(also blogged on jimonline.wordpress.com and posted in WebLetter, the Flipboard of Jim’s WebLetter at web.jimonline.com)
Lots to report this week as the Web continues to evolve. One example of the evolution you can point to is YouTube. Beginning as a simple place to store your homemade videos for free, it is now the primary source for movies, instructional programs, funny animal videos, and music. Yes, and now YouTube promotes top tracks and playlists when you search for music. If you head over to the site and search for a recognized artist, you’ll notice a new section on the right-hand side of the page. By default, it shows a list of their most popular tracks with links to corresponding videos. At the top is a thumbnail image, which provides a shortcut to a custom playlist where you can listen to all of the songs back-to-back. It has been a means for me to find great memories. See what you think … http://www.youtube.com
Another feature of Google is their Chrome browser. First released as a bare-bones Web searcher, it has just updated with a new protection to alert you against a potential hacker. Chrome users’ number-one complaint is hackers attempting to change their settings by tricking them to download malware. This new version of the browser will pop up a window to alert of a malicious intruder when you visit such a site.
Along the same lines, there is a comprehensive article written by Mohit Rawat of infosecinstitute.com entitled “Tools for Internet Counter Surveillance” which I found good stuff to help protect internet searching. It included advice in email, chat, web search and phone protection. The InfoSec Institute CISSP Training course they offer is for those who desire a certification in the field of security systems. Just keep in mind, no security system is 100% foolproof. http://resources.infosecinstitute.com/tools-internet-counter-surveillance/
There’s a new iPad app called Storehouse, built by former employees of Apple, Facebook, and The Daily, that is great for telling stories and for reading them. Early adopters are using it to create beautiful visual narratives that layer crisp typography, photos, looping video clips, and background music into something that’s unusual and fascinating. Swipe through the never ending list of stories to read and find yourself immersed in well laid out columns. Build your own using their template and importing your own photos, videos and text. Download the free IOS app … https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/storehouse-visual-storytelling/id791297521?mt=8&at=10l4Mc
Finally, as an owner of an iPad Air and the Nexus 7, 2nd generation, I am often asked about them from people interested in making a purchase or improving the performance of their own tablet. Borrowing from the Flipboard magazine, I have created a magazine “for tablets and the people who own them” … iTab is pages of stories about tablets, apps for them and reviews of the latest tablets on the market. It’s free … head to http://iTab.jimonline.com/
Remember, too, WebLetter is the magazine for this blog with additional articles I found interesting and think you will too … http://web.jimonline.com/
I guess you could call me a nervous flyer. That would be incorrect — I am a VERY nervous flyer. During my last flight I noticed the lights were flickering. I mentioned this to a flight attendant.
“I’ll take care of it,” she said. Moments later the lights went out. Clearly she’d “solved” the problem by turning off the lights.
The guy sitting next to me said, “Whatever you do, please don’t ask about the engines.”
A man rushed to the jewelry counter in the store where I work soon after the doors opened one morning and said he needed a pair of diamond earrings. I showed him a wide selection, and quickly he picked out a pair.
When I asked him if he wanted the earrings gift-wrapped, he said, “That’d be great. But can you make it quick? I forgot today was my anniversary, and my wife thinks I’m taking out the trash.”
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.
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