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

Apple logo

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. read 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).

read more…

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. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Apple One and the new iPad Air

Looking for a quick meeting topic? ASW and Apple.com 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).

https://asw.apple.com/Salesresource/L575791A-en_US

https://asw.apple.com/Salesresource/L591015A-en_US

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/09/apple-one-makes-enjoying-apple-subscription-services-easier-than-ever/

https://www.apple.com/ipad/

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? read 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 videoshttps://www.patreon.com

read more…

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: https://youtu.be/l9QH31pJyAk (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 (www.applejac.org). I also introduced Doug Smith and Rex Covington from Houston TX, who are Chair and Photographer respectively of the Apple User Group Advisory Board. read more…

Featured Vendor: Joe Kissell of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Joe Kissell of alt concepts, co-publisher (with his wife Morgen Jahnke) of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books, a senior contributor to Macworld, prolific author, and long time user group supporter. Joe On Tech guides provide friendly, comprehensive and up-to-date advice on important tech topics. Take Control ebooks cover much more detail than a magazine article but are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book. Joe is Take Control’s most prolific author and you probably have at least a few of his works already. Other beloved Take Control authors include well-known tech experts, such as Andy Affleck, Caroline Rose, Glenn Fleishman, Jason Snell, Jeff Carlson, Jeff Porten, Josh Centers, Kelly Turner, Kirk McElhearn, Michael E. Cohen, Robyn Weisman, Scholle McFarland, and Sharon Zardetto.

read more…

Randy Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Routine Maintenance

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 link to his most-popular web site, covering routine Macintosh maintenance. 

Mac Attorney: Routine Macintosh Maintenance

Interestingly, the site is just one of the many resources that Randy generously has been offering for free since 1996 via his MacAttorney pages. Here are a few others that are both popular and informative.

Macintosh Word Processing Software

Free Or Inexpensive Macintosh Software

Macintosh Slowdown Solutions

Macintosh Beachballs!

Upgrading To The Latest Macintosh OS

Macintosh Accounting Software

Macintosh Email Software

Thanks for all you do for the Macintosh community Randy!

http://www.macattorney.com

 

 

Tech Tips: How to Make a Simple Video Presentation Using an iPhone & iMovie

Many user group members know communications expert Garr Reynolds. His Presentation Zen books, seminars, and videos are best sellers, and he has been a leader in the user group community for years. With so many people working, and presenting, from home, Garr recently released a short video explaining how to make an effective presentation using tools you already have: iPhone, PowerPoint, and iMovie. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish!

How to Make a Simple Video Presentation Using an iPhone, PowerPoint, and iMovie

Presentation Zen

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 OS6, 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: July 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

How To: Q&A Best Practices by Tom Piper

written by Tom Piper, Past President of appleJAC User Group and Head of the Apple User Group Vendor team

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 35 years of our existence, appleJAC has evolved through a variety of Q&A processes. This How-To session will describe each of the successful methods that we have used.

 

Presentation Q&As

One of the most prevalent and persistent Q&A opportunities is during and after a topic is presented to the user group membership. We previously asked people to refrain from asking questions until the end of the presentation, but found that this unnecessarily restrained audience participation, which is an important aspect of user groups. Instead, we encourage questions at any time, but strictly adhere to a preset time limit (using a visible timer), which everyone is made aware of in advance. Questions must also remain “on topic” so the discussions do stray away from the theme of the presentation.

read more…

Today at Apple – At Home: New Sessions and New Ideas

Many groups have moved to online meetings. Still, it can be hard to find a meeting topic when members and presenters are doing their part to flatten the curve. The good news is that each Today at Apple – At Home session offers unique and helpful ideas so your members can get more from the software and hardware they already own and enjoy.

Current Today at Apple – At Home titles include:

  • Turn your home into music with GarageBand
  • Add a bit of magic to videos with Clips
  • Add drama and style to your portraits with iPhone
  • Make your videos more cinematic with iPhone
  • Draw playful portraits with iPad

Each session is short – lasting only 3-5 minutes –  and the tutorials are fun, clever, and easy.

