November examug, Christmas Plans and Apple Kit…lots and lots of Apple Kit

Get yourself a coffee – this is quite a long one!

We have three things to discuss. November’s (delayed) examug meeting, our plans for our 2018 activities and a chance to pick up some of Mike’s Apple kit before it ends up on eBay!

November’s examug meeting:

It was delayed, but it will be worth the wait. Hey Siri what’s the first presentation! Yep, that’s right we are going to take one of our deep dives into using Siri. Everything from the most basic of requests like sending texts, starting calls and setting reminders; right up to the latest Siri shortcuts introduced in iOS 12. We will show you the cool bits, the super useful bits and the bits that will amaze you. It’s going be our usual mix of accessible presentation and chat. It will be suitable for all, from the most techie of techies to the novice Siri user, and we guarantee you’ll learn something new!

 

If that’s wasnt enough we are also running a mini talk on using Apple Pay. Is it really safe? How does it work? What are the benefits? We will answer these and more (it’s BYOQAT – bring your own questions and thoughts!). We will give you our take on the future of cashless payments, and it’s pretty great!

 

Date: Tuesday 27 November

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

 

 

examug Christmas 2018:

Just like last year we are running a ‘non-christmas themed’ Christmas Social Meeting. This is a very informal get together; a chance to enjoy some good company, a few drinks and maybe even a bite to eat (but no Turkey’s in sight!).

 

Date: Tuesday 11th December

Time: 7pm – with the raffle draw at 8pm

Location: George’s Meeting House, Exeter (38 South St, Exeter EX1 1ED, UK)

https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/devon/georges-meeting-house-exeter

 

No presentations, just a nice informal evening with friends. Pop along for a quick drink, and/or a bite to eat, or stay all evening. There is plenty of parking nearby and the typical good value for money and wide range of drinks offered by Wetherspoons.

 

Plus, the Christmas raffle draw takes place at 8pm, and we have some great prizes!

 

5th Prize: £10 Apple Voucher – needs no description!

 

4th Prize: An Anker 3-in-1 Powerline II cable. With this awesome single cable, you will be able to charge almost everything! Lightning – tick; Micro USB – tick; and even USB C – tick. https://www.anker.com/uk/products/variant/powerline-ii-3-in-1-cable/A8436011

 

3rd Prize: Anker PowerCore 10000 – One of the very best high capacity external batteries, it can recharge you phone three times (and it’s super compact and light too)! https://www.anker.com/products/variant/PowerCore-10000mAh/A1263011

 

2nd Prize: An awesome Eve Energy smartplug. A great Homekit plug that covers any one of your appliances into a smart appliance! Turn lamps on and off, or even set them up to turn on when you arrive home, or even at night when you are away. The possibilities are endless! https://www.evehome.com/en/eve-energy

 

1st Prize: An incredible 500 GB Samsung External Solid State Drive. This thing is sooo fast! Store all your music, photos or documents on this amazing piece of kit. Make backups in the blink of an eye or expand the storage you have on your Mac at home. An insanely great top prize!

https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/product/portable/t5/

 

Please bear in mind, all the money raised goes to the group, so every ticket you buy not only puts your hat in the ring for one of the prizes, but also really helps out the group. We remain non-profit making, run by volunteers, and supported by members like you!

 

Tickets are £2 each or 3 for £5 (or even 6 for £10…) – the prizes this year are flat out stunning!! Do take a look at the associated websites.

 

If you would like a raffle ticket you have three choices.

 

1: Come along to November’s meeting and buy some!

2: Come along to the examug Christmas Social and buy some!

 

And the simplest and quickest option:

 

3: Send the money for one, three or even more via Paypal (to graham.bone@gmail.com)

 

Come on, buy a few, you never know!

 

Mike’s Kit:

Since Mike sadely passed away the committee have been helping his widow with all of Mike’s Apple kit (and there was a lot of amazing stuff!). We intend to sell it on eBay, but we would like to offer some items to examug members first.

 

We have a pdf of some of his kit here.

 

There are Macs, Hard Disks, an Apple Watch and loads of other stuff!

Please do take a look. If anything grabs your fancy please contact us examug@mac.com. It will all go on eBay in the next couple of weeks.

The big September updates meeting

It’s coming around again… our next examug meeting is next week!

We have another great one planned: it’s our annual updates meeting. We are going to give you the lowdown on the latest macOS Mojave and iOS 12. They won’t ship until a week after the meeting but we will demo all the new features found in the betas (and being so close to the launch nothing is likely to change much!).

We will show you the cool bits, the useful bits and the bits we don’t really like. All so you will be in the best possible position to decide if you want to upgrade.

It’s going be our usual mix of accessible presentation and chat.  It will be suitable for all, from the most techie to the newbie, and we guarantee you’ll learn something new.

