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AWUGU Meeting Report about AUG Websites by Tom Piper

AWUGU Meeting Report about AUG Websites:
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on September 19, 2022, via Zoom. We had 34 participants for the topic of “AUG Websites: Dan and Others(see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 73-minute video (most of Dan’s presentation not recorded due to use of personal information) can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/JAuP-ADsHvM (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call.

read more…

How To: Preparing your Technology for a Hurricane by Rick Ortiz

Rick Ortiz

Written By Rick Ortiz, Courtesy of Maui Apple Users Society (Maui Mac)

Preparing your technology for a hurricane

With Hurricane Lane fast approaching, it is time to get your technology prepared for such an event. Some key areas to think about are: backups, batteries/power, and other tech tips. 

Backups

Now is the time to make sure your computer backup is in place and completed. This is typically an external backup drive or your data in the cloud. If an external backup drive, do one final backup and then unhook it and put it in a safe place. If you have access to a weatherproof safe, that would be ideal. If not, placing it in a ziplock bag or some place that can avoid water damage can help protect your data. If you are required to evacuate, take your backup drive with you. If you have a mobile phone, you can back it up to your computer as well, or use the cloud service backup built into the phone. Remember the 3-2-1 rule of backing up. Data in 3 places, 2 locations, 1 offsite. 

Batteries / Power read more…

Tools to Use: Randy Singer – Upgrading to the Latest OS

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, offers so many great resources for Mac users. the good news is that Randy offers links to many of his resources from a single page. Your members may be asking about when they should upgrade to the latest OS. Randy has the answers. 

Upgrading To The Latest Macintosh OS by Randy Singer

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

Meeting Idea: Apple Watch Mirroring

Dave Mara, Senior Systems Engineer for Apple, accomplished artist, and user group favorite recently posted a link with some great tips regarding Apple Watch mirroring. Not sure what mirroring is? Mirroring lets you see and control your Apple Watch screen from your paired iPhone. And there’s more: it helps you use assistive features on your iPhone, including Switch Control and Voice Control. Better yet, the process is easy for even new users.

Check it out.
Interact with Apple Watch on Your iPhone

Thanks Dave for this great tip!

News to Use: LACPUG Gatherings are Back

LACPUG

The 6,000+ member strong LA Creative Pro community recently announced that on site gatherings are back, with their next meeting on September 28 at the Gallery Theater in Hollywood. And, the meeting looks like another information-filled one. The program includes Shawn McDaniel from Adobe, who will show off Frame.io and Camera to Cloud. He will be joined by lacpug favorite Patrick Southern. There is also a special welcome back presentation to witness what the evolution in editing education now looks like. Also, Academy Award nominee and ACE Eddie winner (and current president), Kevin Tent will return to talk all about the prestigious American Cinema Editors, (ACE).

Still not sure? Stump the Gurus and the World Famous Raffle will be part of the evening’s entertainment. Three years ago at lacpug it was just a prototype, now it’s used by more than 2000 students just in LA alone.

Learn, network, and have fun.

First lacpug meet post Covid

 

Meeting Idea: How To Recover Deleted Messages, Backup Your iPhone, and More

Looking for quick content for your meetings? Apple Support on YouTube has a ton of great “how to” videos. Most are short, to the point, and easy to implement. 

Learn how to recover deleted messages, personalize a lock screen in iOS 16, and more. Here are just a few examples.

How to recover deleted Messages conversations on your iPhone

How to personalize Lock Screens on your iPhone

How to back up your iPhone to iCloud

Far Out Meeting Idea: iPhone 14 lineup, new Apple Watch models, and updated AirPods Pro

Are your members asking about the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, Apple Watch 8 models, or updated AirPods Pro? Not sure about features and specs? There are many great resources that can help your group cover what’s new and wonderful. Here are just a few.

Is an iPhone compatible with iOS16?

Compatible with iOS 16?

How do the Apple Watch specs. compare?

