Here’s some useful information from this month’s meeting on Contacts and Calendars.
The contacts and calendars apps exist on both the Mac (computers) and iOS (iPad & iPhone). The different versions can cooperate and share data via iCloud, but they are not the same. The Mac version can do some things, such as edit contact groups that the iOS version cannot do.
Here is Apple’s Support Article on Contacts for the Mac. It is an overview of Contacts and how to use them.
And, similarly, here is Apple’s Support Article on Calendars on the Mac.
Besides Apple’s pre-defined Holiday calendar and your own calendars, you may find public calendars for various topics and groups on-line which you can subscribe to. For example, here is the MacMAD meeting calendar. If you subscribe to that, you will see our monthly meetings. If any changes are made, you will see the changes automatically.
Our April, 2019 meeting was on email and iCloud. Here are some helpful links from that meeting. Fittingly, the slides are shared through iCloud.
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.
At our general meeting on April 16, 2019, we held club elections. The following people have announced candidacy for MacMAD office:
- Jamie Cox – President
- Dennis Crowley – Vice President
- Eric Emerick – Treasurer
The above slate of officers was elected April 16, 2019, without opposition.
Here are the links from this month’s MacMAD presentation. This is a demo, so there aren’t many slides. These are in Keynote format, shared via iCloud.
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Even if everything seems to be going well with your Apple gadgets, you should probably check the Apple web site from time to time to see if the devices you own are subject to one of Apple Repair or Exchange programs. You might find out about a known problem with your model, and how to get it fixed for free.
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.
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.