Ask A Tech Geek~~ ICloud

Cloud Services have become a very important part of our digital lives. It seems like everyone has one and almost every digital company is offering you one.  In May 2020 the question “What is a Cloud?” was answered. Click Here to access What’s a Cloud? Segment.

Now that we know what a cloud is, this week we will follow up on iCloud storage based on one of our wonderful members/readers questions.

The more we use our devices the more data we tend to save on our devices and/or on our Cloud Service. Due to this Cloud Services have become quite profitable for many companies especially when we do not clean out our storage area of unwanted photos, documents etc. Apple offers Icloud services with 5G free data storage per our Apple ID.  Multiple devices sharing the same cloud  can be a blessing and a curse. Your devices will have access to all the same information and sync up nicely however each device’s backup will be saved in the same cloud decreasing the amount of space available on the cloud.  Thus Apple offers additional storage space for a monthly fee.

However many people do not have the financial means to purchase the additional space. This bring us to this week’s question.

 How can I find out what is being stored in the “iCloud”?

There are several ways to find the details about your storage usage and what is stored on it as well as remove items. ***All info was sourced from Apple Support.

  1. By signing into the iCloud.com On a supported browser;
  2. Opening the Settings App On An iPhone, iPad, Or iPod Touch;
  3. The iCloud Windows App For/On A Windows PC.
  4. Through the System Preferences On A Mac;

WARNING:  While you can also remove stored items to make more space available. Be careful because if you delete data stored in iCloud, it’s deleted from all your devices. You may want to make a copy of the information before you delete it.

For more details check out Apple Support article Archive or make copies of the information you store in iCloud. If you need additional help do not hesitate to contact our Resident Geek.

Check your storage signing into the iCloud.com

  1. Sign in on iCloud.com and click on Account Settings, (image 1)
  2. then look at the Storage section. (image 2)
  3. For information about a segment of the bar graph, hold the pointer over the segment until its name and numeric storage size appear above the graph.

Check your storage on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Settings (the icon that looks like a cog)
  2. Then Tap on your name/avatar (underneath it says Apple Id, iCloud). (Image 3)
  3. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage. (Image 4)
  4. For more details Tap Manage Storage. (IMAGE 4)
  5. Below the graph, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can tap an app or feature for more information.(IMAGE 5)

Check your storage using windows iCloud app

  1. On your Windows computer, open the iCloud for Windows app.
  2. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage. (Image 6)
  3. For more details Click Storage. (Image 6)
  4. On the left, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can click an app or feature for more information.(IMAGE 7)

Check your iCloud storage on your Mac

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu, System Preferences, then do one of the following:
    • macOS 10.15 or later: Click Apple ID, then click iCloud.
    • macOS 10.14 or earlier: Click iCloud. (Image 8)
  2. A bar graph shows your overall storage usage.
  3. For more details Click Manage.
  4. On the left, you see a list of apps and features and how much iCloud storage they use. The apps and features that use the most storage are at the top of the list. You can click an app or feature for more information.
Image 8 (from macrumors.com/how-to/hide-remove-system-preference-panes-macos/)

Clouds are an awesome way to store files, photos, etc. but like any physical garage, basement, closet or storage locker they always needs a spring cleaning. It is good practice keep your cloud organized and rid yourself from those those unwanted, unneeded or duplicate files. It will help save space as well as money.

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

Ask A Tech Geek~~ Emojis

We are thankful to be bring back our Ask a Tech Geek series.  It has been several months since we last saw our Tech Geek’s posts and she is looking forward to answering your questions. If you have a question you like answered by our resident Tech Geek, there is information on how to send her a question at the bottom of this page.

This week we will be discussing Emojis. We all see them and use them but some still have questions.

I hear about emojis all the time and see them in messages sent to me.  What are emojis and what are they for?

Before the pictorial emojis appeared on the screen people used text symbols to express emotions when they texted, emailed or messaged.  In some ways it was based on the same precept of the symbols for Hugs 00 and Kiss XX.

In this digital era, where communication is done more online with less facial interaction, it is away to express ones emotions to help share how one feels, about what is written or read as well as to convey information.  It also helps share how you feel about a situation, person or object in addition to creating a fun way to communicate with other.

In the beginning to express emotion in the digital world, one would type a group of symbols, called text icons also known as emoticons, creating the appearance of facial expressions. For example :), would represent happy whereas ^_~ would be a winky face or :(, would be a sad face.  Over time and with great imagination emoticons became more intricate and detailed.  

In 1999, while working on an earlier version of a mobile internet platform, a Japanese artist named Shigetaka Kurita. created the first emoji. Her idea was to find a simple, concise and attractive way to convey information. For example instead of typing out cloudy, a digital image of a cloud would represent this.  She created 176 emojis. Since the main purpose was to share information, symbols  dominate the first group of emojis. There were characters to show the weather (sun, clouds, umbrella, snowman), traffic (car, tram, airplane, ship), technology (landline, cell phone, TV,etc). 

Shigetaka Kurita Emojis

The popularity of Emojis in Japan led to competing companies to create different and better versions. As mobile technology exploded in the early 2000’s emojis caught the eye of companies like Apple, who found ways to implement them into their software. This created the beginning to the visual language we see today.

Emojis are more than a millennial fad; it is the new visual language and a hallmark of how people communicate in this digital era. Emojis are growing into a new and exciting way to communicate. Like language it is always evolving across time, ⌚devices💻📱 and cultures🧔🏻 and help influence digital conversations . It is the dawn of an international language which consists of a common core and different dialects. As emojis are used in combinations they have become the 21st century form of Morse Code  or shorthand for the digital age.  

Here are some samples of how emojis are used to communicate:

With the all that has been going on in the last 10 month Emoji Pictionary games started to become the big hit on Social Media websites. They are ways to spend time having fun with those you are not able to see.

Don’t feel intimidated by Emojis they are for everyone; have some fun with it.  Be creative and try to make your own digital shorthand to share with friends.

👀 👦🏻⏭⌚ (see you next time)

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.🤓