There were many fascinating and innovative devices shown at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES). Here is another which really grabbed my attention. I’ve had a number of devices that would hold my phone close to an eyepiece, but this one really does the job well.
The HookUPz 2.0 Smartphone Optic Adapter from Carson Optical, Inc. may be the best lightweight device that I have ever used. i can connect my iPhone 7 plus to any of optical tools, including binoculars, monoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, microscopes, borescopes, slit lamps, night vision and more that have a similar eyepiece (not for rifle scopes, though). This allows me to digitally record and capture everything I see through my optical device, then immediately share it by text, email or even social media.
According to Carson’s website, this patented HookUpz 2.0 has been designed to accommodate all the popular smartphones on the market, including the larger-sized phones and phablets — even with their cases on, like mine. It is super-compact, lightweight and offers a user-friendly design. It fits a wide range of optics with an outer eyepiece diameter of 25-58mm. It weighs about half a pound, and measures about 5.8” x 2.5” x5 .8” in size. It even comes with a special “lens spacer” especially for optics with small eyepieces (microscope, telescopes, others) or eyepieces with long eye relief, which is a way for the image to fill the screen of the smartphone, rather than viewing it within a smaller circle on the screen. As an added bonus, when not in use, the adapter stores nicely in the included hard-foam carrying case.
When I first connected my iPhone to my 10x25 monocular, it was quick and easy. The exclusive, adjustable clamp and optic cam lock ensured a snug grip to both my phone and optic. I’ve not been able to achieve a “full frame” telephoto shot, rather an “image circle”, which is predictable, but crystal clear and most impressive. When mounted to my telescope, the lens spacer was needed, which then delivered a startlingly crisp image. Using it on a spotting scope provided a similar experience. My only suggestions are that the green “grippers” be longer when used with the spacer, and that an optional tripod mount be made available, particularly for monoculars.
I was very impressed by the demonstration video (showing many of the exciting ways to use this adapter with various optical devices), as well as the videos and pictures for proper mounting and adjustment, use with different types of phones, sizing guides, and online instruction manual. Their Q&A section covers virtually every topic I could think of, and many that hadn’t occurrd to me.
The HookUpz 2.0 is available at http://www.carson.com for a very reasonable $89.00. Carson Optic, Inc. also has a wide variety of other high-quality products like binoculars, magnifiers, spotting and rifle scopes, and much, much more.
This includes all introductory topics, a link to the video of the January meeting, a link to all the slides shown during the Computer Electronic Show (CES) video, and a descriptive slide of each of the gadgets shown during the meeting.
To view this PDF file, just click here: download CES presentation slideshow.
by Tom Piper
As you probably guessed, my visit to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas was awe-inspiring, extremely-exciting, and ultimately-exhausting. Along with many wonderful memories, diverse pictures, and incredible gadgets, I also brought back a terrible head-cold (my excellent physician, [Dr. Todd] said it may have been a touch of flu, in spite of my flu shot). Nonetheless, this is now past, and I have much to show you at our next meeting (more about this later).
Our last meeting started with some Tips & Tricks from Joe Mertzlufft and Jason Piper, and responses to member questions about scanning pictures and iPhone popups, which was followed with over an hour of “Organizing Your Pics with Apple Photos” when George Kopp showed us the many interesting and powerful features of this free Apple app (a major step beyond iPhoto). I have a video of the entire meeting, but it takes up 20 Gigabytes of memory if anyone wants to loan me a large flash drive. My slides are here: Facilitator Guide.
We distributed appleJAC business cards again, as well as aJ microfibre cleaning clothes to those who hadn’t yet received their free ones (still available for $3 each, or 2 for $5). We did a brief Show & Tell of Christmas goodies (like my GoPro Hero Sessions camera that I recorded the meeting with), while the following people won door prizes during our Great Break:
The first appleJAC Board Meeting of 2017 had almost full attendance (Jim Springs was in Galvaston) where we discussed the last meeting (reminding me and other presenters to turnoff Auto-Lock when showing items on the screen to avoid video interruptions), and doorprizes for future meetings. We discussed the agenda for the next regular member meeting (CES), as well as topics for March 7 (Mac & iPad Interplay), March 28 (George’s iPad Class), April 4 (Mistakes to Avoid), and others. Financial statements showed a balance of $4,451.09 in our account, plus 22 regular annual members and 61 lifetime members (Hal Dulle being our newest honorary member).
