Stop, Look, and Listen!!

From TidBITS yesterday:

Less than a month after the release of iOS 9.3.4 (see “Apple Releases iOS 9.3.4 with a Single Security Fix,” 4 August 2016) Apple has released yet another security-focused iOS update: iOS 9.3.5.

Josh Centers continues:

The New York Times reports that this rapid release comes in response to what appears to be a government attempt to compromise the iPhone of Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent human rights activist based in the United Arab Emirates. Two weeks ago, he reported several suspicious SMS text messages to researchers at the digital rights watchdog group Citizen Lab.…

For the whole story, PYBT: iOS 9.3.5 Blocks Remote Jailbreak

For further info, and possibly different takes on the matter, PYBT:

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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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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:

23 August 2016 Mac Play TBA
6 September 2016 Intro to the Interface This class is an introduction to the Mac
13 September 2016 Navigating the Interface This class focuses mainly on organizing files and dealing with the Finder
20 September 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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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 Gerry Hayes and I run Haze Guitars in Dublin, Ireland.

I repair and build guitars. I also write about guitars. I’ve released a number of free eBooks and have just launched a series of guitar and bass setup guides called Sketchy Setups which are all hand-drawn before being digitised and coloured.

I also write a newsletter and blog about guitar repair and maintenance. I’m currently working on a new book on guitar and bass wiring that will be released soon (I hope - turns out it’s a lot of work).

You can catch Gerry’s complete story here: Gerry Hayes’ Mac and iPad Pro setup.

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

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a lot of stuff your iDevices need you to know, and a chance to buy the winning golden ticket!

At Coco’s, it was AES and Schrödinger’s cat.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Reminder: Mac Class at Di-No

Tomorrow, at 2:00p, is the Mac Work class, subject TBA, at Di-No Computers.

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

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Reminder: Mac Class at Di-No

Tomorrow, at 2:00p, is the Navigating the Interface class, at Di-No Computers.

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

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The (Internet) World Is a Lesser Place

Alas and alack! Kagi, one of the earliest, and one of the best, digital commerce concerns, has been forced to close their doors. Adam Engst has an in-depth piece on TidBITS:

The news was as sad as it was unexpected. Kagi, one of the earliest digital commerce companies and long a favorite of many Mac shareware developers, has shut down as of 31 July 2016, just shy of 22 years in business.

Kagi’s home page gives a brief explanation of the situation but to find out more, I spoke with Kagi CEO Kee Nethery, who I’ve known since he was a product manager at Apple in charge of the Mac-based Apple Internet Server line. Here’s the story.

For the whole, sad story, PYBT: Kagi Shuts Down After Falling Prey to Fraud.

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Reminder: Mac Class at Di-No

Tomorrow, at 2:00p, is the Intro to the Interface class, at Di-No Computers.

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

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InfoManager for Monday, August 1st, 2016

by Lynn Wegley, InfoManager, with co-editor Fred Showker

What’s Here
01  Cyber Security Update: Rio Olympics, Car Hacking, Jihadi, Trump, Clinton, Putin, Obama, Microsoft, iOS Smishing, and much more!
02  Now you can dress and undress your favorite candidates Trump, Clinton, or Sanders, or all three!
03  TextWrangler 5.5
04  New MacUpdate Bundle includes Toast 15 Titanium
05  Sync Multiple iPhones Together To Create One Giant Speaker
06  8 Search Tricks That Work on DuckDuckGo
07  Three reasons to run your own Mac server
08   Mail Archiver X 4.0
09  Quotes: Reagon, Young, and Levenson

For the whole shooting match, PYBT: https://www.facebook.com/notes/ug-netnews/infomanager-for-august-1st-2016/1172222126131492

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August 15th General Meeting

 

iDevice Security

They need to be safe and sound, too

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.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes Take Control: A Practical Guide to Networking, Privacy, & Security in iOS 9 (e-book); a TYLT 3200 mAh power charger with built-in flashlight; a Misfit Flash fitness monitor; a Rocksoul Mouse for Mac; a Verbatim DVD-R 10 Pack; and a bottle of Apple Juice screen and device cleaner. 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 Coco’s Restaurant, 77 N. Lake Ave. (between Union St. and Colorado Blvd., at the southwest corner of Union and Lake).

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