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March Featured Vendor: IRIS and Readiris Pro 17 for macOS

I.R.I.S. software has been around almost as long as the Macintosh, helping users reliably scan, recognize, convert, edit, and share digital files. In fact, they were one of the early pioneers in the field of optical character recognition. Where did the name come from? IRIS stands for Image Recognition Integrated Systems, and over the years IRIS has consistently offered solutions that align with their motto: Less Paper, More Content.

Today, thanks to their partners and customers worldwide, IRIS applications are used by hundreds of large companies and SMBs, and by over 40 million end users around the world, with more than 500 products sold daily. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Set Up Heart Rate Alerts and Workout with Apple Watch

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not a look at tracking heart rates and starting a workout with your Apple Watch?

This month, take a look at “How to Start a Workout” on your Apple Watch using the Workout app and watch OS5, and “How to Set up Heart Rate Alerts with Apple Watch.” Show your members how to check their resting heart rates throughout the day, and get alerts if a rate remains above or below a chosen BPM.

Ambassadors: March is a great time to check out the Apple Support channel on YouTube!

Set Up Heart Rate Alerts

Start a Workout on Your Apple Watch

Apple Support’s Channel on YouTube

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus: Why I Love User Groups

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, Houston Chronicle Technology Columnist, Mac Observer iReviews Editor, author of nearly 60 books and one of the world’s leading experts on the Mac OS, delivered his annual “State of the Apple” address at the Houston Area Apple Users Group (HAAUG) on March 16th. 

In an article for the Mac Observer, he talks about why he joined a group and why user groups matter. It is a sweet read and a reminder of why Dr. Mac is so beloved.

Check it out!

https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/why-i-love-mugs/?utm_source=tmo-express&utm_medium=email

TCF: Trenton’s 44th Annual Computer Festival

User group members are invited to register for the 44th annual Trenton Computer Festival (TCF), the oldest computer festival in the world, scheduled for March 23, 2019, at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing, New Jersey. This year’s theme is Cyber Security and the list of speakers and workshops is amazing: a WordPress bootcamp, sessions on blockchain, cybercrime, 8bit game development, drones, Open VPN, building a HAM radio digital hotspot, Raspberry Pi, picking locks, election security, and …well, too many to list here. As you can see, the offerings are incredibly diverse and interesting.

TCF is not just another computer show. It was started by (and is still run by) computer hobbyist volunteers as a non-profit educational event and is sponsored by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of TCNJ. Attendees can enjoy workshops, the ever-popular flea market, commercial exhibits, opportunities to meet and socialize, study for and take a HAM radio licensure, special exhibits, contests and more. While it is too late to buy tickets for the banquet, tickets for the event are available and only $14!

If you are in the area, this is a don’t miss event!

http://www.tcf-nj.org/

Register

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tcf-44-tickets-54402230536

(Thanks to Elsa Travisano for the original tip about TCF)

KansasFest 2017: 31 Years of Enthusiasm and Fun

Mark Pelczarski of Penguin Software, well-known for numerous graphics utilities, books, and games, will be this year’s Keynote speaker as KansasFest 2019 celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the Apple II in Kansas City, Missouri from July 16-21.

With hands-on workshops and so much more, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest. Meet new friends, learn new things, and remember the golden age of the Apple II. Take it from past attendees: You will be more than glad that you attended.

http://www.kansasfest.org/

Check out a look at the 30th Kansas Fest, held in 2018

https://www.kansasfest.org/2018/08/reliving-2018/

 

Apple Special Event March 25: Be There

Wish your group could attend the next Apple Special Event? Apple will be streaming the event on March 25, 2019, at 10 a.m. PDT from the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, so you can watch it from your location. The stream is best experienced on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari on iOS 10 or later; a Mac using Safari on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later; or a PC using Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. Of course, other platforms may also be able to access the stream using recent versions of Chrome or Firefox.

Be there.
https://www.apple.com/apple-events/livestream/

User Group Locator: Update Your Group’s Records

The User Group Locator has easy-to-use features and is one of the best ways to help potential members find your group. Your group can update its records by entering the email address originally used to register the group. The system then returns a link for database access. Not sure what your group’s address of record is? Use the Find a Group form on the Apple User Group Resources blog to see your current information.

Are your group’s records up-to-date? March is a great time to make the updates that can help potential members find your group. read more…

February Featured Vendor: Stellar Data Recovery Software

You may remember Stellar Data Recovery products from multiple Macworld Expos and User Group University events. If you are one of the more than three million people who have used Stellar Data Recovery, you remember it fondly because it works so well. The newest version, Stellar Data Recovery for Mac, offers a range of features to recover lost and deleted data from a Mac-based hard drives, SSDs, memory cards, USB flash drives and other external storage media.  It can easily recover lost partitions, photos, videos, critical office documents and other important files, even from Time Machine, BootCamp partitions and encrypted hard drives. In addition, Stellar Data Recovery for Mac has a great, limited-time, discount offer for user group members and officers on this month’s vendor discount page.

Why not make Stellar Data Recovery Software the topic for your group’s next meeting?

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CES 2019: an Overview by Tom Piper

CES 2019: an Overview
By Tom Piper, UGAB Vendor Liaison and appleJAC Secretary

The Computer Electronic Show (CES) isn’t just a trade show, it’s an annual gathering that is so well orchestrated and run that it just keeps getting bigger and more important to every business and industry. From the OMG (impressive!) to the OMG (seriously?) it’s an event where firms make their best stuff look even bigger, better and days can be filled with excellent educational, informational sessions. Sure it’s all about the technologies and products that will change the way people work and live. The new stuff this year (2019) was impressive, but for the seasoned CES attendee it’s a chance to reconnect with folks and develop new relationships.

