Traveling domestically in 2018? Make sure you have the right credentials!

By now, you’ve probably heard of the REAL ID Act. Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act establishes “minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards,” according to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

So what does this mean for domestic air travel in 2018?

Well, it means if you possess a state-issued driver’s license or identification card that is not REAL ID compliant and your state has not been granted an extension by DHS, you will not be allowed to use that form of identification for domestic air travel effective January 22, 2018. You will be required to present an alternative form of TSA Acceptable Identification.

Beginning October 1, 2020, all travelers will be required to present state-issued REAL ID compliant identification or another form of TSA Acceptable Identification for domestic air travel.

How do I know if my state is compliant?

To check if your state is REAL ID compliant, visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id.

My state is listed as COMPLIANT. I should be okay, right?

If your state is listed as compliant, check your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website or contact your state’s DMV office to make sure your current issued driver’s license or identification card is a REAL ID compliant card.

Your state’s DMV office will likely issue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards when your current card is renewed or replaced (which will require a trip to the DMV to present certain documents). As such, your current card may not be REAL ID compliant. If your current card is not REAL ID compliant, your state’s DMV website or office will be able to provide you with the information necessary to apply for a REAL ID compliant card.

My state is listed as EXTENSION. What does that mean?

If your state has been granted an extension by DHS, you will be able to continue using your current state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel until October 10, 2018. Note that states must re-apply for extensions and DHS grants extensions only on an annual basis. Check your state’s DMV website or with your state’s DMV office for updates on when REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards will become available.

My state is listed as UNDER REVIEW. What does that mean?

If your state is listed as UNDER REVIEW, it means DHS is reviewing your state’s request for an extension for extensions that expired on October 10, 2017. In the meantime, you can continue using your current state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel until January 22, 2018. Check back on the DHS website and your state’s DMV website for further updates.

I have a state-issued Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Enhanced Identification Card (ENDID). Will this be acceptable for domestic air travel or will I need to get a REAL ID compliant card?

A state-issued Enhanced Driver’s License or Enhanced Identification card are “designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by DHS under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative,”  according to DHS and are considered TSA Acceptable Identification for domestic air travel.

Is it me or does REAL ID compliance seem complicated?

Unfortunately, it does seem complicated and there’s a lot of information (and at times confusing information) out there. The best thing to do is stay informed! If your state is not yet compliant, check back on the DHS website and your state’s DMV website for the latest updates. If your state is compliant, just make sure your state issued driver’s license or identification card is REAL ID compliant before you use it for domestic air travel. If you can’t get clear information from your state’s DMV website, contact or visit your state’s DMV office.

Additional Resources:

REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions for the Public

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Reboot or Force Restart Your iPhone 5/SE/6/7/8/X

Do you remember the days when rebooting (or force restarting) your mobile phone involved popping off the back cover of your phone, pulling the battery out for a few seconds and then putting the battery back in? The hardest part may have been getting the back cover off or the battery out!

With sealed batteries, rebooting your phone typically requires pushing buttons in a specific sequence for a certain length of time. In addition, as devices and mobile phone operating systems change, so too do the procedures to reboot or force restart the phone. 

Apple’s iPhone is no exception. If you’ve routinely upgraded your iPhone, you’ll be quite familiar with how the procedure has changed. Let’s take a look . . . 

How to reboot / force restart the iPhone 5/5s?

Press and hold down both the power on/off (or sleep/wake) button located on the top right (your right) of the iPhone 5/5s AND the Home button (circular button on the front of the iPhone) for at least ten (10) seconds until the Apple logo appears then release the buttons.

How to reboot / force restart the iPhone SE?

Press and hold down both the power on/off (or sleep/wake) button located on the top right (your right) of the iPhone SE AND the Home button (circular button on the front of the iPhone) for at least ten (10) seconds until the Apple logo appears then release the buttons.

How to reboot / force restart the iPhone 6/6 Plus and iPhone 6s/6s Plus?

Starting with the iPhone 6/6 Plus series, Apple moved the power on/off (sleep/wake) button from the top right to the right side of the iPhone.

Press and hold down both the power on/off (or sleep/wake) button located on the right side (your right) of the iPhone 6/6 Plus or iPhone 6s/6s Plus AND the Home button (circular button on the front of the iPhone) for at least ten (10) seconds until the Apple logo appears then release the buttons.

How to reboot / force restart the iPhone 7/7 Plus?

Starting with the iPhone 7, Apple removed the physical Home button and replaced it with the taptic engine.

Press and hold down both the power on/off (or sleep/wake) button located on the right side (your right) of the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus AND the volume down button on the left side (your left) for at least ten (10) seconds until the Apple logo appears then release the buttons.

How to reboot / force restart the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X?

Starting with the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X, the side power on/off (sleep/wake) button in conjunction with the volume up/down buttons are used for the Emergency SOS feature.

On the left side (your left) of the iPhone 8/8 Plus or iPhone X, press and quickly release the volume up button. Next, press and quickly release the volume down button. Lastly, press and hold the power on/off (sleep/wake) button on the right side (your right) until the Apple logo appears.

Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 update

Apple released the iOS 11.0.3 update on Wednesday, its third update in the last few weeks since the launch of iOS 11.

According to the software update release notes, the iOS 11.0.3 update:

  • Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices
  • Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts

iOS users can update to iOS 11.0.3 wirelessly on their iOS devices by going to Settings | General | Software Update then clicking on “Download and Install” or by connecting their iOS devices to their computer and downloading and installing the update through iTunes.

As a best practice, you should always perform a current backup of your iOS devices before installing iOS updates.

‘Tis the season . . . Z100 New York & iHeartRadio announce 2017 Jingle Ball line-up

A little over two decades ago, Z100 – New York’s #1 Hit Music Station started what has become one of iHeartRadio’s biggest music events of the year – Jingle Ball. The annual holiday music event features some of the biggest names in music performing their hit songs. Jingle Ball has gone from a Z100 New York annual holiday music event to an iHeartRadio national multi-city Jingle Ball tour. The 2017 Jingle Ball tour will take place across twelve cities.

Earlier this evening, Z100 New York announced this year’s line-up for Z100’s 2017 Jingle Ball presented by Capital One in NYC. The line-up includes: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Halsey, Fall Out Boy, Demi Lovato, Logic, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We. Z100’s iHeartRadio sister stations part of the 2017 Jingle Ball Tour announced their respective line-ups as well. 

Z100’s 2017 Jingle Ball presented by Capital One will take place on Friday, December 8th at Madison Square Garden.

Capital One cardholder pre-sale kicks off tomorrow, October 11th at 10am ET and public on-sale kicks off on Monday, October 16th at 12pm ET.

For more information on Z100’s 2017 Jingle Ball, click here. For a complete list of all cities part of the iHeartRadio 2017 Jingle Ball Tour & their respective line-up as well as how to purchase Jingle Ball tickets, click here.

Starbucks’ Iced Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

While the weather in the Northeast feels more like Summer than Fall, it’s October and that means fall foliage, pumpkins, Halloween and all things pumpkin spice.

If you’re in the mood for something cool and refreshing that blends Summer & Fall with a delightful spiced kick then try Starbucks’ Iced Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte. By the way, Starbucks is NOT a sponsor of this post.

Venti Iced Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

The Iced Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte is a modification of the existing Iced Lightly Sweet Chai Tea Latte with the addition of pumpkin spice sauce and pumpkin spice topping. Of course, you do have the option to customize the drink.

The base version of the drink comes in a size Grande with regular ice, four pumps of Lightly Sweet Chai, four pumps of pumpkin sauce, regular pumpkin spice topping and 2% milk. Calories: 270. All these ingredients can be customized when placing an order.

If you use the Starbucks app, you can find all the ingredients, customizable options and nutritional facts for this drink by launching the app and going to Order | Menu | Cold Teavana Teas and looking up the Iced Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte.

If you take advantage of Starbucks’ mobile ordering, you can customize the order when placing your mobile order.

Adjusting ringer volume using iPhone side control buttons in iOS 11

If you’ve upgraded to iOS 11, you may have noticed that the side volume control buttons no longer adjust the ringer volume when you press the up and down keys. Instead, they only adjust the general audio volume.

If you prefer to have the side volume control buttons function the way they did in iOS 10, you can easily make the change. To do this, go to “Settings” then “Sounds & Haptics.”

In the “Sounds & Haptics” screen, go down to “Ringer and Alerts.”

You will notice a new toggle switch labeled “Change with Buttons.”

Slide the toggle switch to the on position (green) and the side volume control buttons will once again allow you to adjust the ringer volume like they did in iOS 10. In addition, when you are playing audio or video, those side control buttons will automatically change from controlling the ringer volume to the general audio volume so that you can adjust the sound as you did in iOS 10.

If you prefer the default setting in iOS 11, you can always change the ringer volume by using the volume slider in the “Ringer and Alerts” section.

How to change the default startup action in Logic Pro X?

If you’ve ever used Apple’s GarageBand, you’ll know that when you launch GarageBand, it will open the last or most recent GarageBand project that you worked on. This is the default startup action which cannot be customized.

While this startup action can be nice, there are often times when you don’t want the last or most recent project to launch at startup. Instead, you might want to start by creating a new project or opening a different existing project.

Apple’s Logic Pro X, the professional level upgrade from GarageBand, functions similarly. However, Logic Pro X does allow you to customize the startup action when you launch the application.

If you want to change the startup action for Logic Pro X:

Launch Logic Pro X.

In the menu bar, select Logic Pro X | Preferences | General.

Logic Pro X Preferences

In the Preferences window under “General,” go to the “Project Handling” tab. Under “Project Handling” there will be an option for “Startup Action.” Next to “Startup Action” will be a drop-down list where you can choose the action that you want Logic Pro X to take when the application is launched.

Logic Pro X General

Choose the startup action that you want Logic Pro X to take at launch then close out of the Preferences window (click on the red circle in the upper-left hand corner) which will save the changes.

Logic Pro X Startup Action

Close out of Logic Pro X completely then re-launch the application.

The new startup action will take effect upon launch.