2020-10 BMUG Newsletter

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BMUG Newsletter

October 2020


2020-11 November Meeting on Zoom

We have considered tricks and problems with the applications that we all use - especially email handlers. Last meeting we looked at what to do if you are a Gmail user and get a note about your storage being all used up so you need to buy more. We recommended clearing out what you don't want and then you won't need to buy more. A good source of advice was offered - an Indian commercial news outlet - if you persist with it, you get some good advice for free.

As always, you can find the notes from our meetings on the website at https://www.bellarinemac.org.au/our-activities/meeting-notes

This month we are tackling some more issues.


Suppose you want to keep some emails, do you want them to stay as emails, dependent upon the mail software you are using at the time, or would you rather have them saved in a more generic format, one that is more likely to last? How to save emails as pdf’s in iOS https://www.imore.com/how-save-email-pdf-iphone-and-ipad will be a presentation from Peter Poteralski.

It is important that you know what is the purpose and use of the PDF format as well as how to use it for your special emails.

If you have PDFs, what can you do with them? Many use the format to 'freeze' the content of their files but PDFs are not always useful in this way. We will talk a little about how they should/could be used and manipulated.

Going back to emails, we will ask how do you make sure that your email address is not 'compromised' - a nice word for it being used illegally against your interest? We will learn about iCloud aliases https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/icloud/mm6b1a490a/icloud

An email alias is an email address that conceals your primary email address from a recipient. An alias can help you manage the email you receive and monitor the sources of unwanted messages. You can both send and receive email from an email alias. With iCloud Mail, you can have up to three active email aliases.

Apple enables iCloud account holders to use email aliases, which allow you to send and receive emails without disclosing your true email address.

Using an email alias to log in to websites and online services can help protect your genuine email address by hiding it from spammers and other sources of unsolicited messages.

Creative Commons

How do you know what is available for your re-use on the Web? If you live in Australia but want to use an image posted online by someone in Belgium, can you? What if you want to sell Christmas cards using the image? What if you have taken a photo that someone else seems to want to use as if it's theirs? We'll consider these cross-border and general intellectual property dilemmas.

Word Processing

Using word-processors is something most of us do now and then. If you work with someone else, or ask someone else to check your work for you, how do you get their feedback. We will talk about Tracking changes, displaying them, accepting and rejecting them, and managing comments about what you have.

Often it is hard to know why the work appears as it does, despite your having done everything you can to change it. Displaying and hiding ‘invisible marks’ in Pages App so you can sort out some problems will be explained. See  https://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/pages-finding-replacing-invisible-characters.

Video editing basics (trimming, moving and rearranging sections)

David Dixon will bring a video clip that needs attention and then work on it with us ... showing us how easily we can manipulate videos with Apple.

You can find all sorts of useful tips at the Apple Support YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYFQ33UIPERYx8-ZHucZbDA

BMUG Webstats

The BMUG website is under constant surveillance - in a good way. Our system collects stats that help us see what is being done with our website. Finally, we will have a look at the most recent stats.

Topics from Apple insider

A few Apple Insider items that might be of interest to members.

28/10 Evidence mounting that Apple is preparing alternative to Google search Industry sources, plus changes to how iOS 14 returns web search results, back up previous reports that Apple is working on its own universal search engine.

According to the Financial Times, unnamed sources in the technology industry have said that Apple is planning to replace Google search, much as it did with introducing Apple Maps instead of Google Maps.

27/10 How to remove HP printer driver 'malware' from Mac
Your Mac does not have malware, it's just got printer drivers that HP mistakenly asked Apple to block. Here's how to work around the problem.

Hewlett Packard has now explained the recent spate of Mac printer problems that saw users being warned of "malware" -- but it hasn't yet solved it. While HP and Apple are reportedly working together to resolve the issue, users are still being prompted with warnings saying it "will damage your computer."

"We unintentionally revoked credentials on some older versions of Mac drivers," said a HP spokesperson. "This caused a temporary disruption for those customers and we are working with Apple to restore the drivers.

26/10 Microsoft Office apps on iPad now support mice and trackpads
Microsoft has outlined updates to its Office suite on iPad that are being rolled out to users, with support for trackpads and mice joined by updates to the start screens and the ribbon of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

25/10 Over 2,000 law enforcement agencies have iPhone encryption-breaking tools
Law enforcement agencies across the United States have tools to access data stored on encrypted iPhones, a report claims, with at least 2,000 agencies in the country now having the means to gain access to further their criminal investigations.

With travel potentially increasing, these may be useful security for luggage or just for finding misplaced keys etc for the absent minded. Has improved capabilities compared with other available products.

20/10 Leaker says 'AirTags' coming soon -- in two sizes
It's being claimed for the first time that Apple's "AirTags" will come in two sizes, large and small, and the same leak supports recent device claims that Apple is again about to release them shortly.

19/10 Apple Watch Series 3 watchOS 7.0.3 update fixes reboot issue
Apple has shipped an update for watchOS just for the Apple Watch Series 3, with watchOS 7.0.3 fixing issues for that particular Apple Watch model.

19/10 What to expect from Apple for late 2020 and early 2021
Nearing the end of 2020, Apple still has hardware to debut before the end of the year or in early 2021. Beyond macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon, Here's what could turn up in the coming months.

13/10 Apple may be using ceramic particles to minimize iPhone screen cracking
One of the company's many research efforts in strengthening the glass on every iPhone has now been revealed, and it involves using ceramic particles.

7/10 Everything you need to know about wired networking on the Mac
If you want to get your Mac to have high and reliable file transfer speeds, over a network, you're best off switching from Wi-Fi to wired networking. Here's all the information you need about things that can affect Ethernet and wired networking.

6/10 How to use the new Photos features in iOS 14
Alongside the very many large and subtle improvements in the Camera app, iOS 14 has brought many updates to key features in the Photos app.
You've lost track of your Photos, and you're not entirely sure what's on your iPhone and what's in iCloud -- or perhaps what resolution version is where. And now with the improvements to the Camera app, you're taking even more photos than ever.

In trawling through potential items to highlight and encourage members to do their own searching, I am mindful that not everyone is using the most recent iterations of hardware and software and so it would be interesting and helpful to do an anonymous survey of what members are currently using to help target some of the information being disseminated e.g.

iMac year, model #, OS ver #
MacBook year, model #, OS ver #
iPad year, model #, iOS ver #
iPhone year, model #, iOS ver #
Apple Watch (year), model #, iOS ver #


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