On February 5, 2019, I provided a variety of information to attendees at our monthly appleJAC meeting as a followup to my January 7-12, 2019, trip to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. If you missed this gathering, or would like to see the videos captured of the meeting, just click on the following links:

read more…

Special Offer – Stellar Data Recovery for Mac: 12% – 55% Off

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Apple user group members can use the special website below at checkout to get the Professional version for $69.99 ($10 off regular price), the Premium version for $79.99 ($100 off regular price), or the Technician version for $159.00 ($140 off regular price).

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is valid through April 30, 2019.

Mac Memories: A Look Back and Reader’s Responses

Thanks much to readers who sent in their Mac memories. Many were sweet and some brought a smile or a laugh on this side of the screen. For example, the young boy in the picture, Jason Piper, is now president of a Mac User Group (and he still has that same sweet smile).

Here are a few letters that offer a look at experiences that were echoed by many writers, and a link to an early User Group Connection video. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did:

“I started my business in 1982 with a Kaypro computer. Then a friend said I would do much better with a Mac. I bought a Mac Plus and found the holy grail of computers. I sure needed a lot of help learning computing vs file drawers and hard copies.

read more…

Randy Singer: Free or Inexpensive Macintosh Software

 Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the 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 recently posted an interesting article discussing Free or Inexpensive Macintosh Software. If you aren’t subscribing to Randy’s Newsletter, you are missing out on some great ideas.

Check it out:

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

Visit MacAttorney:

http://www.macattorney.com/

Special Offer Update – AgileBits 1Password 7: 25% Discount

Too many passwords to remember? 1Password 7 for Mac is a password manager that goes beyond simple password storage by integrating directly with your web browser to automatically log you into websites, enter credit card information, fill registration forms, and easily generate strong passwords.

As an Apple user group member, you are entitled to get the new 1Password service at 25% below the normal $3.99/mo.(US) retail price. This subscription also gets you access to 1Password, not only on the Mac, but also iOS (and Windows/Android as well).

Note that 1Password 7 for Mac is a monthly subscription service.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

CES: Andy Marken’s Take

Content Insider #608 – The Biz You Simply Can’t See All the “Great, Not–So–Great Stuff” at CES by Andy Marken“Men suffer more from imagining too little than too much.”P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman,” Chernin Entertainment, 2017 Sometimes we think we’ve been attending CES since before we were born.

O.K., that’s an exaggeration.

But we can’t remember when the holidays – Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, whatever – weren’t sidelined to make good products/services look great and great ones look stupendous for the world’s biggest consumer technology unveiling event.

Many of the exhibitors spent all their Kickstarter, GoFundMe cash or maxed out their credit cards to show off their “exciting” breakthrough, innovation leaps.

This year’s “forces of tomorrow” were 5G, autonomous vehicles, AI, AR/VR, robots, content everywhere, smart everything filled every square foot of the venues, including a couple of bathroom stalls.

Yes, another exaggeration; but logistics and information overload were insane: 4,500 plus exhibitors 250 conference sessions 1,100 speakers 1,200 plus startups from 50 plus countries 180,000 plus attendees What CES has proven is that every company is a technology company. And it’s a great place to be seen, have your message heard. Even folks from Proctor & Gamble (P&G) had a strong presence as did John Deere and Bell Helicopter.

Food Force – John Deere (l) showed off one of its massive farm systems at CES while Breadbot introduced its automated breadmaking system that will probably appear in local grocery stores, ensuring you get really fresh bread but probably not farm fresh. CES has become such an influential/influencer magnet that organizations like TU Automotive’s Consumer Telemetrics Show (auto stuff), MESA (Media & Entertainment Services Alliance) and dozens of others embedded a mini–show in the event.

Smart companies “leaked” their news before CES, so people could determine what sessions/companies they just had catch.

Not so smart folks embargoed their “news” until the first day of the show when thousands of break–through announcements also hit the wires and social media.
Early Peak – Events like ShowStoppers give members of the media the chance to quickly see new products before the show floors open and can determine which booths they need to visit during the week. Since it is literally and physically impossible to see everything; CES Unveiled, ShowStoppers and two days of press conferences gave media folks a head start on the regular attendees with a buffet of news.

Bigger/badder TV sets, self–driving transportation, 5G, voice–activated and smart things/places, AI and a lot of stuff you didn’t even know you needed –– or wanted – were on display in the miles of exhibit area (2.9M sq. ft), hidden away in a hospitality suite or both.

While Detroit and Paris vie for top automotive show honors, Las Vegas in January is the time where every vehicle manufacturer – car, motorcycle, scooter, tractor, etc. –– focuses on making people think about the wonders that await them over the next few years.

China’s Byton showed why they hired some of the best engineers, designers, thinkers/futurists they could find in the auto/tech industry by unveiling the new K–Byte and M–Byte. They’ll hit showrooms in China in mid–year. Its UI (user interface) and interior cabin are…elegant.
Infotainment – Auto and truck firms are exploring a wide range of solutions to appeal to consumers for tomorrow’s transportation such as Byton’s (l) door–to–door touch screen or Harmon’s rich entertainment solutions.  Samsung’s Harman showed that they thought about people enjoyment in the vehicle no matter where they sit with practical and great–looking information and entertainment.

But at CES, it’s always about showing how technically progressive the vehicle firm is and Audi is eyebrow deep in designing for the future with technology for passenger and trucking vehicles. They’re already testing autonomous vehicles around the globe and were the first to say they will assume complete legal responsibility for the technology they put on the road.
Future Rides – Mitsubishi (l) showed off their sleek concept car at CES while Hyundai showed its unique elevator, which can probably take you almost anywhere in comfort.  Sure, we expect to see a lot of sleek/sexy vehicles from Mercedes, Audi and BMW at the show, but Mitsubishi was a pleasant surprise, even though the show car will probably never be seen on the road.

Hyundai came out of left field with a real off–road vehicle called Elevator. Videos showed how you could enjoy the great outdoors in all kinds of weather, even heavy snow.

