Holiday Hours

The Apple User Group lab will be closed on Monday, December 26th, and Monday, January 2nd. 

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Where’s My Google Calendar

Ran into an interesting problem over the last couple of days. I’m planning a driving trip with friends. One friend has an iPhone and the other has an Android phone. To be nice I set up a Google calendar for the three of us to share, making it available by adding their Google email addresses in the Google Calendar share panel. All seemed normal.

The three of us got together to go over our plans and I asked if they had accessed the Google Calendar I set up. Both indicated they had not and could not even see the calendar. Very strange. I checked the settings on the iPhone and Android phone and saw that both friends could see their own Google calendar but not the one I shared. One friend logged into their Google account using the Safari web browser on a laptop and there was the shared calendar. It was completely visible and available when viewed through Safari, but was not visible at all on the iPhone or the Android phone.

There seemed to be something going on with the calendar. One thing of note was that Google’s web page shows two groups of calendars. In the left column you see one group labeled “My Calendars” and a second group labeled “Other Calendars”. All of the calendars in the “My Calendars” area were visible on the iPhone and Android phone. None of the calendars in the “Other Calendars” group were visible on the mobile devices.

After lots of googling, it seems that Google does not “sync” other calendars to mobile devices by default. You must explicitly turn that option on. And, you cannot get to that option from any place on the calendar page or from account settings.

The magic is to make sure you are logged into your Google account in a web browser such as Safari. Then enter  “https://calendar.google.com/calendar/syncselect” (without the quotes) in the location box at the top of the window. A web page appears listing all of the calendars associated with your account. Each calendar has a checkbox indicating whether that calendar should be sync’d with mobile devices. The shared calendar I had set up was unchecked. Checking the sync checkbox fixed the problem.

After updating my iPhone friend’s account, the iPhone showed my shared calendar within a minute’s time. My friend with the Android phone took over an hour before the calendar showed up on his phone.

If you are trying to share a Google calendar and cannot see it on your iPhone or iPad, make sure the sync option is turned on.

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May Monthly Meeting

 

Life is events. How-to’s for using Apple’s Calendar in both OS X and iOS will be presented during the Club’s May meeting.
When:  Tuesday, May 24, 2016 beginning at 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Where:  Caper Room in the Atrium Building
The meeting is open to club members and their guests.
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April Monthly Meeting

What:   April 2016 Montly Meeting

When:  Tuesday, April 26th, from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Where: Caper Room in the Atrium Bldg.

Presentation:
Feature presentation discusses how to use Apple Reminders, Apple Notes, Evernote, and Microsoft OneNote to remember the important things in your life.

Meeting is open to members of the Sun City Center and Kings Point Community Associations.

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10th Anniversary Week Schedule

The Sun City Center Apple User Group Club is celebrating its 10th year during the week beginning Monday, March 14th. Following is the schedule of events for our Anniversary Week. Check back regularly for updates and last minute changes.

All events will be held at the Club’s Lab, 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd., and are open to club members, and Sun City Center and Kings Point residents.

Monday, March 14

9:00 AM — 11:00 AM  Crossy Road Challenge, see below for more information.
1:00 PM —   3:00 PM  Open Walk-in Help Lab

Tuesday, March 15

9:00 AM — 11:00 AM  Open Monitored Lab
1:00 PM —   3:00 PM  Music Jam Session, see below for more information.

Wednesday, March 16

9:00 AM — 11:00 AM  Open Monitored Lab
1:00 PM —   3:00 PM  Living History Project

Thursday, March 17

10:00 AM — 12:00 PM Open Monitored Lab
2:00 PM —   4:00 PM Photo Special Interest Group

Friday, March 18

9:00 AM — 11:00 AM  Open Walk-in Help Lab

Saturday, March 19

9:00 AM —   2:00 PM  SCC Fun Fest, Lab is open
2:00 PM —   2:30 PM  iPad Raffle Drawing, see below for more information.

Special Activities

Crossy Road Challenge

Crossy Road is an easy to play game. It doesn’t try to answer the question of why the chicken crossed the road, players just help the chicken to get across safely. We’ll be using our big screen TV for the challenge. Player with the highest score wins. Stop by and try your hand in helping the chicken avoid cars, trucks, trains, water hazards, and attacks from above.

