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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, September 27, 2015

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Fraud Against Older Adults
Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting started with OS X- Shutting Down Your Computer
Today's Topic: Windows 10: What If I Don’t See The Windows 10 Notification?
Question: Should I Get a New iPhone?
Websites of Interest: Furnace, Heater and Fireplace Safety; National Good Neighbor Day; United Nations' International Day of Older Persons

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Special Feature: Fraud Against Older Adults

From fraud.org

Fraudulent telemarketers rob people every day, using phones as their weapons. These criminals target seniors because they are generally too polite to hang up. It’s a myth that older victims are isolated or lonely—many are active people who are lured by great-sounding deals.

Fraudulent telemarketers aren't just pushy salespeople trying to make a living—they are hardened criminals out to take their victims’ life savings. They're so good at what they do, they can even persuade people to mortgage their homes to participate in their phony sweepstakes, investment offers, and other schemes. Sometimes they use scare tactics to sell products or services. In other cases, they impersonate well-known companies or charities to trick seniors.

To help older adults, their families, and caregivers understand the threat of telemarketing fraud and learn how to fight back, Fraud.org has created an online information page entitled "They Can’t Hang Up". This information educates older consumers about the telltale red flags of potential scams, provides advice on preventing fraud and assists victims in understanding their rights. This information can be accessed by clicking here.

http://tinyurl.com/nahrur3

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Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting started with OS X- Shutting Down Your Computer

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.

Shutting Down Your Computer

When you're done using your computer, it's important to shut it down properly. If you want to stop using it temporarily, you can also put it in Sleep mode. Use this link to learn to learn more:
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/osxbasics/2.3

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Today's Topic: Windows 10: What If I Don’t See The Windows 10 Notification?

From gcflearnfree.org

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.

If you're using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you'll should see a notification about the Windows 10 upgrade in the lower-right corner of the desktop. Check out Microsoft's page on How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for more detailed instructions.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade

If you don't see this notification, it means you need to download to the most recent update for your operating system.

For Windows 7 users, the most recent update is Service Pack 1, which can be found here:
http://tinyurl.com/bvo2e3a

For Windows 8 users, the most recent update and instructions can be found here:
http://tinyurl.com/pkjclrw

 

In our next newsletter: Windows 10 Features

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Question: Should I Get a New iPhone?

By Nicole Nguyen of buzzfeed.com

This week, Apple released two new phones: the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Sure, they’re new and different — but is it worth the upgrade? Take this fun quiz to find out!

http://tinyurl.com/nzxsjb6

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Websites of Interest:

Furnace, Heater and Fireplace Safety
Get ready for winter with these tips from the National Fire Protection Association.
http://tinyurl.com/orc9pcv

National Good Neighbor Day
A national holiday in the United States that is celebrated annually on September 28. Learn more about it here.
http://tinyurl.com/odsyyjj

The United Nations' International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1.
http://tinyurl.com/yed5etk