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November’s Featured Vendor: Dan’s Tutorials

Have you been lucky enough to use Dan Wassink’s Tutorials? Each offering is user friendly, helping users get the most out of their Apple Devices through easy-to-follow video tutorials, tips, and online chat support.

Dan has been a strong supporter of user groups for many years and is offering select videos from Dan’s Tutorials for user groups to share on their websites for their members. Each month four to eight different videos will be available to share. Sharing is done by copying the provided video link and posting it in a new post or on a page within the user group website.

What a wonderful way to provide a great meeting topic for your group. Ambassadors, be sure to check out this month’s Apple User Group Resources Blog to learn more. 

read more…

Leaders – Free Lessons for Apple User Groups from Dan’s Tutorials

Free Lessons for Apple User Groups from Dan’s Tutorials

Dan Wassink is offering select videos from Dan’s Tutorials for user groups to share on their websites for their members. Each month four to eight different videos will be available to share. Sharing is done by copying the provided video link and posting it in a new post or on a page within the user group website.
Registration is free for one User Group administrator (it does not include a membership).
To sign-up, click on this link: https://www.danstutorials.com/user-group-resources/
This worldwide offer is ongoing.

AppleTV+, FYC, and Deadline – For the Love of DOCS

User group members are known for their varied interests and a new collaboration between Deadline, FYC (For your Consideration), and AppleTV+ might make for a great meeting topic. FYC is known for providing Non-Academy events presented on behalf of a television show that may be considered for an Emmy or other award, and, as you might expect, they have not been able to do live events. The good news is that Deadline’s For the Love of DOCS documentary series is being offered online and free of charge. From this week through mid-December documentaries ranging from a look at how shooting stars, meteorites and deep impacts have focused the human imagination on other realms and worlds, and on our past and our future, to a cinematic exploration of punk poet Shane MacGowan, to human stories from the center of the pandemic, a look at the House of Gucci, a social justice scout troop, a high school senior who cares for her two mentally disabled parents, and more.

Check it out!

https://fortheloveofdocs.deadline.com/

How To: User Group Ambassador

Does your group have an Apple User Group Ambassador? Not sure or maybe your group needs to update its information or assign a new ambassador. If any of this applies to your group, or you are a current ambassador and want to refresh on what resources are available, then read on.

What is an Apple User Group Ambassador?
Apple User Group Ambassador is the role assigned to one individual from each recognized Apple User Group in the Apple User Group Locator (database). Leaders from each user group choose a member from their group who will serve in this role. The Ambassador for the group serves as the link and primary contact to the Apple User Group program. A summary and downloadable PDF version of this article can be found here. read more…

Tools to Use: Randy B. Singer of MacAttorney – Macintosh Email Software

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the award-winning and well-loved Macintosh Bible, author of the ABA’s The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office, writer of the MacAttorney Newsletter, and popular presenter, has a great article looking at Email software. From Email clients, to Email utilities, to archiving your mail, Randy offers great guidance.

Thanks again to Randy for being such a wonderful resource for the community of Apple users!

MacAttorney Email Software Page

Meeting Ideas: Apple Watch Series 6, Blood Oxygen, Sleep Tracking and More

Apple logo

If you watched Apple’s September 15 Time Flies event, you saw the amazing new features of the Apple Watch Series 6, including the faster S6 chip, blood oxygen monitoring via a new sensor and the new Blood Oxygen app, and even the new low-cost SE option. Of course, it still offers sleep tracking, fall detection, a battery-efficient barometric altimeter, and ECGs, along with the recent always-on display. Your members may want to know how to use the new swipe down gestures, set up the Blood Oxygen app, or track their sleep. Others may want to know about Apple Fitness+

Apple Support’s You Tube Chanel can help you plan for a great meeting!

