February 2013

Gizmoe
This is the first edition of Gizmoe in 2013.

Gizmoe will also be posted on our website www.seniornet.co.nz
What a terrific summer we are having, that’s if you like sunshine and most of us do! Of course as soon as we mention it the sun will disappear – but hey we have done alright this summer… yes! We are all probably “getting a bit long in the tooth” to make New Year resolutions and anyway it seems ages since we popped the corks on the 1st January to celebrate the dawning of a new year. However what about making this year the year you really up-skill and learn more things to do with technology. Step outside the normal circle in which you operate and learn something new, something that will really enhance your life! Our Leaning Centres are keen to find out the things you want to know more about so simply put your ideas forward. Microsoft Office 2013 Microsoft launched their latest version of Office and with it comes some terrific tweaks to titillate us. Once, the absolute dominant source for all our software needs, Microsoft has slipped somewhat in this age of Apps (applications). We now have significant choice and many would say Microsoft has some catching-up to do. The article in this edition provides an overview of Office 2013, which might help you decide if you upgrade to the new version or venture down other paths. National Symposium planned The Annual General Meeting of your Federation will be held in Auckland on the 14th May. Rather than just performing its duty of an Incorporated Society by holding a formal AGM we are also planning a symposium. This is partly to celebrate our 21st year of SeniorNet in New Zealand but mainly to give opportunity for representatives from each Centre to share ideas and to be inspired by key note speakers. Planning is well underway and Learning Centres will be kept abreast of developments in good time. We hope this event will be a success and perhaps set the scene for a regular national gathering. Have fun and learn something new every day! Grant Sidaway – Executive Officer SeniorNet Federation

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Microsoft Office Suite 2013 – Overview
Microsoft has recently released Office 2013. For many people Office has been the cornerstone of their software needs in a computer with popular applications such as:       Word Excel PowerPoint Publisher Access OneNote

Our Learning Centres have taught tens of thousands of people how to use the applications in Microsoft Office. There is of course an on-going challenge – the happy Geeks in Microsoft love to work away on new ideas and enhancements so every two – three years a new version gets released. New versions means new things to learn, different ways to do basic tasks, like filing, and of course new screen layouts! Change is good however, without changes in Office software the things we were doing tens years ago simply look terribly dull and boring! The designers of Office 2013 have taken into account the new environment in which we operate and use computers. Today many of us have several devices rather than just one stand-alone PC. We store our stuff away from the device e.g. on the cloud, in addition touch screen computers are starting to dominate the look and feel of computers – it seems Microsoft have taken this to heart and tried to accommodate the new environment in this version. There are a few new features I have found that may tempt you into upgrading. Oh and ho hum… guess what? They have discontinued the current version Office 2010, so when stocks are gone Office 2013 is all you will be able to get. Nothing new in that! New Style In keeping with the Modern (previously called "Metro") style interface that you'll see in Windows 8, Office 2013 gets a new look. Gone are the multiple shades of colour that adorned the older interface, as well as the shadows and shading that kind of suggested three dimensions. Instead, everything is restrained, flat and minimalistic… a bit like the tiles on the Windows 8 start screen. The only hint of triviality exists in a watermark design in the top right corner of the screen. The idea is that the new look will help you focus on your work rather than being distracted by the objects decorating your screen. Time will tell if it works and we become more focused! Certainly the crisper look makes for a better feel. Start Screens Each application supports a new color-coded start screen—blue for Word, green for Excel, orange for PowerPoint, green for Publisher. Like the other applications' start screens, the one for Word displays a list of recent documents. Though creating a blank document is the default option, you can

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alternatively select a template, search online for templates, or click Open Other Documents to search for a document on disk or in a SkyDrive folder. The idea is these screens will help new users find their way around more easily; experienced users may appreciate having all of their options in one place at start-up time. The top right of the screen shows details of the SkyDrive account that you are currently logged in to use.