Compare Apple Watch Series

Learn about how iPhones compare

Compare iPhones

And, of course, there’s an opportunity to watch the September 22 Far Out event.

Far Out – Apple September 22 Event

AWUGU Meeting Report about Apple databases by Tom Piper

AWUGU Meeting Report about Apple databases
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on August 18, 2022, via Zoom. We had 35 participants for the topic of “Apple Database: Apps and Online” (see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 78-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/A5tlRhCLens (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call. read more…

Quick Meeting Idea: Apple Store Time Machine

 

Need a short video to play between speakers or sessions? Looking to add a bit of nostalgia to a discussion? Be sure to check out the Apple Store Time Machine video created by Michael Steeber. You may know Michael from his articles on 9to5Mac.com, coverage of the Apple Tower Theater, or other projects, and this one is pretty fun. From the first stores to the present day, zoom through time.

Check it out.

https://departmentmap.store/timemachine

Tools to Use: Randy Singer – Essential But Hard to Find Macintosh Software and Advice

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, offers so many great resources for Mac users. the good news is that Randy offers links to many of his resources from a single page. The page, named Essential But Hard to Find Macintosh Software and Advice, is a page you and your members should bookmark and use.

http://www.macattorney.com/welcome.html

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

Meeting Idea from Apple Support: System Requirements for iCloud

It can be hard to support members when they have multiple devices, each with its own requirements and software configuration. Did you know that Apple Support has a page dedicated to system requirements for various devices, software, and features related to iCloud?

Want to know minimum system requirements by feature or even what is available for an iPhone 3GS running iOS5 or preferred and minimum set up for Family Setup for Apple Watch? The support page covers them both. Have a friend running Windows 10? The page even covers system requirements for iCloud for Windows 11 or later.

Learn more.

Apple Support System Requirements Page

 

 

EditFest Global 2022: Attend, Network, and Learn

The Creative Pro community recently announced that EditFest is back in both virtual and on-site formats. The in-person event will be held at the Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Not able to attend in person? All is well, since you can also attend virtually over two days, where you will be able to enjoy the EditFest panels live-streamed, as well as engage in video networking with editors from around the world in live chat and engaging breakout sessions.

Better yet, the speakers are amazing. This year’s keynote will be provided by Eddie Hamilton, ACE. You know his work:  while Eddie is currently editing the next two chapters in the Mission: Impossible movie series, he also cut Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick and more than one in the Mission: Impossible series. (Not to mention his credits for  Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass for director Matthew Vaughn.)

August 27 & 28: Attend, network, and Learn.

https://editfestglobal.com/2022-home-efg-event/?fbclid=IwAR0kXQUb7oDs3WtplqNTCAc8fpsK7cESV4a7Edd7JlVdynzOUep9j9Lbst8

Meeting Idea: Apple Professional Learning Virtual Conferences

 

 

 

Remember when Apple said it was expanding their professional learning sessions? The good news is that there are now 11 free Professional Learning Virtual Conferences on offer this summer. Sessions will be offered twice per day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. One or more session might make for a wonderful weekday meeting topic.  All topics will be delivered via iPad sessions. Wondering which topics will be covered?

  • Become a Citizen Scientist
  • Create Audio and Video Stories
  • Develop Language and Literacy Skills
  • Dive Deep Into Learning with AR
  • Learn to Code with Swift
  • Make Math More Meaningful
  • Make Musical Masterpieces
  • Reach All Learners
  • Take a Cultural and Historic Tour
  • Tap Into Your Inner Artist
  • Tell Captivating Photo Stories

Check it out – you will be glad you did!

Apple Professional Learning Virtual Conferences

 

How To Write an Effective Review: A first Look

We have all read bad reviews. Whether it is the biased writer with an axe to grind or an under-the-table commission to earn, the boring writer who uses ten words where one would do, or the deadline writer who is rushed for time and uses a company’s marketing literature to mask lack of knowledge, a bad review wastes our time. Still, there are basic guidelines that can help you write an effective review.

