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General Meeting - Holiday Tech Gadgets VI

  • 07 Dec 2013
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • CSU Student Center Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Here we go again! The holidays are coming & everyone wants a new tech gadget. What cool devices offer a lot of functionality & the most bang for the buck? You can spend time reading reviews & watching video on the web. Decisions, decisions . . .

Wouldn't be great if you could actually see things out of the box & being demonstrated by some of the top techies in Cleveland who really use the products? Well, you can, come on down to Holiday Tech Gadgets VI !!!

The Greater Cleveland PC Users Group & the Cleveland Digital Publishing Group join forces at 9:30am Saturday, Dec. 7th in our new location at Cleveland State (Student Center 313 / 315) and will demonstrate a variety of great stuff! Currently, this is what is planned . . .

  1. Eric Wethington from Dodd Camera will kick things off with the latest in camera technology. He will bring a Sony QX10, which is a high tech, lens that attaches to your iPhone and make it a powerful camera. Then Eric will show either a Nikon Df with 50mm or Pentax K3 with 16-50 f2.8. Then he will wrap up with some camera related stocking stuffers.

  2. What's new with the Apple iPhone 5S? Scott Seifert of Team Spike Consulting, LLC will demonstrate the new Touch ID security feature to protect your data. He will also show off the new camera features including the AutoSense flash, which helps you take great pictures in low light.

  3. You got an ever increasing collection of pictures, videos, music, documents, spreadsheets, etc. You want them on your computers, phones and tablets. You want them backed up and maybe you want to share some of them with others. however, cloud solutions are limited in size and have monthly fees. Spike Radway & Scott Seifert have a better idea, it's called Transporter. With it you can setup your own private cloud.

  4. You have your video monitor, sound system, media player, Roku, Apple TV, etc. How do you control them all from the couch without running back and froth? Enter the Logitech Harmony Remotes. Spike Radway of Team Spike Consulting, LLC will be demonstrating his. These aren't your father's old universal remotes.

  5. Thermostats seem pretty boring and low-tech, but they control your home's heating and cooling, and that can get expensive. Enter the Nest Thermostat, which can learn your schedule, program itself and be controlled remotely from your mobile device. Jim Evans has been using one and will demo it.

  6. Are we in the age of wearable technology? Google's Glass is a computer you wear like a pair of glasses. Brandon King from Simplex-IT, a beta tester for Glass, will demonstrate and talk about his experiences using it. Glass will be available in 2014.

  7. Tablets, tablets, yes we got tablets. Microsoft has updated their Surface Pro. Brandon King will show what's new with the Surface Pro 2. Meanwhile, Apple has updated and rebranded the classic iPad as the iPad Air. Spike Radway will show off it's light weight and increased power.
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Books from O'Reilly
  • iPad: The Missing Manual, 6th Edition
  • iPhone: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition
  • iPod: The Missing Manual, 11th Edition
  • Office 2013: The Missing Manual
  • Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual
  • WordPress: The Missing Manual
  • OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual
  • Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition
  • Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual
  • Windows 8.1: Out of the Box, 2nd Edition

Software from Simplex-IT
  • Microsoft Office 2013 (Product Key)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 (Product Key)

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