November Meeting Notes

Here on the notes with links from our meeting we had on November 19th.

We always have a news section – Covered the new Apple Coffee Book, the new Apple TV app and the iPhone 6 Plus Touchscreen Disease.

We reviewed the entire laptop lineup and focused on the new MacBook Pro lineup.

Marilyn showed up a brand new app on the iPad – Assembly.

Kevin went over setting up your own web site using Machighway to get your domain name and hosting. Then using WordPress to build your web site. Some other options are Weebly @ Machighway, Wix or Squarespace.

Here are all of the holiday gift ideas we reviewed. (Copy & Paste the URL’s below into a new browser window. Thanks!)

http://www.speckproducts.com/apple.html
https://www.twelvesouth.com/product/bookbook-for-ipad
http://iconicbook.com/
http://www.adamelements.com/iKlips_DUO/iklips_DUO.html
https://us.transcend-info.com/apple/jetdrivelite/
http://littlebits.cc
http://matias.ca/tactilepro4/
http://thedecalguru.com/nerdy-macbook-decals/?sort=bestselling
https://www.twelvesouth.com/store/product/new-mac-candle
https://www.parrot.com/us/minidrones/parrot-Swing#parrot-swing
http://www.sphero.com/starwars/bb8-se
http://www.kareprints.com/

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3140744/personal-technology/computerworlds-holiday-gift-guide-2016-with-video.html

http://www.techconnect.com/article/3140238/consumer-electronics/stocking-stuffer-ideas-deals-and-discounts-deal-alert.html

Save 50% in Take Control’s Back to School Sale thru August 25th

Whether August means back-to-school for you personally or you consider learning to be a lifetime endeavor, we’d like to make it easier for you to pick up new skills. Through August 25th, you can add any number of our ebooks to your Take Control library for 50% off the cover price. All our books are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, so you can read wherever, whenever, and on whatever device you like.

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We don’t expect you to read every Take Control title cover-to-cover; instead, each book has a Quick Start section that gives you a look into the book beyond the table of contents so you can jump instantly to the information you need.

Whether it’s dealing with passwords, upgrading your wireless network gear, getting a handle on Apple’s Pages word processor, automating repetitive tasks on your Mac, or finally writing your own book in Scrivener or iBooks Author, we have a title to help. We also have ebooks about iCloud, Mail, FileVault, iBooks, CrashPlan, PDFpen, TextExpander, setting up a paperless office, and more.

What can you learn from our expert authors? Tons. Here are some highlights:

* Passwords: Develop a secure password strategy that won’t slow down everyday activities, thanks to Joe Kissell’s best-selling “Take Control of Your Passwords.” Also don’t miss Joe’s “Take Control of 1Password,” about the popular 1Password 4 password manager.

* Wireless networking: Upgrade your wireless network with Glenn Fleishman’s “Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network.” The book will help you extend the range with multiple AirPort base stations, add USB drives and shared printers, enable security options, and more.

* Pages: Find in-depth guidance for using Apple’s Pages for all manner of word processing tasks and to create visually attractive, media-rich layouts. In Michael E. Cohen’s “Take Control of Pages” pre-book, you’ll find 200+ pages documenting Apple’s rewritten Pages 5 for Mac, iOS, and even iCloud. Since “Take Control of Pages” is in progress (Apple keeps making changes!), it’s available only via Leanpub, but you can still save 50% with this URL:

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* Apple TV: Apple’s diminutive streaming media box is much more than a conduit to the iTunes Store. Find out how to play a wide variety of media and have more fun with “Take Control of Apple TV,” by Josh Centers.

* Podcasting: Start podcasting or improve your podcast with the recently updated third edition of Andy Affleck’s “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac.”

* Dropbox: Enjoy a thorough look at how to use Dropbox — particularly the non-obvious bits — for file transfer and collaboration with Joe’s “Take Control of Dropbox.” (But don’t be deceived; as useful as Dropbox is, it does not a backup strategy make. The definitive word on backups remains Joe’s “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac.”)

* iTunes: Manage your music collection and find your way around iTunes more effectively with Kirk McElhearn”s tips in “Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ,” where he answers oodles of questions about playing, ripping, buying, tagging, viewing, organizing, searching, syncing, sharing, and burning your music.

* Automation: Make working on your Mac less tedious, more accurate, and more easily repeated with “Take Control of Automating Your Mac,” also by Joe. (For even more Mac mojo, don’t miss his “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal.”)

So stock your Take Control library today with the titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that you think might become useful in the future — remember that we give readers minor updates for free, so your library can stay up to date throughout the year!

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“Take Control of the Cloud” cuts through the cloud hype

True or false? Stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing.

Apart from a lightning strike or falling branch cutting power, no, it can’t, but 51% of Americans believe it can, and another 29% of respondents in a 2012 survey thought the Cloud has something to do with an actual cloud. It’s not surprising, since marketers tout everything from word processors to TVs as being cloud-enabled, cloud-friendly, cloud-this, cloud-that.

Joe Kissell is fed up with such hazy claims, and he sets the record straight in “Take Control of the Cloud,” pinning down nebulous cloud concepts, helping you evaluate claims about cloud services, and explaining how to enhance your privacy and security in the Cloud. This approachable book is a quick and easy read, helping you make sense of what the Cloud is all about without bogging down in instantly obsolete step-by-step instructions. The book normally costs $10, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $7. Learn more about the book via the coupon-loaded link below.

So what, exactly, is the Cloud, and how can you make smart decisions about which cloud services to use and how to set them up? Joe cuts to the chase with 18 FAQs to answer the most common questions (see below), after which he helps you understand the major types of cloud services, explains the difference between cloud storage and cloud syncing, and looks at useful and popular cloud apps. Then he tackles the tough issues, explaining what you can do to enhance your privacy and security, how to evaluate different cloud providers, and how to back up your cloud-based data in case the provider goes dark. If you remain uncomfortable with handing your data over to cloud services, Joe walks you through the basics of creating your own personal cloud – it requires more work, expense, and maintenance, but you remain in control at all times.

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How can you Take Control of Apple Mail in Mavericks and iOS 7?

Have you had trouble or confusions with Apple Mail in Mavericks? Lots has changed from previous versions, particularly for Gmail users, and although Apple has restored some functionality in 10.9.1 and the just-released 10.9.2, there’s nothing like a healthy dose of expert advice to put you back in control of your email. To help with that, email expert Joe Kissell has revisited the topic in “Take Control of Apple Mail.” This new ebook, which covers both Mail for Mavericks and iOS 7, provides 175 pages of essential setup, usage, and troubleshooting advice, whether you use Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, or IMAP — or more than one. The book normally costs $15, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $10.50. Learn more about the book and purchase via the coupon-loaded link below.

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Along the way, Joe explains core concepts like special IMAP mailboxes and email archiving, reveals Mail’s hidden interface elements, and offers tips on customizing Mail to your preferences (including the best power-user plugins for Mail on the Mac). You’ll also learn how to find that message in the haystack, figure out how digital signatures and encryption work in Mail, and uncover solutions to numerous common problems. Perhaps most important, Joe shares his strategy for avoiding email overload; the article where he first introduced it won American Business Media’s Neal Award for Best How-To Article.