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Thursday, January 1, 2065

Welcome To Tech Tips For You!

We have been following technology for over 30 years, as a vocation and as a hobby. Our tech tips are designed to be applicable to "normal users", although some will be a little "geeky". We plan to cover a wide range of platforms and Gadgets:

  • Personal Computer Security
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  • Android Devices
  • Windows
  • Apple Mac OS X
  • Home Theater and Sound
  • Many Other Gadgets

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Menu Difficult To Read? No Problem Your IPhone Has a Hidden Magnifying Glass!

As we age our eyes are not what they used to be. I often see folks in restaurants squinting at the menu. Others bring their trusty pocket magnifier - complete with a built in light. 

 

Magnifiers come in handy for a myriad of tasks, but who wants the extra burden. Fortunately, if you have an IPhone - specifically an Iphone 5 or later running IOS 10, you already have what you need. Here's how:

1. Open your Settings App and Tap General.
2. Go to Accessibility.
3. Tap Magnifier and set the toggle to enable it.
4. Once you have it enabled you can close the Settings App.
5. To use the Magnifier, simply Triple-Click your Home Button and point the camera lens at the object.
6. The Magnifier controls let you zoom in and out, turn on the flash for extra light, adjust colors and snap a picture for archiving. To lock the focus just tap on the display.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Apple May Kill Thousands Of Apps With IOS 11

You may find that some of your favorite Iphone/Ipad apps will be killed off next month - June 2017, when Apple releases IOS 11. It's not 100% certain, but you may want to be prepared.

Back in early 2015 Apple started requiring 64-bit app support - fazing out 32-bit applications. It is also likely that future Iphone and Ipad processors will not support the older 32-bit apps.

 

Perhaps, you may have seen a popup, when running a 32-bit app, indicating that it may "slow down your device" or that it may not function on future versions of IOS. 

App Developers have been busy updating for 64-bit support, but there are thousands that will be left behind.

Will your favorite app make the cut? Here's how to check. 

1. Go to Settings>General>About>Applications
2. You should see a list of the 32-bit Apps - No Update Available

Developers may update some of these prior to IOS 11, but you may want to be looking for newer alternatives. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Stung by Ransomware? These free tools may help you recover

Ransomware has become one of the most prolific strains of malware circulating today. These infections enable attackers to disable your computer or device, and encrypt your files and data, until you pay. 

We have discussed ransomware and methods of prevention before, but the only "foolproof" method is to have a backup of all of your valuable files, photos, music, etc. In addition, this backup must be separated from your computer. A USB or network drive that is connected at the time of infection, will also be encrypted during the attack.

 

Let's assume you have been compromised and the ransom has been demanded. What now?

Antivirus provider, Avast, has provided a set of free tools that may help you recover from some of the most prominent threats. You can download these decryption tools from Avast Ransomware Decryption Tools

If your particular strain is not found among the list above, you can always check with some of the other major Anti-malware providers like Symantec, Trend Micro, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Eset, etc. These tools are frequently updated.

Best advice - Backup, Backup, Backup!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Make an Emergency Call on a locked Iphone - It can be done

Hopefully you will never find yourself in an emergency situation. But, if you do, you could be faced with trying to call a first responder from a locked iPhone. 

This feature is available on the lock screen of all iPhones. When you press the Home button and the passcode screen pops up you can make an emergency call or access the owner's Medical ID information, if it has been previously entered.

 

Here's how:

1. Press the Home Button to trigger the passcode screen.
2. Click on Emergency in the lower left corner of the screen
3. Call you local Emergency Services.

You can use the same steps above to access the owner's Medical ID information, if available. Just Click on Medical ID in the lower left corner of the screen, in Step 3 above. 

The Medical ID section will also allow you to call the owner's Medical emergency contacts.