Our next meeting is all about CES Highlights (see attached agenda) where I will show a half-hour presentation of 300 photos and videos before the Great Break, and wide variety of cool gadgets after the Break. Not to forget, like always, we start our meeting with introducing visitors, presenting Tips & Tricks (share some you have learned), and doorprize drawing just after the Break. We are also looking for ideas of where to meeting on July 11 for our annual Mac@Work session (a location that uses Mac, iPads and/or other Apple products for everyday business).
That’s it for this month’s thoughts. I look forward to your attendance on February 7, and welcome any visitors you would like to bring along. Be sure to visit other parts of our website, let us know as soon as possible if you want to attend George’s iPad Class, and enjoy the reviews of great products (like those from the Take Control publishers). Enjoy the warming temperatures, Spring is not far away!!!
a review by Tom Piper and George Kopp
When Apple announced the 2015 Macbook 12” laptop with a single USB-C port, many potential users were put off by the fact that, if I plug the machine in to charge it, I had no other connections that I could use on that MacBook. This made this computer problematic for many things, including plugging in an external hard drive for backup. Fortunately, the battery life of the new MacBook was quite good so that I didn’t need to charge very often. But, it was difficult to imagine not having the need to plug anything in, while I’m charging the machine, just like my previous computers.
A number of new port extension devices were immediately announced to add additional ports back to replace those that Apple removed. One of the first that actually saw the light of day, was from Other World Computing (commonly known as OWC). Their USB-C Dock was announced right after the new MacBook, but didn’t ship for a number of months. Nontheless, users of the new MacBook finally had a port extension device that would allow them to make full use of their new computers.
The OWC USB-C Dock is now compatible with both the 2015 and 2016 Apple MacBook and 2016 MacBook Pro 13" models. The 2016 MacBook Pro 15” is not compatible (according to the MacSales website) which we suspect is due to the higher charging wattage required for the larger screen device. Thus, with a 80w power supply, this dock does not have enough power to charge apples new 15” flagship model.
When paired with one of the compatible machines, this Dock adds a plethora of ports for the user to use, including:
The dock is made of plastic and metal, plus sized to keep the unit firmly placed on any desk (0.9 lbs, 1.1”x3.5”x7.9”. A blue LED light shows from the bottom of the device indicating it is powered up and ready, plus a green LED also on the bottom that shows a data connection with the laptop has been made. The front of the dock has the SD card reader, audio port and a USB 3.1 port that remains powered, even when the laptop is disconnected (this port has enough high power to charge an iPhone or iPad).
The back of the dock contains the majority of the ports including the USB-C port to connect it to the laptop. It is important to note that, of the two USB-C ports on the back, the one with the small computer above (on the right) is the port that must be used with the included cable to connect to the computer. The other USB-C port (on the left) is an active port for plugging in other USB-C devices (not Thunderbolt 3).
Also on the back of the dock are three USB 3.1 ports, with the left most port also being of the higher power type, plus an 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, a HDMI port capable of driving a 4K display, and a place for the included power adapter to be connected. One item of note is that the use of the Ethernet port required the installation of a driver from OWC that was available on their website (with the release of MacOS Sierra, the driver is no longer necessary).
In our experience in using the dock with a 2015 Macbook 12”, the dock worked flawlessly. All of the ports connected to the laptop and worked with expected speed. In fact, we were encouraged by the fact that, USB-C seems speedy enough to handle multiple streams of data being copied to multiple devices. While this was likely not something necessary in the real world where, for the most part, a single device at a time will be used, it is good to see that it worked very well. But, if older drives were not first manually ejected from the Mac before allowing the Mac to sleep, then they sometimes did not come back without first unplugging and plugging them back in again. For most people, this is probably not a major issue.
From talking with other owners of the dock, there may be a problem with some older USB devices which were not being recognized by the dock when plugged in. This may be related to the sleep issue, but we were unable to reproduce that problem.
It was pleasing to see that the dock remained sturdy on the desk and did not move around when the cables were tugged slightly. Some competing units that are much lighter exhibit this problem.
