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Meeting Notes for February 17, 2014

posted Mar 10, 2014, 4:09 PM by Robert Brown   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 4:13 PM ]

Security Issues  

i) Comcast data breach - Change your password, especially if you use a Comcast email address

ii)  Update Flash - yes, that’s TWO zero day updates in February, in case you think you’ve already done this one. Current version for Mac OSX is

This Link tells you what version you have installed

iii) Apple’s SSL/TLS flaw;  already fixed in iOS, as of Friday (?), iOS 7.06 Still to be fixed in OSX

According to Computerworld:  

But note:  Until Apple fixes it, any data transmitted by those applications is at risk, although the danger is mitigated somewhat since an attacker must be on the same network as the victim.  (Underline is mine.)

What to do: On any public network - or network you don’t trust, use Chrome, or Firefox, not Safari for secure transmissions.

From the ZNET article:  Fortunately for Mac users who have not upgraded to OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), it appears from the early tests that OS X has only had the bug since version 10.9

From the Mac Observer article: 
What can you to do reduce the risk of your data being compromised? Avoid using public Wi-Fi. If you must use it, consider using a VPN (Cloak is a fine choice for OS X and iOS) to provide an additional layer of security for your network connection. If you send sensitive data via email, consider using S/MIME or GPG to encrypt and sign your email.  If you're really worried, use an earlier version of OS X, since only Mavericks looks to be vulnerable per Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2014-1266.
And try not to panic, at least not until you've found your towel. This bug will not send all of your confidential data to the criminals of the world, but it certainly makes it easier for those with the right tools.
All this said, all Mavericks users should be on alert for this fix, and update their Macs ASAP.

IV)  And one more:  A personal tale - moral:  MAKE SURE YOU HAVE FIND MY DEVICE activated for all your Apple gear.

Comcast data breach — you should change your password!

Adobe Flash — two updates to eliminate zero day exploits

Apple SSL/TLS flaw - fixed in iOS - a fix for OS X is coming.— the flaw appeared in 10.9, not early versions.

Dropbox is encrypted on their servers
but some security people point out that 
legal warrants can be used to fetch your data

Ditto Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.

Lynda advises using “Find My Mac” - it helped her when some one stole her MacBook Air. 
You should make sure that all of your devices are registered on your iCloud account.


Presentation — Ted Landau

For Ted, the presentation to us was a trial run of his presentation which will be at the MacWorld/iWorld  Expo in a few weeks -- it would unkind of us to steal his thunder! Accordingly, I am holding the  presentation notes until after the MacWorld/iWorld Expo. 

Open Source


simple animated screen capture

captures an area of your screen and saves it directly to an animated GIF

Lightweight Image Composition Engine (LICE)

Used for really short (seconds) animations.

Must buy Reaper (Cockos digital audio workstation software) to lcf and hight definition output.

Also, the GIF is not optimized — you may optimize the GIF using other graphic editing software.


Q and A

1. My home network (Airport Extreme) will only allow one device at a time to use the Internet.
Use Airport Utility to check the DHCP settings. Make sure the Airport is assigning the DCHP.

2. I am getting a server error when I try to sync Android calendar with my Mac iCloud calendar.

This should be possible via a CalDAV connection.

3. Put MacBook Pro video to a television

Use an HDMI adapter, and set the MacBook Pro display settings.
Or use an AppleTV and AirPlay (if you  are using Mavericks).

4. iCloud - How to use “Find My Mac”
Register a device (iPhone, iPad, Mac, MacBook,…) using the iCloud settings on the given device.

To use the service,

on the iPad and iPhone, use the Find My iPhone app.

on a Mac, go to the iCloud site.

Meeting Notes for January 27, 2014

posted Mar 10, 2014, 4:07 PM by Robert Brown   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 4:09 PM ]

This meeting was video recorded and posted to YouTube


Meeting Notes for December 16

posted Mar 10, 2014, 4:03 PM by Robert Brown

Annual Potluck Party !



10.9.1 - Note that this was released today

New Flash update - 


iPad sales/availability:  from Apple Insider

Carl Icahn - stock ‘activist’ is criticized by Calpers

imminent iPhone in China and sitings

From Robert Brown:


Apple’s “12 Days of Gifts” app  starts early

Tim Cook at Auburn - article, etc.

