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.
This week the cold weather has come out with a most noticable vengeance. I believe I will need to wear a coat to the last home football game at Mizzou.
Our November meeting was all about Gadgets. First, George Kopp picked up from last month and showed highlights of the new watchOS 3 ad tvOS 10. Then, Tom Piper, Peggy Landwher and Mark Snell showed some neat gadgets you might like to request on your Christmas list. After the Great Break, George Kopp and I showed even more gadgets. The slideshows from most of these are available on our website at applejac.typepad.com/presentations.
The following people won door prizes at the November Meeting:
Kathy Mills - iTunes Card
Mel Kallal - Quick Drive
Shubha Miller - AirPort Extreme
Julie Smith - Screen Protector
Jim Springs - Screen Saver
Paul VanHorn - USB, Ext. Cable
Rita Kallal - Cable
Rosalind Moulton - Book, iMovie 2
Barb Kuebler - Book, File Maker Pro
Jim Stevenson - Book, Office X
David Martin - Book, Lens
Margie Stevenson - Ear Buds
Most of our members have now had a few months to get their free Micro Fiber cloths. Since we have had several requests to buy extra cloths, they are now available for just $3.00 each, or two for $5.00.
After two years as President, I will only be running for Member-at-Large on the appleJAC Board this year. I am excited that we have a couple new faces nominated this year, along with some of our veterans. We will continue to accept nominations for all Board positions until the middle of our next meeting.
Our upcoming December 6, 2016, meeting will be the Annual Business Meeting at IC School(see agenda below). Since I will be unavailable, Peggy Landwehr will lead this meeting. Jason Piper will present some email security information you should be aware of. Nominations are open until just before the elections for next year's officers. As always, there will be time for everyone to ask questions and share your tips and tricks to the group.
In lieu of a personal presentation at the meeting, my brief annual President’s report is posted here. During my two years as President, we maintained the membership and financial status at a level similar to when I took office. During this time, we were able to provide Immaculate Conception School (IC) with a digital projector, mounted the AppleTV semi-permanently to it, tapped into the existing IC sound system, and added wireless microphones to it . . . this all made setting up a meeting much easier.
We have traveled to Fulton last year, and Mokane schools this year for a Mac-at-work session. We have had a couple great Picnic gatherings, and many excellent meetings. I’m pleased with our progress, have enjoyed this leadership role, and glad that our members seem to be happy with the programs we provided. Hereafter, I look forward to working as a Member-at-Large on the Board to help with a smooth transition and continue to help with Demos and Tips that can benefit the group. Thanks to everyone who has participated and been supportive of my efforts.
Please continue to visit our website for more updates and fresh information.
Keep in mind, if Jefferson City Public Schools closes for snow on the day of our scheduled gathering, we will also cancel our meeting.
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.
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: