Meeting Ideas: iPad, HomePod, and iWork

Looking for a short presentation for your group? In the last month, Apple has introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad, major updates to iWork, and new colors and styles for Apple accessories. The good news is that ASW has an entire section dedicated to iPads (L503112A-en_US), including iPad – First Look (L575790A-en_US ) and iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US). ASW also has a section covering the newest version of iWork (iWork on ASW: L540974A-en_US).

Interested in HomePod? ASTO offers a HomePod Top Features Demo Guide (L574990A-en_US) and HomePod – Product Presentation (L574599A-en_US) to help your members learn about the key features and benefits of HomePod.

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

Apple and Earth Day 2018: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

You may think that you are aware of the many innovative products that came from Apple research, but did you know that Apple invented a line of disassembly robots (Liam)? While existing recycling techniques only recover a few kinds of materials and often diminish their quality, these robots can recover 1900 kg of aluminum, 1.3 kg Gold, 7 kg silver, 24 kg rare earth elements, 3.5 kg tungsten, 800 kg copper, 0.4 kg platinum group metals, 55 kg tin, 550 kg cobalt, and 2.5 kg tantalum from every 100,000 iPhone 6 devices that are turned in for recycling. (more…)

User Group Stories: AUSOM

This is a new series presented by the Apple User Group Advisory Board to spotlight and share the experiences of Apple User Groups around the world. We will take a look at how groups are managing, meeting, growing, networking, and adjusting to the needs of members in the 21st century.

By Rick Ortiz, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board


This month we share the story of Apple Users Society of Melbourne, better know as AUSOM. We traveled (virtually) around the world to find out the story of how AUSOM has been so successful. We had the opportunity to participate in a FaceTime meeting with the group’s members and leaders at their monthly meeting. What is amazing, is this group is in its 40th year, and the group appears to be going strong. In a day and age where social media, texting, and technology has become the mainstream communication method, this group has proven that in-person social interaction, networking and sharing creates true and long lasting friendship. And to that end, the sustainability of AUSOM. As one of their members stated, “It’s not about the computers, but what we do with them.” Let’s take a look at what makes this group so successful.


LACPUG: Apple FCPX and Motion Presentation

For January’s Los Angeles Creative Pro Users Group (LACPUG) a standing room only crowd of Hollywood editors and filmmakers enjoyed a special presentation on Final Cut Pro.

Apple marketing, with help from Patrick Southern and Sam Mestman from LumaForge, gave attendees a look at 10.4’s latest features. Wow! Thanks to Michael Horton, LAFCPUG founder and leader, and co-producer of Creative Pro SuperMeets for this link!

Check out LAFCPUG

Enjoy videos from LumaForge:

HAAUG’s 25th Anniversary: Woz Presentation

The Houston Area Apple Users Group regularly attracts top speakers, and their 25th Anniversary was no exception. Steve Wozniak, their Keynote speaker, shared memories about his experiences and offered thoughts about Apple today. Rex Covington of the Apple User Group Advisory Board generously posted the Keynote recently so that we could share. (Thanks Rex!)


KansasFest 2018: 30 Years and Going Strong

KansasFest 2018, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 17 – 22 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 30th time that this event, an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie, has been held.

KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. In upcoming weeks, the KansasFest web site will announce registration details, so keep an eye on the site listed below. (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 two million people who have used Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery, you remember it fondly because it works so well. The newest version, Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Professional 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 has a great 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?


CES 2018: Meeting the Stars

CES 2018: Meeting the Stars

by Tom Piper


This year’s January 9-12, 2018, visit to Las Vegas for the 51st edition of the Consumer Electronic Show was once again a dazzling mix of amazing products and puzzling potentials. Like Wonder Woman with her motorcycle, I met many “star” electronics from name brands like Samsung, LG, Sony, Kodak, Panasonic and others, while being introduced to a wide array of new ideas and concepts being featured by broad spectrum of unknowns from many diverse countries. (more…)

Randy B. Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Word Processors

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 commented about word processors for Mac users:

“I’ve found that lots of Macintosh users wish that they had more choices for a word processor.  The thing is…they do.  They just don’t know where to find out about all the available products.”

So, he has created a page covering currently-available offerings and it is both comprehensive and helpful.

Check it out – maybe even contribute to the conversation:

Visit MacAttorney.