Random items found of interest to all our user group readers

finding stuff online for user groups Sometimes we just like to surf around and find interesting tidbits suggesting to be shared with fellow computer users and user group folk. It’s what we do. So here’s a random, eklectic series of stuff we enjoyed discovering . . .
* Is Apple Really Updating Your Mac Without Permission?
* The Do’s and Don’ts When Photographing Pets
* Exploring the many miracles of Image Capture
* Only Losers Buy Music
* Geeks-Я-Us
* Refocusing
… and more

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City of Norfolk Settles Lawsuit Seeking Access to Text Messages

UGNN Net Neutrality Careful what you text … The ACLU of Virginia announced it has reached a settlement agreement on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) with the City of Norfolk in a lawsuit filed over the City’s refusal to treat texts of public officials as public records. Under the settlement agreement, the City has agreed that text messages sent and received in the course of public business will be stored and made available upon request as “public records” under applicable law. Continue reading »

Free Label Templates for Pages

MADE IN AMERICA  Peekskill, New York – Worldlabel.com Inc. has released a large collection of free label templates for download for the word processor Pages which works on Apple Mac computers. The collection includes: address, shipping, CD, DVD, mailing and other types of labels and sizes. Making your own labels with Pages using these blank templates is easy and the set up time is quick.  Continue reading »

AppDelete 4.1.5 – Uninstall Anything

MADE IN AMERICA Anaheim, California – Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has announce the release of AppDelete 4.1.5, an update to his very popular application deletion utility for Mac OS X. With a simple Drag & Drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.  Continue reading »

Mind Your Brain

 Author Brigitte de Lange has introduced Mind Your Brain, her new iBook available for download with iBooks for Mac and iOS devices. By offering insight into what happens to the brain as people age and what might be done to minimize the risk of dementia, Mind Your Brain offers a guide to help readers adapt to live a more brain-conscious lifestyle.   Continue reading »

4 Simple Tips to Fix the Family Macs

This article from December 2013 on OS X Daily web site gives four tips that can make a big difference and is still valid.

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User Groups on Facebook

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 here or if your group should be included, please let us know.  This week we saw:  

[_]  iPod Cover
[_]  Testing a new version of our web site
[_]  Retina 5K iMac: Powerful Proof of the PC Renaissance
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The many superpowers of Apple’s Preview app

This article on Macworld.com is part one and is written by my friend Lesa Snider. She has authored a number of Missing Manual books on graphic applications for the Mac.   She show that Preview truly does have superpowers.  Many of which don’t get used very often.    Continue reading »

Bloody Aliens

  Crywolf Digital has announced the release of Bloody Aliens 1.0, its debut game for iPhone and iPad. Bloody Aliens is a fast paced, twitch based game, which will have you spinning, blasting, slicing, frying and bouncing your way through an invasion of deadly aliens to survive extinction. With its intuitive controls and crazy gameplay mechanics, it promises an insane and unforgettable experience. Continue reading »

Put The Words In Order To Solve Puzzles And Earn Rewards

 Put The Words In Order To Solve Puzzles And Earn Rewards - GoPhrazy 1.4 GoPhrazy 1.4, a new word puzzle game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that displays words of a famous quote or funny phrase and challenges players to solve each puzzle by tapping on each word in the correct order. There are hundreds of different puzzles to solve and players also have the option of creating their own puzzles.

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Audio Switcher for Mac OS X – Menu Bar Applet for Managing Audio Devices

 Audio Switcher for Mac OS X - Menu Bar Applet for Managing Audio Devices Audio Switcher allows you to quickly switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. Originally released in 2007, it supports a wide range of devices such as, Griffin Technology’s Powermate and other USB audio devices, Apple’s Thunderbolt monitors, AirPlay devices, such as the AirPort Express or Apple TV, along with Firewire devices and, of course, the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop.

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Top Mac Apps of 2014 per Apple

According to LaptopMag.com 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

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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

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.

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