Tips and Help

New Tutor Tip: How to hide the Menu Bar on a Mac

Tutor Tip: Hide Menu Bar


I have another Tutor Tip for you. In this tutor Tip I take a look at how you can hide the Menu Bar without going into full screen mode on a Mac. I also look at how you can make the Menu Bar and Dock darker.

If you want to see who to hide the Menu Bar on your Mac, take a look at the latest Tutor Tip.

Apple News

You should update your iPhone right now

New research sent to Apple shows that there is a vulnerability in the iPhone and iPad, and it seems to be pretty serious. Andrea Peterson from the Washington Post has more information on this.

Spyware relying on three previously unknown, or “zero-day,” flaws in Apple’s iOS mobile operating system for years made it possible for governments to take over victims’ phones by tricking them into clicking on a link in a text message, according to new reports from Lookout, a cybersecurity firm that looks for security holes in mobile products, and Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

“This is the most sophisticated bad actor we have ever seen targeting mobile phones out in the wild,” said Mike Murray, vice president of security research at Lookout.

Apple released a fix for the problems on Thursday. “We advise all of our customers to always download the latest version of iOS to protect themselves against potential security exploits,” the company said in a statement.

What can you do? Update your iPhones and iPads to iOS version 9.3.5. If you are using iOS 10 beta, update to the latest beta. Also pass this information along to family and friends.

Apple News

The iBrain is Here and it’s already inside your iPhone

Steven Levy from Backchannel has a fun article to read on the transformation of Siri.

“This was one of those things where the jump was so significant that you do the test again to make sure that somebody didn’t drop a decimal place,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services.

“The error rate has been cut by a factor of two in all the languages, more than a factor of two in many cases,” says Acero. “That’s mostly due to deep learning and the way we have optimized it — not just the algorithm itself but in the context of the whole end-to-end product.”

Probably the biggest issue in Apple’s adoption of machine learning is how the company can succeed while sticking to its principles on user privacy. The company encrypts user information so that no one, not even Apple’s lawyers, can read it (nor can the FBI, even with a warrant). And it boasts about not collecting user information for advertising purposes.

Apple says it has answers for both. “Some people perceive that we can’t do these things with AI because we don’t have the data,” says Cue. “But we have found ways to get that data we need while still maintaining privacy. That’s the bottom line.”

And if you are wondering what you can say to Siri – check out

Tips and Help

New Tutor Tip: How to quickly show your desktop on a Mac

Tutor Tip: Show Desktop on a Mac

In our latest Tutor Tip we show you a couple ways you can quickly show your desktop on your Mac when you have numerous windows open. We show you how to show the desktop using a keyboard shortcut and using hot corners with the cursor. If you store files and folders on your desktop and you need to get at them quickly, this Tutor Tip is for you.

Show me how to quickly show my desktop on my Mac.


Tap Forms 5 for Mac Review. Organize your life with this easy-to-use database.

I’ve always loved databases. With a good database like Tap Forms 5, you can organize most anything. Read more about tap Forms 5 for the Mac in my review.

Apple News

Tim Cook, the interview: Running Apple ‘is sort of a lonely job’

”I also think that the traditional CEO believes his or her job is the profit and loss, is the revenue statement, the income and expense, the balance sheet. Those are important, but I don’t think they’re all that’s important. There’s an incredible responsibility to the employees of the company, to the communities and the countries that the company operates in, to people who assemble its products, to developers, to the whole ecosystem of the company. And so I have a maybe nontraditional view there. I get criticized for it some, I recognize. But I’ve never wanted to be the stereotypical CEO. I don’t think I’d be very good at it, honestly. And I don’t think for Apple that would in the long run be good for the company. If you care about long-term shareholder return, all of these other things are really critical.”

A great interview by Jena McGregor at The Washington Post


iMovie for Mac Review. Create great looking movies out of your Photos and Videos.

I’ve been intrigued with creating movies since I was a kid. It may have been the 8mm film camera we had. My friends and I would go out and create scenes from TV and movies including recreating the Six Million Dollar man running. When you watched it on TV, he was running in slow motion. We had to recreate this by speeding the shutter up in the camera. Back then all the editing we did was in with the camera. It was fun, but very limiting.

Apple News

Apple Music’s Bozoma Saint John: It’s About Passion, Not Algorithms

In Fast Company, Mark Sullivan interviews Apple Music marketing chief Bozoma Saint John:

Human curation allows you to have the emotion and feel music, because it is a very emotional thing. It makes you feel happy, it helps you when you are feeling sad, gets you pumped up, calms you down. You want me to keep going? Because I could preach. I think it is a very emotional thing and you should treat it as such. We as humans have that and we can express it.


It is really about the experience. It’s like you as a music lover or not, you as a casual listener, probably have some of the [same] behavior patterns as someone who’s like the super expert. You want to build something that’s easy enough for a lot of people to use—those who are digging in crates and those who are like, “I just want to push play and listen to something.”

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Apple News

Playing The Long Game Inside Tim Cook’s Apple

There is not a lot of detail in this interview but it does give a good broad view over Apple and Apple’s future.

“Apple’s future may look very different from its past, and Cook, Federighi, and Cue wouldn’t have it any other way. “Look,” says Cue, who somehow manages to look both like a man who just woke up and a compact ball of perpetual energy, “one thing you know if you’ve been in technology a while, you’re only as good as the last thing you did. No one wants an original iPod. No one wants an iPhone 3GS.”

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Tips and Help

Schooling Siri on Unusual Names

Is Siri mispronouncing your name or a friend’s name? Did you know you could tell Siri the proper pronunciation?

“The next time Siri mangles a name, tap the microphone button and say, “That’s not how you pronounce ‘name’.” The program should respond with, “O.K., how do you pronounce the ‘name’?” Say the correct pronunciation of your first and last name as clearly as you can.”

Check out this tip from the New York Times.

Tips and Help

New Free Tutor Tip: How to Quickly Turn on Do Not Disturb on a Mac

Tutor Tip - Do not Disturb

We have another free Tutor Tip ready for you. In this Tutor Tip we look at how we can always show the scroll bar in a window in macOS. I’ll use this quite a bit when I am recording my lessons as I do not want to receive any notifications while recording.

Learn how to quickly turn on Do Not Disturb on the Mac.

Noteboom News

Tutor for Photos for Mac now available for download

Tutor for Photos iBookI’ve added Tutor for Photos for the Mac to the list of downloadable tutorials. The iBook contains over 40 video lessons on importing, organizing, and sharing your photos on the Mac. Just like with the other downloadable tutorials, once you download the iBook, you can view the tutorial offline. Also, being that it is an iBook, you can view it on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

You must be a Premium Member to download the iBook. Start your free trial and download the tutorial today!

Noteboom News

Tutor for Filemaker Pro now available for download

Tutor for Filemaker Pro iBookI’ve added Tutor for Filemaker Pro to the list of downloadable tutorials. The iBook includes over 40 video lessons on using Filemaker Pro. This course is designed for the new or beginning user of Filemaker Pro and includes lessons on Filemaker terminology, creating database solutions, customizing layouts, creating buttons and scripts, and exporting data. Just like with the other downloadable tutorials, once you download the iBook, you can view the tutorial offline. Also, being that it is an iBook, you can view it on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

You must be a Premium Member to download the iBook. Start your free trial and download the tutorial today!

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Hey Siri? What can you do for me?

A great resource for everything you can say to Siri. You’ll want to bookmark this site.

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