Meeting Archive

This page is a list of the General Meeting Topics for the past year and the follow-up links that were posted.

JUNE 2017 - WWDC 2017 - APPLE’S WORLDWIDE DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, MEMBERSHIP REWARDS DRAWING:

At this year’s WWDC keynote, Apple announced an amazingly large number of new items: New Mac OS, High Sierra; new iOS 11 for iPads and iPhones; new Watch OS 4 and new upgrades to their computers and devices as well as some totally new hardware. So come and we will peruse the dizzying variety of items announced at the conference and work to understand what it all means for our tech futures.
Follow-up information :
Ron's
Keynote presentation on the WWDC announcements - PDF
6 Biggest Apple announcements - Time article PDF
8 Things you missed - Zdnet article PDF
Apple Bolsters iPad Features - eWeek article PDF
Apple HomePod - Cnet article PDF
Apple iMac Pro - eWeek article PDF
Coolest Features in iOS11 - PCmag article PDF
HomePod Audio Quality - 9to5Mac article PDF
iMac Pro Overpriced? - Zdnet article PDF
iPhone Lockout Patent - The Guardian article PDF
New iMac Pro - eWeek article PDF
Second Coming of iPad - Buzzfeed article PDF
VR is in Apple's Future - Techcrunch article PDF
Will your Mac Run High Sierra - Zdnet article PDF
WWDC announcements - Recode article PDF
WWDC iOS11 - Zdnet article PDF
WWDC New iMac - Zdnet article PDF

MAY 2017 - PROJECTED NEW APPLE EQUIPMENT; HOME AUTOMATION DEVICES; ELECTIONS :

Elections tonight. We have an opening for a 2nd vice-president, so if you are interested in working with a terrific slate of current officers, please let us know. This evening we will discuss all the future updates to Apple hardware expected this year including iMacs, iPads and even a few futuristic rumors. And in a more immediately useful vain, there are a lot of new home automation devices out there that we will talk about and even show you.

Follow-up information:

Steve's presentation on
Home Automation - PDF
Apple giving away its iWork and iLife apps - PDF of Zdnet article
10 Products, Services Apple is working on - PDF of Eweek article
Why Apple's Mac Pro promise matters so much - PDF of Zdnet article
Apple Pumps Up Mac Pro Desktop - PDF of Eweek article
Apple: We are completely rethinking the Mac Pro - PDF of Zdnet article
Evernote Embraces MacBook Pro's Touch Bar - PDF of Eweek article
8 ways to repurpose an old iPhone - PDF of Cnet article

The slate of officers and directors was accepted by unanimous vote.
John Connor - president
Steve Maynard- 1st vice-president
OPEN - 2nd vice-president
Ron Mueller - secretary
Allen Thorpe - treasurer
Al Desrosiers -membership director
Ron Mueller - club finance director
Hanne Kanton - resource director


APRIL 2017 - PROTECTING YOUR BROWSING DATA; NEW iPADS, NEW APPLE FILE SYSTEM & MORE :

Something for everyone tonight. First up, it’s been in the news recently that your service providers have been given the green light to sell your browsing data. We will discuss ways to keep your privacy in spite of this change. Apple has just announced new iPads and with iOS 10.3 has released a new file system. We will discuss the implications of both. We also have a few articles to share on protecting your iCloud account and wiping your iPhone for resale.
Follow-up information :
Browsing Privacy
The new iPad
iPhone OS 10.3
The future

MARCH 2017 - TRAVEL TIPS, ADAPTERS, PHOTOS, ROAMING CHARGES, SMART TVs :

The travel season is fast-approaching, so this month we want to explore what you will need to consider (tech-wise), especially if you will be traveling outside of the country. Such things as adapters for chargers, saving your photos, avoiding roaming charges on your phone and other assorted travel tips. Also we will briefly discuss whether your Smart TV could be spying on you and what to do about it!
Follow-up information :

Tech Travel Tips - Ron's presentation PDF
Travel in the UK - Steve's presentation PDF

Rick Steve's Europe PDFs :

Tech Travel Mistakes - PDF
20 Travel Tips - Expedia PDF
Cell Phone Accessories - PDF
Phones for Travel Abroad - PDF
Buying a SIM Card in Europe - PDF
How to Set Up your iPhone - PDF
Other Links for Travel - PDF of other links and YouTube videos

Pre-Meeting Tips :

FEBRUARY 2017 - ONLINE TAX SERVICES; WEATHER APPS; TOUCH-BAR ALTERNATIVES; CLIPBOARD MANAGER :

This month we have an eclectic mix of informative items. First, we will ask for members to share any recommendations for using online tax services; VP Steve Maynard will show various weather apps that he uses to keep informed; president, John Connor, will show some touch-bar alternatives for those of us who have not purchased one of the newest MacBook Pros and he will also discuss the advantages and uses of a clipboard manager. (PS, we know it’s Valentine’s Day, so why not bring along your sweetheart to the meeting and then go out afterwards, the restaurants will be much less crowded by then!)
Follow-up information :
Weather apps - PDF of Steve's presentation of various weather apps
Copied - PDF of this Clipboard Manager
Touch Bar Emulators - PDF of John's presentation of apps that emulate the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar on other computers

