Jim’s WebLetter for 1/11/14

Hi-ya Folks!

This week marked the annual Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with gadgets and inventions all in the name of improving our lives.  Curved big screen TV’s and communication devices of all sorts filled the space.  Some were very cool, some were, well, not so much.  CNET was there and filed this report … http://ces.cnet.com/1606-35284_1-50161533.html

The unique thing about this years’ show is the topic of an article in FastCodeDesign.  You see, until now, most everything about technology seemed to be in the order of what we think we’d like to have on our TV table or in our pocket.  But now the technology has reached the level that it does, indeed, work and inventors can now take it and make things that you can use and will want to own.  Granted, I like you won’t run down to the nearest electronics showroom and purchase the new high-dep 99 inch curved screen 4-K TV.  At least not until the price comes down.  But things like a wrist band that keeps up with your activities, or the ability to show whatever we can capture on a TV screen with a small dongle known as Google’s Chromecast, shows we are breaking through and making the internet of things easy to obtain and easy to use.  http://www.fastcodesign.com/3024589/designs-next-big-frontier-shaping-behavior-in-real-time

One such gadget released this week is from Sony.  While it looks like one of the wrist bands that measure your steps or heart rate, it actually is advertised to do a lot more.   Here is a device that monitors you from the time you wake up until you drop off to sleep and records everything about your day and saves it on an App on your phone.  SmartBand keeps tabs on “how you feel as well as what you do,” Sony says. That’s thanks to Lifelog, an Android only application, which measures physical, social and entertainment activities.  Even if you take a picture with your camera phone, the App will log the photo you shot, when you shot it and where it is stored.  SmartBand is due to come out in the Spring.  Watch the video to get more information … http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2014/01/07/sony-unveils-the-smartband-a-wearable-device-that-tracks-more-than-just-physical-activity/

Also of note this week …

Patch Tuesday for Microsoft users means updates for computer devices everywhere.  In addition to four security updates, there will be 14 non-security updates plus the new Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT).  This is a security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malware. It works with your existing antivirus software, but is not a replacement for antivirus software.  Look for your download and install notification this week.  http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-reveals-non-security-updates-coming-next-tuesday-7000025004/.

Word Hippo is a site that gives you the ability to enter any English word, and then find out anything about that word, such as a noun, adjective, adverb or verb that relates to it.  You can also look up the tenses, pronunciation, rhyming words, words that mean the same, and of course the meaning of the word.  It’s a great site to bookmark if you are working with the English language on a regular basis. http://www.wordhippo.com/

Over dinner, the mom explained the health benefits of a colorful meal to her family.
“The more colors, the more variety of nutrients,” she told them. Pointing to the food, she asked, “How many different colors do you see?”
“Six,” volunteered the son. “Seven if you count the burned parts.”
(Thanks, Kathy)
My son had just turned eight and was old enough to go fishing at the local fishing hole on his own. While he loved fishing, he knew little about how the fish got from the pole to the table.
One day I arrived home to find a note he’d left on the counter: “I caught three fish. Can you peel them for me?”
(Thanks, Conrad)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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