April 9 Meeting: Macworld/iWorld Wrap-Up and Super Q&A

April 4th 2014

The next meeting of the Hershey Apple Core will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, starting at 6:30 PM at The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, 4750 Lindle Road Harrisburg, PA 17111. Directions to the meeting can be found on the HAP web site.

HAC is back in action this month with a wrap-up and video review of some of the best of Macworld/iWorld 2014 in San Francisco.

Also, since we missed last month, our team of experts will answer every single question you put to them. OK, so maybe not every single question, but they’ll do their best to put you on the right path.

Of course, the Meeting-After-The-Meeting Dinner will follow the meeting, so come hungry.

And get ready, because Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus is coming back in May, as part of his annual Mid-Atlantic MUG Tour.

For a change, no weather problems, so come out and spend the evening with your HAC friends.

March 12 Meeting: CANCELLED!

March 10th 2014

Sorry folks, but schedules and other commitments have taken their toll on our March meeting. Not only wouldn’t we have a presenter, but we wouldn’t have a meeting place that would be available.

So take this opportunity to spend a quiet evening watching it snow, and backing up your Mac, running your regular maintenance, or watching something inspiring on Apple TV. We’ll let you know about April.

February 12 Meeting: Hot Products from CES and NMX, Travel Apps and Essential Stuff

February 10th 2014

The next meeting of the Hershey Apple Core will be held on Wednesday, February 12 2014, starting at 6:30 PM at The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, 4750 Lindle Road Harrisburg, PA 17111. Directions to the meeting can be found on the HAP web site.

We’re going to try it again, folks. After having to cancel January’s meeting, we’re on track for a great February meeting, and hope you’ll join us.

However, there are projections out there for more snow Wednesday into Thursday. We’ll be watching the weather very carefully, since we don’t want anyone out traveling if there are concerns your safety. We’ll make the call on cancellation if necessary no later than 5 PM, post it here, and also sent out an email blast to our email list.

This month, Chuck will deliver an in-person report on CES and New Media Expo (and maybe Storage Visions) if he has recovered from the sleep deprivation. We’ll also talk about some of the best travel apps and services that help keep you informed as you jet from city to city and country to country, and some essential apps that, if you don’t have, you should.

And yes, we’ll have our always-growing Question and Answer session, and our Meeting-After-The-Meeting Dinner, so put the changed date on your calendar now and don’t miss the first HAC meeting of 2014!

January 2014 Meeting CANCELLED

January 14th 2014

Sorry for the short notice, folks, but we held out until we were sure it was unavoidable.

Tomorrow’s meeting needs to be cancelled. Postponing it just pushes it back too close to next month, so expect a super-sized lollapalooza of a February meeting.

Thanks for understanding.

January 15 Meeting: Hot Products from CES and NMX, Travel Apps and New Utilities

January 3rd 2014

The next meeting of the Hershey Apple Core will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2013, starting at 6:30 PM at The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, 4750 Lindle Road Harrisburg, PA 17111. Directions to the meeting can be found on the HAP web site.
NOTE: This is one week later than our normal meeting night. A schedule conflict caused us to move the meeting one week..

This month, Chuck will deliver an in-person report on CES and New Media Expo (and maybe Storage Visions) if he has recovered from the sleep deprivation. We’ll also talk about some of the best travel apps and services that help keep you informed as you jet from city to city and country to country. To wrap up, we’ll also take a look at a few new productivity utilities that help you get your work done.

And yes, we’ll have our always-growing Question and Answer session, and our Meeting-After-The-Meeting Dinner, so put the changed date on your calendar now and don’t miss the first HAC meeting of 2014!

December 2013 Meeting Notes

December 19th 2013

Our December 2013 meeting featured a discussion of holiday gift ideas…what we will give and what we hope to get. Here’s the list of what was discussed.

Happy Holidays to all! Continue Reading »

December 18 Meeting – Holiday Tech Gift Ideas to Give and To Get

December 6th 2013

The next meeting of the Hershey Apple Core will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, starting at 6:30 PM at The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, 4750 Lindle Road Harrisburg, PA 17111. Directions to the meeting can be found on the HAP web site.
NOTE: This is one week later than our normal meeting night. A schedule conflict arose with The Hospital Association, so we are moving the date one week.

