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August Featured Vendor: Eve’s Apple HomeKit-Enabled Ecosystem

While you may not recognize the logo, the company now named Eve was a long-time and much-loved supporter of User Group University and other community events under the name Elgato. With the incredible success of their Eve Flare (portable smart LED lamp), Eve Button (smart home remote), Eve Door & Window (door and window security sensors), Eve Light Switch (smart wall switch), Eve Motion (motion sensor), Eve Room (indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity sensor), Eve Smoke (smoke detector), Eve Thermo (radiator valve), Eve Aqua (smart water controller), Eve Degree (connected weather station), Eve Extend (Bluetooth wireless extender), Eve Energy (empower your appliances) and more, the company decided to focus on their smart home line of products that work perfectly with with Apple HomeKit technology.

In fact, Eve’s growing ecosystem of connected accessories, designed exclusively for the Apple HomeKit-enabled household, are simple to set up, easy to control from anywhere, and provide the convenience that automation can supply. Better yet, even when accessing your home remotely via your home hub, all data is end-to-end encrypted and stored on your iPhone or iPad. So, your privacy is protected.

This month’s blog has an amazing discount for Apple employees and Apple User Group members. Be sure to check it out!

read more…

Macstock 2019: Better Every Year

Macstock 2019 . . . Best Yet!

by Tom Piper

Macstock V on July 28-29, 2019, was the fifth annual gathering of Apple faithful at the Luecht Conference Center on the McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL (near Woodstock, an hour northwest of Chicago). With a theme of CREATE!, it had over 200 Apple advocates in attendance with people from California to Tucson to New York to England. There were 10 featured speakers and 5 special speakers with over 13 hours of content (including OWC demos).

read more…

Special Offer – Eve Products: 50% Discount

Eve ProductsWith a rich history of EyeTV and Elgato products, Eve Systems now includes Eve Aqua, Eve Flare, Eve Room, Eve Degree, Eve Energy Strip, Eve Light Strip, Eve Door & Window, Eve Energy, Eve Button, Eve Light Switch, and Eve Motion. Detailed descriptions about each of these fine products can be seen at evehome.com
These Eve products are now available at a 50% discount to Apple and Apple-authorized reseller employees, Apple Specialists, APRs and Apple User Group (AUG) members. An Apple or Apple-authorized email address, or AUG email address is necessary to purchase any product (limit of one per person of each of the products), each of which is not-for-resale.
See your Apple user group Ambassador for details on how to redeem this special offer.
This worldwide offer is ongoing.

How-To: Live Streaming Computer Group Meetings by Graeme Moffatt

[Note: The premiere of Graeme Moffatt’s ‘Mr Mainline Steam‘ documentary was shown recently and the documentary has received amazing reviews and organizational recognitions.]

Filmmaker Graeme Moffatt of Capital Video Productions Ltd. is a member of the Wellington Macintosh Society, and he is also the Apple User Group Regional Liaison for New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania. You can find more than a year of his group’s Wellington Macintosh Society (WelMac) meeting videos at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmJBMCRuX6iyV8smOu2iApw/videos

By Graeme Moffatt:

I became involved with a group in the United States that is doing live internet broadcasts, initially just using an iPad and soon they moved to a much more sophisticated system.

This new system allowed them to use multiple screens, cameras and microphones and the quality of the broadcasts became much more sophisticated and interesting. I sent an email to the person who was coordinating all of this, an ex Hollywood filmmaker, and asked him what software he was using and received a reply stating that it was an iPad app called Switcher Studio.

I did a search online and soon found the app and downloaded a free trial version and tested it out. I found it to quite amazing as to what it could accomplish read more…

Attracting Youth: Sarah Friedlander at User Group University

In 2004 Sarah Friedlander Garcia was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, a second-term Vice President of MacRIT, the university’s campus user group, Apple Campus Rep for RIT, and a member of Apple’s Campus Group Advisory Board. She was a long time Mac user, and a popular speaker at User Group University (UGU). Many groups struggle to attract young members, and at UGU Sarah offered some thoughts regarding finding and retaining young user group members.

