Mr. Number Blocks Spam and Gives Reverse Lookup

I just discovered this app for my iPhone and I love it.  It’s called Mr. Number and it provides call blocking and Spam protection. It is made by Hiya Inc. and was released for iOS October 29, 2015. It works with iOS 7 and greater on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It is free.


Mr. Number icon

I personally never answer any call that has an 800 number and no name identifier. But, they call back, over and over. It’s all automated. Now, the first time I get a call like that I can do a reverse look-up and then block it, or just block it.

When I get an unwanted call I write down the number and then open Mr. Number. I look it up or just block it and it retains a list of my actions.


If you have this problem then by all means check out the app.

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Two More iOS 10 Tips

The first tip tells you how to take a photo while in the Messages app and including it within your message. The second allows you to check the time your message was read and how to prevent the receiver from doing the same.

Take a Photo While in Messages

Enter the text of your message as you normally would, but don’t tap the arrow to send.

On the left of the message field are three small icons. one is a camera icon. Tap on it and a small window opens that lets you take a photo. Frame the shot in the viewfinder. Tap the white button at the bottom of the window when you are ready (see white arrow in image below) and it will become part of your message. Note that the image appears above your text. When you are ready to send, tap the green arrow and you are done.


Check the Time Messages Were Read

To see what time a message was sent or received, drag the speech bubble to the left. The speech bubble is the box in which each set of words is set.readtime

You ca
n turn this feature on and off on a per conversation basis. Tap the “i” icon at the top of any conversation in Messages and you will see a new Send Read Receipts switch you can toggle off or on.











Check the time a message was received/read


Click on the “i” icon and toggle Send Read Receipts off/on


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Cool Additions to iOS 10

iOS 10 is full of new options and cool stuff. (Stuff is a technical description.)

Messages, in particular, has new options and I’m including two of them today. The first lets you substitute an image for a word. The second lets you include a live action background.

Replace Text With a Special Emoji

You can now automatically replace text with an emoji.

  • Type your message — Happy Birthday Jack. Hope it is a great day.
  • Tap the emoji button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Words with available matching images will turn gold.
  • Hold down a word and you will be given a choice of images. Choose one and it will replace the word. If there is only one option, it will automatically replace the word.
Sample of adding a special image.

Sample of adding a special image.

Add a Special Background or Bubble to your message.

If you want to send your message with more impact, the animated bubble option or one of the five effect options will be fun to use.

  • Write your message and before hitting the blue arrow to send it, tap and hold that arrow button down.
  • Click on Bubble and you will be presented with four different options: Slam, Loud, Gentle, and Invisible.
  • Click on Effects and choose from five live action backgrounds.
 Sample of a Live Action Background in a message

Sample of a Live Action Background in a message

I’ll add more iOS 10 tips as soon as I can.

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New Features For Audible Books

I love to read books and never pass up a chance to read, even if I only have time for a few pages. That, of course, is much easier now that we can read e-books on almost all our Apple devices.

In addition to e-books, we can also enjoy audible books which are recorded and downloaded for listening pleasure. There is, of course, a charge for each book. There are several audible book services, but one stands out for me.

A couple of years ago I discovered .Their readers are professional actors who can do multiple voices and I think their library of books numbers in the thousands. Many times a book will be released on at the same time it is released in a written form.

Now that I have had to go back to work I don’t have as much time to read as I would like. However, I can take advantage of the long drive to work each day and listen to a book while I drive. (I haven’t heard a single used car ad in my car in years.)

I’m bringing this up to point out a new feature on that I love. There is a sleep setting now. No longer do I have to fall asleep listening to a book only to spend a half hour or so the next day figuring out where I was when I went to sleep.

Here is how it works.

On the top right corner of your book you will see three dots.


Click on them and you will see a list of new options.


Choose Sleep Timer and select your time preferences.


That’s all there is to it, but the ease of use does not diminish the usefulness of the feature.