How to set up and use the Blood Oxygen app on Apple Watch — Apple Support

How to track your sleep with your Apple Watch — Apple Support

Apple Fitness+ Coming late 2020

News to Use: ResearchKit, CareKit and More

Your members may have participated in a study using the Apple Research app and the recent Keynote mentioned three new studies that have been added looking at asthma, heart failure, and early detection of Covid-19. Did you know there is more to the story? Apple has released ResearchKit, a software framework for apps that let medical researchers gather robust and meaningful data, and CareKit, a software framework for apps that let you better understand and manage your medical conditions. read more…

AWUGU: Using Zoom as a Presenter by Tom Piper

by Tom Piper, Coordinator

Our fifth Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 8:00pm CST, on August 17, 2020, via Zoom. We had 31 participants who joined for the topic of “Using Zoom as a Presenter” (PDF images and attendance list available upon request). The 96-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/e7ncZMg2WmA (unlisted YouTube).

read more…

Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Apple One and the new iPad Air

Looking for a quick meeting topic? ASW and Apple.com have information that can help you get up to speed. The October release of the new iPad Air is just weeks away and Apple One offers a new way to save on the services you love.

Check out iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US) and Apple One Preview—First Look (L591015A-en_US).

https://asw.apple.com/Salesresource/L575791A-en_US

https://asw.apple.com/Salesresource/L591015A-en_US

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/09/apple-one-makes-enjoying-apple-subscription-services-easier-than-ever/

https://www.apple.com/ipad/

News to Use: Apple News – Special coverage of the 2020 presidential election

It can be hard to find reliable and trustworthy news in this election cycle. The good news is that Apple News provides a great resource to help finding the best information from a wide range of sources. Curated by Apple News, with reporting and analysis from ABC News, CBS News, CNN, FiveThirtyEight, Fox News, NBC News, ProPublica, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TIME, USA Today and others. The resource covers curated news and guides related to all political viewpoints, often in real time, from the primaries, to conventions, November election, and everything in between. 

This month, check out Apple News.

Apple News

Meeting Idea: How to record the screen on your Mac

During an online discussion the question of how to record video off of an iPod or iPad came up again. Whether your members are trying to show someone how to perform a task, stream video of a gaming session, or simply write a how to, it seems like the topic is a popular one. Why not consider it for a meeting topic? Apple Support’s YouTube channel has all the information you need to make a great group presentation. 

Apple Support on YouTube – Learn how to record your screen

Support’s Walk Through for how to record the screen on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Ambassadors: August is a great month to use Apple Support’s YouTube channel for your meetings.

 

 

Meeting Idea: Apple Research app

Your members may be interested in the Apple Research app and their related research studies. Members may know that Apple protects their privacy, but may not know that the Apple Research app meets all HIPA requirements or that Apple will have no way of identifying any data provided. They may know that the Apple Research app is designed to change the cost, time, and complexity of doing large-scale health studies, but may not know what sorts of things are being studied.

For example the Apple Heart and Movement Study partners with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to explore the links between physical activity and heart health, and the Apple Hearing Study, in partnership with the University of Michigan studies how hearing could be impacted by exposure to sound at certain levels, and how this might affect stress levels and cardiovascular health.

Of course, that’s just the start. The Apple Research app could make for an interesting and rewarding meeting topic.

Apple Research app

August’s Featured Vendor: O’Reilly Media

O’Reilly has been a part of the user group community for more than 30 years, so it is hard to remember back to 1978 when it was a small consulting company with a focus on UNIX and related technologies. By 1986 O’Reilly was publishing their Nutshell books and 1988 brought their well-known animal covers. By 1992 many of us were reading our copies of the Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalog while our more adventurous members were reading Programming Perl. As the years went on, many of us became fans of their Missing Manual series.Today, O’Reilly is an integral part of the technology community, providing handbooks, webcasts, conferences, trainings materials, online resources, Maker Faires, and more. Are your members taking full use of their resources? read more…

How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

onestarRaising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

A little over a two years 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.

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 videoshttps://www.patreon.com

read more…

User Group News Bulletin

Annual Records Update: Is Your Group Ready?

AUG logoAre your group’s Apple User Group Locator records up to date? This winter the Locator team will be updating the database. Groups who have not updated their records in a while, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.

Apple User Group Locator Database

November’s Featured Vendor: Dan’s Tutorials

Have you been lucky enough to use Dan Wassink’s Tutorials? Each offering is user friendly, helping users get the most out of their Apple Devices through easy-to-follow video tutorials, tips, and online chat support.