The major takeaway from CES is that the vehicle industry is putting a lot of time, money and effort into how people are going to get around tomorrow. They really want you to enjoy more time in your car or truck – lounge chairs, wrap–around movie/TV screens, AR/VR enjoyment on the go, voice control and vehicle–to–vehicle (V2V) and vehicle–to–everything (V2X) communication.

At CES 2025, they will probably be showing third–generation shipping units.

Content Viewing
CES has its roots in home entertainment and even though folks are increasingly walking around with entertainment screens in their hands, the companies still like to show off their big, beautiful TV screens.

There were a lot of new and impressive sets out of China but again, Samsung and LG got all of the initial attention.
Your Wall – Samsung showed CES attendees that they can not only build The Wall, but it will be beautiful. It was pretty hard for Samsung not to get noticed because they actually got The Wall built – 219–in, OTT connection, micro LED screen with 2,000 nits brightness – and it blends with its surroundings.

They had others all hyping 8K, which is really good; but since you’re only getting 4K from Netflix, Hulu and a few others, it begs the question.
Flexible – To capture eyeballs as soon as people entered the main hallway at CES, LG installed an impressive display of its flexible screens and drawing attention to its booth where their new rollable TV screen was spotlighted.  LG highlighted its newest flexible screens with a hallway demo, then showed off their 65–inch TV that rolls into a box when you aren’t watching something.

Since the home entertainment manufacturers now have a decent installed base of 4K sets, 98M plus units in 2018; it’s time to start hyping an even more beautiful screen, so they announced the formation of an 8K standards and education alliance.

Filmmakers have been shooting in 8K for some time now but backing the content down to 4K and even HD, so it can be shown/streamed.

Not sure our kids will really appreciate the improvements on their smartphones, but it will give us something to look forward to next year.

And while there was buzz everywhere about how good life/everything is going to be with 5G, folks will have to wait until the end of the year to be first in line to own a 5G handset.

Since almost everyone who wants one has a smartphone, expanding the market is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive.

So, the question is what do you show that makes people fork over a thousand bucks for a new phone to text with and post selfies on social media?

Yes, there were some tokens shown like the 5G hotspot devices shown by Netgear and Samsung; but other than that…soon.

But there were still plenty of phones shown with multiple high–resolution cameras and curved screen improvements.
Call Me – At CES, Huawei rolled out its Mate 10 Pro (l) featuring three cameras and plenty of storage capacity, while Royole drew a lot of attention with its Pai foldable tablet/smartphone.  Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro featured a large three-camera system and very nice 6.30–inch curved OLED display.

Going head–to–head with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, their eight–core Kirin 980 processor–based device also featured 6GB of RAM and 4200 mAh battery.

But the neatest unit shown was perhaps the Royale Flexpai that’s presently available in China and may be available in other parts of the world late this year.

The foldable smartphone unfolds to become a 7.8–in tablet display, so it really can become another 2–in–1 device. It may sound a little dumb; but like yesteryear’s phablets, there will be more, and they will find their place as kids get older and their eyes yearn for a bigger, better viewing screen.

Personal Attention
Just to reinforce that technology is really, really important in our lives, CTA’s boss, Gary Shapiro, noted that 511 companies exhibited in the show’s digital health category. 

While the global birthrate keeps dropping, according to the World Bank, https://tinyurl.com/y7rxnsqx, it doesn’t mean people aren’t trying.
Family Time – For people who want to manage everything, Ava (l) introduced its fertility band and app at the show. Then, to watch the new little one, Butterfly iQ introduced a handheld ultrasound unit you can connect to your iPhone to follow the baby’s progress. We can only guess that because people don’t want to waste their time doing things that don’t produce a positive result, there were a number of AI–enabled fertility/ovulation solutions that measured everything including resting pulse rate, skin temperature, breathing rate and other important parameters.

Some promoted better sensor performance, a vibrating alarm and with the premium version a consultation with a fertility coach.

Once phase one of the project was completed, parents could move along to something like the Owlet Band that wraps around Mom’s belly to monitor/track important things like the young one’s heart rate, kicks.

Or the Butterfly IQ ultrasound handheld scanner lets the couple follow the little tyke’s progress or maybe check Dad’s heart health when he finds out they’re having twins.

Wearables have come a long way from the basic workout band to smartphones, health trackers and remote patient monitoring devices.

According to Jupiter Research, the category is on course to be a $20B plus market by 2023, while a new category, assistive “hearables” or “connected” hearing aids will be $40B by 2022.
Staying Healthy – Whether you wanted a simple fitness band, a smartwatch to keep track of your exercise progress or a solution to handle it all including monitoring key functions like your ECG and BPM; there were plenty of options available to see and compare. How many will be back on the show floor in 2020 is anyone’s guess.  There was a 25 percent increase in the number of health tech folks at the show––all eager to appeal to the 74M boomers as well as millennials wanting to live a better life and use self–care gadgets.

Many looked like regular analog or digital watches that could monitor the heart and other health conditions with some enabling remote patient monitoring capabilities once they have FDA and CE clearance.

And inevitably, there were the tech–enabled clothes and undergarments to protect you from the ever–encroaching world.

The open question/concern is how will the data be used and shared.

Even though sales of computers have been sliding (again, folks who want ‘em, got ‘em and we’ve extended our replacement cycles) Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus and Huawei rolled out some very sleek, light and powerful new ultralights as well as a number of gamer delights.
It Still Computes – Thinner, lighter and faster than ever; computers still got attention at CES like the Acer Predator Triton 900 (l), HP Spectre 2–in–1 laptops and Alienware Area 51M as well as a whole lot more for the working/gaming folks. CES has become such a major gathering place for business and industry, IBM even unveiled its new quantum computer. It drew the attention of every engineer at the show and obviously, more than a few gamers could only imagine the possibilities.
Palmtop – The Planet Computers Cosmo (l) was unveiled at CES next to the ghost of Summer CES past, the Atari portfolio palmtop system. The unit that caught my eye was the Planet Cosmo that has an Android OS. Not that it was an outstanding piece of computing gear, but it really looked a lot like the Atari Portfolio, a palmtop we helped the company introduce back in ’89.

