Jim’s WebLetter for 4/6/13

Hi-ya folks!

Well its been a week on the Web … April Fools day on Monday included Google’s Nose … after claiming to shut down YouTube and create a Treasure Maps search engine. http://mashable.com/2013/04/01/google-nose/ Then Facebook announces the release of Home, the new system for Android phones. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57577866-93/facebook-unveils-home-a-family-of-apps-for-your-android-phone/ And T-Mobile talks about ending the use of phone contracts. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/technology/personaltech/t-mobile-breaks-free-of-cellphone-contracts-and-penalties.html?pagewanted=all Now the other carriers are beginning to say the same thing.

So let me show you some of the other things I discovered on the Web this week …

There is a new Web application called Draft which doesn’t require software, only your browser. It’s a word processor … one designed for online publishing that lets you write anywhere, save your files online, and collaborate with others.There’s even a Chrome add on which makes it easy to work with. Write notes, even term papers. Save the files and share them with others. Just log on and get started … http://www.draftin.com

Mashable reported this week on a new program for Microsoft’s Kinect called which can detect depression. SimSensei is an online program which senses your body movements, face patterns and other characteristics to determine if you are depressed. Think of the medical ramifications of the Kinect device … in the future it could become a preliminary checkup before a family doctor or hospital visit. It could become a monitor for homebound patients. Seems the door is open for ideas in using the Kinect. It will be interesting to see what comes of it. http://mashable.com/2013/04/04/kinect-depression/

Another story I came across was a blog from the New York Times on the use of tablets and children. Tablets and smartphones, it seems, are the TV’s of the new millennium. Time was children were given TV time to keep them occupied or quiet when indoors. Now, the new devices are being used in the same manner. But what’s the effect on the child? The blog gives examples of what has become the new pacifier … http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/disruptions-what-does-a-tablet-do-to-the-childs-mind/?ref=technology

Lastly, there is a website for which has been a wealth of information for teachers and educators. This free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials demonstrates how teachers and students integrate technology into education.
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=== HuMoR ===
Recently in Traffic Court, a man who received an expensive parking ticket, testified that a uniformed Policeman had given his OK for the man to park there.
The Judge asked the man if he would recognize the Officer if he ever saw him again, and the man replied that he would.
The Judge then said, “Good. When you see the Officer again, tell him he owes you 257 dollars. Next…”
(thanks, Robert)
I feel inadequate when talking with a mechanic, so when my vehicle started making a strange noise, I sought help from a friend. A car nut, he told me how to explain the difficulty when I took it in for repair.
At the shop, I proudly recited, “The timing is off, and there are premature detonations, which may damage the valves.”
As I smugly glanced over the mechanic’s shoulder, I saw him write on his clipboard, “Lady says it makes a funny noise.”
(thanks, Mandy)
That’s what I have for you this week … make it a good weekend friends, and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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