Meeting Notes Email and iCloud

Our April, 2019 meeting was on email and iCloud.  Here are some helpful links from that meeting. Fittingly, the slides are shared through iCloud.

 

Block Spam Calls with Help from your Carrier

We’ve all been getting too many spam, scam and telemarketing calls. Many times these illegal robocalls spoof Caller ID, making it appear that they are calling from your local area, or even from your own number. Fortunately help is on the way.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all have anti-spoofing features which you can use for free:

Read more about phone spam and STIR/SHAKEN in this article at Consumer Reports.

Meanwhile, don’t disclose personal information to a caller, no matter who they say they are or what number they call from. Also, anytime a caller suggests you pay with a gift card, it is almost certainly a scam. There is no legitimate reason to do that.

 

The Shortcuts App for iOS

Dennis Crowley presented on Shortcuts for the iPhone and iPad at our February meeting.

Shortcuts is a new scripting tool for iOS. Although it has more potential than anything Apple has released recently, it is widely under appreciated. Many people have never heard of it.

Shortcuts lets you easily create and use your own scripts for commonly performed actions on iOS. You can also use many pre-existing scripts which are freely available.

Although Shortcuts is an Apple app, and is free, it may not be installed on your device by default. You can get it from the App Store.

Here are the slides from that talk. Note that many of the slides contain links to more information. The slides are shared in Apple Keynote format through iCloud.

 

iCloud and Cloud Storage Meeting – January 2019

Here are the files from last night’s MacMAD meeting.

How better to share the information about iCloud than through iCloud? So, these links are to the presentation as iCloud documents.

Here are the slides in Keynote.

Here is the spreadsheet in Numbers.

When following these links, iCloud may ask you to enter a name for “collaborating”. You may enter any name you like, and click Join.