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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 24 - 29 JUNE 2019

Hello and Welcome,

We are now ready to update to Windows 10, version 1903.

At the Tuesday Forum when we booted up the Club's Windows 10 desktop machine, we saw this message in the Settings: Update and Security page:

Feature update to Windows 10, version 1903.

The next version of Windows is available with new features and security improvements.

When you're ready for the update, select "Download and install now."

Since the SIG meetings are 2 hours only, and therefore too short for the update process, we'll have to wait for the next double meeting.

This will next happen on July 12th with the Friday Forum / Communications combo.

Unless, of course, someone can front up with their home "transportation" SUV, load up the computer trolley, take it home, install the update then bring back the goods in the next couple of days.

Didn't think so — Ed.

Main Meeting of June 18 summary:

The June presentation was from WhistleOut, a company that lets you choose Mobile Phone, Internet, Tablet and Pay TV offerings.

“We compare 44 phone & internet companies, so you don't have to.”

A Quick Links entry to WhistleOut has now been added to several of the pages of our website.

Presenter: Kenny McGilvary

A very informative meeting — Ed.

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Apple hosted its Worldwide Developer Conference in early June.

The company is launching in late September:

• iOS 13 for iPhone 6s and above & 2019 iPod Touch
• iPadOS for iPad Air 2 and up — see MOUSE SUPPORT video, below:
• macOS 10.5 Catalina for 2012 Macs and above
• watchOS 6, tvOS 13 and CarPlay OS 13

See apple.com and the Engadget video, below, for details.

Apple has added MOUSE SUPPORT to the iPad in the new iPadOS, coming September, which makes the iPad more like a notebook than ever before. The developer betas are amazingly stable, but the first PUBLIC BETA is due in mid-July, and if you want to try them, this is what you should wait for.

Apple kept mouse support a surprise during the WWDC keynote, so here's a video showing what you can expect!

iPhones, iPads and Macs now have FULL VOICE CONTROL — even OFFLINE!

You will see this at the 24 min and 40 sec mark in the Engadget video, below.

Available in the public betas from mid JULY!

ACCC NBN SCAMWATCH. People over 65 are particularly vulnerable, making the most reports, collectively losing over $330,000, 60% of current losses. See site above for COMMON NBN SCAMS.

New TIO WEBSITE. The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman has launched a new brand, logo and website with Ombudsman Judi Jones saying the new website makes it easier for consumers and small businesses to make a new complaint, update an existing complaint, understand what is involved and the next steps in the process.

This is Engadget's 28 min version of the 2 hour and 17 minute Apple WWDC 2019 keynote speech. It's 100% worth watching the whole thing, but is still AWESOME.

Alex

Meeting This Week:

Digital Photography - Friday Jun 28th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

Hear about all the newest digital photography topics.

And, of course, there will be the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meeting Next Week:

Penrith Group - Saturday Jul 6th - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Current & Upcoming Meetings:

39 2019/06/01 - 14:00-17:00 - 01 Jun, Saturday - Penrith Group
40 2019/06/11 - 17:30-20:30 - 11 Jun, Tuesday - Programming
41 2019/06/14 - 09:30-12:30 - 14 Jun, Friday - Friday Forum
42 2019/06/14 - 12:30-15:30 - 14 Jun, Friday - Communications
43 2019/06/15 - 13:30-16:30 - 15 Jun, Saturday - Web Design
44 2019/06/18 - 09:30-12:30 - 18 Jun, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
45 2019/06/18 - 12:30-15:30 - 18 Jun, Tuesday - Main Meeting - DAYTIME-MEETING
46 2019/06/28 - 09:30-12:30 - 28 Jun, Friday - Digital Photography

47 2019/07/06 - 14:00-17:00 - 06 Jul, Saturday - Penrith Group
48 2019/07/09 - 17:30-20:30 - 09 Jul, Tuesday - Programming
49 2019/07/12 - 09:30-12:30 - 12 Jul, Friday - Friday Forum
50 2019/07/12 - 12:30-15:30 - 12 Jul, Friday - Communications

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ASCCA News:

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Tech News:

“YouTuber proves Apple's new Mac Pro would not actually grate cheese that great”:

See THE VERGE article by Chaim Gartenberg | @cgartenberg | Jun 20, 2019, 3:53pm EDT.

The dream is dead.

Ever since Apple first announced its new, cheese grater-shaped take on the Mac Pro, one question has been on everyone's mind: how well would the Mac Pro actually work as a $6,000-plus cheese grater? Fortunately, we no longer have to wait, thanks to YouTuber Winston Moy, who went and machined a replica of Apple's new Mac Pro chassis to answer the question once and for all.

Unsurprisingly, it doesn't do a great job, which sort of makes sense given the Mac Pro is not even remotely designed to grate cheese. It's designed to vent air from the inside of the Mac Pro, not turn hard cheeses into shredded bits to garnish a bowl of pasta.

But what Moy's video does highlight is the level of detail and difficulty that Apple is putting into machining the Mac Pro grates. It takes a fair amount of effort to get something close to Apple's design on a much smaller scale, which helps put in perspective the level of engineering here involved in creating the chassis for the actual computer.

Still, even if our collective Mac Pro cheese grating dreams have died an early death, there is some consolation: Moy goes on to show that the design does make an excellent stand for a bar of soap.

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“Previewing 19H2 after 20H1”:

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley explains the seemingly odd approach to previewing 19H2 after 20H1. The company plans to build 19H2 on top of 19H1, aka Windows 10 version 1903, and to back-port parts of 20H1 [ 2020, 1st half ] to 19H2 [ 2019 2nd half ].

The main feature improvement in this preview is in Language Settings "to make it easier for you to see the current state of your language settings at a glance".

This feature lets users quickly see which languages are set as the default for their Windows display, apps and websites, regional format, keyboard, and speech.

The 20H1 branch has also introduced new search capabilities in File Explorer and more recently it revealed some extra details for Microsoft's unannounced Windows Core OS project to modularize Windows and separate it from Windows Shell UI components.

20H1 also introduces a new advanced setting that gives users an 'Absolute bandwidth' option to control exactly how much bandwidth is used for Windows Update updates.

Read more »

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Bob Backstrom
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