EyeChart magazine on iOS Newsstand as source for my news reports, BTW

recommended:  Detroit Macintosh Users group podcast 

Meeting Notes for November 18, 2013

posted Mar 10, 2014, 4:00 PM by Robert Brown


Adobe - update Flash (yes, again) version 11.9.900.152 is the latest

Note that Adobe has been breached, and account info for 130 million accounts has been taken - including 'encrypted' but not hashed passwords, credit card info, and password hints *in plain text*.  xkcd has a comic about the incident. 

MSFT has an exploited TIFF exploit

MacRumors got hacked - change your password if you're on their forums

Russian Linux malware got into the ISS.



Mavericks - and it's Free!

Apple TV Update

iOS 7.04 is out - includes a security update

iWork is now Free

iWork and iLife for Mac come free with every new Mac purchase. Existing users running Mavericks can update their apps for free from the Mac App Store℠. iWork and iLife for iOS are available for free from the App Store℠ for any new device running iOS 7, and are also available as free updates for existing users. GarageBand for Mac and iOS are free for all OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 users. Additional GarageBand instruments and sounds are available for a one-time in-app purchase of $4.99 for each platform.

Aperture 3.5

Safari 6.1


New Hardware:

New iPads

New Macs

MacPro to ship in December



Burn-In on Retina iPad Minis?

iPhone 5c Production Cuts

More Manufacturers for iPad Mini & iPhone 5c

Gene Munster Still Believes in Apple Television


General News:

Motion Issues, and fix, for iOS7

Europe Will Allow Mobile Device Use in Flight

Apple Buying PrimeSense?  

Apple's iTunes Taking Donations for Philippine typhoon relief

Steve Jobs Posthumously Inducted into Bay Area Business Hall of Fame

Apple Open on Thanksgiving?  Yes?  No

Samsung to replace Android?

Apple's Spaceship Campus Pics 

Apple to Build Sapphire Glass Manufacturing Plant

Icahn and Apple Stock



The curious case of IDC, Gartner & Strategy Analytics' PC, phone & tablet data on Apple

Add up all this stuff and you could create the impression that the rest of the world is winning with 81 percent of somethingorother, distracting away from the fact that Apple is destroying its competition in both phones and tablets in the only market segments that a vendor with the luxury of being choosy would choose to do business in. 

I'm sure nobody will catch on.



Today's Court Ruling:  Apple v Samsung

WSJ LawBlog

Apple vs Samsung Retrial

Meeting Notes for October 21, 2013

posted Nov 18, 2013, 2:30 PM by Robert Brown

News and Events

Concerning the iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor, some users indicate that hand creme perhaps interferes with fingerprint ID. We also confirmed that a disembodied finger will not work. The Germany hackers concept of "easy"  in regard to their methof of hacking the fingerprint sensor is not the same as everybody else's concept of "easy", meaning it is actually hard.

Target and Walmart had iPhone 5c phones at $79

iPhone 5c orders go down, while 5s orders go up.

But iPhone 5c is selling well.

iTunes Radio, along with iTunes 11.1, has been introduced. How fares against Pandora?

Apple Event Tomorrow - iPads? [As it turned out, yes, indeed. More info at our next meeting.]

On Security:

• Oracle release a big Java update –

• Apple release Java update to remove Java 6 from browsers, forcing users to get official Oracle Java if they want to run Java in their browsers. This is very important because Java 6 is no longer being supported by Oracle –

A back door has been found in D-Link routers:
Details here (including a few updates) –

Security Patch in MS Office 2011

If you have a 2012 MacBook Air…. there's an issue re SSD

Apple updates EFI on 2013 MBAs


Researchers claim Apple's Messages not all that secure

Apple disagrees

US Mac/PC Market share numbers for Q3 - Macs lose a bit, PCs up a bit

iPhone Does well this past summer in the US Marketshare

MS Office coming for iPad…. Says Balmer


New Campus gets Cupertino approval

Apple hires a Retail Leader - Forbes Likes the choice

Tim Cook Honors Steve on 2nd Anniversary of Steve's passing

On Carl Ichan, and AAPL stock: Apple should borrow money and buyback shares

        Buffett Disagrees

Apple to report earnings Oct. 28 [expect to hear about it at our next meeting]


Other News:

David Pogue Leaves NYT (!!)



Samsung Loses a couple of rounds

       i) Judge Koh not happy

       ii) Jobs Patent upheld

SEC Closes Apple Tax Investigation


Main Presentation


Evernote presented by Erin Hall, Marketing for Evernote Business

How to use Evernote apps

Our lives are constantly changing -- our lives are fluid.

-- Where is work? Who are working with?

Trap 1: overwork the wrong app.
e.g. email
Do you email yourself to save articles or transfer documents?
You are emailing your future self.

