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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, October 19, 2014

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

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Know the Warning Signs of a Locksmith Scamming You
Special Feature: Windows 8.1 – All about the Start Screen
Special Feature: Intro to the Mac - Mac OS X Mavericks - Working with Files and Folders - Tags
Today's Topic: Windows 7: Select Multiple Items in Windows Explorer the Easy Way
Special Feature: Update your iPhone, iPad, Or iPod Touch To iOS 8
Websites of Interest: Top Ten Fall Foliage Trips in the U.S.; The New York Botanical Garden; United Nations Day; October 20 is Bela Lugosi’s Birthday


Special Feature: Know the Warning Signs of a Locksmith Scamming You

By Dave Greenbaum of lifehacker.com

Even the best of us lose a key now and then. Not all locksmiths are trustworthy, though, so it's a good idea to know which ones to avoid after being locked out of your home or vehicle.

Keep a good locksmith's number in your mobile phone, since locksmith scams are on the rise. Searching online for a "local" locksmith will frequently return a national number that forwards to a random company that may not be trustworthy or licensed. If you must search for a locksmith, Consumer Reports says to be wary if they:

Arrive in an unmarked vehicle.
Don't have identification.
Ask for payment significantly higher than quoted on the phone.
Require payment in cash.
Attempt to intimidate you.

If you can search the Better Business Bureau or Yelp for reviews before you call, that will stack the odds in your favor. Also, check to see if you have roadside assistance via your car insurance company, credit card company, or mobile phone provider. If you do get scammed, be sure to leave a review online and file a complaint.

From consumerreports.org:

What to Do

Be prepared. One option is to find a legitimate local locksmith in advance and keep the company's contact information with you. For your car, an alternative is to get a roadside-assistance plan that provides lockout service. (If you have a plan, find out whether it already provides the service.) Of course, it's also a good idea to give spare sets of keys to a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor who lives nearby. We don't recommend hiding keys outside your home or car.

Check out the company's reputation. Before calling a locksmith, look for complaints by visiting the Better Business Bureau and by using a web search with the company name and such words as "complaints" and "reviews." If you're researching a locksmith for use in a future emergency, also check for complaints with the state or local consumer-protection agency.

Use your judgment. Be suspicious if the locksmith arrives in an unmarked vehicle or won't provide identification or a business card. Don't be afraid to send the locksmith away if something seems wrong. And don't be intimidated into using the service.

Pay with a credit card. When arranging service, verify that the company takes credit cards. If you pay using your card and there are shenanigans, you can dispute the charge with your card issuer. Also, get a receipt. Never use cash.

File a complaint. If you feel there was wrongdoing, complain to your state attorney general or consumer-protection agency and the Better Business Bureau.


Special Feature: Windows 8.1 – All about the Start Screen

From microsoft.com

Start is the heart of your PC—it’s where you open apps and desktop programs, see what your friends are doing, and get to your favorite websites and files.

The tiles on Start can show updates from your friends, new email, app notifications, and the next appointment on your calendar at a glance, even without opening an app. And because everyone who uses the PC can sign in with their own Microsoft account, each person can personalize their own tiles, colors, and backgrounds.

Getting to Start

There are a few ways to get back to Start from anywhere on your PC.

Tap or click the Start button Windows logo key in the lower-left corner of the screen.

Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard.

Open Charms and then tap or click Start. To open Charms with your mouse, point to the bottom right corner of the screen. On a touchscreen, swipe inward from the right edge. (More about the Charms bar: http://computerkindergarten.com/042014.html)

Seeing All Your Apps

You can find all your apps and programs in the Apps view. To get to the Apps view, slide up from the middle of the Start screen with your finger, or click the down arrow near the lower-left corner of the Start screen.

When you install a new app from the Windows Store, it'll appear in the Apps view. Then, you can pin it to your Start screen or desktop taskbar if you want to get to it quickly.

Pinning Apps You Use Often

You can pin your favorite apps to the Start screen and the desktop taskbar so you can get to them quickly and see updates on their tiles at a glance.

Step 1
Slide up from the middle of screen to get to the Apps view. (If you’re using a mouse, click the down arrow near the lower-left corner of the screen.)

Step 2
Press and hold or right-click the app you want to pin. You can select more than one app and pin them all at once.

Step 3
Tap or click Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar. The apps you pinned will appear at the end of your Start screen or desktop taskbar.

Unpinning Apps from Start

If you decide you don’t want a tile to be on your Start screen any more, you can unpin it from Start. Unpinning an app is different than uninstalling it—if you unpin an app from your Start screen, the app will still appear when you search for it, and it’ll still be in the Apps view if you need to find it again.