Today Sarah is Director of Marketing at W-Systems. Her skills are not limited to technology and marketing. In fact, she recently played flute at Carnegie Hall. After a few years working in Santiago de Chile, she, husband Rodrigo Garcia, and Aidan (resident dog) live in New York City.

read more…

Meeting Idea: Apple Families

While parents love the ways that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV promote learning, exploring, and fun, parents also want to be sure that their children are using Apple products and related technologies in ways that are safe, healthy, and appropriate. Are your members aware of Apple’s Families page and how it can help parents make sure that their children are using technology in the ways that parents want?

The site provides tips and tools to keep track of family app usage, determine when devices can be used, limit or block applications and notifications at bedtime, choose which apps are available for their children, provide for internet safety and kid-friendly content, manage in-app purchases (including Ask to Buy), know where their children are 24×7, find lost devices, share apps and music with the entire family, create group chats to stay in touch, reduce distractions, provide for emergency SOS and ensure medical information is there when needed, help emergency professionals locate family members, protect privacy, and so much more.

Check it out!

https://www.apple.com/families/

Meeting Ideas: MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, Then and Now

Your members may be wondering about the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops. If so, ASW has a great set of presentations that could make for a good meeting topic.

MacBook Pro – Then and Now (L578071A-en_US) and MacBook Air – Then and Now *L581386A-en_US) offer comparisons of previous and current generations, letting your members know what has changed and what is the same. Then, MacBook Pro – First Look (L578070A-en_US) and MacBook Air – First Look (L581388A-en_US) provide the full specs for the newest in the MacBook line.

Ambassadors, August is a great month to use Apple resources in your meetings.

ASW

June’s Feature Vendor: Matias

Matias has quite a following in the Mac User Group community because of their reputation for high quality products and for rescuing lost or abandoned technologies. For example, they make some of the best wired keyboards available today, as well as a product line of wireless keyboards, and their iRizer and iFold portable ergonomic laptop stands. They are also known for their Dvorak Pro keyboard, Half Keyboard for one handed typing, and Half-qwerty Keyboards. While they have been producing award-winning products for 30 years, they still offer the same level of truly personal and truly excellent customer service. Best of all, they are offering a generous user group discount for Apple User Group officers and members in this month’s Bulletin and Blog.

Visit Matias.

https://matias.ca/

Apple Product Placement: Your Favorite Devices on Your Favorite Shows

Is your group looking for a short and fun presentation? You may want to visit the Product Placement Blog, which has a section covering appearances of your favorite devices on your favorite TV shows and movies… 97 pages of appearances. From an iPhone 5S on House of Cards to an amazing number of Apple products in Season 1 of Trinkets, it is a fun browse.

Some Apple Product Placements

Meeting Idea: Today at Apple Presents Photo Lab: Disrupting the Portrait

Have you ever wondered why some photos catch the eye while others are pedestrian and boring? If so, your group might enjoy two new photo series from Today at Apple. Photo Lab: Disrupting the Portrait, Co-created with Christopher Anderson offers a look at ways to rethink the subject, obstruct the lens, and stylize your shots, all based on ideas from award-winning photographer Christopher Anderson. And, with Photo Lab for Kids: Fun Family Portraits your members can learn how to use iPad and iPhone to capture action, understand how background and lighting can make for a great shot, add fun text and art to a picture, and more.

https://www.apple.com/today/

How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

onestar

Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

A little over a year ago Board member and blogger Rex Covington started on a journey that matters, riding across the US to raise diabetes awareness and raise funds to support research toward a cure. His blog, voted one of the top 100 motorcycle blogs, offers a glimpse into his travels. Rex uses Patreon, and wrote this article for groups who might want to consider fundraising with Patreon.