To test a potential bonus feature, a USB-C to USB 3.1 adapter was used to connect the dock to a older 2013 Macbook Pro 13”” which confirmed that the USB ports, card reader, audio port, and Ethernet port still functioned just fine. On the other hand, there was some difficulty getting a television connected by HDMI; but, for a completely unsupported use of the device, this was still very impressive performance.
We have concluded that OWC has a winner in their USB-C dock for users of Apple’s smaller laptops. It works easily and performs very well. For a Macbook user with only one USB-C port, or a 2016 Macbook Pro 13” without a Touch Bar with only two Thunderbolt 3 ports, this device adds the expansion that Apple apparently believes users no longer need. The only recommendation we have are that the USB-C cable proved too short for many applications. In long term use, a longer USB-C cable will likely be necessary unless the dock is positioned right behind or next to the laptop.
The OWC USB-C Dock is available for $148.75 at macsales.com/usb-c-dock. Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold colors make for a perfect match with any new laptop. OWC also provides a two-year warranty with the dock. This is one of many fine products available from OWC at macsales.com.
There were many fascinating and innovative devices shown at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES). Here is one which really “caught my eye” that I brought back after meeting the developer at their exhibit.
The Vision Care Eye Massager from Acumed Source was an unexpected, but satisfyingly delightful device. While dozens of other vendors were vibrating and massaging legs, arms and whole bodies, this device is specifically designed to massage the area around the eyes. When I first tested it, the sensation felt “tingling” and “itchy” around the nose, then more relaxing (its best to keep eyes closed), then very therapeutic. Although this seems unusual, the results are really quite soothing.
The very attractive flip-top box contained a massage frame with silicon massage pads, silicon band and adjustable buckle, replaceable eye spacers, micro-USB jack, USB power cord, AC adapter (5 volt, 10 watt), and instructions. It is rated as continuous Non-AP/APG style, meaning that it is not suitable for use in the presence of a flammable anesthetic mixture with air or with oxygen or nitrous oxide. It is recommended that this massager not be used by children younger than 3 and half years of age, people with eye disease, eye surgery, or severe myopia, or those who suffer from motion sickness.
This eye massager is really easy to use. After adjusting the flexible band behind the head to make the unit secure and comfortable, I just plugged it in to the wall, closed my eyes, and relaxed. The pupillary distance adjustment buckle (between the eyes) includes different sized spacers to adapt to varying head sizes. The duration of use is 10 minutes, recommended for once or twice per day (but no more than 30 minutes per day). During the initial 15 seconds of use the unit adjusts itself to massage pressure points, then starts various cycles of massage and infrared heat (up to 107°F). The cycles include preprogrammed pulsating vibrations, alternating left to right eye and back, then together, with varying durations of time and intensity, automatically ending after 10 minutes (just unplug and replug the power to start a new session). The results are calming, de-stressing, and satisfying, as well as including some dampness around the eyes.
As described by USJ Vision Care Experts, the Vision Care Eye Massager provides relief around my eyes by vibration and massage of the ocular muscles, relaxing the skin and soft tissue around the eye sockets and eyelids. Using massage and heating, the massager creates a hypnotizing effect, especially after a meal. Infrared heat compression gently warms up the area around my eyes which expands my capillaries and enhances blood circulation, which relieves eyestrain. The massager employs precise massage of vital acupuncture points in the ocular region, using a combination of acupressure points based on traditional Chinese acupuncture and modern technology. Through rhythmic vibration and massage, it stimulates local blood circulation, enhances the functioning of the meridians, relaxes and rejuvenates tired eyes caused by fatigue and tension. This also relieves dry eyes by heating and loosening up the oil secretions of the tear glands, as well as delaying the effects of crystalline lens hardening by enhancing blood and energy flow. Simply stated, this is a very therapeutic device!
This unique, comfortable, ergonomic, personal Eye Massager is available for only $159 at acumedsource.bigcartel.com/products in multiple colors (white, blue, orange, black, green), or also from amazon.com/Vision-Care-Eye-Massager. This device may seem different, but can be very effective for everyday eyestrain relief.
by Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers
How do you want to be remembered by future generations? You can make a will to handle your physical possessions, but what about your digital life—photos, videos, email, documents, and the like? Tech expert Joe Kissell has now written Take Control of Your Digital Legacy to cover many aspects of leaving such electronic ephemera to your family or to an institutional archive as part of your digital legacy.
