We’ve Got Golden Tickets!

 

Wow! An Apple TV ($150.00 value) for a special drawing at the October general meeting! Really!!

This, as you might expect, is a bit special, and will be treated a bit differently than our usual prize drawing:

  • We will start selling tickets at the August general meeting, and they will be also available at the September and October meetings
  • These will be different tickets than the usual white and red drawing tickets
  • You must be a member in good standing to purchase these tickets
  • You do not need to be present to win, but you must make sure to leave your name and contact info with Mo! at the back table
  • These tickets are $5.00 each, or six for $25.00

Important notice: The Apple TV has only an HDMI output, so you will need an available HDMI input to connect it to your audio/video system. IF your system does not have an available HDMI input, you will need to purchase an appropriate converter (e.g., HDMI-to-VGA or Composite-Video with analog audio).

Golden tickets for an Apple TV! Well, the tickets are really yellow… but you get the idea!

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Wireless Hacked!

Wonderful! Just what we needed to hear: wireless keyboards can be hacked…

Noticed this on TidBITS this afternoon, from Josh Centers:

Bastille, a cybersecurity company, has shown that hackers can easily intercept transmissions from eight non-Bluetooth wireless keyboards. Experts demonstrated how a $40 radio transponder combined with a $50 antenna could grab the signals of budget wireless keyboards from Anker, EagleTec, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Insignia, Kensington, Radio Shack, and Toshiba. Bluetooth and wired keyboards, however, are not vulnerable to the methods used in this attack, providing a reason to avoid wireless keyboards that depend on proprietary transmission systems.

Please note that Bluetooth keyboards are NOT affected by this flaw. PYBT: Your Wireless Keyboard May Be Betraying You for all the gory details.

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Search Engine Coolness

DuckDuckGo duck

And no, I don’t mean Google or Bing.

DuckDuckGo is the search engine I have selected on my iDevices (those whose versions of Safari are modern enough to support it, anyway), and I love it. It behaves very well, it does a great job of finding stuff, and searches there are private. Poking around the Web this afternoon, I discovered more cool stuff it does.

Akshata Shanbhag, on MakeUseOf, posted a great article today, 8 Search Tricks That Work on DuckDuckGo but Not on Google, and I *did* need to know!! There are so many cool things (mostly, but not all, geeky) DuckDuckGo does; make sure to check it out.

Graphic from the article

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Upcoming Mac and iPad Classes at Di-No

Di-No LogoDi-No Computers, in Pasadena, hosts a rotating set of Mac classes on Tuesdays from 2:00p to 3:30p; and iPad classes on the first and third Mondays of each month, also from 2:00p to 3:30p. These classes are all no-cost; feel free to contribute to the tip jar, though, if you feel so moved! The schedule for the next couple weeks is as follows:

2 August 2016 Intro to the Interface This class is an introduction to the Mac
9 August 2016 Navigating the Interface This class focuses mainly on organizing files and dealing with the Finder
16 August 2016 Mac Work TBA

Call Jordan at Di-No for further details, including what you should bring with you, etc. To subscribe to Di-No’s class-schedule calendar, click here.

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

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10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Zach Epstein, over on BGR, has a bad habit of posting lists of cool iPhone/iPad(/iPod Touch)(/Apple Watch) apps that are temporarily free.

Here’s the fine print:

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now – obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get”, it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Here’s the link to today’s apps:

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

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How Many???

ver one billion of these things have been sold

“A million iPhones (sold) isn’t cool”, says the article’s headline. What is cool?

PYBT and Andrew Cunningham, at Ars Technica, will tell you, in no uncertain terms: Apple sells its billionth iPhone, year-over-year decline be damned

Graphic from the article

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7 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Zach Epstein, over on BGR, has a bad habit of posting lists of cool iPhone/iPad(/iPod Touch)(/Apple Watch) apps that are temporarily free.

Here’s the fine print:

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now – obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get”, it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Here’s the link to today’s apps:

7 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

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Keeping Productive

 
It can be a real pain in the, er, neck (yeah, that’s it), some days, but “techie” lawyer Katie Floyd has a list of 10 apps that just might help you do it.

Check it out: 10 Great Apps for Productivity

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9 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free right now

Zach Epstein, over on BGR, has a bad habit of posting lists of cool iPhone/iPad(/iPod Touch)(/Apple Watch) apps that are temporarily free.

Here’s the fine print:

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now – obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get”, it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Here’s the link to today’s apps:

9 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free right now

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10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Zach Epstein, over on BGR, has a bad habit of posting lists of cool iPhone/iPad(/iPod Touch)(/Apple Watch) apps that are temporarily free.

Here’s the fine print:

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now – obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get”, it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Here’s the link to today’s apps:

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

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Who are you and what do you do?

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we try 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:

My name is Bradley Chambers, and I am the Director of Information Technology at Brainerd Baptist School in Chattanooga, TN.

You can catch Bradley’s complete story here: Bradley Chambers’ Mac and iOS setup.

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

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