Jim’s WebLetter for 1/18/14

Hi-ya WebLetter Readers!

There is so much to report on from the tech world this week … From a new contact lens for diabetics in the making to a place for free ebooks and the best rated free antivirus software.  But first, while traveling over Christmas to visit the kids, we flew Southwest Air.  One new feature aboard was free WiFi to watch television care of the Dish Network.  I watched a few programs on my iPad and found them to be hassle free and with only one or two commercials inside.  It’s nice to get something free when everything dealing with flying comes with a fee (Southwest DOES offer free bag checking).  A report out this week says that the union between Dish and Southwest will continue through 2014.  Keep that in mind if you’re looking to fly.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/01/17/southwest-dish-extend-free-tv-offer-through-years-end/4572631/

Speaking of extending things, Microsoft will extend updates for Windows XP security products until July 14, 2015 after they announced they were terminating updates this year.  Seems that thousands of ATM machines, as well as business computers, run what can be termed as the best operating system Microsoft ever made.  http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2014/01/15/microsoft-extends-updates-windows-xp-security-products-july-14-2015/c

And Avast! Free Antivirus received the award for the most popular download for 2013 with some 200 million installs.  The great design, high usability factor and impressive features were enough to grab attention greatly.  I like it as it routinely updates it’s virus database each day.  It has helped protect my PC’s for years.  http://www.streetarticles.com/security/avast-free-antivirus-bags-award-for-the-most-popular-download-in-201

Late this week, Google announced it is working on a prototype of a contact lens for measuring blood sugar in human tears.  The contact lens is outfitted with antennae the size of the human hair and sensors so small they look like glitter.  The lens, which Google hopes to build with the help of other product manufacturers is part of the GoogleX lab, known for developing Google Glass.  Look for this to be the beginning of other things from them …  http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/17/us-google-diabetes-idUSBREA0G01X20140117

The University of California Press has opened up the library so anyone can read from a selection of 700 ebooks.  These aren’t just the classics you can find in most book places, either.  http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/read-700-free-ebooks-made-available-by-the-university-of-california-press.html

If you have a smartphone with limited data, you have probably run into periods when you went over causing you to get dinged in your next bill.  Google has come up with a system powered by an SPDY proxy connection that runs on Google’s servers to avoid overages.  To enable it in your Chrome mobile browser, first make sure you have the latest version of Chrome, then click on “Settings” and then “bandwidth management.” From there you’ll see an option that reads “Reduce data usage” that you simply have to switch to “on.”  http://bgr.com/2014/01/15/google-chrome-data-compression/

It’s that reduced data compression that is a big advancement in the new Chrome browser.  Google says it leads to less data being used and quicker page loading.  Download it free and begin saving … http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-chrome-32-brings-data-compress-to-mobiles-website-shortcuts-to-android/

A father grew increasingly displeased as his teenage daughter and her boyfriend studied in her room late one evening.
Finally losing patience shortly after midnight, he knocked sharply on her door.
Her boyfriend immediately opened it and asked if something was wrong.
“I have to ask you to move your car,” the father told him.
“Oh, sure. Is it in someone’s way?”
“No,” he replied, “it’s at the wrong address.”
(Thanks, Paul)
When the icemaker in our new refrigerator broke, my husband dropped by the store to arrange for repairs. Because the sun was bright, his eyes hadn’t adjusted to the dim light inside in time to see a woman sitting on the floor examining carpet samples.
He stepped on her leg and she screamed, causing him to jump into a display of fireplace tools that went crashing in every direction. Unnerved, he stumbled over to the service desk, and as he went to rest his hands on the counter, he flipped over a bowl full of little mints, scattering them everywhere.
After taking a deep breath to calm himself, he announced to the wide-eyed woman working there, “My refrigerator doesn’t work.”
“I don’t doubt it,” she replied.
(Thanks Mark)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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