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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 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

Episode 35, Apple partners with Best Buy for expanded repair service: Tips for your iPhone



In this episode, we will talk about Apple’s recent announcement about the completion of a major expansion of its Apple authorized service network by partnering with Best Buy for expanded services.  We will then offer several tips for your iPhone.

Force touch (long press) on the Camera Application and you will have these four options to quickly move around the camera features.

A light press on the Done button will reveal how many tabs you have open and offer an option to delete them.
The timer option is in the Camera Application and at the top, third from the left. It has a clock. Light press and you will have a off, 3s or 10s option.

Episode 34: Exploring Apple Activity Application features and creative uses



In this episode, Alaskan Apple User Group members, Gary Miller and Jon Scudder will explore the many creative uses of the Activity Application for your AppleWatch and iPhone they have learned since the application’s roll out.  The experienced duo will start with the Activity Ring basics and then venture into more advanced topics such as how to use the application for tracking daily exercises, challenging friends and sharing exercise data.

Keep track of your activity from your Apple Watch, including historical progress toward closing your Activity rings and all the important metrics from your workouts.
Activity Rings from the measure your Move, Exercise and Standing progress daily.
Sharing Activity Data can be a fun way to challenge your friends.

 


Episode 33, Traveling with the Roaming Man G3 Hotspot; Apple makes airline travel easier



This week’s episode will look at the Roaming Man G3 Hotspot (www.roamingman.com) and how your Apple devices make airline travel easier during the summer travel season.  Travel applications recommended for itinerary input are TripIt and Kayak.  For seat preference, the Seat Alerts application is a quick way to get notified if a better seat becomes available.  Gate Guru will help you navigate around the airports with detailed maps.  Lastly, those on the ground can track your flight using Flightboard, Flight Tracker and Plane Finder.  All can be found in App Store.  Have an enjoyable summer travel season!

Roaming Man G3 Hotspot

Episode 32, Techtool Pro 11 Application Review; New life for your used MacBook



In this episode, I’ll be talking about Techtool Pro 11 for macOS with my guest, Gary Miller, from the Alaskan Apple Users Group, who has reviewed the application after his in-depth use.  I’ll also be telling you about how to get a few more years out of your Mac Book devices by replacing your battery, replacing your disk-drive with an SSD, or upgrading your SSD storage capacity.

Micromat’s Techtool Pro 11 is a diagnostic asset to your macOS.
Techtool’s Configuration Page where user’s start checking their computer status