The new start screens show a range of options for launching a document
Not heard of SkyDrive before? SkyDrive (officially Microsoft SkyDrive, previously Windows Live SkyDrive and Windows Live Folders) is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage facility and then access them from a Web browser or their local device. SkyDrive Integration Office 2013 is designed to integrate with the cloud and in particular with their product called SkyDrive. That's good if you prefer to save your work online for anywhere-access, which is very sensible, though most people still appear to still save files locally – on their hard drive, which is fine but its “all your eggs in one basket” and if that basket breaks you could lose all your files! If you use SkyDrive, the account details will show in the top left corner of the screen, as well as on the start Page 3 of 12

screens. When you save a document, worksheet, or presentation, the application will default to saving to your SkyDrive account, but you can save to your hard drive disk drive if you prefer.

Office 2013 applications default to saving to SkyDrive.
Syncing your devices When you save your Office documents online, they’ll be available to you (and others if you allow them) from any device at any time, via Office 2013 on a PC or tablet, or via the WebApps. Microsoft has already upgraded the WebApps for Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint with the new look and Office application colour coding. In addition, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will save the last location where you were working before you saved--down to the letter, cell, or image. This feature makes it easier to pick up where you left off working, even if you open the file on a different device than you last used. That is handy! Touchscreen Some new features are designed to make working touchscreen devices much easier. The new Read Mode in Word opens a document in reading view, which lets you scroll through the document by swiping horizontally with your finger. On a desktop with a touchscreen monitor, you can change this behaviour back to the more traditional page navigation mode if you wish. Click the Touch Mode button on the Quick Access Toolbar—to the right of the program logo of each application—and the

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ribbon toolbar spreads its icons further apart for easier access to fingers. However, I have to say with my limited testing, touch integration in Office 2013 is quite inconsistent. You can use gestures such as tap, pinch, stretch, slide, and swipe for various features. But on a 24inch touchscreen monitor, unfortunately, the text formatting icons seemed too small for me to use and obtain consistent accuracy. Maybe I need to spend more time touching instead of tapping! PDF Editing Previously you could save a Word document as a PDF file, but until now you couldn't edit PDFs in Word without first converting them to Doc or DocX format. The new Word 2013 can open PDF files and you can edit them there, and then save them as either DocX files or PDFs. When opened in Word, the file retains the structure of the PDF file, even for elements such as tables. This is a big plus for many of us, simply open a PDF and get straight to work – marvellous, I’ve wanted this for ages! A Portable Document Format (PDF) file is a self-contained cross-platform document. In plain language, it is a file that will look the same on the screen and in print, regardless of what kind of computer or printer you use and regardless of what software was used to create it Although they contain the complete formatting of the original document, including fonts and images, PDF files are highly compressed, allowing complex information to be downloaded efficiently. Your Office Account

The so called Backstage View in Office 2013 applications (accessed via the File tab) includes a new tab called Account (or 'Office Account', in Outlook). You can log in to your SkyDrive account or switch accounts. You will also see a list of connected services, such as Twitter and Facebook, plus you can add services, such as LinkedIn etc. The Office Updates area gives you information about the status of any available updates. This is a handy addition.

Options to buy Office 2013
So, keen to get the new Office 2013 version? Well there have been a few changes with the suites you can purchase. For everyday home use the version Home and Student Office has become popular. Office Home and Student (previous to 2013) Up to and including the Office 2010 version the Home and Student suite had three licences included which of course made the purchase worthwhile. Many people purchased one copy and then loaded it onto three computers. The software came as FFP (full packaged product) which meant it was on a DVD and could be uploaded to hard drives in the conventional way. The price you paid not only allowed for three computers to have the software but also included updates at regular intervals which of course is helpful to users in fixing bugs etc. that become evident after the software is had

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been installed. The price paid was a life time price and not a subscription requiring renewal. The Home and student versions up to and including Office 2010 included: • • • • Word Excel PowerPoint OneNote

Office Home and Student 2013 The Office Home and Student 2013 edition is quite different in many aspects: • The software can only be loaded onto one PC

