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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Tuesday Group SIG Report:

See two-page attached PDF file for the information presented by Tim Kelly at last week's meeting of the Tuesday Group.

Topics included:

As usual, please be careful when downloading any new programs to your devices.


Meetings This Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday Aug 28th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm [ NOTE: It's back to the usual night-time meeting this month. ]


Our special guest presenter this month is a returning previous presenter, Glen Whichello from Symantec, who will be demonstrating its latest security solution and first consumer hardware product - Norton Core.

Glen is the Retail Account Manager Australia & New Zealand at Symantec, and he will showcase all of the many features and benefits that the world's most secure hardware-based router provides, not just to PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets, but to every connected device in our increasingly connected and intelligent homes.

The Norton Core value proposition and pricing is extremely compelling, especially for busy families with a plethora of devices, so this is one presentation you definitely won't want to miss!

As per usual, there will be some raffle prizes from Symantec, so we'll see you there at our usual 6pm to 8pm timeslot, with Symantec presenting from 7.15pm!


Penrith Group - Saturday Sep 1st - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The meeting normally starts with a Q&A session around the table to enable members to share problems, advice and tips.

When this is concluded, the group may consider further topics of interest.

Meetings Next Week:


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ASCCA Pitt St Sydney Courses
August September October 2018:

Our courses for the next three months have now been released. Sorry that it is arriving in your inbox later than it should.

Click here to read or download the course program in PDF format.

Some people have reported that the above link does not work for them. If so, try the current ASCCA courses.

Mark Young

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
Level LG, 280 Pitt St SYDNEY NSW 2000
(02) 9286 3871

Copyright © 2018 ASCCA — Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, All rights reserved.

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Tech Tips:

San Diego man sues Google over Location History deception:

See the iTWire article by Sam Varghese on 21 August 2018.

“A resident of San Diego, California, has sued Google over its deceptive practice of continuing to track users' locations even after the Location History option was turned off on its Android mobile operating system.

After the Associated Press exposed Google's practices last week, the search behemoth quietly changed the wording about the feature on its website, the website Ars Technica reported.

When the AP report was filed, Google's policy read: "You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored."

Now it has been expanded to add the following, "This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device. Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps. When you turn off Location History for your Google Account, it's off for all devices associated with that Google Account."

The suit, filed on Friday in San Francisco on behalf of Napoleon Patacsil, claims that Google violated the California Invasion of Privacy Act and also the state's constitutional right to privacy.”

Read more

Bound to happen — Ed.

Acronis True Image turns 15:

See the iTWire article dated 22 August 2018 Written by Stephen Withers.

Over the years, Acronis has provided a top-of-the-line backup solution. They had both Free and Paid versions with differing features. New hard disks used to come with a free version already installed.

“Acronis True Image 2019 comes in three editions:

  • Standard ($69.99) is a perpetual license for backing up to local drives. No cloud storage or cloud-based features are included.
  • Advanced ($69.99 for a 12-month subscription) includes 250 GB of Acronis Cloud Storage and access to all cloud-based features.
  • Premium ($139.99 for a 12-month subscription) includes blockchain-based data certification and electronic signature capabilities, plus 1 TB of Acronis Cloud Storage.”

Cloud backup really is the thing these days.

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PS: An upgrade offer from Acronis for a single computer is a very tempting AU$41.99. For three computers it's $83.99 and for five it's $111.99.

Microsoft Phasing Out Windows 8:

See the InfoPackets article by John Lister on August, 22 2018 at 12:08PM EDT.

Although this is not new news, it seems Microsoft will now try more actively to push users to Windows 10.

They will soon stop developers adding Windows 8 or 8.1 apps to the Windows Store; and from June next year no more app updates will be sent to Windows Phone 8 devices.

Windows 8 holdouts (you know who you are) have been warned. :-)

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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