Mug Musings : interesting snippits from the world 1605-30

InfoManager : what's new online Some interesting snippits in the online world of user groups — week ending on 1605-28 (05/28/2016). It’s obvious that UG members are staying on top of things — a great way to learn, associated with an organization of like minds . . . .

  • Apple’s New San Fran Store Indoors Feels Like Outdoors
  • Here’s what the ‘i’ in iPhone means
  • Bob “Dr Mac” Levitus at LIMac
  • Vintage and obsolete products
  • Change your passwords!
  • Just around the corner

CAUTION You must be logged into Facebook for many of the following links. Beware also that many of these pages will have spam, pop-ups, stalkers, predators and possible drive-by malware.

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Microsoft Kills Off Windows Phone (Sort of)

Microsoft In a press release, Microsoft has announced the demise of Windows Phone.

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced plans to streamline the company’s smartphone hardware business, which will impact up to 1,850 jobs.



A new wave of exploit email has arrived


A Huge, Huge Deal – Talking Points Memo

Galker It all comes down to a simple point. You may not like Gawker. They’ve published stories I would have been ashamed to publish.

But if the extremely wealthy, under a veil secrecy, can destroy publications they want to silence, that’s a far bigger threat to freedom of the press than most of the things we commonly worry about

GO A Huge, Huge Deal


MUG Websites

 While Fred has been investigating MUG Facebook pages this week, I thought I would look at some of the websites that MUGs are running. Continue reading »

Mug Musings : Adobe Launches Spark: Visual Storytelling Apps for Everyone

InfoManager : what's new online Once upon a time you had to have specialized help to publish your ideas, stories or books. You needed a good camera or a photographer. You needed a designer knowledgable about layout and typography, and you needed a person knowledgable in the method of publishing you needed. Then came desktop publishing, and millions of people became publishers. Now, Adobe erases the last vestiges of specialization. Now, millions of people will do their own for better or worse. It’s free for the time being.

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Remembering Apple Store at 15, and marveling its changes

UGNN InfoManager news all about Apple and Apple computers BetaNews says: “Fifteen years ago today, the first Apple Store opened at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Va. I was there, covering the event for CNET News. Four days earlier, then CEO Steve Jobs briefed journalists—bloggers, bwahaha, no—across the way at upper-scale Tysons Galleria. Most of us thought his scheme was kind of nuts, as did analysts, and news stories reflected the sentiment. Recession gripped the country and rival Gateway was in process of shuttering more than 400 retail shops. Timing was madness.”

“But companies that take big risks during economic downturns are most likely to reap rewards later. Retail would be Apple‘s third walk across the tightrope during 2001. The others: iTunes (January); OS X (March); iPod (October). I’ve said before that these four are foundation for all the company’s successes that followed, including iPhone. But 15 years ago, battling the Wintel duopoly with less than 2 percent global PC market share, Jobs figuratively walked a tightrope across the Grand Canyon carrying original Macintoshes in each arm.”

GO remembering-apple


How to get WhatsApp on Mac

WhatsApp Mac WhatsApp processed an eye watering 64 billion messages on its most successful day to date, making it one of the worlds most popular messaging platforms – but is there a way to access your WhatsApp messages via your Mac? With the official launch of the desktop app, it’s now extremely simple.

This article therefore explains how to access, send and receive messages via WhatsApp for iPhone (or Android!) via your Mac, including through third-party apps.

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Blitz Racer is going to kick your . . .

 Award Winning 3D Isometric Racing Game Blitz Racer Now Updated The award winning 3D isometric racing game Blitz Racer is now available for iOS and Android devices – and both current and future fans have plenty to be excited about, including new tracks, new tunes, and enhanced gameplay features — and kick butt action!

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FileMaker 15 launches with a focus on mobile

FileMaker Pro According to iMore, Apple subsidiary FileMaker has launched its FileMaker 15 Platform, which allows businesses of any size to create custom app solutions for their needs.

FileMaker 15 Platform puts a major emphasis on mobile, and iPhone and iPad custom apps developed with the platform can now utilize features like app extensions and sharing files with cloud services. FileMaker 15 also supports iBeacons, allowing you to get location data from custom apps, as well as FileMaker WebDirect, which lets you access your custom apps from the web.


12 iPhone only apps to make Android users jealous

Another list, this one from Macworld UK. I’m not sure how many of these really will make Android users jealous, but they are good apps. Continue reading »

Rage Quit Racer the Ultimate Adrenaline Ride Speeds onto iPhone and iPad

 Rage Quit Racer the Ultimate Adrenaline Ride Speeds onto iPhone and iPad DrMop Games today are happy to announce the release and immediate availability of Rage Quit Racer 1.0, their latest extreme speed 3D racing game for iPhone and iPad devices. Rage Quit Racer is a rage quit game where the player is dropped vertically at extreme speed down dangerous tunnels across 8 different worlds. Using the tilt controls of the device the player must navigate the tunnel, whilst maintaining shields, collecting points and avoiding asteroids, traffic and bombs. Need more speed? Don’t worry. Nitro boosters have been provided for the clinically insane that want to accelerate the death drop.

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SHOOTY SHIP : Retro Shooting Action in Outer Space for iOS Devices

 Shooty Ship 1.11 for iOS Devices - Retro Shooting Action in Outer Space Well, you know that shoot’em’up space shooters have go back to the very early days of electronic games — now, Shooty Ship busts loose with a kick-ass retro arcade game app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. In Shooty Ship, players go back to the future in this exciting return to the thrilling arcade games of the past. The mission: Attack the enemy space outpost on Saturn’s moon of Titan. But beware, the outpost is heavily protected by flying saucers, tracking drones, guard towers, missile launchers and ghost ships.

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Launch of Endless Floater Arcade Game MICROGEE

 Launch of Endless Floater Arcade Game MICROGEE Independent game studio Moe Bull Corporation has launched the dreamy, space-themed, arcade game MICROGEE on the App Store. Created by Darren Murtha, he was inspired by games that have the sensation of flight and popular minimalistic, retro, arcade games that feature simple, geometric obstacles and clever level design.

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Operation Cleanup: Take Out 50 Levels Of Trash In Arcade Runner MOP

 Take Out 50 Levels Of Trash In Arcade Runner MOP: Operation Cleanup Operation Cleanup is an action-pcked new arcade runner for Mac OS X. MOP: Operation Cleanup is aimed at pixel-perfect purists seeking the ultimate radiation thrill of a highly addictive game. You are MOP, a curious and unique model of robot. You have been engineered using simple parts with one single objective: To clean up a polluted environment.

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