July 20th General Meeting

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Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing. Be on the lookout, on the Web site, for the Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing post, which will have the all gory details on how the drawing (among other things) should work.

The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. The gory details have arrived: Tech Check!

The Meeting after the Meeting is still, sadly, on hold.

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Who Are You and What Do You Do?

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we {aim to} post a new interview with someone about what software they use on their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We do these interviews because not only are they fun, but a glimpse into what tools someone uses and how they use those tools can spark our imagination and give us an idea or insight into how we can do things better.

Today’s victim, er, interviewee:

Several months ago, I took all the apps on my Home screen and moved them over by one so that my first Home screen was blank. While the totally blank first Home screen was nice, but it didn’t stick…

You can catch Shawn’s complete story here: Shawn Blanc’s iPhone Home Screen, Summer 2020 Edition.

“Back issues” can be found here: Sweet Setup Interviews.

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On the Other Hand…

…Microsoft is shutting stuff down…

In a major shift in its approach to retail, Microsoft said Friday it’s closing all its physical stores in a move that will result in a pretax charge of $450 million for the June quarter.

The charge, of 0.05 cents per share, includes primarily asset write-offs and impairments. The stores have been shuttered since late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The software giant had ramped up its retail presence over the past decade with locations reminiscent of ubiquitous Apple stores. Microsoft’s website lists 72 store locations in the U.S. and six others in Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.K.

On Deadline, Jill Goldsmith continues: Microsoft Is Closing All Retail Stores: Locations Shuttered Since March Not Reopening.

It’s Séan’s fault!

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Did You Know?

Not all is lost! Apple Stores are opening; slowly, perhaps, but it’s happening.

On AppleInsider, Wesley Hilliard reports:

Apple is slowly opening up stores around the globe as lockdown restrictions are lifted. Here’s where they’ve opened up, as well as where they remain closed, updated on June 25 with 14 Florida locations re-closing.

Apple is opening its retail stores on a case-by-case basis, and are relying on the CDC guidance to do so. The stores that are open offer most of their services, but with precautions in place to protect customers and employees.

Some stores reopening in the U.S. will offer curbside or storefront services only. Be sure to check for your specific store’s available resources before making a trip out.

The whole story can be found here: Here’s where Apple Stores have reopened around the world.

It’s Séan’s fault!

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Apple Just Announced

Key Points:

  • During the WWDC 2020 keynote, Apple revealed iOS 14 with a new home screen for iPhones, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, watchOS 7 and more.
  • It also said it will begin to switch to using its own Apple chips instead of Intel chips in Macs.
  • The keynote was livestreamed this year since Apple decided to hold a digital-only event in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

So sayeth Kif Leswing at CNBC. PYBT for his full report: Here’s everything Apple just announced: iOS 14 will give iPhones a new home screen, ditching Intel chips and more.

It’s Jeane’s fault!

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WWDC 2020

WWDC starts today. We should be hearing lots of good stuff coming from Infinite Loop!

Since WWDC is digital-only this year, I’m hoping we’ll be getting lots of online reports, videos, etc. I’ll share as much of it as I come across

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Apple CPU logos

And how did we shift from computers to architecture? Besides that my father-in-law was an architect?

We’re talking about CPU architecture here, and Apple has a bit of a history:

Over the last 36 years, the Apple Macintosh has had three different CPU architectures, and it’s poised to potentially migrate to a fourth. As rumors about a switch to ARM swirl, let’s take a brief look at the history of CPU architectures on the Mac.

In Deja Vu: A Brief History of Every Mac CPU Architecture, Benj Edwards gets into the past, present, & and future thereof.

Thanks, How-To Geek! We did need to know.

Graphic from the article

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a really neat Apple security video (courtesy of Leonard) and pretty cool Apps & Traps.

The Meeting after the Meeting is back! We didn’t go out to eat (yet), but several of us stuck around in the Zoom chat room after the General meeting and had the usual conversations! It was great!!

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Upcoming Meeting Dates

As I’m sure y’all have heard by now, the Pasadena Library is closed to the public until further notice. Never fear, we are planning to keep holding general meetings. As of now, they will follow our long-standing schedule, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

We will be conducting the meetings on-line, using (for the nonce) Zoom. The Zoom client is available for Mac and Windows (via your browser) and iOS and Android (on their respective stores). PYBT to download the client for your computer: Zoom client.

The meeting link and password will be posted soon and e-mailed to everyone. Keep your eyes peeled.

The Meeting after the Meeting is also virtual (for now). We stick around in the Zoom chat room after the General meeting and have at it!

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Had You Heard?

From Dade Hayes on Deadline this afternoon:

Major wireless providers Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T have all experienced phone outages Monday across the U.S.

None of the companies immediately acknowledged or offered an explanation for the service interruptions, but complaints proliferated online. The hardest-hit areas are the East Coast, including major cities like New York, Atlanta and Miami, as well as LA and Chicago, according to the tech issue clearinghouse DownDetector.

Calls and text messages appear to be the functions that are the most difficult for customers to use. Wi-Fi and land-line phone service is out in certain pockets of the country but is not widespread.

PYBT for the scoop: Verizon, T-Mobile And AT&T All Experience Phone Outages Across U.S..

It’s Sean’s fault!

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