AWUGU Meeting Report about Gadget Gift Guide
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University (AWUGU) online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on November 20, 2023, via Zoom. We had 22 participants for Gadget Gift Guide. The 73-minute video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/de4SCdVgGbE (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. This was followed by a series of suggestions about items to be placed on the Gift Guide. Many questions and comments were then added.
Related to this topic of Gadget Gift Guide, a bonanza of product suggestions were provided by user group leaders in the Chat Room with the following links:
Your members have privacy concerns and a privacy and security meeting topic could be a hit. Apple builds in privacy at every level to help users keep their information secure. From Passkeys that can replace passwords with an easier and safer sign-in method, to Intelligent Tracking Prevention, Privacy Report to Password monitoring, Social widget tracking prevention, Fingerprinting defense, Private Browsing, Location fuzzing, Random identifiers, end-to-end encryption, and so much more, privacy is an integral part of the Apple ecosystem.
Start your meeting with the clever Privacy on iPhone video and go from there:
Privacy on iPhone
The 6,000+ member strong LA Creative Pro community will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Gallery Theatre in Hollywood. And, the meeting’s topic is a winner: they are having a How Ted Lasso Did It night, featuring editors Melissa McCoy and A.J. Catoline. But wait, there’s more: the team from DigitalFilm Tree who did the VFX, Color, PreVis and GeoDailes will be there too. Still not sure? Stump the Gurus and the World Famous Raffle will be part of the evening’s entertainment.
Learn, network, and increase your skills.
Need a quick topic to include with your meeting? Apple Support on YouTube often has quick, fun, and easy-to-implement tips that your members will enjoy. For example, in under 1 minute your members can learn how to use Point and Speak in Magnifier on your iPhone or iPad with LiDAR to have text read to you. Just point your finger at signs, keypads, labels and more to hear them read out loud to you. The technique works great for users, including users with low vision or blindness.
How to Use Point and Speak on iPhone or iPad
Ambassadors, November is a great time to use Apple Support on YouTube
(Thanks to Apple Systems Engineer and artist Dave Marra for this great tip!)
The Apple User Group Connection Archives offer a fun look back at past announcements, products, and meetings. The January 1988 video offered a look at Apple User Groups. The narration is pretty awful, but it is fun to look back at groups many of which are still active today. The speakers include members from Mac Nexus, AzApple, DBug, SMUG, and more. In fact, there is an incredibly young Raines at BMUG, lots of 80s fashions (sigh) and discussions about the ways that user group provide expertise, from classes, to meetings, to newsletters, BBS boards, and gatherings, user groups were a large part of the Apple community then and today too.
Check it out.
User Group Connection January 1988
You may remember the Scout’s Motto: Be Prepared. Sill, do your members know how to prepare for account recovery, how to add a legacy contact, or even how to prepare a device for sale or trade in? Why not base a meeting around preparedness? An account recovery contact can help make sure that you always have access to your account, even if you forget your Apple ID password or device passcode. A Legacy Contact is someone you choose to have access to the data in your Apple account after your death. And before you sell, give away, or trade in your Apple device, you will need to transfer information to your new device, if any, then remove your personal information from your old device. Interested in buying a pre-owned phone? Apple Support has guidance and a checklist for that too!
Each is easy to do and there are great resources to help you be prepared for a great meeting.
How to add a Legacy Contact for your Apple ID
Set up an account recovery contact
What to do before you sell, give away, or trade in your iPhone or iPad
Learn how to inspect a preowned iPhone.
Ambassadors, October is a great month to check out Apple Support
(Thanks to Rick Ortiz, User Group Advisory Board member, amazing freediver who recently achieved two national freediving records, user group leader, and owner of The MacPro for this great idea.)
AWUGU Meeting Report about Sports Streaming
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University (AWUGU) online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on October 16, 2023, via Zoom. We had 24 participants for Sports Streaming (see Zoom JPG image and PDF attendance list in shared AWUGU folder). The 68-minute video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/wVfyEF1LUkM (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. This was followed by an interesting presentation by Steve Welsh (OMUG) about Sports Broadcasting Concerns (see his slideshow in shared AWUGU folder). Many questions and comments were then added.
Related to the topic of Sports Streaming, a few observations were shared and suggestions were provided by user group leaders with the following links in the Chat Room:
We are very pleased with this tenth meeting of 2023. Files related to this meeting (including chat, agendas, reports, announcement links, slideshows and videos) are available on our AWUGU shared folder: https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU.
After a brief discussion, it was decided that “Gadget Gift Guide” would be the topic on November 20, 2023, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Saving Time (all current AWUGU registrants will receive an invitation to all future meetings).
To become a participant, any interested Apple User Group leader must first register with the AWUGU Coordinator by emailing their name, location, and user group name and web link to email@example.com. Registration must be received by November 18 in order to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation.
A key component of user groups and user group members is service to community, and the Maui Apple Users Society will be donating refurbished Apple computers to victims and families of the Maui wildfires. From Ireland’s ClubMac’s computer donations, to Pittsburgh Mac’s Computer Reach user groups worldwide have responded when disasters struck. Is your group doing community-focused service? Let our editors know.
Apple User Group Assistance and Refurb Program
The Apple User Group Connection Archives offer a fun look back at past announcements, products, and meetings. If you are a fan of British science and technology journalist and historian of science James Burke’s Day the Universe Changed and Connections, August 1988 had Mr. Burke explaining HyperCard and interactive video for the User Group Connection. This was 35 years ago, so the video reminds viewers to be kind and rewind 🙂
What a gem.
HyperCard and Interactive Video – August 1988
(I taught the full Day the Universe Changed series to undergraduates as part of a course on Descartes for more than a few years, so Mr. Burke is dear to me.)
The Day The Universe Changed – Infinitely Reasonable: Science Revises the Heavens
Day the Universe Changed
Apple Senior Systems Engineer, talented artist, and long-time user group favorite Dave Mara recently shared a great video covering Apple Watch tips. I bet there are at least a couple that you haven’t seen, and all ten are ones your members will find interesting and helpful. The tips can make for a short meeting discussion, and your members can share other tips they use most.
10 helpful Apple Watch tips you should know
But wait! There’s more!
You can even show your members how to use Assistive Touch on Apple Watch.
How to use AssistiveTouch on Apple Watch