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Promethease: Free Until Dec 31, 2019

Last chance reminder…

MyHeritage acquired Promethease and has made it free until Dec 31, 2019

Now is a great time to upload DNA data to Promethease to obtain up-to-date health information for free. You can download your report and your uploaded DNA data will be deleted in a few days.

No one knows what will happen to Promethease after the year ends. It probably will become part of the MyHeritage Heath system; that is, no longer free.

If you have tested at multiple sites, you can upload all the data files and get one consolidated report!

Go to promethease.com, generate your report, DOWNLOAD it, and we will show you how to view the reports at our next DNA discussion meeting. But you gotta get the reports now! Only 3 more days.

Promethease reports are free through December

MyHeritage bought Promethease a few months ago. It is a site that provides reports from DNA data that you upload. MyHeritage bought them when MH decided to provide their own health reports.

Anyway, the regular Promethease reports were made to be free through 2019. They used to cost $10. If you have downloaded your autosomal DNA test data from any of the major sites, go to https://promethease.com and get your FREE reports.

DNA Discussion Group to meet 1st Wednesdays at Noon

The newly rescheduled DNA Sig aka Discussion Group will meet this coming Wednesday Nov 6 at 12 noon in the Monterey Family History Center in Seaside, CA. located at 1024 Noche Buena, the corner of Noche Buena & Plumas.

Park in left lot, come to left rear of the building.

The FHC itself is open all day Wednesday from 9:00 am until 7:30 pm, so you can come earlier or stay later to do research.

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Meanwhile, sales of DNA tests for genealogical purposes have started up again to celebrate Thanksgiving. Maybe now is the time for you to “just do it”.

Ancestry $59 (99)

23andMe ancestry $79 (99)
ancestry + health $99 (199)

MyHeritage $49 (79)

FTDNA Family Finder $59 (79)
Big Y $399 (649)

note: Ancestry and MyHeritage now also have optional Health tests, but I don’t know much about them so haven’t listed those prices

Old iPads need updating by Sunday

Apple is warning owners of older iPhones and iPads that if they don’t update their devices to the latest iOS software by Sunday, they won’t be able to connect to the internet.

IPhone and iPad products from 2012 and earlier will need the update before midnight UTC on November 3 in order to maintain accurate GPS location and continue using the App Store, iCloud, email and web browsing, according to Apple.

The worldwide GPS system uses a ten-bit parameter to count weeks. When the count gets to 1,024, the system “rolls over.” This roll-over will prevent the older Apple devices from connecting to the internet. You will need to update the older apple devices as follows:

  • iOS 10.3.4: iPhone 5 and iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • iOS 9.3.6: iPhone 4s, iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA models only), iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular

You can find the iOS software version used by your device by going to the Settings app and then opening the General section and looking further in the About subsection.

California rolls out first statewide earthquake early warning system

California Gov. Gavin Newsom today (Thursday, Oct. 17) announced the debut of the nation’s first statewide earthquake early warning system that will deliver alerts to people’s cellphones through an app developed at the University of California, Berkeley.

The mobile phone app, MyShake, can provide seconds of warning before the ground starts to shake from a nearby quake — enough time to drop, cover and hold on to prevent injury.

The app is available on both Apple and Android platforms. 

So why am I posting about this here?  Because I was one of the “citizen scientists” that helped beta test the app.  I have had it on my phone now for a couple of years and can assure you that it is safe.  The app gets input from phones’ motion sensors and now also delivers alerts from the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System operated by the U.S. Geological Survey that utilizes data from seismic networks in California, Oregon and Washington. 

Read more about MyShake here.
Google it for user guidance.  But for sure, if you live in California, Oregon or Washington and have a smartphone, get it from your app store.

Columbus Day Sales for DNA Tests

Columbus was the first to sell America and he gets an national holiday for it.

There are a few sales going on on DNA tests just for the next couple of days. If you were waiting for the next sale cycle, now is the time.

The biggest sale is, for customers only, 23AndMe is selling their “ancestry+health” test for only $129, I’ve never seen it that low. $70 off for already customers. Get your sister tested now!

MyHeritage is currently only $49. Go check FTDNA and Ancestry too.