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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, October 4, 2015

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please have a mammogram or take someone you love to have one.

Our writers and editors will be taking a mini-vacation on Columbus Day weekend. See you in two weeks!

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Hang Up Immediately When You Get a Robocall
Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - OS X El Capitan
Today's Topic: Getting started with Windows 10
Question: Ways To Get More Battery Life from Your iPad or iPhone
Websites of Interest: Columbus Day; The Best Things to Buy in October; Avon Walk for Breast Cancer; Top Ten Fall Foliage Trips in the U.S.; Halloween


Special Feature: Hang Up Immediately When You Get a Robocall

By Alan Henry of lifehacker.com
In the past, you could press pound to escape a Robocall, but that's not so much the case anymore. These days robocalls are like spam: If you press anything, even the number they say you should press to be removed from the list, you'll get more calls. The solution? Hang up immediately.

If you're like me, you probably just don't answer the phone at all unless you recognize the number (if it's important, they'll leave a message, right?) but if you're hoping for a call back from a potential employer or a company you've recently called, you may be more likely to pick up the phone anyway. Well, The Consumerist reports that even robocalls that pretend to give you an opt-out ("Press 1 to speak to a customer service rep, press 2 to be removed from our list") may sound nice, but it's not a good idea.

Pressing “2″ may work, but more than likely it does nothing more than end the call; and you’ll probably continue receiving calls. In some cases, it may actually put you on additional scam-bait lists, because the caller at least knows that it reached an active line owned by someone willing to pick up when an unfamiliar number calls.

Some exasperated readers have told us they pressed “1″ because they knew they could at least then yell at a real person. Problem is, the simple act of pressing that “1″ puts you on a so-called “hot” list of consumers. This list will be sold and resold and resold and you will now continue to get calls from additional scammers.

At the end of the day, your best bet is to hang up immediately and file a complaint with the FTC at DoNotCall.gov. It's also worth noting that even if you're on the Do Not Call list, companies that robocall you or try to scam you over the phone aren't likely to obey the law or the Do Not Call list, so those reports are necessary to help track them down and prosecute them.


Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - OS X El Capitan

More than ever, Mac is the computer people love to use. And one of the biggest reasons is the operating system, OS X. It’s what makes a Mac a Mac. OS X El Capitan, named for the iconic landmark in Yosemite National Park, builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design introduced in OS X Yosemite, refining the experience and improving performance in lots of little ways that make a big difference. And it’s free to upgrade.

In this article we explain how to download and install Mac OS X El Capitan on your Mac. We'll walk you through the install and update process, and guide you past the potential headaches and problems you may encounter. We also offer tips on the actions you should take to prepare your Mac for the OS X update, so you can spend some time making sure your Mac is ready for the new operating system.



Today's Topic: Getting Started with Windows 10

Whether you're using a new computer with Windows 10 or an older machine that was recently upgraded, this video will show you the basics of using this version of Windows.



Question: Ways To Get More Battery Life from Your iPad or iPhone

The latest version of the Apple operating system, iOS 9, is here and available to download for free. If you haven’t upgraded yet, learn how to here:

By Raymond Wong of mashable.com

Apple’s new iOS 9 will make your old iOS device feel like new again with all of the features and screw tightening it brings.

But like every new update, you may notice your iOS device's battery life take a dip because of all the new things it's trying to do. More processor cores and higher-resolution screens look great on smartphone comparison charts, but what people need the most from their phones is longer battery life.

We've said it many times before and we'll say it again: A dead phone is a useless phone. Now that we all know how to use smartphones, balancing battery life is easier than before. Some of these tips you'll likely already know, but there are few new ones from iOS 9 that you can take advantage of when you see your phone's battery icon dip into the red.

Here are 12 ways to get more battery life from your iOS device running iOS 9.


Websites of Interest:

Columbus Day
Visit this website to learn the history of the voyage, the ships, the crew, navigation, and more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus

The Best Things to Buy in October
This site lists the things that usually go on sale in October.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
“The more of us who walk, the more of us survive”

Top Ten Fall Foliage Trips in the U.S.

Start working on your Halloween decorations and costumes with ideas and tips from this website.