Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Taco Bell Unveils New Website and URL for Online Orders

Taco Bell
Taco Bell unveiled its new website with a very cool URL address this week.

Don't be too surprised.

It's ta.co

The new ta.co site allows users to order online and pick up their food at a local Taco Bell.

The site joins the existing iPhone and Android mobile apps for online ordering.

But there is more.

The new website lets you customize your orders.  Want extra tomatoes?  Onions?  Pico de galllo?  No problemo.


Customize Taco Bell Order Online

Just click your extras and add to your order.  Your food will be prepared fresh at the designated Taco Bell.

You can also easily review past orders and reorder.  Taco Bell has more information in their FAQ.

And don't forget to read The Feed, a Taco Bell blog!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Google Keep App Now Available for iPhones and iPads

Google Keep icon
It Took Long Enough.

Google's note taking service, Keep, is now available for iPhone and iPads.

The new Apple iOS app comes 2 years after it's been available on the web and as an Android app.

Similar to Evernote, users can create notes, add photos, and create To Do Lists.

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Google Keep keeps everything synced across devices.

It's a great service and this new iOS version will allow more users to use Google Keep.

Download the new iOS Google Keep app HERE.  Google Keep is available online at:  https://keep.google.com/   Download the Google Keep app for Android HERE.

Enjoy.


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Monday, September 28, 2015

Disable Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9 to Avoid a Nasty Surprise

iOS 9
Apple Users Learn the Law of Unintended Consequences 

A new feature in Apple's iOS 9 meant to help users get better performance can have serious consequences for users with limited data plans.

Wi-Fi Assist lets the iPhone switch to regular cellular data service when the Wi-Fi connection is poor.

Sounds good, right?

But it can be a disaster if you have a limited data plan and the phone switches over to cellular data during heavy streaming like watching a Netflix movie or listening to steaming music like Apple Music or Pandora.

The phone does not warn users when the phone makes the switch.

Uh oh.

Users can disable the feature by going to "Settings", "Cellular" and then scroll down to "Wi-Fi Assist" to toggle it on or off.

iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist


Turn the feature off if you don't want to have a nasty data charge on your phone bill.

Enjoy!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

ICYMI: Facebook Friend Requests, Mail Attachments, Uber Rating, Starbucks App, Word 2016, PeanutizeMe, and Block Calls

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One Cool Tip Show, "Friends, Drinks and Fun"
Listen to this week's show to hear Cool Tech Tips and Tech News.

Beware of Duplicate Facebook Friend Requests
Don't get scammed.  Learn how to protect yourself from phony Facebook friend requests.

How to Add and Save Mail Attachments in iOS 9 on Your iPhone and iPadiOS brings the ability to add and save mail attachments.  Learn how to do it.

Check out how One Cool Tip is now on the Apple news app in iOS9

How to See Your Secret Uber Passenger RatingDo you know your secret Uber passenger rating?  Learn how to find yours.

Your Starbucks Barista Will Have Your Drink Ready Faster With This Cool TipCheck out the new feature that will speed up your Starbucks order.

Do Things Faster in the New Microsoft Word 2016Microsoft Word 2016 has a new cool feature to get things done faster.  Learn more.

Good Grief Charlie Brown.  PeanutizeMe.Create yourself as your favorite Peanuts character.

And Finally, a throwback tip. Blocking Calls on Your Smart Phone
Learn how to block calls on your Android and iPhone smartphones.

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One Cool Tip Show - "Friends, Drinks and Fun" - Sept 27, 2015 - S1E10

This week's show is (finally) online.  Check out the cool show this week.  This week's theme is "Friends, Drinks and Fun".


Or listen thru these great services:  Podomatic Tunein Stitcher iTunes

New to listening to Podcasts?  Learn more with our Cool Tip:
How to Listen to Great Podcasts on Your Computer or Phone


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Blocking Calls on Your Smart Phone - Throw Back Tip

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Getting unwanted calls on your smart phone can be very annoying.

We showed you some tricks earlier this year on how to minimize getting calls in the first place as well as technical details on how to set your phone to reject calls.

Let's look at them again.

