September examug – Sounds Great!

Next Tuesday is our delayed September examug meeting, and it’s going to be really, really Q.I.

There’s lots of news to cover but we also have two great presentations planned:

We have decided to postpone our iOS13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina reviews to the November meeting as these won’t be released until later in the year. Instead we will
have…

1. A Mini’app’olis Special
2. Our Guide to the Apple HomePod

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1. Mini’app’olis Special – As part of this, we are going to do a quick fire review of several great apps for iPhone and iPad. We intend to cover:

What 3 ?????
Tiny P’s
England O’s
What the ????
British ????s
??????Matic

……….if you can work out what they might be ! One has even been designed to save your life!!! Also, if you’ve got a great app you’d like to talk about if we have any spare time, let us know, or just be prepared to come up and share your experiences with members on the day – minutes permitting !

2. Apple HomePod. Our second presentation is more traditional with the examug take on this ’New HomeKit’. We will demo its key features and share our thoughts, it’s highs and lows (as it were). Whether you’re an audiophile or just after a great sounding smart speaker, you’ll get something from this demo. It’s going to sound great, even insanely great – possibly! Our usual mix of accessible presentation and chat. Suitable for all, from the newbie to the most techie, and we guarantee you’ll learn something new – and useful new. 

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Date: Tuesday 17 September
Time: 7pm – Refreshments from 6.30pm
Location: ISCA College, Exeter 

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Plus a quick reminder, as agreed at the AGM from this meeting we will be asking for £7 if you pay per meeting (or £25 per year) and we hope members who can afford to and who wish to, will be happy to pay a little more towards the group (a membership+ if you will). We suggest £30 for those paying annually, or £10 for those paying per meeting. Do remember all money raised goes towards the group, to cover all costs including insurance, room hire, snacks at meetings, etc. We are non-profit making, run by volunteers and are supported by members like you. 

And we will be able to accept contactless payment, either ApplePay or from a card.
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Oh and one last thing – Kane is looking to sell some of his used but loved Apple kit. If you are interested in any of the items below, just pop us an email or chat with Kane at the meeting. Here is his list –

Mac Book 2015 / 1.1 / 8 Gb / 256 Gb. Good order overall. One tiny dink on body. Has had a brand new keyboard courtesy of the Apple Quality Assurance scheme and Stormfront. Will come in original packaging. Clean install with the latest version of Mac OS. £300 or make an offer.

Samsung SyncMaster S24B300 monitor. Glossy. High quality, no dead pixels. SVGA and HDMI ports. £35.00

Apple ‘chicklet’ wireless keyboard. Not the one with the numeric pad. Powered by 3 x AA batteries. Quite a few years old but clean and in good working order. £25.00.

Apple Magic track pad V1. Powered by 2 x AA batteries. Very good condition. £25.00

Apple TV 2nd or 3rd gen. Restored to factory settings. Includes power cable. £20.00

Amazon Fire Stick. Full working order. Includes power cable. £15.00

Shoulder camera bag for DSLR camera – green – £15.00.iPad. 4th Gen (pre retina). Clean with charger and cable. Belonged to my late father. £25 ono. Proceeds of this item to Cancer Research.

Three MiFi. This is a cracking piece of kit. John Staplehurst used it on his travels in South America I think) and after he returned it to me I have used it during a house move and ‘Renovation Hell’ to keep online and bag all those internet deals on building supplies to save money. Comes with a USB cable (no SIM though) and will charge from an iPhone or iPad charger or standard USB on your Mac. £20.00

Whole range of cables, USB stuff etc. Including SD card dongle thingies etc. 

SEE YOU THERE ! 

2019 Summer Social and AGM

It’s been a disappointing summer so far but it’s about to get better!

It’s been another year with examug, and our Summer Social and AGM are coming up fast.

Tuesday 13 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. At previous AGMs ideas like healthy snacks, name badges and the examug 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

July examug – An affinity for upgrades

Next Tuesday is our July examug meeting, and we have another great one planned. There’s lots of news, but we also have two great presentations planned.