With Joe’s advice in this 127-page ebook, you’ll both get a handle on digital estate planning and benefit today from improved organization—wouldn’t you feel better knowing that if you were suddenly incapacitated, your family could access your important online accounts, like banking, email, social media, and more? And if you’re like us, it’s not just you—we also have to think about our elderly relatives and friends and all they’ve done on their computers over the years.
Joe distills years of experience with managing all manner of digital data and backups to help you:
Whether you just want to ensure that your heirs can find a few important documents and photos, or you need to catalog and preserve tens of thousands of digital items, this book helps you make smart decisions to get your digital ducks in a row and shape your digital legacy.
On a personal note, we’d like to thank some older friends and relatives for providing feedback that helped to improve this book. In particular, Adam’s mother, Elaine Engst, was able to offer a professional perspective based on many years of working as Cornell University Archivist, and Lauri Reinhardt, who always handles our customer support email with a smile, made useful comments based on having gone through much of this for her late mother.
Finally, a quick favor. If you have a friend or relative who needs to read this book, please let them know about it. And if you can think of any groups who might be interested, such as those involved with genealogy or estate planning, drop us a line. Thanks for helping us get the word out—this is an important topic for us all!
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by Tom Piper
HAPPY NEW YEAR . . . 2017 has arrived, and we have much to do (like New Year’s Resolutions). First, I wish to thank our appleJAC Officers from 2016 (Joe, Peggy, Alice, Greg, Larry, Ann, George, Mark, Shubha and Janet) who have served us well, and contributed to our education and enjoyment during the year. I also welcome our new Officers (Jason, Julie and Jim).
As I begin my year as appleJAC President (it seems like this is the 20th time I’ve done this), I look forward to some great topics, and also reflect back on 32 years of successful achievement of our goal “to provide a forum for Apple products, including Macintosh computers and iOS devices, users in Central Missouri to meet on an educational, research and social basis." We have done this for over 380 meetings on literally more topics than I can count . . . and there is a lot more to look forward to.
At our last meeting, we had a great presentation about Email Security from Jason Piper (see our website for his slideshow), and held our Annual Business Meeting (these minutes are also posted on our website). A number of prizes were given away, but a list was not kept at this meeting.
Our next meeting will focus on “Organizing Your Pics with Apple Photos”, an extensive presentation by George Kopp describing many of the features of this app replacement for iPhoto (this is not about scanning or handling photos with other apps). We will also spend whatever time left talking about Cool Stuff that members have, particularly items received for Christmas. In addition, we also need your ideas for new topics to address during our meetings this year, so bring your ideas along.
To learn more about this meeting, just view the agenda below. We will also be spending special attention to timing our presentations this year, and asking our attendees to be respectful of presenters by moving telephones calls and chitchat to the back of the room so others can better hear.
Thanks for being part of appleJAC, and we look forward to a great year ahead. See you at the meeting . . .
The Annual Business Meeting of the appleJAC computer club non-profit corporation was held on December 6, 2016, and the minutes were approved by its Board of Directors on December 20, 2016. In order to view this PDF document, simply click on the following link: Download AJ Bus Mtg min
Protection for our portable iDevices has become a big and very important industry, because shielding our investments from harm is vital to our future enjoyment. Gumdrop is a California-based company founded by a pair of innovative and progressive developers who simply wanted to design stylish heavy-duty cases for people on-the-go. I have extensively used their DropTech iPhone 6 plus and 7 plus cases, as well as their DropTech iPad Pro 12.9” and iPad Air 2 cases, plus their Hideaway iPad Pro 12.9” case.
The Gumdrop DropTech Series delivers ultimate protection for all of my devices. These feature a built-in screen protector (on the iPhones), a Polycarbonate snap frame, built-in hide-away stand, and a rugged silicone case. Dual-material construction provides multiple layers of shock absorption, yet still allowing for easy accessibility, and full access to mic, speaker and charging port with full protection.
