What Was That I Said About the Meeting?

Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Go directly to: Apple News & Updates Follow-up, hands on!

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Membership Specials

If you are a potential new member, or a previous member who hasn’t re-upped for 2014, membership is a steal: instead of the usual $30.00, it’s now $15.00 for the rest of the year.

But, wait… there’s more!!

For one month, and one month only: pay only $40.00 for this year’s dues and next year’s dues! You’ll be all set, and won’t have to worry about it until 2016.

(expires 31 October 2014)

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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:

I’m Nate Boateng, tech junkie. On the web, I guess I’m known for occasionally writing, although (admittedly) I don’t write as much as I would like to. Generally, though, you can find me talking nonsense on Twitter. Off the web, I spend most of my time with my lovely wife and two sons. I also work in healthcare, doing communications for a large area hospital.

You can catch Nate’s complete story here: Nate Boateng’s sweet setup.

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

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Look at Apps & Traps!!

This month’s edition has been posted, and it’s got more stuff about iOS 8 than you thought existed! There’s also a monster selection of Yosemite tips and tricks. Wow!

PYBT: October 2014 Apps & Traps. For previous editions of Apps & Traps, click the link below the SGVMUG graphic.

I have spoken.

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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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There’s an App for That

Well, in this case, it’s a device…

Remember the 3D printing presentation? and all the cool things they were working on? Well, how ’bout this (spotted in InfoManager, http://www.UGNN.com/):

concrete castle

Yes, that’s a real, honest-to-goodness, 3D-printed concrete children’s playhouse!!! Read all about it, and what the designer has next in line, here: World’s First 3D Printed Castle is Complete – Andrey Rudenko Now to Print a Full-size House.

photo is from the Web site hosting the article

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Faster than a…

…speeding superhero?

The FCC is contemplating cellular networks that will be able to provide gigabit or better speeds. Yes, there’s a catch (or three): if these high speeds can be implemented, it will be years before we see them, and currently, the frequencies used to provide the speed are not capable of penetrating walls. Jon Brodkin gets into the details on Ars Technica; PYBT: Gigabit cellular networks could happen with 24GHz spectrum, FCC says.

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Huge for developers. Massive for everyone else.

new iPads

Which, of course, refers to iOS 8. As Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham put it, “Overuse of hyperbole is a pet peeve of mine, but after using iOS 8 for a couple of months, I have to say that it’s warranted in this case.”

The article is entitled iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed, and let me tell you, he ain’t a-woofin’!! Here’s the table of contents:

  • Supported devices and feature fragmentation
  • Installation and setup
  • UI and design
    • Spotlight and the multitasking UI
    • The new keyboard
    • Control Center and Notification Center
  • Extensions
    • Extensions in practice
    • Third-party keyboards
    • Potential trouble spots
  • Continuity
    • Handoff
    • Phone calls
  • iCloud and iCloud Drive
  • App Store and Suggested Apps
  • Family Sharing (Updated 9/18/2014)
  • Mobile Safari
  • Mail, Calendars, Reminders, and Contacts
  • Messages
  • Phone and FaceTime (Updated 9/18/2014)
  • Camera and Photos
  • Health and HealthKit
  • The Metal graphics API
  • Grab bag
    • Privacy
    • TouchID improvements
    • HomeKit
    • Tips
    • Siri
    • Accessibility
    • Passbook
    • Podcasts and iBooks
    • And the rest
  • Performance, battery life, and battery usage monitor
  • Conclusions

More than you ever thought you needed to know, eh?

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Buying Gadgets

MakeUseOf wants to know: Where Do You Buy New Gadgets?

Go on over and let ’em know. The poll is down towards the bottom of the page.

We want to know, too! Leave a comment.

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Reminder: iPad Class at Di-No

Tomorrow, at 2:00p, is the iPad Basics class, focusing on Mail, Contacts, and Calendar, at Di-No Computers.

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 Steven Aquino, and I’m a freelance tech writer who covers iOS Accessibility. I’ve contributed to numerous publications and websites, such as The Magazine, Macworld, TechCrunch, TidBITS, and more. (“More” includes this piece for The Sweet Setup.) I also publish my personal site, Steven’s Blog. When I’m not writing, I’m co-host of Accessible, a weekly podcast focusing on accessibility on iOS.

Prior to becoming a full-time, self-employed writer, I worked 11 years with my then local school district, where I worked as a classroom aide to preschoolers with special needs.

You can catch Steven’s complete story here: Steven Aquino’s sweet iPhone setup.

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

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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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