Take Control of Your M Series Mac

separate in its nature from the Data volume, which means you won't have preference or other settings files that you might miss out on. An M-series Mac makes a bootable clone even less critical, because if it cannot startup from its ...

Take Control of Your M Series Mac

Make a smooth transition to Apple silicon Version 1.5.1, updated December 23, 2022 This book teaches you everything you need to know about hardware and related software changes in Apple’s new M1- and M2-series Apple silicon Macs to make a transition from an Intel Mac, set up security with new options, create effective backups, and work with new options in recovery mode. Glenn Fleishman takes you through the details of how an M-series Mac handles startup, battery management, and running iOS, iPadOS, and Windows apps. Covers the 2020–22 Apple M1- and M2-series Macs: the Mac mini, MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models (featuring the M1 Pro or M1 Max chip), and the Mac Studio (with the M1 Max or M1 Ultra chip). Apple’s new Macs based on the M1- and M2-series Apple silicon system-on-a-chip offer remarkable advances in performance, battery life, and memory utilization. With those improvements comes a host of changes in hardware, from how a Mac starts up to making backups of your computer to understanding fundamental aspects of system security. Take Control of Your M-Series Mac teaches you everything you need to know about these topics and much more. You’ll learn not just how to make a bootable clone of your Mac on an external drive, but whether it’s necessary with Monterey or Big Sur and an M1- or M2-series Mac. Find out how to make a clean transition from an Intel Mac, while taking advantage of installing and running iOS and iPadOS apps natively within macOS. You’ll also learn the early method of running Windows on an M1 or M2 Mac, with notions of what’s to come. If you’ve already bought an M1- or M2-series Mac and want to get more out of it, or you’re considering a purchase and trying to understand what you need to know, Take Control of Your M-Series Mac will fit your needs. NOTE: This book is intended for people who are already familiar with Macs. It is not a beginner's guide, nor is it a complete user manual. Its focus is on what's different about M-series Macs compared to Intel-based Macs. Future plans: This book will be updated as Apple releases updated features for existing M1 and M2 Macs and new Macs based on its M-series processors. Here’s what you will learn from this book: • Get to know the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, and M2 processors, and what’s so different about them • Understand the limits of emulation • Control how apps for Intel Macs and universal Intel/M-series apps launch on an M-series Mac • Learn the complexities of backing up an M-series Mac • Decide whether you need a bootable duplicate of your startup volume • Maximize battery life and longevity • Work with recoveryOS, a substantially different process with an M-series Mac • Walk through a new process of reviving or restoring low-level firmware on a non-responsive Mac • Manage system security when you need to work with kernel extensions • Install and run iOS and iPadOS apps • Learn the current limits of using Windows in macOS on an M1- and M2-series system

Take Control of Securing Your Mac 2nd Edition

This book helps you set up your Mac to be resilient against physical attacks. I also dig into what you can do in ... Check out my book dedicated to all M-series specifics, Take Control of Your M- Series Mac. Quick Start to Securing Your ...

Take Control of Securing Your Mac  2nd Edition

Keep your Mac safe from intruders, malware, and more! Version 2.2, updated December 23, 2022 Securing your Mac requires an attention to detail, but not a degree in computer science. This book provides everything you need to know to reduce your risk dramatically of intrusion, hijacking, and data extraction.n The digital world has never seemed more riddled with danger, even as Apple has done a fairly remarkable job across decades at keeping our Macs safe. But the best foot forward with security is staying abreast of past risks and anticipating future ones. Take Control of Securing Your Mac gives you all the insight and directions you need to ensure your Mac is safe from external intrusion and thieves or other ne'er-do-wells with physical access. Security and privacy are tightly related, and Take Control of Securing Your Mac helps you understand how macOS has increasingly compartmentalized and protected your personal data, and how to allow only the apps you want to access specific folders, your contacts, and other information. Here's what this book has to offer: • Master a Mac's privacy settings • Calculate your level of risk and your tolerance for it • Learn why you're asked to give permission for apps to access folders and personal data • Moderate access to your audio, video, and other hardware inputs and outputs • Get to know the increasing layers of system security in Ventura and Monterey • Prepare against a failure or error that might lock you out of your Mac • Share files and folders securely over a network and through cloud services • Set a firmware password and control other low-level security options to reduce the risk of someone gaining physical access to your Mac • Understand FileVault encryption and protection, and avoid getting locked out • Investigate the security of a virtual private network (VPN) to see whether you should use one • Learn how the Secure Enclave in Macs with a T2 chip or M-series Apple silicon affords hardware-level protections • Dig into ransomware, the biggest potential threat to Mac users, but still a largely theoretical one • Decide whether anti-malware software is right for you • Discover new security and privacy technologies in Ventura, such as Lockdown Mode and passkeys

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac 4th Edition

Even though there are lots of reasonably priced external SSDs equipped with USB-C connectors, and even though you can hook up any of them to your M-series Mac and use them to read and write data, you may be unable to boot from such a ...

