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Five Tip Friday ~ macOS Sierra adds over 60 security features but also cool things


1/ Fast sound changes from the Menu Bar — The Sierra Sound menu bar makes switching audio input and output sources even simpler.
If you don’t see the Sound menu bar item – it looks like a little speaker and sits at top right of your monitor – go to Apple menu>System Preferences>Sound and check ‘Show volume on menu bar’. Now you can click the speaker icon in the menu bar to adjust your Mac’s volume.

2/ More sound control — Clicking the Sound item in macOS Sierra’s menu bar lets you set the volume and output. Prior to macOS Sierra, you had to hold down the Option key and then click the Sound menu bar item to show output options, to change between your internal speakers and headphones, for example. But in Sierra, your output options are always visible, while Option-clicking adds input options to the bottom so you can quickly switch between your internal microphone and your fancy podcasting mic.
Switching speakers without needing to Option-click may not seem like a big deal, but it’s one of many little improvements that all add up to a more efficient interface.

3/ Rearrange your Menu Bar — Before Sierra, you could move some of the system icons, but not the third-party ones. Now, nothing’s off limits except Notification Center (the three-lined icon), which stays pinned to the right. Just hold down the Command key on your keyboard, then click and drag any icon to rearrange things at top right.

4/ Export multiple albums in macOS Sierra — Click the grey Albums header in the left sidebar. It looks more like a label than a button, since it’s just the word ‘Albums’, but click it. On the Albums view this takes you to, you may see individual photos from the last album you were in. If so, click the left-facing arrow at top left to get back to the root Albums view. Here you should see all of your albums as thumbnails. From here, you can choose to export entire albums just by clicking on them. But if you shift-click for a continuous between-click selection, or Command-click for several individual albums, you can select multiple albums together and export them all at once. Now choose Export from the File menu …

5/ One for the aficionados: detailed CPU info via the Command Line — It’s easy to get general hardware information about your Mac from ‘About This Mac in the Apple menu, but the command line data, thanks to UNIX being pre-loaded on every Mac, can provide extra tidbits that the GUI leaves out. Here’s how to reveal additional detail of your CPU from the Terminal app.
Open Terminal (it’s an app on every Mac, and it’s in your Utilities folder in the Applications folder) and either type in carefully, or (much easier) paste:
sysctl -n machdep.cpu.brand_string
Then press the Return key. Here’s mine:


Five Tip Friday ~ Mail, Contacts and Calendars


iOS 8 added new options for fine tuning your Mail, Contacts and Calendars.

1/ New Mail options — In the Mail app, tap ‘Mailboxes ‘ at top left to go ‘back’.  In the Mailboxes view, you see an Edit button at top right. Touch that, and you’ll see the two new options: Thread Notification” and Today.
Today shows all messages you’ve received today (as long as they’re still in your inbox).
Thread Notifications includes emails from conversations you’ve asked to be notified about. If you toggle the checkbox next to those options on and then touch Done, they will appear in your main Mailboxes view.
Note that those lines along the right-hand side, in Edit mode, let you rearrange the order they’ll appear in.

2/ Apple’s Mail app on the iPhone and iPad includes a couple handy gestures — These let you flag messages, mark them as read, or toss them in the trash by dragging across an email in the message list. iOS 8 lets you edit your options:
To change the left and right swipe gestures in iOS 8’s Mail app, tap Settings, then choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Now tap Swipe Options: you can set the left- and right-swipe options from here, so Mark as Read and Flag are attached to the gesture you prefer. You can disable either from appearing, but you can’t change where the Trash and More options show up.
Changing Mail’s swipe settings can be useful depending on if you’re right or left-handed, how you hold your iPhone, or if you find you use one option more than the other. If you flag a lot of messages, for example, it might be easier to avoid accidentally deleting an email you’d rather not lose.

With iOS 8, you have more power over your recent contacts
With iOS 8, you have more power over your recent contacts

3/ Your latest contacts — When you double-click the Home button on an iDevice, you get the App Switcher/quitter as before (drag the smaller app windows upwards to properly ‘quit’ them). But iOS 8 added your latest contacts along the top for instant call-backs, messages etc – when you tap someone’s avatar in the top region, you’re given a variety of ways to make a connection with them.
But here’s the real tip: you can change what contacts are listed. Visit Settings, choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars and scroll down and touch Show In App Switcher for two options you can turn on or off: Phone Favourites and Recents.

4/ Fine tune your event alerts — While you’re in Mail, Contacts, Calendars, tap on Sync under the Calendars section. Here you can tap on the duration of time you’d like your iPhone or iPad to sync events for.

5/ Set default alert times for calendar events on iPhone and iPad — Alert times are when your calendar alerts you that you have an upcoming event or appointment. You can easily change the setting for when your Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad will alert you of an event.
Again in Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars, tap on Default Alert Times under the Calendars section. Here you can choose the default alert times you’d like. You can even set different default alert times for birthdays, timed events, and all day events.