Jim’s WebLetter for 5/18/13

Hi-ya Folks!

As a long-time Google fan, I was tuned in as this week they made news with the annual Google IO … their get together and reveal party in San Francisco. The keynote was some 3 and a half hours long, but when you have as many new things to report, it tends to run a bit long.

Among the highlights, the first quarter report of Android phone sales … 75% of total worldwide sales over Apple, Blackberry, Linux and anything else that makes phone calls. Google Play music All Access, Google Now goes buttonless, just speak and it “wakes up” and responds to your questions, Google Play for Education taking the next leap in learning, Google + with 41 new features (watch the highlight video from CNET – http://cnettv.cnet.com/google-gets-feature-packed-refresh/9742-1_53-50146999.html) – there’s more storage space on Google’s cloud Drive – 15 gigs, up from 5, and the new Google Maps which promises to be nothing less than incredible. Then there’s the new headgear called Glass that has caused so much stir, that it has already been hacked. Apps for the device are already appearing from Facebook, YouTube and of course, Gmail. All this on the heels of Google’s stock rising above $900 a share this week. http://dawn.com/2013/05/16/google-io-highlights-music-maps-photo-other-google-tools/

Now having said all that, let me throw something your way. If you use Google Talk on your computer, you may want to wait on the upgrade to Hangout, Google’s latest feature from Google +. While it has it’s merits as a means of communication through live video feeds with friends, there are a few things that Google needs to work on before you might consider it the go-to feature on your desktop or tablet …. read the story from the Android Police … http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/05/16/hangouts-hangover-here-are-the-major-issues-google-has-promised-to-fix-in-hangouts-at-some-point/

Meanwhile, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer has been turning the company around and at the same time, acquiring a number of companies and building up Yahoo into a powerful corporation it once was. This Monday, Yahoo will be holding a “product-related” news event in New York City. Marissa will reportedly be speaking at the press conference. This former Google engineer is making things happen … should be interesting to hear what she says … http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/17/amidst-tumblr-acquisition-rumors-yahoo-to-hold-product-event-with-marissa-mayer-on-monday/

A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question.
The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the footpath, and stopped centimeters from a shop window.
For a second everything went quiet in the cab, then the driver said, “Look mate, don’t ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me!”
The passenger apologized and said, “I didn’t realize that a little tap would scare you so much.”
The driver replied, “Sorry, it’s not really your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver – I’ve been driving a funeral van for the last 25 years”.
(Thanks, Mitch)
My father’s method of accounting for the hundreds of cattle on his ranch was very unique.
Every spring, he would move the herd down a long ramp, through a wooden gate and into a holding pen for inspection. As each animal entered the pen, he marked the count on the gate.
One summer, he went to the bank to apply for a loan, using his cattle for collateral. The bank officer asked to see his records.
“No problem,” replied Dad. He went back to the ranch, took the gate off its hinges and brought it to the bank. He got the loan.
(thanks, Dan)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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