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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Did You Know?

Do ya wanna know which iPad might be the right one for you?

Eugene Kim posted an interesting (more for the review links and comparison table than anything else) article on PCMag this morning. I like the disclaimer:

Just a quick note: This story is not about the heated Apple-versus-Android debate that’s sure to rage on in the comments section below. Android tablets have grown in numbers and quality, but the majority of casual tablet users will ultimately be better served by Apple’s iPad and iOS ecosystem.

Here’s the link for the whole thing: Which iPad Should I Buy?

BTW, pay no mind to the comments section, populated primarily by fools of the Samsung-fanboy variety who didn’t bother to read the disclaimer…

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More on iCloud Security & the “Breach”

First off, here’s a link to the post on the Apple Web site: Apple update on iCloud.com security.

Next, Sean Gallagher, on Ars Technica, posted a great user-friendly summary of a piece on greatfire.org, which tells us this issue with iCloud is coming from the Chinese government:

GreatFire.org, a group that monitors censorship by the Chinese government’s national firewall system (often referred to as the “Great Firewall”), reports that China is using the system as part of a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on users of Apple’s iCloud service within the country. The attacks come as Apple begins the official rollout of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on the Chinese mainland.

The attack, which uses a fake certificate and Domain Name Service address for the iCloud service, is affecting users nationwide in China. The GreatFire.org team speculates that the attack is an effort to help the government circumvent the improved security features of the new phones by compromising their iCloud credentials and allowing the government to gain access to cloud-stored content such as phone backups.

The complete piece is here: Chinese government launches man-in-middle attack against iCloud [Updated].

Meanwhile, over at greatfire.org, in China collecting Apple iCloud data; attack coincides with launch of new iPhone, percy gets into a lot of technical detail and explanation, complete with sources. Interesting read.

(Many thanks to Bob for providing the links.)

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iCloud Security Warning from Apple

Salient points from the article on the San Jose Mercury News:

“We’re aware of intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information, and we take this very seriously,” the computer-maker said in a post Tuesday on its support website. The post said Apple’s own servers have not been compromised.

and

Apple, which is based in Cupertino, California, said in its post that the attacks have not affected users who sign into iCloud from their iPhones or iPads, or on Mac computers while using the latest Mac operating system and Apple’s Safari browser. But the company suggested users should verify they are connecting to a legitimate iCloud server by using the security features built into Safari and other browsers such as Firefox and Google’s Chrome. The browsers will show a message that warns users when they are connecting to a site that doesn’t have a digital certificate verifying that it is authentic.

“If users get an invalid certificate warning in their browser while visiting www.icloud.com, they should pay attention to the warning and not proceed,” Apple said in the post.

PYBT: Apple issues security warning for iCloud for the whole story.

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A Smart Nightlight

What’s so smart about it?

It pings your smartphone if it hears your fire alarm goes off.

Kyle Vanhemert provides details here: A Fire-Safety Nightlight That Offers a New Take on the Smart Home.

Short, sweet, and to the point.

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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 four weeks is as follows:

28 October 2014 Mac Play TBA
3 November 2014 iPad Basics This class will focus on the essentials of the iPad: gestures, settings, and using basic apps
4 November 2014 Intro to the Interface This class is an introduction to the Mac
11 November 2014 Navigating the Interface This class focuses mainly on organizing files and dealing with the Finder
17 November 2014 iPad Basics This class will focus on Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
18 November 2014 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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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a long ton of iOS 8 tips, tricks, and hints!

At Coco’s, discussion topics wandered about vacuum tubes, science fiction (both good and bad), punch cards, orbital mechanics, soup choices, transistors (and smoke), Word Perfect, and Philip K Dick.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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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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