Jim’s WebLetter for 9/7/13

Hi-ya folks!

After a short work week following Labor Day, here are a few of my favorite things from the Web that never takes a break.

Seems that after a little hype, iPhone and iPad users will be getting an update of their operating system in just a few weeks.  IOS 7 will have a number of new features and changes in the new operating system.   Look forhere some icon tweaks including the new trend toward “flat” icons, that is – no shading to create dimension.  Control Center has been updated and devotes a lot of space to the music player and brightness controls, as well as adding AirDrop and AirPlay at the bottom.  Lots of additional info is available in the article from Techradar which includes some videos that show as well as tell … http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing/apple/ios-7-12-things-we-want-to-see-1111123

What’s the new Android version to be called?  Well after names like Key Lime Pie and Jelly Bean, how about (drum roll, please) KitKat.  Yea, the “break me off a piece of that” chocolate bar.  Matter of fact, the candy maker expects to sell some 50 million bars with the little Android logo on it.  There’s a statue of the KitKat Android already in place at Google.  Check out the geeky ad made for TV … http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/android-kitkat-give-me-a-break/

These little updates are great, but what’s really in the future for the Web?  Glimpses of what are being revealed include what Google and it’s browser, Chrome are working on.  Readwriteweb reports that the apps being built for mobile devices will also be used as Web apps through the Google browser connected to the web.  And a lot of them will also feature an off-line version or option in case you log off the internet or have spotty reception.  http://readwrite.com/2013/09/06/chrome-web-apps-desktop-cross-platform-development

But at some point, what has to happen is a unity between Apple, Android/Google, Microsoft/Nokia and Blackberry to create a cross platform system for everyone to connect and be connected to.  There has to be a point when all the things that are good about a particular system is shared with the others to create one platform.  What we need is a computing system that has everything you and I find easy and useful.  That uniform system can then be added to handheld and wearable devices that can be manufactured and sold at a price point everyone can afford.  We are not there yet, but that day has to come. 

Have you heard about the Digital Public Library of America?  The website is stocked full of documents, photos and other items from the country’s libraries, museums and archives featuring fascinating virtual exhibits on topics such as the Prohibition and the Great Depression.  You can also look through almost 2.4 million artifacts via search and timeline and map views.  http://dp.la/exhibitions

=== HuMoR ===
The elevator in our building malfunctioned one day, leaving several of us stranded.
Seeing a sign that listed two emergency phone numbers, I dialed the first and explained our situation.
After what seemed to be a very long silence, the voice on the other end said, “I don’t know what you expect me to do for you; I’m a psychologist.”
“A psychologist?” I replied. “Your phone is listed here as an emergency number. Can’t you help us?”
“Well,” he finally responded in a measured tone. “How do you feel about being stuck in an elevator?”
(thanks, dad)
+++++++++++++++++++++++++
A young man noticed an elderly lady slowly pushing a cart through the supermarket parking lot.
Trying to be courteous, he insisted on pushing it for her as she struggled alongside, doing her best to keep up.
At the store entrance, he said, “Here you go, Ma’am,” and gave her the cart.
Catching her breath, she said, “Thank you, but I was using it to lean on.”
(thanks, Rosie)
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Thanks for your time and your viewership.  You know, occasionally I look back and think about the years of writing this WebLetter and all the things that have transpired during that time.  We have seen a lot of changes, but one thing seems to stay the same.  We are social people.  That’s how we survive.  Sharing what we learn and growing together from that experience is the key to our future.

As always, my friends, may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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