Don’t forget the examug Raffle too. We have a great set prizes, including some new Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Don’t forget the examug Raffle too. We have a great set prizes, including some new Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

 

Date: Tuesday 11 September

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, EXETER

The 2018 Summer Social and AGM

It’s been a scorching summer so far and it’s about to get even better! It’s been another year with examug, and our Summer Social and AGM are coming up fast.

Tuesday 14 August.

 

Starting at 7pm and with no set finish time. Pop in for a brief drink and chat or stay the whole evening for a bite to eat.

We have decided to go back to the Imperial, Exeter (The Imperial, New North Road, Exeter EX4 4AH. https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/devon/the-imperial-exeter).

The pub has some parking, but you can park on some of the streets nearby too (and after 6pm most is free), it has a large private garden and for those wanting to eat, it also has a fairly typical menu and a varied drinks menu (ranging from local real ales, to fancy cocktails).

Menu here:

https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/food

The AGM will run from 7:30-8:00. This will be a brief meeting; a chance for members to put their ideas forward and help shape examug for the next year or so. Items for discussion will include:

The Committee
As a member this is your chance to get involved with the committee. Come and have a go if you want, we would very much welcome more support and involvement.

Accounts
A brief review of the current state of affairs, including expenditure and cash in hand. It is also an opportunity to suggest some items you want to purchase in order to enhance our meetings. This includes suggestions for raffle prizes (at previous AGMs ideas like healthy snacks, name badges and library were put forward and accepted).

The Group
A review of what and how we do things.

Future Events
Suggestions for activities, talks, visits/trips, speakers, etc.

Anything else?
Additionally, please do let me know if you wish to add an item for discussion or make a suggestion.

 

The social aspect of the evening will be the main part of the evening and a chance to chat, drink and socialise!!

There will be no presentations or talks, but there is WiFi access and in the past members have brought iPads or laptops to discuss Apple things or other cool items/software.

You could pop in for a quick drink or stay all evening, have a few drinks and a bite to eat. It is all very flexible.

We really hope you can make it. It should be an enjoyable evening.

Keep it private – it’s examug next week!!

We hope you are all enjoying the marvellous weather we’ve been having. And the outlook is about to get even brighter; it’s examug on Tuesday. Slightly later than normal but it will be worth the wait!

  • Date: Tuesday 17 July
  • Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm
  • Location: ISCA College, Exeter
We begin with a special presentation requested by a number of members. 

The examug 2018 Guide to Privacy.

Yes we will be talking about the GDPR, but so much more. We are going to share our best practice for taking back your privacy, including how to view and then control the information companies like Apple, Google and Facebook have on you. We will offer practical advice and our top tips to help you manage your private data and sharing our thoughts on the trade off of ‘free’ services. We imagine there will lots of questions on this and so we will end with a Q/A session where you can get your specific questions answered. 
After the break we will have a shorter talk on ‘Apple News’ not news about Apple, but the iOS (and soon-to-be macOS) application. We will cover it’s features, how to get the most from it and our take on why it’s an excellent source of balanced, curated news from reputable sites. No more getting news from Facebook! 
Plus we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including some Apple merchandise, and some other treats.
Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!
Graham
examug Chair

July Meeting – Change of Date

 

I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful spell of weather we are having.
Just to give you advance warning that we have to change the examug July meeting date.
It will now be Tuesday 17 July from 6:30pm (a week later than normal).
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Hope to see you all there.

May examug – RAW pt2 and Our take on AR!

Hello all,

We hope you have all been enjoying the lovely weather we’ve had this weekend, and by all accounts it’s going to be another beautiful day tomorrow. Sorry this email comes rather later than usual, a reminder it’s our May examug meeting on Tuesday!!

Please see below for details of Tuesday’s meeting:

Date: Tuesday 8 May

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We begin with part two of two part special look at RAW photography on iOS.

PHOTO APPS ON YOUR iPHONE
Improve your photography for £4 or less!

Apple’s free iPhone Camera app is well designed but limited, but luckily we have several 3rd party apps that are better and very cheap for what amazing things they can do.
Kris will compare 3 of the best of those (Camera+, ProCam 5 and ProShot) so you can see which:

– can shoot in RAW format, TIFF, and JPEG so better quality photo choices
– Give more manual control over the lens
– Have extra Auto features for certain situations
– Take better photos in low light
– Enable certain special artistic effects
– Give more control over Video settings too
– Enable you to export your original files out of Apple photos to edit on your laptop with 3rd Party editors like Photoshop etc.
– Have photo-editing featues within some apps for those who want an easy life and just want to snap better, edit and share.

After the break Graham will have a look at Augmented Reality. What it is? Is it the next big thing or a flash in the pan? What applications make use of it?
We will be exploring the various apps for iOS and giving our hints and tips on getting the most from them.

