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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, February 23, 2014

In this Issue:
Special Feature: IRS Warns of Phone Scams
Tips & Tricks: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Don't Believe Spammers When They Say "You Requested"
Special Feature: Intro to the Mac - Installing OS X Mavericks
This Week's Topic: Windows 8 Tips, Tricks and Secrets
Special Feature: iPad Basics - Introduction to Apps
Websites of Interest: Starting Seeds Indoors; Winter Skin Care Tips; soyouwanna; On This Day

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Special Feature: IRS Warns of Phone Scams

From longisland.news12.com

The IRS is warning taxpayers of a phone scam as tax season approaches.

Franklin Square resident Hesham Khafaga says he got a call from Washington, D.C. yesterday, from someone claiming to be an IRS detective. Khafaga says he was told a warrant was out for his arrest and he had to pay $600 to have it waived. Khafaga then looked up the phone number online and saw warnings about it. The person later called back and he recorded the call, playing along to get more information.

Nassau DA Kathleen Rice's office says in the past year, it's been aware of about six other complaints similar to this scam.

The IRS says it would never threaten anyone with arrest or revoking immigration status because of a tax bill. IRS officials warn people to not give out any personal information.

Anyone who thinks they've been a victim of this kind of scam is asked to call the police and their district attorney.

For those that receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS:
- Anyone who owes federal taxes, or thinks they might owe taxes, should hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
- Anyone who doesn't owe taxes should report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
- People can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in the complaint.
- Scam emails can be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov.

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Tips & Tricks: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Don't Believe Spammers When They Say "You Requested"

Spam, spam and spam. How to avoid spam, how to filter spam, and how to complain about spam are the items on this menu of junk mail fighting tips. With the help of Heinz Tschabitscher of about.com, we are presenting an ongoing series of tips and tricks that you can use to minimize the amount of junk mail that you will receive in your email inbox.

There are two words that you will find in almost any unsolicited bulk email: you requested.

Do not believe it.

Spammers count on your uncertainty and that in doubt you will rather not take any action and complain about the spam.

Chances are, however, that you did not request anything, especially if there is nothing about the company or person sending you bulk email you recognize, or if the service offered does not sound like something you would ever be interested in or request.

This is the last article in our series, Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets. We hope you enjoyed it. Please visit our Newsletter Archives to review our previous article in this series.

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Special Feature: Intro to the Mac - Installing OS X Mavericks

From gcflearnfree.org

OS X Mavericks is free to download and install if you have already have Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion. If you have an earlier version, you may be able to buy and install Snow Leopard, which will then allow you to download Mavericks; you'll first need to make sure that your hardware will support Mavericks. For more information, contact an Apple retailer or call 1-800-MY-APPLE (in the US).

About the Apple ID
In order to buy Mavericks, you'll need an Apple ID. The Apple ID is used to sign on for many different Apple services, including the Mac App Store, iTunes Store, iChat, and the Apple Online Store.

You may already have an Apple ID, for example if you've bought music from the iTunes Store, or if you've owned a Mac before. If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create one when you download Mavericks. You will need to provide some personal information, such as your mailing address and credit card number.

To Download and Install OS X Mavericks:

Click the App Store icon on the Dock. The App Store will open.
Locate and select OS X Mavericks and then click Free Upgrade.
Type your Apple ID and Password to Sign In. If you don't have an Apple ID, click Create Apple ID and then follow the steps on the screen to create one.
Once you've entered your Apple ID, your computer will begin downloading Mavericks. This may take several minutes or longer, depending on the speed of your internet connection.
After Mavericks has finished downloading, follow the instructions on the screen to install it.

 

In our next newsletter: Moving Your Files from Another Computer

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Today's Topic: Windows 8 Tips, Tricks and Secrets

By Mike Williams and Matt Hanson of techradar.com and bleepingcomputer.com

Windows 8 is here, and if you're used to previous versions of Windows then you're going to notice that quite a bit has changed. In fact, Windows has seen the biggest changes since the jump from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95.

Out goes the Start menu, in comes the new touch-oriented Start screen, new apps, new interface conventions - even experienced PC users may be left feeling a little lost.

Don't despair, though, help is at hand with our Windows 8 tutorial. We've been investigating every part of Windows 8, uncovering many of its most important tips and tricks, so read our guide and you'll soon be equipped to get the most out of Microsoft's latest release.

Windows 8: Basic Navigation

Windows 8 launches with its new interface, the Start Screen, with colorful tiles and touch-friendly apps. The Start Screen is a very simple interface to navigate. It is comprised of various Apps as well as programs that you can launch. Each of these programs or Apps are represented as a tile.

If you're using a tablet then it'll all be very straightforward: just swipe left or right to scroll the screen, and tap any tile of interest.

On a regular desktop, though, you can spin the mouse wheel to scroll backwards and forwards and point and click on the app you want to open.

And you can also use the keyboard. Press the Home or End keys to jump from one end of your Start screen to the other, for instance, then use the cursor keys to select a particular tile, tapping Enter to select it. Press the Windows key to return to the Start screen; right-click (or swipe down on) apps you don't need and select Unpin to remove them; and drag and drop the other tiles around to organize them as you like.

