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An avid lifetime Apple and technology enthusiast President of the Alaskan Apple User Group. Show host of Glacier Rock on KEUL 88.9 FM Girdwood, Alaska and Assistant Station Engineer. An Air Force veteran and Rotary International member.

Episode 71, Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website based on CDC guidance. Tools Offer Up-to-Date Guidance and Information for People Across the US



In this episode, Apple released Saturday, March 28, a new screening tool and set of resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during the spread of COVID-19, based on the latest CDC guidance. We also offer some advice on finding healthcare using the Apple Application store at https://apps.apple.com/us/story/id1503071653/  (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The Apple Covid-19 icon from the Apple Application Store.
The new Covid-19 application and website provide the latest information and guidance from the CDC for users across the U.S.
If you need medical care but can’t reach a provider, here is a link to the Telehealth apps. The link is https://apps.apple.com/us/story/id1503071653/

Episode 70, Apple releases new MacBook Air, iPad Pro; and updates Mac-Mini



In Episode 70, Apple released several new products this week starting with a new MacBook Air, iPad Pro and an updated Mac Mini.  We will be looking at each of the new products and the features.  (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Apple unveils new iPad Pro with breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and brings trackpad support to iPadOS.
MacBook Air now features the new Magic Keyboard, delivers up to two times faster performance and starts at a new lower price of $999.

Episode 69, Sanitizing your iPhone using the PhoneSoap device and common cleaners



In Episode 69, with the Coronavirus sweeping the world, I thought I would review a device I have had for quite some time and helps eliminate germs that exist on your iPhone.  The device I have is called PhoneSoap. The device uses U/V light and is quite effective. They have different models which can be found at www.phonesoap.com. We will also covering Apple’s recent guidance that was released on how to clean your device in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo courtesy of PhoneSoap)

PhoneSoap 3, Smartphone UV Sanitizer come in 8 colors. You can’t wash your phone, but you can sanitize it with PhoneSoap. PhoneSoap neutralizes the bacteria that other phone cleaners can’t kill. Sanitize & charge your phone with PhoneSoap.

Episode 68, Emergency SOS and other safety functions for the Apple Watch



In this episode, we will discuss emergency SOS functions, setting up fall detection and reviewing medical ID for the AppleWatch. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

 

Emergency and Medical ID Slider Screenshot
Emergency Fall Notification Screenshot
Emergency SOS End Call Notification Screenshot
Third-party application Medical ID available on the Apple Application Store

 

 

 

 

 


Episode 67, Emergency SOS, Contacts and other Safety functions for past and present iPhones



In this episode, we will discuss emergency SOS functions, setting up emergency contacts and creating your medical ID for past and present iPhones. Take 10 minutes to potentially save a life. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Medical Profile and Add Emergency Contact screenshot
Emergency SOS and Medical ID Activation screenshot.

Episode 66, Ten tips for your Apple devices in 10 minutes



We will give you ten tips for your Apple devices.  We will start with some iOS13 tips, move to AppleWatch OS and finish with Mac OS.  What’s better, we will do that it about 10 minutes.  (Graphic courtesy of Apple Inc.)


Episode 65, Apple releases redesigned Maps Application with many new features



We will talk about Apple’s delivery of a new redesigned Maps Application and some of its new features such as better road coverage and pedestrian data, more precise addresses, and detailed land coverage. We will also highlight some tips throughout the podcast. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Collections makes it easy to share locations with friends and family.
Navigate to frequent destinations with a quick tap of Favorites.
With Indoor Maps for airports and malls, customers can see what level they’re on, restroom locations and even which stores and restaurants are open.
Apple delivers a new redesigned Maps for all users in the United States.
With Indoor Maps for airports and malls, customers can see what level they’re on, restroom locations and even which stores and restaurants are open.

Episode 64, Hyper launches Hyperdrive Gen 2 USB-C hubs in 6, 12 and 18-port models; Track health trends in the Apple Activity application



In this episode, we will talk about Hyper launches HyperDrive GEN2: Next generation USB-C Hub with 2X speed/power of current USB-C hubs on Kickstarter. We will also show you how to track health trends in the Apple Activity application on your iPhone.(HyperDrive GEN 2 photos courtesy of Sanho Corp.)

The back view of the 6-12, and 18 port Hyper hubs.

 

Hyper front view of the 6, 12 and 18 port models.
Track health trends in the Apple Activity application on your iPhone (Photo courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Episode 63: ‘Juice-jacking’ USB power, Power Cord hacks threaten device security; and Apple updates operating systems



We will talk about security threats to your devices from juice-jacking power supplies, malicious power cords and how to prevent being victimized. Also, on Tuesday, Apple released updates for its operating systems for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, Mac, HomePod, and Apple TV devices.  We will give you an overview of what was impacted. (Photos courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Pictured is a 12-watt Apple USB Power Supply. Many counterfeits exist so buying from Apple or a reputable retailer is recommended.
Pictured is a USB-A to Lightning cable. Buying genuine Apple cables are a sure bet for protecting your devices. Forget the freebies or low-cost alternatives.

Episode 62, Cable Cord Cutting: Using technology to save money; Windy weather app review; and more!



In this episode, I will tell you my personal experience with cutting cable, saving significant money and the technology I used to receive the television channels I enjoy. In a few easy steps I immediately cut my cable bill from $140 to $59 monthly.  Both of the devices below I use and highly recommend.  We will review the Windy weather application and the website Music Butler, which updates you on the latest releases from your favorite artists.

RoKu offers several streaming devices. This is the model that I use at home. Price is now $79, regularly $99, from Roku.