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APCUG's 2018 Spring Virtual Technology Conference

APCUG Virtual Technology Conference Committee

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

APCUG's 2018 Spring Virtual Technology Conference

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Conference Registration 192 Tickets May 5, 2018 Free  

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Saturday, May 5, 2018 
ET 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm -- CT 12 noon - 3:00 pm
MT 11:00 am - 2:00 pm -- PT 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Attend APCUG’s May 5, 2018 Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) from your own home, invite some of your members to join you, or have a Technology Tailgate Party with your club members!


You only need to register once. You do not need an Evetbrite account to attend the conference. Before the VTC, you will receive an email with directions and links for attending both conference tracks.


You can attend using your computer or tablet with Zoom software. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via a chat window.


Make sure you have the latest version of Zoom for your device. “Zoom Client for Meetings - The web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting and is also available for manual download here.”


When you attend the conference, please sign in with the user name and e-mail address you used to register for the VTC.


1:00 PM ET


Create a Smart Home with Home Automation & Voice Assistants 
Joe Melfi, Strategic Technical Marketing Engineer


Joe’s presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Home Control & Automation
  • Home HVAC & Energy Management
  • Home Security & Surveillance
  • Home Entertainment
  • A.I. Smart Voice Assistants: Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Microsoft Cortana, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings
  • Automation Communication Technologies: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave wireless, Zigbee, Insteon, Serial, X10
  • How to get started; where to buy
  • Caveats, Security


2:00 PM ET


What’s new in the Spring Windows 10 update
Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society


Microsoft is readying the release of its semi-annual update to Windows 10. The upcoming update is expected to be called Spring Creators Update - Windows 10, version 1803. There are several new and useful features coming your way with Spring Creators Update. Here are the headlines, they will all be covered:

  • Timeline
  • Nearby sharing
  • Focus assist
  • Password recovery for local accounts
  • Choose your GPU (graphics processing)
  • Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer
  • Mute tabs in Edge
  • Swift Pair
  • Better privacy
  • A better Microsoft Store


3:00 PM ET


Teaching Computer Skills to Seniors
Ray Baxter, Payson Computer Meet-Up Club, APCUG Treasurer 


As we know, Seniors are special; some are up-to-date with technology and some are still learning about it. Ray’s presentation will give us tips on how to open the world of technology to seniors as well as enhance the skills of others.




1:00 PM ET


Synchronizing Your PC, a Guide to…..
Bill James, VP, Computer Club of Oklahoma City; APCUG Advisor, Region 8


There are numerous ways to sync desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. From the complex to relatively simple solutions, this presentation will cover sharing over a network, local file sync programs, LANs, Cloud services and more.


2:00 PM ET


What’s new with Ubuntu?
Orv Beach, Training Chair, Southern California Linux expo – SCALE


Named “Bionic Beaver,” it is a Long-Term Support release with 5 years of support for both the desktop and server version. What’s new?

  • Minimal install option 
  • Faster boot speed 
  • Easier live patching 
  • New Linux Kernel 
  • GNOME desktop environment 
  • New default apps 
  • New way to install apps


3:00 PM ET


Write and Publish Your eBook on Amazon Kindle… for Free
Bill Neves, Member, Silvercom Computer and Technology Club


In this session you’ll learn how to easily and quickly do the following:

  • Research your book  
  • Write your book  
  • Name your book  
  • Format your book 
  • Set up your Amazon Kindle account 
  • Upload your book 
  • Offer your book for sale, or free 
  • Rinse and Repeat

For detailed information about the presentations, including the presenters' bios click here.

If you would like further information or have questions, please send an email to


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