The snug fit of these cases allows for complete protection along with delightful comfort. DropTech cases are ready to take on just about any job, adventure and environment. Their rugged technology benefits most all industries such as farmers in the Midwest, to high-volume restaurants, to over 2,500+ K-12 schools nationwide. This is a case you can depend on, no matter where you are, or how you use it.
The Gumdrop Hideaway Series takes protection to the max for the iPad (and Samsung) tablets with its rugged design, protective case and built-in stand. It features a built-in screen protector, a Polycarbonate snap frame, built-in hide-away stand, and a rugged silicone case. With a variety of color schemes, its a handsome case to show off too.
The Hideaway is the first choice of educators and industry professionals when it comes to providing ultimate protection for iPads. In the classroom, the Hideaway protects a school's technology, makes education more tech friendly, and helps kids with Autism get more out of their learning experience. In radically different settings elsewhere, it helps corn farmers utilize technology in rugged terrain; or, like the New Sous Chef, high-volume restaurants have a safe and convenient way to blend technology into their kitchens.
I have have been using these cases for over month, and find them rugged and durable. The added weight is well worth it to ensure maximum defense against falls, bumps, spills, and other unfortunate accidents. The back-pattern of the cases initially looks like off-road tire tread, but actually feels great during regular carrying, handling and laptop use. These have now become part of my regular use.
The DropTech case for the new iPhone 7 plus has a strong rubberized edge bumper with a clear protective back (showing my JetBlack unit), plus an excellent easy-to-mount screen on the front. It is easy to grip, but won’t slid on a table, seat cover or other surface (no longer a worry when driving or on slick surfaces).
You can learn more about all of these products at gumdropcases.com. The Droptech iPad Pro 12.9 case is available in Black, Red, and Royal Blue, while the Droptech iPad Pro Air 2 case is available in Red/Black, Black, White/Grey, Black/Red, Army Green/Black, Black/Orange, Light Blue/Royal Blue, and Royal Blue/Lime, both costing $59.95.
The Droptech iPhone 6 plus case is available in Red/Black, Red/Gray, Black/Gray, White/Black, Pink/White, Purple/Lavender, Royal Blue/Lime, Black/Orange, White/Pink, and Light Blue/Royal Blue for $39.95, while the Droptech iPhone 7 plus case is available in White/Blue, and Black/Clear for $34.95. The Hideaway iPad Pro 12.9 is available in Black, Royal Blue/Lime, White/Grey, and Black/Red for $69.95.
Gumdrop products include much more than iDevice cases. They also have protective cases for most Android devices, plus laptop computers (like the MacBook). Also included are the Sleeve Series, Bounce Skin, FoamTech, Softshell, and more. This company’s focus is to provide the best protection possible, in most challenging environments . . . and they are very successful at achieving this at most reasonable prices.
This November 5, 2016, segment of Hal Dulle's "Open Air Saturday" on KWOS radio featured Peggy Landwehr, Tom Piper and George Kopp. The topic was generally tech talk about Apple products (iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro) and operating systems (iOS 10 and macOS 10.12). They also talked about how to select cellphones and plans offered by various vendors, as well as appleJAC meetings and membership.
In order to listen to this entertaining and educational 43-minute segment, just click on Download OpenAirSat 110516.
Most of the gadgets that were demonstrated at this Nov. 1 appleJAC meeting were illustrated onscreen with PDF files. If you would like to view any of these, simply double-click on any of the three titles below:
by Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers
Good day, fellow iCloud user!
iCloud has become integral to the Apple experience—it’s almost an operating system in its own right, and macOS 10.12 Sierra, iOS 10, and tvOS 10 all rely on iCloud for core functionality. If you are confused by the difference between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream, have wondered if you should use two-factor authentication or two-step verification, or been unsure of what iCloud data counts against your storage space, Joe Kissell’s best-selling book, Take Control of iCloud, Fifth Edition, has the help you need. It’s the comprehensive documentation of iCloud you won’t find from Apple or anywhere else, and with your MUG discount you can pick up a copy for just $10.50, 30% off the cover price.
In the book, Joe offers insight into what iCloud is trying to do, while providing steps for key procedures and advising you on the best real-world techniques for integrating iCloud’s many services into your digital life on Macs, iOS devices, Apple TVs, and even Windows-based PCs.
“Brilliant and concise information on using current iCloud systems.” —Brian M.
