Useful Articles of the Week

I found a few articles from this week that I feel are relevant and useful.

10 Step Security Guide to Keeping your Computer Virus Free from Groovy Post. #5, I use WinPatrol and Malwarebytes (paid but free is good enough) instead. Oh and in #7, pay attention to what your mother-in-law does.

Back to School Tips for Students Using Microsoft OneNote also from Groovy Post.

iOS 10

Top 10 Secret Features in iOS 10 and How to Fix iOS 10’s Biggest Annoyances from Lifehacker.

How to Make a Meme with SnagIt from Techsmith. Camtasia 9 is coming out next week!




Computer Buying Guide

Windows 10 is getting an update this summer and there is macOS Sierra coming in the fall. However, buying a new computer can make your head spin – the choices include desktops, laptops, tablets, convertibles, all-in-ones, oh my! How do you know what computer to get? This workshop will present a computer buying guide to help you choose the right one and buy it without breaking the bank.

30 Awesome Apps for the New Year

Did you get a new phone for Christmas? After you set it up, the next step is to download the apps. The challenge is finding the cream-of-the-crop apps that truly take advantage of all that an iPhone or Android phone has to offer. I have put together a list of some of the best apps. You will find a bit of everything: top 10, news, finance, cloud storage, reading, photo editing, travel, etc. I use most of these apps so I can give you an insight from a user’s perspective.

Apps covered:

And more!

How To Upgrade To iOS 9


iOS 9 is officially out. If you have a relatively new iOS device, it is a worthwhile upgrade. To see what’s new in 9 vs. 8, here is a quick recap.

The biggest advice with any iOS upgrade is to back up your data. You have two options: via iCloud or iTunes on your computer. I prefer the iTunes method because then my iCloud account space not taken up by the backup data. To back up your data through iTunes, here are the steps:

  1. Launch iTunes in your computer (Mac or Windows).
  2. Connect your iDevice.
  3. Select your device in iTunes and go to the Summary tab.
  4. Go to the Backups area and click on Back Up Now.

You may be asked to transfer apps from your device to iTunes. You can either do so or ignore it. You can always re-download any apps, but restoring them from to your iPhone, for example, will be faster if they are copied from the computer. I just re-download them. That way, you will always get the latest version.

iTunes will now have a copy of your data backed up on your computer. You can delete the backup at a later date if you see no issues with iOS 9.

Happy upgrading!

Security Tips for Your iOS Devices


The upgrade to iOS 8 included many security enhancements. Although the rollout has been a bit rough, there is one added feature I really like. Before iOS 8, it was not possible for password management software like Lastpass or Dashlane to fill in login credentials in Safari. There was a workaround, but it was clunky. Starting with iOS 8, the password managers are able to more easily fill in login information on web sites.

The company behind one of the best password managers, Dashlane, released an infographic that thoughtfully summarizes the ways to secure your data on your iDevices. Take a look at the full version below.

Easily Turn Any Song into A Ringtone via iTunes for Your iPhone


I just bought an iPhone and started playing with it. One customization I wanted to make was the ringtones. You can buy them in Apps Store, but Lifehacker has an article on how to change any songs into a ringtone. Here is the link:

Apple iWork for iCloud Now Free for Everyone

icloud login

My primary computer is a Windows laptop. While I own an iPad, since I don’t have a Mac, I was not able to access Apple’s iWork for iCloud. Apple made a change and now anyone on non-Apple hardware can take advantage of iCloud offerings. I have been intrigued by Pages, Numbers, and particularly Keynote, so I am happy that this change was made.

The URL to access the beta version of the iCloud side is You log in with your Apple ID. Once you log in, you see the next screen:


You can check the setting to see how much free storage space you have.

I use Google Drive/Docs, so I am interested to see if I prefer Google or Apple. Stay tuned!