Red Alert! Red Alert!! The February Meeting Is Coming

Don’t forget: the February meeting does NOT follow the usual schedule.

The February general meeting will be held on the second Monday, the 10th, instead of the usual 3rd Monday.

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Did You Know?

Way back when (when I worked at Sears in Brand Central, the electronics department (in the early 90s)), one of the big selling points for car phones vs hand-held cell phones was that car phones had better coverage because they had more power (6 watts vs 3 watts, IIRC).

And the reason car phones had more power was the handset (yes, they had handsets!) was separate from the body of the phone. And they were safer to use than hand-helds. Another big selling point.

But… are cell phones really bad for us?

Glenn Fleishman posted on that issue today on TidBITS. He starts out:

Can cell phones or Wi-Fi give you cancer? The answer is reasonably definitive: No. That’s equally true for new 5G cellular networks currently being rolled out worldwide, all previous cellular networks, and all versions of Wi-Fi.

Decades of research make it clear that the use of wireless networking, whether through mobile phones or Wi-Fi devices, carries with it no elevated risk for cancers or other diseases in humans. Some studies with rodents have garnered attention, but in a recent much-cited one that delivered a mix of results, some rats lived longer under high exposure to cellular signals than their control group counterparts.

PYBT for the whole article: Worried about 5G and Cancer? Here’s Why Wireless Networks Pose No Known Health Risk. The comments are also interesting.

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January 13th General Meeting

macOS Catalina and CES

It’s a new year, and we’re gonna start it off with new stuff!

Leonard will be filling us in on Apple’s newest Macintosh OS and Andrew will, once again, have his CES report. If he can sneak them in, Dave will have some words on Airpods Pro.

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.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 Amazon gift card, an Insignia cleaning duster, a Staples 5,000 mAh power bank, a Kanex USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter, a Duratronic USB car charger, and a mystery iTunes 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, we missed you…

At Conrad’s, it was all about KPFK; Cats, the movie; Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals; Andrew’s watch; Polar Express; more movies; stock exchange stories; and tipping nightmares.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
We have confirmed the meeting schedule with the library until the middle of next year. Please note that, as has been the case recently, the January and February meetings are not on the the third Monday, but on the second Monday. We have two other date aberrations to keep track of: the November meeting is on the first Monday and the April meeting is on the second Monday.

January 2020 13th second Monday
February 2020 10th second Monday
March 2020 16th third Monday
April 2020 13th second Monday
May 2020 18th third Monday
June 2020 15th third Monday

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Reminder: Mac Class at Di-No

Tomorrow, at 2:00p, is the Creating with Mac class, at Di-No Computers.

Di-No Computers
2817 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 795-6674

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Reminder: Mac Class at Di-No

Tomorrow, at 2:00p, is the Photos class, at Di-No Computers.

Di-No Computers
2817 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 795-6674

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December 16th 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 16th, for our last meeting of 2019. We’ll spend some time Apping & Trapping and some more time Q-ing & A-ing. Plus, we’re going to have a holiday party with all the things you’d expect – cookies, eggnog, and other delights. And on top of that, we’ll be having a 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.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a Power Master 12000 mHa Power Bank with LED flashlight and dual USB output, a Canon 5″ x 7″ Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, an Insignia Compressed-Gas cleaning duster, a mystery iTunes gift card, 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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Reminder: iPhone Class at Di-No

Tomorrow, at 2:00p, is the Taking Pictures with iPhone class, at Di-No Computers.

Di-No Computers
2817 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 795-6674

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Did You Know?

Photos can take you places!

On TidBITS this morning, Donald C O’Shea had this to say on the subject:

On a recent trip to Barcelona, my wife and I saw two T-shirts in a shop window: the Muppets as Reservoir Dogs and Cookie Monster in The Scream. Through the shop’s rain-streaked window, I took pictures of the shirts to send to our daughter, a puppeteer and a fan of the Muppets.

Later in the day, we decided that those T-shirts would make great Christmas presents for our daughter and granddaughter. But we had walked long enough and far enough in the meantime that we had no idea where the shop was located. We wandered around the area, searching for it in vain. Then I remembered the pictures I had taken of the T-shirts.

He continues on how they got back to the T-shirt shop: Places, Please! Geolocation in Apple’s Photos.

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