Know your Audience

Just like preparing to give a presentation to your user group, your first step is to identify your audience. What matters to your audience? Are they new to the product or long-time users interested in the latest release? You want to be sure that your review offers value to each segment of your readership. read more…

AWUGU Meeting Report about Old Tech by Tom Piper

Tom Piper

AWUGU Meeting Report about Old Tech
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on July 18, 2022, via Zoom. We had 40 participants for the topic of “Old Tech: Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle” (see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 78-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/l-Se8X-KEkc (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call.

I opened the presentations with a brief description of how I had repurposed older Macs and iPads for younger and older people to start them with technology. This was followed by very interesting descriptions from Fred Pryor (Computer Society of Cape Cod) and Bill Hulston (The Villages Apple User Group) describing how their user groups had reconfigured and repurposed older Macs to help others. Many others then told of their experiences, recycling opportunities, reuse of older software, use of virtual systems and much more.

Additional questions were asked, comments made, experiences shared and suggestions offered by user group leaders with the following excellent links providing further information: read more…

Meeting Idea: Quick Tips from Apple Employees

There is a new series as part of Apple Support’s YouTube channel: employee tips. Two of the first how-tos cover how to drag and drop items between supported apps while in Split View on iPad, how to customize memories in Photos, and how to use color filters on iPhone. Each how-to is short, easy to follow, and timely.

Learn more.

A tip from Jennifer at Apple: How to drag and drop in Split View on iPad | Apple Support

A tip from Londa at Apple: Use Color Filters on your iPhone

A tip from Carrie at Apple: How to customize Memories in Photos on iPhone and iPad | Apple Support

Apple User Group Resources site: Privacy Policy formalized

Part of being respectful to the members of our community is recognizing the privacy rights of others. The team recently decided to create a formal privacy policy covering the materials on the site. The short version is that we ask for just enough information to list groups. We do not make group information contained in the Apple User Group Locator information except for the information that is needed to help potential members find groups that meet a searcher’s interests or geographical requirements. The information in the mailing lists is not available to the Board and subscribers can join or unsubscribe at any time.

UGAB Privacy Policy

About the Apple User Group Advisory Board

The Apple User Group Resources pages, Apple User Group Locator, AUGB Bulletin list, and AUGD discussion list are handled by the Apple User Group Advisory Board. Board members are not lawyers and we do not receive outside funding. We work to keep your information private to the best of our abilities. This document has information about how to join and leave any of our resources and who to contact if you have questions.

What Information we Collect

We collect officer contact email and phone numbers for user groups who voluntarily ask to be listed in the Apple User Group Locator. We also collect the meeting information that each group provides, including meeting location. To be listed, a group must provide a minimum of three named contacts as a way to verify that the group exists.

What information is Public

We publicly provide limited group meeting and contact information during searches of the Locator so that potential members can learn about groups they might want to join. We never provide a list of group contact names or emails for marketing or external purposes and do not charge for listings or searches. All information is password protected and located on a secure site. Only Board members need to access the site to maintain the Locator or blog have access to the database. These members are the site editor, the vendors’ offers editor, the Regional Liaisons who respond to Locator questions, and two site webmasters.

How we manage your information

The Apple User Group Advisory Board does not have access to list subscriber’s names or email addresses. The Apple User Group Resources website blog collects aggregate and de-identified visitor information through browser cookies, including visitor location, dates the site is visited, number of times each page is visited over a given period of time, and similar metrics. We collect this information in order to know what types of information are most useful to given groups of visitors. The Board does not retain dotted IP addresses or provide any information to other entities. The Board prohibits the use of deep links or page scraping by external users.

Each group listed in the Apple User Group Locator contains the contact information for that group’s ambassador. The person who is listed as a group’s ambassador is the person responsible for group communication. This means that the ambassador may receive information requests from potential members and may, occasionally, receive an email communication from the Apple User Group Advisory Board regarding user group topics.