If you have never listened to an audible book check out or one of the other available services.

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El Capitan Preferences – Tips For Using iCloud, Part 2

Here are more tips for making the most of iCloud on your iOS devices

How to Set up iCloud Keychain

How to turn on (or turn off) iCloud Keychain on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen
  2. Tap on iCloud.
  3. Tap on Keychain.
  4. Toggle iCloud Keychain to On.
  5. You will be asked to either set up an iCloud Keychain password or enter the existing one. You can also choose to verify with another device if you choose.

How to Manually View Credit Card Numbers with iCloud Keychain

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Safari.
  3. Tap on Passwords & AutoFill under the General section.
  4. Tap on either Saved Passwords or Saved Credit Cards.
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El Capitan Preferences – Tips For Using iCloud, Part 1

Here are some tips that will allow you to take full advantage of the features in iCloud on your Mac and iOS devices.

iCloud Email

With iCloud, you can get an email account that’s ad-free, is up to date everywhere you check it, and includes webmail at Just select Mail in iCloud preferences and follow the onscreen instructions.

iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain will generate and store all your Safari-based passwords and autofill them for you where and as needed. However, there may be times when a website doesn’t allow autofill (for example, at public terminals or shared computers).

iCloud Keychain keeps the following account information up to date across your Mac computers and iOS devices:

  • Website account names and passwords that Safari autofills for you
  • Credit card numbers and expiration dates that Safari autofills for you
  • Most Wi-Fi network names and passwords

iCloud Keychain also keeps account names, passwords, and settings that you add to Internet Accounts preferences up to date on your Mac computers.

Passwords and credit card information are encrypted in your OS X keychain and your iCloud Keychain.

iCloud Keychain requires OS X v10.9 or later or iOS 7.0.3 or later.

Approve a device to use iCloud Keychain

If you set up iCloud Keychain on your Mac, and then you set it up on another device, you may receive a notification on this Mac asking if you want to let the other device use your iCloud Keychain.

Do one of the following:

  • In the notification alert, click View, or
  • In iCloud preferences, click Option to the right of Keychain, then click Details.
  • In the dialog that appears, enter your Apple ID password, then click Allow.

Change how new devices can be approved

After setting up iCloud Keychain on your Mac, you can change whether your iCloud Security Code can be used to approve iCloud Keychain on new devices. You can also change the iCloud Security Code or the phone number used to verify your identity after you use the iCloud Security Code.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Make sure Keychain is on and your Mac is approved.
  3. Click Options next to Keychain, then make changes in the dialog that appears
  4. If you use the fingerprint to open your phone, Keychain will require it before it will open your Keychain info on your iOS device.


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El Capitan Preferences – The Cloud

Here’s the thing about the System Preferences on your Mac – You can use your Mac forever and never change any of the System Preferences from the factory settings.  But when you understand them and can set them to meet your needs you may well find them to be the difference between running your boat with a motor or paddling it.  Find the System Preferences at: Apple icon > System Preferences.

Here is some information and tips for setting the Preferences for iCloud.icloudicon

The first thing you will have to do is decide if you want to use iCloud. A lot of your preferences will involve it so start there first. iCloud lets you back up your computer, and transfer documents from Mac > iOS Device > Mac. Any changes you make to a document once it is in the cloud will be affected on all your Apple devices.

For instance, create a slide show using Keynote and save it to the cloud. It will appear on both your Mac and your iOS device. Make changes to the slide show later on either your Mac or iOS Device and the changes occur everywhere else you are using iCloud.

Because I have iCloud set up, I can get to all my passwords on my iPhone. This works best if you use the fingerprint ID to sign on. No one else can get to my passwords.

Activate iCloud

Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu on your Mac. Click iCloud, enter your Apple ID, and select the services you’d like to enable. Your Apple ID is the ID you use to conduct transactions in iTunes and the App store.


It’s that easy. If you are interested in using iCloud, check out my next posting. I will offer several tips for using iCloud successfully.

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