JANUARY 2017 -SHOW & TELL on NEW APPLE STUFF; NECESSARY APPS for iPHONE 7; BEST USES of SIRI on your MAC; SERENITY CALDWELL ARTICLE; a CAD PROGRAM CALLED HOME DESIGNER :

This month we have a eclectic mix of informative items. First, we ask that anyone who acquired any new Apple stuff over the holidays, bring it to show & tell; we will discuss the best apps for a new iPhone, and the best uses of Siri, now on our Macs, thanks to Mac OS Sierra; we have an article by Serenity Caldwell discussing moving your old Mac’s stuff to a new one; and finally, Allen Thorpe will show a CAD (computer assisted design) program called Home Designer.
Follow-up information :
The presentation Keynote - PDF document with article links
iPhone 10th Anniversary - PDF of the Mercury News article
iPhone turns 10 - PDF of the ZDNet article
Nielsen top 10 mobile apps - PDF of the eWeek article
10 Must-have Mobile Apps for iPhone 7 - PDF of the eWeek article
13 Best Uses of Siri on a Mac - PDF of the CNet article
How to set up and customize your Mac from scratch - PDF of Serenity Caldwell article on iMore
Home Designer - URL for this CAD product demonstrated
Scan Cafe - URL for this product to bring your memories into the digital world

DECEMBER 2016 - HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, APPLE TRIVIA and MEMBERSHIP REWARDS DRAWING :

Our president, John Connor, has prepared 2 rounds of 20 questions for our annual Apple Trivia game. We recommend tables of 3 players since the first and second place tables will receive three $15 or three $10 iTunes cards respectively. You may play more to a table but you will have to decide how to divide up the cards. Bring a guest or family; the more the merrier. You do not have to be a member to play or win. There will also be one $30 Panera gift card given as an attendance prize, and the officers will supply cookies and coffee. Finally, the evening will end with our selection of the four lucky current members chosen to each receive a $100 Apple gift card in the culmination of our Membership Rewards Drawing.
Follow-up information :
Spark - The best email app for iPhone, iPad and Mac
Spark on iTunes
John's Trivia Q&A round 1
John's Trivia Q&A round 2
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Trivia winners - Two groups tied for first place. Decided by coin toss, the winning table, consisting of Allen Thorpe, Tammy Koyn, Terry Koyn and Robert Levitt, split three $15 iTunes cards; and the second place table was Roque Castillo, Steve Maynard and Ron Mueller who received three $10 iTunes cards.
The
MEMBERSHIP REWARDS DRAWING made four members happy, each receiving a $100 Apple gift card. They were Tammy Koyn, Bob Emnett, Dan Freeman and Paul Doran. Those not at the meeting will receive their prize in the mail.
Last but not least,
Terry Koyn took home the $30 Panera gift card attendance prize.

NOVEMBER 2016 -NEW MACBOOK PROS, APPLE PAY ONLINE, COUNTY LIBRARY RESOURCES and the OVERDRIVE APP :

This evening we will talk about the just-announced updates to Apple’s MacBook Pro line, the Touch-Bar and Touch ID. Apple Pay online is making its debut on some websites. We will also discuss resources available at the county library and ask members to share what they find useful there.
Follow-up information :
New Apple Hardware - PDF of Apple's late October announcements
The new Apple TV app - PDF of an Engadget article
Apple Updates MacBook Pros with new Touch Controls - PDF of an eWeek article
The new Apple MacBook Pro: Apple's amazing strip show reinvents the laptop keyboard - PDF of a c|net article
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and a TV app for Apple TV - PDF of a c|net article
What it's like to use Apple's new MacBook Pro 'Touch Bar' - PDF of a Time magazine article
MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide - link to MacWorld article
Apple reduces prices on USB-C adapters - link to a MacWorld article
St. Louis County Library Resources - link to SL County Library page

OCTOBER 2016 -EXPERIMAC of Fenton; NEW FEATURES of MAC OS SIERRA, iOS10 and WATCH OS3 :