• Microsoft do not provide updates for this product- once bought it remains in the purchased condition, hence if bugs are discovered after the sale of the disc to you they will remain part of the software unless you specifically search for upgrades yourself but this would require a user to be paying regular visits to Microsoft site to see if there were upgrades to be had – it won’t be automatic as in the past. • • This edition is still FFP i.e. a DVD is provided for the user to upload the software Included in the suite is:

o Word o Excel o PowerPoint o OneNote Office 365 Home Premium New to the market is a product called Office 365 Home Premium - clearly this is the direction Microsoft would prefer people to take, here are the details: • Can be loaded up to 5 PCs and Windows 8 tablets – 5 devices in the same household! • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access (NB Publisher, Outlook and Access have been added to this suite which is terrific!) • • • An extra 20 GB of online storage in SkyDrive (27 GB total). 60 minutes of Skype™ calls each month to phones in 40+ countries Annual subscription, not purchase outright, with automatic upgrades included. Page 6 of 12

• Each user can sign in to their Microsoft account to get to their documents, applications, and settings. • Allow others to read your Word docs (if you allow them) in real time through a browser, even if they don’t have Word. SeniorNet Prices If you are SeniorNet member you automatically qualify for significant discounts on both versions of Office 2013 plus you won’t need to leave your home – it will be delivered to your doorstep! Office 2013 Home and Student FFP (DVD, one licence, fixed price for life) $209.61 (incl GST and delivery) recommended retail price $239.00. Office 365 Home Premium (web based, five licences, annual subscription) $150.90 incl GST and delivery (12 month subscription). The recommended retail price $189.00 To purchase go to http://www.seniornet.co.nz/specials-discountsoftware.asp

Turn the Wireless on
I have fond childhood memories of that phrase “turn the wireless on”, it echoed in our house after dinner each night. Now wireless has a new, revitalised meaning and is modern again. Perhaps one the most annoying aspects of technology to date have been the “spaghetti” that you get with it, I’m meaning the proliferation of wires. Until they invent wireless power we are stuck with the need to have power cables, albeit just for charging the battery in the portable devices. Will somebody invent wireless power (aside from batteries) – never say never! But at least there are some really neat wireless speaker systems which will save you the effort of dangling cables over pelmets or having to squirm in cobwebbed basements to poke cables from the base station to a speaker. Perhaps the most convenient is the Bluetooth wireless system. It’s a no fuss easy to connect process. Almost all the devices we purchase today come with Bluetooth enabled. Bluetooth is a type of wireless system where information such as music can be sent via radio instead of connecting cables. It’s intended to work within close proximity of the sending and receiving devices. There’s a huge range of Bluetooth speakers to choose from but before you race off to Noel Leemings carry out a few checks on the devices you want to connect to the speakers. Our partners at Noel Leeming have “come to the party” with a SeniorNet special on two types of Bluetooth speakers, check them out, looks like a good deal to me.

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iSound twist speaker - $77.00 normally $99.99
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A2DP Bluetooth for wireless music streaming with a 30ft range Built-in microphone with advanced noise cancellation for wireless speakerphone calls 2 Speakers and one passive subwoofer Also connects via 3.5mm stereo input Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery offers 5 hours of continuous playtime

Logitech Wireless Bluetooth Boombox $229.00 normally $299.99
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Place it wherever you want within 33 feet (10 meters) of your mobile device Your speaker pairs easily with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or other devices that support Bluetooth wireless audio profile A2DP Listen longer wherever you are thanks to the rechargeable NiMH battery A 3.5mm aux jack opens up your music possibilities

Remember Noel Leeming offer huge discounts to all SeniorNet members on virtually everything in all their stores – just say you are from SeniorNet when making a purchase.

Instagram
Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service. It allows users to take pictures, and share them on a variety of social networking services, Facebook or Twitter. A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, just like Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images, hence I guess the name. This is in contrast to the 4:3 aspect ratio typically used by mobile device cameras. Instagram launched in October, 2010. The service rapidly gained popularity, with over 100 million registered users as of January 2013. Instagram is an app distributed through the Apple App Store and Google Play. It was originally available for only the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users but in April 2012, support was added for Android camera phones running 2.2 Froyo. Instagram has no plans to offer Windows Phone support but maybe that will change in time. To learn a bit more about Instagram go here: http://instagram.com/ Page 8 of 12

A Smartphone App for seniors – Seniors Club
Seniors Club is a feature within an APP which promotes the best product and services for Senior’s across New Zealand using Apple and Android Smartphone systems. Because Seniors Club operates on Smart phones all you need is an internet connection and you can view profiles of some of New Zealand’s leading businesses who value and welcome Senior’s custom.

