Where is the Battery Percentage Indicator on the iPhone X?

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Do you have an iPhone X? Are you wondering how you can see the how much battery you have as a percentage? On other iPhones, you can have this always show in the upper right hand corner of the iPhone display, but this setting is missing on the iPhone X. The notch at the top of the screen on the iPhone X takes up enough space that there was room only for the battery icon, which can be hard to interpret how much actual battery is left. If you want to see precisely what percentage of your battery is left, swipe down slightly from the top-right corner of the screen. That gives you the full set of indicators, including battery percentage. You don’t have to keep swiping down enough to show Control Center, but if you do, all the indicators will be there too.

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Tutor for Apple TV

Tutor for Apple TV now Available

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I’m happy to announce my tutorial on the Apple TV is now available. This tutorial includes 18 video lessons on the Apple TV. I cover everything from getting around the Apple TV to using specific apps including Photos and Music. I also show you how to keep your apps organized including creating folders and using Siri to search. I have tips for watching movies and shows and I show you how you can access videos off your computer. I also cover various settings. Everything you need to get more out of your Apple TV.

I have two free lessons for you to preview the tutorial!

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Easily Create and Name Reminders Lists to Use Them Via Siri

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My wife and I have a shared list in the Reminders app called Groceries. To add an item, such as eggs, all we do is say “Hey Siri, add eggs to my grocery list.” and Siri adds it to the list. We can go a step further and set the grocery list as the default list, then we do not have to specify which list to add the eggs too, it’ll add them to the Grocery list by default. How can you see which list is your default list? It’s in Settings > Reminders > Default List. Want to get fancy? Make a list called “Hardware,” and then tell Siri, “Add birdseed to my Hardware list, and remind me when I arrive at Home Depot.” You may have to pick the correct Home Depot location from a list, but then you’ll receive an alert reminding you to buy birdseed when you pull into the parking lot. To look at any list via Siri, just say something like “Show my Grocery list.”

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Sneak Preview to Tutor for Apple TV

I thought I’d share a sneak preview to my new tutorial on the Apple TV. This lesson is on searching with Siri. I hope to have the tutorial out next week. If you are interested, you can join the site at a special price of $19.99 a year. Just use the following link: $19.99 Annual Subscription.

Tutor for Apple Watch iBook

Tutor for Apple Watch is now available to Members

Tutor for Apple Watch iBook

The iBook for Tutor for Apple Watch is now available for Premium Members. This tutorial includes all the lessons and are downloaded with the iBook, no streaming videos. Once you download it, you can view it on your Mac, iPad, and iPhone. If you are new to the Apple Watch or you want to learn more about it, take a look at my latest tutorial – Tutor for Apple Watch.

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For Easier Navigation Swipe Back and Forth between Web Pages

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For navigation between web pages you’ve visited, Safari offers back and forward buttons, these are represented by arrows in the upper left of Safari’s toolbar. You can also navigate by choosing menu commands and typing keyboard shortcuts — did you know that Command-Left arrow and Command-Right arrow work too? But my favorite was of navigating through my we pages is through gestures. If you’re using a Mac with a trackpad, you can move back and forth between Web pages with a two-fingered swipe left (for back) or right (for forward). If you prefer, you can switch to a three-fingered swipe in System Preferences > Trackpad > More Gestures. Or, if it’s difficult for you to keep exactly two or precisely three fingers on the trackpad, you can choose to swipe with two or three fingers. Lastly, this also works with Chrome, and Firefox.

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Tutor for Apple Watch iBook

Tutor for Apple Watch is now available in the iBook Store

Tutor for Apple Watch iBook

Apple approved the sale of my latest tutorial on the Apple Watch – Tutor for Apple Watch – in the iBook store. This tutorial includes all the lessons and are downloaded with the iBook, no streaming videos. Once you download it, you can view it on your Mac, iPad, and iPhone. If you are new to the Apple Watch or you want to learn more about it, take a look at my latest tutorial – Tutor for Apple Watch. The iBook store includes a free sample!


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Review for Tutor for Apple Watch

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I received my first review for the new Tutor for Apple Watch. What’d they say?

