February 2017 – VMUG

From the President’s Desk – February 2017

Happy February everyone, Around this time last year we were already getting hints of an early spring, but as I write this the snow is falling on beautiful Victoria—the perfect time to capture the rare winter beauty of Victoria and submit it to our quarterly...

Winner’s Circle – January Meeting Winners

Monica McGarrigle was the lucky winner of a 2TB Western Digital My Passport Ultra external hard drive for at the September VMUG meeting. Congratulations Monica!!!   Contents Cover From the President's Desk SIGs Winner's Circle New Members – February 2017 FRESHLY...

SIGS – February

Novice SIG Report by Charles Martin  The next Novice iSig will be held on February 7th and will be held at CB55 at Cordova Bay Elementary School,, 5238 Cordova Bay Road. The topic will be Intro to Apple operating systems – macOS, iOS, WatchOS, and tvOS  ...

From the President’s Desk

  Welcome to July. Nothing says summer like piping music from your extensive iTunes collection onto your bluetooth speaker in garden, while you’re BBQing on the deck. Or perhaps being the family photographer capturing those eeting moments in the garden or on...

Swift Be My Playground – Review

FRESHLY SQUEEZED REVIEWS: Swift Be My Playground By Frank Petrie Swift Playgrounds www.apple.com/swift/playgrounds Free Opening Apple’s recent event for the new MacbookPro, they started the program off with a video showing how Apple can help the disabled to be as...

Run Ookla Speedtest from Your Menu Bar

by Adam C. Engst    If you’re like me, you don’t care how fast your Internet connection is… until it clearly isn’t working as it should be. That’s when I load a Web site like Speedtest.net or Netflix’s Fast.com to see what’s going on. Often, the answer is “something’s...

Ideas from CES 2017- 5G in Your Future

by Jeff Porten  One of the events I attended at CES was a panel discussion on 5G, the umbrella term for the next generation of cell phone network technologies. Industry watchers don’t expect 5G to be widely available until 2020, but work is already underway to develop...

Getting Started with the Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs

by Josh Centers   I’ve long been a skeptic of home automation. It seemed like a gimmick that would cause more problems than it would solve. Bringing the bugs and security exploits of computers to my door locks, lights, and thermostat wasn’t an enticing prospect....

Clearing up Confusion about Netflix and the TV App

by Josh Centers   AppleInsider caused a bit of a stir when it reported that the TV app for iOS and tvOS now supports playing Netflix content. As you may recall, Netflix hasn’t yet agreed to integrate with the TV app (see “tvOS 10.1 Unifies the Apple TV Experience with...

A Prairie HomeKit Companion- Core Concepts

by Josh Centers   At the end of “Getting Started with the Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs” (1 August 2016), I touched on HomeKit, Apple’s framework for controlling home automation devices. Since then, we’ve received a lot of requests for more information on HomeKit and...

New Members – Joined in January 2017

Tsiporah Gottlieb Michael Shack Albert Kezes Constance Waddell   Contents Cover From the President's Desk SIGs Winner's Circle New Members – February 2017 FRESHLY SQUEEZED REVIEW Setapp: There’s A New Kid In Town What to Know About Smart TVs and Your Privacy...