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An Introduction to Living the Connected Digital Life – Clean Recording and Dabel Link

Our second free course of the training season has begun. In this course, you will learn how to have all your digital content available to you on all your devices, no matter where you go. We will discuss iCloud, cutting the cord with AppleTV, home automation, security devices, and much more. Here is the live stream link, and the clean recording, for our first session. Enjoy.

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Stop apps from following your location:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for October 7, 2019

Stop apps from following your location:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for October 7, 2019

There is a new suite of privacy tools in Apple’s latest mobile software, from minimizing location sharing to silencing robo calls. it is wise to keep the software for your devices updated. For iPhones, that’s especially true now. That’s because Apple’s iOS 13, the most recent mobile software for iPhones has arrived.  the features in the iOS software update offer many new tools that help safeguard our digital privacy. There are several new privacy features.

 

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

 

 

Unknown to many of us, thousands of apps have been collecting our location data and selling the information to advertisers, retailers and hedge funds. New buttons in iOS 13 help address this issue. In the past, when opening a newly downloaded app that wanted access to your location, you had the option of always sharing location data, sharing it only when the app was in use or never sharing location. Now when you open an app that is asking for your location, you can tap ‘Allow Once. If you tap it, you are explicitly giving the app permission to share your location that one time. That eliminates the app’s ability to continue pulling your location data in the background when you are not using it. 

iOS 13 now requires that apps ask for permission to gain access to your Bluetooth sensor, the chip that you typically use to wirelessly connect to accessories like earphones. That can stop many retailers and brands that have deployed Bluetooth-sensing beacons throughout their physical stores from knowing when you have entered their location. For apps that clearly don’t use this sensor for anything other than detecting your location. You may choose to reject access. There’s one more important new feature in iOS 13 related to location sharing that has to do with your camera. When you take photos, the camera records metadata by default, including where the photo was taken. Photo apps use this feature to automatically organize your photo albums by place. But if you share an image containing location metadata on social media or in messages, you could give away sensitive information like where you live or work. With iOS 13, you can strip metadata from a photo before sharing it. In the Photos app, you choose the photo and tap the icon of a square with an arrow pointing upward. Then click Options, and for the option that says Location, switch it to the off position. Then you can share the photo without revealing your whereabouts. 

There are new controls for limiting the location data shared with apps so you can better protect your privacy. You can allow apps to access your location one time only, and Apple will provide more notice when apps are using your location in the background. 

Location Restrictions

In iOS 13, users have more control over how and when apps access their location data. There’s a new option to allow an app to use a person’s location just one time, with a requirement to ask again when the next time it wants to use location data. 

Apple is also now sending notifications when apps are using location data in the background, so you can choose to turn off location tracking for that app if desired. When you receive these notifications, you’ll see just how much location data has been collected, and where it was collected. 

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IOS 13 Tip 6: Dynamic Lyrics in Music

For some time now, the Music app on your Apple devices has provided access to the lyrics of many songs to which you might be listening. However, you could only see these lyrics displayed on the screen. What if you wanted to sing along? Well, now you can, thanks to Dynamic Lyrics. This new feature allows the lyrics to display in sync with the song, as it is playing. So, sighted users can follow along, seeing the lyrics where they are sung, as they are sung. It’s never been easier to follow along and belt out your favorite jams, and it will take family karaoke night to a whole new level.

Voiceover users, you will still have to read the lyrics yourself, as you probably would not want to hear the spoken lyrics interrupting the songs you love. Still though, this is a great new feature, and we here at TTJ really love it. We think you will too. It works on your iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, and Mac, once Mac OS Catalina is released.

If you are subscribed to Apple Music, just start playing a song, tap on the song at the bottom of the screen to open the Now Playing screen, then tap “Lyrics” at the bottom of the screen. On AppleTV, lyrics automatically appear. For more information, check out this Apple Support Article.

