Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
We have confirmed the meeting schedule with the library until the middle of the year.

March 2018 19th third Monday
April 2018 16th third Monday
May 2018 21st third Monday
June 2018 18th third Monday

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February 5th General Meeting

iPhone X and iOS 11

What you need to know

Regular Features

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a Travelocity Platinum Series Connect and Shoot selfie stick, a Sabrent 4-port aluminum USB 3.0 hub, an mPower! flat Lightning cable and car charger, and two special 3D-printed drawing prizes. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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January 8th General Meeting

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Augmented Reality – It Isn’t Just for Games

Come and find out what it is for!

Apple has said that Augmented Reality will be their “Next Big Thing”. But just what is it and why is it a big deal? Is it just something for games, or might it be used to solve problems in day-to-day life?

Long story short… Augmented Reality has the potential to revolutionize every aspect of our lives and in the long run, could lead to humans whose mental capabilities are permanently enhanced by symbiotic computer associates.

And in the short run, it will be used in some pretty cool games.

Join us on Monday, January 8, 2018, when Warren W. James will explain what Augmented Reality is and how it could be used to enhance your life. He’ll also tell you what Apple is doing to make Augmented Reality a tool that app developers can incorporate into their newest apps.  Mo! will show us some examples of how Augmented Reality is being used in games you can play today on your iOS devices.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a Belkin 2-port swivel charger, iKlear Travel Singles, a SABRENT 4-port aluminum USB 3.0 hub, and an Apple AC-to-USB 5-volt power block for iPhone/iPod Touch. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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December 18th General Meeting

 

Holiday Party

Top o’ the season to ye!

The holidays are almost upon us and that means it’s time for Apple users to get together to share some holiday spirit and talk about our favorite computers, phones, and tablets.

Join us on Monday, December 18th, for our last meeting of 2017. We’ll spend some time Apping & Trapping and some more time being appleCored. Plus, we’re going to have a holiday party with all the things you’d expect – cookies, egg nog, and other delights. And on top of that, we’ll be having an expanded holiday-sized drawing.

Sounds like a lot of fun so don’t miss it. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the bash.

So have a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and a celebratory Solstice.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes two $25.00 iTunes gift cards, a 32GB EMTEC Connect iCobra 2 USB 3/Lightning flash drive for iOS devices, a Mimo Power Tube2 Star Wars 2600 mAh rechargeable backup battery with a Lightning adapter, and special holiday drawing prizes. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a lot of cool, interesting, I-hadn’t-ever-heard-of-that-before stuff.

At Conrad’s, architecture in Singapore, Star Trek episodes, and HDMI numbers were covered.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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November 20th General Meeting

Preparing for the Holidays

We’re trying to help you cope.

There’s soooo much stuff out there for computer/device/tech fans. Whatta ya gonna get for your favorite geek? Or for yourself, for that matter…

Never fear, your intrepid Board members are coming to the rescue! We’ll all have really cool software and hardware recommendations ready to present.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a Rally 100 watt, 0.9amp power inverter with USB port and map light; an IOGEAR SD/MMC/MicroSD card reader/writer; an XTREME KLEAN gas duster; an AR charge & sync cable; and a $25.00 Amazon gift card. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a different meeting location, a fascinating presentation, some new faces, and tons of Hallowe’en decorations.

At Conrad’s, we touched on movie theater member programs, ASL (American Sign Language), and other movie stuff.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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October 16th General Meeting

Guide to Photoshop and Lightroom

Manage and manipulate digital photos

Billy Chang will demonstrate the immediately-achievable benefits of using Lightroom and Photoshop in combo as compared with Apple Photos. Of course, he’ll point out the pros and cons of each approach!

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, Take Control of High Sierra and Read Me First on a USB thumb drive, Take Control of Upgrading to High Sierra and Read Me First on a USB thumb drive, Take Control of iOS 11 and Read Me First on a USB thumb drive, a SanDisk 128 GB USB Cruzer Glide flash drive, and a special harvest/Halloween prize. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the 4th-floor conference room, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a plethora of words of wisdom.

At Conrad’s, it was cable “service” and the politics attached, dry ice cooling on cable boxes, and net neutrality. I kid you not.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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September 18th General Meeting

Antu chakra backup

Going forward while backing up

Keeping your computer stuff safe

It is a well-known, but too-often ignored, tenet of safe computing that you should back up your computer’s hard drive frequently and regularly. In fact, the more you use your computer, the more critical it is to run a backup. However, far too many users neglect this simple task until they find themselves searching for the latest revision of their “great American novel”, their calendar or address book, family photographs or movies — or worse yet, a blank screen.

Backing up your computer is very easy to do and requires only an external hard drive and a simple software application that can run in the background. It can do its work automatically. In case of fire, theft, or earthquake, at least one backup should be outside of your home, either in another location or in the cloud.

At the September 18th meeting of the SGVAUG, special guest lecturer Garry Margolis will walk us through some of the most common backup applications for Mac computers — Time Machine, Super Duper, and Carbon Copy Cloner — and explain the benefits and differences among them. He will also talk about off-site backup strategies and applications. So be sure to come to this meeting and learn which of these will work best for you.

But before you leave home, run a backup of your computer!

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a TRIP-LITE notebook peripheral kit, a Sabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 hub, an Emtec Screen Wipes Duo, an Apple USB power 10W charger, a Macally 360 Degree Swivel Desk Mount, a Quirky Powercurl  for 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro, a pen with laser pointer, and a Tek Power universal car charger with Lighting connector. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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