November’s Featured Vendor: Dan’s Tutorials

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

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

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

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

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

Check it out!

https://fortheloveofdocs.deadline.com/

How To: User Group Ambassador

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

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

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

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

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

MacAttorney Email Software Page

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

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

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

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

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

Apple Fitness+ Coming late 2020

News to Use: ResearchKit, CareKit and More

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

AWUGU: Using Zoom as a Presenter by Tom Piper

by Tom Piper, Coordinator

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

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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…)