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Meeting Idea: Apple Research app

Your members may be wondering about the new Apple Research app and the first three research studies. They 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 is partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to explore the links between physical activity and heart health, or that the Apple Hearing Study, in partnership with the University of Michigan will study 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

November Featured Vendor: Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Take Control Books, a long time user group supporter and much loved resource. Take Control Books provide reader-friendly, comprehensive, practical, and up-to-date ebooks that cover much more detail than a magazine article but that are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book.

Did you know that Take Control Books has a number of new releases, including Take Control of Your Apple ID, Take Control of Notes, Take Control of macOS Media Apps, Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security, and more.

read more…

How To: Q&A Best Practices by Tom Piper

written by Tom Piper, Past President of appleJAC User Group and Head of the Apple User Group Vendor team

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 35 years of our existence, appleJAC has evolved through a variety of Q&A processes. This How-To session will describe each of the successful methods that we have used.

read more…

Meeting Idea: MacBook Pro 16″ – Then and Now

Looking for a short set of presentations on the newest 16″ MacBook Pro for your group’s meeting? ASW has two new documents that provide all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

ASW offers MacBook Pro – Then and Now, November 13, 2019  (L578071A-en_US) and MacBook Pro – First Look, November 13, 2019 (L578070A-en_US).

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

ASW

How To: Apple Support Options for User Groups

By Rick Ortiz

Apple User Groups have always been a great resource for help outside of the normal Apple support system. Besides the in-person meetings, some user groups offer online support resources and email discussion lists. User groups seem to always answer those tough and hard-to-find solutions, for its members.  But user group members sometimes need support beyond that, and in the past we would call Apple for help. But as technology changes, so has our Apple support options. This “How-To” is more of a resource article for user group leaders as well as for members themselves. (note: Apple Stores are a great resources for help, but not everyone has a store near them, or can go into a store for support. This article will focus on online support options.)

read more…

Meeting Ideas: Apple Arcade

Are your members curious about Apple Arcade? The people who created the games that are part of Apple Arcade have woven artistry, curiosity and a lot of heart into a curated selection of fascinating and fresh ways to delight players. From The Enchanted World, a metaphor for a child growing up in a time of war, where the player uses puzzles and challenges to restore a collapsing fairyland, to Borderleap’s Patterned puzzle pieces that must be arranged to complete charming pictures, the post-apocalyptic Overland road trip adventure game, and the card-based Card of Darkness, with puzzles that feature hand-drawn characters with a sense of humor, there is something to delight every player.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: New iWork for Mac, iWork for iPadOS and iOS, iMovie, and Clips

Have your members seen the new iWork for Mac, iPadOS, and iOS? Along with Clips and iMove, ASW has information about the recent releases. Better yet, Richard Byrne’s IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog offers an interesting idea for creating green screen movies with iMove on iPad. Your members might enjoy learning his techniques.

IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog:

http://ipadapps4school.com/how-to-make-green-screen-videos-on-an-ipad/

ASW’s New Articles:

Clips – First Look (L573379A-en_US)

iMovie – First Look (L544682A-en_US)

iWork for iPadOS and iOS (L575794A-en_US)

iWork for Mac – First Look (L575795A-en_US)

https://asw.apple.com/

 

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/

User Group News Bulletin

Meeting Idea: Apple Research app

Your members may be wondering about the new Apple Research app and the first three research studies. They 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 is partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to explore the links between physical activity and heart health, or that the Apple Hearing Study, in partnership with the University of Michigan will study 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

November Featured Vendor: Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Take Control Books, a long time user group supporter and much loved resource. Take Control Books provide reader-friendly, comprehensive, practical, and up-to-date ebooks that cover much more detail than a magazine article but that are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book.

Did you know that Take Control Books has a number of new releases, including Take Control of Your Apple ID, Take Control of Notes, Take Control of macOS Media Apps, Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security, and more.

read more…

How To: Q&A Best Practices by Tom Piper

written by Tom Piper, Past President of appleJAC User Group and Head of the Apple User Group Vendor team

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 35 years of our existence, appleJAC has evolved through a variety of Q&A processes. This How-To session will describe each of the successful methods that we have used.

read more…

Annual Records Update: Is Your Group Ready?

Are 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

Meeting Idea: MacBook Pro 16″ – Then and Now

Looking for a short set of presentations on the newest 16″ MacBook Pro for your group’s meeting? ASW has two new documents that provide all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

ASW offers MacBook Pro – Then and Now, November 13, 2019  (L578071A-en_US) and MacBook Pro – First Look, November 13, 2019 (L578070A-en_US).

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

ASW

How To: Apple Support Options for User Groups

By Rick Ortiz

Apple User Groups have always been a great resource for help outside of the normal Apple support system. Besides the in-person meetings, some user groups offer online support resources and email discussion lists. User groups seem to always answer those tough and hard-to-find solutions, for its members.  But user group members sometimes need support beyond that, and in the past we would call Apple for help. But as technology changes, so has our Apple support options. This “How-To” is more of a resource article for user group leaders as well as for members themselves. (note: Apple Stores are a great resources for help, but not everyone has a store near them, or can go into a store for support. This article will focus on online support options.)

read more…

Bill Medlow and LIMac: More Than 21 Years of Faithful Service

You may have met Bill Medlow at a Macworld user group event or chatted with him by email. For more than twenty one years, Bill has been president of the Long Island Mac User Group (LIMac – currently over 260 members!) and he is retiring this year. Congrats on many years of faithful service Bill. Hope retirement brings new adventures and much fun.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: Apple Arcade

Are your members curious about Apple Arcade? The people who created the games that are part of Apple Arcade have woven artistry, curiosity and a lot of heart into a curated selection of fascinating and fresh ways to delight players. From The Enchanted World, a metaphor for a child growing up in a time of war, where the player uses puzzles and challenges to restore a collapsing fairyland, to Borderleap’s Patterned puzzle pieces that must be arranged to complete charming pictures, the post-apocalyptic Overland road trip adventure game, and the card-based Card of Darkness, with puzzles that feature hand-drawn characters with a sense of humor, there is something to delight every player.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: New iWork for Mac, iWork for iPadOS and iOS, iMovie, and Clips

Have your members seen the new iWork for Mac, iPadOS, and iOS? Along with Clips and iMove, ASW has information about the recent releases. Better yet, Richard Byrne’s IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog offers an interesting idea for creating green screen movies with iMove on iPad. Your members might enjoy learning his techniques.

IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog:

http://ipadapps4school.com/how-to-make-green-screen-videos-on-an-ipad/

ASW’s New Articles:

Clips – First Look (L573379A-en_US)

iMovie – First Look (L544682A-en_US)

iWork for iPadOS and iOS (L575794A-en_US)

iWork for Mac – First Look (L575795A-en_US)

https://asw.apple.com/

 

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/



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