OUR NEXT MEETING
All meetings are free and open to the public
The next meeting is Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 PM in Multi-Use Room 3 at the Fort Collins Senior Center.
Do you use your computer (or tablet or smart phone) to:
- Connect to your bank account?
- Pay bills?
- Pay bills automatically?
- Use services such as "Apple Pay"?
The number of retailers that no longer accept checks (or treat them as debits—immediately deducted from your account)
It seems that everyone who does use these services, does so in a different way. The May meeting will explore some of the ways these services are used, and, perhaps, offer some suggestions on how to safely use them.
Odds and Ends of Computer and Technology News—May 2015
Internet.org opens to all developers after Net neutrality row
"Developers hoping to build services for people using Internet.org—which provides free basic Web services via mobile— must follow three principles meant to bring more people online."
Microsoft lets public test out Office 16 and its new co-editing feature
"Microsoft opens a test build of the Office 2016 suite to Windows users, giving them a taste of the new Google Docs-type feature ahead of the software's final release."
"Users must uninstall Office 2013 in order to use the new preview; the two versions cannot run side-by-side."
The US opens up on its use of phone surveillance hardware
". . . no-one's quite sure on how many beans they should spill in order to restore public trust but not give helpful hints to criminals."
US telecoms try to kill net neutrality by blocking key rules
"The big US telecoms . . . want to stop the Commission from both reclassifying the internet as a utility and implementing a standard that prevents providers from "unreasonably interfering" with your internet access."
NIH bans funding for genetic engineering of human embryos
"Researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China made headlines late last month upon announcing that they had successfully edited the genes of a human embryo. . . . Now, the National Institute of Health has weighed in on the issue and is denying funding to research that involves meddling with the human germline."
ASK YOUR QUESTION
Our Monthly Meetings provide an open forum for questions on PC hardware and software; or anything digital, from your mobile phone to your music player. We welcome all questions, whether you are a beginner or an expert.
PAST MEETING PRESENTATIONS
Presentation material from selected past meetings is available on the Meeting Presentations page.
You will find information on such topics as eReaders, backup techniques, burning CDs and DVDs—and much more.
PAST MEETING TOPICS
You really are invited to our meetings. The meeting topics are prepared for the general public. They are NOT just for the PhD computer scientist. Would you like to know what kinds of topics are presented at our meetings? Check out this list of Past Meeting Topics.