Lone Star Rider – Riding For a Cure

Patreon Is a subscription-based crowd funding platform that helps creators collect financial support from their fans. You can use Patreon to fund your projects, Special Interest Group (SIG), or just to support your User Group by uploading YouTube videos. https://www.patreon.com

read more…

TAAMUG: Bring and Brag Makes for a Great Meeting Idea

The Toowoomba Apple And Macintosh User Group Inc. (TAAMUG) has an interesting idea for a low stress and fun-filled meeting: A Bring and Brag session. Although they meet in Toowoomba, Queensland, TAAMUG’s membership comes from surrounding communities as well, including some more than an hour away. What brings them together once a month? Friendship and learning in a relaxed setting, where long-time experts and newbies are equally welcome. Sounds like fun!

Visit and learn.

http://www.taamug.org.au/

Meeting Ideas: iMovie for iOS and iMovie for Mac, iOS 13, iPad OS, WatchOS 6

WWDC was amazing this year, with so many exciting announcements. Needless to say, your group will want to learn about the changes that are coming and the features that will help them get more from their Apple devices. The good news is that ASW has your back with specification sheets and presentations that provide the information you need. Why not use iMovie for iOS and iMovie for Mac – First Look (L544682A-en_US), watchOS 6 Preview – First Look (L585042A-en_US), iOS 13 Preview – First Look (L585037A-en_US), or iPadOS Preview – First Look (L585034A-en_US) for your group’s next meeting topic? You will be glad you did!

Ambassadors: June is a great month to use Apple Resources.

 

 

UG Leader Support Ticket System

Many user group leaders may have been wondering what happened to our online Support Ticket System. Due to some updates from our web host, some of our backend services had some issues. We are glad to announce our ticket system is back up and running for your User Group Support and Leader questions. We apologize for the downtime. If you need to reach us and/or need to submit a support ticket, you can find the link here.

Special Offer – MacCleanse 8 Software: 20% Discount

MacCleanse is a powerful application from Koingo Software which is geared towards purifying your system and reclaiming hard disk space. In only seconds, it can perform over fifty tasks which could take hours to perform manually. Safely uninstall applications, slim Universal Binaries, wipe unused language files, erase caches, empty logs, clear cookies, delete web histories, locate unused and old files and more. MacCleanse won’t miss a thing and could reclaim hundreds of megabytes, if not gigabytes, of storage. Learn more at http://www.koingosw.com/products/maccleanse/.

While MacCleanse is regularly $79.00 (US) for an individual app, Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 20% off the lifetime license. This means upgrades are free for life with no upgrade charges ever again. The coupon is also valid for 20% off the alternative of a $30/year subscription. A downloadable trial version is also available.

See your Apple user group Ambassador for discount link and code.

This worldwide offer is valid through December 31, 2021.

Michael Horton: 19 Years of Creating Community for Creatives

For more than 19 years Michael Horton, founder of the LA Creative Pro User Group (LACPUG), has brought storytellers together, and during NAB 2019 he was presented with a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award on the Faster Together Stage. Way back in 2000 Michael was interested in bringing people together to meet, learn about technologies that can help creatives tell their stories and create their art, and create community. He started the LA Final Cut Pro group in 2000, was instrumental in groups moving from a single tool to a focus on the greater creative pro community, and was a co-founder of the CPUG Network and their SuperMeets. Over the past few years, there have been wildly popular SuperMeets in London, Austin, Amsterdam, San Jose, Boston and San Francisco, each with its World Famous Raffle and each offering another opportunity to enhance the lives and expand the networks of creatives across the world.

Congrats to Michael – Can’t wait to see what he will do over the next 19 years!

Michael Horton Lifetime Achievement Award at NAB 2019 read more…

May’s Featured Vendor: PioData, Makers of iXflash Drives

You may not be aware of PioData or their parent company, Vinpower Digital, but you have probably used their products quite a lot over the years. They were originally known for their automatic OEM CD, hard drive, optical drive, and DVD duplicating machines, as well as standalone drives. Over time they established their own line of CD, DVD, and Blue-ray disks, and provided disks for many popular vendors.