This new edition is overflowing with up-to-date iCloud advice for you, explaining:
“I just read Take Control of iCloud cover to cover, and it helped me sort out several problems and clear up my confusion on how iCloud works with my iMac, MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. Your book has helped me get more out of my devices and I can see it’ll make my life easier. Thanks for a job very well done!” —Andy S.
Take Control of iCloud, Fifth Edition walks you through getting started with iCloud (whether you have one or more iCloud accounts), and then explains the key aspects — and hidden gotchas — of iCloud’s capabilities. Among the many features Joe covers are <deep breath> iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Sharing, Family Sharing, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library, iCloud Drive, Optimized Storage, Universal Clipboard, Mail and Mail Drop, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, iCloud Keychain, the iCloud Web site, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends, two-factor authentication, activation lock, Back to My Mac, and backing up and restoring iOS data. (It’s a lot, we know. Hence a 182-page book!)
“As someone who hadn’t invested a lot of time in setting up iCloud before, I found this book very informative—particularly the information about managing multiple iCloud accounts and the Photos section.” —Kelly G.
Thanks for your support, which makes it possible for us to continue documenting what’s going on in Apple’s new operating systems and online services!
Apple has released iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra, and we’re pleased to bring you four Take Control books to help you get started with the new operating systems and their shared Photos app.
Joe Kissell helps you perform a trouble-free upgrade to Sierra in Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, Scholle McFarland covers what’s new in Sierra (and much more) in Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, Josh Centers takes you on a tour of iOS 10 in his comprehensive iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course, and Jason Snell focuses on the new features of Photos in his Photos: A Take Control Crash Course.
The easiest way to pick up multiple books is to load our catalog, click the Buy button under each book you want, and then click one of the Cart buttons. All books are discounted by 30% for MUG members; you’ll see the discount once you click the orange Check Out button in our cart.
Thanks for your support — it’s great to be able to channel the excitement generated by Apple’s new operating systems into new books, and we couldn’t do it without you!
Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, by Joe Kissell (98 pages, $7)
Experience an anxiety-free upgrade to Sierra as you follow Joe Kissell’s time-tested advice in this focused book, thoroughly updated for Sierra. You’ll ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Sierra, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your primary drive, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation. You’ll also find full installation directions, plus suggestions on what to do immediately after the install. The book ends with a look at how to handle a failed or problematic installation. Learn more…
Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, by Scholle McFarland (100 pages*, $10.50)
You can head off into the wilds of Sierra with confidence when you’re equipped with Scholle McFarland’s new Crash Course. It kicks off with an overview of what's new, followed by a chapter about Sierra’s cool little features, like keeping folders on top of file listings, new text shortcuts, Picture in Picture, and link and video previews in Messages. Scholle devotes more space to teaching you about big new Sierra features like Siri, app tabs, Desktop and Documents folder syncing, and Universal Clipboard. Particularly important is the book’s discussion of Optimized Storage, which can save a lot of space on a Mac with a small drive, but should be enabled only when you understand its implications. Learn more…
*The 100-page 1.0 version of this book covers the changes in Sierra, but we’re still finalizing a handful of chapters about existing Mac features. We’ll give all purchasers the content-complete version 1.1 of this book for free very soon.
iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course, by Josh Centers (143 pages, $10.50)
Quickly master new (and existing) features in iOS 10 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch! TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers helps you come up to speed with extensive coverage of iOS 10’s key changes, including the redesigned Lock screen, Widget screen, and Control Center, and new ways for third-party developers to add features to Apple’s apps. You’ll also learn how Apple has radically revised essential apps like Photos, Messages, Mail, Maps, and Safari. Josh even gives you an introduction to home automation by way of iOS 10’s new Home app and Apple’s HomeKit specification for third-party devices. Additional special topics cover Family Sharing, accessibility, privacy, managing data usage, improving battery life, and more. Learn more…
Photos: A Take Control Crash Course, by Jason Snell (74 pages, $7)
Get the most out of Apple’s Photos app on all your Apple devices! Written by Jason Snell, publisher of Six Colors and former lead editor of Macworld, this book helps you understand Photos’ new machine-learning features like Memories, Categories, and the new version of Faces. It also teaches you how to import (and merge!) old iPhoto and Aperture libraries, set up iCloud Photo Library, organize and edit photos, share photos online, create cards and calendars, and much more.
