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Apple User Group Bulletin - December 15, 2017

Has it been a long time since you updated your group's records in the Apple User Group Locator database? Last month over 1,100 individuals visited the "Find a Group" database. Can potential members find your group? Make December your month to correct outdated information.

User group members often ask about the three types of Apple gift cards: Apple
Store Gift Cards, Apple Music Gift Cards, and App Store & iTunes Gift Cards.
This month's How To explains how each type of card can be used and looks at
ways your members can gift books, audiobooks, music, movies, TV shows, apps or store credits.

Do you need a short presentation for your group's next meeting? Apple
Support's new YouTube channel offers tips, tricks and how-tos for a wide range
of topics. For example, current videos show how to sign a document on your
iPhone or iPad, link duplicates or delete contacts on your iPhone, delete call
history on your iPhone, print from your iPhone or iPad, mute or leave a group
conversation, add and send attachments in Mail on your iPhone or iPad and
more. Each video is under 2 minutes, easy to follow and interesting. 

Looking for a full meeting presentation? ASW just released a fact-filled
Keynote demo for the iMac Pro, an iMac packed with the most powerful graphics
and processors ever in a Mac, along with the most advanced storage, memory,
and I/O — all behind a breathtaking Retina 5K display in a sleek, all-in-one
design to meet the needs of everyone from photographers to video editors to 3D
animators to musicians to software developers to scientists. (L574107A-en_US) 

Ambassadors: December is a great month to use Apple resources for your

As always, if you have an idea for a resource, let us know.

- How-To: App Store & iTunes Gift Cards and Apple Store Gift Cards
- A Treat from the Past: Boston Computer Society's January 1984 Meeting
- Meeting Idea: Apple Support's New YouTube Channel
- Meeting Idea: iMac Pro Demonstration
- Pam Doughty: Thanks for 25 Years of Newsletter Excellence
- Ongoing Offers for User Group Members:

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5/16/2017 to 5/1/2018 -- uggreatbuys

Thanks to Betty Salmon and Tom Piper for recent editing help.


for Monday, November 7, 2016
by Lynn Wegley, InfoManager, with coeditor Fred Showker

What's Here
01  NY Times goes free for the elections
02  If you have any money left, after the elections, you might want Bankivity
03  Portland Cardiologist Launches Heart Attack Prevention App
04  Do you trust the cloud? ChronoSync gives you Connections
05  Ask Fortuna 1.0 for iPhone and iPad makes millions of unique fortunes
06  Chop Commute -- See Traffic and Drive Times on Mac Menu Bar
07  How Hackers Could Steal Your Cellphone Pictures From Your IoT Crock-Pot
08  Deliver Now Supports macOS Sierra
09  Calligraphy Penmanship 1.2
10  Microsoft Is Looking a Lot Like the New Apple
11  Apple could have made the USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 transition easier
12  Quotes: Douglas Adams, Kipling and Peck


01  NY Times goes free for the elections

   For the election, the NewYork Times is dropping its paywall at for 72 hours.  This will start Monday, November 7th at 12:01 AM.  The free period will end at 11:59 PM Wednesday, November 9. A great chance to check out the features of the site as will as get information about the election.


02  If you have any money left, after the elections, you might want Bankivity

   IGG Software Announces New Releases Banktivity 3.5 for iPad and iPhone Banktivity 3.5 for iPad and iPhone have been designed exclusively for iOS 10 and watchOS 3. Adding to an already robust feature set, Banktivity 3.5 has completely redesigned transaction entry flow, better loan tracking capabilities and improved usability, while integrating Apple's latest iOS features.


03  Portland Cardiologist Launches Heart Attack Prevention App

   Portland Cardiologist Launches Heart Attack Prevention App One thing you'll notice about most user group members ... none of us is getting any younger! Semler Heart for iOS devices is the first interactive app that deals directly with preventing heart disease; the #1 cause of death in this country. Semler HealthPerks Founder and CEO, Dr. Herb Semler, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.C, F.A.H.A., developed this easy to use application to educate and motivate users to increase their physical activity. This interactive three-tiered app, records steps, reward users with points at a soon to be announced national retail chain and offers numerous tips and insightful information for the user on how to prevent heart attacks.


04  Do you trust the cloud? ChronoSync gives you Connections

   Econ Releases ChronoSync 4.7 With Direct Cloud Connections ChronoSync is an app that is boasting direct cloud support -- if you're not afraid to use the cloud. This major update includes direct cloud connections for Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and SFTP file servers.


05  Ask Fortuna 1.0 for iPhone and iPad makes millions of unique fortunes

   Ask Fortuna 1.0 for iPhone and iPad makes millions of unique fortunes Ask Fortuna 1.0, is an intriguing new fortune-generator for iPhone and iPad. Ask Fortuna creates almost-random sayings and prescient prognostications with a twist.


06  Chop Commute -- See Traffic and Drive Times on Mac Menu Bar

   Chop Commute - See Traffic and Drive Times on Mac Menu Bar Chop Commute is a Mac app that takes the guess work out of daily commute by showing real-time traffic and drive times right on the Mac menu bar as a tray icon. Beat the traffic -- save time and money by leaving for work or home at the right time.


07  How Hackers Could Steal Your Cellphone Pictures From Your IoT Crock-Pot

   From Motherboard web site: 
         "If you have an internet-connected home appliance, such as a crock-pot, a lightbulb, or a coffee maker, you can control it from the comfort of your smartphone. But a bug in the Android app that controls some of those devices made by a popular manufacturer also allowed hackers to steal all your cellphone photos and even track your movements."


08  Deliver Now Supports macOS Sierra

    Zevrix Solutions has announced the release of Deliver 2.5.8, a compatibility update to its file transfer solution for remote and local destinations. Deliver lets users send files over the Internet and local networks with automatic email notifications, file compression, delivery history and other powerful capabilities. It supports FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local services, and allows to send files to multiple destinations at once.


09  Calligraphy Penmanship 1.2

   Calligraphy Penmanship was developed exclusively for the popular iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. With personalized and very sensitive adjustments of the pencil pressure and smoothness, calligraphers will quickly find the feeling of their favorite shading style. Copperplate or English Commercial hands will be drawn with a single stroke and a very light pressure of your hand on the Pencil.


10  Microsoft Is Looking a Lot Like the New Apple

   This week, one giant technology company looked like an innovator, launching a sleek new suite of forward-looking hardware to help media professionals work more effectively. Another added a row of buttons to an existing computer. In the past, Apple would have been the former--for the moment, at least, that role has shifted to Microsoft. At an event in New York on Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled the sleek, futuristic-looking Surface Studio: a 28-inch all-in-one PC that converts into something akin to a digital drafting table.


11  Apple could have made the USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 transition easier

   We knew it was coming. Ever since the 2015 release of the 12-inch MacBook, with its single USB-C port, it was obvious that this connector would make its appearance on other Macs. But Apple's recently announced new MacBook Pro with only Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports (plus a headphone jack) may leave you grumbling.


12  Quotes: Douglas Adams, Kipling and Peck

   "He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife." 
         - Douglas Adams

"Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves." 
         - Rudyard Kipling

"Life is a series of problems. Do we want to moan about them or solve them?" 
         - M. Scott Peck

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And that's it .... have a great week!

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