Jim’s WebLetter for 1/12/13

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Hope you had a great week and are looking forward to a good weekend. Around here, the weather is going to be springlike with high temperatures near 80 each day and plenty of sunshine. Yea, this is the way we like winter in Florida. It’s also a great time to take a mobile device and sit out and explore the internet. That’s where this WebLetter comes in … things to see and do on the Web.

This week, the 2013 Computer Electronics Show, known as CES was held to display the newest gadgets coming to market. The latest technology in TV’s, phones, automobile accessories, computers and tablets. Standouts this year include cars capable of driving themselves, ultra HD and see-through screen 3-D TVs, and a host of other devices for home and personal use. One of the best places to check out the hardware is through CNET, which also rates and awards the best of the best … http://ces.cnet.com/

At least one automaker is moving toward a real tech-oriented car with functions controlled by simply waving a hand. You gotta see this story …

Just when you thought you had heard of all the photo editors available for free … add this one to your bookmarks … Picadilo is a free to use web application for online photo editing, but it has more features than most. In addition to its online interface, it offers a Google Chrome app that allows quick access to it’s interface. When you visit the editor, its entire interface is loaded up into your browser, and the time taken to process images is less than any other online image editing application. Just begin by pointing to the local image you want to edit. From then on, you can use the helpful options in the left pane that offers basic edits such as resize, crop, flip, rotate, copy region, setting hue, setting contrast, adjusting color temperature, and adjusting exposure. As with most editors, there are a number of filters to enhance the photo. The downside to the program is it was created in Flash which means iPad can’t read it. Use a PC or Android device and see how it works for you … http://www.picadilo.com/editor/

Next, here’s a fun app for mobile devices. All you need is one Android phone to play some music using the app “DJ and Co” and then any other phone can be used to vote on which songs get played next. All-joyn’s Peer-2-Peer technology automatically detects local playlists and allows you to vote on songs in real-time at the tap of a button, which is great for listening to music with friends, or mixing it up with strangers, at a cafe, bar, house party, or wherever… DJ and Co allows you to break the ice with in-built chat functions so if you like someone’s taste in music you can let them know. Go to the Google Play Store and download the app – DJ and Co.

Finally, this is something for groups and individuals looking to collect money for particular events. Pay It Square allows you to set up a page and send a link to groups members to pay for upcoming events. The service is free, the method of payment includes a fee but the reward is receiving payments online and everything is handled simply from their credit card to your bank account. It all comes down to how you can you can create general payment setups for things like fundraisers where you will not be collecting from just a set group of people. http://www.payitsquare.com

=== HuMoR ===

As I was treating my daughter and her family to the buffet at a casino, all the bells and whistles for a winning slot machine began to go off. My seven-year-old grandson was awed. “Wow!” he yelled. “This is like Chuck E. Cheese for old people.”
(thanks, Brenda)
I was sitting on my lawn sunning myself and reading when I was startled by a fairly late model car that crashed through my hedge and came to rest just in front of me. I helped the elderly driver out of the car and sat her down on a lawn chair.
I noted, “It’s quite remarkable that you are still driving at your age.”
“Yes,” she replied. “I”m old enough that I don’t need a license any more.”
“How is that possible?”
“The last time my doctor examined me, he asked if I had a driver’s license. I told him yes and handed it to him. He took scissors out of a drawer, and as he cut the license into pieces he said, ‘You won’t be needing this any more.’ So I thanked him and drove home.”
(thanks, Jack)
That’s the week’s look at the Web. Looking back, it’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 16 years I have been writing this WebLetter. I hope you enjoy it and will tell your friends. If they would like to get it in their email box, just have them send their request to my email and I’ll add it to the WebLetter database.

Until next week, have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter
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