Dan has been a strong supporter of user groups for many years and is offering select videos from Dan’s Tutorials for user groups to share on their websites for their members. Each month four to eight different videos will be available to share. Sharing is done by copying the provided video link and posting it in a new post or on a page within the user group website.

What a wonderful way to provide a great meeting topic for your group. Ambassadors, be sure to check out this month’s Apple User Group Resources Blog to learn more. 

read more…

Leaders – Free Lessons for Apple User Groups from Dan’s Tutorials

Free Lessons for Apple User Groups from Dan’s Tutorials

Dan Wassink is offering select videos from Dan’s Tutorials for user groups to share on their websites for their members. Each month four to eight different videos will be available to share. Sharing is done by copying the provided video link and posting it in a new post or on a page within the user group website.
Registration is free for one User Group administrator (it does not include a membership).
To sign-up, click on this link: https://www.danstutorials.com/user-group-resources/
This worldwide offer is ongoing.

AppleTV+, FYC, and Deadline – For the Love of DOCS

User group members are known for their varied interests and a new collaboration between Deadline, FYC (For your Consideration), and AppleTV+ might make for a great meeting topic. FYC is known for providing Non-Academy events presented on behalf of a television show that may be considered for an Emmy or other award, and, as you might expect, they have not been able to do live events. The good news is that Deadline’s For the Love of DOCS documentary series is being offered online and free of charge. From this week through mid-December documentaries ranging from a look at how shooting stars, meteorites and deep impacts have focused the human imagination on other realms and worlds, and on our past and our future, to a cinematic exploration of punk poet Shane MacGowan, to human stories from the center of the pandemic, a look at the House of Gucci, a social justice scout troop, a high school senior who cares for her two mentally disabled parents, and more.

Check it out!

https://fortheloveofdocs.deadline.com/

How To: User Group Ambassador

Does your group have an Apple User Group Ambassador? Not sure or maybe your group needs to update its information or assign a new ambassador. If any of this applies to your group, or you are a current ambassador and want to refresh on what resources are available, then read on.

What is an Apple User Group Ambassador?
Apple User Group Ambassador is the role assigned to one individual from each recognized Apple User Group in the Apple User Group Locator (database). Leaders from each user group choose a member from their group who will serve in this role. The Ambassador for the group serves as the link and primary contact to the Apple User Group program. A summary and downloadable PDF version of this article can be found here. read more…

Meeting Ideas: HomePod mini, Beats Flex, and more

Are your members interested in the announcements from this week’s Hi, Speed event? Be sure to check out three new articles on ASW: HomePod mini – First Look (L591356A-en_US),  iPhone—Quick demos (L591348A-en_US), and Beats Flex – First Look ( L591364A-en_US) for up-to-date information.

Ambassadors: October is a great month to check out ASW!

Tools to Use: Randy B. Singer of MacAttorney – Macintosh Email Software

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the award-winning and well-loved Macintosh Bible, author of the ABA’s The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office, writer of the MacAttorney Newsletter, and popular presenter, has a great article looking at Email software. From Email clients, to Email utilities, to archiving your mail, Randy offers great guidance.

Thanks again to Randy for being such a wonderful resource for the community of Apple users!

MacAttorney Email Software Page

Meeting Ideas: Apple Watch Series 6, Blood Oxygen, Sleep Tracking and More

Apple logo

If you watched Apple’s September 15 Time Flies event, you saw the amazing new features of the Apple Watch Series 6, including the faster S6 chip, blood oxygen monitoring via a new sensor and the new Blood Oxygen app, and even the new low-cost SE option. Of course, it still offers sleep tracking, fall detection, a battery-efficient barometric altimeter, and ECGs, along with the recent always-on display. Your members may want to know how to use the new swipe down gestures, set up the Blood Oxygen app, or track their sleep. Others may want to know about Apple Fitness+

Apple Support’s You Tube Chanel can help you plan for a great meeting!

