Another month has flown by and we are ready for our monthly get-together to discuss all things Apple and learn what Dean has discovered. I am looking forward to his comment on the new iPad with the 128GB hard drive since he says all one needs is 16GB!


The main door prize will be a Fuji FinePix T350 14 MP 3" LCD 10x Optical Zoom digital camera along with an 8GB SD card. I had the camera shipped to JoAnn so I know where it is! The other prizes will be whatever I can find in the NatMac box which is currently somewhere buried in a pile of boxes in my garage. I just moved and am in a terrible state of confusion (even more so than usual). The regular rules will apply; each paid membership will receive one raffle ticket but additional tickets can be purchased at the cost of $1 or 6/$5. Only one prize per membership still applies.

Hope to see you at the meeting,

Here are some interesting articles: Mac Backup Guru for OS X
MacDaddy has announced Mac Backup Guru 1.0 for OS X, an update to its innovative utility designed to back up files and disks reliably and simply. Traditionally, backing up a disk required either cloning, trustworthy but time consuming, or standard syncing, fast but not foolproof. Mac Backup Guru offers the best of both methods, easily and quickly producing a backup disk that Mac owners can rely upon. With a single Start button, the user can perfectly sync the contents of any Source with its backup Destination.

Cocktail 5.4
Maintain has announced the release and immediate availability of Cocktail 5.4 (Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail for users running OS X Lion 10.7.

Safenetting : Phishing in January
User Group Network UGN Safenetting and Cybercrime report Well, the phishing and cyber crime industry didn't let up over the holidays, and isn't about to let up in the new year. In fact, it's getting more grevious! This week's Safenetting evils are :

* BBB Offers Tips on How to Handle Phishing Emails Directed at Your Business
* Not just Twitter DMs: Scammers now phish usernames, passwords, and credit
* Telephone phishing scam targets Chino Federal Credit Union customers
* Users targeted with phishing scam via Facebook messages
* Facebook Phishing Scam Claims You ve Violated Policy
* Cyber espionage, spear-phishing to continue in 2013
and more . . .

Top Ten Apps to Start 2013 Off Right!

It's that time again: The New Year has arrived and everyone's excited to start 2013 on the right foot. We re ready to tackle the biggest projects, climb the tallest mountains, and make the biggest deals. Now all we need are the right tools to help us get the job done. To make this task easier on you, we ve compiled a list of ten innovative apps that are bound to be big hits in 2013.

New App Brings Emergency Response To Your iPhone
Medlert 1.4.2 is a free Medical Emergency Response App built for families and individuals with High Risk Medical Conditions. One push of a button during an emergency notifies your selected family, friends, doctor and 911 simultaneously.

10 Things to do with your Mac

This article on Techradar, is entitled "10 cool things you didn t know your Mac could do." This was originally published in the British magazine, MacFormat's
February 2011 issue.

The simplest drawing app for your iPhone or iPad
Drwer 1.0 for iOS - The simplest drawing app for your iPhone or iPad Tanner Christensen, creator of the best-selling Lifestyle app Oflow, has launched Drwer 1.0 for iOS, the perfect app for creatives and artists who need to jot an idea down or do a quick sketch without having to fuss over impractical features and unnecessary settings in an app. Just launch and draw, it's that easy.

Best personal finance app - Swippe Pocket 1.2
Swippe Pocket has been updated to version 1.2, which is available for all iOS devices. Swippe Pocket helps users to keep track of all personal debts with a simple and clear user-interface. With the application you can keep track of what payment is owed to you, and what payment you owe to others.

TidBITS: iTunes 11 Changes/Alternatives
Adam Engst has written this TidBITS article about what items were removed from iTunes in iTunes 11 and what some of the alternatives are.

IT Scare Stories: Bugs, Bangs and Ballistics
The President's Nuclear Football' and its ability to start WWIII have been the subject of movies, books and much debate. But what if WWIII was in fact started by a computer glitch? This week we look back at IT scare stories, data breaches of 2012, and how to prepare for the security threats of 2013. What's your biggest security worry in 2013?

-- thanks Kasey Cassells!

Now it is possible to mirror your iPhone or iPad on to your Mac or PC. Imagine the possibilities for demos.

BitSafe the Personal Information Manager for OS X
BitSafe is a new personal information manager for OS X. BitSafe is designed to store and organise sensitive information such as passwords and financial details in a safe and secure format. Documents can be stored in iCloud or Dropbox to make help ensure that the latest versions are always available when you need them.