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MacTechnics May Meeting

In these uncertain times, MacTechnics is still unable to  hold meetings in the usual way.

The Zoom meeting held on April 25th was quite a success - almost like meeting in person - and easy to do! We will be doing it again for the May meeting.

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"Online Meeting Tools"

~ A Virtual Meeting ~

May 16th - the third Saturday

11 AM to 1:00 PM 

At 11 am, an invitation and brief instructions about how to participate will be sent to those on our mailing list. 

 Obtain additional information by email to: Contact@mactechnics.org. 

Location: Your own home.

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The topic will be "Online Meeting Tools." Zoom, Slack and other means of video conferencing will be discussed. 
Always something to be aware of,
this topic is of special interest at this time
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AS ALWAYS:

Members, potential members and friends are welcome.

Come prepared to have some fun.
It should be interesting!

Bring your questions, ideas and experiences - 
they are always welcome. 

Join the meeting by Zoom, using your laptop, iPhone or iPad.

Thank you for visiting our website!

Create a link to this address (mactechnics.org) 
on your computer and devices 
so you can easily and frequently check back for updates.

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - MacTechnics Monthly Meeting
     This virtual meeting will consist of a group discussion led by Fred Seitz, MacTechnics VP of Education, focusing on video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Slack and others. He will respond to questions from attendees, and do some troubleshooting.
     Refreshments will be available - but ONLY if you bring your own!

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Looking forward to 2020:

Jan 18            Learn About Your Holiday Gifts - NEW Center - Cancelled
Feb 15            Demo Fair - NEW Center
March 21        Apple Showcase - AADL Westgate - Cancelled
April 25          WiFi and Mesh Networks - Virtual Meeting via Zoom
May 16           Online Meeting Tools - Virtual Meeting via Zoom
June 20          Online Meeting Tools-Part 2 - Meeting via Zoom

What we've done in 2019:

Jan 19             Potpourri Apps & Fun Tips - AADL Westgate
Feb 16             Apple Showcase - NEW Center
March 16         Demo Fair - NEW Center
April 20           Privacy, Safe Surfing, Blocking Ads  - NEW Center
May 18            Online Safety - Guest speaker - NEW Center
June 15           (Re)Acquaint Yourself with Preview - NEW Center
July 20            Build Your Own Website with WordPress - NEW Center
Aug 17            Cricut Maker and Mac - Guest Speaker - NEW Center
Sept 21           Virtual Private Networks - NEW Center
Oct 19             Apple Showcase - NEW Center
Nov 16            Macintosh Apple Potpourri - NEW Center
Dec 14            Holiday Party - NEW Center

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 Our Vendors and Supporters 
are extremely generous !
Support them throughout the year
 
 
 
 

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Another useful tip from our MacCoach...

Regain access to those ClarisWorks or AppleWorks files for $20!

http://www.panergy-software.com/products/icword/index.html

 
... Nicholas

 


The MacTechnics Story

MacTechnics, the Ann Arbor Computer Users Group, is one of the largest Apple User Groups in Michigan and is comprised of all types of Apple users from novice to professional. Formed in the Fall of 1984, MacTechnics' goal is to expand computer literacy in an interesting and entertaining way.

MacTechnics normally meets the 3rd Saturday of each month at the NEW Center Building, 1100 North Main Street, Ann Arbor. There is ample parking just outside the building.

Directions to our meeting locations can be found by using the Google map provided on the MacTechnics Home page. www.mactechnics.org

Registration begins at about 9:00 AM
; Special Interest Groups (SIGs) begin shortly thereafter, running through 10:30 AM. The Main Meeting presentation normally begins at about 11:00 AM,
 and may run through 1:00 PM.

It is advisable to check the website each month, prior to the meeting, as there are occasional changes to the meeting time or place.

Attendance is flexible and attendees are welcome to attend all or any part of the meeting.

All meetings are open to the public and anyone may attend meetings without joining, but benefits listed below are available to members only.

Membership Benefits

  • Our website, www.mactechnics.org, with news, events and conferences of interest to members of the Apple community. (Our website is in the process of being redesigned – watch for exciting design changes and even more interesting information to become available in the future.)
  • Special Interest Groups, available to all members, meet from 9:30 - 11:00 AM the day of the main meeting.

  • Retail books offered at discounts due to user group purchasing.

  • User Group discounts on Software and Hardware.
  • Participation in raffles, sharing information, knowledge and experiences with other MacTechnics Members.

Membership Type

  • New & Renewal Membership (1 year - $50)

  • Student Membership (1 year - $25 with copy of current student ID card)
  • Family Membership UPGRADE (1 year - $15.00 extra card with Regular or Student Membership)

...

 

If you're a MacTechnics member, and haven't registered for the Members Only area yet, click here and register. Your registration will be approved within 24 hours.  :-)

It's ALIVE!

Our new Members Only web page is now LIVE. If you're a member and have not registered please do so soon. If you have questions on how to do it, ask us at the next meeting. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to your feedback. 

   Visit our Facebook page

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What is "Zoom"?  
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats - and it lets you record those sessions to view later.
You can join these meetings via a webcam or phone (or other device). 
 
Source of information: pocket-lint.com
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Who can use Zoom?
It will work on any device -
Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android.
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Want to know more?
Check the internet for additional information and tutorials.
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Meetings usually take place

at the 

NEW Center

1100 Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI

NEW Center

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MacTechnics News
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Our website is being redesigned. 
Watch for changes.
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Security Updates  
Watch this space for information
about cybersecurity and
how to keep your information safe.
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November 2019
Thank you, Kathy, for this article.
 
“What You Can Do to Fend Off Hackers” 
Your personal information is valuable. That’s why hackers try to steal it.
This year, for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an article from the Federal Trade Commission provides tips to help you
keep your personal information from ending up in the hands of a hacker.
Link to article:
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 November 2018
Thank you, Janice, for this information. 
 
"Phishing and Extortion Scams After Security Breaches Consumer Alert" November 2, 2018
Attorney General Bill Schuette wants you to know about reports of a phishing and extortion scam using hacked information that came from a security breach. The Alert educates about how to SPOT and STOP this scam and, given the recent news about the security breach at Facebook, how to report suspicious Facebook emails and messages.
Link to article:
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 July 2018
Thank you, Kathy, for making us aware of this. 

1. “Avoiding Tech Support Scams” July 16, 2018
Here is the Federal Trade Commission's article on dealing with fraudulent tech repair scams. This may be of interest since a member brought this up at a recent meeting. Link to the article:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/07/avoiding-tech-support-scams
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2. “Warn Your Friends Aboout Tech Support Scam:” July 27, 2918
Another nice, short article about dealing with tech support scams. 
Link to the article:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/07/warn-your-friends-about-tech-support-scams
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3. Try to Stop Scam Phone Calls 
At the July 21st meeting of MacTechnics, there was discussion about the frustration of trying to stop scam phone calls. It’s areal eye-opener about how the phone scam industry works! There are two free, fun podcasts about fighting back as a "victim" of a phone scammer - select both Episode #102 Long Distance Part I, and Episode #103 Long Distance Part II. 
How to Listen:
*Subscribe (it’s free!) in your favorite podcast app, (such as iTunes Podcasts)
*Or, go to the following website:
https://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/long-distance#episode-playerhttps://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/long-distance#episode-player 

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