Are you stumped on what to get the Apple fan on your list? Or not sure what you should be asking for from those who buy you presents? Or maybe you’re secretly looking for that special something to give to yourself, since you’ve been nice and not naughty all year long.

Holiday tech gifts will be our topic. Not just the usual iPhone or iPad, but some really unusual, unique and fun ideas that will make you the hit of the holidays at your house. And by all means, please bring your own ideas, because you can never get or give too many presents.

We’ll also take some of the stress out of the holidays with our ever-popular Question and Answer session, and share some Christmas cheer at our Meeting-After-The-Meeting Dinner.

Come out and celebrate with your friends from HAC. It might just be the best party of the season.

November 13 Meeting – Mavericks, iPad Air, MacBook Pro Retina, and Photography Corner

November 11th 2013

The next meeting of the Hershey Apple Core will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, starting at 6:30 PM at The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, 4750 Lindle Road Harrisburg, PA 17111. Directions to the meeting can be found on the HAP web site.

We have a full plate this month. Apple released the next generation of the Mac OS, Mavericks, and you’ll want to have a look, especially since it is a free upgrade if your Mac can handle it. Hardware updates are also at the top of the list, with the new iPad Air and MacBook Pro Retinas, both of which will make an appearance at the meeting. And in the Photography Corner, Jim Carey will give us a lesson on shutter sync, what it is, and how it can make a difference in our digital photography.

Our Question-and-Answer Session will solve all your problems (OK, your tech-related problems; the rest are still yours), and our Meeting-After-The-Meeting Dinner will be the first of the holiday season.

The evening is going to be packed with information and fun, so come on out to see your friends at HAC.

October 16 Meeting – iOS 7, iPhone 5s, TextExpander, ReadQuick and More

October 2nd 2013

The next meeting of the Hershey Apple Core will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, starting at 6:30 PM at The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, 4750 Lindle Road Harrisburg, PA 17111. Directions to the meeting can be found on the HAP web site.

Please note that this meeting is one week later than our normal meeting date.

The new iPhone 5s is out, along with iOS 7, and we’ve got a look at the capabilities and features of both. Find out what you need to know when upgrading your iDevice, and whether the hardware updates are worth your time.

Then, we’ll take a look at one of the most useful utilities for the Mac out there, TextExpander from Smile. TextExpander can save you literally hundreds of hours of repetitive typing. We will take a look at how it works and how to get the most out of it.

Finally, if you’re buried under mounds of reading materials, maybe ReadQuick can help. Developed by Fox TV’s Clayton Morris, ReadQuick is a different kind of speed reading app for the iPhone and iPad. We will give you a demonstration so that you can start reading quicker right after the meeting.

And of course, the ever-popular Question and Answer session will start the proceedings, and the Meeting-After-The-Meeting dinner will close things out, so put our revised date on your calendar, and come out to see your friends at HAC.

September 11 Meeting – Apple’s New Thing(s) and Summer Catch-Up

September 6th 2013

Apple-Sept-10-EventThe next meeting of the Hershey Apple Core will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, starting at 6:30 PM at The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, 4750 Lindle Road Harrisburg, PA 17111. Directions to the meeting can be found on the HAP web site.

Apple was kind enough to schedule their media event announcing the newest iPhone (and maybe more) the day before our return-from-summer meeting, so we’ll have plenty to talk about, though we’re not exactly sure what it will be. The iPhone 5S? The iPhone 5C? The iPhone 5S and 5C? Only Tim Cook and company know for sure, but whatever it is, we’ll sort it all out for you, in addition to reviewing some of the more compelling tech headlines of recent weeks.

Since this is our first meeting since May, we’ll catch up on any and all Apple developments over the summer, talk about some our latest and greatest favorite products, and answer all of those pent-up questions you’ve been holding in our spectacular Question and Answer session.

Oh yes, and there’s the Meeting-After-The-Meeting dinner for those interested, so plan to make it a full evening to get reacquainted with all your friends from HAC.

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