Help your members learn a new skill today.

https://www.apple.com/today/feature/today-at-home/

User Group News Bulletin

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

Apple logo

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. read 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).

read more…

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. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Apple One and the new iPad Air

Looking for a quick meeting topic? ASW and Apple.com 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).

https://asw.apple.com/Salesresource/L575791A-en_US

https://asw.apple.com/Salesresource/L591015A-en_US

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/09/apple-one-makes-enjoying-apple-subscription-services-easier-than-ever/

https://www.apple.com/ipad/

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? read 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 videoshttps://www.patreon.com

read more…

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: https://youtu.be/l9QH31pJyAk (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 (www.applejac.org). I also introduced Doug Smith and Rex Covington from Houston TX, who are Chair and Photographer respectively of the Apple User Group Advisory Board. read more…

Featured Vendor: Joe Kissell of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Joe Kissell of alt concepts, co-publisher (with his wife Morgen Jahnke) of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books, a senior contributor to Macworld, prolific author, and long time user group supporter. Joe On Tech guides provide friendly, comprehensive and up-to-date advice on important tech topics. Take Control ebooks cover much more detail than a magazine article but are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book. Joe is Take Control’s most prolific author and you probably have at least a few of his works already. Other beloved Take Control authors include well-known tech experts, such as Andy Affleck, Caroline Rose, Glenn Fleishman, Jason Snell, Jeff Carlson, Jeff Porten, Josh Centers, Kelly Turner, Kirk McElhearn, Michael E. Cohen, Robyn Weisman, Scholle McFarland, and Sharon Zardetto.

read more…

Randy Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Routine Maintenance

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 link to his most-popular web site, covering routine Macintosh maintenance. 

Mac Attorney: Routine Macintosh Maintenance

Interestingly, the site is just one of the many resources that Randy generously has been offering for free since 1996 via his MacAttorney pages. Here are a few others that are both popular and informative.

Macintosh Word Processing Software

Free Or Inexpensive Macintosh Software

Macintosh Slowdown Solutions

Macintosh Beachballs!

Upgrading To The Latest Macintosh OS

Macintosh Accounting Software

Macintosh Email Software

Thanks for all you do for the Macintosh community Randy!

http://www.macattorney.com

 

 

Tech Tips: How to Make a Simple Video Presentation Using an iPhone & iMovie

Many user group members know communications expert Garr Reynolds. His Presentation Zen books, seminars, and videos are best sellers, and he has been a leader in the user group community for years. With so many people working, and presenting, from home, Garr recently released a short video explaining how to make an effective presentation using tools you already have: iPhone, PowerPoint, and iMovie. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish!

How to Make a Simple Video Presentation Using an iPhone, PowerPoint, and iMovie

Presentation Zen

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 OS6, 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: July 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

How To: Q&A Best Practices by Tom Piper

written by Tom Piper, Past President of appleJAC User Group and Head of the Apple User Group Vendor team

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 35 years of our existence, appleJAC has evolved through a variety of Q&A processes. This How-To session will describe each of the successful methods that we have used.

 

Presentation Q&As

One of the most prevalent and persistent Q&A opportunities is during and after a topic is presented to the user group membership. We previously asked people to refrain from asking questions until the end of the presentation, but found that this unnecessarily restrained audience participation, which is an important aspect of user groups. Instead, we encourage questions at any time, but strictly adhere to a preset time limit (using a visible timer), which everyone is made aware of in advance. Questions must also remain “on topic” so the discussions do stray away from the theme of the presentation.

read more…

Today at Apple – At Home: New Sessions and New Ideas

Many groups have moved to online meetings. Still, it can be hard to find a meeting topic when members and presenters are doing their part to flatten the curve. The good news is that each Today at Apple – At Home session offers unique and helpful ideas so your members can get more from the software and hardware they already own and enjoy.

Current Today at Apple – At Home titles include:

  • Turn your home into music with GarageBand
  • Add a bit of magic to videos with Clips
  • Add drama and style to your portraits with iPhone
  • Make your videos more cinematic with iPhone
  • Draw playful portraits with iPad

Each session is short – lasting only 3-5 minutes –  and the tutorials are fun, clever, and easy.

Help your members learn a new skill today.

https://www.apple.com/today/feature/today-at-home/



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