Jim’s WebLetter for 8/18/12

Hi-ya friends!

Boy I have some things for you to see this week. Using your phone to broadcast on Facebook, create an online magazine without all the coding, and find just the right book. This and more in this weeks’ WebLetter.

Coming soon, an app that will allow you to use your phone to record and broadcast to your Facebook page. The app by Ustream called BFF, will be available for both iPhone and Android devices. This marks a new milestone in communication. In addition to watching the live feed, Facebook friends will be able to comment and Like the feeds. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57495104-93/ustreams-bff-app-live-broadcasts-to-facebook/

Android phone users like me noticed a change in the way we get our application updates … Instead of long downloads and installs, the new system from Google just send the updated portion of the app which takes less time and bandwidth to handle. Sorry, iPhone folks, no change for you.

Nice things. That’s the focus of one high school football player who got tired of the cyber-bullying that is known to go on in places like Twitter. So this young man created Nice Things with the idea of saying nice things about people because as he put it, people are looking for positive. The idea caught on, was picked up by some big named stars, and now Nice Things can be found all over including other countries. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-08-17/teen-twitter-cyberbullies/57120166/1

There’s a new website that makes creating an online magazine easy. Zeen, created by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, a magazine discovery and creation website is in beta, but as you can see, is in business. This is great for nonprofits and folks with active hobbies as well. It’s free … Http://www.zeen.com

Even though I rarely have time to dive into a book for the pure pleasure of reading, it doesn’t mean that I come across a website that can help find the right kind of book to put on my list. Which book has a unique system that allows you to decide what kind of book you’d like to read by selecting from a group of topics including happy or sad, for instance. Once you have set the markers, click go. http://www.whichbook.net

=== HuMoR ===
Mom announced to her family, “Tomorrow morning I’m going to make an old-fashioned breakfast with eggs, ham, biscuits and grits.”
The five-year-old daughter groaned, “But, Mommy, you know I don’t like eggs.”
Mom then reminded her of all the food the little girl liked that contained eggs.
The next morning, when the daughter walked into the kitchen, Mom said, “Since you are here first, you can decide for the family. How do you want me to cook the eggs?”
The little girl answered, “In chocolate cake, please.”
(thanks, Doc)
I was visiting my son last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.
“This is the 21st century,” he said. “I don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.”
I can tell you this, that fly never knew what hit him.
(thanks, Don)
That last joke is one I can relate to as I read the Times Union on my iPad. Just never thought of using it to reduce the bug population.

That’s it for this week, Webfriends.

Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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