Portfolio was a PC–compatible unit that sold for $300. We dusted off one of the devices we still have, dropped in some AA batteries and yes, it still works!

Robots of every shape and size wandered the booths this year. Some friendly, some utilitarian, some just to follow you around through the store and carry your purchases for you.

The latter was “cute,” but we couldn’t figure out how you got him/her to the store to help you with the heavy lifting. Not real sure if Walmart is going to have a herd of them waiting for you when you enter the store to tag along just in case you found something you just had to have.

Folks love their pets, which is why they come up with every trick in the book to have them on the plane with them or while wandering the store with the LG Clio shopping cart following them.

In fact, according to the APPA (American Pet Products Association), they spent over $72B last year and will be a $202B plus business by 2025.
Pampered Pets – It seems people will do anything for their pets including privacy for certain functions (Lavviebot – l) and The Little Cat exercise machine (c) or for those who want a comfort pet without all the mess, trouble a Qoobo pet. While we have Rocky, a 46–year–old African Grey, we didn’t see a thing on the floor he would be interested in. He might have liked to watch the updated Sony Aibo robot pup chase balls around the floor and pick up things; but at $3K, we passed.

But there were a lot of new privacy bathrooms for dogs/cats, exercise equipment for the pets, menu planners and delivery services. And, if you wanted a pet but were allergic, there was the AI–enabled grey fat cat pillow, complete with wagging tail.

As big as it was on the show floor, the smart home market was peanuts compared to the pet market – a measly $53.5B according to Statista by 2022.

There was something for every corner of your home, a lot of them AI enabled and a growing number you could talk to. Sure beats talking to yourself!
Home Sweet Home – You name it, there was a smart something for your home including toilets you could talk to courtesy of Kohler (l), package delivery security boxes from Parcel Guard or help in getting your clothes folded just right after the wash from Foldimate.  New beds that “read” if you had a rough day and adjust accordingly, toilets that would respond to your commands except for the final task that was left for you, faucets and appliances that did your bidding and kept track of your eating and more.

If your home wasn’t smarter than you by the time you finished your shopping at CES, you just weren’t trying hard enough.
Lunchtime – Impossible Foods unveiled their second–generation Impossible Burger that looks and tastes just like real meat (we’re told). But in our opinion, the best tech that was shown at CES this year was the Impossible Foods burger.

Since we haven’t eaten meat for 25–30 years, we’ll take their word for it that it has the flavor, aroma and beefiness you’d get from meat. All we know is that people said it was delicious.

Finally, something we could really sink our teeth into at CES and something that proved CTA’s Gary Shapiro’s opening remarks for the show were right, “Consumer technology is everywhere, touches everything today.”

Unfortunately, the show was overshadowed this year by the U.S. government shutdown which prevented a lot of government speakers from attending the show to see how technologies will change the landscape and exchange ideas/information with the global attendees.

The shutdown also created havoc for everyone at the show as we headed home because of the TSA blue flu.

Next year, CTA may enlist IBM’s Project Debater to help smooth the path for exhibitors and attendees. Project Debater uses a combination of machine and deep learning to capture the best arguments and true facts on a subject and helps people arrive at a solution quickly, easily, painlessly.
As with all the new AI–labeled stuff though, we need to keep in mind what IBM’s chief Ginni Rommety cautioned during her keynote, “Like all powerful tools, we’ve got to usher them in safely into society.”

But Shapiro and his team believe P.T. Barnum when he said, “Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.”

read more…

Today at Apple: New Skills, Walks, and Labs

Have you visited Today at Apple recently? There are 50 new sessions on offer,
covering three categories: Skills, Walks, and Labs. In Skills sessions, you
will get familiar with the fundamental techniques and tools of a creative
topic. Labs dive deeper into a creative approach by getting you started on a
project that you can take further. Walks let you experiment with creative
techniques on a guided walk around the neighborhood,designed for all levels,
from beginner to seasoned pro.

Whether you want to learn how to sketch architecture, take the perfect photo
using professional techniques, make an app prototype, engage in a Sphero robot
challenge, or simply enhance your own creative skills, there is a session for
you!

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

Special Offer – Extended through March 31: Apparent Software 30% Discount

Trickster keeps track of recent files you’ve been using on your Mac by giving you super easy and lightning fast access to them. ImageFramer is the Mac way to frame your pictures with over a thousand beautiful frame designs available and more being added constantly. Cashculator is the Mac way to plan, track your cash flow, make smarter financial decisions and reach your financial goals. 
 
While Trickster is regularly $9.95 (US), ImageFramer is $29.95 – $69.95 (US), and Cashculator Family is $29.95 (US), Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 30% off on any of these Apparent Software products.
Get more information or purchase at: https://www.apparentsoft.com
See your user group Ambassador for discount code.
 
This worldwide offer is now valid through March 31, 2019.

Randy Singer: Upgrading To The Very Latest Macintosh Operating System

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the 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, recently posted a long and easy-to-understand article on upgrading to the very latest Macintosh operating system:

Randy writes: read more…

How To: Apple Store, App Store, and iTunes Gift Cards

Members often ask about the difference between Apple Store gift cards and App Store and iTunes gift cards. Each has a specific purpose:

 

Apple Store gift cards can only be used for purchases from an Apple Store, purchases made from Apple.com, or by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE. They can be used to purchase hardware and accessories. You cannot use an Apple Store card for iTunes purchases. You do not need an Apple ID to use an Apple Store gift card.

 

App Store and iTunes cards can be used for downloadable purchases, including the over 50 million songs, millions of apps, books, TV shows, and movies on iTunes. The value can also be used for in-app purchases. You must have an Apple ID to use an App Store and iTunes gift card because the value of the card is, when cashed, applied to your Apple ID account.

