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

To all of our readers, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Holidays, and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year. From all of us at Sharper Training Solutions, Ceil, Angela, Trish, Roberto, Angela I., Nicole, Scott and Marissa.

We will not be publishing this newsletter for the next several weeks so the writers and editors can celebrate the holidays with their families and friends. See you in 2016!

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Scam Safety Tips to Help Prevent Deception Burglaries and Fake Home Improvement
Special Feature: Best New Features in Your Mac’s Operating System El Capitan: Hide the Menu Bar
Today's Topic: Windows 10: What If I Don’t See The Windows 10 Notification?
Special Feature: For Your iPad or iPhone: How to Upgrade to iOS 9
Websites of Interest: NORAD Tracks Santa; Visit the North Pole; Christmas Cookies; The History of Christmas; Holiday Recipes; Kwanzaa; Holiday Safety Tips from the National Safety Council; Winter Solstice; New Year’s Eve Customs and Celebrations; Party Planning Ideas

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Special Feature: Scam Safety Tips to Help Prevent Deception Burglaries and Fake Home Improvement

In an effort to keep residents, their loved ones and valuables safe, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter issued safety tips for residents that will help prevent deception burglaries and home improvement scams.
Nassau County remains one of the safest counties in the Nation but it is imperative that residents remain informed and vigilant. To that end, the following safety tips will be helpful in protecting residents from becoming a victim of a home improvement scam and/or deception burglary:
Do not allow uninvited repair workers into your home, especially if they want to fix something that you have not noticed is a problem (such as a leaky roof).

If someone claims to be at your home for an inspection, ask for identification and contact their company prior to allowing them into your home.

Keep doors locked when possible to prevent anyone from entering your home while you are outside the house.

Call 911 immediately if someone attempts to enter your home or you suspect someone is attempting a deception burglary.

Watch for people offering services in your community and make sure to write down a description of the individuals and their vehicle, including a plate number.

Older residents and those living alone are often targeted – keep in contact with your neighbors to ensure that they are not victimized.

Always research companies before hiring them to ensure that they are legitimate companies with a good reputation.
As with other crimes, residents can make their neighborhood an uncomfortable place for criminals: Report Any Suspicious Activity.

To report any suspicious activity, please call 1-800-244-TIPS (8477).

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Special Feature: Special Feature: Best New Features in Your Mac’s Operating System El Capitan: Hide the Menu Bar

By Karen Haslam of Macworld

With Mac OS X El Capitan, Apple is focusing on performance and introducing only a handful of new features - but the feature set makes up in quality for what it lacks in quantity.

Hide the Menu Bar

A new option in System Preferences > General allows users to 'Automatically hide and show the menu bar' in a similar vein to the way users can choose to hide the Dock.

This will be especially beneficial to users of smaller laptops such as the 11-inch MacBook Air or the 12-inch MacBook, where every pixel counts.

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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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Special Feature: For Your iPad or iPhone: How to upgrade to iOS 9

By Grant Brunner of extremetech.com

With the release of iOS 9, Apple has introduced a number of exciting new features. From the stylish News app to side-by-side multitasking on the iPad, iOS 9 is a must-have update for anyone with a device running the previous release.

Ready to make the jump? Here’s how:

http://tinyurl.com/pqbtowm

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Websites of Interest:

NORAD Tracks Santa
For the kids, track Santa Claus as he travels 'round the globe on Christmas Eve.
http://www.noradsanta.org/

Visit the North Pole
Play games, visit the toy workshop and much more.
www.claus.com

Christmas Cookies
Find Christmas cookie recipes
http://www.christmas-cookies.com/

The History of Christmas
http://www.history.com/topics/christmas

Holiday Recipes
Allrecipes.com claims to be the Internet's most complete Christmas and holiday recipe resource.
www.christmasrecipe.com/

Kwanzaa
A celebration of family, community, and culture.
http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org

Holiday Safety Tips from the National Safety Council
http://tinyurl.com/mpuf6yh

Winter Solstice
Everything you need to know.
http://tinyurl.com/ltlnpo5

New Year’s Eve Customs and Celebrations
Learn about the various customs and celebrations associated the New Year celebrations and how they originated.
http://tinyurl.com/35ez8
http://tinyurl.com/kz5dazw

Party Planning Ideas
From the Food Network.
http://tinyurl.com/6z3uak