Music Jam

We all love music. Bring your singing voice and instruments and join in. The club will provide access to Apple’s GarageBand software and to PG Music’s Band-In-A-Box, as well as an electric keyboard.

iPad Raffle

The club is raffling off a brand new Apple iPad Air 2, Wi-Fi, 64 GB. Club members, and residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point are edible to enter. Tickets are available from club officers and at the club’s lab up to the time of the drawing. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Winner need not be present.

Walk-in Help Lab

If you have questions or are having a problem with any Apple system (iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini, iPhone, iPad, or iPod), stop in to one of help labs for assistance.

Monitored Lab

The club’s lab will be open and members may use the high speed Wi-Fi and club equipment. There will be a monitor present, but there may not be anyone to answer specific questions or problems.

Living History Project

A team working to create movies based on photos and voice overs documenting individual and family histories.

Photo Special Interest Group (SIG)

The Photo SIG is a group of club members interested in photography. Members learn about and discuss approaches, options, and success stories when dealing with Apple products and photography.

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November Meeting

The November 2015 general club meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 24th, in the Caper Room of the Atrium Bldg, from 3:00PM until 5:00 PM. 

Main presentation will present Apple’s iWork suite of applications. 

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Your Club Wants You

Elections for club officers will take place during the Tuesday, December 15th, meeting. We need to be elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Term of office is one year. Anyone holding a club office must be a member in good standing. Additionally, the CA requires that three of the four offices be held by Sun City Center members in good standing.

If you have an interest in becoming more involved in the planning and running of your club and are interested in holding one of the offices, please send your name and office desired to info@sccaug.org.

 

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October 2015 Meeting

The club’s October meeting will be

  • Tuesday, October 27th, from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM.
  • The meeting will be in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building.

Theme for the meeting will be “It Doesn’t Work”. A look at steps users can take when their iPhone, iPad, or Mac doesn’t do what they want. Steps for determining and correcting common problems will be presented.

 

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Time to Retire Flash Player?

Since early in the history of web pages Adobe’s Flash Player has been used to deliver video and other multimedia content. The Flash Player provided a consistent format for authors of video insuring that users would be able to view the video regardless of whether they used Mac or PC.

Now the Flash Player is showing its age. Continuing security issues have forced Adobe to issue updates to Flash every couple of weeks. With each update users had to respond to the “there is a new version of Flash” popup. A few of the security issues were so sever that Safari blocked the use of Flash until the user updated.

The Google Chrome browser uses a special version of Flash in an attempt to get around security updates. Safari users are faced with reoccurring popups to update the Flash player. And now FireFox is blocking Flash. See Firefox-blocks-flash for more information.

While Flash was critical to the success of the web in the past, new multimedia standards in HTML 5 have done away with the need for Flash. Many web sites have migrated away from Flash using HTML 5 instead. Can you survive without Flash? Simple answer is yes. Apple does not support (or allow) the Flash Player on iPhones and iPads. Most users do not even notice that it is missing.

Is it time to finally retire the Flash Player? Over the last week several blogs provided Mac users with instructions on removing Flash from their machines. Looks like the handwriting is on the wall. Flash will just fade away over the near future.

If you are interested in removing the Flash Play from your Mac, stop by the lab during one of walk-in help sessions (Mondays 1-3 PM or Fridays 9-11 AM) for assistance.

Posted in iMac, MacBook, OS X

Google Chrome Browser Listens to You

Google’s Chrome web browsers contains a “feature” that provides a Siri-like capability. Users of the browser my turn the feature on in Preferences. Once on the user says the magic words “OK Google” followed by a natural language query. For example you could just ask out loud:

“OK Google what is the current temperature”

Chrome processes your spoken request and responds with the temperature at your current location. Sounds like a nice feature.

Only problem is there are concerns surfacing about how the feature works. The concern is that the Chrome web browsers continually listens on an open microphone to all conversations occurring in the room. Who gets a copy of those conversations is the concern.

If you use the Chrome web browsers on an iMac, Mac Mini, or Mac Book you should seriously consider whether you want Google having access to what you are saying in the room even when you are not using the magic word.

This feature of Chrome is off by default requiring the user to go into preferences and turn it on. Users that run Chrome without the feature turned on do not need to be concerned.

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