In 2015, Vinpower incorporated a line of compact and intuitive Apple MFI certified Lightning & USB 3 back-up and storage flash devices specifically designed for Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods, allowing users to both back-up their photos and videos and expand the storage capacity of their Apple iPhones and iPads. Best of all, the devices also act as traveling media libraries where the user can watch movie/video content, listen to music/audio files, review documents in many popular formats, and more. Their current PioData offerings include duplication hardware for desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and servers, and electronic storage products for Apple devices.

read more…

Meeting Idea: HomePod on ASW and Apple Support’s YouTube Channel

Looking for a short presentation on the newest HomePod for your group’s meeting? Apple Support’s YouTube channel and ASW have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

Apple Support’s YouTube channel offers a series of videos on HomePod, including how to adjust HomePod settings, how to use Siri to play music on HomePod and How to use touch controls on HomePod. Each video is under 2 minutes, easy to follow and interesting.

ASW offers HomePod – Product Presentation  L574599A-en_US) and HomePod – First Look (L574596A-en_US).

Ambassadors: May is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Apple YouTube Support Channel’s HomePod Collection

https://asw.apple.com

https://www.apple.com/homepod/

Meeting Idea: Apple Families

While parents love the ways that Apple products promote learning, exploring, and fun, parents also want to be sure that their children are using iPads, iPhones, Apple TV, and related technologies in ways that are safe, healthy, and appropriate. Are your members aware of Apple’s Families page and how it can help parents?

The site provides tips and tools to keep track of family app usage, limit or block applications and notifications at bedtime, choose which apps are available for their children, provide for internet safety and kid-friendly content, manage in-app purchases, know where their children are 24×7, find lost devices, share apps and music with the entire family, create group chats to stay in touch, reduce distractions, provide for emergency SOS and ensure medical information is there when needed, help emergency professionals locate family members, protect privacy, and so much more.

Check it out!

https://www.apple.com/families/

User Group News Bulletin

August Featured Vendor: Eve’s Apple HomeKit-Enabled Ecosystem

While you may not recognize the logo, the company now named Eve was a long-time and much-loved supporter of User Group University and other community events under the name Elgato. With the incredible success of their Eve Flare (portable smart LED lamp), Eve Button (smart home remote), Eve Door & Window (door and window security sensors), Eve Light Switch (smart wall switch), Eve Motion (motion sensor), Eve Room (indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity sensor), Eve Smoke (smoke detector), Eve Thermo (radiator valve), Eve Aqua (smart water controller), Eve Degree (connected weather station), Eve Extend (Bluetooth wireless extender), Eve Energy (empower your appliances) and more, the company decided to focus on their smart home line of products that work perfectly with with Apple HomeKit technology.

In fact, Eve’s growing ecosystem of connected accessories, designed exclusively for the Apple HomeKit-enabled household, are simple to set up, easy to control from anywhere, and provide the convenience that automation can supply. Better yet, even when accessing your home remotely via your home hub, all data is end-to-end encrypted and stored on your iPhone or iPad. So, your privacy is protected.

This month’s blog has an amazing discount for Apple employees and Apple User Group members. Be sure to check it out!

read more…

Macstock 2019: Better Every Year

Macstock 2019 . . . Best Yet!

by Tom Piper

Macstock V on July 28-29, 2019, was the fifth annual gathering of Apple faithful at the Luecht Conference Center on the McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL (near Woodstock, an hour northwest of Chicago). With a theme of CREATE!, it had over 200 Apple advocates in attendance with people from California to Tucson to New York to England. There were 10 featured speakers and 5 special speakers with over 13 hours of content (including OWC demos).

read more…

Special Offer – Eve Products: 50% Discount

Eve ProductsWith a rich history of EyeTV and Elgato products, Eve Systems now includes Eve Aqua, Eve Flare, Eve Room, Eve Degree, Eve Energy Strip, Eve Light Strip, Eve Door & Window, Eve Energy, Eve Button, Eve Light Switch, and Eve Motion. Detailed descriptions about each of these fine products can be seen at evehome.com
These Eve products are now available at a 50% discount to Apple and Apple-authorized reseller employees, Apple Specialists, APRs and Apple User Group (AUG) members. An Apple or Apple-authorized email address, or AUG email address is necessary to purchase any product (limit of one per person of each of the products), each of which is not-for-resale.
See your Apple user group Ambassador for details on how to redeem this special offer.
This worldwide offer is ongoing.