Trap 2: one tool per task
Do you seek a new app for each new task?

Evernote can
    record meetings
    collect research
    track to-dosage
    etc. online or offline

Two thirds of the  Evernote users are using Evernote at work

Four ways to use Evernote
    collect and share ideas
       create an ideas notebook
       capture whiteboards and photos
       OCR handwritten text
    capture images from the web
    brainstorm in notes


Open Source Presentation


GPG Suite for the Macintosh 

     see the slide show here:

Meeting Notes for September 16, 2013

posted Sep 16, 2013, 9:25 PM by Robert Brown

Tonight: Chris Breen -- The Big Picture on iPhone 5c and 5s

A couple of new people tonight, including a brand new certified Apple consultant. 

News and Events

iPhone 5 announced:

Apple - Press Info - Apple Introduces iPhone 5

iPhone 5 tops 2 million preorders in 24 hours | Macworld


available 9/21; 

regional carries will have phone on 9'/28

C Spire, regional carriers join the iPhone 5 deluge on September 28th - Engadget

 preorders already sold out

AT&T confirms iPhone owners will be able to keep their unlimited data plans | 9to5Mac

Sprint and Verizon clarify iPhone 5 plans: Sprint pre-orders begin at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 14, Verizon requires that you pay full price to keep your unlimited data plan | 9to5Mac


Java updates, and security issues

Apple issues new Lion, Snow Leopard Java updates | MacNN


Stock hitting new highs, analysts raise target prices

Apple: Boring or Not, iPhone 5 Drives Shares to New Heights - Tech Trader Daily -

stock closed today @$699.80


iOS 6 available on 9/18 - tomorrow

Google releases YouTube app

YouTube launches new iPhone app ahead of iOS 6 release | Internet & Media - CNET News

UUID gone, w/iOS 6

Apple clarifies new Advertising Identifier, a non-personal UDID replacement, in iOS 6 | 9to5Mac

Speaking of UUIDs, 

Blue Toad Publishing Company Admits Stolen 'FBI' UDIDs Came From Them - Mac Rumors

Leaked Apple device UDIDs were stolen from small publishing company


iTunes 11

Apple - Press Info - Apple Unveils New iTunes

iPod Touch, and nano New

Apple - Press Info - Apple Introduces New iPod touch & iPod nano


Ping goes away

Apple To Shut Down Ping Social Network September 30 - Peter Kafka - Media - AllThingsD


Rumor of Apple getting into Pandora territory

WSJ: Apple in talks to build internet radio service

Be sure to update the Kindle app before updating to iOS 7.

Main Presentation - Chris Breen - The Big Picture on iPhone 5c and 5s

The Long Campaign
  iPhone 5s and 5c, Mavericks, iOS 7
  phase 3 of the Post PC Era

In tech, you have to plan things in a long campaign. Tech companies can not simply do one thing and just hold on that one thing. Tech companies have to keep moving.

Microsoft tried to live forever on Windows and Office. They got on mobile operating systems too late, and hence tried to implement it too hurriedly. It was reactive, not proactive.

There is iteration versus innovation. 

Let's forbid the phrase "If Steve was alive...". 

Does Apple continue to innovate since a certain past event, or is Apple now just interating?

Iteration: bigger screens, faster processors, better camera.

Can you finish the sentence: "this completely changes the way I .... "? 

interation can still disrupt existng markets.

Innovation: creating a business from whole cloth, makeing a nascent business legimate, tuenign an existing market on its head.

Innovation: the first iPod, the first iPhone. 

Who is innovative: Apple, Google, Amazon, TiVo, Netflix

Who is not: Samsung, Microsoft -- me, too-ers.

So, is this an innovation year for Apple? NO. You can not expect to win the World Series every year.

This is a "team building" year, in the baseball sense. You prep the new players for the future.

One common theme of nost new releases is the Future.
-- iPhone 5s: fingerprinting scanning, M7, 64-bit processor, LTE

The 5s will encourage you to use the fingerprint scanner.
-- useful for more than unlocking the iPhone
-- can be used with Passbook for purchases
-- can be used with iBeacon for purchases
-- and Apple will get a tiny percentage of every transaction, which will be serious money.

The M7 focusses on movement. 
-- fitness apps
-- takes the place of fit-bit, up, etc.
-- reduces power comsumption for background tasks related to movement.

Even more:
-- prevent texting while driving.