How you can manage your groups information (remove or unsubscribe)

The Apple User Group Locator, discussion list, and Bulletin list are opt in only. Participants have the right to, and can easily remove their information at any time with no loss of access or loss of benefits.

· To remove a subscription to the AUGB discussion list, go to the AUGB page and fill out the unsubscribe field at the bottom of the page:

https://lists.apple.com/mailman/listinfo/augb

· To remove a subscription to the AUGD discussion list, go to the AUGd page and fill out the unsubscribe field at the bottom of the page:

https://lists.apple.com/mailman/listinfo/augd

· To remove personally-identifiable information (PII) from the Apple User Group Locator, generate a link by going to:

https://appleusergroupresources.com/signup-form/

Note that the group’s primary contacts will be notified when any change is made to the group’s listed contacts. This is to prevent unauthorized changes.

Additionally, by accessing the Apple User Group Resources site, blogs, or Locator, please recognize that Internet transmissions are never completely private or secure. Any message or information sent to the site may be read or intercepted by others even though security measures are in place and all data collected is voluntarily provided.

Meeting Idea: How to Make Emergency Calls on iPhone or Apple Watch

Your members might enjoy learning about ways that the Health app can make their lives better. One nice tip covers the way that members can set up information that can be accessed from their iPhone’s Lock screen via Medical ID. Why? First responders can access the information if an emergency occurs, saving precious time during a medical response. Better yet, set up is easy.

Ambassadors, this could make for a great part of a medical themed meeting.

Set up Medical ID on iPhone

Make an emergency call from a locked iPhone

Make an emergency call on Apple Watch

 

KansasFest 2022: Be There

KansasFest 2022, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 19–24, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 34th time that this event, an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie, has been held.

Once again, any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. In upcoming weeks, the KansasFest web site will announce registration details, so keep an eye on the site listed below.

KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995.

Session proposals will be accepted through June 5 (see link below). The exciting news is that Robert Woodhead will be this KansasFest’s keynote speaker

KansasFest 2022

Submit a Session Proposal: https://www.kansasfest.org/sessions/

 

User Group News Bulletin

AWUGU Meeting Report about AUG Websites by Tom Piper

AWUGU Meeting Report about AUG Websites:
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on September 19, 2022, via Zoom. We had 34 participants for the topic of “AUG Websites: Dan and Others(see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 73-minute video (most of Dan’s presentation not recorded due to use of personal information) can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/JAuP-ADsHvM (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call.

read more…

How To: Preparing your Technology for a Hurricane by Rick Ortiz

Rick Ortiz

Written By Rick Ortiz, Courtesy of Maui Apple Users Society (Maui Mac)

Preparing your technology for a hurricane

With Hurricane Lane fast approaching, it is time to get your technology prepared for such an event. Some key areas to think about are: backups, batteries/power, and other tech tips. 

Backups

Now is the time to make sure your computer backup is in place and completed. This is typically an external backup drive or your data in the cloud. If an external backup drive, do one final backup and then unhook it and put it in a safe place. If you have access to a weatherproof safe, that would be ideal. If not, placing it in a ziplock bag or some place that can avoid water damage can help protect your data. If you are required to evacuate, take your backup drive with you. If you have a mobile phone, you can back it up to your computer as well, or use the cloud service backup built into the phone. Remember the 3-2-1 rule of backing up. Data in 3 places, 2 locations, 1 offsite. 

Batteries / Power read more…

Tools to Use: Randy Singer – Upgrading to the Latest OS

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, offers so many great resources for Mac users. the good news is that Randy offers links to many of his resources from a single page. Your members may be asking about when they should upgrade to the latest OS. Randy has the answers. 