How-To: Live Streaming Computer Group Meetings by Graeme Moffatt

[Note: The premiere of Graeme Moffatt’s ‘Mr Mainline Steam‘ documentary was shown recently and the documentary has received amazing reviews and organizational recognitions.]

Filmmaker Graeme Moffatt of Capital Video Productions Ltd. is a member of the Wellington Macintosh Society, and he is also the Apple User Group Regional Liaison for New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania. You can find more than a year of his group’s Wellington Macintosh Society (WelMac) meeting videos at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmJBMCRuX6iyV8smOu2iApw/videos

By Graeme Moffatt:

I became involved with a group in the United States that is doing live internet broadcasts, initially just using an iPad and soon they moved to a much more sophisticated system.

This new system allowed them to use multiple screens, cameras and microphones and the quality of the broadcasts became much more sophisticated and interesting. I sent an email to the person who was coordinating all of this, an ex Hollywood filmmaker, and asked him what software he was using and received a reply stating that it was an iPad app called Switcher Studio.

I did a search online and soon found the app and downloaded a free trial version and tested it out. I found it to quite amazing as to what it could accomplish read more…

Attracting Youth: Sarah Friedlander at User Group University

In 2004 Sarah Friedlander Garcia was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, a second-term Vice President of MacRIT, the university’s campus user group, Apple Campus Rep for RIT, and a member of Apple’s Campus Group Advisory Board. She was a long time Mac user, and a popular speaker at User Group University (UGU). Many groups struggle to attract young members, and at UGU Sarah offered some thoughts regarding finding and retaining young user group members.

Today Sarah is Director of Marketing at W-Systems. Her skills are not limited to technology and marketing. In fact, she recently played flute at Carnegie Hall. After a few years working in Santiago de Chile, she, husband Rodrigo Garcia, and Aidan (resident dog) live in New York City.

read more…

Meeting Idea: Apple Families

While parents love the ways that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV promote learning, exploring, and fun, parents also want to be sure that their children are using Apple products and related technologies in ways that are safe, healthy, and appropriate. Are your members aware of Apple’s Families page and how it can help parents make sure that their children are using technology in the ways that parents want?

The site provides tips and tools to keep track of family app usage, determine when devices can be used, limit or block applications and notifications at bedtime, choose which apps are available for their children, provide for internet safety and kid-friendly content, manage in-app purchases (including Ask to Buy), know where their children are 24×7, find lost devices, share apps and music with the entire family, create group chats to stay in touch, reduce distractions, provide for emergency SOS and ensure medical information is there when needed, help emergency professionals locate family members, protect privacy, and so much more.

Check it out!

https://www.apple.com/families/

Meeting Ideas: MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, Then and Now

Your members may be wondering about the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops. If so, ASW has a great set of presentations that could make for a good meeting topic.

MacBook Pro – Then and Now (L578071A-en_US) and MacBook Air – Then and Now *L581386A-en_US) offer comparisons of previous and current generations, letting your members know what has changed and what is the same. Then, MacBook Pro – First Look (L578070A-en_US) and MacBook Air – First Look (L581388A-en_US) provide the full specs for the newest in the MacBook line.

Ambassadors, August is a great month to use Apple resources in your meetings.

