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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 45, New Pro Model iPhones available for preorder; significant camera improvements



In this episode, we will discuss iPhone Pro line announced at Apple’s keynote which occurred Tuesday. Besides the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, there is an iPhone 11, AppleWatch Series 5 and 10.2 inch iPad, 7thgeneration.  I’ll cover the AppleWatch and iPad in subsequent podcasts after I get some hands on time with them.  For right now, we will start with the new iPhone Pro models. (Photos courtesy of Apple Inc.)


Episode 44, Apple Event Preview; Buying and Selling your Devices



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s next big product launch. Apple plans to introduce its newest devices and services at 10 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.  We will also explore some of Apple’s purchasing and recycling options.


Episode 43, Air Quality Index: Understanding & Use on Apple Devices



In this episode, we will discuss the Air Quality Index (AQI) and how to monitor it on your Apple devices.  I’ll start off explaining what AQI is and then move to our devices, associated applications and websites.

Purple Air AQI map

Episode 42, Designing a website using Squarespace for personal and professional use



In this episode, we will discuss the website designer company, Squarespace, and how two Apple enthusiasts designed separate websites using the do-it-yourself platform for the first time.  This is a great episode for those users who are in small business, organizing a special event or civic organizations looking for worldwide exposure via an internet webpage at a fraction of the cost. Their website is www.squarespace.com.


Episode 41, Apple brings contactless student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch; Mophie launches 3-in-1 Wireless Charger



In this episode, as countless children and young adults are making their way back to the school house, we are going to discuss Apple bringing contactless student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch to more universities and a product notification of Mophie’s new wireless chargers. (Photos courtesy of Apple)

With contactless student IDs in Apple Wallet, students can quickly and easily get into their dorms and pay for lunch with their iPhone or Apple Watch.
Students can leave their physical wallets behind and use their iPhone or Apple Watch to buy gear at the campus store and enter their dorm, dining hall, gym and more.
Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad launched this week.

Episode 40, Apple Music launches high-resolution digital masters; Apple’s new dongle



In this episode, we are going to discuss Apple Music launching Apple Digital Masters, a new initiative launched Wednesday, August 7 by Apple that combines all of its “Mastered for iTunes” offerings into one catalog for higher quality music.  In the second half of the podcast, we will discuss Apple’s new dongle, the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, released this week.

 “Mastered for iTunes” offers one catalog for higher quality music.

Apple released this week a new USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter which lets you connect your USB-C-enabled Mac or iPad Pro to an HDMI display, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable.

Episode 39, iPhone Travel Tips



In this episode, we will provide listeners some quick iPhone travel tips.  These tips are for enhancing your iPhone productivity using Apple provided features.


Episode 38, KardiaMobile 6L Heart Monitor, 6-Lead Device and iPhone App Review



In this episode, we are going to talk about the new AliveCor’s KardiaMobile 6L Heart Monitor and the accompanying iPhone application, Kardia. The website is at www.AliveCor.com and iPhone application can be found in the Apple App Store.

AliveCor’s new MobileKardia 6L provides a 6-lead EKG monitoring capability.
The KardiaMobile Single Lead Device is capable of detecting Atrial Fibrillation, Bradycardia, Tachycardia or normal heart rhythm.
iPhone Kardia 6L iPhone App Screenshots

Episode 37, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro updated; MacBook ends; and Refurbished Device options



In this episode, we are going to talk about Apple’s recent update to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro along with back-to-school purchase incentives, and as an alternative to new, purchasing a device from the Apple Refurbished Store.

Updated 13-inch MacBook Pro now features the latest processors for twice the performance, Touch Bar and Touch ID, and a True Tone Retina display
RefurbMe.Com is a place where interested buyers can seek refurbished devices.

Episode 36, Homekit Applications for simplifying everyday life



In this episode, we are going to talk with Technology Director Mr. Jim Dube, about Homekit applications he uses in his home.  Jim, an avid Apple enthusiast,  serves two remote “Bush Alaska” communities, the Bristol Bay School District and the Lake and Peninsula School District, administering their tech needs.  HomeKit is a software framework by Apple that lets users set up their iOS devices to configure, communicate, and control smart-home appliances.  By designing rooms, items, and actions in the HomeKit service, users can enable automatic actions in the house through a simple voice dictation to Siri or through Apps.  HomeKit support is also included in macOS Mojave, and can be used on all their devices through Siri.  Join Jim as he delves deeper into how he uses HomeKit and his device recommendations.

Apple HomeKit icon you can find on many products that will work with your Apple devices