January 9, 2012 meeting
Monday, January 9th, 2012
iCloud – Apple’s Internet Data Storage Service
The January 9 TMUG meeting will feature a presentation on iCloud®, Apple’s free cloud storage for music, photos, documents, apps, contacts, calendars, and more. iCloud was announced at WWDC last year, and was officially launched October 12, 2011. iCloud is integrated with the newest Apple operating systems – OS X 10.7 & iOS 5 – and Apple apps. iCloud is limited to running only on Macs and iOS devices that can utilize those OS’s… so it’s another reason to upgrade to Lion. (Using iCloud with a Windows PC requires Windows Vista or Windows 7.) iCloud significantly expands your access to & use of iTunes, App Store, & iBookstore.
Mark Riedy, an Apple Creative from the Crabtree Apple Store, will be on hand to tell us what iCloud is and what it can (and cannot) do. The iCloud services include iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, and iTunes Match. They work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, (& PC) to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly. iCloud includes 5GB of free cloud storage for Mail, Document Storage, and Backup. iCloud will also replace MobileMe (.Mac) services, which will no longer be available after June 30, 2012.* (Mark is certified on Mac OS, iOS, and Aperture.)
Are you registered for the Forum at TMUG.org? If you are not, we would like to know why. Is registration confusing or difficult? Do you read the forum topic posts & replies without logging in? Are forums just not for you? Do you bemoan the loss of the TMUG-list? We will have a discussion & how-to session about the TMUG Forum at the January meeting. Bring any questions & comments you have – pro or con. The Forum is a service of the TMUG Community… and we’d like for TMUG members to use it.
A regular feature of each TMUG meeting is our always informative Q&A session. If you have a question that you can’t find an answer to, ask the group. Someone at the meeting probably has an answer. TMUG member & Mac consultant Bob Chandler will be there to moderate the discussion. If you are a TMUG member, remember to get a ticket for the door prize drawings, too. There are a variety of cool prizes, including Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs, A Biography.
Be sure to put on your iCal calendar to remind you to attend the January TMUG meeting!
Have you entered TMUG’s MacBook Air membership contest? The contest has 2 purposes – we are celebrating and promoting TMUG’s new web presence and we are having a membership drive. The winner of the contest will get a new Apple 11″ MacBook Air (or Apple product of equivalent value at the end of the contest). Don’t forget to sign the contest logbook at the meeting to get credit for your attendance!
The contest is similar to the iMac giveaway contest we held 3 years ago. Members get points for renewing, attending meetings, & participating on the forum. You’re not a TMUG member? Join or renew your membership now to start earning points. Details are published on the MacBook Air Contest web page, along with a member point tally table. Check the contest entry log to verify that your points have been tallied correctly.
Keep checking TMUG.org, or our presence on Google+, Meetup, Twitter, or Facebook for updates & details. We hope that all TMUG members & other folks in our community will participate in the forum at our new home. Forum subscribers may opt to receive email notifications when a topic or reply is posted on the forum. (The glitch that prevented the notification option from being turned off was fixed on 12.9.11.)
TMUG meetings are open to the public – you don’t have to be a TMUG member to attend. The same applies to participation on the TMUG forum, but a TMUG membership will grant you greater access to our services, including entries in our MacBook Air contest and our monthly door prizes. And it will likely give you a warm feeling inside, too. Join or renew your TMUG membership for only $35 for a full year. You may pay with cash, check, or most major credit & debit cards at a monthly meeting. (We are using the Square card reader for iOS for card payments, which will send you a receipt by email. TMUG absorbs the transaction fees using this card payment system as a convenience to members.) If you can’t make it to a meeting, you may also join or renew by mail by completing a membership application and sending your check to our PO box.
Be sure to join us at Caldwell Hall on the NCSU campus on January 9, 2012!
(* iCloud info courtesy of Apple.)