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac  4th Edition

Set up a rock-solid backup strategy so that you can restore quickly and completely, no matter what catastrophe arises. Version 4.3, updated May 30, 2022 This book helps you design a sensible backup strategy, choose and configure the best backup hardware and software for your needs, and understand how to make your backups as painless as possible. The fourth edition of this title applies to macOS 10.14 Mojave through macOS 11 Big Sur.n Creating and maintaining a solid backup plan is essential to anyone who uses a Mac, in order to prevent the loss of important data if disaster strikes—whether through hardware or software failure, theft, human error, or other mishap. In Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac, Fourth Edition, tech expert Joe Kissell explains how to design a sensible backup strategy, choose and configure the best backup hardware and software for your needs, and understand how to make your backups as painless as possible. His advice is equally useful to those who have never had a backup system and those whose backup systems are in need of an update. The fourth edition, a major rewrite, fully delves into the new challenges presented by Big Sur and Monterey, M-series Macs, and the ever-changing landscape of Mac backup hardware, software, and cloud services. It features entirely rethought advice about bootable (and non-bootable) duplicates, backup media, and disk formats, as well as changes in Time Machine and the weird world of APFS snapshots. This book covers macOS 10.14 Mojave through macOS 12 Monterey. Using this book, you’ll learn how to: • Design (or update) the ideal backup system: If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll find all the information necessary to assemble a reliable and easy-to-use backup system. If you’re updating an existing system, you’ll learn about what’s new in hardware, software, and online services that might affect the way you back up your Mac in the future. • Choose backup software: Apple’s Time Machine is both free and easy to use, but it’s not the best choice for everyone, and even if you do use Time Machine, you’ll certainly want to supplement it with other tools. You’ll learn about key features to look for in a backup app and find tips on using several popular tools. You’ll also discover the pros and cons of cloud backup services, and get help choosing the right one. (An online appendix covers dozens of apps and services.) • Shop for hardware: Depending on your needs and goals, you may need one or more external SSDs or hard drives, but the range of options (sizes, interfaces, speeds, and more) can be bewildering. Joe helps you find the best backup hardware, whether it’s individual SSDs or hard drives, RAIDs, NAS devices, or other options. • Make and maintain backups: Once you’ve selected hardware and software, you’ll need to know how to make your first backup, set up your backups to run unattended, and test them regularly to make sure they’re working as they should. This includes both versioned backups (which contain old file versions and deleted files) and—for some users—bootable or non-bootable (data-only) clones. And, you’ll learn about strategies for keeping extra backups offsite. • Operate Time Machine: If you choose Time Machine for versioned backups, you’ll learn how to back up and restore individual files, app-specific data (such as contacts), and even an entire disk. You’ll also discover why and how to encrypt Time Machine backups, how APFS snapshots work (inside and outside Time Machine), and what to do if Time Machine misbehaves. • Deal with unusual backup needs: If you deal with exceptionally large files (such as audio and video files), spend a lot of time on the road away from your usual backup hardware, run Windows on your Mac, or rely on cloud services to store essential data, you’ll want to take extra (or different) steps to make sure everything is safely backed up. • Manage your media: What happens when a backup drive fills up, or becomes so old that you worry about its future reliability? What if you want to archive older files for posterity, but not necessarily maintain them as part of your daily backups? Joe explains how to deal with media management tasks such as these. • Recover lost data: Backing up data can be easy, but restoring it is often more challenging. When you discover that data is missing—whether due to a disk error, theft, or a simple mistake—you need to know the exact steps needed to recover it and get back to work as soon as possible.

Take Control of Home Security Cameras

Most recently, those include Take Control of Your M-Series Mac, Take Control of Zoom, Take Control of iOS & iPadOS Privacy and Security, and Six Centuries of Type & Printing. Glenn writes on topics as varied as the longest-running metal ...

Take Control of Home Security Cameras

Make your home safer! Version 1.4, updated January 26, 2023 Are you thinking about installing a home security camera—or several? This book guides you through the many decisions about quality, features, privacy, and security that will help you find just what you want. Or do you own an existing system and want to swap out parts, expand it, or upgrade it? You’ll learn options for cameras you own and what interoperates. The book explains the role of Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video, and how to make its highest-level security work for you. In Take Control of Home Security Cameras, networking and security expert Glenn Fleishman shows you how to make smart choices about buying and configuring cameras that take into account technical details, video quality, system integration, your own privacy and that of others, and internet security. As you read this book, you'll: • Figure out which features are right for you • Configure your system securely to ensure that you and people you authorize are the only ones with access to live and stored video • Understand the different kinds of cloud-based storage of video, and which you might be comfortable with • Learn about Apple HomeKit Secure Video, an option available for the Apple ecosystem that lets you access video and control cameras from several manufacturers in a highly secure way from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, including Logitech’s Circle View • Get to know features found in home security cameras, and how they affect the quality and nature of video you capture • Set your system so that alerts only appear for the kinds of motion, sound, or other triggers that meet your threshold • Avoid becoming part of the surveillance state—or opt into a limited and controlled part of it with a fuller understanding of what that means • Learn about the legal aspects and limits of recording audio and video, and how they might (or might not) help catch criminals

Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal 3rd Edition

To enter recovery mode on an Intel-based Mac, restart your Mac, immediately hold down ⌘-R, and release the keys when the Apple logo appears. However, the procedure has changed completely on M-series Macs. If you have an M-series Mac, ...

Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal  3rd Edition

Learn how to unleash your inner Unix geek! Version 3.2.1, updated December 23, 2022 This book introduces you to the Mac’s command line environment, teaching you how to use the Terminal utility to accomplish useful, interesting tasks that are either difficult or impossible to do in the graphical interface.n If you've ever thought you should learn to use the Unix command line that underlies macOS, or felt at sea when typing commands into Terminal, Joe Kissell is here to help! With this 228-page book, you'll become comfortable working on the Mac's command line, starting with the fundamentals and adding more advanced topics as your knowledge increases. Now includes complete coverage of Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina, and zsh! Joe includes 66 real-life "recipes" for tasks that are best done from the command line, as well as directions for working with permissions, carrying out grep-based searches, creating shell scripts, and installing Unix software. The book begins by teaching you these core concepts: • The differences among Unix, a command line, a shell, and Terminal • Exactly how commands, arguments, and flags work • The basics of Terminal's interface and how to customize it Next, it's on to the command line, where you'll learn: • How to navigate your Mac's directory structure • Basic file management: creating, copying, moving, renaming, opening, viewing, and deleting files • Creating symbolic links • The types of command-line programs • How to start and stop a command-line program • How to edit a text file in nano • How to customize your prompt and other shell defaults • The importance of your PATH and how to change it, if you need to • How to get help (Joe goes way beyond telling you to read the man pages) You'll extend your skills as you discover how to: • Create basic shell scripts to automate repetitive tasks. • Make shell scripts that have variables, user input, conditional statements, loops, and math. • See which programs are running and what system resources they're consuming. • Quit programs that refuse to quit normally. • Enable the command line to interact with the Finder. • Control another Mac via its command line with ssh. • Understand and change an item's permissions, owner, and group. • Run commands as the root user using sudo. • Handle output with pipe (|) or redirect (> or <). • Use grep to search for text patterns in files and filter output. • Install new command-line software from scratch or with a package manager. • Use handy shortcuts in the Terminal app itself and in zsh. Questions answered include: • What changed on the command line in macOS 12 Monterey and macOS 11 Big Sur? (Not much, unless you have an M-series Mac!) • What changed on the command line in macOS 10.15 Catalina? (A lot!) • What are the differences between the zsh shell and the bash shell? • Which shell am I using, and how can I change my default shell? • How do I quickly figure out the path to an item on my Mac? • How can I customize my Terminal window so I can see man pages behind it? • How can I make a shortcut to avoid retyping the same long command? • Is there a trick for entering a long path quickly? • What should I say when someone asks if I know how to use vi? • How do I change my prompt to suit my mood or needs? • What is Command Line Tools for Xcode? • When it comes to package managers, which one should I use? Finally, to help you put it all together, the book showcases 66 real-world "recipes" that combine commands to perform useful tasks, such as listing users who've logged in recently, manipulating graphics, using a separate FileVault password, creating and editing user accounts, figuring out why a disk won't eject, copying the source code of a webpage, determining which apps have open connections to the internet, flushing the DNS cache, finding out why a Mac won't sleep, sending an SMS message, and deleting stubborn items from the Trash.

Take Control of Ventura

On an M-series Mac, choose Apple > Shut Down and wait until the Mac has fully shut down. Then press and hold the power button until you see “Loading startup options” on the screen. When the Options icon appears, select your startup disk ...

Take Control of Ventura

Meet the latest version of macOS Version 1.1, updated October 24, 2022 macOS 13 Ventura brings important new usability, security, and convenience features to your Mac. Learn how to upgrade your Mac from an earlier version of macOS, find your way around the new system, and make use of the interesting new capabilities such as Stage Manager, Passkeys, and even a way to use your iPhone as a webcam. macOS 13 Ventura may look a lot like its predecessor, macOS 12 Monterey, but it packs a lot of useful new features (along with some potentially confusing user interface choices). Joe Kissell once again provides a complete guide to the upgrade process, as well as an in-depth look at what's new. While Stage Manager provides yet another way to manage your windows, apps like Mail and Messages finally offer solutions to longstanding irritations, Continuity Camera learns some fancy new tricks, and macOS offers even more options to manage your privacy and security. Take Control of Ventura walks you through all these changes. This book teaches you things like: • How to tell whether your Mac is compatible with Ventura • Steps you should take before upgrading • How to perform an in-place upgrade—or do a clean install and migrate your old data from a backup • Adapting to the sometimes-confusing new System Settings app, which replaces System Preferences • Managing windows and apps with Stage Manager • New Mail features—undo sending a message, schedule a message, follow up on messages awaiting replies, and more • Editing or unsending messages in the Messages app • Using new Safari 16 features, such as shared tab groups and editable suggested passwords • Understanding passkeys, which promise to replace passwords in many places—eventually • How to share a Photos library with family and friends • Using Continuity Camera to turn your iPhone into a webcam • Small but interesting changes throughout macOS, such as accessibility improvements, new features in Focus and Dictation, and expanded Live Text capabilities • How to use the brand-new Weather app • Improvements to bundled apps, including FaceTime, Maps, Notes, Reminders, and more

