Notice of Great Importance!

Just like the January meeting was, the February meeting will be on the second Monday:

Monday the 9th

See y’all there!

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Yosemite and iOS 8 Workshops Postponed

Due to a convoluted set of circumstances, the Yosemite and iOS 8 workshops scheduled for this coming Saturday and next Saturday (24 and 31 January) at Di-No have been postponed.

We are working on finalizing dates and personnel even as we speak; stay tuned to your e-mail in boxes and the Web site, and at the February meeting, for all the details.

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January 12th General Meeting

I got a new Mac/iDevice/piece of software for Christmas; what do I do now?

Let us know what you need help with!

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. This month’s featured apps include TechBASIC, a full-featured BASIC interpreter for iOS and a Space Shuttle landing simulator. (OMG! I *gotta* see this one. Ed.)

Apple News & Updates – Bill Change and Andrew Zima will have a CES report


Board of Directors election results - The election is done, and your new Board of Directors can be viewed here: 2015 Board of Directors.

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a RockSoul Bluetooth Laser Mouse, a Misfit Flash Fitness tracker, Quirky Powrcurl for MacBook Air, a Gear-Head Dual-Cool notebook cooling pad, and a 3-D-printed vase. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for our 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 at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch Auditorium 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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I Resolve…

Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? Yes or no, I think you should take a look at Bradley Chambers’ suggestions on The Sweet Setup. As he notes:

As 2014 comes to a close, many of us are looking ahead to making 2015 our most successful year yet. As Apple users, we generally take pride in our computing setup and technology. Technology is always moving forward, so you can’t go years without upgrading or maintaining your equipment. While resolutions generally deal with losing weight or finishing a project at home, our technology setups can also be part of our plan. Here is a list of things you might consider doing in the coming year:

Check out Technology resolutions for 2015; you’ll probably catch at least one addition to your resolution list.

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Introducing the appleSTEMs Page

Warren James’ Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software presentations will be posted on the Web site after the general meetings. PYBT: appleSTEMs, or click on the tab just below the banner.

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Happy New Year!!

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iPad Progress?


Don’t know about you, but I *really* miss the tight stylus-screen integration and excellent built-in handwriting recognition of the Newton.

Much to my great pleasure, it looks as if Apple just *might* be heading back in that general direction. Luke Domehl has a fascinating piece on Cult of Mac on an Apple patent, published today, that “…describes a stylus featuring built-in accelerometers, wireless transmission, and storage – with the aim of sending hand-written notes and drawings from one device to another.…” It continues:

The stylus can enter… data from a distance, such as from across the room, to the computing device. This allows a user in one embodiment to keep the computing device stored, for example with a cellular phone, in his pocket and still be able to use the stylus to enter text or drawings into the device. This makes it easy, for example, in a classroom setting for a user to take handwritten notes and simultaneously create a digital version of those notes. Additionally, in another embodiment, the stylus allows for the user to write on a whiteboard mounted on a wall and simultaneously display what he has written on a computing device.

PYBT: Smart iPad stylus could help Apple crack the enterprise world; I can’t wait!

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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 Jonathan Jensen and I run the Products team at a payments company in London. I’m interested in everything tech, especially in the mobile space. I’m fascinated by the convergence of payments and mobile technology, and of course I’m an Apple addict! You can find me talking about these things over on Twitter at @sevendotzero.

You can catch Jonathan’s complete story here: Jonathan Jensen’s sweet iOS setup.

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

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Be Safe, Boys and Girls


Put computer security high on your new year’s resolutions list. As Rob LeFebvre observes on Cult of Mac, “…With all the recent hacks into private as well as corporate data — like the credit card grab from Home Depot and the hack into Sony’s files, there’s no better time to learn some of the things we all can do to protect ourselves.…”

Rob’s tips:

  1. Don’t reuse user names or email addresses
  2. Use secure payment systems (not credit cards)
  3. Only shop secure websites
  4. Stop using simple passwords

For the complete details, PYBT: Your biggest online security mistakes (and how to avoid them).

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InfoManager for Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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

What’s Here:
01 Another great year with you!
02 A bit of Christmas history
03 Geek Holiday Songs
04 Put The Words In Order To Solve Puzzles And Earn Rewards
05 Audio Switcher for Mac OS X - Menu Bar Applet for Managing Audio Devices
06 Top Mac Apps of 2014 per Apple
07 User Groups on Facebook for Week Ending 12/20/2014
08 First Movie-Maker App that Lets Users Add Video Stickers
09 Add Zoom Effect To Existing Videos
10 The Virtual Business Card That Exchanges Info Electronically
11 PDFpen 2 Embraces iOS 8 with New Professional-level Features
12 PhatWare Unveils Penquills: 2-in-1 Custom Keyboard for iPhones
13 Top 100 most shared articles of 2014
14 Quotes: Barbara Tober and Albert Einstein Continue reading

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