The book focuses on Photos for 10.12 Sierra, but those who also use the Photos app in iOS 10 will appreciate the iOS-specific help at the end of nearly every chapter. Jason has also included a chapter about viewing your photos on an Apple TV. Learn more…
Thanks again, and we hope our efforts help you make significantly better use of Sierra, iOS 10, and Photos!
by Joe Mertzlufft
Our September 6 meeting was held at South Callaway High School in Mokane. Jeff Nelson prepared a variety of slides to give us an idea of how they use Macs and iPads in the day-to-day life of the school. They even use a handy program for teachers and staff to report problems they are having with equipment so they can track what devices need help.
We had handed out many Micro Fiber cloths to attending members in July. We will have more at the October 4 meeting for the members that did not receive one before.
Apple systems have changed a lot this month. I watched the keynote and have now had a chance to install the new iOS 10 and new macOS 12 Sierra. Our upcoming meeting will show you some of the new features and help you decide if you want to update your operating systems on iPhones, iPads, Macs, appleWatch and appleTV.
As we plan for next month's meeting, we are looking for anyone in our membership that would look to demonstrate any of your new gadgets. Let me or another board member know what you want to share so we get you on our agenda in November. We will do our best to show 30 gadgets in the time allowed.
Do you want to hang out with some of the gurus that put our meetings together each month? Just talk to any Board Member during the next meeting, and let them know you want to be plugged in and be a part of the planning. We go out to eat once a month on the third Tuesday, and we are always looking for new ideas.
The following people won door prizes at the September meeting:
Trish Alexander - First Aid Bag
Carole Van Vranken - Pen & Pad Mouse
Tom Piper - Flashlight
George Kopp - Stylus
Our upcoming October 4, 2016, meeting featuring Apple’s New Operating Systems takes us back to IC School (see agenda below). I will kickoff by showing how to to prepare for and install the new systems. Jason Piper will illustrate many of the new features of iOS 10. After the Break, he will also cover what’s new in macOS Sierra, Then, George will go over the changes in watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.
As always, there will be time for everyone to ask questions and share your tips and tricks to the group. Continue to visit our website for more updates and fresh information.
For the last two years, I’ve wanted (but have not been able) to record my iPad or iPhone screen to do training videos without using a video camera to capture it. It also seemed to me that we should be able to live broadcast my video camera to my iPad. And, when will I be able to touch-control my Mac screen (without using a Wacom tablet)? The power of AirPlay has helped to now make all of this possible.
AirPlay wireless streaming (originally called AirTunes 2004-2010) was designed to make it easy to tap into your iTunes library through Apple TV. You just open iTunes on your laptop or Apple portable device, and select Apple TV in the AirPlay menu. You can then control the volume remotely, and even stream the music simultaneously to additional AirPlay-compatible components. You can also send music or video from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (even play games on your TV using your iPhone as the controller, hearing the soundtrack through your audio system). I have found that I can also play Internet radio stations through iTunes, or sound from my iPhone or iPad apps — including music services such as Pandora Internet radio, Rhapsody, and Last.fm.
Apple TV gives you a virtually unlimited selection of high-definition movies, TV shows, video, and photos to explore. This wireless digital media receiver can play music from your computer, show photos from your iPhone, even access your media collection stored online in the iCloud. The newest Apple TV can stream full 1080p high-definition video and audio. You'll enjoy your favorite TV shows, movies and even photo slideshows in breath-taking 1080p resolution. And, with the ability to deliver Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, your movies and shows will sound as good as they look, all for only $99.99.
But, if you have an iPad 2, the new iPad or iPhone 4S, you're not just limited to audio. Your device also has AirPlay Mirroring functionality (introduced in 2011 as part of iOS 5) which means you can wirelessly stream what's on its screen to your TV screen through the Apple TV. Show everyone what's on your device, even when you zoom in or change from portrait to landscape. This concept has been adapted into some really cool apps, four of which I’m describing here because they are cutting-edge innovative multi-device approaches that expand utility and functionally in unique ways that enhance the thrill and excitement of our Mac and iOS device investments.
