Libraries Are Cool These Days!

From the App Store this morning:

Supercharge Your Library Card
Did you know you have access to hundreds of thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and even comic books - all for free? All you need is a library card.

Who knew?

To check it out, PYBT, on iDevices: Supercharge Your Library Card.

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Samsung Photo Phun

8-O

Spotted on The Loop:

Gizmodo:
Sending pictures to others is one of the most basic functions of a smartphone, but when your phone’s texting app starts randomly pushing out photos without your knowledge, you got a problem.

Really??? Fancy that…

Dave Mark’s post is here; if you have Samsung devices, you’d better PYBT quickly: Oh, Samsung.

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July 16th General Meeting

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Travel Software

Where am I going? How do I get there? What shall I do…

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, ProHT USB 2.0 speakers, a Quirky Power Curl for iPhone, a Sabrent 4-port USB 2.0 hub, and a 3D-printed Apple Watch charging stand. 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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Did You Know?

From Consumer Reports:

Latest Ways to Deal With Robocalls

The number of these nuisance calls is exploding, but you have more options than ever to fight back

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been getting a ton of these on my iPhone lately; I’m afraid to check how long my blocked calls list is…

Anthony Giorgianni begins thusly:

If it seems as though you’ve been getting more annoying automated phone calls than ever before, it’s because you probably have. In 2017 alone, more than 30 billion robocalls were made in the U.S., estimates YouMail, a provider of voicemail and call-blocking services. While some were legitimate - such as calls to your home phone for debt collection, requests for charitable donations, and reminders about doctor’s appointments, many were illegal.

30 billion???? To help protect yourself from the onslaught, PYBT: <https://www.consumerreports.org/robocalls/how-to-deal-with-robocalls/>.

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Did You Know?

If not, you need to!

iOS 11.4 is the latest and greatest version of the iDevice operating system, and does some really cool stuff. From being able to access Messages on devices and Macs, to taking-photo hints, to typing??? into Siri, to determining how your device’s battery is affecting performance, you’ll be amazed at what can be accomplished.

PYBT immediately: <iOS 11.4 tips, tricks, and secrets everyone should know>!

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, we know a lot more cool, who-knew? spreadsheet stuff than you do!

At Conrad’s, we touched on teaching and schools; the Tardis; french fries, cole slaw, and lentil soup.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Who are you and what do you do

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we 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:

I’m Curtis McHale, and I’ve been self-employed for 10 years.

I have two main things I do for work. First, I write content as a freelancer for myself and for clients. That means using apps like Ulysses and Scrivener. Second, I do web development, including some of the recent changes on The Sweet Setup.

You can catch Curtis’s complete story here: Curtis McHale’s Mac and iOS setup.

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

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June 18th General Meeting

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Spreadsheets – The Original Killer App

What you can do with, and to, them

Spreadsheets appeared in the early days of the personal computer revolution and quickly became the Killer App that drew people in to computer stores to get “one of those VisiCalc machines”. The power of spreadsheets - combined with their ease of use compared to what had come before - made them an indispensable tool in business. And even while IT departments tried to keep microcomputers out of business, users kept sneaking them through the back door so they could use spreadsheets to get their work done.

Today, spreadsheets are a ubiquitous part of the computing landscape. They are in use everywhere for an almost unimaginable range of tasks - from creating databases for various projects to balancing the books at businesses large and small, from being the front end for large-scale data analysis projects to analyzing the costs and profit potential for business ventures, and even for doing rocket science.

Not on the rocket science/data analysis end of the spectrum? Never fear: we’ll also be seeing such things as cataloging your CD or DVD library, maintaining an insurance inventory of your personal belongings and home furnishings, keeping a time-log of your projects, tracking dinner reservations and payments, etc.

For tonight’s talk, Warren James and Ron Streicher will talk about the history of spreadsheets and their core functions. They’ll show some of the things they can be used for along with some tricks and hacks you can use to turn spreadsheets into your secret weapon for getting more done faster with you Mac or iOS device.

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 SABRENT Mini 4-Port USB 2.0 rotating hub, ProHT LCD Cleaning Cloths, and a special 3D-printed 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 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 being carried away into a rather um… er… interesting version of the world.

At Conrad’s, we talked about a lot of stuff!

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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May 21st General Meeting

Ingress

Our world, like you’ve never imagined it

Join Andrew and Mo! as they battle (each other) for control of the library and surrounding territory! Sound far-fetched? Not if they’re playing Ingress, a played-worldwide AR (augmented reality) game.

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, an iKlear cleaning kit for iPad & iPhone, an IOGEAR USB 3 SD/MicroSD card reader/writer, a 30-watt pocket fan & power bank, and a special 3D-printed 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 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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