FREE 2016 Spring Virtual Technology Conference (VTC)

Saturday, May 7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern time
Attend the FREE conference from the convenience of your own home! All you need is your computer, tablet, etc. and Internet access. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via Q&A; the questions are answered by the presenter at the end of the presentation or via e-mail if there isn’t enough time after the presentation.
APCUG uses ZOOM for the VTC webinar presentations (www.zoom.us). If you have not participated in a VTC, go to https://zoom.us/download  to download the app for the device you will be using to ‘attend’ the conference.
Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/apcugvideos.
• To register for this VTC, please click on the below link:
Spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your members. VTCs are a great way for them to expand their technology experience and be introduced to new skills. Below are the sessions that are currently scheduled.
SCHEDULE
TRACK 1
TECHNOLOGY FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist
Looking back at technology and comparing it to now, this presentation is an enjoyable and funny comparison combined with the stark reality of what you need to do to keep safe in the modern world. The presentation covers: Computers (Windows and Mac), tablets and Smart Phones.
Join Bob as he takes a comical look back in time and then explains what you need to know to stay safe in the present. He will make your Internet experience and computer operation safe, secure and, enjoyable.
SETUP & CONFIGURE A HOME NETWORK
Ken Rogers, IT Business Analyst for PNC Bank
Today’s home network has many parts; including getting the internet into the house and then getting it to all your computers, mobile devices and even some day, your refrigerator. How do you get the fastest speed, protect your data and keep out the hackers? Ken Rogers will talk about what you need and what you need to consider.
IOS 9.3 FOR IPADS AND IPHONES
Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake Sumter Computer Society; APCUG Advisor, Region 5; Member of APCUG’s Speakers Bureau
This presentation will cover the following (and other things you should know):
  • How do I get iOS 9.3? and 9.3.1?
  • Why is there a 9.3.1 Update?
  • What are the Changes in the Apps?
  • What else is New?
  • Are there any Security Fixes?
TRACK 2
UPGRADING YOUR LAPTOP, PART 2
Greg Skalka, President, Under the Computer Hood User Group
How to add more storage space and/or speed by replacing your laptop’s hard drive with a larger HD or a solid-state drive.
WHY I RECOMMEND A CHROMEBOOK 
Stew Bottorf, Teacher & SIG Leader, Tampa Bay Computer Society
Our club is populated mostly by Seniors who have struggled to keep up with new technology. Most members today are interested only in browsing and email. Our club offers its members free computer repair which may be behind on updates, slow, infected with malware, or poorly used by their owner. When a new computer is needed I almost always recommend a Chromebook.
The idea of a computer that is impervious to viruses and poor use, updates itself, almost never needs repair, and costs half (or less) the price of a new Windows computer — that is the Google Chromebook. With extra user effort a Chromebook can do real work as well as their more costly cousins for a longer time since they consume less battery power.
This Spring 18 TBCS members bought new Chromebooks (most were refurb. units costing less than $130) and signed into my 8 hour Chromebook Class. We’ve discovered Chromebooks are fun to use and work better with a few tweaks I’ll show you today.
USING THE “TASK MANAGER” IN A “WINDOWS” COMPUTER
Francis Chao, Member, APCUG OLS (Online Services) committee; WINNERS “WINdows usERS” and Greater South Bay PCUG; and the Tucson Computer Society
This presentation provides you with an under-the-hood view of the operating system, startup programs, third-party software application programs, hardware utilization, and network bandwidth utilization. In addition to being a useful analysis tool, the “Task Manager” in “Windows…..” gives you a powerful way to close down potentially dangerous Web browser tabs and windows and any “drive by” downloads of malware that they might attempt to send into your computer.

