Did You Know?

iPhones can do a lot of stuff these days; almost makes you wonder if they’ll stop being called phones at some point.

Bree Fowler has a very interesting piece on Consumer Reports with some very interesting talents iPhones have these days.

Your iPhone or Android phone can help you count steps, schedule texts, ID photos faster, and more. Here’s how.

Today’s phones are smarter than you probably know. Here are some of the surprising things they can do to keep you safe and healthy, and make life easier. In most cases, there’s no need to download an extra app — and when we do recommend an app, it’s one made by Apple or Google.

For the whole story, PYBT: 21 Hidden Smartphone Superpowers.

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a GRAND party!

Hope to be seeing you at next year’s meetings.

At Conrad’s, tumbling stocks; Marilyn’s fantastic piano playing; Netflix; Pinky and the Brain; Siri, Alexa, etc., were topics of note.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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December 17th 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 17th, for our last meeting of 2018. 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, egg nog, 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.

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 an LAUD splash-proof Bluetooth speaker, an iTunes gift card, a mystery iTunes gift card, an Xtreme Kleen Duster, a PNY Powerpack 2200, a wireless weather station, and an LED book light. 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’re gonna have a much easier time doing our holiday shopping than you.

At Conrad’s, Stone brews, shooting in a Chicago hospital, big screen TVs, local gas prices, ’60s TV shows, and various movie stuff raised their heads.

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 {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:

I am Marty Day. I’m a jack of many trades. By day, I am an Integrations Engineer for Partnerize (an affiliate marketing software company), and then in the evenings, I have three additional gigs. I serve as on-stage co-host and a behind-the-scenes producer for Super Art Fight, the Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe; I’m a co-host of The Rough House Podcast, one of many podcasts covering the sport of kings, professional wrestling, as part of the RELM Network; and in addition to that, I blog regularly at blast-o-rama, my online home for the past ten years where I share links, news stories, and other internet ephemera that grab my eye.

You can catch Marty’s complete story here: Marty Day’s Mac, iOS, and Watch setup.

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

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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:

I’m Kurt Van de Poel, and I’m a teacher by day. I teach electromechanical engineering in a secondary school, and my pupils are 17-18 years old. I teach them how to build safe machines, how to draw electrical schematics, and how to program the PLCs that control these machines.

You can catch Kurt’s complete story here: Kurt Van de Poel’s Mac and iPhone setup.

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

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November 19th General Meeting

Preparing for the Holidays

Gadzooks! They’re almost here!! What to put on Santa’s list (as either the list maker or as Santa)? There will be some *very* interesting possibilities, so make sure you drop by.

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 Helix dual-USB port car charger, a PNY PowerPack 2200, an iKlear cleaning kit for iPhone & iPad (& iPod Touch), a one-year print and digital subscription to Wired, and a ProHT notebook cooler. 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 Conrad’s, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

Neither was I, darn the luck…

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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:

My name is Jackson Hayes and I’m a 17-year-old cinematographer, photographer, and sometimes front-end web developer (yes, in that order; yes, it’s a weird combo). Over on YouTube, I make videos about technology. Recently, after my switch into the Apple ecosystem, more and more of my videos have focused on Apple technology. That said, I do sometimes miss the freedom and flexibility that Android can offer. I owned a Pixel 2 XL before my iPhone X. The Pixel crapped out on me, hence the switch. And no, I’m not the least bit tempted by the XS or XR.

Recently, I started making videos for Android Police, and I picked up the Essential Phone, which I love. However, my daily driver is still the iPhone X.

As an occasional freelance web developer, I’ve done work for clients all over the world, from companies in Australia to businesses here in the United States. Some notable clients that some readers may know (although they are a tad better known over in Android-land): XDA Developers, Digital Ashes (Action Launcher), and Teslacoil Apps.

You can catch Jackson’s complete story here: Jackson Hayes’ Mac and iPhone setup.

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

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October 15th General Meeting

iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave

All the new Apple hardware is pretty darned nifty, but you won’t get very far with it unless there’s software; in this case, the operating systems. Drop by and discover the new features and tidbits driving Apple’s latest and greatest.

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 Laud splash-proof Bluetooth speaker, a PNY Power Pack 2200, a Travelocity Phone Clip 3-in-1 lens, and an Xtream Klean duster. 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 Conrad’s, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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