Take Control of Monterey

Automate. Your. Mac. with. Shortcuts. Mac users have long had a great many choices when it comes to automation. ... Tip: For a complete introduction to Mac automation in its many forms, read my book Take Control of Automating Your Mac.

Take Control of Monterey

Get to know macOS 12 Monterey! Version 1.2, updated June 29, 2022 macOS 12 Monterey builds on the changes in Big Sur, making your Intel or M-series Mac even more powerful and easier to use. This book teaches you how to prepare for a smooth transition to the new version of macOS—and what to do once you've upgraded. Learn your way around, find out about new capabilities (and a few pitfalls), and improve your privacy and security. Following 2020's Big Sur release, which massively overhauled the macOS interface and introduced support for M-series (Apple silicon) Macs, we have macOS 12 Monterey. Although the look and feel are quite similar to Big Sur, Monterey adds refinements, improvements, and interesting new features to books your productivity and your privacy. As was the case for Big Sur, we're not publishing a separate Take Control of Upgrading to Monterey book. Instead, complete upgrading instructions are included here, along with details about what to expect before, during, and after your Monterey installation. Among the many subjects covered in this book are: • How to tell whether your Mac is compatible with Monterey • Steps you should take before upgrading • Upgrading from the Monterey public beta • How to perform an in-place upgrade—or do a clean install and migrate your old data from a backup • Improvements to FaceTime, such as updated audio and video options, scheduled meetings, and (later this year) SharePlay • New Messages feature, including Shared with You better handling of photos, and new Memoji options • Changes in Safari 15—including last-minute changes to address design flaws in the new interface for tabs • The Focus feature that takes Do Not Disturb to a new level • Shortcuts, which has made its way from iOS/iPadOS to macOS and added new features • What's new in the Maps app, including more city detail, Driving mode, and better transit support • Small but interesting changes throughout macOS, such as AirPlay to Mac, iCloud+, improved password support, and Quick Note • Improvements to bundled apps, including Books, Finder, Mail, Notes, Photos, and more

Take Control of Automating Your Mac 4th Edition

(Shortcuts made on iOS/iPadOS are compatible only with M-series Macs or, on Intel-based Macs, apps built with Mac Catalyst.) For those new to Shortcuts, you're in for a treat: it provides a friendly, approachable way to string together ...

Take Control of Automating Your Mac  4th Edition

Work faster, increase your efficiency, and have more fun with automation! Version 4.0.1, updated July 26, 2022 Looking for ways to work smarter and faster with your Mac? In this updated and expanded fourth edition of his popular guide to Mac automation, Joe Kissell shows how anyone, at any level of experience, can save time and effort, and avoid unnecessary errors, by using automation techniques that range from the simplest keyboard shortcut to the most complicated script. Note: This edition of the book covers macOS from Catalina through Monterey. In this book, Joe teaches you how to automate routine tasks in a wide variety of ways. You can begin by making the most of productivity features such as Siri, Spotlight (for launching apps), and text replacement—and then move on to the more sophisticated automation tools built into macOS, such as Shortcuts, Automator, AppleScript, services, and shell scripts. In addition, Joe gives extensive information about third-party automation apps that can make a huge difference to your work efficiency, such as Keyboard Maestro, TextExpander, OmniGraffle, and many more. As an extra bonus, the book includes coupons for discounts on seven automation apps! Whether you’re new to automation, you just need a refresher, or you’re experienced with automation but want to go deeper, this book can teach you the skills you need to automate with ease. Take back your time, work more efficiently, and have more fun with your Mac, with Take Control of Automating Your Mac, Fourth Edition! With this book, you’ll learn how to: • Get started with the built-in macOS automation tools, including Shortcuts, Automator, AppleScript, and shell scripts • Take full advantage of input devices to save clicks and keystrokes • Customize toolbars and your Touch Bar to put hard-to-find controls at your fingertips • Use your voice to control your Mac with Siri and Voice Control/Dictation Commands • Automate text expansion for faster, more consistent typing • Control the Finder with a launcher and by organizing files with Hazel • Supercharge your clipboard to remember and reformat previous copies • Write macros in Microsoft Office and Nisus Writer Pro • Create rules to file email automatically in Apple Mail and Outlook • Log in to websites faster with a password manager • Automate cloud services with IFTTT and Zapier • Set up automatic backup and syncing • Use Omni Automation for JavaScript-based automation tasks • Control nearly anything on your Mac with Keyboard Maestro

Take Control of iCloud 8th Edition

iOS and iPadOS devices, Intel Macs with T2 chips (see list here), Macs with M-series processors, and Apple Watches can use a feature called Activation Lock, which means no one can turn off Find My Device, erase the device, or reactivate ...