Plus we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including some new Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there, and bring a friend.

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

Snow joke… it’s examug next week

The snow may have (mostly) melted and the rain has returned, but on the plus side it’s examug next week!

Date: Tuesday 13 March

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We begin with a look at getting more from your photos on iPhone and iPad.
From MEDIOCRE to MASTERPIECE
Photo-EDITING APPS for iPhone & iPad

It’s often said, good photography is……

20%: Camera & Lens
20%: Knowing your Camera
20%: Good Composition
20%: Preparation & Good Luck
20%: GOOD EDITING

Kris will be looking at EDITING apps from Apple’s App store that are either FREE or CHEAP. Apps from Google, Adobe and others and how they compare with Apple ‘PHOTOs and each other.

After the break we will have a look at Podcasts. We will be exploring the various apps for iOS and giving our hints and tips on getting the most from them. Plus we have some recommended podcasts that will soon become part of your daily listening routine. Listen to the radio? You’re going to love this! Everything across the range: news, fiction shows, comedy, and sports.

Plus we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including some new Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

First examug 2018 – and it’s going to be a good one!

Hello all,  

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping for a happy and healthy 2018, and it all starts with our first examug meeting, and it’s next week!!

Date: Tuesday 9 January

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We begin 2018 with a brief look at Google’s ‘office’ apps. Our take on Docs, Sheets and Slides; who needs Word, Excel or Powerpoint or even Pages, Numbers and Keynote? The Google apps are free, and we will discuss what this means (leaving it up to you to decide if you are willing to pay the ‘price’ for using such applications) and we will give our take on their features, advantages and limitations. We will describe our experience of using the apps as our main office suite and even dipping into ensuring access to the created documents remains as secure as possible. The Google applications have certainly come a long way and offer many unique and useful innovations. If you’ve discounted them in the past, maybe it is time to look again! We guarantee you’ll learn something new, no matter your experience!

After the break we will have the final, final (!!!) part of our Take back Control series, finishing off Settings on iOS.  Ideally, bring your iPhone or iPad to follow what’s going on in the presentation, and like last time, it will be great for beginners, and the more advanced.  We will continue our step-by-step walk through of all the options you have at your finger tips. You may even find out how to sort out some long held gripes about things you thought you had no control. Even if you missed the first part you’ll definitely get loads of useful hints and tips from this session, whatever your level. In fact we think this session is an ideal one to bring a friend along with you, they will get a good flavour for the group and learn something new!  Plus it will be demoed on an iPhone X – and we will be sharing our thoughts on Apple’s latest, greatest and most expensive phone ever!

We have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

examug X (+1)

Hello all,  

It’s November already, halloween is over, Christmas is coming, Apple have released their new iPhone X and a week on Tuesday is our November examug meeting.

Date: Tuesday 14th November

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We have the final part of our Take back Control series, finishing off Settings on iOS.  Ideally, bring your iPhone or iPad to follow what’s going on in the presentation, and like last time, it will be great for beginners, and the more advanced.  We will continue our step-by-step walk through of all the options you have at your finger tips. You may even find out how to sort out some long held gripes about things you thought you had no control. Even if you missed the first part you’ll definitely get loads of useful hints and tips from this session, whatever your level. In fact we think this session is an ideal one to bring a friend along with you, they will get a good flavour for the group and learn something new!

After the break we will also give our thoughts on macOS High Sierra (spoiler: we don’t like the name!!). It will get the usual examug treatment, we will give you a run down on the latest features, key changes, things we love and things you might otherwise miss. As always we will try our best to make sure everyone gets something out of it, no matter what their level of experience.

As normal we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Plus we will have news of the 2017 examug Christmas social and the famous Christmas Raffle.

Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

September examug (19/09/17)

Hello world! 

Where has the year gone? It’s September already, summer is over, Apple have announced their next iPhone and next week it’s our post-Apple event examug meeting.

Date: Tuesday 19th September

Time: 6.45pm* – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

*There’s a lot to cover so we will be starting at 6.45pm.

Despite the extra week, we promise it will be worth the wait! 

There is loads of news to catch up on, a new version of iOS and it’s the third part of out Take back Control series, now on to iOS.  Ideally, bring your iPhone or iPad to follow what’s going on in the presentation, and like last time, it will be great for beginners, and the more advanced.

We will give our thoughts on iOS 11, on both iPhone and iPad. Give our run down on the latest features, key changes (and there are some biggies in this one!), things we love and things you might otherwise miss. As always we will try our best to make sure everyone gets something out of it, no matter what their level of experience.

We are then shifting to an exploration of Settings on iOS. Like we did with macOS we will work through, step by step, the options you have at your finger tips. You may even find out how to sort out some long held gripes about things you thought you had no control.

As normal we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there.

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk