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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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  

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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…

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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

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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…

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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 web: www.examug.org.uk

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