2020-08 BMUG Newsletter

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BMUG Newsletter

August 2020


This newsletter is late! Sorry :-)

Times have been busy recently - how does it happen when we are locked up at home that we somehow have less time than ever? But, on the other hand, how lucky are we to live in regional Victoria? Hopefully, despite the hardships, everyone is faring comparatively well, including family and friends in Melbourne.

This year we have been meeting online using Zoom. It has been fun seeing people and the conversations seem to have gone well - the down side is that each time someone seems to have had problems joining us. We hate this happening so please, if it happens to you, don't hesitate to email us or call one of us - sorry but we don't publish private phone numbers but you should get one when the Zoom notice comes out.

BMUG is getting ready for the AGM to be held immediately before the next Zoom meeting, at 3.30 pm on Tuesday 13 October. Please consider who you might nominate for the Committee, including if you would like to participate.

This coming year we are expecting to keep operating online for our meetings but perhaps having two face-to-face social events each year. Committee members do not need to travel as their meetings. like members' meetings, are held monthly online.

BMUG is looking for members who can spare a few hours each week to help with the many tasks the Committee handles. Like most organisations, we depend upon active work of our secretary and treasurer but then we have membership recruitment activities, newsletter production, meeting planning and presentations, general admin tasks and more. If you can help (or convince someone else to) please think about nominations for the Committee.

See nominations email form below.

Meeting Notes

Have you visited the BMUG meeting notes at

The September meeting had almost too many topics for the time but a lot was accomplished. You may be interested in the extensive notes about VPNs (thank you Peter Poteralski) and some notes about the hacking documentary offered by SBS recently. 'Being Hacked' has stories of ordinary situations ruined by hackers and alerts viewers to the fact that anybody can be a victim of hacking and it can be very very expensive!

In addition to the sections the Committee had planned, we had a very interesting set of questions from one member and another has prepared some notes that will be presented next month. You too are welcome to send in questions, or if you would like to make a presentation, the Committee will be very pleased.

You can always contact us at info@bellarinemac.org.au

Amongst the meeting notes, there is also a cyber glossary that you might find useful.


Our Secretary is to be thanked for his careful reviews of the information that comes out from Apple Insider. Following are this month's suggestions.

If anyone else could be a reviewer of a magazine or webinar series or some such, it would be greatly appreciated by the members and the editor of this newsletter!

From Peter:

A few AppleInsider items that could be of interest to members.

The header, abstract and 1st paragraph(s) provide context to the item.

USB 3, USB 4, Thunderbolt, & USB-C -- everything you need to know With the varieties of USB and Thunderbolt terminology floating about, as well as new versions on the horizon, sorting out the mess can be a problem. Here's what you need to know about USB 3, USB 4, Thunderbolt 3, and Thunderbolt 4.

For most users, there are two general families of multi-purpose connections: USB and Thunderbolt. Both have their benefits and their foibles, as well as sharing many characteristics, but the two technology trees are, largely, quite different.

Siri will let users interact with apps when summoned on iPadOS 14
In iPadOS 14 beta 6, users can ask Siri to perform tasks while interacting with their apps in the background.

Apple introduced a new compact UI across its platforms to give users more space when interactive content shows up. In the sixth beta of iPadOS 14, Siri will let users continue to interact with content while it is on the screen

Apple Maps will let users leave reviews and photos in latest iOS 14 beta
Apple Maps may replace Yelp and other third-party solutions with an in-house user review system when iOS 14 releases this fall (Autumn Northern Hemisphere).

Apple's reliance on third-party data sources for Apple Maps were often its biggest weakness when compared to the in-house solutions provided by Google Maps. The sixth beta for iOS 14 show that Apple is not only moving away from third-party map data, but its also moving away from third-party image and review data.

The next version of Apple Maps will let users leave reviews and submit images directly to the platform. When navigating local businesses or viewing travel destinations you will no longer be relegated to TripAdvisor or Yelp, instead Apple will begin to crowdsource this data.“


Nominations for Committee


The Committee is calling for nominations. If you want to nominate yourself or someone else, just follow the instructions below. You will need to line up a seconder before you do this - and add their email address to the email.

Send the nomination to the Secretary before the AGM.

Note that the Secretary will check with both the candidate and the seconder before the AGM - to save needing signatures.....

Email nomination to the Secretary: secretary@bellarinemac.org.au

Please add the names before you send it off.
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