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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, September 13, 2015

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Scams Directed at Seniors (and How to Avoid Them)
Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting Started with OS X - Working with Flash Drives
Today's Topic: Windows 10
Question: How to Transfer Photos from an iPhone to a Computer
Websites of Interest: Women in Science; Stopwatch; Pet Care Costs; Things You Should Never Buy in Bulk


Special Feature: Scams Directed at Seniors (and How to Avoid Them)

By Alan Henry of lifehacker.com

Scammers and identity thieves prey on all types, but some of the most vulnerable—and often targeted—by those criminals are senior citizens. From convincing “reverse mortgage” ads to aggressive calls claiming to be from the government, here are some of the most common scams directed at seniors, and how to avoid them or help your relatives avoid them.



Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting Started with OS X - Working with Flash Drives

From gcflearnfree.org

Whether you're new to computers or just new to OS X, it's important to learn the basics of using your computer. If it all seems a little overwhelming right now, don't worry! We'll take you through it step by step and show you some of the most fundamental things you'll need to know.

What is a Flash Drive?

A flash drive is a small, removable hard drive that plugs into a USB port on your computer. You can purchase a flash drive for less than $20 at just about any retail store with an electronics department, and even at some grocery stores and pharmacies. Flash drives are a convenient way to bring your files with you and open them on a different computer. You could also use a flash drive to back up important documents and other files. In this lesson, we'll show you how to use a flash drive with your computer.


In our next newsletter: Troubleshooting Common Problems


Today's Topic: Windows 10

Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft's operating system for PCs and tablets. It was released July 29, 2015.

Unlike previous versions of the Windows operating system, Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade, as long as you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. This free upgrade offer will expire after one year, ending sometime in August 2016. For those who don't get Windows 10 during this time, it will be available for purchase.

Windows 10 received mostly positive reviews upon its original release. Many users complained that Windows 8 (the previous version) was confusing and difficult to use. As a result, Windows 10 looks and feels similar to older versions. For example, whereas Windows 8 uses the Start screen to launch applications, Windows 10 uses the traditional Start menu. Still, Windows 10 includes lot of new features and improvements.

In our next newsletter: How Do I Get Windows 10?


Question: How to Transfer Photos from an iPhone to a Computer

The iPhone has become a popular camera replacement, but how can you backup your photos in case your phone gets misplaced? There are several ways to do this, depending on your operating system and installed software.

In this article you’ll learn how to back up your iPhone pictures:



Websites of Interest:

Women in Science
Stories about fascinating women working in science, technology and engineering.

Do you need to time something? Use this website.

Pet Care Costs
This ASPCA chart shows you the cost of owning a pet.

Things You Should Never Buy in Bulk
From Kiplinger, items that are cheaper at grocery stores than warehouse stores.