Jim’s WebLetter for 8/11/12

Hi-ya friends!

It’s that time again … Time to catch up on some of the things that came to light on the Web.

Kim Komando passed along the report that a congressional bill being considered could bring stronger enforcement to existing sales tax standards for online purchases. http://www.foxbusiness.com/2012/08/06/internet-sales-tax-coming-soon/

In her article, Kim points out a new website that takes a new twist in purchasing the item you want. For Wanted puts sellers and buyers on the same page, so to speak. You sign up and say what you want to buy and how much you’re willing to spend. The seller works with you. Because its new the website might be a bit buggy right now, but give it a look and bookmark it. This may be the way of the future to online sales. Even more versatile than Priceline. Http://www.forwanted.com

Looks like there’s a big update for the Google Translate Android app. The big addition in the new version, known as 2.5, is the ability to translate parts of images using your phone’s rear-facing camera. Just tap the camera icon then tap the screen to take a picture. Highlight what you want to translate and send it to Google with a tap. It’s useful for signs and other short messages when traveling. Other changes include the ability to specify preferred dialects for speech input, instant, as-you-type translation similar to the Google Translate web interface, and improvements to the way Japanese characters are handled. Specifically, the app can now recognize multiple Japanese characters at once.

Speaking of Google, and I seem to a lot, Gmail is changing its login feature. It seems the email people have been busy working on improvements to the software attempting to make it easier to use. Coming soon, if you’re like me and you have more than one account, you can choose which account to sign in to from a list. Http://www.gmail.com

And if you’re thinking about improving the security of your Google account, you might consider a two step process in logging into your Google features. Reason being if you keep important information in your account (passwords, tax forms, contacts), you want to keep someone from hacking your account. Check this step-by-step process as shown by Tecca’s Mariella Moon. http://www.tecca.com/tips-and-tricks/activate-google-2-step-verification/

=== HuMoR ===
A co-worker returned after lunch carrying a dress from the cleaners.
“Pretty dress,” said one of the guys. “Big date tonight?”
“I picked it up for a friend,” she replied, adding, “Do you really think I could fit in a tiny thing like this?”
He smiled and said, “Do you really think I’ve lived this long by answering questions like that?”
(thanks, Cliff)
Three-year-old Sean was playing with his food on his plate.
His father, an airline pilot, picked up Sean’s spoon, put some peas on it and said, “Zoom, zoom. Open your hangar. Here comes an airplane.”
Sean clenched his teeth and then said, “Wrong airport, Daddy.”
(thanks, Doc)
Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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