2021-07 BMUG Newsletter

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BMUG Newsletter

July, 2021

Greetings! We can meet face-to-face again!!


The July BMUG meeting will be held at the Leopold Sports Club, in Leopold, at 3.00 pm on July 13. For those who cannot make it to the venue, we will have a Zoom link but we re hoping to see as many of you as we can - the facility offers food and drinks so perhaps you can stay after the meeting for a chat and snack?
For those who want it, I will be sending out a Zoom link on Monday, before the meeting.

The topics for our next meeting are, as always, on the website at
We will start the meeting talking about new Apple things - led by Peter Cross. We will have some other discussions before our guest speaker Sacha Ventura arrives at 4.00 pm. Sacha is a developer and will tell us first about how all these apps seem to come into existence and then about his own apps work (making info about energy more visible).

According to Wikipedia apps can be 'Application software' such as:
  • Mobile app, software designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices
  • Web application or web app, software designed to run inside a web browser
A web application (or web app) is application software that runs on a web server, unlike computer-based software programs that are run locally on the operating system (OS) of the device. Web applications are accessed by the user through a web browser with an active network connection. These applications are programmed using a client–server modeled structure—the user ("client") is provided services through an off-site server that is hosted by a third-party. Examples of commonly-used web applications include: web-mail, online retail sales, online banking, and online auctions.

A mobile application, also referred to as a mobile app or simply an app, is a computer program or software application designed to run on a mobile device such as a phone, tablet, or watch. Apps were originally intended for productivity assistance such as email, calendar, and contact databases, but the public demand for apps caused rapid expansion into other areas such as mobile games, factory automation, GPS and location-based services, order-tracking, and ticket purchases, so that there are now millions of apps available. Apps are generally downloaded from application distribution platforms which are operated by the owner of the mobile operating system, such as the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store. Some apps are free, and others have a price, with the profit being split between the application's creator and the distribution platform. Mobile applications often stand in contrast to desktop applications which are designed to run on desktop computers, and web applications which run in mobile web browsers rather than directly on the mobile device.
 

A Chance to go Back ?

A BMUG friend has an offer someone won't be abe to refuse! Have you thought about how far we have gone in changing the technological world in just the lifetimes of most of us? In the 80's, User Groups were common and they came up with some wonderful developments. The Boston Macintosh User Group, in particular, was amazing. A huge theatre full of people would share their ideas and, tips and techniques. Now you have a chance to go back into that era for some amusement.

Official Berkeley BMUG newsletters from the 80s and 90s are available for the asking ..as collected by an original Mac hobbyist and aficionado, as well as longtime Apple supporter (even while employed by IBM, definitely not appreciated back then!)
This is a substantial collection of in-depth articles from that time period. If you are interested in having them, please send us an email: BMUG archive
 

Talking of Magazines


Ken Grinter offered some magazines that have been digitised to anyone interested in them. This too amounts to a substantial collection - they are about today's technologies.If you are interested in a copy of these, you can send us an email: Ken's magazines
 

News from Apple Insider

These couple of items might be of interest to members;

How to set up and use Launchpad on macOS
Launchpad is an essential part of the macOS desktop, and is a quick and easy way to access applications installed on your Mac.

Apple advances personal health by introducing secure sharing and new insights. With iOS 15, iPhone and Apple Watch users now have the ability to share health data with loved ones or a care network, view Trends and measure their Walking Steadiness
https://nr.apple.com/dm3n3T8v8L

AppleInsider 20 Jun 2021
What is Head Pointer?
Included since macOS Catalina, Head Pointer is a tool that, simply put, turns your head into a mouse. Using a webcam pointed at the user, the tool can monitor the user's head rotation, from side to side or vertically, and move the on-screen cursor in that direction.

This has an obvious utility for people who cannot use a mouse at all, but it can also benefit all users. With a sufficiently large screen and a perfectly placed webcam, the tool could feasibly move the cursor near to an area of the display the user is actively viewing.
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/06/20/how-to-move-your-macs-mouse-by-tracking-your-head-with-a-webcam

How to magnify your screen with the Zoom feature in macOS
If you're having trouble seeing elements of your Mac's desktop, take advantage of its Zoom accessibility tool to magnify the part of the screen you need.
JUNE 27, 2021
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/06/27/how-to-magnify-your-screen-with-the-zoom-feature-in-macos


Jul 27 2021
Audacity 3.0 called spyware over data collection changes by new owner
Audacity, the well-known open-source audio-editing software, has been called spyware in a report, with privacy policy changes revealing the tool is collecting data on its users and sharing it with other firms, as well as sending the data to Russia.
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/07/04/open-source-audacity-deemed-spyware-over-data-collection-changes
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