What To Do With Smart Phones/Tablets

Presented by: BJ Thomas McMillan Date: June 20, 2015

What To Do With Smart Phones/Tablets – Besides Email, Books, Photos, and Music

  • This is just an Overview – designed to simply show the various uses being created for Tablets and SmartPhones.
    • I will also NOT show you details of how to use these various
  • Focus on functions/applications/programs that cannot easily be duplicated, or would not be as useful, in a desktop or laptop.
  • Some require Internet access – others can be used off-line.
  • Some come pre-installed on SmartPhones/Tablets. Most require you to download and install an
  • Some work better on SmartPhones/iPods – while others work better on the bigger screens of
  • Some apps require Location Services to be on. Be aware that this will RUN DOWN YOUR BATTERY
  • Some apps mentioned below could not be found by searching directly in the Apple Store. Instead, I had to find the app on its own website, which then redirected me to the Apple Store for
  • Some categories of apps lend themselves in particular to use on SmartPhones/Tablets. Examples are

Maps/Navigation, Weather, Travel, Health and Shopping.

  • And then there are various miscellaneous apps/uses.

PRE-INSTALLED FUNCTIONS

Basically, all your organizers – Calendar/Schedulers Reminders – ToDo Lists (show iPad one) Notes – make lists – for groceries, meds, etc.
Many of these functions were found in the original Palm devices.

HEALTH

Keep track of vital stats – heart beat, blood sugar, etc.

  • Instant Heart Rate (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android; free).

Place your finger over the LED camera, and in 10 seconds you’ll know how fast your heart is beating — no external hardware needed.

Keep track of symptoms

  • Zyrtec AllergyCast – allergy and weather forecasts and alerts, track

Others:

  • WebMD Allergy (but I could not find it on Apple Store – and couldn’t get it to download from WebMD )

Exercise companions and trackers

  • Breathe2Relax – tutorial and exercises in deep breathing

Others:

  • FitBit – and others
  • PaceDJ – matches music from your library to the Beats Per Minute of your workout
  • Charity Miles – uses GPS to track walking/running miles; pays 25 cents/mile to choice of 31 charities (sponsored by corporations)

Track calorie intake

  • MyFitnessPal

Track food intake as well as weight loss progress. Enter goal weight, date of birth, current weight, gender, height, and activity level and MyFitnessPal calculates the amount of calories – as well as how much fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates and protein – you need daily.

Graphs show your weekly calorie intake and your current progress. BUT – entry of food intake takes time; can also enter by scanning bar codes.

  • Fooducate

Scan barcodes from food products to gather vital information about calories, fat content and nutrient content. Gives an actual grade (A, B+, D, etc.) for each food item, with alerts as to what the pros and cons are of that particular food.

Overall Tracker

  • My Health – Keeps track of blood pressure, medications, glucose levels, nutrition, exercise,

TRAVEL

Navigating/Maps

  • Google Maps! This one comes pre-installed on your iPad, and it just so happens to be one of the best travel apps available. Google Maps will not only help you get around the new location, but you can also find anything from restaurants to grocery stores to nearby gas

Translators/Dictionaries

  • iTranslate – Sometime, the quickest way to get to the closest bathroom is knowing how to ask for directions to it in any iTranslate not only provides a translation to over 50 different languages, but you can also listen to the translations of over 20 of those languages. This makes it easier to hold a conversation when you are completely murdering the pronunciation.
  • Google Translate – includes take picture of sign – it will translate
  • Dictionaries (Codore)

Currency convertors

  • XE Currency – converting dollar amounts into any The XE Currency app not only downloads the current conversion for the currencies of the world, it will also store the latest one for use in offline mode.

Driving Aids

  • iExit – find hotels, restaurants, gas stations – w/in 1.5 mi of the next 100

Others:

  • Waze – uses live reports from drivers to display traffic
  • Beat the Traffic – Free Version and Premium Version, recommended by AARP,
  • Gas Buddy – IPhone, recommended by AARP
  • Google Navigation – includes live traffic reports from
  • Citymapper – builds on user feedback to map cities, subway and bus routes and live
  • SitOrSquat (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, BlackBerry; free). The user-generated content of this restroom finder is the ultimate resource for when you gotta go when you’re on the go. “Depending on where you live in the country, this is incredibly useful. I’m in New York City a lot, and I use this all the time,” Webb says. An independent group began compiling the data several years ago, but the app was recently acquired by Charmin, which accounts for the prominent toilet paper branding. Contributors often include information on operating hours and sometimes post photos of the facilities.

