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Top Mac Apps of 2014 per Apple

According to blog, Apple has announced the top Macintosh apps of 2014.  (I can’t seem to find Apple‘s press release., but nevertheless, the list is pretty good.)  Continue reading »

User Groups on Facebook for Week Ending 12/20/2014

This week’s subjects on UG’s Facebook pages are listed below.  If you know of any user groups on Facebook that should be mentioned, please let us know.  This week we saw:  

[_]  Tim Cook “deeply offended” by BBC allegations of poor working conditions in iPhone factories
[_]  …”thank you apple gods.”
[_]  Apple Corps of Dallas 2015 Meeting Dates

Tim Cook “deeply offended” by BBC allegations of poor working conditions in iPhone factories. GeOrge Christensen posted this on the North Coast Mac Users Group page without comment.

See the article here:

See the Facebook page of Long Island here:

See the North Coast MUG web site here:

…”thank you apple gods.”

Michael Gonsalves, also on North Coast MUG posted this comment

“After the purchase of my new iPhone 6 Plus the apple geniuses set me up to use the iCloud to sinc my iPad, iMac and phone….finally life is better, only one device is needed to update all..thank you apple gods.”  He got several comments.

See the North Coast MUG links above in previous story.

Apple Corps of Dallas 2015 Meeting Dates

Chuck Richardson  posted a neat graphic showing the meeting dates for the full year of 2015, with the comment “3 Dates will NOT be on the 2nd Saturday of the month.  Those months will be January, February and May.  Those months the group will meet on the 3rd Saturday.

See the Apple Corps of Dallas Facebook page here:

See the ACD web site here:

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First Movie-Maker App that Lets Users Add Video Stickers

  Cupertino, California – People who love taking videos with their iPhone – but aren’t thrilled about the amateur production values – can now download the groundbreaking new VOOL Animated Movie Maker & Editor with Stickers: the first and only professional movie-maker app that lets users easily add a set of animated movie stickers directly into their movies.   Continue reading »

Add Zoom Effect To Existing Videos

 Lucky Clan has announced the release and immediate availability of Video Zoom 1.0, its new video app developed for iOS. Video Zoom is the first app on the App Store which let user apply zoom to videos from iOS Photo Library. Do your videos look boring? Did you forget to use zoom during recording? Use this app to add Zoom effects to existing videos. Or just crop a video. Use it as a normal app or Photo Extension.

How to use it:

  1. Tap video thumbnail to preview video or tap “+” to record new video.
  2. Tap thumbnail again to select the video and open editor.
  3. Use pinch/drag gestures to add zoom effect to video. You can do it when video is playing or paused.
  4. Tap “Done” and select “Overwrite” or “Save As a Copy” to start rendering. Even if you choose “Overwrite” you can revert to original anytime.


  • Photo Extension support allowing you to quickly launch Video Zoom app from system Photos
  • Add Video Zoom/Pan/Crop effect to existing videos
  • Turn device to landscape orientation to open full screen preview
  • Possibility to revert to original video from the app gallery (tap and hold on thumbnail)
  • iOS Photo Library support (no internal library)
  • Recording from Front or Back camera
  • Save zoomed video as a New Clip or Overwrite

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone 4S/5/5S/5C/6/6 , iPod touch 5th generation, iPad (2nd/3rd/4th/Mini/Mini2/Air/Air2)
  • iOS 8.0 or later
  • Universal Application
  • 3.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Video Zoom 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.

Lucky Clan:
Video Zoom 1.0:
Purchase and Download:
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Located in Lodz, Poland, the Lucky Clan team is an independent software company founded by Sylwester Los in March of 2010. With a focus on the iOS platform, Lucky’s mission is to provide their customers with the highest quality, reliability and compatibility with every device produced by Apple. Their flagship app, ArtStudio, has become one of the most popular tools for drawing, painting, and photo editing for iPhone and iPad. Copyright (C) 2014 Lucky Clan. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

PhatWare Unveils Penquills: 2-in-1 Custom Keyboard for iPhones

 PhatWare Unveils Penquills: 2-in-1 Custom Keyboard for iPhones PhatWare has a revolutionary two-in-one custom keyboard for iPhones which utilizes PhatWare’s state-of-the-art handwriting recognition. Penquills combines two different handwriting recognition technologies in a single application – single character recognition input when iPhone screen is in portrait mode as well as free-style “natural” handwriting recognition in landscape. Penquills can be set as a system iOS keyboard and used with any iPhone app and is localized in four languages: English (US and UK), German, French, and Spanish.

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App Camp For Girls Seattle Finishes With Campers Pitching Apps

 App Camp For Girls Seattle Finishes With Campers Pitching Apps Your daughters will thank you for this some day. I wish it was around when my daughter was coming up. She would have loved it! App Camp For Girls, a program that teaches middle-school girls how to design and build iPhone apps, will wrap up its inaugural Seattle session on August 8, 2014, with a pitch session at which the campers will present their apps to an all-women panel of Seattle tech industry leaders.