User Group News Bulletin

March Featured Vendor: IRIS and Readiris Pro 17 for macOS

I.R.I.S. software has been around almost as long as the Macintosh, helping users reliably scan, recognize, convert, edit, and share digital files. In fact, they were one of the early pioneers in the field of optical character recognition. Where did the name come from? IRIS stands for Image Recognition Integrated Systems, and over the years IRIS has consistently offered solutions that align with their motto: Less Paper, More Content.

Today, thanks to their partners and customers worldwide, IRIS applications are used by hundreds of large companies and SMBs, and by over 40 million end users around the world, with more than 500 products sold daily. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Set Up Heart Rate Alerts and Workout with Apple Watch

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not a look at tracking heart rates and starting a workout with your Apple Watch?

This month, take a look at “How to Start a Workout” on your Apple Watch using the Workout app and watch OS5, and “How to Set up Heart Rate Alerts with Apple Watch.” Show your members how to check their resting heart rates throughout the day, and get alerts if a rate remains above or below a chosen BPM.

Ambassadors: March is a great time to check out the Apple Support channel on YouTube!

Set Up Heart Rate Alerts

Start a Workout on Your Apple Watch

Apple Support’s Channel on YouTube

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus: Why I Love User Groups

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, Houston Chronicle Technology Columnist, Mac Observer iReviews Editor, author of nearly 60 books and one of the world’s leading experts on the Mac OS, delivered his annual “State of the Apple” address at the Houston Area Apple Users Group (HAAUG) on March 16th. 

In an article for the Mac Observer, he talks about why he joined a group and why user groups matter. It is a sweet read and a reminder of why Dr. Mac is so beloved.

Check it out!

https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/why-i-love-mugs/?utm_source=tmo-express&utm_medium=email

TCF: Trenton’s 44th Annual Computer Festival

User group members are invited to register for the 44th annual Trenton Computer Festival (TCF), the oldest computer festival in the world, scheduled for March 23, 2019, at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing, New Jersey. This year’s theme is Cyber Security and the list of speakers and workshops is amazing: a WordPress bootcamp, sessions on blockchain, cybercrime, 8bit game development, drones, Open VPN, building a HAM radio digital hotspot, Raspberry Pi, picking locks, election security, and …well, too many to list here. As you can see, the offerings are incredibly diverse and interesting.

TCF is not just another computer show. It was started by (and is still run by) computer hobbyist volunteers as a non-profit educational event and is sponsored by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of TCNJ. Attendees can enjoy workshops, the ever-popular flea market, commercial exhibits, opportunities to meet and socialize, study for and take a HAM radio licensure, special exhibits, contests and more. While it is too late to buy tickets for the banquet, tickets for the event are available and only $14!

If you are in the area, this is a don’t miss event!

http://www.tcf-nj.org/

Register

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tcf-44-tickets-54402230536

(Thanks to Elsa Travisano for the original tip about TCF)

KansasFest 2017: 31 Years of Enthusiasm and Fun

Mark Pelczarski of Penguin Software, well-known for numerous graphics utilities, books, and games, will be this year’s Keynote speaker as KansasFest 2019 celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the Apple II in Kansas City, Missouri from July 16-21.

With hands-on workshops and so much more, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest. Meet new friends, learn new things, and remember the golden age of the Apple II. Take it from past attendees: You will be more than glad that you attended.

http://www.kansasfest.org/

Check out a look at the 30th Kansas Fest, held in 2018

https://www.kansasfest.org/2018/08/reliving-2018/

 

Apple Special Event March 25: Be There

Wish your group could attend the next Apple Special Event? Apple will be streaming the event on March 25, 2019, at 10 a.m. PDT from the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, so you can watch it from your location. The stream is best experienced on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari on iOS 10 or later; a Mac using Safari on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later; or a PC using Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. Of course, other platforms may also be able to access the stream using recent versions of Chrome or Firefox.

Be there.
https://www.apple.com/apple-events/livestream/

User Group Locator: Update Your Group’s Records

The User Group Locator has easy-to-use features and is one of the best ways to help potential members find your group. Your group can update its records by entering the email address originally used to register the group. The system then returns a link for database access. Not sure what your group’s address of record is? Use the Find a Group form on the Apple User Group Resources blog to see your current information.

Are your group’s records up-to-date? March is a great time to make the updates that can help potential members find your group. read more…

February Featured Vendor: Stellar Data Recovery Software

You may remember Stellar Data Recovery products from multiple Macworld Expos and User Group University events. If you are one of the more than three million people who have used Stellar Data Recovery, you remember it fondly because it works so well. The newest version, Stellar Data Recovery for Mac, offers a range of features to recover lost and deleted data from a Mac-based hard drives, SSDs, memory cards, USB flash drives and other external storage media.  It can easily recover lost partitions, photos, videos, critical office documents and other important files, even from Time Machine, BootCamp partitions and encrypted hard drives. In addition, Stellar Data Recovery for Mac has a great, limited-time, discount offer for user group members and officers on this month’s vendor discount page.

Why not make Stellar Data Recovery Software the topic for your group’s next meeting?

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CES 2019: an Overview by Tom Piper

CES 2019: an Overview
By Tom Piper, UGAB Vendor Liaison and appleJAC Secretary

The Computer Electronic Show (CES) isn’t just a trade show, it’s an annual gathering that is so well orchestrated and run that it just keeps getting bigger and more important to every business and industry. From the OMG (impressive!) to the OMG (seriously?) it’s an event where firms make their best stuff look even bigger, better and days can be filled with excellent educational, informational sessions. Sure it’s all about the technologies and products that will change the way people work and live. The new stuff this year (2019) was impressive, but for the seasoned CES attendee it’s a chance to reconnect with folks and develop new relationships.