Flying-related

  • GateGuru – notifies of gate changes; also has maps/lists of amenities at major airports; reviews of food
  • Flight Aware
  • Flight View

Other: LOTS of similar apps.

Other

All kinds of booking apps for hotels/restaurants; lots of customer review sites – TripAdvisor; Yelp, etc.

WEATHER

  • The Weather Channel
  • Underground Weather

Others: LOTS

  • Tides Near Me
  • Sail Flow – Find wind conditions
  • Smart Buoy – Iphone only – Get weather conditions from NOAA buoys
  • Weather
  • Dark Sky – Weather Radar specifically for rain within the hour – $2.99
  • Weather Bug – Weather forecasts – Free and premium information
  • Intellicast – Weather forecasts and radar – Premium app for boating

SHOPPING

QR Readers

  • Scan

Comparison Shop

  • PriceBlink – check for lower prices and coupons when shopping
  • ShopKick – find deals in stores
  • Vivino (and Delectable) – take photo of wine bottle label – get basic info about the wine, post and read reviews

MISC

Use as payment device – Apple Pay Track cash expenditures – Cash Trails

Practice your vocal part on a piano – Piano Free

Stream live video via Twitter account from your location – Meerkat or Periscope

ID birds and birdsongs – Peterson Birds– Free version and Premium Version. Also Merlin Bird ID. Use device’s LED light to magnify and illuminate small print – Eye Reader ($1.99).

Use as a compass – The Compass for iPad ($1.99) Use as a Flashlight – Flashlight

August 2013 Newsletter

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“Telecommunications Srevices From METROCAST”.  Jennifer Nash from Metrocast was our July Membership Meeting speaker.  She discussed the status of Metrocast’s wiring of Northumberland County for high speed Internet service and answered a wide range of Internet service related questions from the audience.  It will be soon!

 “APCUG” Photo/Newsletter/Website Contests NOW OPEN”.  Entry rules are at the APCUG web site.  The closing date for receipt of entries is August 26, 2013.

“Software Office Suites”.  Rob Mink will be discussing paid and freeware computer Office suites at the August 17, Memberrship Meeting.

“What Are File Types?”.  Have you ever tried to open a file on your computer and it wouldn’t do so?  If so, this primer on file types and extensions may be of interest!

“August Photo SIG Meeting”.  The SIG will meet on August 13 at the Lancaster Community Library to explore more about Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Bring your laptop to follow along.  Also bring photos that you wish to share with the group.

“Tablet SIG”.  CANCELED The SIG will meet on August 20 at the Lancaster Community Library to discuss moving photos from a tablet to a computer and vice versa.  CANCELED.

“July 20, 2013 Meeting Notes”.  What happened at the July Membership Meeting.

June 2013 Newsletter

“The Computer and NASA”.  Rrichard Couch, retired Senior Aero Space Technologist describes his 41 plus year career with NASA and the parallel development of computer use in the agency.

“June Photo SIG Meeting”.  The SIG will meet on June 11 at the Lancaster Community Library.  Joe Moeller will demonstrate how to set up cameras to make fireworrrks photos.  Bring your own camera and set it up too!

“Genealogy SIG Meeting Cancelled”.  The Genealogy SIG meeting for June is cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.  The next meeting will be held on July 18.

“New NNCUG Web Site!”  Please take a look at the new NNCUG Web Site at www.nncug.net.  Brian Riley, NNCUG Vice President and WebMaster is adding new content and tweaking the site.

“Giving Internet TV a Try”.  Pro’s and Con’s of using Internet TV.  Note the cautionary conclusion of this review.

“June Membership Meeting – Hodgepodge of Interesting Computer Stuff in the News”.  Brrian Riley talks about new developments in the computer field.

“Tablet SIG”.  The SIG will meet on June 18 at RW-C to discuss tablet eReaders.  Mary Stewart will lead the discussion.

“May 18, 2013 Meeting Notes”.  What happened at the May Membership Meeting.

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