ASW

June’s Feature Vendor: Matias

Matias has quite a following in the Mac User Group community because of their reputation for high quality products and for rescuing lost or abandoned technologies. For example, they make some of the best wired keyboards available today, as well as a product line of wireless keyboards, and their iRizer and iFold portable ergonomic laptop stands. They are also known for their Dvorak Pro keyboard, Half Keyboard for one handed typing, and Half-qwerty Keyboards. While they have been producing award-winning products for 30 years, they still offer the same level of truly personal and truly excellent customer service. Best of all, they are offering a generous user group discount for Apple User Group officers and members in this month’s Bulletin and Blog.

Visit Matias.

https://matias.ca/

Apple Product Placement: Your Favorite Devices on Your Favorite Shows

Is your group looking for a short and fun presentation? You may want to visit the Product Placement Blog, which has a section covering appearances of your favorite devices on your favorite TV shows and movies… 97 pages of appearances. From an iPhone 5S on House of Cards to an amazing number of Apple products in Season 1 of Trinkets, it is a fun browse.

Some Apple Product Placements

Meeting Idea: Today at Apple Presents Photo Lab: Disrupting the Portrait

Have you ever wondered why some photos catch the eye while others are pedestrian and boring? If so, your group might enjoy two new photo series from Today at Apple. Photo Lab: Disrupting the Portrait, Co-created with Christopher Anderson offers a look at ways to rethink the subject, obstruct the lens, and stylize your shots, all based on ideas from award-winning photographer Christopher Anderson. And, with Photo Lab for Kids: Fun Family Portraits your members can learn how to use iPad and iPhone to capture action, understand how background and lighting can make for a great shot, add fun text and art to a picture, and more.

https://www.apple.com/today/

How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

onestar

Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

A little over a year ago Board member and blogger Rex Covington started on a journey that matters, riding across the US to raise diabetes awareness and raise funds to support research toward a cure. His blog, voted one of the top 100 motorcycle blogs, offers a glimpse into his travels. Rex uses Patreon, and wrote this article for groups who might want to consider fundraising with Patreon.

Lone Star Rider – Riding For a Cure

Patreon Is a subscription-based crowd funding platform that helps creators collect financial support from their fans. You can use Patreon to fund your projects, Special Interest Group (SIG), or just to support your User Group by uploading YouTube videos. https://www.patreon.com

read more…

TAAMUG: Bring and Brag Makes for a Great Meeting Idea

The Toowoomba Apple And Macintosh User Group Inc. (TAAMUG) has an interesting idea for a low stress and fun-filled meeting: A Bring and Brag session. Although they meet in Toowoomba, Queensland, TAAMUG’s membership comes from surrounding communities as well, including some more than an hour away. What brings them together once a month? Friendship and learning in a relaxed setting, where long-time experts and newbies are equally welcome. Sounds like fun!

Visit and learn.

http://www.taamug.org.au/

Meeting Ideas: iMovie for iOS and iMovie for Mac, iOS 13, iPad OS, WatchOS 6

WWDC was amazing this year, with so many exciting announcements. Needless to say, your group will want to learn about the changes that are coming and the features that will help them get more from their Apple devices. The good news is that ASW has your back with specification sheets and presentations that provide the information you need. Why not use iMovie for iOS and iMovie for Mac – First Look (L544682A-en_US), watchOS 6 Preview – First Look (L585042A-en_US), iOS 13 Preview – First Look (L585037A-en_US), or iPadOS Preview – First Look (L585034A-en_US) for your group’s next meeting topic? You will be glad you did!

Ambassadors: June is a great month to use Apple Resources.

 

 

UG Leader Support Ticket System

Many user group leaders may have been wondering what happened to our online Support Ticket System. Due to some updates from our web host, some of our backend services had some issues. We are glad to announce our ticket system is back up and running for your User Group Support and Leader questions. We apologize for the downtime. If you need to reach us and/or need to submit a support ticket, you can find the link here.