64-bit processor
-- develop to a single code base for iOS and Mac OS X

-- adds Worldwide compatiablity

-- energy savings, speed-ups, more iOS features
-- tabbed browsing in Finder
-- Finder tags
-- stuff under the hood is much more interesting

-- security, prevents reformatting without Apple ID password
-- iBeacon
-- iTunes Radio, the Pandora killer, plus it brings IP radio to the masses.
-- -- plus you can create your own "station".

The iPhone 5c -- the future is really cool, but there is nothing wrong with making money.
-- just like the iPod, which was followed by the iPod mini. 
-- fashion matters to people, the colors will be a hit.
-- these will sold by the bucket load

Still to come

-- iPads and iPods next month, 64 bit, fingerprint sensor.

-- The Mac Pro

What about that darned living room conundrum, getting us to cut the "cable". 

Open Source Corner -- The Pencil Project

Wireframes - flowcharts - diagrams

Use Pencil to draw prototype graphic layouts or flowcharts or similar diagrams. Collections of graphic shapes are provided for generic use and for the shapes particular to computer GUI, iPhone GUI and iPad GUI. 

Q and A

1. having problems connecting iOS devices to new Comcast high speed router.

--- does not work consistently 

--- no solution

2. itunes has a lot of free stuff -- how can I find a list? Especially movies?


--- in iTunes store screen use the quick links for "Free on iTunes"

3. least expensive way to get Adobe Bridge

--- legally, it is only available with Adobe Creative Cloud, $600 per year, billed $49.99 / month

4. Boot camp -- need to remove and reinstall Windows 7

-- no need to erase, just reload from the Windows distribution disk.

Meeting Notes from August 19, 2013

posted Aug 19, 2013, 8:18 PM by Robert Brown   [ updated Sep 2, 2013, 10:52 PM ]

Steve Quattrone is a new member, from SMUG
Another person, Kevin, has come to hear about HTML5

news and events


Sept 10 Announcement 'Yep'

Wall Street Journal Throws Weight Behind 'Apple Will Ship Two New iPhones in September' - The Mac Observer

Apple’s rumored September 10 iPhone event

5 big rumors about Apple's September event - Fortune Tech

Apple's Next iPad Mini Will Likely Have 'Retina' Display From Samsung -

Mac Pro - 'Fall 2013" - in a movie trailer

Apple Begins Showing Mac Pro Teaser in Movie Theaters with 'Fall 2013' Announcement - Mac Rumors

'Some sort of Television Product…."

Rumor: Apple may announce 'some sort of television product' as soon as November

Exclusive: Apple Pitches Ad-Skipping for New TV Service – jessica lessin

iPhone:  Gold, and 128 gigs

Analyst: Get Ready for 3 iPhone Models - The Mac Observer

iPhone for China Mobile?

China Mobile Chairman Handles Apple iPhone Deal Question Delicately - Digits - WSJ

Apple Might Be Closer to iPhone Deal with China Mobile - The Mac Observer


iWatch’s novelty emerges as Apple taps sensor and fitness experts | 9to5Mac


Jobs Movie
Ashton Kutcher's 'Jobs': What the critics are saying - Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech



iTunes 11

Windows 'Tuesday' - Note IE issues

Apple Fixes 3 Bugs with AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.4 - The Mac Observer

Final Cut Pro X gets updated to 10.0.9 with bug fixes | 9to5Mac

New MacBook Air software update brings trio of fixes | Apple - CNET News

Apple announces Logic Pro X, next generation audio editing for Mac | iMore


Apps for Kids: Apple is focussing on iOS apps appropriate for kids, with a catogorization within the Apps Store by child's age.


Apple Store app for iOS now giving away paid apps for free




Apple: The Carl Icahn effect - Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech

Activist investor Carl Icahn means trouble with a capital 'T' for Apple - Computerworld
(best article, imo)

AAPL Hits $500 First Time Since January as Street Mulls Icahn Moves - Tech Trader Daily -


Apple is snapping up shares of Apple as fast as it can - Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech
  -- prior to Ichann's interest

Apple Earnings Report/Call - Response
Apple's $35.3B June quarter: What the analysts are saying - Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech

Today's AAPL close:  $507.74

Last month AAPL close, 7/15/13:  $427.44

Bento Discontinued

FileMaker announces Bento will be discontinued on September 30 | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Support to continue through next year.

The specialized pre-designed databases were more popular than the general Bento tool. Bento did not keep enough market share to be profitable.

Also some users found problems with the data being unexpectedly disconnected.


