February 6 meeting is now online on Zoom ONLY (not at New Hope)

Hi All

As you are no doubt aware we now have a new ‘communally transmitted’ case of the virus and it is simply too soon to tell if this is going to turn into a cluster.

Under the circumstances, CoM has determined that the risks far outweigh the rewards and we are cancelling the venue booking.

Fortunately, we are well prepared with our online format to deliver a full meeting experience.

Event details:

AUSOM Main Meeting (Zoom)


Apologies for the short notice and any inconvenience incurred.

We look forward to seeing you all on Zoom on the day 🙂


Here’s the link for the Zoom login details:

Online Zoom Meeting

A new year, a new look

Many of us are excited to put 2020 behind us and move towards a more “normal” 2021! Your AUSOM website team has been busy and have taken steps towards refreshing the look and feel and usability of our website.

You will notice that things look a bit different around here. The content is the same, but we have updated our theme to something a bit more modern, and we have tried to make things a bit easier to find.

Your thoughts and suggestions are always welcome. Get in touch with the website team.

Image courtesy of Jennifer-Ann Coffin-Grey via unsplash

January News…

Concerned about access to your device or data? Is concern heightened when your personal safety is at risk?

The following information is in the latest notes from AUSOM’s ‘Inside The News SIG’

A new Apple document titled Device and Data Access when Personal Safety is At Risk is summarised thus: “If you’re concerned that someone is accessing information you did not share from your Apple device, this guide will also help you identify risks, and walk you through the steps to help make the technology you rely on as private and secure as you want it to be.”

The document is available here:

Although the SIG did not meet in January notes are available for download here.

man with iPad

Holiday Games

NOTE: This post is being updated nearly every day. So far all Games mentioned are available for iOS.

At the December Retirees and Others SIG there was a great deal of interest in games.

Just a few days later AUSOM member, George Engel sent me an article with his review of two games. We both thought that rather than wait for February AUSOM News members might like to consider some of these games during the holiday season.

If members want to submit their choice for a game to be included please add a comment below or send an email to editor@ausom.net.au.

Holiday Games by George Engel

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Further Ideas for Games you might like

Crazy Snowboard

Christmas Countdown 3D scene by AQREADD





Word Search game for Christmas







Christmas jigsaw puzzles – rated well – check out





Right now, this visual timer is free on the App Store.
Children and some older people have a hard time recognizing time passing, this App lets your enter whatever time you want, then proceeds to let the emoji icons drop down, like a Tetris thing, slower or faster, depending on your time setting. when the screen fills up, the timer alarm sounds. Let the Christmas music begin!
Delightful visual timer.
What about letting us know your picks for Christmas!