The Start screen also has numerous pages, where each page contain different tiles. Therefore if you run out of room on one page, then you can simply start adding tiles to other pages. To organize your tiles based on how often you use them, or by a particular category, you can move the tiles between groups or pages and even create brand new groups of tiles.

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Special Feature: iPad Basics - Introduction to Apps

From gcflearnfree.org

Even if you're new to the iPad, you've probably heard of apps before. The concept is simple: apps are programs that are designed to run on your device. What makes them so much fun is the fact that they can be almost anything. They can be fun or serious. They can be a game, or something more essential (like email).

The iPad comes with 19 built-in apps that you can access immediately from the Home screen. They're a great place to start for new users because there's nothing to download or install. Many of these apps are ready to use right out of the box (like the Camera app), while others require a little more setup (like Mail and Contacts).

Once you've explored the apps that came with your device, you might want to try downloading some more from the App Store. We'll take a look at some of the most popular apps.
Using the App Store

The App Store gives you access to over 250,000 apps aside from the ones you already have. You'll find everything from games, to entertainment, to productivity tools—even apps that can help you with common tasks like studying for an exam, cooking dinner, or keeping track of travel details. In short, if you have something in mind, there's a good chance you'll find an app for it in the App Store.

A lot of the content in the App Store costs money; however, you'll still find thousands of apps and other resources that you can download for free, or for as little as $0.99. If you're not sure which apps to try first, the App Store can help by giving you recommendations, or showing you what's popular with other iPad users.

The App Store

How do you pay for content in the App Store? Using your Apple ID, of course. When you created your account, Apple should have asked you for a credit card number to keep on file. This is what allows you to purchase things quickly and easily. (Review Creating an Apple ID for more information. http://computerkindergarten.com/020313.html)

Apps Starter Kit

Still not sure where to begin? The Apps Starter Kit from Apple might be able to help. This resource is designed to show you some of the most "essential apps" for new iPad users. To access it, open the App Store. Then scroll down to Quick Links, and tap Apps Starter Kit. (You might want to check out some of the other links too.)

Quick Links in the App Store

Inside, you'll find a list of apps. Some are free; some are paid. To learn more, tap an app that you're interested in. You can download them all, or just a few. To see more apps, swipe left or right to navigate the rest of the list.

Productivity Apps for the iPad

The Apple iPad has several built in apps for productivity, but there are a lot of other free and paid apps that are popular with iPad users. Check out this list of excellent productivity apps and see if there are a few you might like.

Cloud Calendar ($2.99)

You can sync your Google Calendar to the iPad with Cloud Calendar. This app has a nice user interface that will match the color-coding of your Google Calendars. It includes multiple views, reminders, search and reliable syncing. (A free Google Account is required for set up.)

ToDo for iPad ($4.99)

The ToDo app is great for people who have a lot of lists and projects going on. Create lists, add sub-tasks, star tasks, set reminders, and more. The interface is easy to use and gives you a choice of theme styles. You can also sync your ToDos with other services like ToDo Online, Dropbox, iCal and Outlook.

Dropbox (Free)

Dropbox is a free service that allows you to upload files, photos and videos from your computer. Once uploaded, you can access them from anywhere, including your iPad with this free app. Dropbox’s simple, convenient files storage allows you to view important documents and share favorite photos whenever you want.

Instapaper ($4.99)

With Instapaper you can save webpages and articles to read later offline. This app is great for bookmarking interesting pages or for saving an article to read when you do not have a WiFi connection. It converts most webpages into text only, so you will have a clean view without distractions. You can also adjust the font, text size, spacing and brightness for easier reading.

imo instant messenger for iPad (Free)

The imo app allows you to communicate with friends instantly on your iPad using your existing IM accounts. It is compatible with Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, AIM, Yahoo, and more. Its features include the ability to use voice IM, host group chats, send pictures and post video clips.

Hootsuite for Twitter (Free)

Hootsuite allows you to integrate your Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare accounts into one interface. It is especially useful for viewing multiple Twitter lists and for scheduling tweets. You can post to both Twitter and Facebook at the same time, so if you are a social media junkie, this app is for you.

Simplenote (Free)

Simplenote allows you to record notes, ideas, lists and more on your iPad. You can then sync your notes with your computer or other mobile devices.

This is just a small sample of how you can communicate and get things done on the iPad. If you would like to explore more productivity apps, visit the Apple App Store.

In our next edition:
8 Free iPad Apps for News and Media

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Websites of Interest:

Starting Seeds Indoors
Starting seeds indoors will give you earlier vegetables and flowers.
http://www.gardenweb.com/sesbania/startsds.html

Winter Skin Care Tips
From WebMD
http://tinyurl.com/q9vzlrw

soyouwanna
This site claims that they can "teach you how to do all the things nobody taught you in school."
http://www.soyouwanna.com/

On This Day
Famous birthdays, today in history and other interesting events that happened on this day.
http://on-this-day.com/