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    Today is Mother's Day folks... everyone is busy with Mom or the Wife. It's their day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Today is Mother's Day folks... everyone is busy with Mom or the Wife. It's their day!
    Well, our only son lives in Carmel, IN, so only a card; BUT, we just returned from Myrtle Beach, SC and had plenty of wonderful seafood dinners - and a few days ago, we got her a Deering Banjo Ukulele (shown below) - she's a multi-instrument musician and singer who is taking guitar & uke lessons from a UNC School of the Arts graduate & teacher - been hearing her sing on it the last two days - Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by RadDave View Post
    - she's a multi-instrument musician and singer who is taking guitar & uke lessons from a UNC School of the Arts graduate & teacher - been hearing her sing on it the last two days -
    Sounds like she's an accomplished musician & singer. For the rest of us who may have a "budding" musician or singer wife/mom...maybe we'd rather be fishin'! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Sounds like she's an accomplished musician & singer. For the rest of us who may have a "budding" musician or singer wife/mom...maybe we'd rather be fishin'! lol
    Hi Nick - well, I have an accordion but little remembrance from my teen days, and I cannot carry a tune - Susan is a talented amateur - her best instrument is a family piano (below, Mason & Hamlin; upright but w/ a baby grand sound board - pic from the web but quite similar to her piano) that's likely 60 years old now and still sounding great (she & her sister did their lessons on it); she has 2 Irish harps (below) but has not paid much attention recently (not easy to play - I've tried! ) - also a couple of guitars (nylon & steel, latter a Gibson Epiphone bought recently on a Memphis trip) - she has her ukulele and now the newest addition the Banjo Uke - the instrument sounds great and is LOUD (video below from the Deering website). Dave
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    Join me at 7:00 p.m. Central time (Midnight GMT) for the Mac-Forums video chat. We'll have the usual forum roundup, The exact topics are still being finalized but we'll talk about the recent ransomware outbreak and why it matters to you even if it doesn't affect Macs. We'll also discuss a feature you want to look for if you are looking for a weather app.

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    Welcome to our newest member Gwead

    Forum member Alwyn has asked whether there were ever viruses for the Mac. The question was based on a London Times article. The truth is there were several viruses that could and did affect the Classic (pre OS X) environment. See this thread for full details (including a list of what was available). If this is a topic of particular interest to you pay particular attention to posts #4 and #5 by member Randy B. Singer. The good news is that none of those pre OS X viruses/malware can affect OS X.

    A recent ransomware attack has spread across at least 74 countries in Europe and Asia. This piece of ransomware encrypts data on the affected system essentially holding the data hostage until a payoff is made.Although it does not affect OS X users directly many users could have their data held hostage if it is stored on one of the infected servers. Although Microsoft had previously released a patch for this exploit (going all the way back to Windows XP server) some of the institutional targets had not yet updated their systems. This particular piece of malware spread through files attached in an e-mail. If you’re interested, here’s an explanation of how the malware was killed. Here’s a list of the relevant Windows patches.

    This particular piece if malware doesn’t seem to be able to infect OS X but Mac users running Windows should make sure that their Windows installations are properly patched.

    Apple to require two factor authentication for iCloud?Beginning on June 15, app-specific passwords will be required to access your iCloud data using third‑party apps such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or other mail, contacts, and calendar services not provided by Apple.”

    Apple watch not receiving notifications from the iPhone If you are not receiving notifications from your iPhone to the Apple watch, check out this thread for a possible solution.

    If you have some doubts about the health of your iPhone battery, some of the battery apps for the MacOS also examine iPhone/iPad battery health. To get this information you must connect the IOS device to your Mac via a USB cable. During the show I demonstrated this principle by using Coconut Battery but other apps should also work. See this thread

    If you are looking for a search engine that does not track your movements have a look at this thread.
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    Join me for the weekly Mac-Forums video chat at 7:00 p.m. tonight as usual (Midnight GMT). We're back after a brief weather-related hiatus last week. We'll have the usual forum roundup, a tip, or two, and a discussion of some features you might sent to look for in a weather app.

    I was able to do the show tonight after running a bit late. I noticed that the audio pictured up a bit of an echo. I'll fix that tomorrow and post a version with better audio tomorrow along with the show notes.
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    Join me at 7:00 p.m. Central time tonight (Midnight GMT) for the weekly Mac-Forums video chat. I'm still working on the content for the show but we'll likely have a tip or two and unless something goes seriously wrong I'll have a summary and some thoughts about Apple's WWDC
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    Hey Sly:

    Might be a good time to mention that "High Sierra" will employ APFS (which is ungoing beta testing right now) and that many of the utilities that we routinely use will have to be re-written in order to work properly. Folks that have fallen behind in updating OS X are really going to be left in the dust in the near future - starting with High Sierra.

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    I've been going through the keynote address for about the last hour o so and that occurred to me when I saw the slide about directory cloning. I would bet that many of our file level utilities in particular will need to be updated as will things like SuperDuper and CCC.

