Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

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

Meeting Ideas: Apple One and the new iPad Air

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

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

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

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

This month, check out Apple News.

Apple News

Meeting Idea: How to record the screen on your Mac

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

Apple Support on YouTube – Learn how to record your screen

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

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



Meeting Idea: Apple Research app

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

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

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

Apple Research app

August’s Featured Vendor: O’Reilly Media

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

How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

onestarRaising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

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

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


AWUGU: Nuts & Bolts Meeting Report by Tom Piper

by Tom Piper, Coordinator

Our fourth Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 8:00pm CST, on July 20, 2020, via Zoom. We had 29 participants who joined for the topic of “Nuts & Bolts of User Group Management” (see attached image and list). The 61-minute video can be viewed at: (unlisted YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, Zoom instructions, and a 5-minute presentation about my appleJAC User Group where I presented our 35-year history and operations ( I also introduced Doug Smith and Rex Covington from Houston TX, who are Chair and Photographer respectively of the Apple User Group Advisory Board. (more…)