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!

Templates from December Meetings

If you want the templates used at the December meetings of R&O and Digital Photography they are available here

NOTE: You meed to login as an AUSOM member to download the templates.

These files should be able to be opened with Pages if you are working on either a Mac or iPad.

If you want to use the files with Pages on iCloud you will need to remove  .template from each file and replace with .pages.

Holiday Creativity

Do you want to use your photographs to create animated greetings for family and friends?

Perhaps you would rather create a bright personalised message to send by email?

Various techniques will be shared at Creativity SIG and Digital Photography SIG (Sat 5th Dec 2020) and R&O SIG (Wed. 9th Dec 2020).

For example:



1. You might quickly add a frame or border to a photograph using Markup. This can be achieved on your Mac or iPad.





2. Animated GIFs or Movies
can be quickly created in Keynote.






3. The movie below shows step by step creating an animated image in Keynote — the iPad was used below however the process is very similar on the Mac.

4. The next Movie shows an animated GIF created for your holiday message using Keynote on the iPad

5. For a bright, colourful and personalised greeting the iPadOS14 version of Notes just needs the addition of your imagination

If you need further assistance email Pam Doughty: creativity@ausom.net.au