    BTW I did not see anything in the keynote about iOS breaking 32 bit apps though I suspect it will. Have you seen anything definite about that. And thanks f9or that reminder looking at the notes I had not put in the warning.

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    Welcome to Retros90 our newest member

    If your Mac is trying to log into the App Store with the wrong Apple ID try logging out of the App Store completely. Don’t just quit the program. When you try to log back in you should be able to use the Apple ID you want to use. See here.

    How iCloud’s two factor authentication might affect the apps you use

    Right clicking on a sender’s address in Mail allows you to add the email address to a new contact card. If you want to add the address to an existing card, right-click the address and choose copy. Then open Contacts and create the new card before pasting in the address. See here

    My Take On Apple’s WWDC Announcements Watch the Keynote here Lasts about 2 hours and 19 minutes

    Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference was held in San Jose, CA on June 5, 2017. It’s the first WWDC event held in San Jose in 15 years. There were 3 million new developers signed up in the last year. One student developer mentioned during the event started developing at age 6 and has five apps in app store. The oldest developer is 82. I’m wearing the Mac-Forums digital dunce cap for forgetting the date of the event. It’s the first time in years I’ve missed the broadcast.

    The TV OS continues to improve. The recently released search app for started with 50 content partners that could be searched. More are bing added. Amazon will be bringing Amazon Prime to the Apple TV ecosystem. Currently the only way to view Amazon Prime on the Apple TV is to open the content on your iPhone/iPads then use AirPlay to pass it to the Apple TV. There was no mention of any upcoming hardware improvements to the Apple TV. I wasn’t expecting any since three years elapsed between the ATV 3 and ATV 4.

    Apple Watch OS is up to version 4. The Siri based watch face can present into dynamically based on location, time etc. More characters have been added to the Toy Story face. Activity challenges based on past performance. Real-time data exchange with some fitness equipment from major manufacturers roll out this fall.More support for background operations such as navigation.

    The newest incarnation of MacOS will be named High Sierra. Improvements include:
    1. Safari is faster, includes blocking of autoplaying elements, and Intelligent tracking protection to protect privacy.
    2. Mail searches now use Spotlight and includes split view mode for composing mail.
    3. Numerous improvements to Photos — import show in chronological, new editing tools, edits and photo categories synch across devices
    4. HFS/HFS+ will no longer be the file system. The new Apple file system new one should be much better at organizing/handling the large number of files on modern systems. Duplicating files was significantly faster in the demo. much faster. Do not use older disk utilities on disks formatted with the new file system until those utilities are updated.
    5. Mac system animations will now use the Metal 2 framework. Metal 2 will support external GPUs over Thunderbolt and support for several VR formats.

    High Sierra will be a free update later this Fall and runs on systems currently supporting Sierra (2010 MacBook AirAi, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini and Mac, Pro 2009 MacBook iMac)

    iMac improved with more color support, new 7th generation Intel processors, and hardware decoding of HD. The 21 in. models support up to 32 GB ram. and the 27 in. model supports a max of 64 GB. Two USB C connections supporting Thunderbolt 3. 80% faster than current systems on some tasks. I’m taking a wait and see attitude about this. Performance bumps for Laptops as well.

    An iMac Pro line with 5K display will ship by the end of the year. Configurations vary from 8 to 18 core Xenon processors and Radeon Vega graphics most powerful mac 8 core xeon up to 18 Radeon Vega graphics up to 16 GB. This should give three times more performance than current iMac. Supports up to 128 GB of memory and up to 4 TB SSDs. sad. Base unit starts at about $5000.00.

    IOS 11 Read this before you update -- especially if you are running older apps.
    1. Messages now syncs conversations across devices via iCloud with end-to-end encryption.
    2. Apple Pay will support person to person payments within conversations
    3. Siri now supports more use of context to figure out user requests as well as numerous other improvements
    4. Better integration of lock screen and notifications
    5. Numerous improvements to Photos
    6. . Maps can now give details in areas such as malls and airports. It will also give lane guidance which lets you know which lane to be in to make a turn. IOS will sense when a car is in motion and basically restrict some functions unless you tell it you are not the driver. This is, I think, a response to concerns raised recently about drivers being distracted by their devices.

    App Store getting a redesign. Review/approval process for apps is being reduced with some approved within a few hours of submission.

    IPAD Pro 10.5 in. screen with up to 120 Hz. refresh rates. The refresh rate will change based on what is being viewed. Static photos could, for example, use a lower refresh rate than say watching 4 K high-def video. Changes were also made to the way user files are organized.

    As I mentioned earlier there was no mention of changes to the Mac Pro line. Rumor has it that an announcement about that will be made in early 2018. My personal thought is that if sales of the iMac Pro lines takes off the Mac Pro line will be discontinued. These two product lines are aimed at the same user base (creative pros). Neither the Mac Pro or future iMac Pro are aimed at the consumer user though I’m sure Apple won’t mind if you purchase one.

