BMUG News, July 2018

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BMUG Newsletter

July 2018


2018-08 August BMUG Meeting

At the next meeting, we are hoping to learn from Hannah, from JB-HiFi, about the wearables that might someday save our lives. After a short introduction to these and which does what, we will learn about SCAMs - those things that come into our email boxes to tempt us to engage with people we would not actually choose to mix with, to undertake activities we would not, if we knew what they were, choose to participate in, or simply to get money from us by trickery. Whatever scam it is, we want to know how to identify it as such, and how to avoid it.

We will learn about new services on our website that is constantly growing. If anyone has a question they would like the BMUG Assist team to answer, or a tip they would like to share with members, please send it to us asap (write to the BMUG Assist team) so we can consider it at the August meeting.


Apple Watches and other Wearables

If you are a dedicated Apple person, you may only be interested in Apple watches. There is a wide range and they can be very fancy - or not! Check them out at

If you want to know more about the range of wearable devices, you might find it better to check out In particular, the site offers news of devices and how they are being used and abused, and reviews of the products themselves.

BMUG members are reminded that wearables can save lives - and as people get older, having one can become more important.

Product Reviews

This month we have launched a new service on our website: Product Reviews. Members are invited to contribute to this section.

Peter Baldwin for many years produced a wonderful newsletter for us. Peter is now turning his mind to product reviews that you are sure to want to read. They will be on the website under the heading Activities/Product reviews. Already we have one about a new video development system that should be of interest to those making videos and another about keyboard shortcuts.

War on eWaste

If you did not see the ABC's 'War on Waste' episode on electronic waste, perhaps you could check it out on iView? It is certainly worth a look. Visit
If you have some old phones at home, why not bring them along to a BMUG meeting and we will ensure they get to the right recyclers for you.

How 'clean and green' is Apple?

In May Apple announced that its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy, including its retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and India.

You may think that you are aware of the many innovative products that come from Apple research, but did you know that Apple invented disassembly robot Liam in 2016 and Liam's replacement, Daisy, in 2018? Daisy can take apart up to 200 iPhone devices per hour, removing and sorting components, so that Apple can recover materials that traditional recyclers cannot. She can recover over 1900 kg of aluminum, 1.3 kg Gold, 7 kg silver, 24 kg rare earth elements, 3.5 kg tungsten, 800 kg copper, 0.4 kg platinum group metals, 55 kg tin, 550 kg cobalt, and 2.5 kg tantalum from every 100,000 iPhone 6 devices that Apple recycles. Through Apple GiveBack, customers are able to turn in their devices at any Apple Store or through to be recycled or traded in.

An Historic Perspective...

In 2006, the Internet Macintosh Users Group held an event to look at the incredible developments in technology!  It was called 'The Apple Effect: a collection of revolutions that changed your life' and held at the Melbourne Museum, 2–30 December 2006. The brochure for the event makes for some laughs these days. Check it out at

Online discussion for Macs and Graphics

The Internet Macintosh User Group has a couple of discussion lists that are open to the public. This means you can ask questions and contribute. The MAG list is dedicated to helping each other with graphics questions at all levels. The MAG list is a joint venture of iMug and AUSOM and is opened to members and non-members. Check out the lists and how to use them at or Subscribe to the MAG mailing list.

Is your iPad the 'latest and greatest'?

You might need to start saving for a new iPad if you want to be a fashion leader. David Price writing for MacWorld on 6 July 18 gives us some clues about what to expect.

"Apple launched three new iPads in 2017, in 9.7in, 10.5in and 12.9in sizes, and has launched one new iPad so far in 2018. ... The next generation of iPad Pro is ... an entirely new, iPhone X-inspired, design ... heavily hinted at by changes to the iPad interface coming in iOS 12."

The article gathers rumours about new iPad Pros in 2018, covering their specs, features, pricing and release date. You can read all about it at
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