Special Offer – MacCleanse 8 Software: 20% Discount

MacCleanse is a powerful application from Koingo Software which is geared towards purifying your system and reclaiming hard disk space. In only seconds, it can perform over fifty tasks which could take hours to perform manually. Safely uninstall applications, slim Universal Binaries, wipe unused language files, erase caches, empty logs, clear cookies, delete web histories, locate unused and old files and more. MacCleanse won’t miss a thing and could reclaim hundreds of megabytes, if not gigabytes, of storage. Learn more at http://www.koingosw.com/products/maccleanse/.

While MacCleanse is regularly $79.00 (US) for an individual app, Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 20% off the lifetime license. This means upgrades are free for life with no upgrade charges ever again. The coupon is also valid for 20% off the alternative of a $30/year subscription. A downloadable trial version is also available.

See your Apple user group Ambassador for discount link and code.

This worldwide offer is valid through December 31, 2021.

Michael Horton: 19 Years of Creating Community for Creatives

For more than 19 years Michael Horton, founder of the LA Creative Pro User Group (LACPUG), has brought storytellers together, and during NAB 2019 he was presented with a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award on the Faster Together Stage. Way back in 2000 Michael was interested in bringing people together to meet, learn about technologies that can help creatives tell their stories and create their art, and create community. He started the LA Final Cut Pro group in 2000, was instrumental in groups moving from a single tool to a focus on the greater creative pro community, and was a co-founder of the CPUG Network and their SuperMeets. Over the past few years, there have been wildly popular SuperMeets in London, Austin, Amsterdam, San Jose, Boston and San Francisco, each with its World Famous Raffle and each offering another opportunity to enhance the lives and expand the networks of creatives across the world.

Congrats to Michael – Can’t wait to see what he will do over the next 19 years!

Michael Horton Lifetime Achievement Award at NAB 2019 read more…

May’s Featured Vendor: PioData, Makers of iXflash Drives

You may not be aware of PioData or their parent company, Vinpower Digital, but you have probably used their products quite a lot over the years. They were originally known for their automatic OEM CD, hard drive, optical drive, and DVD duplicating machines, as well as standalone drives. Over time they established their own line of CD, DVD, and Blue-ray disks, and provided disks for many popular vendors.

In 2015, Vinpower incorporated a line of compact and intuitive Apple MFI certified Lightning & USB 3 back-up and storage flash devices specifically designed for Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods, allowing users to both back-up their photos and videos and expand the storage capacity of their Apple iPhones and iPads. Best of all, the devices also act as traveling media libraries where the user can watch movie/video content, listen to music/audio files, review documents in many popular formats, and more. Their current PioData offerings include duplication hardware for desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and servers, and electronic storage products for Apple devices.

read more…

Meeting Idea: HomePod on ASW and Apple Support’s YouTube Channel

Looking for a short presentation on the newest HomePod for your group’s meeting? Apple Support’s YouTube channel and ASW have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

Apple Support’s YouTube channel offers a series of videos on HomePod, including how to adjust HomePod settings, how to use Siri to play music on HomePod and How to use touch controls on HomePod. Each video is under 2 minutes, easy to follow and interesting.

ASW offers HomePod – Product Presentation  L574599A-en_US) and HomePod – First Look (L574596A-en_US).

Ambassadors: May is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Apple YouTube Support Channel’s HomePod Collection

https://asw.apple.com

https://www.apple.com/homepod/

Meeting Idea: Apple Families

While parents love the ways that Apple products promote learning, exploring, and fun, parents also want to be sure that their children are using iPads, iPhones, Apple TV, and related technologies in ways that are safe, healthy, and appropriate. Are your members aware of Apple’s Families page and how it can help parents?

The site provides tips and tools to keep track of family app usage, limit or block applications and notifications at bedtime, choose which apps are available for their children, provide for internet safety and kid-friendly content, manage in-app purchases, know where their children are 24×7, find lost devices, share apps and music with the entire family, create group chats to stay in touch, reduce distractions, provide for emergency SOS and ensure medical information is there when needed, help emergency professionals locate family members, protect privacy, and so much more.

Check it out!

https://www.apple.com/families/



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