SVMUG Monthly Meeting Aug 17, 2015; Jason Rich-Automate Your Home & Auto

posted Aug 14, 2015, 12:14 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our “usual” room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM at Google in Mountain View, CA. See below for details and directions.

TOPIC & SPEAKER:  Automate Your Home and Vehicle Using Your Smartphone or Tablet - Jason R. Rich

Jason will be joining us for a live presentation. Learn how to easily and inexpensively control the lights, locks, thermostat, television, DVR, and some other major appliances in your home from anywhere in the world using your iPhone, iPad and/or Apple Watch. Automating your home or remotely controlling features in your car has never been easier or as affordable, when you use the tools and products you’ll learn about during this lecture.


Jason R. Rich is from Foxboro, MA. He is the author of more than 55 books, as well as a frequent contributor to several national magazines, major daily newspapers, and popular websites. He’s also an accomplished blogger and photographer. His books are currently available from bookstores, iBookstore,, Recently published books include: 

- Your iPad At Work: 4th Edition (Que) 

- My Digital Photography for Seniors (Que)

- iPad and iPhone Digital Photography Tips and Tricks (Que) 

- Apple Watch and iPhone Fitness Tips and Tricks (Que)

- The Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business (Entrepreneur Press)

- How To Do Everything Digital Photography (McGraw-Hill) 

- My GoPro Hero Camera (Que)

- The Crowd Funding Services Handbook (Wiley) 

Follow Jason on Twitter: @JasonRich7

OPEN SOURCE:  ResearchKit presented by Robert Brown

ResearchKit is an open source framework introduced by Apple that allows researchers and developers to create powerful apps for medical research. ResearchKit works seamlessly with HealthKit, researchers can access even more relevant data for their studies — like daily step counts, calorie use, and heart rate.


We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. Often there is a giant white mobile "Hair cut van" parked in the parking lot near where a cafeteria for Google employees and the Bodega Bay room are located. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place.

Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043



If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".


-- From Highway 101, take the Amphitheater Parkway exit, which is also Rengstorff Avenue; Head North.

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.

NOTE:  If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.



6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge in the lobby.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation - Jason R. Rich - Home Automation

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source - Robert Brown - ResearchKit

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

9:30 PM - All done!  Clean up after ourselves and go.

2015 CALENDAR:  

Sep 21 - TBD

Oct 19 - Intuit-Quicken (tentative)

Nov 16 -  TBD

Dec 21 - TBD

We are busy working on getting speakers for the rest of the year!

NOTE:  Is there a new product or technology you think the group would like to know about? Who would you like us to bring back? Let us know.



SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

SVMUG meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of each month (with some holiday exceptions). Meetings are free and open to the public. Audience members may arrive or depart at their convenience, so feel free to arrive late, or leave early if you wish.

SVMUG started as the South Bay branch of the Berkeley Mac User Group (BMUG), and lives on after the dissolution of the main organization. We hold monthly meetings on the Google campus in Mountain View, focusing on user support, vendor demonstrations, and community contacts.



Did you know that we have a Yahoo Group Email List?  You can join here:

The email list is where the announcements are sent and members can ask questions at any time. You can set your email settings to get individual emails or a daily digest or only the special announcements like this one. Or, if you prefer no emails, you can just go directly to the yahoo group to read the messages there. You can always check the website for announcements.

LOCAL MAC GROUPS (If yours is not listed, let us know!)

Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at

Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at

Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at 

BMUG West, at 

East Bay Mac User Group, at 

San Leandro Mac User Group, at 

North Coast Mac User Group, at 

Planet Mac User Group, at