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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, October 25, 2015

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Fake or Counterfeit Merchandise Scams
Special Feature: Working With Windows on a Mac
Today's Topic: Customizing the Windows 10 Start menu
Special Feature: Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Websites of Interest: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!


Special Feature: Fake or Counterfeit Merchandise Scams

From scamguard.com

With so many online stores available, it's sometimes very difficult to know the difference between a legitimate e-commerce site and a fake one set up to steal money or a person's identity.

Operating predominantly out of China, scammers set up generic online stores that sell name brand items or mimic the websites of big name brand companies. On these sites, scammers sell fake or counterfeit products at significantly reduced prices designed to attract buyers looking for big deals on name brand merchandise. The over-reaching goal of these scammers is to gain access to the credit card numbers of their victims and then use the numbers to fraudulently make purchases, or make a buck with the information on the black market.

In some cases, the criminals even go so far as to send fake or counterfeit products to victims. As the merchandise ships from international locations, victims often remain unaware of any wrong-doing against them until weeks have passed. Although many brand companies discover these sites and shut them down, it's usually too late.

To verify the identity of a website in question, use an address you know is correct or contact the company using the phone number from the company’s official website.


Special Feature: Working With Windows on a Mac

Macs are easy to use, and few things come more naturally to modern users than the desktop and windows metaphor. But lots of newcomers to Mac OS X (especially those coming over from Windows) find it tricky to close, maximize and minimize app windows.

In this guide we take a good look at the nuts and bolts of windows management in Mac OS X: not just minimizing and maximizing windows, but opening, closing and even zooming windows. The desktop and windows metaphor forms the bulk of your interaction with a Mac, after all. Use the link below to learn how to manage apps and windows on your Mac.



Today's Topic: Customizing the Windows 10 Start menu

From gcflearnfree.org

One of the most important features in Windows 10 is the Start menu. You'll use the Start menu to open apps, access commonly used folders, and a whole lot more. Because it's such a commonly used feature, you may want to customize the Start menu to suit your needs.

A brief history of the Start menu

In earlier versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, the Start menu was confined to a narrow column. In Windows 8, the Start menu was replaced with the Start screen, a large, full-screen menu.

However, many users complained that the Start screen was confusing and difficult to use. As a result, the Start menu was added back to Windows 10. And while it's similar to the Start menu found in earlier versions, it's also been expanded to include tiles, which were originally introduced in Windows 8.

Tiles can be pinned or unpinned from the Start menu, rearranged and, in the case of live tiles, can be turned off. Use this link to learn how:


Special Feature: Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to use Siri, the intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done. Siri can send your messages, place calls, make dinner reservations, and more.

Get Started

Go to Settings > General > Siri and make sure that Siri is turned on. You’ll need an Internet connection through Wi-Fi or cellular data with one of these devices:

iPhone 4s or later
iPad with Retina display
iPad mini
iPod touch (5th generation or later)

Cellular data charges might apply.

Use the Home Button

Hold down the Home button until a message asks, "What can I help you with?" Then say what you need.

Say, "Hey Siri"

Plug your device in to power and say, “Hey Siri.” Then ask your question.

With iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, you can use “Hey Siri” without plugging in to power.

Talk to Siri with Your Headset or In Your Car

If you're using a headset that has a remote, hold down the center button or call button until you hear a chime. Then say what you need.

If you're in a vehicle that supports CarPlay or Eyes Free, you can hold down the voice-command button on your steering wheel. Then say what you need.


Websites of Interest:


Visit Everything Halloween for costume ideas, decorations, games, stories and more.

Keep your dog out of harm's way this Halloween with these important safety tips:

Dress up your decorations and invitations with fun Halloween fonts

Find recipes for pumpkins, cookies, cakes and treats.


History of the Jack O'Lantern

Extreme Pumpkin Carving

Halloween History and Customs