Take Control of iCloud  8th Edition

Understand iCloud’s capabilities and limitations, and put its key features to good use! Version 8.0.1, updated February 12, 2022 Make sense of Apple's iCloud online service, configure it for your needs, and choose the best way of using each feature.n iCloud is a simple idea in theory—access to all your data on all your devices, via the cloud—that can become complicated when put into practice. Instead of wasting time fiddling with iCloud, when there are many other more important things to be done with the information it contains, learn how to minimize frustrations with Take Control of iCloud, Eighth Edition! Whether you want a quick tip or a deep dive into the inner workings of iCloud, you’ll find what you need in this best-selling book by Apple expert Joe Kissell. Start by learning what iCloud can do, how it differs from other cloud services, and how best to set it up on Macs, iOS and iPadOS devices, Apple TVs, and Windows PCs. Then, move on to finding out the key aspects—and hidden gotchas—of iCloud’s core features, including: • iCloud+, Apple's paid membership tiers with extra features • Photo features: iCloud Photos and iCloud Photo Sharing • Family Sharing • iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library • iCloud Drive • Mail and Mail Drop • Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Notes • iCloud Keychain • the iCloud website • Location features: Find My Device, Find My Item, Find My Friends, and the Find My app • Two-factor authentication • Activation lock • Backing up and restoring data • Managing your privacy and security This edition not only covers the changes to iCloud in macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15 but also includes details about recent changes to iCloud that span operating systems, including iCloud+. It also continues to cover macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 11 Big Sur, and iOS 14/iPadOS 14, but drops coverage of earlier operating system versions.

Take Control of Audio Hijack 2nd Edition

A dialog informs you that you need to restart your Mac before new system extensions can be used; restart your Mac, launch Audio Hijack, and you're ready to start recording. Installing ACE on an M-Series Mac requires more steps, ...

Take Control of Audio Hijack  2nd Edition

Find sound advice for recording anything on your Mac! Version 2.0, updated March 31, 2022 Most of this book discusses Audio Hijack, a handy utility from Rogue Amoeba that can record and enhance any sound your Mac can play. There’s also a chapter about using Fission, also from Rogue Amoeba, to edit sound recordings.n Learn how to use Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack version 4 to capture and enhance any audio playing on a Mac. Audio expert Kirk McElhearn provides instructions for setting up common scenarios—recording audio playing in Safari, capturing Zoom and FaceTime calls, digitizing your old LPs, extracting audio from concert DVDs, and working with mics and mixers, and much more. Kirk also helps you edit recordings in Rogue Amoeba’s Fission audio editor. You’ll learn how to pipe sound through Audio Hijack to enhance its quality without recording. For example, by boosting the volume or tweaking the bass—movies on Netflix never sounded better! You’ll also discover special features such as reusable sessions, recording to more than one file (and format) at once, scheduling recordings, time shifting during live playback, effects like ducking and panning, adding automatic metadata before recording, and more. And you'll learn how to use Audio Hijack as a powerful tool for live streaming or broadcasting. The Fission chapter has directions for trimming, cropping, adding, replacing, splitting, and fading audio. It also explains how to turn an audio file into a ringtone and—podcasters and educators take note!—how to make a chapterized AAC file. As far as recording goes, you’ll find help with: • Recording literally any audio played on your Mac. • Setting up reusable sessions with Audio Hijack’s Audio Grid interface. • Scheduling when your Mac should record something automatically. • Recording from a mic. Or two mics. Or a mixer. Or a food processor. • Capturing a chat from Zoom, FaceTime, and other voice-over-IP apps. • Checking volume levels before you record. • Ducking one audio source when a second source kicks in. • Digitizing an LP or cassette, while reducing hiss and noise. • Breaking a digitized album into separate songs. • Recording to multiple files and formats. • Using Audio Hijack to live stream to Twitch or YouTube Live, or to broadcast a streaming radio station. • Finding your recordings in Audio Hijack and the Finder. • Use Audio Hijack's new scripting feature to add automations to your sessions, and even integrate them with Apple’s Shortcuts app. If you’re interested in enhancing your aural experience, you’ll find help with: • Enhancing audio while you listen to it. For example, your little laptop’s speakers might not provide enough oomph for an action thriller’s soundtrack, but with Audio Hijack you can boost that sound and enjoy the flick. • Time-shifting live audio while you listen. You can pause and resume live audio you’re listening to, or go back a few seconds or jump ahead (if there’s anything to jump ahead to). Lastly, you’ll learn how to use Fission to polish your recordings. You can: • Trim unwanted bits. • Insert one audio file into another. • Fade in or out from silence. • Adjust a recording’s volume. • Create a ringtone or alert tone. • Make a chapterized AAC file. • Convert nearly any audio file to MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF, or WAV format.

