Category Archives: Computers

Episode 163, COVID-19 Exposure Notifications: Help slow the spread of the virus with one iPhone step; Alaska joins worldwide program



In this episode, we will discuss the Exposure Notification System created jointly by Google and Apple to help our governments and global community fight the COVID-19 pandemic through contact tracing.  Also, Alaska has joined the long list of states and countries which have already implemented the program named Alaska COVID-ENX. Check this nationwide listing to see if your location has an application available at this link.

 


Episode 159, Apple releases macOS Monterey 12.1 adding Apple Music Voice Plan and other features



Happy holidays to our Mac Minutes Podcast listeners.  In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s release of macOS Monterey 12.1 adding Apple Music Voice Plan and other significant improvements.

This week Apple released the second major update to Monterey on Monday, December 13th. macOS Monterey 12.1 brings a selection of new features including SharePlay, Apple Music Voice Plan, Digital Legacy, new options in Memories in Photos, and some bug fixes.

Episode 157, Outsmarting the ‘Porch Pirates’ using Ring Doorbell and Deliveries Application



In this episode, we will discuss using technology to outsmart the porch pirates and have a secure shopping season.  We will review Ring Doorbell devices and the Deliveries application available in the Apple App Store.  The combination of using these together will go a long way in ensuring you get your packages this holiday season.

See, hear and speak to visitors from anywhere with the new and improved Video Doorbell. Get real-time notifications on your phone and tablet, customize your motion settings and conveniently stay connected to home, no matter where you are located.
The seven Ring Doorbells from Ring.com which are available ranging in prices from $49.99 to #349.99 (US).
The Deliveries Application icon from the Apple App Store.  The application won an ‘Editor’s Choice’ award and has a 4.8 rating from more than 33,000 users.  The price is $4.99 annually.

Episode 156, SharePlay powers new ways to stay connected and share experiences in FaceTime



In this episode, we will talk about Apple’s announcement Thursday giving SharePlay powers new ways to stay connected and share experiences in FaceTime.  SharePlay is now available with Apple Fitness+, Apple Music, Apple TV+, NBA, Paramount+, SHOWTIME, TikTok, Twitch, and many more apps.  We will discuss the features and practical applications.

With SharePlay, people can now share experiences while connecting with friends on FaceTime, including watching a TV show or movie, listening to music, or completing a workout.
NBA League Pass through the NBA app offers SharePlay support so iPhone and iPad users can watch a recent basketball game or stream the latest game live, and SharePlay will keep the experience in sync for everyone on the FaceTime call.
SharePlay works with Apple Fitness+ so users can work out or meditate together while on a FaceTime call.

Episode 153, Apple celebrates Veteran’s Day with Fitness; Activity Awards creates your achievements into beautiful magnets



In this episode we will discuss Apple celebrating Veteran’s Day in the United States by earning a beautiful Apple Activity Challenge Fitness award on Thursday, November 11.  We will tell you how you can participate in this noteworthy effort. In the second half of the podcast we will talk about the Activity Awards company that offers physical representations of the digital fitness awards that Apple provides when AppleWatch owners meet their goals. Happy Veteran’s Day from the Mac Minutes Podcast!

Apple is planning to offer its next Apple Watch Activity Challenge on Thursday, November 11 in honor of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday. The photo in the far right is the physical Veteran’s Award that is obtainable from https://activityawards.com
This display is my shadow box with my earned Apple Activity Awards.

Episode 152, macOS Monterey operating system launches bringing new features; iOS 15.1 update brings SharePlay and COVID vaccination card to AppleWallet



In this episode, we will discuss the new features of macOS Monterey which was launched on Monday and the recent iOS 15.1 update which brings SharePlay to FaceTime and COVID vaccination cards to AppleWallet.

macOS Monterey includes powerful new ways to connect with others, accomplish more, and work seamlessly across Apple devices.
FaceTime includes new audio and video features that make calls feel more natural and lifelike, and new Continuity tools like AirPlay to Mac enable Apple devices to work even better together. Live Text and Visual Lookup bring new intelligence features to surface useful information, Safari includes powerful tab organization with Tab Groups, and the ease of automation comes to the Mac with Shortcuts.
Learn how to add your COVID vaccination at Apple Support located at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212752

Episode 150, Apple ‘Unleashed’ Keynote Event highlights new powerful 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros equipped M1 Pro and M1 Max Silicon Chips



In this episode we will discuss the highlight of the virtual Unleashed Keynote Event, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with all new generation of M1 Pro and Max silicon chips, which were announced Monday morning by Apple.

The completely reimagined 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro is powered by the all-new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.
MacBook Pro features a Magic Keyboard with a full-height function row and the industry-best Force Touch trackpad.

Episode 149, Apple ‘Unleashed’ Keynote Event Monday expected to bring new MacBook Pros, AirPods and macOS Monterey



In this episode we will preview Apple’s next virtual keynote event on Monday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time which is expected to bring new hardware, including the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, third-generation AirPods and the launching date of macOS Monterey operating system.  The Apple Keynote event dubbed “Unleashed” will shown live on the Apple events TV app, or Apple.com, with special Mac Minutes Podcast coverage soon after the event.

macOS Monterey public version is expected to be announced Monday, May 18. (courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Episode 147, Apple announces new features in Keynote, Pages, and Numbers to enhance remote presentations and working with documents on the go



In this episode we will discuss the Apple’s announcement Tuesday, Sept. 28 how the new features in Keynote, Pages, and Numbers enhance remote presentations and working with documents on the go.  Keynote adds new tools for collaborative presenting; Pages makes it easier to work with documents on iPhone; and Numbers brings pivot tables to iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Keynote adds new tools for collaborative presenting; Pages makes it easier to work with documents on iPhone; and Numbers brings pivot tables to iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Presenting as a group is easier than ever with new multi-presenter slideshows in Keynote.  Keynote also adds new tools for collaborative presenting.
With pivot tables on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, users can quickly summarize, group, and rearrange data to identify and analyze patterns and trends.

Episode 146, iOS 15 is now available and brings new features



In this episode we will start to discuss some of the most significant features of iOS 15 which are now available for most users.  iOS 15 introduces new ways to stay connected, powerful updates that help users focus and explore, and intelligent features to get more done with iPhone. It is a free update for Apple users.

iOS 15 introduces Live Text using on-device intelligence, redesigned notifications, upgrades to Maps, and more