iCloud two-step verification just added another step: app-specific passwords

Reader Darlene Brian is having issues with her iCloud account. She writes:

I use Outlook for Mac for my email and today it’s been telling me that my iCloud account isn’t authorized. I’ve entered it multiple times and it still won’t work. I’ve tried other third-party apps that use iCloud and am having similar difficulties. Any idea what’s going on?

If I had to guess I’d say that you have implemented two-step verification for your Apple ID. As of October 9, 2014, Apple requires that you generate app specific passwords for third-party apps that use your iCloud data. This includes apps such as Outlook and BusyCal.

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How to transfer camera images to an iPad with an old adapter

Reader Joan Morton has an old adapter but is considering a new one. She writes:

When I purchased my original iPad I also bought Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit—the two adapters that let you import pictures via USB or an SD card. I now have an iPad Air and wondered if there was some way I could continue using them.

The unspoken elipsis in your question is “These things have a 30-pin connector and my iPad Air has a Lightning connector so….”

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How to use your iPhone as a removable hard drive

Reader Dale Caywood seeks something a bit more from his iPhone. He writes:

I sometimes need to carry files with me and transfer them from one computer to another. To do that I copy them to a flash drive. But then I leave that drive behind or lose it. Is there some way that I can use my iPhone for that kind of storage?

You can, though your iPhone won’t appear as a mounted USB drive as a normal flash drive does.

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Two email tips every Mac user should know

What with a new version of iOS out along with iPhones to accompany it you’d think I’d be flooded with questions of a mobile nature. Nope. Instead, I’ve had a handful of questions about email. Let’s tackle two of them.

The first is from reader Sushil Pradhan who asks:

I carried out all the steps to export the mailbox from my Windows PC and import it to my Mac. I now have an mbox file that I’d like to bring into Outlook for Mac. But when I try to import it, Outlook gives me the option of importing only two types of files—pst and olm. There is no mbox option. Please help.
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Call the plumber: How to teach Siri about your relationships

Twitter follower Tom McM posed an expectedly short question along these lines:

How can I teach Siri about my relationships?

All my followers are good people and therefore not the kind of folks who would invoke Siri simply to drone on and on about their domestic problems. Given that, what I believe Tom is asking is how to get Siri to respond appropriately to your “Call my little snuggle lumps” requests.

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Too much unwanted email? Use these tricks for identifying and unsubscribing

Reader Betina Baylor would like to do something about removing her name from marketing email. She writes:

Over the years I’ve purchased items from a variety of online merchants as well as signed up for some recommendation services. Because I have, I receive a lot of email from these places and I’d like to stop getting some of it. Do you have any suggestions for identifying and stopping these messages?

I do. Rather than suggest that you click through every message in your Inbox seeking Unsubscribe links, let’s use the power of email filters to bring these messages to your attention.

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How to create multi-destination map routes on your iPhone

Reader Len Daniels faces a frustration with mapping apps. He writes:

Much as I love the ability to navigate using Apple’s Maps and Google Maps with my iPhone while driving, I’d like the option to create routes with multiple destinations. I often visit one client after another and it would be convenient to create a single route that moves from one to the next. Is there a way to do that with either of those apps?

Regrettably, no. In the case of Apple’s Maps app it’s not entirely surprising given that the OS X version also supports just a single destination. Google Maps inability to do this is more puzzling as its web-based counterpart does let you create multi-destination routes. Although you can send links to these routes to your iOS device and open them in the Google Maps app, only the beginning and end of your journey are displayed. Open these links in Safari and you do see the route with all its destinations, but you don’t get the benefit of turn-by-turn navigation.

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