It starts with a special talk the Affinity Suite. To ‘Photoshop’ something is now as common a phrase as to ‘Google it’ or to ‘Hoover the house’ but that does not mean there are not some great alternatives to Adobe’s powerful image editor. Affinity Photo, Publisher and Designer are very high quality alternatives to Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, but with one important difference…they’re not subscription based. You buy what need and that’s it. No ongoing monthly payments. Don’t get us wrong, we are not anti-subscription or anti-Adobe, but it’s good to know about the alternatives.

We plan to take a look at the amazing, award winning Affinity suite (https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/). We will give you our take and show you some of the things it can do. Whether you’re a seasoned photoshop expert or a novice we will ensure there is something for you!

After the break we have a mini talk all about this September’s big upgrade! The next macOS – Catalina – will be available this autumn, and it will bring some great new features for all. We will go over what you will need to do before you press the tempting upgrade button.  We will cover hardware requirements, best practice installation strategies and application suitability – as Apple has been warning us for some years, the end of 32-bit applications is now upon us we will explain what this means for you and how to be fully prepared.

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.

We are not running a raffle at this meeting, instead we are looking to move towards a larger biennial raffle with even better prizes!

Date: Tuesday 16 July

Time: 7pm – Refreshments from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

May examug – Travel Tips, RAW and More

Next Tuesday is our May examug meeting, and we have another great one planned.

It starts with a special talk on travelling with technology. Whether it’s a family break or a business trip with the shear amount of tech now integrated into our lives what to take with you can be a tricky decision. What goes with you, what can you leave behind? How many cables/chargers do you need? We will share our hints and tips and hopefully you’ll pick up a few nuggets to use next time you are away from home.

We will demo our favourite accessories that help take the stress out of travelling! Plus, come with your top tips, if we don’t mention them, we would love to hear them too!

After the break we have two mini talks. Up first is an update on shooting RAW photos on the iPhone. Kris returns to the 3 Apps he reviewed a while ago to announce a winner (well, in his eyes anyway) and show some pretty pics and try and demo how you can shoot similar ones live (well hopefully) to kick off your artistic careers. He would also be interested in hearing from those of you who have one of them, of your experiences of using either Camera +, ProCam or ProShot.

If you enjoy a puzzle or word game, our final mini talk will be right up your street. We are going to demo three great word-related iOS games. Yes, there are all the usual crossword and sudoku options, but we’ve got a some other of gems that we hope will execrise your grey matter, and that you’ll very much enjoy.

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.  We are not running a raffle at this meeting, instead we are looking to move towards a larger biennial raffle with even better prizes!

Date: Tuesday 14 May

Time: 7pm – Refreshments from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

March examug: iPads and a special Q/A

It starts with a special talk on iPads. Our top hints on getting the best from your tablet. Everything from getting the most from the keyboard, control centre and multitasking, through to our choice picks for the built in applications.

We will be recommending some applications and asking for extra tips and hints from the floor.

After the break we are running an Apple AMA (ask me anything) Panel – or more precisley an AUA (ask us anything). It’s your chance to ask members of the commitee questions and share your frustrations with Apple software/hardware. We hope to share advice that will be useful to all! Everything from our thoughts on common Apple-related myths, to suggesting alternative solutions to any issues you may be having. So come prepared to ask us questions!!

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.

We are not running a raffle at this meeting, instead we are looking to move towards a larger biennial raffle with even better prizes!

Date: Tuesday 12 March

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

2019 examug – Thinking about Security!

Happy New Year! It’s 2019, and that sounds like the future!!

We have another great examug meeting planned for next week, with two great presentations.

We are kicking off 2019 with an extended review on Security. We will go over and update our previous advice on general online/tech safety: including passwords, password mangers, 2FA, paying for items online and accessing unknown WiFi. Followed by a closer look at browsing safely: looking at safari settings, the green padlock, certificates and warnings,etc. And finally, we want to open up the presentation to answer any questions from members about best practice, and any good tips and hints from the floor.

After the break we are offering a deeper dive into our iOS App of the week. We are going to show you four great iOS apps for iPhone or iPad that will hopefully make your lives easier! No hints, but we promise they are going to be great, and that there will be at least one you’ve not come cross before.

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.

 

Date: Tuesday 8 January

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

 

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.