On February 5, 2019, I provided a variety of information to attendees at our monthly appleJAC meeting as a followup to my January 7-12, 2019, trip to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. If you missed this gathering, or would like to see the videos captured of the meeting, just click on the following links:

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Apple user group members can use the special website below at checkout to get the Professional version for $69.99 ($10 off regular price), the Premium version for $79.99 ($100 off regular price), or the Technician version for $159.00 ($140 off regular price).

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is valid through April 30, 2019.

Mac Memories: A Look Back and Reader’s Responses

Thanks much to readers who sent in their Mac memories. Many were sweet and some brought a smile or a laugh on this side of the screen. For example, the young boy in the picture, Jason Piper, is now president of a Mac User Group (and he still has that same sweet smile).

Here are a few letters that offer a look at experiences that were echoed by many writers, and a link to an early User Group Connection video. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did:

“I started my business in 1982 with a Kaypro computer. Then a friend said I would do much better with a Mac. I bought a Mac Plus and found the holy grail of computers. I sure needed a lot of help learning computing vs file drawers and hard copies.

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Randy Singer: Free or Inexpensive Macintosh Software

 Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the 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 recently posted an interesting article discussing Free or Inexpensive Macintosh Software. If you aren’t subscribing to Randy’s Newsletter, you are missing out on some great ideas.

Check it out:

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

Visit MacAttorney:

http://www.macattorney.com/

Special Offer Update – AgileBits 1Password 7: 25% Discount

Too many passwords to remember? 1Password 7 for Mac is a password manager that goes beyond simple password storage by integrating directly with your web browser to automatically log you into websites, enter credit card information, fill registration forms, and easily generate strong passwords.

As an Apple user group member, you are entitled to get the new 1Password service at 25% below the normal $3.99/mo.(US) retail price. This subscription also gets you access to 1Password, not only on the Mac, but also iOS (and Windows/Android as well).

Note that 1Password 7 for Mac is a monthly subscription service.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

CES: Andy Marken’s Take

Content Insider #608 – The Biz You Simply Can’t See All the “Great, Not–So–Great Stuff” at CES by Andy Marken“Men suffer more from imagining too little than too much.”P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman,” Chernin Entertainment, 2017 Sometimes we think we’ve been attending CES since before we were born.

O.K., that’s an exaggeration.

But we can’t remember when the holidays – Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, whatever – weren’t sidelined to make good products/services look great and great ones look stupendous for the world’s biggest consumer technology unveiling event.

Many of the exhibitors spent all their Kickstarter, GoFundMe cash or maxed out their credit cards to show off their “exciting” breakthrough, innovation leaps.

This year’s “forces of tomorrow” were 5G, autonomous vehicles, AI, AR/VR, robots, content everywhere, smart everything filled every square foot of the venues, including a couple of bathroom stalls.

Yes, another exaggeration; but logistics and information overload were insane: 4,500 plus exhibitors 250 conference sessions 1,100 speakers 1,200 plus startups from 50 plus countries 180,000 plus attendees What CES has proven is that every company is a technology company. And it’s a great place to be seen, have your message heard. Even folks from Proctor & Gamble (P&G) had a strong presence as did John Deere and Bell Helicopter.

Food Force – John Deere (l) showed off one of its massive farm systems at CES while Breadbot introduced its automated breadmaking system that will probably appear in local grocery stores, ensuring you get really fresh bread but probably not farm fresh. CES has become such an influential/influencer magnet that organizations like TU Automotive’s Consumer Telemetrics Show (auto stuff), MESA (Media & Entertainment Services Alliance) and dozens of others embedded a mini–show in the event.

Smart companies “leaked” their news before CES, so people could determine what sessions/companies they just had catch.

Not so smart folks embargoed their “news” until the first day of the show when thousands of break–through announcements also hit the wires and social media.
Early Peak – Events like ShowStoppers give members of the media the chance to quickly see new products before the show floors open and can determine which booths they need to visit during the week. Since it is literally and physically impossible to see everything; CES Unveiled, ShowStoppers and two days of press conferences gave media folks a head start on the regular attendees with a buffet of news.

Bigger/badder TV sets, self–driving transportation, 5G, voice–activated and smart things/places, AI and a lot of stuff you didn’t even know you needed –– or wanted – were on display in the miles of exhibit area (2.9M sq. ft), hidden away in a hospitality suite or both.

While Detroit and Paris vie for top automotive show honors, Las Vegas in January is the time where every vehicle manufacturer – car, motorcycle, scooter, tractor, etc. –– focuses on making people think about the wonders that await them over the next few years.

China’s Byton showed why they hired some of the best engineers, designers, thinkers/futurists they could find in the auto/tech industry by unveiling the new K–Byte and M–Byte. They’ll hit showrooms in China in mid–year. Its UI (user interface) and interior cabin are…elegant.
Infotainment – Auto and truck firms are exploring a wide range of solutions to appeal to consumers for tomorrow’s transportation such as Byton’s (l) door–to–door touch screen or Harmon’s rich entertainment solutions.  Samsung’s Harman showed that they thought about people enjoyment in the vehicle no matter where they sit with practical and great–looking information and entertainment.

But at CES, it’s always about showing how technically progressive the vehicle firm is and Audi is eyebrow deep in designing for the future with technology for passenger and trucking vehicles. They’re already testing autonomous vehicles around the globe and were the first to say they will assume complete legal responsibility for the technology they put on the road.
Future Rides – Mitsubishi (l) showed off their sleek concept car at CES while Hyundai showed its unique elevator, which can probably take you almost anywhere in comfort.  Sure, we expect to see a lot of sleek/sexy vehicles from Mercedes, Audi and BMW at the show, but Mitsubishi was a pleasant surprise, even though the show car will probably never be seen on the road.

Hyundai came out of left field with a real off–road vehicle called Elevator. Videos showed how you could enjoy the great outdoors in all kinds of weather, even heavy snow.

The major takeaway from CES is that the vehicle industry is putting a lot of time, money and effort into how people are going to get around tomorrow. They really want you to enjoy more time in your car or truck – lounge chairs, wrap–around movie/TV screens, AR/VR enjoyment on the go, voice control and vehicle–to–vehicle (V2V) and vehicle–to–everything (V2X) communication.

At CES 2025, they will probably be showing third–generation shipping units.

Content Viewing
CES has its roots in home entertainment and even though folks are increasingly walking around with entertainment screens in their hands, the companies still like to show off their big, beautiful TV screens.

There were a lot of new and impressive sets out of China but again, Samsung and LG got all of the initial attention.
Your Wall – Samsung showed CES attendees that they can not only build The Wall, but it will be beautiful. It was pretty hard for Samsung not to get noticed because they actually got The Wall built – 219–in, OTT connection, micro LED screen with 2,000 nits brightness – and it blends with its surroundings.

They had others all hyping 8K, which is really good; but since you’re only getting 4K from Netflix, Hulu and a few others, it begs the question.
Flexible – To capture eyeballs as soon as people entered the main hallway at CES, LG installed an impressive display of its flexible screens and drawing attention to its booth where their new rollable TV screen was spotlighted.  LG highlighted its newest flexible screens with a hallway demo, then showed off their 65–inch TV that rolls into a box when you aren’t watching something.

Since the home entertainment manufacturers now have a decent installed base of 4K sets, 98M plus units in 2018; it’s time to start hyping an even more beautiful screen, so they announced the formation of an 8K standards and education alliance.

Filmmakers have been shooting in 8K for some time now but backing the content down to 4K and even HD, so it can be shown/streamed.

Not sure our kids will really appreciate the improvements on their smartphones, but it will give us something to look forward to next year.

And while there was buzz everywhere about how good life/everything is going to be with 5G, folks will have to wait until the end of the year to be first in line to own a 5G handset.

Since almost everyone who wants one has a smartphone, expanding the market is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive.

So, the question is what do you show that makes people fork over a thousand bucks for a new phone to text with and post selfies on social media?

Yes, there were some tokens shown like the 5G hotspot devices shown by Netgear and Samsung; but other than that…soon.

But there were still plenty of phones shown with multiple high–resolution cameras and curved screen improvements.
Call Me – At CES, Huawei rolled out its Mate 10 Pro (l) featuring three cameras and plenty of storage capacity, while Royole drew a lot of attention with its Pai foldable tablet/smartphone.  Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro featured a large three-camera system and very nice 6.30–inch curved OLED display.

Going head–to–head with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, their eight–core Kirin 980 processor–based device also featured 6GB of RAM and 4200 mAh battery.

But the neatest unit shown was perhaps the Royale Flexpai that’s presently available in China and may be available in other parts of the world late this year.

The foldable smartphone unfolds to become a 7.8–in tablet display, so it really can become another 2–in–1 device. It may sound a little dumb; but like yesteryear’s phablets, there will be more, and they will find their place as kids get older and their eyes yearn for a bigger, better viewing screen.

Personal Attention
Just to reinforce that technology is really, really important in our lives, CTA’s boss, Gary Shapiro, noted that 511 companies exhibited in the show’s digital health category. 

While the global birthrate keeps dropping, according to the World Bank, https://tinyurl.com/y7rxnsqx, it doesn’t mean people aren’t trying.
Family Time – For people who want to manage everything, Ava (l) introduced its fertility band and app at the show. Then, to watch the new little one, Butterfly iQ introduced a handheld ultrasound unit you can connect to your iPhone to follow the baby’s progress. We can only guess that because people don’t want to waste their time doing things that don’t produce a positive result, there were a number of AI–enabled fertility/ovulation solutions that measured everything including resting pulse rate, skin temperature, breathing rate and other important parameters.

Some promoted better sensor performance, a vibrating alarm and with the premium version a consultation with a fertility coach.

Once phase one of the project was completed, parents could move along to something like the Owlet Band that wraps around Mom’s belly to monitor/track important things like the young one’s heart rate, kicks.

Or the Butterfly IQ ultrasound handheld scanner lets the couple follow the little tyke’s progress or maybe check Dad’s heart health when he finds out they’re having twins.

Wearables have come a long way from the basic workout band to smartphones, health trackers and remote patient monitoring devices.

According to Jupiter Research, the category is on course to be a $20B plus market by 2023, while a new category, assistive “hearables” or “connected” hearing aids will be $40B by 2022.
Staying Healthy – Whether you wanted a simple fitness band, a smartwatch to keep track of your exercise progress or a solution to handle it all including monitoring key functions like your ECG and BPM; there were plenty of options available to see and compare. How many will be back on the show floor in 2020 is anyone’s guess.  There was a 25 percent increase in the number of health tech folks at the show––all eager to appeal to the 74M boomers as well as millennials wanting to live a better life and use self–care gadgets.

Many looked like regular analog or digital watches that could monitor the heart and other health conditions with some enabling remote patient monitoring capabilities once they have FDA and CE clearance.

And inevitably, there were the tech–enabled clothes and undergarments to protect you from the ever–encroaching world.

The open question/concern is how will the data be used and shared.

Even though sales of computers have been sliding (again, folks who want ‘em, got ‘em and we’ve extended our replacement cycles) Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus and Huawei rolled out some very sleek, light and powerful new ultralights as well as a number of gamer delights.
It Still Computes – Thinner, lighter and faster than ever; computers still got attention at CES like the Acer Predator Triton 900 (l), HP Spectre 2–in–1 laptops and Alienware Area 51M as well as a whole lot more for the working/gaming folks. CES has become such a major gathering place for business and industry, IBM even unveiled its new quantum computer. It drew the attention of every engineer at the show and obviously, more than a few gamers could only imagine the possibilities.
Palmtop – The Planet Computers Cosmo (l) was unveiled at CES next to the ghost of Summer CES past, the Atari portfolio palmtop system. The unit that caught my eye was the Planet Cosmo that has an Android OS. Not that it was an outstanding piece of computing gear, but it really looked a lot like the Atari Portfolio, a palmtop we helped the company introduce back in ’89.