Take Control of Find My and AirTags

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Take Control of Find My and AirTags

Track your stuff, find your friends, and safely share your location Version 1.4, updated December 23, 2022 Take Control of Find My and AirTags takes you inside Apple’s Find My ecosystem. Once a way to track the whereabouts of your iPhone by having it ping the internet at regular intervals, now Find My encompasses sharing and following people (with permission), much of Apple’s hardware and some Beats audio gear, and new trackers from Apple and third parties (including the AirTag). This book helps you understand how it all fits together, and how to keep yourself safe by preventing, identifying, and blocking unwanted tracking. Since the introduction of Find My iPhone over a decade ago, Apple has made it possible to Find My Nearly Everything. The current ecosystem encompasses people, Apple devices, and low-power, long-life trackers. Take Control of Find My and AirTags takes you through the many parts of Find My so you can configure and refine how you and your stuff is tracked and shared. The book looks at three different kinds of tracking: • People: Learn how to share your location safely, follow others who let you, and send and receive notifications about arrivals and departures. • Devices: Apple lets you track the whereabouts of your and Family Sharing group members’ iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Watch, AirPods (all models), and Beats audio hardware (some models). Get to know the ins and outs of enabling Find My and taking remote actions, from playing a sound to wiping your data from a device. • Items: Find out how AirTags make use of the crowdsourced network of other people’s Apple devices to help you find a lost or forgotten purse, backpack, or even car, and about third-party devices licensing the technology from Apple. Also get to know the dangers of Find My stalking and how to identify the risk, deter unwanted tracking from happening, block it if you find it—and report it to law enforcement or get other help. The book also digs into how Family Sharing interacts with personal and device location sharing and finding, and how to help other people find their lost stuff if they don’t have one of their own Apple devices handy. Covered operating systems are iOS and iPadOS versions 13 through 16, and macOS 10.15 Mojave through macOS 13 Ventura—and all the new options introduced in the latest releases of each. Here’s more of what you can find in this book: • Find out the difference between device-based Find My tracking and the Find My network. • Figure out if your Apple or Beats audio hardware can be tracked just over Bluetooth nearby or via the Find My Network. • Experience the joy of playing a sound over the internet or nearby to help find a missing device or item. • See the place in Apple’s ecosystem for third-party Find My tracking from Belkin (earbuds), Chipolo (ONE Spot tracker), and VanMoof (ebikes). • Control and monitor the way you let others track your whereabouts. • Get to know presence, the way you define which of your devices indicates where you are to other people. • Learn about the capability in iOS 15/iPadOS 15 and later to track an iPhone or iPad even after it’s been erased! • Dig into Apple’s efforts to prevent Find My from being used for stalking and unwanted tracking, and how to find out if someone’s trying to track you without your permission. • Discover buried controls for configuring exactly how Find My updates your device’s location, including when power runs low. • Understand Activation Lock, which protects devices from being reused even if someone has erased them. • Help family members find lost and stolen gear through Find My’s Family Sharing support. • Revel in an expanding list of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS features that improve Find My’s capabilities.

Take Control of FaceTime and Messages

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Take Control of FaceTime and Messages

Master Apple's video, audio, and text messaging tools! Version 1.3, updated December 23, 2022 Dig into FaceTime, Messages, and Phone from the basics through the most advanced and interesting features available, including screen sharing, group calls, and sending rich messages in Take Control of FaceTime and Messages. This comprehensive book will answer every question, and reveal useful features you never knew existed. FaceTime, Messages, and Phone form the core of Apple’s video, texting, and call tools for owners of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches. As FaceTime and Messages have expanded features, they’ve become more complicated to master and use exactly the way you want. How they interact with the phone network and the Phone app can be a blurry line, too. In this book, Glenn Fleishman lays out your options to best understand, use, and customize FaceTime and Messages for your needs and conversations. Start by mastering (or reviewing) the basics of each app, then move into group calls and texts, using rich media, maintaining your privacy, and adding whimsy to conversations. Covers iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS. The book covers all three apps (and the many ways they interact) extensively, showing you: • How to master the basics of the FaceTime, Messages, and Phone apps • Essential settings and preferences for these apps, including how to pick your primary address or phone number and manage location sharing, and maintain your privacy • Ways to share your screen (or let someone share theirs with you) in both FaceTime and Messages, and when to use which • How to insert the text of a sign or other printed material in a message, or even dial a phone number by pointing your iPhone at a printed number • How to have fun and get creative with Memoji, Message Effects, Camera Effects, stickers, and hashtag images • How Apple secures live audio, video, and texting • Strategies and tools to identify and block unwanted phone calls and messages You'll learn about FaceTime capabilities such as: • How to use FaceTime for audio or video calls with one person or a group of up to 32 people • Why you might want to use a FaceTime Link, and how it can extend FaceTime to Windows and Android users • How to work with audio input and output devices in FaceTime • How to use enhanced audio (Mic Mode) and video (Portrait Mode) effects in FaceTime calls on supported devices • How to use the Eye Contact feature on iPhones and iPads, which simulates eye-to-eye contact even when you're not looking at the camera • How to use SharePlay, which lets parties carry on a FaceTime conversation while enjoying synchronized video, audio, or screen sharing (and even how to transfer SharePlay to an Apple TV) • How to convert a FaceTime audio call to a video call Find out things you never knew about Messages, including: • Why some conversations in Messages use iMessage (blue bubbles for individuals, gray bubbles for businesses) while others use SMS/MMS (green bubbles), and the differences between them • All about advanced Messages features, such as nested replies and person-to-person Apple Pay • Why Messages isn't just for text, but also for audio messages, Digital Touch effects, animations, and more • Ways to keep track of shared links and media across apps with Shared for You • The privacy tradeoffs of Messages in iCloud • Simple ways to create events and reminders from Messages conversations • What to do when group chats get out of control—managing notifications, using mentions, and understanding the differences between SMS and MMS chats Make better use of the Phone app: • How to make phone calls (including emergency calls) from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch • What the "verified" label on incoming phone calls means