How to set up and use the Blood Oxygen app on Apple Watch — Apple Support

How to track your sleep with your Apple Watch — Apple Support

Apple Fitness+ Coming late 2020

News to Use: ResearchKit, CareKit and More

Your members may have participated in a study using the Apple Research app and the recent Keynote mentioned three new studies that have been added looking at asthma, heart failure, and early detection of Covid-19. Did you know there is more to the story? Apple has released ResearchKit, a software framework for apps that let medical researchers gather robust and meaningful data, and CareKit, a software framework for apps that let you better understand and manage your medical conditions. read more…

AWUGU: Using Zoom as a Presenter by Tom Piper

by Tom Piper, Coordinator

Our fifth Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 8:00pm CST, on August 17, 2020, via Zoom. We had 31 participants who joined for the topic of “Using Zoom as a Presenter” (PDF images and attendance list available upon request). The 96-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/e7ncZMg2WmA (unlisted YouTube).

read more…

Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue. read more…

Fun Idea: Sketch on Your Videos with Digital Touch

Apple Support’s YouTube channel recently offered a fun idea for adding a bit of surprise to your messages: you can add a quick sketch to a video with Digital Touch. Your drawing will appear and disappear right in the Messages app in a way that is sure to bring a smile.

Learn how:

Sketch on a Video with Digital Touch

Use Markup on your your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Meeting Ideas: Apple One and the new iPad Air

Looking for a quick meeting topic? ASW and Apple.com have information that can help you get up to speed. The October release of the new iPad Air is just weeks away and Apple One offers a new way to save on the services you love.

Check out iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US) and Apple One Preview—First Look (L591015A-en_US).

https://asw.apple.com/Salesresource/L575791A-en_US

https://asw.apple.com/Salesresource/L591015A-en_US

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/09/apple-one-makes-enjoying-apple-subscription-services-easier-than-ever/

https://www.apple.com/ipad/

News to Use: Apple News – Special coverage of the 2020 presidential election

It can be hard to find reliable and trustworthy news in this election cycle. The good news is that Apple News provides a great resource to help finding the best information from a wide range of sources. Curated by Apple News, with reporting and analysis from ABC News, CBS News, CNN, FiveThirtyEight, Fox News, NBC News, ProPublica, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TIME, USA Today and others. The resource covers curated news and guides related to all political viewpoints, often in real time, from the primaries, to conventions, November election, and everything in between. 

This month, check out Apple News.

Apple News

Meeting Idea: How to record the screen on your Mac

During an online discussion the question of how to record video off of an iPod or iPad came up again. Whether your members are trying to show someone how to perform a task, stream video of a gaming session, or simply write a how to, it seems like the topic is a popular one. Why not consider it for a meeting topic? Apple Support’s YouTube channel has all the information you need to make a great group presentation. 

Apple Support on YouTube – Learn how to record your screen

Support’s Walk Through for how to record the screen on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Ambassadors: August is a great month to use Apple Support’s YouTube channel for your meetings.

 

 

Meeting Idea: Apple Research app

Your members may be interested in the Apple Research app and their related research studies. Members may know that Apple protects their privacy, but may not know that the Apple Research app meets all HIPA requirements or that Apple will have no way of identifying any data provided. They may know that the Apple Research app is designed to change the cost, time, and complexity of doing large-scale health studies, but may not know what sorts of things are being studied.

For example the Apple Heart and Movement Study partners with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to explore the links between physical activity and heart health, and the Apple Hearing Study, in partnership with the University of Michigan studies how hearing could be impacted by exposure to sound at certain levels, and how this might affect stress levels and cardiovascular health.

Of course, that’s just the start. The Apple Research app could make for an interesting and rewarding meeting topic.

Apple Research app

August’s Featured Vendor: O’Reilly Media

O’Reilly has been a part of the user group community for more than 30 years, so it is hard to remember back to 1978 when it was a small consulting company with a focus on UNIX and related technologies. By 1986 O’Reilly was publishing their Nutshell books and 1988 brought their well-known animal covers. By 1992 many of us were reading our copies of the Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalog while our more adventurous members were reading Programming Perl. As the years went on, many of us became fans of their Missing Manual series.Today, O’Reilly is an integral part of the technology community, providing handbooks, webcasts, conferences, trainings materials, online resources, Maker Faires, and more. Are your members taking full use of their resources? read more…

How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

onestarRaising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

A little over a two years 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.

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 videoshttps://www.patreon.com

read more…



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