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iPhone InfoManager: A new iPhone, lots of apps, news and rumors

UGNN InfoManager news all about Apple and Apple computers Here we are in the last hours of 2014, iPhone 6 is flying off the shelf, but what we learned at the local AT&T and Verizon stores is a very interesting revelation: nearly as many people are now upgrading from the iPhone 4, or 5 to the 5s, not willing to take the big jump to 6. Hmmmmmm. So lots of people need iPhone 5 and 6 tips, tricks and help. Watch out, this is a huge UGN iPhone Infomanager …

  • 14 iOS 8 Privacy Settings Everyone Needs to Understand (And Change Right Now)
  • Proof That The Fingerprint Sensor On The iPhone 5S Isn’t Just A Gimmick
  • Secure your iPhone data with pair locking and two factor authentication
  • The 19 best new features of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 (and how to use them)
  • Top 15 Mail Tips for iPhone & iPad: How to get more done faster
  • How to customize QuickType suggestions with the iOS 8 keyboard
  • iOS 7 secrets, tips and hidden features: master your iPhone and iPad
  • 21 brilliant iOS 7 tips and tricks and problems solved
  • These 7 iOS 7 Features Make Us Want To Throw Our iPhones Against A Wall
  • The Secret Powers Hidden in Your iPhone’s Accessibility Options
  • 10 awesome things you didn’t know your phone could do
  • Top iPhone and iPad Keyboard Tips and Tricks [Video]
  • How to increase your iPhone’s battery life on iOS 7
  • 5 things you had no idea your iPhone could do
  • Configuring an iPhone to Suit Your Preferences
  • Working with Calendars and Reminders in iCloud
  • 10 iPhone Tweaks To Make Your Life Easier
  • The 18 Most Important Features in iOS 8
  • How to extend iPhone battery life?
  • Setting Up Voicemail
  • . . .
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Facebook User Groups 12/13/14

This week’s subject on UG’s Facebook pages are listed below.  If you know of any user groups on Facebook that aren’t mentioned, please let us know.  This week we saw:  

[_]  Classic Apple Watches From 1995 Once Again Available for Sale
[_]  Microsoft’s five NEW consumer apps for iPhone/iPad
[_]  UGAB MUG Deals Continue reading »

Save Call history to Mac or iPhone

 mTouchLabs has announced the release of Backup Call Logs 1.0, their utility app exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch. Every time you or anyone else makes or receives a call on an iPhone, the date, duration and contact information is recorded into your iPhone‘s call log. This includes both standard phone calls and FaceTime.

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Free Set of Greeting Cards

Graphic Node, a graphic design company that specializes in creating themes, templates, and illustrations for OS X, has released a special free holiday application of greeting cards, aptly named Greeting Cards. It contains 22 warm and stylish templates for Pages created by Graphic Node’s team of professional designers.   Continue reading »

Net Neutrality : Obama, Merkel, Netflix, extortion, FCC, FTC, Clyburn and Rosenworcel, and more

UGNN Net Neutrality I think the first instance of Net Neutrality we covered was in 2004. I’ve been going back through all the back issues and every one I find, all the links have gone dead. The internet sure has a short memory! (NOT!) What bothers me though, is once the U.S. has put a Net Neutrality policy in place, what are all the other anti-U.S. countries going to do besides laugh? One thing is for sure, if it’s a happening in technology, UGNN InfoManager covers it! Follow along:
* Is this about Net Neutrality, a Hostage Situation or Just Extortion? It’s Hard to Say.
* Merkel challenges net neutrality by urging fast lanes for ‘special services’
* Netflix – A Net Neutrality Hypocrite Building Its Own Internet “Fast Lane”?
* How President Obama’s Net Neutrality Plan Might Raise Your Internet Bill
* Letter Suggests Netflix Playing Both Sides on Net Neutrality
* Clyburn and Rosenworcel, in the net neutrality spotlight
* Is net neutrality already an outdated paradigm?
and more . . . Continue reading »

Macintosh User Groups on Facebook 12/6/2014

This week’s subject on UG’s Facebook pages are listed below.  If you know of any user groups on Facebook that aren’t mentioned, please let us know.  This week we saw:  

[_]  Tests show modern SSDs can handle a thousand years of use
[_]  Steve Wozniak on Apple, the Computer Revolution, and Working With Steve Jobs
[_]  How to Change the Default Safari Search Engine in Yosemite

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Now edit Microsoft Office documents from within Dropbox

According to Mashable, we can now edit Microsoft Office documents stored in DropboxContinue reading »

Five fixes for OS X Yosemite

This article from the TidBITS folks gives some good advice.   Continue reading »

PDFpen 2 for iOS 8

MADE IN AMERICA San Francisco, California – Smile, the developer of productivity applications for Mac, iPhone and iPad, has announced the release of PDFpen 2 (v2.0), a new version of its popular PDF editor developed for iPhone and iPad devices. PDFpen 2 is fully optimized for iOS 8 with an all new look and feel which runs on both iPad and iPhone. The enhanced toolbar and new editing bar make popular writing and highlighting features easy to access, with minimal taps.   Continue reading »