Origin of Seniors Club Kapiti Coast has one of the highest senior’s population of all local districts in New Zealand. After building a successful app for the Kapiti Coast a request was made for the mykapiticoast APP to offer a Seniors Section and to make it available across all of New Zealand! On December 15th the Seniors Club category became Live Nationwide within the mykapiticoast App and plans are well under way for the development of a dedicated Seniors App on both Apple and Android. (Simply download the mykapiticoast app and look for the Super Gold, Specials icon). Anyone over 50yrs and their family and friends can benefit from the many products and service providers promoted on the Seniors Club. Once you’ve downloaded the App onto your Smart Phone simply tap into it daily to see the latest additions and updates. Go here to find out more: http://www.mykapiticoast.com/ We can expect more and more dedicated Apps for senior smartphone users as the seniors sector is the fastest growing sector of all age groups – good on us we say!

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Tripadvisor – another sharing facility
TripAdvisor.com is a travel website that assists people in gathering travel information, posting reviews and opinions of travel-related content and engaging in interactive travel forums. Tripadvisor claims to be the most popular and largest travel community in the world, it has more than 32 million members and over 75 million reviews and opinions of hotels, restaurants, attractions and other travel-related businesses. Well worth a look http://www.tripadvisor.com/

Ransomware – a new online threat to deal with!
Well it had to happen – not only do we have to deal with viruses, malicious software and the like thereof buts another nasty - Ransomware!

Ransomware - also known as cryptoviruses, cryptotrojans, cryptoworms or scareware (don’t you just love the names given!!)- is a type of malware (abbreviation for malicious software) which restricts access to the computer system that it infects. However its speciality is that it demands a ransom paid to the originator of the malware in order for the restrictions to be removed. Some forms of ransomware convert files on the system's hard drive, others may simply lock the system and display messages intended to cajole the user into paying. Modern ransomware attacks were first popular in Russia but in recent years an increasing number of ransomware attacks have targeted other countries including Australia, Germany and the United States and yes even good old New Zealand. Things can get really nasty with Ransomware; messages may appear on an infected computer accusing you of having illegal copyright material or even child pornography on your computer. Ransomware started to show up in New Zealand late last year in particular many cases were being reported in the Central North Island. Some people saw convincing messages appear on their computer with New Zealand Police logos. Typical ransoms being asked are just a few hundred dollars at a time, but like most such schemes the scammers are on track to be billionaires inside 12 months due to the small percentage of people tricked into paying up.

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How do I avoid ransomware? There are several free ways to help protect your computer against ransomware and other malware:     Keep all of the software on your computer up to date. Make sure automatic updating is turned on to get all the latest Microsoft security updates. Keep your firewall turned on. Don't open spam email messages or click links on suspicious websites. Download Microsoft Security Essentials, which is free, or use another reputable antivirus and anti-malware program. If you run Windows 8 or Windows RT, you don’t need Microsoft Security Essentials. Scan your computer with the Microsoft Safety Scanner.

What should I do if I have ransomware on my computer? To detect and remove ransomware and other malicious software that might be installed on your computer, run a full-system scan with an appropriate, up-to-date, security solution. The following Microsoft products can detect and remove this threat:  Windows Defender (built into Windows 8)  Microsoft Security Essentials  Microsoft Safety Scanner  Windows Defender Offline (Some ransomware will not allow you to use the products listed here, so you might have to start your computer from a Windows Defender Offline disk.)

TelstraClear offer continues
Doro PhoneEasy 410GSM – A very easy to use Mobile Phone! Special price $115.00 (RRP: $249) call to order: 0508 888 800

Features include: • • • • Easier to read display (large font and characters) Easier to understand and use Larger separated buttons Easier to hear (HAC – Hearing Aid Compatibility)

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Freeview – timely reminder
With Hawkes Bay and the West Coast of the South Island successfully switched onto a digital Television service, the rest of the country gets its turn during 2013.

Want more information? Go to http://www.freeviewnz.tv

Classic Quotes – How very true!

No one ever said on their deathbed, 'Gee, I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer'. Danielle Berry

It's hardware that makes a machine fast. It's software that makes a fast machine slow. Craig Bruce

The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do. Ted Nelson

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