Apple Discloses Its Developer Center Was Hacked - Liz Gannes - News - AllThingsD

Security researcher claims to have accessed full names, Apple IDs and user IDs of developers and non-developers | 9to5Mac

Apple restores developer site after weeks-long outage | Apple - CNET News


Obama Administration Vetoes Apple Product Ban

Obama Administration Vetoes Apple Product Ban - Mike Isaac - Mobile - AllThingsD

The USA ITC had agreed with Samsung that some older Apple products infringed on Samsung patents -- and banned the older products. But the patents were FRAND. Essentially the President feels certain factors were overlooked by ITC. 


DOJ Proposes 'Draconian remedies' for Apple in e-Book case

Apple dismisses DOJ's proposed e-book penalties as 'a draconian and punitive intrusion'


Apple Acquisitions:

Apple acquires second screen TV startup (scoop) | VentureBeat

Exclusive: Apple Recently Acquired Low-Energy Chipmaker Passif – jessica lessin

Fresh off sale to Apple, Hopstop updates iPhone app w/ real-time traffic & incident reporting, more cities | 9to5Mac

Apple Acquires Locationary - John Paczkowski - News - AllThingsD


Was this Chinese stewardess killed by her Apple iPhone 5? - Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech

UPDATE: Follow-up stories in Chinese media report that it was an iPhone 4, not 5, and that Ms. Ma was using a third-party charger, not an original Apple part

iPhone-related death in China could be linked to fake charger | Apple - CNET News

Apple starts power adapter 'Takeback Program' to fight knock-offs | Electronista


Apple outlines iMessage spam reporting in new support document

Please report any spam to Apple.


Chinese scalpers booking & selling Apple Store Genius Bar appointments online


Bob Mansfield: 

Bob Mansfield no longer on Apple's exec team, will continue work on special projects [u]

He wishes to have an easier lifestyle, free of the strain of being a high level manager.

iPhone, Android, iPad, PC numbers
20% of Apple iPhone Customers Switched from Android, 7% of Samsung Buyers Switched from iOS - Mac Rumors

Apple tops PC market, but lead shrinks, says Canalys | Apple - CNET News

With no updated iPads on sale, tablet sales slip 10% in Q2 - Computerworld

Apple's iOS maintains dominance over Android with 63% mobile browsing share

Apple says 1 billion podcasts subscribed to via iTunes, celebrates with special section | 9to5Mac


What Smartphone Saturation?

“Everybody has got a smartphone” | asymco


New digitally signed Mac malware confuses users with right-to-left file name tricks | Macworld

Warning: Ransomware Targeting Macs Poses as FBI Demand for $300 - The Mac Observer

Unrelated Security story:
Man gets fake FBI child porn alert, arrested for child porn | Technically Incorrect - CNET News


Presentation -- Hype - the HTML5 Animator - by Tumult Software
Jonathan Deutsch

Alternative to Adobe Flash for web animations.

Jonathan is a long time Apple user, from the Apple II days.
He created HyperEdit - sold as shareware.
He joined Apple for 6.5 years, worked on 10.3.6, and worked with the Apple Mail team.

Steve Jobs wrote his essay "Thoughts on Flash", outlining well known defects in Adobe Flash. This prompted the interest for alternatives. 

Hype lets you build HTML5/CSS/Javascript animations, as easy as you might create a Keynote presentation. The capabilities in Hype are modelled after those in Keynote.

create keyframes -- Hype smoothly animates between.

Hype can also be used to build animations into eBooks created using iBooks Author. iBooks uses "Dashboard" widgets. (iBooks are in fact entirely web based, same as ePub).

multiple independent or coordinated animations, multiple scenes.

companion app: preview on similated mobile screen.
@jmfs on Twitter.

The app is available from the Apple Apps Store - and on the tumult web site.


Q and A

1. adapter for a Mac to fit an PC video Port
does a 2008 Mac need a different one from a 2011 Mac?
Yes. One is a DVI to VGA, the other is a display port to VGA
use Mac Tracker to find out which adapter you will need.
2. Protection against email hacking
Do not leave your account open, i.e. logged in, when not using the account.
Change the password when ever you are suspicious that you have been hacked.
Clean spyware using ClamAV or other good malware scanners.
Use two factor authentication. 
Both Google and Apple have two factor authentication. 
Change your security questions if you feel you may have been hacked.
3. I can not find some files - these might be on an old Time Machine backup.
You can use Spotlight to search an old Time Machine volume. Just set up Spotlight
to index that volume in System prefs.
4. Show keyboard on screen.

Use Languages Prefs. -- there is a checkbox.
5. Import an ASCII delimited text file to Excel -- do not get the proper columns of data.

