Archive for May, 2016

Major Update to Pixelmator for Mac

Vilnius, Lithuania – The Pixelmator Team has introduced Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon, a major update to its full-featured, powerful, and fast image editor for Mac. Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon brings an incredibly smart Quick Selection Tool, a Magnetic Selection Tool that automatically snaps to object edges, a powerful Pixelmator Retouch extension for the Photos app, and more. Pixelmatr 3.5 Canyon is available as a free upgrade from the Mac App StoreContinue reading »

Boston Computer Society General Meetings

I just came across a couple of places where you can find out more about the BCS.  One has recordings of old meetings and the other seems to be celebrating the history. (A BCS alumni group)  Continue reading »

MUG Web Sites (Part 2)

Continuing my investigation of MUG Websites.

Covered here are:

  • MacMAD – I thought this was a great acronym.
  • Chicago Apple Users Group  – I bought my first Apple computer in the Chicago area, but was only vaguely aware of user groups and was moved to Honolulu before I was able to attend any meetings there.
  • Suburban Chicago Apple User Group – This was the group that I was had just found out about in 1982 before I was transferred to Honolulu.  Then it was known as Northwest of US
  • Houston Area Apple Users Group – I first heard of this group when i was living in Dallas in the early ’90s.  Still going strong and one of the few groups still doing a newsletter.
  • Cowtown MUG – I have been active with this group on two different occasions totaling about 15 years.  It was where I spent my time before returning to Tulsa.
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inCider magazine archives

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inCider (AKA A+) magazine was one of my favorite Apple ][ magazines. It tried but was unsuccessful in making the transition to Macintosh coverage.  There now is an archive where you can read all these magazines.



60 best free iPhone games

MacWorldUK has posted this article on their website. David Price starts off by saying:

“Looking for the best free iPhone games? We’ve rounded up 60 of our favorites: from driving games to sports sims, from puzzle games to shooters, these are the best free iPhone games available to humanity. …”

“Of course, free games aren’t always the bargain they seem – you should look out for games crammed with annoying in-app payments and adverts, and various other irritations. … is the worst thing in the history of gaming: a rant’ and ‘Why apps need to be more expensive’.) And if you have kids, make sure they know about the dangers and expenses of in-app purchases – we’d recommend the use of parental controls to avoid an unpleasant bill…”



Apple InfoManager: Instant Digitization, Touch ID, transfer files, iTunes 12.4, Bad Apple Music and more

UGNN InfoManager news all about Apple and Apple computers Here’s your Apple Update for May 30, 2016, where we see some . . . seems there’s a lot of buzz about the new iTunes and Apple Music, as well as the ever-changing world of Apple Security! So here are some of the most interesting recent items :

  • Write on Paper, with Instant Digitization, Using the Moleskine Smart Writing Set
  • New Touch ID rules: Why you have to enter your passcode when you wake up
  • 6 ways to transfer files from your Mac to your iOS device
  • View Recently Added Music in iTunes 12.4 the Way You Want
  • Why Apple Music Is So Bad When the iPhone Is So Good
  • Quickly Switch Media Libraries in iTunes 12.4
  • Some Minor Changes in iTunes 12.4

CAUTION ALERT, Most of the sites with cyber news unfortunately include stalker links, predators and possible click-wear. Be very careful what you click! firefox reader mode LOOK FOR the Firefox ‘READER’ icon in the address window to read the articles without the risks!

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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.

GO Whats_app

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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