Excellent and worth the Time Investment: Downloaded this last night and have watched all tutorials for the Apple Watch w/WatchOS 4. Have had my watch for a month and use it everyday but this set of tutorials taught me lots of little tricks. Excellent THANKS!!!

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Tutor for Apple Watch

Tutor for Apple Watch with watchOS 4 is now available

Tutor for Apple Watch

I’m happy to announce that my tutorial on the Apple Watch with watchOS 4 is now available on-line. This tutorial includes 22 video lessons on using the Apple Watch including a quick video on how to tell which watchOS you are using. I cover everything from getting around the Apple Watch with gestures, to accessing and rearranging the Apps on the Apple Watch, to looking at various settings using the Watch App on the iPhone, to measuring your activity and working out with the Apple Watch. If you are new to the Apple Watch or even an intermediate user of the Apple Watch, we can help you get more out of your Apple Watch with Tutor for watchOS 4 on the Apple Watch.

The tutorial include 3 free lessons! Check them out on the Tutor for Apple Watch course page.

Apple’s HomePod Smart Speaker Coming Soon

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Move over, Amazon Echo and Google Home, there’s a new smart speaker coming soon. First announced back in June of 2017, Apple’s long-awaited HomePod will ship in the US, UK, and Australia on February 9th for $349. You can get it in space gray or white.

Where Amazon and Google focus mostly on how you can interact with their smart speakers, Apple is emphasizing the audio quality that HomePod users can enjoy. In a cylindrical package just under 7 inches tall, the HomePod boasts seven beam-forming tweeters for high-frequency acoustics, coupled with a large woofer for deep, clean bass.

HomePod internals

What makes the HomePod smarter than regular speakers is its A8 chip, which provides it with processing power equivalent to an iPhone 6. Software running on the HomePod gives it spatial awareness, so it can sense its location in the room and adjust the audio automatically for the best listening experience.

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With a free software update due later this year, you’ll be able to control multiple HomePods throughout your home, controlling each one independently or playing the same music on all of them, perfectly in sync. Plus, if you put two HomePods in the same room, you’ll be able to set them up as a stereo pair.

But the HomePod can do more than play music. It uses Apple’s Siri voice assistant to listen for your commands with an array of six microphones, so you can ask Siri to send messages, set timers, play podcasts, read the news, get the weather, check sports scores, and more—Apple has even expanded Siri’s knowledge of music for the HomePod. You can also transfer a phone call from your iPhone to your HomePod for a hands-free conversation.

What if you don’t want to talk to your HomePod? You can tap its top to play/pause (single tap), move to the next track (double tap), or go back to the previous track (triple tap). Touching and holding invokes Siri without saying “Hey Siri,” and you can tap or hold the + and – buttons to adjust volume.

HomePod controls

Home automation buffs will be excited to know that they can control HomeKit accessories via Siri on the HomePod as well. What’s more, the HomePod can act as a HomeKit hub that can trigger automations and let you control HomeKit accessories while you’re away from home.

But what most people will use the HomePod for, most of the time, is music. For full music functionality, the HomePod requires an Apple Music subscription. Those who don’t subscribe to the $9.99 per month Apple Music will still be able to play music purchased from iTunes, stream Beats 1 Radio, and listen to podcasts.

Setting up a HomePod is simple—just plug it in, and your iPhone or iPad will detect it automatically, just like a pair of AirPods. Like the AirPods, a HomePod requires an iOS device. It must be relatively recent (iPhone 5s or later, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or sixth-generation iPod touch), and it must be running at least iOS 11.2.5—you’ll want to install the latest available version to keep up with tweaks as Apple rolls them out.

It will be a few weeks before the HomePod can be tested against the various Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers. Our bet is that the HomePod will sound better but understand fewer commands than the more-established products from Amazon and Google. Nevertheless, along with adding multi-room audio and stereo capabilities, Apple will undoubtedly improve Siri’s capabilities on the HomePod over time.

