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iPhone Missing Manual, 9th Edition by David Pogue


Book: iPhone, Missing Manual, 9th Edition, 656 Pages
Author: David Pogue
Web: DavidPogue
Price: $24.99  with lifetime free updates from O’Reilly!  or $17.99 on Amazon
moosePros: smart, witty, tells and explains why your iPhone is a great computer
Cons: none
Rating:  Moose…5/5 Excellent!

by Gary Miller, Alaskan Apple Users Group Member

Conflict of interest disclosure: O’Reilly  provided a free copy of iPhone Missing Manual, 9th Edition  for the purposes of the review.

When i pick up a book, I wonder if it’ll be good, really good, or boring, and since I’m writing a review, I hope it speaks to me in clear, language, not tech speak.  Well, David Pogue, and his staff, have another hit on their hands,  iPhone Missing Manual 9th Edition is at once a resource I use on my iPhone, my iPad, and Mac, it’s versatile as an eBook or in printed editions.  Well written, and very funny, not dry at all.  Get it!

The book is well organized, and taught me many tips, tricks, insights, and I’ve had every version of the iPhone since the beginning, yet, I’m thank goodness  not  too old to learn.   well done.

About This Book from the Publisher…
You don’t get a printed manual when you buy an iPhone. Online, you can find an electronic PDF manual that covers the basics well, but it’s largely free of details, hacks, workarounds, tutorials, humor, and any acknowledgment of the iPhone’s flaws. You can’t easily mark your place, underline, or read it in the bathroom.

The purpose of this book, then, is to serve as the manual that should have accompanied the iPhone. (If you have an original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, or iPhone 4, you really need one of this book’s earlier editions. If you have an iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, or 6s Plus, this book assumes that you’ve installed iOS 9.

iPhone: The Missing Manual is divided into five parts, each containing several chapters:

Part 1: The iPhone as Phone, covers everything related to phone calls: dialing, answering, voice control, voicemail, conference calling, text messaging, iMessages, MMS, the Contacts (address book) program an more.

Part 2: Pix, Flix and Apps, is dedicated to the iPhone’s built-in software, with a special emphasis on its multimedia abilities: playing music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, and photos; capturing photos and videos; using the Maps app; reading ebooks; and so on.

Part 3: The iPhone Online, is a detailed exploration of the iPhone’s third talent: its ability to get you onto the Internet, either over a Wi?Fi hotspot connection or via the cellular network.

Part 4: Connections, describes the world beyond the iPhone itself— like the copy of iTunes on your Mac or PC that can fill up the iPhone with music, videos, and photos; and syncing the calendar, address book, and mail settings.

Part 5: Appendixes, contains two reference chapters. Appendix A walks you through the setup process; Appendix B is a master compendium of troubleshooting, maintenance, and battery information.

Snagit v4 for Mac review


Software: Snagit version 4
Developer: TechSmith
Web: TechSmith
Price: $49.95 with free trial software available!
moosePros: excellent resource for making video and screen capture plus so much more…
Cons: none
Rating:  Moose…5/5 Excellent!

by Gary Miller, Alaskan Apple Users Group Member

Conflict of interest disclosure: TechSmith provided a free copy of Snagit v4  for the purposes of the review.

You know when you have your ways of accomplishing a task, you get set in them, and then along comes a newer, better, easier way of doing it, and you smile…. TechSmith’s new version 4 of Snagit, is that golden egg.

Many of us use basic screen capture, you know, cmd-shift 3 or 4, but it’s only a start to making it really buzz like Snagit can and does like screen recording, making animated gif’s, panoramic screen capture that automatically stitches together…  So you see this is a premium product at a fair price.  I liked the ease of collaborating with others, since I could mark it up, put arrows, on either screen capture or video, and turn it around pronto.  I loved being able to scroll down a website that goes below my screen and capture what i wanted, can’t do that before, just be frustrated without Snagit.  Now we can!

Did I mention the tool bar and how easy it is to drag/drop tools you use the most, how easy it is to save to drop box or other cloud services.  The editing tools are easy to understand and grasp, and TechSmith has training videos for all the processes you’ll use, so you won’t forget a step or be inspired by a new way of doing work flow.  And to ease your sending images to Snagit, you can use Fuse, a free companion product for your iPhone or Android phone to import images you’ve taken on your phone.  Great tool I enjoy using.

I worked with their tech support ( you can too), and learned much.  Like recording a video, and trimming it, using it to send along with comments to someone you are working on a project with.   Get it, you’ll really like it and use it!

You can try out Snagit new version 4 for 15 days free too.  or buy it for $49.95.

Existing users of older Snagit will love the NEW features in V 4:

*new Editor
*new capture window
*new stamps and callouts
*video capture with Webcam
*animated GIF
*panoramic image capture

Mac OS X System Requirements
10.10 (Yosemite), or higher


Take Control Books, great resources

Take Control Books really make great resources for all aspects of your tech world, especially Apple products, and they support user groups, thankfully. Here are a couple from their lengthy and always being refreshed list of titles, complete list is here:

If you are new to passwords, and always getting frustrated by having to create, find your old ones, or just fear getting hacked, then you might consider 1Password, and so that you get the most out of using it, Joe Kissell’s Take Control for 1Password –  2nd edition, published March 3, 2016.

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1Password can be easy or involved, and Joe makes it understandable, and since it’s an eBook, I like referring to it on my iPhone or iPad or at home on my Mac, especially when I totally forget. The book is 175 pages, available in PDF, Mobi, & ePub, it covers all versions – for Mac, iOS, Android, Windows…  it covers all the questions, and ponders I hadn’t even thought up.  Joe has written over 50 books, so knows what he talks about.   I won’t go into all the reasons to get 1Password ( you can download a free trial copy), but suffice to know is it takes some time and work to implement it, but then you’ll be able to keep track of your credit cards, etc.  plus all your regular passwords…  The book makes it go much faster!  and we all want to move on to the next big thing…

DropBox is my choice for a most used app on my Mac, and iphone/ipad, and Take Control has a new version  covering the latest version of DropBox, it’s Take Control of Dropbox 2

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Author Joe Kissell makes it easy to really to understand and use the many features of DropBox, and like all Take Control books, you can download a newer version for free anytime.  He’s written 50 books, so I trusted his advice.  I liked the new feature of Dropbox for collaboration, working with others, and how it easily integrates with other apps. Here’s a cheatsheet that the author created you can download til you buy the book, it’s part of it! TCoDropbox-CheatSheet-2.0  151 pages,  available in all formats: Mobi, PDF, ePub.  published Feb 25, 2016.

I love Take Control Books, my favorite resources!