Have you already upgraded your computer and devices to Apple’s newest software? If so, we will discuss how well the process worked and what new features you now have available to you. If you haven’t yet upgraded, maybe we can help make up your mind. The evening will begin with a brief presentation from a new Mac business in Fenton, Gravois Bluffs, called Experimac. Its owner will let you know what products and services his company can offer.
Follow-up information :
New Apple Software - PDF of Ron's presentation
A Taste of iOS 10 and Watch OS 3 - PDF of John's presentation
10 Reasons to Install iOS 10 Sooner Rather Than Later - PDF of an eWeek article
OS 10 Delivers Plenty of Useful Features That Aren't Just Eye Candy - PDF of Wayne Rash article
Ten great accessories for your iPhone 7 - PDF of an eWeek article
10 Most Valuable Features in Apple's macOS Sierra - PDF of an eWeek article
Scan Cafe - digitally preserve your slides, photos, movies, etc.
Otterbox - protective cases for digital devices
Gumdrop - protective cases for digital devices
MacMost - video tutorials, news and insights for Apple Users
1Password - remembers all of your passwords for you
Experimac of Fenton - located in the Gravois Bluffs shopping area

SEPTEMBER 2016 -APPLE’S ANNOUNCEMENTS - NEW WATCH, NEW iPHONE, AND ALL :

Apple had an almost 2 hour keynote on the 7th and there were a lot of new Apple products and software features shown. We plan to take a closer look at all the new Apple stuff and see why you might want a new phone or watch in your future.
Follow-up information :
The keynote presentation shown at the meeting - PDF
iPhone 7 - Apple site - URL
Apple Watch series 2 - Apple - URL
Apple Airpods - Apple - URL
Using old headphones with your iPhone 7 - An AppleWorld Today article - PDF
How to get your iPhone or iPad ready for iOS 10 - a Hardware 2.0 article - PDF
10 Factors that Make an iPhone 7 Upgrade Worth the Money - an eWeek article - PDF
5 security settings you should immediately change - a Zero Day article - PDF

AUGUST 2016 -
MAC INTERFACE APPS, SECURITY NOTICES AND iPHONE VIDEO/AUDIO :
Are there certain features of the Mac interface that you find annoying or maybe didn’t even know there might be a better way? Tonight our president, John Connor, will explore several apps that can enhance the functionality of the Mac GUI. These include: Moom - which allows you to easily Move and Zoom Windows, so you can better see and work with all the content on your Mac; ForkLift - a File management and user interface tool; and uBar - a Dock replacement for the Mac. The evening will begin with a couple of recent security notices as well as an iPhone video and audio demo.
Follow-up information :
Loons and Windows - John Connor's presentation of iPhone video/audio and Mac Graphic User Interface utilities - PDF.
Loons - a portion of John's Wisconsin iPhone video - m4v
Eagle - John's iPhone video of an eagle - m4v
Wireless Keyboard Flaws - a Zero Day article on the dangers of many wireless keyboards - PDF
Updating Apple Devices - a Hardware 2.0 article on the how to of updating your Apple devices - PDF
Snowden iPhone Case - a Zero Day article on preventing eavesdropping on your iPhone - PDF
Jailbreak your iPhone - a URL from Reddit

JULY 2016 -
APPLE OS’ FOLLOW-UP; REPAIR SITES; GADGETS, ADAPTERS and PROTECTORS :
This month we are asking for lots of audience participation. First we want to discuss computer and iDevice repair sites. We hope to go through a list of repair sites and ask for audience discussion on their experience with and advice concerning these various businesses. Secondly, most of us use various protectors, cases, adapters and gadgets with our iPhones and iPads. We also ask for members’ input into what you use and what you recommend. The night will begin with a brief follow-up about the new Apple software announced in June.
Follow-up information :
Repair Sites and Recommendations - PDF of the meeting presentation on computer and device repair with audience recommendations
Gadgets and Protectors for Apple Devices - PDF of the presentation on protectors and accessories for Apple devices

Information on the new OS's coming out this fall - PDF format :

JUNE 2016 -
APPLE’S WWDC ANNOUNCEMENTS; MEMBERSHIP REWARDS DRAWING :
This year Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference Keynote address will be the day before our June meeting. We plan to discuss the revelations shown at this address. But what exactly we will learn is hard to specify. Here are some of the things expected: a new iOS for mobile devices, a new OS X for Macs and new versions of watchOS and tvOS. There may also other news affecting iCloud and Apple Pay. In any case, we should have plenty of news to share about where our Apple software and devices are heading this summer and into the fall.
We will also have the Membership Rewards Drawing in which four lucky members will receive a $100 Apple gift card.
Follow-up information :
WWDC 2016-06-13 - PDF of the meeting presentation
watchOS - Apple's preview
tvOS - from Apple
macOS Sierra - Apple's preview
iOS 10 - Apple's preview
c|net - WWDC article
Six Biggest Announcements at WWDC 2016 - Time Magazine article
Apple Opens Siri, Other Key Apps to Developers at WWDC - eWeek article
Apple Kicks off WWDC 2016 with Rebranded, Updated Operating Systems - eWeek article
Hidden iOS features Apple didn’t show us - Cult of Mac article
Membership Rewards Drawing
Congratulations to members Dan Freeman, Terry Koyn, Robert Levitt, and Ron Mueller, whose tickets were drawn at the June general meeting. Each received a $100 Apple gift card in person or in the mail.

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