Meeting Ideas: Apple Card, Home Pod, and Apple News

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not use ASW’s presentations to feature Apple Card, Home Pod, or Apple News as your meeting topic?

This month, take a look at “HomePod – First Look” (L574596A-en_US), “Apple Card – First Look” (L584137A-en_US), and “Apple News – First Look” (L542578A-en_US).

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check out ASW offerings.

Resources: Apple Support on Twitter

Want to learn new ways to use your Apple products? Apple Support on Twitter (@AppleSupport) offers tips, tricks, and helpful information when you need it most. From answering your questions to providing tips that increase productivity and enjoyment, there is something for every user. 

For example, in the last few days topics included enhancing your work-life balance via dual SIM support, more uses for Spotlight on your Mac, how to share an iCloud calendar, using Continuity to seamlessly connect your Apple devices, how to use “Hey Siri” on your AirPods, how to animate objects in Keynote for iPad, how to use Dictation to take notes without typing, and other useful information.

Ambassadors: Apple Support on Twitter is a great resource for helpful information.

Apple Support on Twitter


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!

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. (more…)

Just-released iMac and iPads are a great meeting topic

When new Apple products come out, members always want to know what is new and amazing. They also want to know what has been changed, improved, removed, or retained from previous versions.

ASW has the answers that your members want in formats that make presentation easy. With iPad Pro – Then and Now (L550631A-en_US), iPad Air – Then and Now (L583891A-en_US), iPad mini – Then and Now (L583892A-en_US), and iMac – Then and Now (L519831A-en_US) published on March 19 you will have the most up-to-date information covering each of the newest releases.

Ambassadors: March is a great time to check out ASW presentations.

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!


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

KansasFest 2019: 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.

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

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. (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?