Portfolio was a PC–compatible unit that sold for $300. We dusted off one of the devices we still have, dropped in some AA batteries and yes, it still works!

Robots of every shape and size wandered the booths this year. Some friendly, some utilitarian, some just to follow you around through the store and carry your purchases for you.

The latter was “cute,” but we couldn’t figure out how you got him/her to the store to help you with the heavy lifting. Not real sure if Walmart is going to have a herd of them waiting for you when you enter the store to tag along just in case you found something you just had to have.

Folks love their pets, which is why they come up with every trick in the book to have them on the plane with them or while wandering the store with the LG Clio shopping cart following them.

In fact, according to the APPA (American Pet Products Association), they spent over $72B last year and will be a $202B plus business by 2025.
Pampered Pets – It seems people will do anything for their pets including privacy for certain functions (Lavviebot – l) and The Little Cat exercise machine (c) or for those who want a comfort pet without all the mess, trouble a Qoobo pet. While we have Rocky, a 46–year–old African Grey, we didn’t see a thing on the floor he would be interested in. He might have liked to watch the updated Sony Aibo robot pup chase balls around the floor and pick up things; but at $3K, we passed.

But there were a lot of new privacy bathrooms for dogs/cats, exercise equipment for the pets, menu planners and delivery services. And, if you wanted a pet but were allergic, there was the AI–enabled grey fat cat pillow, complete with wagging tail.

As big as it was on the show floor, the smart home market was peanuts compared to the pet market – a measly $53.5B according to Statista by 2022.

There was something for every corner of your home, a lot of them AI enabled and a growing number you could talk to. Sure beats talking to yourself!
Home Sweet Home – You name it, there was a smart something for your home including toilets you could talk to courtesy of Kohler (l), package delivery security boxes from Parcel Guard or help in getting your clothes folded just right after the wash from Foldimate.  New beds that “read” if you had a rough day and adjust accordingly, toilets that would respond to your commands except for the final task that was left for you, faucets and appliances that did your bidding and kept track of your eating and more.

If your home wasn’t smarter than you by the time you finished your shopping at CES, you just weren’t trying hard enough.
Lunchtime – Impossible Foods unveiled their second–generation Impossible Burger that looks and tastes just like real meat (we’re told). But in our opinion, the best tech that was shown at CES this year was the Impossible Foods burger.

Since we haven’t eaten meat for 25–30 years, we’ll take their word for it that it has the flavor, aroma and beefiness you’d get from meat. All we know is that people said it was delicious.

Finally, something we could really sink our teeth into at CES and something that proved CTA’s Gary Shapiro’s opening remarks for the show were right, “Consumer technology is everywhere, touches everything today.”

Unfortunately, the show was overshadowed this year by the U.S. government shutdown which prevented a lot of government speakers from attending the show to see how technologies will change the landscape and exchange ideas/information with the global attendees.

The shutdown also created havoc for everyone at the show as we headed home because of the TSA blue flu.

Next year, CTA may enlist IBM’s Project Debater to help smooth the path for exhibitors and attendees. Project Debater uses a combination of machine and deep learning to capture the best arguments and true facts on a subject and helps people arrive at a solution quickly, easily, painlessly.
As with all the new AI–labeled stuff though, we need to keep in mind what IBM’s chief Ginni Rommety cautioned during her keynote, “Like all powerful tools, we’ve got to usher them in safely into society.”

But Shapiro and his team believe P.T. Barnum when he said, “Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.”

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Today at Apple: New Skills, Walks, and Labs

Have you visited Today at Apple recently? There are 50 new sessions on offer,
covering three categories: Skills, Walks, and Labs. In Skills sessions, you
will get familiar with the fundamental techniques and tools of a creative
topic. Labs dive deeper into a creative approach by getting you started on a
project that you can take further. Walks let you experiment with creative
techniques on a guided walk around the neighborhood,designed for all levels,
from beginner to seasoned pro.

Whether you want to learn how to sketch architecture, take the perfect photo
using professional techniques, make an app prototype, engage in a Sphero robot
challenge, or simply enhance your own creative skills, there is a session for
you!

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

Special Offer – Extended through March 31: Apparent Software 30% Discount

Trickster keeps track of recent files you’ve been using on your Mac by giving you super easy and lightning fast access to them. ImageFramer is the Mac way to frame your pictures with over a thousand beautiful frame designs available and more being added constantly. Cashculator is the Mac way to plan, track your cash flow, make smarter financial decisions and reach your financial goals. 
 
While Trickster is regularly $9.95 (US), ImageFramer is $29.95 – $69.95 (US), and Cashculator Family is $29.95 (US), Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 30% off on any of these Apparent Software products.
Get more information or purchase at: https://www.apparentsoft.com
See your user group Ambassador for discount code.
 
This worldwide offer is now valid through March 31, 2019.

Randy Singer: Upgrading To The Very Latest Macintosh Operating System

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the 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, recently posted a long and easy-to-understand article on upgrading to the very latest Macintosh operating system:

Randy writes: read more…

How To: Apple Store, App Store, and iTunes Gift Cards

Members often ask about the difference between Apple Store gift cards and App Store and iTunes gift cards. Each has a specific purpose:

 

Apple Store gift cards can only be used for purchases from an Apple Store, purchases made from Apple.com, or by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE. They can be used to purchase hardware and accessories. You cannot use an Apple Store card for iTunes purchases. You do not need an Apple ID to use an Apple Store gift card.

 

App Store and iTunes cards can be used for downloadable purchases, including the over 50 million songs, millions of apps, books, TV shows, and movies on iTunes. The value can also be used for in-app purchases. You must have an Apple ID to use an App Store and iTunes gift card because the value of the card is, when cashed, applied to your Apple ID account.



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