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2022-11-28 MUGOO Zoom iMeeting

Started by AdminMan, November 10, 2022, 11:08:34 AM

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We still cannot have in-person meetings at the library, so the following Zoom details apply.

Date: Monday November 28, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM ET  You can join the Zoom meeting starting at 7:20.
Venue: A Zoom meeting that you can join on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Although Zoom works in many browsers we STRONGLY recommend using the dedicated app on your device with the largest screen for the best experience.
You do NOT need a Zoom account to join a meeting!
If you need instructions, go here: https://mugoo.com/index.php/Main/UsingZOOM


0 - Group chin-wag during log on                                                        7:20 - 7:30                                                                                         

1 - iOS 16 what's new - with David Rhynas                                          7:35 - 8:15
2 - iPhone 14 Pro Max - initial impressions                           
              with LeRoy Lees, Graham Fawcett and Laurence Head          8:15 - 8:40

3 - our MUGOO website - a walk-through - with Neil Herber              8:40 - 8:55

4 - Presidential Sign Off - with Wally Kuzmicz                                      0.5 minutes                                                                                                                       
Unfortunately, no after meeting wings or desserts at the Royal Oak, but feel free to prepare your own snacks and share them with us on screen!

Did you miss a meeting?
Sign up for emailed meeting notices! https://mugoo.com/index.php/Main/MeetingReminders

Don't forget the Ottawa Public Library!
Even though we are unable to meet in person at the library, the OPL still offers a wealth of services you can access online. Go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en


1 - iOS 16 what's new - with David Rhynas
David provided an overview of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.  These were announced at the Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, with public versions released this fall.  You can view David's slide and commentary here: https://mugoo.com/bigfiles/2022-11-28-iOS_16.pdf

In the post discussion, Graham mentioned that he really likes the ongoing improvements in Apple Maps.  He is also a bit alarmed by Shareplay that potentially introduces a whole level of distraction that could get some people into trouble.

Lynda finds Universal Control to be very useful (running macOS Monterey 12.4 or later, iPadOS 15.4 or later).  This allows you use the keyboard and mouse of your Mac to control up to two other nearby Mac or iPad devices and work seamlessly between them.
2 - iPhone 14 Pro Max - initial impressions                           
              with LeRoy Lees, Graham Fawcett and Laurence Head
LeRoy has had his iPhone 14 Pro Max for about a month.  For those folks thinking of ordering one now, the delivery time may be delayed since this model is produced at the Foxconn factory in China which is experiencing labour unrest.

He immediately noticed that it has much longer battery life ... 26 hours of video playback!  The larger screen is fine for reading newspapers and is now being used more than his iPad.  He's not sure that the ability to grab the subject from a photo serves any useful purpose but is quite impressive and fun to play with.  LeRoy also recommended the app Just Press Record https://apps.apple.com/us/app/just-press-record/id1033342465

For Graham, this is his first Pro level iPhone/camera.  The purchase was triggered by a contract expiration with Bell.  In the end, he accepted a replacement offer from Bell because of a decent rebate on his iPhone 12 and that fact that he could obtain his new phone two days later. His phone has much more memory (256 MB) with noticeably quicker loading of apps and screens.  He has adapted well to the larger format.

The photo capabilities and image quality are supreme.  He is impressed by the image stabilization for video, and as clarified in the meeting discussion, there is also image stabilization for still photography.   The camera is very good in low light situations, almost akin to studio lighting.  You can review Graham's assessment comments in the attachment below.

Laurence observed that the best camera is the one you have with you.  He has hardly touched his Sony mirrorless in several years.

He finds the new phone to be more responsive and quick.  It has better selfie capability, with automatic change of focus,  which is quite remarkable.  All three presenters are still getting their head around the new Dynamic Island capability.

The magnetic back attaches to a holder with his Driver's License and Health Card. Laurence seldom needs to carry his wallet anymore. 

Laurence provided an overview of the SOS capability which connects to satellite for emergency search and rescue services when you are beyond the reach of cell towers.  Crash Detection automatically notifies 911 and loved ones.

He uses his iPhone all the time for Dictation, which is so much easier.  Triple tapping the back turns on the camera, double tapping turns on the flashlight.

Laurence clarified that the new video Action Mode captures ultra-wide angle footage, zooms in a bit on it – thus cropping out the edges of the video (which are usually the space of the video that has the most shakiness), and then apply algorithms to further digitally stabilize the shaky video.  In most cases this replaces the need for a dedicated hardware gimble.

Lawrence has taken photographs on a moonless night with incredible detail. There is magic happening behind the scenes.

Ross mentioned that he has ordered a Fjorden grip that gives your iPhone a two-stage shutter button, exposure dials, a zoom lever, and a more comfortable grip - so you can leave your DSLR at home more often. https://shop.fjorden.co

3 - our MUGOO website - a walk-through - with Neil Herber
Neil provided a demo of our comprehensive MUGOO website.  It has been set up as a wiki that anyone with privileges can edit.  He clarified that the MUGOO message board is a separate website.  So searching the website will not search the message board and vice versa.

There is a vast amount of information here, with meeting notes from as far back as 2005.  MUGOO was founded in 1984 and some of our members may still have copies of the older newsletters.

Since there is now a Fibe connection to the MUGOO server, we can easily serve videos from the site without having to rely on third-party services, as we did before.

The site also has a "Big File" capability which makes it easy to include larger presentations and videos in our meeting records.

Based on a test this month, Neil will be dropping Twitter as a means of distributing meeting notices. Meeting notices will still appear here on the message board and will be sent out via the email reminder robot. To sign up for reminders, go to https://mugoo.com/index.php/Main/MeetingReminders