You will need to determine what delimiter is used in the file, e.g. commas or tabs.
6. Adobe is making old versions of Acrobat available for free.

We have not seen that. It may be a false rumor. 
You may wish to examine PDFpen by Smile Software.
7. Print a list of contacts from Addressbook, in a custom format
We will investigate. 
8. Evernote presenter question.
3 people are using Evernote.
Post your questions to our mailing list.

Meeting Notes from July 12, 2013

posted Aug 19, 2013, 8:16 PM by Robert Brown

Mat Honan Hack & Recovery

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab |

How I Got My Digital Life Back Again After An Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab |




Apple's iPhone now worth more than all of MSFT

Apple's iPhone Is Now Worth More Than All Of Microsoft - Forbes


Associated Press News -

Apple missed analysts expectations

Apple's lackluster Q3 results: What the analysts are saying - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

Stock went down

Stock now back up, to new highs

Look whose Apple price targets are underwater - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

Possible stock split:

Apple Investigating Stock Split: Top Analyst - Fast Money - CNBC - CNBC


New iPhone rumors

Sept 12 Date rumored

Apple Stocks Up on Components for September iPhone Launch - John Paczkowski - News - AllThingsD

Now Reuters And Bloomberg Are Reporting Apple Will Announce The Next iPhone On September 12 - Business Insider


Apple’s rumored September 12 event

iPhone 5 release date: AT&T is prepping for late-September launch

iPhone 5 pre-orders planned for September 12, second release wave for first week of October |

Target, Best Buy follow suit in dropping iPhone prices | Electronista

Apple Retail Stores Begin Price Matching iPhone Discounts from Carriers and Major Retailers - Mac Rumors

Apple will provide an adapter for the new, smaller Dock connector set to debut with the iPhone 5 |


iPad Mini rumors continue

Here's Apple's e-mail thread about a 7-inch iPad | Apple - CNET News

Apple: iPad Mini, iTV Now In Production, Analyst Reports - Forbes



More Apple TV rumors

Apple Plans To Simplify TV With Internet Live Streaming, iPad-Like Interface, Social Integration [Report] | Cult of Mac

Apple reportedly in talks with cable companies regarding live TV for Apple set-top box |

Apple: High Hurdles to Working with Cable Guys, Says Bernstein - Tech Trader Daily -

Survey: 49% interested in an Apple TV, but not for $1,500 - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech


SMS vulnerabilities

Use iMessage, for secure text messaging - 'regular' text messages can be spoofed

Apple responds to iPhone text message spoofing, reminds us how secure iMessage is -- Engadget



The 'Screw' Hoax

iPhone 5 Asymmetric Screw Hoax - Business Insider


Apple Retail Mistakes

Apple Admits It “Messed Up” With Retail Staffing Cutbacks, Says “Employees Are Our Most Important Asset” | Cult of Mac



Phone & iPad market share numbers

IDC: Android and iOS accounted for 85 percent of smartphones shipped in Q2 2012 | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Apple takes nearly one-third U.S. smartphone marketshare, tops Samsung

Smart devices in the enterprise to double by 2014 - iPad/iPhone - Macworld UK

Report: Apple extends worldwide lead in tablet market | Macworld

ComScore: US Smartphone Penetration 47% In Q2; Android Remains Most Popular, But Apple’s Growing Faster | TechCrunch

PC makers falling further behind Apple, says Canalys | Business Tech - CNET News

AAPL’s iOS Gains on GOOG’s Android As U.S. Smartphone Sales Shrink - Tech Trader Daily -


More Apple TV rumors

Apple Plans To Simplify TV With Internet Live Streaming, iPad-Like Interface, Social Integration [Report] | Cult of Mac

Apple: iPad Mini, iTV Now In Production, Analyst Reports - Forbes

Apple reportedly in talks with cable companies regarding live TV for Apple set-top box |

Apple: High Hurdles to Working with Cable Guys, Says Bernstein - Tech Trader Daily -

Survey: 49% interested in an Apple TV, but not for $1,500 - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech


AT&T & Verizon Steering customers away from iPhone?

AT&T adopting 'anything but iPhone' strategy [u] | Electronista

Verizon Reps Pushing Customers To Buy Android Over iPhone Too? [Updated With Verizon's Response] | Cult of Mac

Four pieces of advice for the Verizon Wireless store | Jeff Stern

Verizon reps push 4G Android over iPhone - May. 3, 2012


Lawsuits continue - Apple & Samsung go to jury trial.

