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Three computer myths squashed

By Staff | Oct 31, 2013

PayPal recently released a free app for the iPhone with the ability to order and pay for an item before you enter in a store, pay for food in some restaurants and switch between payment sources instead of always using your bank account.

CanOpener is a new app that lets your headphones sound a bit more like speakers. The new and best headphones by RAH, called MA750i, have a thick cable that won’t kink.

Hawaiian Airlines is offering use of an iPad Mini to passengers flying between Hawaii and 14 routes. Cost is $15 (free for business class customers).

Apple has officially launched its iPhone trade-in program. At the Apple Store, you can exchange your old iPhone for credit toward a new one and receive up to $250 in trade-in credits.

For $1.99, the Night Vision Camcorder app enhances sensors, so you can better see and record low-light sources.

Slow motion video effects on the new iPhone 5S are the talk of the town. Don’t have one? A new slow motion app called SlowCam wIll work on older iPhones.

Apple has added a number of new channels to Apple TV. They include Vevo, The Weather Channel, Disney, DisneyXD, iTunes Radio and the Smithsonian Channel.

While visiting my friend, Bill, the business owner of Throckmorton Auto Repair, I was asked if he needed to shut his computer off every night. So, here are three myths we’re gonna bust apart.

The answer to the first one is: no, you never need to turn off your computer, even if you’re moving it, because they go to sleep. With older laptops, you need to turn them off.

Second, you don’t need to turn off your new wireless keyboard or wireless mouse – the batteries won’t drain.

And third, concerning your Mac laptop, you don’t need to close all of your background programs, because they stay asleep when you’re not using them.

So, all you business owners out there can keep your computers turned on.

Want to see a time stamp on your text message? Swipe to the left.

The new Activation Lock prevents anyone from stealing your iPhone and using it. Activate it by going into Settings, iCloud, Find My iPhone, and make sure the green is switched on.

This is very important: when iCloud first came out, everybody got 20 gigs of free storage. As of Sept. 30, it’s reduced to 5 gigs; if you have more than 5 gigs, backup and mail will stop working unless you purchase more space.

To see if you have more than 5 gigs, click on Settings, iCloud, Storage & Backup, and then tap on Manage Storage.

To hang a picture using iPhone Level, open the Compass app and swipe to the left.

Spotlite search has changed. On any icon, just drag the very top down.

AirDrop allows you to share any file with another iPhone user. Here’s how it works: to send a picture, first make AirDrop active. On your home screen, swipe up to see the control panel, choose Air Drop and click on “Everyone.” Make sure your friend does the same. Next, choose a picture, click on the bottom icon that shows a box with an arrow pointed up in it and choose AirDrop.

The trick is to be five feet apart and on the same network name. Be patient! It’s really cool and easier than sending pictures through e-mails and texts.

The Burner app allows people to create a disposable number they can use to send text messages and make calls. It works just like a regular phone number, except everything is filtered through the Burner app.

Well, you have a lot on your plate this time. Next issue will be on the new iPhone 5S.

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.