November 20th General Meeting

Getting ready for the holidays: hardware, software, activities, gift ideas!

It’s that time of year, folks! Join us for hints, tips, suggestions, and questions-to-be-answered on what to do this year.

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing.

Be on the lookout, on the Web site, for the Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing post, which will have the all gory details on how the drawing (among other things) should work.

The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. The gory details have arrived: Tech Check!

The Meeting after the Meeting is back with us. Hang on in Zoom, after the General meeting, and chat with everyone!

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October 16th General Meeting

More Exciting/Cool/Necessary-To-Know Info about Apple’s New Hardware & Software Stuff

We’ll be hearing details on MacOS Sonoma, the latest iPhone and Apple Watch, and who knows what else may pop up that we need to know. If you know what’s good for you…

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing.

Be on the lookout, on the Web site, for the Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing post, which will have the all gory details on how the drawing (among other things) should work.

The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. The gory details have arrived: Tech Check!

The Meeting after the Meeting is back with us. Hang on in Zoom, after the General meeting, and chat with everyone!

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

We had a most informative evening; how ’bout you?

The Meeting after the Meeting involved speakers at a Goodwill store, smart TVs and monitors, backing up from a computer with one OS to a drive with another OS, certifying twin-engine planes, recycled titanium, TV vs cable vs streaming, where we’re gonna have the in-person Meeting after the Meeting, transcripts of chats, AI/machine learning/chatbots. You shoulda been there!

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Had You Heard?

From the Wall Street Journal:

Sure, Apple’s new iPhone 15 features have improved designs and cameras, but the tech company’s switch from the Lightning to USB-C port is the biggest iPhone news to affect consumers in years. All of its new models, including the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, have USB-C ports. WSJ’s Joanna Stern breaks down everything you need to know about the update, including why Apple did this in the first place.

PYBT for the full report: iPhone 15 First Look: Why Apple’s New USB-C Port Is a Huge Deal. It’s a YouTube video, so have your device’s volume set accordingly.

Thanks to Andrew Zima for the tip.

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Did You Know?

Apple issued an emergency warning to update to iOS 16.6.1 or iPadOS 16.6.1 right away.

Jessica Guynn, at USA TODAY, reports:

Do you own an iPhone or an iPad? Update your Apple devices now.

Apple issued an emergency warning to update to iOS 16.6.1 or iPadOS 16.6.1 right away.

The update fixes security vulnerabilities  that Apple says could be used to attack iPhones and iPads.

Here’s the whole story: Do you own an iPhone or an iPad? Update your Apple devices right now.

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September 18th General Meeting

Results of Apple’s Recent Announcement

Once again, it’s time for Apple’s usual seasonal announcement(s). We’re hoping for some excitement, and we’ll be glad to pass it all along. Join us!

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing.

Be on the lookout, on the Web site, for the Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing post, which will have the all gory details on how the drawing (among other things) should work.

The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. The gory details have arrived: Tech Check!

The Meeting after the Meeting is back with us. Hang on in Zoom, after the General meeting, and chat with everyone!

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Google and Your Info

Your personal info: there’s lots of it, it’s in a lot of places, and there are a lot of ways for folks to access it. Fun, eh?

You wanna know what’s out there? Wanna get some control over it? Take a look here, on The Mercury News: Google simplifies controlling information about you.

From the author, Larry Magid:

Have you ever searched for your personal information on Google?  You might be shocked by what you find. I’m not just talking about your name – just about everyone Googles themselves from time to time. But you might also find your home address, phone number, email address, names of family members and other personal information that you might not want out there.

Pretty scary. Get with it and get that stuff tidied up!

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If you weren’t, we had more fun than you! 

The Meeting after the Meeting featured Catalina -> Big Sur update, Thunderbird display issues, who makes Apple monitors?, and headphone jack on a MacBook Pro not working.

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Backup, Backup, Backup

if you don’t, odds are you’ll be awfully regretful at some point.

From Larry Magid’s article on The Merc:

Losing everything on your computer may not be tragic, but it can be pretty devastating, especially if it includes important records and documents, precious photos and other cherished digital keepsakes.  Fortunately, there are easy and relatively inexpensive ways to back everything up.

He continues with lots of advice; it’s well-written quite understandable, and quite easy to implement. PYBT: Backing up is not hard to do.

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Apple Watch Activity

There are SO many things Apple Watches do these days; it’s amazing!

One of the latest is Activity badges. Jason Cross, at Macworld, has a really interesting article this month:

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

Here’s the whole deal: Apple Watch Activity badges: National Parks challenge coming August 26.

Thanks to Andrew Zima for the tip.

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