Smart Phone Call Blocking

A major annoyance to almost everyone is unwanted telemarketing calls.  Sometimes they are for alarm systems, vacation property or home repairs.  Other times they are from legitimate charities seeking donations.  But they always seem to come at the wrong time.  Is there ever really a good time?

There are a couple of options to minimizing unwanted calls:

  1. Register your phone number with the national Do Not Call Registry from the FCC - Federal Communications Commission (https://www.donotcall.gov/).  Legitimate marketers will cease calling your number usually 31 days after registration.
  2. Check if your state also has a Do Not Call registry.  For example, Missouri residents can register phone numbers with the state of Missouri at https://ago.mo.gov/divisions/consumer/no-call  To find out if your state has a list too, Google your state name and Do Not Call registry.
  3. Create a Contact - For callers you know but may not want to answer, for example, a fundraising call from a local charity you support.  Once you have received a call from their number, add a contact entry in your phone's contact list.  That way, when the call comes in, you'll see the call listed by the name and can decide if you want to answer the call,
To block a specific number from ringing on your smart phone, use these following instructions.

iPhone
To block specific phone numbers, you can do it two ways:
  1. If you've a received a call from a telemarketer, select the Phone app and then select the Recent call list.  To the right of the phone number you want to block, select the i within a circle icon that is to the right of the number.  Scroll up if needed and there'll be an option to "Block this Caller".  That number will now be blocked on this phone.
  2. If the number you want belongs to a contact on your phone, go to Settings > Phone > Blocked.  Scroll to the bottom if needed and choose "Add New" to select the contact you wish to block.
Android
To block specific phone numbers, you can do it two ways:
  1. From the call log, select the number you want to block by selecting the 3-dot menu in the upper right-hand corner and select "Add to reject list".  This will block future calls from this number.
  2. For a specific number, go to Phone app > Call Rejection > Auto Reject List.  Enter the exact number to block.
Note: Android devices can be inconsistent on this feature and it may not be as simple as these instructions.

If you should inadvertently answer a telemarketing call, remember to be nice.  It's someone's mother or brother trying to make a living.  But be firm and request they remove you from their call list.  And need be, you can block their number.

Enjoy!


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Good Grief Charlie Brown! PeanutizeMe!

Turn yourself into your favorite Peanuts character.

Peanutizeme -Charlie Brown - One Cool Tip - www.onecooltip.comThe creators of the upcoming The Peanuts Movie have created the new website, PeanutizeMe, to let users have fun creating customized avatars of their favorite beloved characters created by Charles Schultz..

Users can choose the gender of the character and then customize hair, color, eyes and clothes.

Finalized characters can be downloaded as a profile picture to be shared on social media like Facebook or saved as a desktop background picture.

It's a lot of fun to create and customize your characters.

Enjoy!


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Do Things Faster in the New Microsoft Word 2016

Did you upgrade to Office 2016 yet?

Microsoft's Office suite of popular software, including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook, updated this week with many new features and improvements.

Users who have subscriptions to Office for home or business can download updates to the latest 2016 versions.

One new feature in Word 2016 to get things done faster is Tell Me What You Want to Do.

MS Word 2016 Tell Me What You Want To Do

Look for the words in the top ribbon menu.  This is a text box where you can enter the phrase about what you want to do.

For example, in Microsoft Word 2016, typing "Create a table" will display the Add Table menu where you can easily set the number of rows and columns you want for your table.

MS Word 2016 Tell Me What You Want To Do - Add Table

This new feature makes using the powerful features of Microsoft Word much easier.  As the software grows more complex, using natural language search requests allows users to quickly accomplish their desired tasks.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Your Starbucks Barista Will Have Your Drink Ready Faster With This Cool Tip

Avoid the long lines and wait with the new Order and Pay feature of the Starbucks mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The mobile ordering system rolled out nationwide this week after successful testing is key cities.  

The service rolls out to the UK and Canada in October.

The new app feature allows users to choose a Starbucks store from the map and then browse, select and order food and drinks.  

Users can also see the estimated time it will take when the order will be ready.

Users can pay within the app for their online order.

The Starbucks mobile app also offers convenient payment options for in-store purchases too.  

