20161127 - Weekly News

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20161127 - Weekly News

Postby Joan » Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:59 pm

NOTE:The HHICC Christmas party reached its limit within 48 hours of the Evite going out to all members. There is a wait list, so please add your name there if you're interested in attending. To those of you who are on the confirmed attendance list, if you find your plans change and you aren't able to attend, please be courteous and cancel your reservation from the Eventbrite site so we can move someone to it from the wait list. CLICK HERE to cancel reservation.

Apple Education Group - Led by Wes Taylor and Judi Shade
Monday, November 28th, at 2:00 PM


On Monday, November 28th at 2 PM, the Apple Education group will change its format to a more sharing experience. Everyone participating is invited to bring in his/her favorite app, how it works and why he/she likes it. We all are anxious to get more out of our mobile devices and this should be a rewarding session for everyone. We look forward to see you all at 2:00 PM in the main meeting room at the Senior Center. No RSVP is required. Come and join the fun..

How to make an iPhone speakerphone call using only Siri
By Roger Fingas - appleinsider - Friday, November 25, 2016

One of the advantages of modern iPhones is the ability to go hands-free more often thanks to Siri —but something people may not know is that it's possible to go straight into speakerphone mode when voice dialing.


After triggering Siri by holding down the home button or saying "Hey Siri," all you have to do (in theory) is add "using speaker" or "using speakerphone" to a call request —for example, "Call Walgreens using speakerphone."
It should be noted, though, that unless you have the person in your iOS Contacts list, you can't just dial an individual using their name —you have to speak their phone number instead. With businesses and other organizations, Siri may also prompt you to pick from several options if there are multiple matching locations, especially in the same city.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Executable File Extensions You Should Know
By Tim Fisher - Lifewire - July 22, 2016

A file with an executable file extension means that the file format supports some ability to run an automatic task. This is in contrast to other file formats that just display data, play a sound or video, etc.
In other words, if you open a file with one of these file extensions, your computer could, without your continued permission, run one or more operations programmed into that file
Those additional operations would be welcome and necessary if, for example, you were to run a program setup for a free software program you just downloaded from a trusted website.
Those operations could be damaging if, for example, you were to run a virus-infected executable file that you received via email from someone you don't know.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

How to avoid getting conned by fake news sites
by Laura Hautala - CNET - November 19, 2016

Here's how you can identify and avoid sites that just want to serve up ads next to outright falsehoods.

You don't need Socrates to tell you that some websites spin crazy, made-up yarns just so you'll click a link.
False information and fake news have been a problem on the internet almost since the beginning. The situation is so bad, one website, Snopes.com, is dedicated to debunking crazy internet tales and rumors that pop up like digital cockroaches.

What is 'fake news?'

First of all, let's be clear: We're not talking about websites with paid journalists who fact-check their reporting and build their brands on accuracy. (Reputable companies have rules on fact-checking. CNET's reporters and reviewers are required to verify information and back it up with links to source material such as press releases, videos and websites.)
The issue is that legitimate news stories get mixed in with everything else on your Facebook "news" feed. That includes stories from websites that are posing as news sources to harvest your clicks. What's more, even if you click a link to a well-researched Wall Street Journal story, Facebook could show you related stories from sites that don't meet those same standards.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Apple reportedly stops making WiFi routers
By John Fingas - Engadget - submitted by Bob Rathke


We hope you weren't dead set on getting a new AirPort Extreme any time soon. Bloombergsources claim that Apple has "disbanded" its WiFi router division, quietly ramping it down over the past year as team members joined other divisions (including the Apple TV group). Reportedly, the shutdown is meant to "sharpen the company's focus" on those devices that make up the bulk of its revenue. A spokesperson wouldn't confirm the move, but Apple hasn't introduced a new router since 2013 -- it's not as if they had a lot of work on their plate.

CLICK HERE to read more.



Every Monday morning and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, a Mac member is at the Resource Center to answer your questions and help you through any issues.
You can also use the iMac computer, bring your laptop, or just come in to get information.
If you have any questions, contact Judi Shade at shade@hargray.com.

Assistance with Tablets

Resource Center volunteers are available to help members with their tablets:

iPad on Monday mornings (Judi Shade, Frank Sullivan and Ed Cliff); Wednesday mornings (Wes Taylor and Karen Kemp); Wednesday afternoon (Judi Shade); Thursday afternoons (Bob Gentzler and Melnee Kasper)
Android on Tuesday afternoons (Jolyn Bowler)
Kindle Fire and e-Readers on Monday mornings (Ed Cliff)
Microsoft Surface: Monday afternoons (Norm Galloway);Thursday mornings (Bob Rathke); Friday mornings (Emory Logan)

Please call the Resource Center (842-4475) to verify the volunteer you wish to consult is on duty that day.

Resource Center Substitutes!

Please consider adding your name to our Resource Center Substitute List. The Resource Center is open M-F, in two shifts, 10 AM-1 PM & 1-4 PM, with two volunteers per shift. You would be with a regular volunteer, helping members, and learning along the way. In addition, we will be instituting a training session so that you'll be able to hit the ground running. If you are interested, even if you only have one day of the week when you might be available, please contact Linda Jackson at volunteercoordinator@hhicc.org.
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