Take Control of Big Sur

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Take Control of Big Sur

Get up to speed quickly with macOS 11! Version 1.1, updated November 12, 2020 Get to know macOS 11 with Take Control of Big Sur. Learn everything you need to know to prepare for a smooth transition to the new version of macOS—and what to do once you've upgraded. Discover new features, explore the revised user interface, and avoid potentially unpleasant surprises. macOS 11 Big Sur is more than just Apple's annual update to its Mac operating system. This revision breaks entirely new ground, significantly overhauling your Mac's look and feel, adding big new features, and including support for the first (soon-to-be-released) Macs based on Apple silicon rather than Intel processors. We're changing things up this year, too. Rather than two separate titles on the new macOS version as we've had in past years, this time we've rolled everything into one: a book that helps you prepare for the new system, safely upgrade your Mac to run Big Sur, and then get to know all the new features. (So, if you're looking for Take Control of Upgrading to Big Sur, look no further: this book contains an abbreviated version of Joe's legendary upgrading instructions.) Some of the topics covered in this book are: • How to tell whether your Mac can run Big Sur • Steps you should take before upgrading • How to perform an in-place upgrade—or do a clean install and migrate your old data from a backup • What Control Center is and how it can simplify adjusting system settings • What's new in the Maps app (guides, Look Around, indoor maps, and more) • Ways to improve your messaging with enhanced group conversations, Memoji, and other changes in Messages • How to use and customized the heavily revised Notification Center • New features in Photos to make your images and videos even better • Improved privacy features in Safari—plus a Start Page, improved tabs, and spiffy new features • The small changes throughout macOS and bundled apps, including Apple Arcade, Spotlight, Siri, the App Store, Notes, Reminders, Voice Memos, and more

Take Control of Mac Basics

For the other readers who are in charge of their own backup plan, I realize that this write-up may leave you with pressing questions. This is an ideal time to read Joe Kissell's Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac.

Take Control of Mac Basics

Master essential Mac facts, concepts, and skills! The Mac has become an essential tool for many activities, but it’s not always easy to use, leading to frustration and wasted time. Because Apple often makes small changes to the interface, you may be stumbling over interface oddities or struggling to complete common tasks that you once handled with ease. Take Control of Mac Basics, written by Tonya Engst, former Take Control editor in chief, will fill in the gaps in your knowledge and shower you with useful tips. Carefully arranged and highly cross-linked, the ebook brings together dozens of Mac topics into one place, making it easy for you to find help on many interrelated topics. Free Webinar! The title includes access to a helpful video, where Tonya discusses interface issues and shares her Mac screen as she demonstrates using the Finder window sidebar, saving files, managing windows, launching apps, finding things in System Preferences, and more. After you read this book, you’ll be able to: • Get Your Bearings: Find out the names of the interface elements on your Mac screen and learn what you can do with them, including the menu bar, Apple menu, application menu, Siri, Spotlight, Notification Center, Finder, Finder windows, Dock, and Desktop. You’ll also be introduced to each built-in app and utility on your Mac, and get expert advice on how to locate, install, and update additional apps. • Use the Finder: Become confident with using the folders available to you on your Mac and with filing your files in both default and custom folders that work well for you. You’ll find lots of tips for working on the Desktop, customizing the views in your windows, resizing windows, and understanding Mac paths. • Manage Customization: Discover the many ways you can make your Mac work better for you, including making it easier to see, less of a power hog, more beautiful to look at, and easier to share with a child by creating separate accounts. Also learn how a wide variety of settings in System Preferences can improve the way you carry out essential tasks, such as copy/paste between your Mac and your iPhone, speaking through headphones on a FaceTime or Skype call, and viewing recent text messages or upcoming calendar events. • Run Apps Effectively: Understand the best methods for getting in and out of apps, having apps launch on their own, quitting apps, dealing with frozen apps, opening new files, saving files, and more. • Master Essential Tasks: Build your expertise with core Mac tasks and technologies including printing, copy and paste, keyboard shortcuts, connecting to a Wi-Fi network (in certain cases even if you don’t know the password), Universal Clipboard, Mission Control, AirPlay, Sleep, Shut Down, what to do if you need to enter a Unix command in Terminal, how to think about backups, and more. This book is based on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, which Apple released in 2017. This book is compatible with earlier versions of macOS, but older versions will not entirely match what the book presents. Although we currently have no plans to update the book for 10.14 Mojave, Tonya covers relevant changes to Mojave in a series of posts on this book’s blog: • Using Dark Mode and Trying New Desktop Wallpapers • macOS Updates Now Happen in System Preferences • Playing Mother-May-I in Mojave’s Security & Privacy Preference Pane Take Control of Mac Basics is based on an older book called Read Me First: A Take Control Crash Course, which contained information about core Mac skills useful to Take Control readers. Take Control of Mac Basics expands greatly on that idea, adding invaluable content that is pertinent to anyone interested in other Take Control titles.