If you have not yet subscribed to Apple Music, consider giving it a try. With Apple Music, you’ll enjoy access to over fifty million songs, curated playlists, personalized radio stations, and much more. Take your music, playlists, and more with you on all your devices, and even download your favorite songs for offline listening if you need to. Apple offers customers a three month free trial of Apple Music, and there are family plans and discounted student plans available.

For more information, stay tuned to this blog, as we release tips daily. Also be sure to subscribe to our Podcast for even more info.

Connected Digital Life Course Begins Monday

The next course in our free course offerings begins this Monday, October 7, at 3:30 PM Eastern. Those who have already signed up have all the info you need to join. The Zoom meeting ID is exactly the same as it was for our iOS course. Just follow usual procedures to join. Anyone else may listen in on the Dabel platform by downloading the free Dabel app from the App Store. You don’t even need a free account with Dabel to listen in.

Here is a link to an introduction to this course, described by Trainer Kliph and myself. Hope to see you all there on Monday.

Listen to the Course Intro

IOS 13 Tip 5: Apple Maps Collections

Ever wish you could save your favorite places for quick access later? Perhaps you tried a new restaurant and really loved it. Maybe you are visiting a new city for the first time. Perhaps you even have favorite places you’d like to share with others. With Apple Maps, now you can do just that. With Apple Maps Collections, you can create as many collections as you want, based on a theme, type of business, location, or anything else your heart desires. To get started, launch Apple Maps in iOS 13 or iPad OS, then search for a place of interest. When you find a place you want, tap on it to display the place card. Now, tap on the “Add To” button. From here, you can choose an existing collection or create a new one. It’s that easy.

When you want to view your collections later, simply launch Maps and scroll down to your collections. Then, choose the one you want, to see all the saved places in that collection. You can even share your collections with others, so they can also benefit from your favorite places.

Stay tuned to this blog for daily tips, and subscribe to our Podcast to learn even more.

Calling for guests

Hello, on the up coming episode of Stur It Up, we are looking for guests who lost there site later in life. Teenage years, 20’s and beyond. We want to talk with you and help you share your story on how you coped with the lost, moved on, and the resources and support system you used. Just email us at

Sturitup@icloud.com

And we will send you more info. We Use the zoom cloud for meeting app, and the anchor app for recording. You can get them here

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Hope to here from you soon.

Silence unknown callers: new privacy feature in Apple iOS software. Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 30, 2019

            Silence Unknown Callers With This  Privacy Tool:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 30, 2019

There is a new suite of privacy tools in Apple’s latest mobile software, from minimizing location sharing to silencing robo calls. it is wise to keep the software for your devices updated. For iPhones, that’s especially true now. That’s because Apple’s iOS 13, the most recent mobile software for iPhones has arrived.  the features in the iOS software update offer many new tools that help safeguard our digital privacy. There are several new privacy features.

 

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

 

Silence Unknown Callers:  In the Phone section of the Settings app, there’s a new toggle that will let you block all unknown callers, cutting down on spam calls.

A new option in iOS 13 lets you silence calls coming from all unknown numbers. To turn on the feature, you open the Settings app, open the Phone menu and toggle on the switch for Silence Unknown Callers. When an unknown caller then tries to call, you will see a notification on your screen, but the phone won’t vibrate or ring. The caller is sent to voice mail. This is a brute-force approach to shutting out robo callers.

A new setting protects users from unknown and spam callers.  When the setting is turned on, iOS uses Siri intelligence to allow calls to ring your phone from numbers in Contacts, Mail, and Messages.  All other calls are automatically sent to voicemail.  This new option in Settings will automatically silence calls from callers who are not in your Contacts app, Messages app or Mail app.  The call will automatically go to your Voicemail.  You can then go in later and listen to the message to see if it was important.  If you are using Visual Voicemail, you can read the text transcript to judge.

If you head to the Settings app, then tap on Phone, you will see a new toggle for Silence Unknown Callers.  When this is enabled, iOS uses Siri intelligence to allow calls to ring your phone only if the number is found in your Contacts, Mail, or Messages.  Calls from any other number go straight to voicemail.

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