You are still enrolled in the courses. This has no effect on your participation in the courses; it only affects your ability to access the Remind group. You can still access all necessary information on this blog. Thank you for your cooperation.

Don’t Miss Apple’s Big Announcements Next Week!

Apple will be holding a special keynote event next Tuesday, September 10, 2019, beginning at 1PM Eastern, Noon Central, 11AM Mountain, and 10AM Pecific Time. At this event, being called, “By Innovation Only”, Apple is expected to announce official release dates for iOS 13 and its other software updates, as well as introducing new hardware. The iPhone, Apple Watch, AppleTV, and more are expected to receive updates this year and could be the focal points of next weeks events. Additional information may also be announced regarding Apple Arcade and Apple TV Plus. Some people are even suggesting that Apple may release some sort of tracking device (think Tyle products), to help us keep track of our remotes, keys, and other valuables. Apple fans are sure to be delighted with this event. Read on to find out how to watch the event live as it unfolds, and how to become involved.

How to Watch Live

If you have an AppleTV, simply visit the TVOS App Store and download the free Apple Events app. Users of other Apple devices, such as the iPad and iPhone, should visit Apple’s Website to stream live. Either way, tune in a few minutes before 1PM Eastern so you don’t miss a thing.

Get Involved:

The Tech Juggernaut will be hosting a sort of pre-game show prior to the event. This event will be streamed live on Periscope. Search Periscope for TTJ Talk and follow us now, so you don’t miss this awesome event. The pregame festivities wil begin at Noon Eastern, one hour prior to Apple’s keynote event.

During the keynote event itself, TTJ will be live tweeting event coverage as we watch the keynote. Finally, immediately following the Keynote event, TTJ will be live on the Zoom platform, the same system we use for our free live training courses, to hold a discussion about everything Apple has announced. This Zoom conference will also be streamed on Periscope and will additionally be made available as a podcast subsequent to its conclusion. More details about the Zoom call, including the necessary meeting ID, will be made available this weekend, but you already have everything you need to join us on Periscope. To follow our live Twitter coverage, be sure to follow “@TalkTTJ”. We are looking forward to this exciting time!