Take Control of Your Paperless Office 3rd Edition

Your. Needs. I haven't tried every scanner and every OCR app out there, but I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that almost any combination ... Comparing OCR apps for macOS is less of a science than an art—and a messy one at that.

Take Control of Your Paperless Office  3rd Edition

Digitize your documents while reducing incoming and outgoing paper! Updated 03/21/2017 Join Joe Kissell as he helps you clear the chaos of an office overflowing with paper. With Joe’s guidance you can develop a personal clean-up strategy and choose your Mac-compatible tools—a scanner and the software you need to perform OCR (optical character recognition)—plus devices and services for storing your digitized documents and tools to categorize, locate, and view your digital document collections. Once you have your gear in hand, Joe shows you how to convert your paper documents to digitized files and gives you ideas for how to organize your office workflow, explaining how to develop day-to-day techniques that reduce the amount of time you spend pressing buttons, launching software, and managing documents. Bonus! The book also comes with downloadable “folder action” AppleScripts that simplify the process of OCR-ing PDFs in Adobe Acrobat, ABBYY FineReader Express, PDFpen/PDFpenPro, and Readiris. Save or move a PDF in the appropriate folder, and the script does the rest! You’ll master these paper-reducing skills: • Scanning or photographing documents you find while out and about—business cards, receipts, menus, flyers, and more—so you keep only digitized versions. Joe discusses a variety of mobile scanning options, with an emphasis on using a camera-equipped iOS device, but with mention of a few options for Android smartphones. • Creating a digitized image of your signature so you can sign and share documents digitally, rather than printing them for the sole purpose of signing them with a pen. • Setting up your computer to send and receive faxes so you can avoid using a physical fax machine with paper input and output. Joe describes online fax services and using a fax modem (note that fax modem support is not available in macOS 10.12 Sierra). Joe also discusses standard techniques for reducing paper—paperless billing, online bank statements, reducing unwanted catalogs and junk mail, and more, as well as less common practices, such as paperless postal mail services and check depositing services. You’ll find answers to numerous questions, including: • What is a searchable PDF, and why is it key to a paperless office? • What differentiates document scanners from other types of scanners? • What’s a book scanner? • What if I need a mobile, portable scanner? • What does TWAIN stand for, and should my scanner support it? • Why do I need OCR software, and what features should I look for? • What scanners and OCR products does Joe recommend? • How can I automate my workflow for scanning documents? • How should I name and file my digitized documents? • What paper documents should I keep in physical form? • How do I use common tools to add a signature to a PDF? • How can I access my digital documents remotely? • How should I back up my important digital documents?

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From your review of the new PowerBook 5300 series to the always fatalistic Mr. Dvorak , you take every opportunity to ... The leading PC magazines did not berate Windows 95 for offering no real advantages over the Mac operating system .

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IPod and ITunes Garage

Starting Up iTunes For the First Time W hen you're ready to take control of your music , and open iTunes for the first ... offers to browse your home folder ( Mac ) or your My Music folder ( Windows ) for existing MP3 and AAC files .

IPod and ITunes Garage

A guide to getting the most out of iTunes and an iPod covers such topics as working with playlists, the iTunes Music Library, burning CDs and DVDs, iPod settings, file sharing, iPod software, and iPod accessories.

MacTutor

[ Microcom recommends using a 9600 baud modem for remote control - ed . ) I was also interested in getting to my files at the office from a remote location . I tried to use Carbon Copy in conjunction with a Shiva TeleBridge , but was ...

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