Upgrading To The Latest Macintosh OS by Randy Singer

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

Meeting Idea: Apple Watch Mirroring

Dave Mara, Senior Systems Engineer for Apple, accomplished artist, and user group favorite recently posted a link with some great tips regarding Apple Watch mirroring. Not sure what mirroring is? Mirroring lets you see and control your Apple Watch screen from your paired iPhone. And there’s more: it helps you use assistive features on your iPhone, including Switch Control and Voice Control. Better yet, the process is easy for even new users.

Check it out.
Interact with Apple Watch on Your iPhone

Thanks Dave for this great tip!

News to Use: LACPUG Gatherings are Back

LACPUG

The 6,000+ member strong LA Creative Pro community recently announced that on site gatherings are back, with their next meeting on September 28 at the Gallery Theater in Hollywood. And, the meeting looks like another information-filled one. The program includes Shawn McDaniel from Adobe, who will show off Frame.io and Camera to Cloud. He will be joined by lacpug favorite Patrick Southern. There is also a special welcome back presentation to witness what the evolution in editing education now looks like. Also, Academy Award nominee and ACE Eddie winner (and current president), Kevin Tent will return to talk all about the prestigious American Cinema Editors, (ACE).

Still not sure? Stump the Gurus and the World Famous Raffle will be part of the evening’s entertainment. Three years ago at lacpug it was just a prototype, now it’s used by more than 2000 students just in LA alone.

Learn, network, and have fun.

First lacpug meet post Covid

 

Meeting Idea: How To Recover Deleted Messages, Backup Your iPhone, and More

Looking for quick content for your meetings? Apple Support on YouTube has a ton of great “how to” videos. Most are short, to the point, and easy to implement. 

Learn how to recover deleted messages, personalize a lock screen in iOS 16, and more. Here are just a few examples.

How to recover deleted Messages conversations on your iPhone

How to personalize Lock Screens on your iPhone

How to back up your iPhone to iCloud

Far Out Meeting Idea: iPhone 14 lineup, new Apple Watch models, and updated AirPods Pro

Are your members asking about the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, Apple Watch 8 models, or updated AirPods Pro? Not sure about features and specs? There are many great resources that can help your group cover what’s new and wonderful. Here are just a few.

Is an iPhone compatible with iOS16?

Compatible with iOS 16?

How do the Apple Watch specs. compare?

Compare Apple Watch Series

Learn about how iPhones compare

Compare iPhones

And, of course, there’s an opportunity to watch the September 22 Far Out event.

Far Out – Apple September 22 Event

AWUGU Meeting Report about Apple databases by Tom Piper

AWUGU Meeting Report about Apple databases
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on August 18, 2022, via Zoom. We had 35 participants for the topic of “Apple Database: Apps and Online” (see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 78-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/A5tlRhCLens (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call. read more…

Quick Meeting Idea: Apple Store Time Machine

 

Need a short video to play between speakers or sessions? Looking to add a bit of nostalgia to a discussion? Be sure to check out the Apple Store Time Machine video created by Michael Steeber. You may know Michael from his articles on 9to5Mac.com, coverage of the Apple Tower Theater, or other projects, and this one is pretty fun. From the first stores to the present day, zoom through time.

Check it out.

https://departmentmap.store/timemachine

Tools to Use: Randy Singer – Essential But Hard to Find Macintosh Software and Advice

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, offers so many great resources for Mac users. the good news is that Randy offers links to many of his resources from a single page. The page, named Essential But Hard to Find Macintosh Software and Advice, is a page you and your members should bookmark and use.

http://www.macattorney.com/welcome.html

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

Meeting Idea from Apple Support: System Requirements for iCloud

It can be hard to support members when they have multiple devices, each with its own requirements and software configuration. Did you know that Apple Support has a page dedicated to system requirements for various devices, software, and features related to iCloud?

Want to know minimum system requirements by feature or even what is available for an iPhone 3GS running iOS5 or preferred and minimum set up for Family Setup for Apple Watch? The support page covers them both. Have a friend running Windows 10? The page even covers system requirements for iCloud for Windows 11 or later.

Learn more.

