This next month's great meeting topics is "Mistakes to Avoid". The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm, April 4, 2017, in Kennedy Hall at IC School, 1208 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City. Please bring your friends who are Mac or iOS users to our meetings.
We made it to my favorite time of the year: College Basketball and Thanksgiving. Thank you Peggy for covering for me at the last meeting while I was celebrating my anniversary. I am calling on her again as I will be at a Missouri Basketball game during the December meeting.
Thanks also to all the Board Members for serving during my first year as President. I know that I have been nominated for a second term, and I hope we have a few other members step up and offer to be on the appleJAC Board as Members at Large. I see the same faces every year and would like to get some fresh ideas. This is a fun way to spend an extra evening with the officers, you can pick our brains if you have an issue with your Apple device, and you can give new ideas for things to do at the monthly meetings.
Apple Pay is growing and available in more and more businesses. I have ordered a new card reader that supports Apple Pay, so soon you will even be able to use it for Computer Repairs at Mid-Missouri Computer Services.
The Following people won door prizes at the November Meeting:
Jane Creed - iTunes Card
Jane Szabados - Pen/Letter Opener Dave Martin - iPhone 6 Plus Case Charlie Bland - Thumb Drive Carole VanVranken - Steve Jobs Magazine Alice Kopp - iPhone 6 Case Ann Lane - Note Book Light Ruth Younger - Thumb Drive
Since I will not be at the Annual Business Meeting, let me say for my President's Annual Report that appleJAC has a stable membership size. We had a few road trips: Mac’s in Business was held at The Crossing Church, Don and Shubha Miller hosted a wonderful picnic, and Charlie Bland arranged a meeting in Fulton at the Rural Electric Cooperative for Home Connections. Thank you to all that have taken a turn picking up supplies for our Great Break. I encourage you to join the Board as a Member at Large or offer to present to the group something you do with your Apple device.
Our upcoming December 1, 2015, meeting will feature Annual Business Meeting & Google Photos (see agenda below). Peggy and George will show you how Google photos can work for you. After the Great Break, we will collect any additional nominations for officers, then put them to a VOTE. As always, there will be time for everyone to ask questions and share your tips and tricks to the group.
Be sure to respond to our meeting email notice with questions (to qualify for iTunes card drawing), officer nominations, and meeting topic suggestions. Continue to visit our website for more updates and fresh information.
Home monitoring has become more and more sophisticated and comprehensive. In days gone by, we used to periodically check the thermometer and hygrometer to make sure that our thermostat and humidifier. Today, we have incredible devices to continually monitor these and more so we can live smarter by knowing more about our home, the place we care about most.
With Eve Room, the wireless sensor from Elgato, I can now see my home at a glance, right on my iPhone or iPad (Bluetooth links with only one at a time). Eve senses indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity. Eve Room is powered by a sophisticated sensor analyzing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Air quality can vary based on many factors, and Eve Room goes beyond CO₂ by analyzing substances that directly affect my well-being. I can actually see my home at a glance, and view beautiful and informative graphs by day, month or year about each of these factors.
Setup of this device was quick and easy. First, I installed the batteries (included), then downloaded the free app, entered into the app the ID number on the back of the unit, and I was ready to place it in a convenient place (our living room). Eve connects directly to my iPhone or iPad using Bluetooth 4.0 Smart technology, without requiring a hub, gateway or bridge. I can even ask Siri on my linked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to ask for temperature or humidity, which she immediately reports back to me. This data is shared via iCloud to all devices using the same Apple ID, and guests can be invited to view it too.
Elgato’s Eve hardware accessories work with Apple HomeKit technology to gather data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy consumption and more. HomeKit technology on iOS 9 takes “connected home” even further, and provides advanced security with end-to-end encryption and authentication. Guest Access is now available, and with a free updates coming to Eve, I can take advantage of Automatic Scenes and Bluetooth Range Extenders. The Eve family has been carefully designed to seamlessly blend into any home environment. I can even access Eve when I’m not home because it communicates with my Apple TV 4 (requires at least a 3rd generation version).
Eve requires an iPhone 4S or later, iPad (3rd generation) or later, iPad Air, iPad mini with iOS 9 or later, all of which can use the free Elgato Eve app. HomeKit requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8.1 or later. Its temperature measures 32°F - 130°F, 5% - 95% humidity, and air quality bad - excellent. It is powered by three AA replaceable batteries, and is sized at 3.1” x 3.1” x 1.3” and very light weight.
Eve Home is available for $79.95 at elgato.com/eve. Other related devices in this family also include Eve Weather ($49.95), and Eve Door & Window ($39.95). I’ve used Elgato products for many years, which have always been very functional and high quality. The Eve family of products continues this excellent tradition, and will work with many other HomeKit devices.
Tom Piper, appleJAC Secretary, presented a review of the new "Spectre" (the 24th James Bond movie) at 8:05am, November 13, 2015, on KWOS Open Air's Guest Movie Critic spot. Following mixed reviews, he gave this movie 4 gadgets as his next to highest rating.
The 10-minute presentation can be heard by clicking download Spectre Movie review. Special thanks to KWOS for the great time provided by Warren Krech and John March during this presentation.
Why a review of a James Bond movie on a techie website? Its all about the gadgets, of course . . . just have a look at jamesbondlifestyle.com to see them all.
Peggy Landwehr, appleJAC Vice-President, presented a review of the new "Steve Jobs" movie at 8:00am, October 30, 2015, on KWOS Open Air's Guest Movie Critic spot. Following rave reviews, she gave this movie 5 apples as her highest rating.
The 10-minute presentation can be heard by clicking Steve Jobs movie review. Special thanks to KWOS for the display of Peggy's Apple products during her presentation.