Jury likely to decide Apple and Samsung case as parties fail to narrow dispute

Apple blasts DoJ over settlements in e-book collusion trial | Electronista

Tim Cook To Make Last-Ditch Attempt To Reach Agreement With Samsung CEO Over Telephone | Cult of Mac



Apple seeds new build of *Lion* to developers

Apple Releases OS X Lion 10.7.5 Build 11G36 to Developers -

and 10.8.1 (Mountain Lion)

OS X 10.8.1 seeded to developers | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog


Accessability taps -- shows taps - and turn voice over all the way down;  for me as I'm presenting for iPad classes

Meeting Notes from June 17, 2013

posted Jul 15, 2013, 4:05 PM by Robert Brown

40 people

MS launches Office 365 for iPhone -- but not yet for iPad
== MS does not want to change their ads. {HUH!!!!}

Apple Taxes
-- Tim Cook stays cool under fire
-- Ireland stated that Apple does not get a special deal.

Low cost iphone -- rumors persist
no iWatch this year
but what are the 1.5" OLED displays for?

Apple might offer an iPhone trade-in program.

App Camp for girls -- see Indiegooo

Many updates

iPhone sales going well

eBook price fixing trial is underway

WWDC announcements

Mac Book Airs -- not retina -- but increased battery life
Mac Pro -- [add content]

Sea Lion? No -- Mavericks.

   key chain across all devices

   independent spaces - multitasking

   memory compression

   battery icons will indicate when an App is using too much CPU.

   dictation will work offline, with live typing as you speak.

iOS 7

kill switch to wipe a iPhone or iPad if it is stolen or lost
this will lower the black market resale value, chilling thefts

this is part of "security in layers" detergent.

control center


game controller support

iTunes Radio

automatic updates of apps on both iOS and on Mavericks.


CS6 getting expensive? alternatives

First, remember that iPhoto can do a lot all by itself
edit button -> rotate, enhance, fix red-eye, straighten, crop, retouch
effects tab -> sepia, matte, vignette, etc.
adjust tab -> exposure, contrast, saturation, definition...

all edits are non-destructive -- original image is not changed.

What is the difference between definition and sharpness
sharpness works pixel by pixel, on all pixels,
definition works on detected lines and sharps.

How many photos can iPhone handle?
tens of thousands.

Aperture provides even more control, and handles hundreds of thousands of images.
Imports any older libraries from iPhoto.

Acorn is Adam's image editor of choice -- it feels like Photoshop
has layers, with cut-copy-paste between layers, drag layers, etc.
alpha masking

full complement of adjustments, layer filters, effects

does not support Photoshop plugins.
but does support Apple Quartz composer filters


much like acron, $15 in Apple App Store

MacGIMP GNU Image Manipulation program
used to require X-windows, but now-a-days that is built in


same functionality (tools), but maybe not quite as slick.

Cameras have different characteristics. Do the RAW importers and other tools have
camera specific settings?

Snapseed [add content]

Podcaster -- weekly audio program on Mac and iOS stuff
-- news of the week -- tips and tricks -- The MacCast.


1. current 21 inch iMac with external USB drive
is it better to configure fresh, or to import old stuff from my old machine.

Legacy stuff will be transferred if you move everything.
It is okay to pull stuff from the 'cloud' (music, apps, etc.)

Some users feel the Migration Assistant is actually fairly smart, and will not
migrate junk bytes.

One member did a migration using AirDrop.

2. How do I dictate (speak to text) in iOS and Mac OS X?

demo'ed by Charles and Lynda

3. How can I recover files from an SD card?

Prosoft has a recovery utility, specifically designed for SD cards.
do not use SD cards as long term storage.

4. How to depose of hard disk drives.

Green Citizen will shred HDD for free.

Meeting Notes from May 20, 2013

posted May 21, 2013, 8:53 AM by Robert Brown


News and Events

A lot has happened over the last month. 

   New MacBook Air computers expected at the WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) 
   to be held June 10.

   iRadio - a music streaming service - may still be in the offering.

   New deals on iPhones from Verizon and AT&T

   Changes in Applecare: Applecare may be changed so that all of your devices are covered 
   under one Applecare package, assigned to the customer.

   Web traffic shows that iOS 7 is being heavily tested.

   Better integration of automative systems with iOS may be coming
   -- coupling readings from steering wheel and odometer
   -- interface to Siri

   Apple via Tim Cook sent a press release to the US Senate, showing
   that they pay 30% effective taxes, on tens of billions of dollars.
   But the Senate says that's not true.