Apple Support System Requirements Page

 

 

EditFest Global 2022: Attend, Network, and Learn

The Creative Pro community recently announced that EditFest is back in both virtual and on-site formats. The in-person event will be held at the Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Not able to attend in person? All is well, since you can also attend virtually over two days, where you will be able to enjoy the EditFest panels live-streamed, as well as engage in video networking with editors from around the world in live chat and engaging breakout sessions.

Better yet, the speakers are amazing. This year’s keynote will be provided by Eddie Hamilton, ACE. You know his work:  while Eddie is currently editing the next two chapters in the Mission: Impossible movie series, he also cut Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick and more than one in the Mission: Impossible series. (Not to mention his credits for  Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass for director Matthew Vaughn.)

August 27 & 28: Attend, network, and Learn.

https://editfestglobal.com/2022-home-efg-event/?fbclid=IwAR0kXQUb7oDs3WtplqNTCAc8fpsK7cESV4a7Edd7JlVdynzOUep9j9Lbst8

Meeting Idea: Apple Professional Learning Virtual Conferences

 

 

 

Remember when Apple said it was expanding their professional learning sessions? The good news is that there are now 11 free Professional Learning Virtual Conferences on offer this summer. Sessions will be offered twice per day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. One or more session might make for a wonderful weekday meeting topic.  All topics will be delivered via iPad sessions. Wondering which topics will be covered?

  • Become a Citizen Scientist
  • Create Audio and Video Stories
  • Develop Language and Literacy Skills
  • Dive Deep Into Learning with AR
  • Learn to Code with Swift
  • Make Math More Meaningful
  • Make Musical Masterpieces
  • Reach All Learners
  • Take a Cultural and Historic Tour
  • Tap Into Your Inner Artist
  • Tell Captivating Photo Stories

Check it out – you will be glad you did!

Apple Professional Learning Virtual Conferences

 

How To Write an Effective Review: A first Look

We have all read bad reviews. Whether it is the biased writer with an axe to grind or an under-the-table commission to earn, the boring writer who uses ten words where one would do, or the deadline writer who is rushed for time and uses a company’s marketing literature to mask lack of knowledge, a bad review wastes our time. Still, there are basic guidelines that can help you write an effective review.

Know your Audience

Just like preparing to give a presentation to your user group, your first step is to identify your audience. What matters to your audience? Are they new to the product or long-time users interested in the latest release? You want to be sure that your review offers value to each segment of your readership. read more…

AWUGU Meeting Report about Old Tech by Tom Piper

Tom Piper

AWUGU Meeting Report about Old Tech
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on July 18, 2022, via Zoom. We had 40 participants for the topic of “Old Tech: Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle” (see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 78-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/l-Se8X-KEkc (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call.

I opened the presentations with a brief description of how I had repurposed older Macs and iPads for younger and older people to start them with technology. This was followed by very interesting descriptions from Fred Pryor (Computer Society of Cape Cod) and Bill Hulston (The Villages Apple User Group) describing how their user groups had reconfigured and repurposed older Macs to help others. Many others then told of their experiences, recycling opportunities, reuse of older software, use of virtual systems and much more.

Additional questions were asked, comments made, experiences shared and suggestions offered by user group leaders with the following excellent links providing further information: read more…

Meeting Idea: Quick Tips from Apple Employees

There is a new series as part of Apple Support’s YouTube channel: employee tips. Two of the first how-tos cover how to drag and drop items between supported apps while in Split View on iPad, how to customize memories in Photos, and how to use color filters on iPhone. Each how-to is short, easy to follow, and timely.

Learn more.

A tip from Jennifer at Apple: How to drag and drop in Split View on iPad | Apple Support

A tip from Londa at Apple: Use Color Filters on your iPhone

A tip from Carrie at Apple: How to customize Memories in Photos on iPhone and iPad | Apple Support

Apple User Group Resources site: Privacy Policy formalized

Part of being respectful to the members of our community is recognizing the privacy rights of others. The team recently decided to create a formal privacy policy covering the materials on the site. The short version is that we ask for just enough information to list groups. We do not make group information contained in the Apple User Group Locator information except for the information that is needed to help potential members find groups that meet a searcher’s interests or geographical requirements. The information in the mailing lists is not available to the Board and subscribers can join or unsubscribe at any time.