    My birthday is shortly before the iMac Pros are slanted to be released. If someone is wondering about a birthday/Christmas present we can work something out. These notes are a bit more detailed than I had intended but I hope you find them useful
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    BTW I did not see anything in the keynote about iOS breaking 32 bit apps though I suspect it will. Have you seen anything definite about that. And thanks f9or that reminder looking at the notes I had not put in the warning.
    Here is the link about iOS 11 and 32 bit iOS apps.

    There are several other links and also a reminder in this month's MacLife Magazine about that.

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    Thanks for that link Charlie. I'm cleaning up my notes now and will post them later tonight. I'll add that information to it.
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    Join me at 7:00 P.m. tonight (midnight GMT( for the Mac-Forums video chat. We'll have the forum roundup as well as an assortment of Mac-relate news and tips. I'm still working on the specific tips so stay tuned.

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    Welcome to our newest member, Jgibbs347

    Sometimes our members are convinced that Apple wants to force users to use there software as opposed to third-party software. If you are convinced that apple's shift to two factor authentication for applications locks out third-party apps check out this thread. It contains several examples in the links for how to set up third-party mail apps.

    Many users have set up passwords set up to prevent users from seeing their screen contents once the screen goes to sleep. Seeing the screen content requires entering a password. If you go into the Security and Privacy preference pane and remove the password option anyone can see your screen. This is true even if the Mac shuts down due to lack of power. When power is restored people will be able to see the screen content without entering the password. See here.

    Recently announced iMacs do not support Target Display Mode. If this feature, which allows some iMacs to be used as a second monitors for other Macs, is important to you give this Macworld article by Macworld Senior Editor Roman Loyola a quick read. Hint: Recently announced iMacs don't seem to support this feature.

    If you are thinking of updating to IOS 11 when it's released, keep in mind that 32-bit apps will no longer be supported in IOS 11. Techradar's Alan Stonebridge shares some thoughts on identifying 32-bit IOS apps and preparing for the change.

    Forum administrator chscag reminded me that after January 1, 2018 Apple will no longer support 32 bit apps in OS X. This could affect a number of currently popular apps including Office 2011. This may require either updating some apps to 64 bit option such as Office 2016 or shifting to alternative apps such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. You can identify which software titles on your Mac are 32 bit, and perhaps in need of an upgrade, by doing the following:

    1. Go to the Apple menu in the upper left of the screen and choose About This Mac
    2. In the screen that appears choose "System Report . . ."
    3. In the lest of options at the left select Software (click to expand the disclosure triangle if necessary).
    4. Click "Applications" in the list. It may take your Mac a few moments to generate the results.
    5. When the results appear if you do not see a column on the far right that says 64 bit grab the side of the window and expand it to the right a bit. You should now see a column that says 64 but with a Yes/No answer for each item. That may help you a bit in deciding which apps need to be examined further.

    I suspect that after there new OS is released sites such as Roaring Apps may be able to provide more information
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    You might want to mention that after Jan 1, 2018 Apple will no longer support 32 bit apps for OS X. Which means an important change occuring with APFS and High Sierra coming up. Also might want to mention that since Office 2011 is 32 bit we really do not know what its status will be in the near future. Microsoft is dropping support for Office 2011 in 2018. Looks like we might be forced to upgrade to Office 2016 or go with Pages. I have a copy of Office 2016 but do not like it and probably will go with Pages for my work. I no longer exchange documents with anyone else so it doesn't matter that I switch.

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    Thanks Charlie. I was going to have some general thoughts on upgrading and recommendations on who should hold off for a bit. I had missed that announcement about Office though so I will definitely include that as one reason some users will want to hold off a bit or start looking for alternatives.
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    Tonight's video chat is up forum roundup asks how long there'll be support for El Capitan, Bootcamp and external drive, battery calibration on laptops, and an iCloud password issue. Our IOS tips show you how to control message notification on the lock screen and how to enable private browsing in Safari. There's a bonus link in the show nots about organizing videos in iTunes.

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    How long will Apple Support El Capitan At this point that's anyone's guess and there has been no official announcement. I think, whenever it happens, we may see phased out support. If that is the case security updates might
    continue for some period of time after other updates have ended.

    Using an external drive for boot camping Windows As Charlie points out an external drive can't be used to boot Windows under Bootcamp. This is part of Microsoft Windows anti-piracy measures.

    If your Mac has been declared "vintage" by Apple you may find that Apple no longer offers replacement batteries for your machine. Some third-party batteries work better than others. The battery calibration tips often used in troubleshooting usually only work well with Apple batteries. If you are forced to use third-party batteries find out the vendor's return policy in case the battery does not perform well.

    iCloud Apple ID issues in IOS 10

    Turn on "Do Not Disturb" for individual message conversations in IOS 10.

    Don't want the content of your messages showing on your lock screen? Here's how to fix it.

    Enable private browsing in Safari on IOS 10.

    Bonus tips from the iTunes Guy Might be helpful if you are having video issues.
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