   Apple has topped Barron's 500. They are in the Fortune 500.
   Also tops in customer support.

   Security News: Apple ID phishing emails attempt to steal credit card details.

   A social networking app "Path" has received negative comments over privacy violations

   iTunes 11.03 is out.
   iMovis has an update.
   Tim Cook charity coffee date closed at a bid of $610,000

   50 billion app downloads.

    WWDC sold out in 90 seconds

    Maker Faire

Main Presentation - Bryan Chaffin of the Mac Observer
-- Apple: WWDC and Beyond

     Apple Context Machine Podcast

     "Apple's downward spiral" - stupid writing about Apple
     Only a few analysts seem to understand Apple and 
     Apple's business model. 
     A real screw up was the introduction of Apple Maps.
     But people ran with it, to speak down about Apple.
     Apple gets $57 for every person that walks into an Apple Retail Store.
     Apple makes more money per square foot of store floor that anyone else.

     But Apple haters believe they have justification during a product lull.
     Apple does not talk to people -- the Apple PR staff is not trying to 
     get people to say things about Apple. 

     Only about five journalists can be said to have a "good" relationship
     with Apple. 


     Johnny Ive is expected to reveal a whole new look and feel for iOS 7
     during WWDC. No Skel. interfaces.

     Google is now giving back - after years are gathering information, now that
     correlated information is flowing back to us. 

     Johnny Ive might be the nominated successor for Tim Cook. 

     Steve Jobs spent the last two years of his life putting the infrastructure into Apple
    that "institutionializes" his values for the company.  The naysayers do not understand
    this -- Steve's methods will live on, via Tim Cook, via Johnny Ive, and everyone at 
    Apple. The key players did not jump out of Apple, when Steve Jobs died.

    Samsung has delusions of relevance. Samsung displays are really good.
    But at the end of the day, they are slapping hardware together for some
    one else's operating system. (Android and iOS)

   Everything that Samsung does on the software side is either redundant to
   things that Google has done, or something that is not really useful.

    Is Samsung planning to eliminate Google from Samsung products?
    Samsung may be deluded that can happen.
    Korean culture has its unique characteristics.


    Apple might planning to introduce digital payments that actually work.
    The industry has been waiting for Apple to do that.

   Apple comes up with an innovative disruptive product every five to seven years.
   (in hardware).

   Tim Cook has made several interesting changes.
    -- charity matching
    -- dividends
   Non Apple PR departments jump onto journalists when they know a negative story 
   is coming out. Apple traditionally has not -- but that seems to be changing.

   Dave Hamilton -- Mac Roundtable -- says that people inside Apple are less driven.
   Bryan disagrees. 

    Apple may see the future as being in mobile devices. 

    iOS is the driving force, going forward. 


    cross platform compatibility (Android and iOS) is possible via Javascript apps,
   but only native calls will provide the performance needed for intense apps, games.

Open Source

-- OwnCloud 
OwnCloud is an open source PHP package, that implements a "cloud" service under a web server, e.g. Apache. A database such as MySQL is used to keep the content. Users may share files, play music, deploy "shorten" URLs, keep an online calendar, and similar applications.
1. Download the package, and expand it in a web directory
2. Create a user and database for the content.
3. Run the setup PHP program from the server.
4. Add some users.

questions and answers

q: My computer says "some one else is using my IP address", briefly on start up.

    Under normal circumstances, your cable modem handles the DHCP. Occasionally when a computer
    wakes up, the DHCP server will not recognize the computer. It is not the fault of the client computer.

q: IPv4 versus IPv6 -- what is it?
    IPv6 doubles the address length. The transition is taking longer than we like.

q: Occasion incident of showing a ?-mark upon startup.

    The ?-mark means the system disk has not been found yet. Sometimes there can be a spin-up lag.

     But test your drive!

q: Mountain Lion -- log in often hangs -- the Desktop alternates between blue and white, but will resolve after several minutes.

    Are you restoring the running applications? Could this be doing things in the background.

    Or the Finder is crashing.

    There might an underlying problem in the OS. Sorry.

    Maybe the clock chip battery is failing.

q: I use gmail with IMAP -- can we prevent the filtered mail (spam) from downloading to the local machine?

    we will check

c: iMovie can work with events and movies on external drives.

q: when I delete songs and stuff on my iPhone or iPad, is it really gone.

    yes, ... but it might exist on a server.
    Were you using iCloud to sync files?

q: iOS app to show where you tap on the screen, when presenting?

    Maybe. Ask Lynda.


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