AirBeam turns your iPhones, iPod touchs or iPads into a realtime audio and video surveillance system. It streams live video and audio from the cameras and microphones of any number of iPhones, iPod touchs or iPads. You can watch the stream on any other iDevice, Mac or Web browser, even on multiple screens simultaneously. Use your iDevices as luxury baby monitors, for serious surveillance, to keep an eye on your pets, a FPV cam in your remote control toys, and hundreds of useful (and not so useful) things you can do with it. Even if you have just a single device, AirBeam is an awesome tool for motion-controlled video recording. This universal app is available on the iTunes Store for $3.99.
Air Display can satisfy your wish for an extra display for your Mac (or Windows) computer. You can use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a wireless display, to extend your computer desktop. Air Display works in both landscape and portrait configurations (you just rotate your screen, and it automatically reconfigures). This makes a laptop much more useful by adding the iPad's 1024x768 display which nearly doubles the screen area of a laptop (except the 2009 15” /17” MacBook Pros) or netbook. Air Display not only gives you a wireless computer screen extender, but also works as a tablet input device. You can use your finger to draw directly on the screen's surface such as with a calculator, painting tool, music control surface, iWorks Inspector, email location, and more (simple gestures allow you to operate the right mouse button and scroll wheel too). This program is available at the Mac App Store for $9.99.
Reflector 2 allows you to use AirPlay to mirror your iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or new iPad to any Mac running OS X 10.6+, wirelessly. I can now easily demo iOS apps on any Mac running OS X Lion using AirPlay Mirroring on iOS 5, and record it using QuickTime, ScreenFlow or other screen recorders. I can now enable/disable an iPhone or iPad “wrapper” (this preserves the look of the device around the screen), change the color, record the screen, and more. Amazingly, I can also display any iOS game on either my 27” iMac or 17” MacBook Pro screen, even show my iPad 2 and iPhone 4S on the screen at the same time (no, you can’t “touch” them, is display). A free trial version (fully-function for 10 minutes) is available at airsquirrels.com/reflector, and the full purchase price is $14.99.
AirParrot will place our Mac's screen on your Apple TV. You can choose the display the AirPlay device will mirror to in order to enjoy your video and audio. Also adjustable is the quality versus speed performance, show the mouse cursor, and adjust that nasty overscan. This program is built from the ground up to support the great things in OS X Lion while also supporting OS X Snow Leopard. A free trial version (fully-function for 10 minutes) is available at www.airparrot.com, and the full purchase price is $9.99.
These are amazing Mac and iOS apps which fully utilize the power of Wi-Fi through Airplay and Apple TV to achieve a new level of productivity. And, they are FUN to boot!
I've also been recently informed of another comparative review of ways to record screen videos by JP Zhang which can be found at softwarehow.com/ios-screen-recorder-guide. Its just amazing what you can do with these great apps!
Our August meeting was full of Tech talk to help keep your device safe from MalWare, RansomWare plus we remind you to backup in a couple different ways. George Kopp did a great job of pointing out what MalWare and RansomWare is, and how to protect your iOS Devices. I tried to cover the same with your Mac. I had to leave a few minutes early, but understand Mark Snell talked about My Cloud Drive and Jason did a great job of sharing some consideration for email protection. (Information from all of these presentations are available on our website at iphone-and-ipad-malware-and-backup.html).
We handed out several New applejac-pogoed Micro Fiber cloths to the membership, and will have a couple more meetings to get your free Micro Fiber in your hands.
It has been a busy summer but seems way to short “like normal". As my customer get ready for school to begin I get a surge in business making sure their computers and those their computers kids are taking to school are ready for the task ahead. Watching the kids next door waterski in the morning while I eat breakfast will stop, and vacation photo’s on FaceBook will turn into back-to-school photos.
I am still hoping for others in our group to share to our group what you do with your Apple Device(s). We would be happy to give you 20-30 minutes to show us. Thank you to those that have shared Tips and Tricks.
The following people won door prizes at the July Meeting:
Our upcoming September 6th, 2016, meeting will feature Mac@Work in Mokane MO (see agenda and map below). Jeff Nelson will tell us how South Callaway Schools is using technology today. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how they keep it running. As always, there will be time for everyone to ask questions and share your tips and tricks to the group.
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