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Amazon Prime Video Finally Comes to the Apple TV

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If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you’ll like this! Amazon Prime membership provides various perks, including free 2-day shipping from the Amazon online store and streaming access to Amazon’s vast media libraries. Unfortunately for Apple TV users, accessing Prime Video content has been frustrating. Why? There was no Amazon app for the Apple TV. That has all changed now, and if you have an Amazon Prime membership and an Apple TV, you can download the new Amazon Prime Video app. It gives you a boatload of additional video content, including Amazon’s original programming. Find it on your fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K in the App Store app. If you are still using a third-generation Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video should appear automatically on your Apple TV Home screen.

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New Lifetime Membership Plan

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Hello everyone! I’ve added a new lifetime membership option to my tutorials! You can now buy a lifetime membership and gain instant access to nearly 2,000 lessons and tips on the Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. This membership will not expire and you are only billed once. How much is it? Only $79.99 – for lifetime access. Of course this includes a 14-day free trial and all new tutorials and lessons as I add them. It’s a great option for people who want to continue to learn about their Apple devices but do not want a subscription.

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How to Switch Apps on the iPhone X

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Since the iPhone X lacks a Home button, how do you now switch between open apps? You used to press twice for the app switcher, now you’ll need to switch apps in a new way. To bring up the app switcher, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to about halfway, and then pause until the app thumbnails appear. The key is the pause. Then you can scroll through your launched apps by swiping horizontally and switch to an app by tapping its thumbnail. While in the app switcher, you can also force-quit a frozen app: press a thumbnail to get a red minus button and tap that button. Alternatively, you can skip the app switcher entirely. Just swipe right on the very bottom of the screen to switch to the previous app. Swiping left switches to the next app.

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Watch Out for Phishing Attacks Hidden in Your Email

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One of the most important things you can do to stay safe on the Internet is to be careful while reading email. This can’t be stressed enough. Online criminals know that we’re all busy, and we often don’t pay enough attention to what we’re reading or where we’re clicking.

To take advantage of our inattention, these Internet information thieves send email messages to us that look like they come from Apple, Facebook, Amazon, along with well-known banks, payment services, retailers, and even government agencies. Even more dangerous are messages that appear to come from a trusted individual and include personal details—these messages are often targeted at executives and company managers. Generally speaking, these attacks are called phishing—you can see examples here.

What is their goal? To get you to click a link in the message and visit a malicious Web site. That site usually continues to look like it is being run by a company or organization you trust. At a quick glance or even upon closer inspection, these sites look legitimate, but they re not. The aim is to sucker you into revealing confidential information by asking you to log in, pay for a product or service, or fill out a survey. The site—or an attachment in the email message—might also try to install malware. Although macOS is quite secure, if you approve security prompts, it can still be infected.

Although phishing is a huge problem that costs businesses hundreds of millions of dollars every year, you can easily identify phishing messages by looking for telltale signs:

  • Be suspicious of email messages, particularly from people you don’t know or from well-known companies, that ask you to click a link and do something with an online account.
  • Look closely at email addresses and URLs (hover the pointer over a link to see the underlying URL). Phishing messages don’t use official domains, so instead of paypal.com, the addresses and links might use paypa1.com—close enough to pass a quick glance, but clearly a fake. And again, the site the link takes you to will look like PayPal as well, even though it isn’t.
  • Watch out for highly emotional or urgent requests. They’re designed to make you act without thinking. Take any such messages with a grain of salt.
  • Channel your inner English teacher and look for poor grammar or odd phrasing, which are red flags for phishing messages. Email from real companies may not be perfect, but it won’t have multiple egregious errors. Most phasing emails have typos and grammatical mistakes.

Phishing example

So what do you do if you get a message that may be phishing for sensitive information? Most of the time you can just ignore it. If you’re worried that it might be legit, instead of clicking any links in the message, navigate to the site in question manually by typing the organization’s URL into your browser—use a URL that you know to be correct, not the one in the email message. Whatever you do, do not open attachments that you aren’t expecting and never send confidential information via email.

If you think you’ve fallen prey to a phishing attack and given away a password, you’ll want to change passwords on any affected accounts. If you’ve opened any attachments or approved any installs, run anti-malware software to determine whether your Mac has been infected. And remember, regular backups protect you from a multitude of sins.