To unpin an app from Start
Step 1
On the Start screen, press and hold or right-click the tile you want to unpin.
You can select more tiles to unpin them all at once. To clear your selections, on the Start screen or in Apps view, tap or click an open space on the screen, or tap or click Customize.

Step 2
Tap or click Unpin from Start.
The apps you selected will be removed from your Start screen, but will still appear in Apps view and when you search for them.


In our next newsletter: Windows 8.1 – Organize your Start Screen


Special Feature: Intro to the Mac - Mac OS X Mavericks - Working with Files and Folders - Tags

From gcflearnfree.org

OS X Mavericks introduces a new feature called tags, which are similar to labels in earlier versions of OS X. Tags make it easy to organize your files and folders into different categories, so you can find them quickly. Unlike labels, you can apply multiple tags to a file or folder.
To Tag Files and Folders

Right-click the file or folder, then select the desired tag. You can also apply multiple tags, if desired.
The tag will be applied.
To quickly view tagged items, select the desired tag in the Finder sidebar. Any items with that tag will appear.

You can also tag multiple items at the same time. To do this, press and hold the Command button while selecting the desired items, click the Tag button, then select the desired tag(s).
Customizing Tags

OS X Mavericks makes it easy to customize your tags. For example, you can rename the default tags, choose a new tag color, or even create your own tags. Simply open the Finder Preferences, then click Tags. From here, you can customize your tags as desired.

To review Mac OS X Mavericks Finder, please see these articles from previous newsletters:

Mac OS X Mavericks - Working with Finder

Mac OS X Mavericks - Finder Tabs

Mac OS X Mavericks - Working with Files and Folders


Today's Topic: Windows 7: Select Multiple Items in Windows Explorer the Easy Way

From computershopper.com

It’s a familiar problem: You’re facing a folder full of MP3 files or vacation photos, and you want to copy out (or perhaps delete) only certain ones en masse. Everyone knows the old way: Hold down the Ctrl key while you click on each file with the mouse, highlighting the specific ones on which you want to take action. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all had it go wrong: Take your eye off it for a second, and you deselect (or select) the whole group. Time to start over again!

There’s an easier way in Windows 7, though you need to dig a bit to activate it. In a given folder, click on the Organize button at the top of the Windows Explorer window. Choose the Folder and search options entry from the menu that ensues, to launch the Folder Options dialog box. You’ll see three tabs; click the one called View. In the Advanced settings list that appears, scroll down and look for the entry Use check boxes to select items. Click the checkbox to put a check mark in it, then click OK.

In the relevant folder, if you’re looking at it in a file-thumbnail view, you’ll now see empty check boxes next to the files’ individual thumbnails. Otherwise, if you’re in a list or detail view, check boxes will appear if you hover your cursor just to the left of the line items.

Check these boxes off, as desired, to select multiple files in a folder for mass action. It’s a lot more accurate and less nerve-wracking.


Special Feature: Update your iPhone, iPad, Or iPod Touch To iOS 8

From apple.com

iOS software updates introduce new features that let you do even more with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Be sure to keep your devices up to date so that you don't miss out on the latest features.

Before you make any updates, back up your device to iCloud or iTunes. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

Make sure your device has enough available space to install the update. Tap Settings > General > Usage to see how much space your content uses. Use iTunes to create space if you don't have enough, or remove content from your device.

Update Your Device Wirelessly

The easiest way to update your device is wirelessly, also called “over the air.” Here’s how:

1. Plug in your device to a power source.
2. Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
3. Tap "Download and Install" to download the update. Updates might download automatically while your device is connected to Wi-Fi and a power source.
4. Tap Install when the download completes if you want to complete it now. Tap Later to install the update later. If your device is passcode enabled, it will ask you to enter the passcode before installing the update.

If you’re updating from iOS 4.3.x or earlier, you need to update using iTunes.

Update Your Device Using ITunes

If you can’t update wirelessly, or if you want to update with iTunes, follow the steps below.

1. Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
2. Plug in your device to your computer.
3. In iTunes, select your device.
4. In the Summary pane, click "Check for Update."
5. Click "Download and Update."

Can my iPhone or iPad run iOS 8? Here is a full list of compatible devices. Plus: Should I upgrade my iPhone 4s to iOS 8?


Websites of Interest:

Top Ten Fall Foliage Trips in the U.S.

The New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is New York City's premier botanical garden and a top NYC tourist attraction.

United Nations Day
In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 24, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as United Nations Day.

October 20 is Bela Lugosi’s Birthday
Bela Lugosi was famous for portraying Count Dracula, the scariest Halloween character of all! Read his biography here.