UGAB Privacy Policy

About the Apple User Group Advisory Board

The Apple User Group Resources pages, Apple User Group Locator, AUGB Bulletin list, and AUGD discussion list are handled by the Apple User Group Advisory Board. Board members are not lawyers and we do not receive outside funding. We work to keep your information private to the best of our abilities. This document has information about how to join and leave any of our resources and who to contact if you have questions.

What Information we Collect

We collect officer contact email and phone numbers for user groups who voluntarily ask to be listed in the Apple User Group Locator. We also collect the meeting information that each group provides, including meeting location. To be listed, a group must provide a minimum of three named contacts as a way to verify that the group exists.

What information is Public

We publicly provide limited group meeting and contact information during searches of the Locator so that potential members can learn about groups they might want to join. We never provide a list of group contact names or emails for marketing or external purposes and do not charge for listings or searches. All information is password protected and located on a secure site. Only Board members need to access the site to maintain the Locator or blog have access to the database. These members are the site editor, the vendors’ offers editor, the Regional Liaisons who respond to Locator questions, and two site webmasters.

How we manage your information

The Apple User Group Advisory Board does not have access to list subscriber’s names or email addresses. The Apple User Group Resources website blog collects aggregate and de-identified visitor information through browser cookies, including visitor location, dates the site is visited, number of times each page is visited over a given period of time, and similar metrics. We collect this information in order to know what types of information are most useful to given groups of visitors. The Board does not retain dotted IP addresses or provide any information to other entities. The Board prohibits the use of deep links or page scraping by external users.

Each group listed in the Apple User Group Locator contains the contact information for that group’s ambassador. The person who is listed as a group’s ambassador is the person responsible for group communication. This means that the ambassador may receive information requests from potential members and may, occasionally, receive an email communication from the Apple User Group Advisory Board regarding user group topics.

How you can manage your groups information (remove or unsubscribe)

The Apple User Group Locator, discussion list, and Bulletin list are opt in only. Participants have the right to, and can easily remove their information at any time with no loss of access or loss of benefits.

· To remove a subscription to the AUGB discussion list, go to the AUGB page and fill out the unsubscribe field at the bottom of the page:

https://lists.apple.com/mailman/listinfo/augb

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Note that the group’s primary contacts will be notified when any change is made to the group’s listed contacts. This is to prevent unauthorized changes.

Additionally, by accessing the Apple User Group Resources site, blogs, or Locator, please recognize that Internet transmissions are never completely private or secure. Any message or information sent to the site may be read or intercepted by others even though security measures are in place and all data collected is voluntarily provided.

Meeting Idea: How to Make Emergency Calls on iPhone or Apple Watch

Your members might enjoy learning about ways that the Health app can make their lives better. One nice tip covers the way that members can set up information that can be accessed from their iPhone’s Lock screen via Medical ID. Why? First responders can access the information if an emergency occurs, saving precious time during a medical response. Better yet, set up is easy.

Ambassadors, this could make for a great part of a medical themed meeting.

Set up Medical ID on iPhone

Make an emergency call from a locked iPhone

Make an emergency call on Apple Watch

 

KansasFest 2022: Be There

KansasFest 2022, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 19–24, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 34th time that this event, an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie, has been held.

Once again, any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. In upcoming weeks, the KansasFest web site will announce registration details, so keep an eye on the site listed below.

KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995.

Session proposals will be accepted through June 5 (see link below). The exciting news is that Robert Woodhead will be this KansasFest’s keynote speaker

KansasFest 2022

Submit a Session Proposal: https://www.kansasfest.org/sessions/

 



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