The iPhone app can be downloaded HERE and the Android app can be downloaded HERE.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to See Your Uber Passenger Rating

UBER
Find the Secret Number Uber Has Been Hiding From You

Have you used Uber?

It's a great alternative to using taxis or walking.

Uber cars are summoned by using a mobile app and the drivers come to your location.

Cars generally are cleaner and drivers are friendlier.  In part, because every user can rate every trip and driver as part of the Uber experience on a scale of 1 to 5.  When users summon a driver, their score is shown.  It's all about giving Uber customers information.

What is less known is that drivers rate passengers too.  So before a driver accepts a passenger, the driver has information too.

But unlike rating systems like Ebay, the passenger ratings have been unavailable to view by Uber users.

Until now.

So what is your number?

Here's how to find out:

- Open the Uber app.
- Select "Help" from the left-hand menu
- Select "Account"
- Select "I'd Like to Know My Rating"
Uber Account Passenger Rating Screen

- When the request appears, select "Submit"

Uber Account Passenger Rating Screen - Request

Your passenger rating will be the emailed to you.


Enjoy.

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    Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    One Cool Tip Channel Now on Apple News App

    Apple has a new News app included in the iOS9 mobile operating system.

    Major news publishers have channels, including Fox and The New York Times.

    And now, One Cool Tip has a channel.

    Apple News App - One Cool Tip


    Here's how to find it and favorite it.

    Open the News app and search for "One Cool Tip"


    Apple News App - One Cool Tip


    Tape the + sign to the right of One Cool Tip to favorite the channel.  Then tap on the One Cool Tip result to view the channel.

    That's it.  You now can view One Cool Tip in the News app under Favorites.

    Enjoy!

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    How to Add and Save Mail Attachments in iOS9 on Your iPhone and iPad

    iOS9
    The long wait is over.

    Users can now add and save attachments in emails in Apple's iOS9 mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads.

    It's a small but important new feature in the latest iOS.

    Previously, users could only insert photos and videos.

    Adding an attachment is similar to adding a photo.  

    Press and hold inside the body of the email.  Click the right triangle to cycle to and then click on "Add Attachment".  

    Add attachment iOS9


    By default the iCloud folders will be displayed. 


    Add attachment iCloud iOS9

    Select a folder and then attach the document.  You can also select "Locations" and add files from other sources such as Google Drive and Dropbox if you have those apps installed.

    Saving a file attachment is easy too.  Just tap and hold on a file attachment in an email until the Share option displays.  Swipe to the left until Save Attachment appears.  You can save to the iCloud or other folders.

    Enjoy!

    Monday, September 21, 2015

    Beware of Duplicate Facebook Friend Requests

    Spammers and scammers will look for every opportunity to cause mayhem online.

    A new approach is to impersonate one of your Facebook friends and request a second, friend connection.

    So, be wary of a duplicate friend request on Facebook.

    How do they do this?  And why?

    Both are easily answered.

    A scammer will create a duplicate email account and pose as one of your friends.  To make it more believable, they will copy the current profile picture of your friend.  And then send you a friend request.

    If you are not paying attention, you might accept this request.

    And then it begins.

    It might be a shady link to a spam site that is shared on your timeline.  Maybe the link goes to a compromised website that silently drops malware or a virus onto your computer.

    Or you'll get a Facebook Messenger Instant Message stating that your friend is out of the country and needs emergency cash wired immediately to fix a car, post bail or get a flight to come home.

    And while they are your friend on Facebook, they can capture the names and accounts of your actual friends and start the process over looking to scam your friends too.

    So what can you do to stop this?


    • Check Before You Accept - Before you click to accept a friend request, double check that it's really who you think it is.  Review your own Facebook connections to see if this new request is a duplicate.  Posting a note on your real friend's timeline will help alert them to this problem too.
    • Always be Wary - Before you click any link posted to your wall, take a moment to check it out.  Is it a reputable site?  If not, don't click.
    • Poor Grammar and Typos - If you get an IM from a friend that seems to be unusual or poorly written, it might be a scammer who has wrested control of the account from the real owner.  Check it out by email or a real audio call to be sure.  Especially before you send money.
    • Report it - Let Facebook know if there is an impostor account.  CLICK HERE for instructions from Facebook on how to report a fake account.

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