Jim’s WebLetter for 2/22/14

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Lots to tell you about this week … Facebook buys text messaging giant WhatsApp for $16 billion plus stocks and options totaling $19 billion dollars.  You have to ask yourself “is anything worth that much money”?  Yes, they have millions of users, primarily in China, but $19 billion?  http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/19/us-whatsapp-facebook-idUSBREA1I26B20140219

It’s the big topic everyone is talking about … the weather.  Ice and snow up north, storms down south.  It’s no wonder the most watched part of TV news is the weather guy standing in front of his weather map trying to make heads or tails of the forecast.  If you have an IOS device, like an iPhone or iPad, you don’t have to install an app to get your local weather.  This article from John Martellaro contains links to online sources … http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/get-full-weather-details-and-forecast-without-an-ios-app

Another feature you’ll find online is for users who don’t want to have to pay for software to fix photos.  More and more online editors are improving and making it easier to upload make those tweaks to your photo.  One of my favorites is Pixlr.  It’s on the list in this article in TheNextWeb.

As I reported, Microsoft had to change the name of their cloud service after copyright issues came up.  Now called, One Drive, the tech giant made the news when offering to increase user’s cloud accounts to a whopping 100 gigs, as long as they were one of the first to sign up.  As you can imagine, that number (100,000 users) filled quickly.  But wait!  There’s still a chance to increase your account, giving you more room to stores photos, videos and documents.  Here’s the story … http://www.redmondpie.com/missed-out-on-100gb-onedrive-storage-offer-heres-how-to-get-20gb-for-free-now/.

In his blog this week, Brian McClendo wrote about the newest changes coming to Google Maps.  More localization and with the help of Google’s smart technology, quicker results to queries.  http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2014/02/thank-you-and-welcome-to-new-google-maps.html   

Read more stories I found interesting in this week’s Webletter magazine … http://Web.JimOnline.com

I was flying with my husband and two-month-old daughter to Kansas for a family wedding and met up with my father on a connecting flight.
He was sitting in business class and felt guilty because we were in coach. To compensate, Dad made his way to the back of the plane after take off, bringing with him some first-class goodies and taking my fidgety daughter up front with him for a few minutes.
Just then, a woman behind me, who had seen the whole thing, leaned forward and asked, “Did you just trade that baby for a couple of packs of pretzels and some cookies?”
(Thanks, Stacy)
When he received a journal as a gift, my eight-year-old son was mystified. “Mom, what am I supposed to do with this? The pages are blank.”
“You write down interesting stuff that happens to you,” I said.
“So it’s like a blog on paper.”
(Thanks, Kim)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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